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Discussion in 'Security Alarms' started by Bob La Londe, Feb 7, 2011.

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  1. Bob La Londe

    Bob La Londe Guest

    I received a phone call and an e-mail the other day from one of the reps for
    Telular. He was all excited that they have a communicator suitable for sole
    communication for commercial fire. I listened to him and read some of the
    info he e-mailed to me and it just doesn't add up.

    It looks like a GSM communicator sending two signals instead of one. Big
    whoop. Its still a single communication path. Now if it incorporated a GSM
    and a CDMA communicator with a trouble output if either fails to test I
    might buy into it, but it sure doesn't look that way when giving it the
    quick once over. Instead they seem to indicate the the NFPA standard was

    Really? All these years that we have been required to provide two
    communication paths, and now NFPA says we only need one? Is this true?
    What am I missing?

    Esplain it to me Rucy.
  2. Bob La Londe

    Bob La Londe Guest

    Interesting. However, just a couple days ago I replaced a TG-7 (not fire).
    It was checking in just like it was supposed to, but the panel was showing a
    line fail. The unit was failing to connect to the panel or recognize the
    signals or call attempts from the panel. Ping the unit from the on-line
    interface with Telular got a response and no troubles showed, but it would
    not communicate signals from the panel. In this case the supervision would
    have failed where I not the paranoid sort that always programs the panel to
    send its own autotests and monitor the line. It got an Uplink 2550 in its
    place because that is what I had in the truck. Wish I had kept the unit to
    play with, but the customer asked for it. I think they plan to play with
    the SIM card.

    Sorry, unless they can show the TG-7FS is an inherently superior
    communicator rather than just a differently packaged (red metal can or
    whatever) and priced (to cover their product liability insurance) unit then
    I'm not going to recommend sole path. I do very much like cellular as
    secondary or even primary for fire, and I wouldn't have a problem with
    installing two separate units using two different carriers.

    Robert (Bob) J La Londe III

    The Security Consultant
    P.O. Box 5720
    Yuma, Az 85366

    Licensed Communications Contractor
    Serving Yuma Since 1994
    Commercial & Residential
    ROC103044 & ROC103047

    (928) 782-9765 Voice
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