A specific type of control device may be utilized which provides merely an “alert” as to specific conditions within the home. For example, Fire & smoke alarms to monitor fire conditions within the home and a security system to monitor the home for intrusions.

When the smoke or security conditions within the home reach a pre programmed threshold level, an alert signal is transmitted to the control unit by the specific control device signaling that a threshold condition has been breached. if the event is a “LOW LEVEL” event, the control unit simply logs the event for later reporting. If the event is a “HIGH LEVEL” event, the control unit may notify the data center which can then notify the homeowner of the condition via e-mail, pager, web page, by direct telephone call or other communication means.