Let’s start with the SIM card
The Hub is normally wired to your router to provide Internet. If your internet doesn’t work at home, the SIM card can take over its task. In the Netherlands, the Internet at home almost always works, so in our opinion a SIM card is not necessary.
Even without a SIM card, the system will warn you immediately if your fixed Internet connection at home doesn’t work and therefore notifications will arrive later, thanks to the connection your phone has with the cloud!
So even without internet at home, you will be informed immediately that the connection is down, and your alarm system will continue to work normally.
Fact: In the Netherlands, a fixed internet connection is normally offline for a few seconds at most! If the internet at home works normally, the sim card is not used, and it is therefore unnecessary to pay for it.
What is an M2M SIM card?
There are many providers that say you always need a special M2M SIM card for the Hub. M2M stands for machine to machine. This means nothing more than that you can only send data with these SIM cards and you can’t make calls with them.
These M2M SIM cards are always more expensive and come with a smaller data bundle than a SIM card from a random provider like SIMYO.
Every simcard from any provider works in the Hub.
So if you want a SIM card from any provider, just choose the cheapest one!
The only thing you need to pay attention to is whether the provider in question supports the network the Hub works on. The Hub 1 and Hub 2 only have a 2G connection.
The Hub 2 Plus has multiple antennas including 4G / LTE, so with this Hub 2 Plus you never have to worry that a random provider no longer sends the right signal. With the other Hubs, we advise you to choose a provider that supports the 2G network.
How much does a SIM card cost in the Hub
Now that you know that every SIM card is suitable, it makes sense to buy a SIM card at the source, and not at an alarm system vendor, because an extra link in the chain means extra costs, because that link also wants to earn something. (And that every month)
The source of a simcard is, as everybody knows, the network provider itself.
So it’s a good idea to check the tariffs of the providers in the country where the system will be installed. The subscription with the smallest data bundle is sufficient, as the AJAX system uses very little data.
If you are looking for a sim card for your holiday home in Spain, or for a permanent stay in Spain, you can get an even cheaper sim card at simyo.es because there you get 100MB for only 1,00 euro per month.
PLEASE NOTE: An M2M simcard as offered by an alarm system vendor has an average data bundle of only 10MB, and if you use more than that you will have to pay extra.
How much data does a Hub use per month?
An average system uses 35MB of data per month. The SIM cards offered by alarm system vendors often come with an insufficient data bundle, so you have to pay extra every month. Never buy a SIM card from an alarm system vendor, but directly from the provider.
If you have a fixed internet connection at home, the SIM card will only serve you for a few seconds. Even without a SIM card, you will be warned about an internet failure at home and you can take action. Decide for yourself if you find it worthwhile to pay a monthly fee for this. We don’t think so.