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Discussion in 'Security Alarms' started by Bob La Londe, Apr 22, 2011.

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  1. Bob La Londe

    Bob La Londe Guest

    There used to be a card around that you just plugged into your average PC
    and it worked like a full on receiver and mini management center. If I
    recall it was very modestly priced, but was limited by number of accounts
    and only would accept CID. Anybody know who's product that was and if they
    are still around?
     
  2. G. Morgan

    G. Morgan Guest

    Looks like it... http://www.alarmsoft.com/MCDI-AlarmSoft.html
     
  3. G. Morgan

    G. Morgan Guest


    But what would I know? It's not like I'm a security professional and
    have ever seen or operated one. Oh, wait...

    Here is a question I had when I started to learn the Alarmsoft software.
    I had always been a field tech for the 10 years before this post, not
    some recluse in a CS all day <glances at mleuck>. In case you want to
    mock me like the replier did.

    The reply was from Mike Simpson, circa 2002. Who's currently M.IA. (If
    he is found, please return him). That's the only reply I got, I didn't
    get an email from all these lurking *regulars* popping up all of a
    sudden.

    http://groups.google.com/group/alt....097339248a0b?hl=en&dmode=source&output=gplain

    He's still a *regular* though! Make no mistake. I heard he was lurking
    and replying by email to help everyone he can, good enough for me.

    But I can't see why this post he replied to, coupled with 1000's of
    others by myself could possibly prove I'm in the trade. That's just
    preposterous! Posting thousands of on-topic messages proves nothing.
    Nothing!

    It's best to get a $16 D.B.A. and free BBB listing to prove you're in
    the trade.

    It's better than buying a membership to prove your mettle, (beginning at
    $500) from an agency that cares so much for small dealers.


    * <> (the OP, me) was using
    XNA at the time. The original can't be found, or is no longer available
    anywhere (even on Howard Knight's site).
     
  4. Bob La Londe

    Bob La Londe Guest

    Thanks, I found the Alarmsoft page, and a couple others that seem to sell
    the exact same product.


    I don't recall that thread, but I don't care much for the associations. I'm
    not sure really how it benefits the small dealers to be a member. By taking
    my time and shopping insurance I get better coverage (in my opinion - and
    I'm not going to be dragged into debate about it) at a better rate than the
    association affiliated carriers offer. I don't get any discounts on
    product. The interests of larger players in the market are represented over
    the smaller players, and I get the privilege of paying them to do that.

    I do have a DBA. In fact a couple of them registered with the state. One
    is the same one on my licenses. The BBB sucks. I had one negative in 17
    years as a contractor, but because I won't pay them off I get a B rating. A
    business I was ripped off by in LA who has hundreds of complaints, was able
    to get them all listed as resolved even though they were not, and I and
    several others provided proof (and even filed criminal fraud complaints
    against) goes from F to A+ in a couple months.

    Anyway, somebody told me Suregard was working on a receiver card at one
    point, and I found one from Napco also. Not their IP reporting software
    but an actual receiver card. They also appear to offer it in a
    preconfigured PC as well as a card you can throw in your own PC.
     
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