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Discussion in 'Security Alarms' started by [email protected], Mar 14, 2007.

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  1. Guest

    Hi,
    A friend of mine is looking for a decent alarm for his apartment.
    I checked on the 'net and see a Motorola at Radio Shack, and he has
    heard about ITI and Visonic. Can someone give a good recommendation?
    He wants an alarm with some kind of reporting, that will call him on
    his cell if it's activated, and also has a decent web-cam for
    monitoring/recording.
    Any suggestions would be appreciated.

    Rich
     
  2. Jim

    Jim Guest

    Don't use Rat Shack equipment for anything. If he's going to install
    it himself, he/you should go on line to some of the DIY suppliers and
    see what they offer. Most of the people here are installers. We can
    give you some advice but you'll have to get the nitty gritty from
    whomever you buy your equipment from. There are a few good, relatively
    inexpensive systems that are fairly easy to install. But most are
    manufactured for professional installation. That's why, if you're
    planing on doing it yourself, you should contact some of the various
    suppliers to see which will offer you the best asstance.
     
  3. cam35pilot

    cam35pilot Guest

    Thanks Jim,
    He's a MS certified network engineer, so I'm sure that he can
    handle it. He said he's going to buy the GE Simon 3, after doing some
    internet research.
    Best,
    Rich
     
  4. Crash Gordon

    Crash Gordon Guest

    His MS certification won't help much, nor will GE. But the GE is a better
    choice than Radio Shaft




    | > On Mar 14, 8:33?am, wrote:
    | >
    | > > Hi,
    | > > ? ? A friend of mine is looking for a decent alarm for his apartment.
    |
    | >
    | > Don't use Rat Shack equipment for anything. If he's going to install
    | > it himself, he/you should go on line to some of the DIY suppliers and
    | > see what they offer. Most of the people here are installers. We can
    | > give you some advice but you'll have to get the nitty gritty from
    | > whomever you buy your equipment from. There are a few good, relatively
    | > inexpensive systems that are fairly easy to install. But most are
    | > manufactured for professional installation. That's why, if you're
    | > planing on doing it yourself, you should contact some of the various
    | > suppliers to see which will offer you the best asstance.
    |
    | Thanks Jim,
    | He's a MS certified network engineer, so I'm sure that he can
    | handle it. He said he's going to buy the GE Simon 3, after doing some
    | internet research.
    | Best,
    | Rich
    |
     
  5. alarman

    alarman Guest


    <sigh>

    js
     
  6. Jim

    Jim Guest

    Rich, I'm going by experience here, so don't take offense. I don't
    know if you have a techinical background or not but it's usually the
    hands on technical guy who can do this sort of thing with out much
    help. As much as you might think your engineer friend might know about
    networks and things of that nature, unfortunately they usually fall
    into the same category as electricians who've never installed an alarm
    system, but think they can because they know about wires and
    electrical circuits.

    He's chosen one of the cheapest, least capable systems available. On
    the good side, he's probably chosen something that he's capable of
    installing, with some help. You see, most people who want to install
    their own systems think that the instructions are going to be written
    in detail from A to Z. They are not.
    They are written with the intention of the system being installed by
    people with experience in the technicalities and the knowledge of the
    jargon and nomenclature of the installation trade .... not to mention
    the peculiarities specific to each manufacturer.

    Good luck.
     
  7. cam35pilot

    cam35pilot Guest

    What would a better system for an apartment be? I mean, he has
    insurance, and just wants a reasonbly-priced system that will notify
    him via cell-phone if some kids are breaking in. What are your
    suggestions?
     
  8. Crash Gordon

    Crash Gordon Guest

    It may call him on his cell, but he'll have no idea what it's saying unless
    he understands alarmglish.


    | >
    | > > Thanks Jim,
    | > > ? ?He's a MS certified network engineer, so I'm sure that he can
    | > > handle it. He said he's going to buy the GE Simon 3, after doing some
    | > > internet research.
    | > > Best,
    | > > Rich
    | >
    | > Rich, I'm going by experience here, so don't take offense. I don't
    | > know if you have a techinical background or not but it's usually the
    | > hands on technical guy who can do this sort of thing with out much
    | > help. As much as you might think your engineer friend might know about
    | > networks and things of that nature, unfortunately they usually fall
    | > into the same category as electricians who've never installed an alarm
    | > system, but think they can because they know about wires and
    | > electrical circuits.
    | >
    | > He's chosen one of the cheapest, least capable systems available. On
    | > the good side, he's probably chosen something that he's capable of
    | > installing, with some help. You see, most people who want to install
    | > their own systems think that the instructions are going to be written
    | > in detail from A to Z. They are not.
    | > They are written with the intention of the system being installed by
    | > people with experience in the technicalities and the knowledge of the
    | > jargon and nomenclature of the installation trade .... not to mention
    | > the peculiarities specific to each manufacturer.
    | >
    | > Good luck.
    |
    | What would a better system for an apartment be? I mean, he has
    | insurance, and just wants a reasonbly-priced system that will notify
    | him via cell-phone if some kids are breaking in. What are your
    | suggestions?
    |
     
  9. It may call him on his cell, but he'll
    With the addition of a voice/pager dialer
    most systems can notify the homeowner
    of an alarm. Some units will notify as
    many as eight persons and can differentiate
    up to four conditions (e.g., burglary, fire,
    freeze, flood).

    These are not as effective as central
    station monitoring but for people whose
    police departments are so far away (country
    homes) or so inept (Bridgeport, CT) that
    monitoring is of little value they can provide
    some measure of security.

    I don't have exact figures but I'd estimate
    about 10 to 20% of my DIY clients use a
    voice/pager dialer.

    --

    Regards,
    Robert L Bass

    =============================>
    Bass Home Electronics
    941-925-8650
    4883 Fallcrest Circle
    Sarasota · Florida · 34233
    http://www.bassburglaralarms.com
    =============================>
     
  10. cam35pilot

    cam35pilot Guest

    Thank you gentlemen, I appreciate your input. I'll pass this on to
    him. My apologies also for my less-than-warm remark to the wise-guy,
    I'm down with the flu, so it's hard to be patient when trying to help
    someone else out when you feel this lousy.

    Rich
     
  11. Thank you gentlemen, I appreciate your input.

    You're most welcome.
    I must have missed that post. Less-than-warm
    is nothing compared to some threads. I doubt
    anyone will take offense.
    Having gone through some pretty serious
    medical problems this past year, I understand
    how you might get a little testy. Hope you
    feel better soon.

    --

    Regards,
    Robert L Bass

    =============================>
    Bass Home Electronics
    941-925-8650
    4883 Fallcrest Circle
    Sarasota · Florida · 34233
    http://www.bassburglaralarms.com
    =============================>
     
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