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A Total Home Experience with DSC Touch Wireless Alarm Systems

The human brain is a powerful computer, but it’s also limited in many ways. When it’s rushed, stressed or overloaded with stimuli, it has more trouble processing information. That’s why even the smartest parents and single homeowners can make mistakes; they have to juggle priorities like family, career, personal development, and home management on a daily basis. In fact, a lot of homeowners don’t realize how much time, effort, and energy they waste until they use a smart solution like the DSC Touch system.

Just imagine: what if you could lock all your doors and secure your home with just one touch? Or know when someone breaks into your home? Or reduce your lighting and climate control costs? With the DSC Touch all-in-one system, you can get smarter and easier control over your home.

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9 DSC Wireless Accessories for A 2017 Security Upgrade

Having an alarm system these days, in your home or in your business establishment, is more than just a necessity but an obligation. It is your obligation to yourself, your family, employees, and customers to have a sense of security and some peace of mind.

A study from the University of North Carolina at Charlotte Department of Criminal Justice & Criminology on seasoned offenders showed the correlation between the presence of security equipment and the reduction of burglary cases. About 60% of convicted burglars indicated that the presence of an alarm would cause them to abandon their target and seek out another one.

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7 Essential Alarm Accessories for The Solo-Dweller

There is a certain charm about living solo. To the modern dweller, living solo does not mean being alone but being more in control, having more freedom, and finally getting a taste of what independence truly is about.

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The Neighborhood Watch: Your community alarm system

As a crime prevention program, the Neighborhood Watch was launched in 1972 to bring together the efforts of citizens and members of law enforcement in deterring crimes and making communities safer. With the National Sheriffs’ Association as a sponsor, it was developed in response to growing concern for home security because the number of burglaries at the time was on the rise. It quickly caught on though, with 12% of the US population participating in the Neighborhood Watch in just 10 years after the program was launched.

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The Neighborhood Watch always keeps an eye on everyone
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What is important to note though is that while the program empowers ordinary individuals to keep their neighborhood safe, members of the Neighborhood Watch actually take on more passive roles. This is because they are more taught to identify suspicious activities in the community and report them to the police, functioning like the neighborhood’s comprehensive alarm system. The police in turn are the ones responsible for taking the necessary actions to take care of potential threats to neighborhood safety. While members are more than welcome to know a few self-defense moves, the Neighborhood Watch is not supposed to be armed. (more…)

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Honeywell MID-7H Android Mobile Internet Device w/ Built-In Wi-Fi

The  Honeywell MID-7H Android Mobile Internet Device w/ Built-In Wi-Fi is one of the newest additions to our stock and it is a great addition at that!

When I was first introduced to the MID-7H I noticed that it came in a Honeywell branded product box with the usual red and white packaging. I proceeded to open the box to get my hands on the cool tablet which lay inside.

Upon opening the product box; I immediately saw the MID-7H tablet. It’s a sleek, black tablet with a 7″ screen. I tried powering up the tablet, but it seems that Honeywell sends them without a charged battery. I looked further into the box and found the power adapter. I also located a little zip-locked baggy that contained the tablet’s user manual, 2-USB adapters, and a set of earphones. They really give you everything you’d need to use it.

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DSC PC5108 Eight Hardwire Zone Expander Module

The DSC PC5108 Zone Expander is used to add additional hardwired zones to your existing control panel.  Each expander module has jumper settings that can be set for the desired zone numbers.  For example, if you are using an expander to add zones 9 through 16, you would make sure that jumper 1 is off, jumper 2 is on, and jumper 3 is on.

If using any wireless devices on your system, be sure not to include any wireless zone on a module that has been designated for hardwire devices.  The zone sets would be: Zones 1-8 (main panel), 9-16, 17-24, and 25-32… (more…)

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Alarm Celluar / GSM Communicators

As many people are starting to get rid of their home telephone service, they are in search of a cellular or gsm alarm communicator so their system can report alarms to the Central Station.

When it comes to choosing a cellular communicator, aka GSM, there are many options to choose from.  The one I would like to introduce and is very popular is the Uplink 2500This is a universal Communicator and can be used with any alarm system.  There is no need trying to figure out which communicator is needed.

The Uplink 2500 cell communicator module is an alarm communicator that sends alarm data to a central monitoring station over the cellular network. The Uplink 2500 hooks into your siren terminals. Depending on what signal is being activated by the terminals, depends on what signal is sent to the central monitoring station. If a burglary signal is activated, the unit would report a burglary alarm to the monitoring station and the same goes for fire. (more…)

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ATW Bus Terminal Expander (BT-600)

The BT 600 is a nice little terminal expander used to keep the amount of wires limited in a terminal.

After several questions from customers asking, “how do I fit all these wires in one terminal”, we would like to introduce to you the Terminal Expander by ATW.

Lets say for example you have six wires in your “Aux -” and six wires in you “Aux +” terminals on you main control panel.  The BT-600 will allow you to eliminate that clutter.  You would run one wire from you “Aux -” to one side of the BT-600.  All the wires in your “Aux -” will go on the same side as the wire you ran.  The same goes for “Aux +”.  Each wire will have it’s own terminal and will allow for better connectivity and less clutter. (more…)

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Programming DSC Zone Definitions

There are several times people get confused on programming their zone definitions into the DSC security systems.  It is fairly easy to do, but can also be really confusing.  Zone definitions basically tells the system how that zone is to respond to that device being triggered.  In other words, the definition tells the system how to function for that zone.  The only thing to remember when doing your definitions is to know that you will not enter a zone number, but only a definition.  You must also know how to count, because each time you enter a 2-digit zone definition, the system will do a quick triple beep and then you are ready to input the definition for the next zone.

Here are the most common Zone Definitions:

  • Definition 00 = Not Used (null, turned off)
  • Definition 01 = Delay 1 (ie: entry/exit doors)
  • Definition 03 = Instant (ie: window sensors, non entry doors, glass breaks)
  • Definition 05 = Interior Stay/Away (motion)
  • Definition 08 = Delayed 24hr Fire (hardwired)
  • Definition 88 = Standard 24hr Fire (wireless) (more…)
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RF House Code On Honeywell Alarm Panels

A few people I’ve talked to in the past on the tech support line have a big misunderstanding of what Honeywell’s RF House Code is used for or even what it is.

Honeywell incorporated the RF House Code into the programming of quite a few of their panels whether they be the hardwired Vista panels equipped with wireless receivers or their totally wireless Lynx panels. The house code was made for certain add-on accessories so that they wouldn’t take up zones in programming.

We will use the Honeywell 5800WAVE Wireless Siren, pictured to the left, as an example of how to set up the RF House Code in your Honeywell system and in the device itself. (more…)

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