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  1. Sonbo

    Sonbo Guest

    Hi all,
    I'm interested in learning alarms, I am looking to buy one used on eBay and
    looking for a model that would give me an over all understanding of what's
    involved in setting them up.

    Is this feasible and what brand model would you guys recommend I look for ?

    Thanks

    S.D
     
  2. Bob Worthy

    Bob Worthy Guest

    ?

    One from a local alarm company. They will teach you everything there is to
    know about the use of the system when they are done installing it.
     


  3. Took me 4 years to get a reasonable understanding of the basics and some
    finer points, such as proper detector placement. If you can install a
    reliable, trouble-free system on your first try, then you're a better man
    than most.
     
  4. You could be misled here because these folks are mostly professionals and
    jealously guard their turf.

    Here is my suggestion (I am a do-it-your-selfer that was forced to be so by
    the crappy treatment I received by the PROs).

    http://www.homesecuritystore.com/

    If you buy a system from the above, they will hand-hold you via email and
    you will learn a lot! That was my experience.
     
  5. Bob Worthy

    Bob Worthy Guest

    No one knows where this guy is from, so jealously guarding turf is not an
    issue. There are definately some handy individuals but everyone's
    capabilities are much different. Some may have a great interest in alarm
    systems but don't which end of a screwdriver to use. To just arbitrarily
    start instucting someone over the internet or telephone on installing
    personal and/or life safety equipment is very very wrong, regardless of your
    personal view point. Granted there are those online companies that sell
    equipment, but that is all they are doing. They sell equipment, they do not
    sell security.
    A Pro or Pros. How many times did you have professional alarm companies
    install and service you? My guess is you had a (one) bad experience. And
    whom may that have been. You can easily find, right here, who to avoid. Your
    statement is hardly fair to a 140 year old industry with over 4000
    legitimate alarm companys in the US.
    Again, not for everyone. I will guarantee you, remembering some of your
    post, considering your time, you probably have, many times more dollars
    invested, than if you had a pro do it. And unfortunately, if it should ever
    fail and something tragic happens, who in the family will question, "would
    this have happened if a pro did it?"
     
  6. Crash Gordon

    Crash Gordon Guest

    Free: start by reading alarm installation and programming manuals to see if
    this is something you really want to learn/do.



    | Hi all,
    | I'm interested in learning alarms, I am looking to buy one used on eBay
    and
    | looking for a model that would give me an over all understanding of what's
    | involved in setting them up.
    |
    | Is this feasible and what brand model would you guys recommend I look for
    ?
    |
    | Thanks
    |
    | S.D
    |
    |
     
  7. Mark Leuck

    Mark Leuck Guest

    AT&T 8000
     
  8. Crash Gordon

    Crash Gordon Guest

    Me too.....be glad to get rid of 'em.


    |
    | >Hi all,
    | >I'm interested in learning alarms, I am looking to buy one used on eBay
    and
    | >looking for a model that would give me an over all understanding of
    what's
    | >involved in setting them up.
    | >
    | >Is this feasible and what brand model would you guys recommend I look for
    ?
    | >
    |
    |
    | I'll send you a few panels and keypads if you pay shipping via paypal
    |
    | .
    |
    | --
    |
    | -Graham
    | (remove the double e's to email)
     
  9. I'm interested in learning alarms, I am looking to buy one used on eBay and
    Ademco (now part of Honeywell) makes some decent, easy to install and configure systems. Their Vista-20P is popular. You can
    probably pick one up on eBay for $100 or so. You'll need at least one model 6160 keypad to program the system once you have it
    installed.

    Napco security makes some very powerful, flexible systems as well. They're easy to install but more complicated to program.

    One possible problem is that some unscrupulous alarm dealers have been known to unload "locked" panels on eBay. They acquire a used
    panel during the takeover of an account that was installed by another alarm company, find it's been locked and then dump it on the
    auction site.

    Some end users have been known to do the same thing as well. If you pay by credit card, at least you have the option of challenging
    the charges afterward should something go wrong.

    --

    Regards,
    Robert L Bass

    =============================>
    Bass Home Electronics
    4883 Fallcrest Circle
    Sarasota · Florida · 34233
    http://www.bassburglaralarms.com
    =============================>
     
  10. Free: start by reading alarm installation and
    Excellent advice, Crash. If the gentleman would like to have access to tons of manuals online, I'd be glad to help him out.

    --

    Regards,
    Robert L Bass

    =============================>
    Bass Home Electronics
    4883 Fallcrest Circle
    Sarasota · Florida · 34233
    http://www.bassburglaralarms.com
    =============================>
     
  11. Don

    Don Guest

    sounds like youve been watching fox news.

    bass reports, you decide.
     
  12. Crash Gordon

    Crash Gordon Guest

    I have some DSC stuff and couple of old Napcos.


    |
    | > I'll send you a few panels and keypads if you pay shipping via paypal
    |
    |
    | What kind? I might be interested in some used stuff for my rental
    | properties.
    |
    |
     
  13. Frank Olson

    Frank Olson Guest

    That, sir, is a fairy tale. If you're a seller on eBay you're more
    concerned with your reputation (and receiving positive feedback).
    Unlike you, of course. How many BBB complaints is it now?? 25??

    If you do anything through eBay, they have their own buyer protection
    policy. If you're going to buy alarm parts (on eBay), check out the
    sellers reputation. If you're going to purchase product online (from
    *any* vendor), look for the "BBB Online" logo. That, at least, assures
    you that they address customer concerns promptly and efficiently (and
    that they actually *answer* their phones and email).
     
  14. Did not mean to offend anyone here or trash an entire industry.

    I had excellent experiences with pros up north and poor experiences with
    pros in SW FL. This newsgroup is mostly helpful, BTW.

    Reading the OP's message strongly suggests he is motivated and one can be
    kind and not question his ability to use basic tools.
     
  15. Don

    Don Guest

    who is SW Fl? Maybe someone I know?
     
  16. No, it was not R.L.B. (if that was the implication).
     
  17. Don

    Don Guest

    er..no
     
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