Cellular is a Better Option than WiFi

Cellular vs. WiFi:
The Best Choice for Alarm Notifications?

For most property owners and managers, the choice of communication for their sump pump alarm comes down to cellular vs. WiFi. The list below analyzes the benefits of cellular over WiFi, based on the most important areas for end users: setup, reliability, and redundancy. Afterall, you want to trust that your alarm notifications are transmitted when needed most.


  • Network configuration required
  • Network equipment to maintain
  • Works during power outage
  • Recurring fees

Cell Icon PumpAlarm.com

  • No
  • No
  • Yes
  • Yes

WiFi Icon WiFi Device

  • Yes
  • Yes
  • No
  • No

Quick device connection and setup.

WiFi Icon With a WiFi connection you will inherently run into routers, router passwords and network configurations. In addition, WiFi can be very spotty, even within your own property. This is due to interference, network config issues and just plain lack of power from your WiFi router or extender.

WiFi Icon All of these obstacles are removed with our Cellular Sump Pump Alarm. You simply go online to activate using our simple to use form and then power your device on, it’s ready to connect automatically.

Point 2 Point transmission eliminates middleman outages.

WiFi Icon WiFi devices use a cloud-based infrastructure, which utilizes a server, creating a central point of failure. Who is managing and running the server that powers your sump pump alarm notifications? Is it your pump manufacturer, the alarm provider, some guy in his basement? When the servers fail, how can your device transmit the alarm to you? If your app can’t receive data because the servers are down, how do you get your notifications?

WiFi Icon With Point 2 Point transmission, which PumpAlarm.com utilizes, there is no middleman server, communication is sent directly from your device to the robust Verizon Wireless Cellular network then to your phone via text message. This eliminates the server and the inherit problems with a central point of failure.

Power outages won’t stop transmission, even wide scale ones.

WiFi Icon WiFi routers do not have built-in power protection. You would need a UPS to supply the power. In addition, if the power outage affects your neighborhood, your cable connection point in your yard may be without power as well. This renders your WiFi network useless.

WiFi Icon With our Cellular Pump Alarm, 4 AAA batteries power the device. In the case of a more widespread outage, cell towers have backup generators and inherent redundancy so that power outages don’t bring their network down. Our device will even warn you when the installed AAA batteries start to get weak, keeping you protected through outages.

Please let us know if we can help you decide on the best choice for your application.