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Discussion in 'Security Alarms' started by Dicksan Mendiondo, Nov 7, 2003.

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  1. Hello all, I am new to home alarm systems. I read the info on bass-home and
    it was great. I am planning on installing a system in my home and have some
    basic questions.
    1) What brand name should I be looking into?
    2) What brands are better than others and which ones to stay away from?
    I called ADT for an estimate and they guy wanted an arm a leg and a first
    born for a mediocre system ( 4 contacts and I motion). The guy went on about
    how their equipment is not the same third party or " Authorized dealers"
    install. That leads me to my third question:
    3) Is ADT equipment better or is it worse with a fancy name.
    I am a involved with computers and entertain the idea of some home
    automation in the future.
    That leads to my fourth question:
    4) Which system is capable interfacing with a pc app like HomeSeer ( Serial
    Port)?

    These are my requirements:
    14 windows
    4 Doors
    2 Motion Sensors

    Here are my optional requirements:
    Wireless capabilities for a few additonal sensors in places wires are
    impractical or impossible.
    Home Automation PC (software) integration.
    Voice (Front Door yada yada yada)

    Any assistance is greatly appreciated.

    Thanks,
    DM
     
  2. Frank Olson

    Frank Olson Guest

    The range of professional grade equipment is staggering. The answer depends
    on what you want to accomplish.
    Stay away from LOXXON.

    ADT uses OEM equipment. They don't manufacture their own (for standard home
    alarms).

    That leads me to my third question:
    ADT won't allow you access to end user programming and very rarely sell
    "local" (unmonitored) systems.
    I'm actually surprised you have these questions after visiting RLB's
    website. :)

    Napco or CADDX offer excellent HA support, with Napco actually capable of
    interfacing with HomeSeer. Check out the 9600.

    Take a few moments to read through
    http://www.yoursecuritysource.com/buyingonline.htm.

    Also take a look at http://www.yoursecuritysource.com/faqs.htm.

    Good luck!!
     
  3. thesatguy

    thesatguy Guest

    The currently advertised on tv special is $0. for the basic system - 3 doors
    and 1 motion and they use plain ole Ademco equipment unless you get the
    Focus system which is a bunch of bucks for nothing.
     
  4. Mark Leuck

    Mark Leuck Guest

    Many Focus panels are plain ole (proprietary) Ademco equipment, I have a
    Focus 75 which I believe is a Vista-50
     
  5. schism

    schism Guest


    They are close but not the same. At one time ADT manufactured there
    own panels and now the focus line is manufactured by ADEMCO for ADT to
    there specs.


    Bill
     
  6. I appreciate all the help. I'll be sure to post once it is all up and
    running.

    Thanks,
    DM
     
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