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Discussion in 'Security Alarms' started by Jim Divoky, May 19, 2004.

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  1. Jim Divoky

    Jim Divoky Guest

    Can anyone suggest a web site that provides guidelines for selecting a
    security/control system for residential use for consumers? While I know
    what I want, no standard package that I am aware of provides it. That
    brings up the question of how to select an designer/installer as well as
    what brands or technologies to use. Any ideas?

    Thanks, Jim Divoky
  2. Jim Divoky

    Jim Divoky Guest

    I'm near Sevierville, TN. My preference is to study up before seeking a
    contractor. Having been in the construction trades years ago, I know there
    are people plying trades without any significant skills. I can install and
    program a security system but that doesn't make me competent to do so.

    What I want is everything:
    Motion Detectors
    Cameras on entrances with motion detectors
    Door/window sensors
    Smoke detectors
    Outdoor siren
    Remote Monitoring
    Cellular backup
    Battery backup
    Real-time Internet connection for video storage
    Internet accessible software monitoring & control
    Telephonic access to control software
    Thermostat control
    Freeze alarm
    Water detection
    Temperature sensors

    I used Xanboo at my storage facility and liked some of its features. When
    the 400 ft long building burnt down last Thanksgiving, I was duly notified
    via my cellphone that there was smoke detected. Unfortunately, the fire
    apparently started in another unit. By the time I was notified, a wall of
    fire was on the way through my unit. By the time the FD arrived the entire
    building was fully involved. See This was my second
    catastrophic fire in 2.5 years. In Feb., 2001, my house burned to the
    ground. I had an unmonitored security system and the neighbor ignored the
    fire siren going off. Not until a propane tank on a deck exploded did she
    decide to call a neighbor and ask "What should I do?". So I'm a little
    sensitive about fires. I expect to retrofit my newly purchased home with
    automatic sprinklers if it is not too expensive. On the other hand, I no
    longer own anything of significant value other then the house itself. Of
    course, I would want the sprinkler system hooked into the security system.

    Jim Divoky
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