According to the Federal Bureau of Investigation’s 2013 report, residential break-ins comprise 74% of burglaries, with an average loss of $2,322. On top of that, burglaries rob victims of a sense of security in the very place where families are supposed to feel safe. If you are shopping around for a new home security system, look no further as the topnotch Tuxedo Touch™ from Honeywell Security is out to get you the most value for your hard-earned money. With its effortless combination of function and convenience, this no-nonsense and easy to use alarm system will please even the least technically-inclined people. (more…)
Wired alarm systems are a great home security option, especially when you happen to have a house that is already pre-wired. Wired connections have an edge on resilience and reliability, thanks to their interference-resistant mode of transmission. However, since wired systems require physical connections to be set up, there may be locations in your home that cannot be wired but can be reached by wireless alarm systems.
Fix these dead spots and go for a total alarm system for homeowners with all the bases covered. This guide will tell you how to upgrade your existing wired Honeywell alarm system to be wireless by adding wireless sensors.
Select A Wireless Receiver
Talk about versatility: all wired systems have pretty much the same technology and can be easily integrated with a variety of wireless components and sensors, making upgrading easy for any homeowner going the DIY route.
A quick search on the internet reveals a variety of home security devices promising a tough alarm system for homeowners. While it can be assumed that burglars will have to develop sophisticated means to get past such systems, Marc Weber Tobias, a security specialist, discovered that a popular wireless alarm system can be easily hacked with just a magnet and a Scotch tape. This should serve as a wake-up call for manufacturers to upgrade security systems.
To keep up with the increasing demand for high-quality, value-for-money security system is the Honeywell Lynx Touch L7000, an upgrade of the previous Lynx models. The new addition to the Lynx touch series and to our top notch selection of wireless alarm systems, the Honeywell L7000 packs a ton of features to go with its stylish 7-inch touchscreen interface and easy-to-navigate icons. (more…)
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.
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 2500. This 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…)
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…)
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.
As more and more homeowners are wanting to install their own system, they start to ask questions on what type of system to get. Most Do-It-Yourself people are wanting a wireless alarm system.
Lets get one thing straight, no professional grade alarm system is completely wireless. What I mean by that is, you will have at least one wire (18/2) needed to power your system. This goes for any wireless system. you will also need a phone line to your system, if you plan on the system calling out. If you don’t have a land-line then you could always go with GSM or IP communication.
I have worked extensively with four (4) wireless home security alarm systems. They are the Honeywell Lynx (R, R2, Plus, and Touch), the DSC Alexor and DSC Impassa, as well as the GE Simon XT. Below is a quick review and my personal opinion of each one.
Honeywell Lynx Series
This is a great system for self-monitoring. You can program a number for the system to call. When the system calls you, it has a voice recording saying, “Alarm, Front Door, Alarm, Back Door, etc…” It tells you exactly what zones had been tripped. The new Touch Series (Touch Screen) has a real nice look. The touch screen makes it easier to program the system. It is really difficult to hook any hardwired sirens to this system because the outputs are such low voltage, but it can be achieved with a relay and a power supply setup. Honeywell does make a wireless indoor siren for this system, but not out-door. The Lynx Plus would be the easiest to hook a hardwired siren up. There is a hardwired low-draw, low current siren, GE 13-950 or Wave2-Ex, you could use (for Lynx Plus only). The Ademco / Honeywell Lynx panels are all self-contained. This means the main brain of the unit, indoor siren, and keypad are all in one unit. The body of the panel is strong and sturdy and is high in quality. On a scale of 1 to 10, I rate the Lynx Plus an 7.5, and the Lynx Touches an 8.5.
DSC Alexor (PC9155)
The Alexor is a great system. Unlike the Lynx, the Alexor has a main brain and panel that can be completely hidden. You can place the panel in a utility closet, hall closet, etc.. If a burglar were to break in, they could not disable the system by hitting the keypad, unlike the Lynx panels. The system is great if you plan on having monitoring. I have been able to find a good monitoring service for $8.95 a month. The DSC Alexor can be used for self-monitoring, but when it calls you, it does not inform you of what zone has been triggered; it only gives you DTMF tones. This DSC system along with the Impassa are the only two wireless systems that have a compatible outdoor siren. The Wt4911 comes with a built-in Blue or Red strobe light and a temperature sensor, which will allow the keypad to display the outside temp. The Alexor is made great and is one of my most favorite systems. On a scale of 1 to 10, I rate the Alexor an 8.5.
The DSC Impassa is great and just like the Alexor, however, the Impassa is a self-contained unit (just like the Lynx). The main brain, siren, and keypad are all in one unit. This system will also work with the bi-directional key fobs, outdoor wireless siren, as well as all other DSC wireless devices. On a scale of 1 to 10, I rate the Impassa a 7.
GE Simon XT
The GE Simon is a self-contained unit, just like the Honeywell Lynx and DSC Impassa. The GE Simon has the ability self-monitor as well. If you want an outdoor siren, there is not a wireless one, but there is a hardwired low-draw, low current siren, GE 13-950, you could use. The GE Simon has had a higher failure rate for me. The body and plastics appear to be flimsy and more easily broken. I have had many customers return the GE Simon XT due to poor quality and failure. On a scale of 1 to 10, I rate the GE Simon a 4.5.
Overall, if you want monitoring, I’d suggest the DSC Alexor and if you plan on self-monitoring, I would suggest the Honeywell Touch (L5000 or L5100). Both Systems are great and I would put either system in my home at anytime.
The Honeywell 6280 color graphic voice touchscreen keypad (comes in 6280S which is silver or 6280W which is white around the screen). This is Honeywell’s newest offering if you are looking to add a touchscreen keypad option to your Vista system.
This keypad has a graphical interface that matches the icons from the Honeywell Total Connect graphics, which makes it easier to understand if you get the total connect monitoring add-on later. It also has the voice annunciation for all system status conditions, that means if you don’t understand the icons it will speak to you. It will only speak in the English language. (more…)
The Ademco 5800MICRA wireless recessed transmitter is for those people who would like a recessed wireless transmitter that is hidden from plain site. This device also helps save against voiding the warranty on your vinyl windows because you can shallow recess it without having to drill into anything.
A lot of people like the idea of a recessed transmitter for doors, but don’t like the standard ones that Honeywell makes because it requires drilling too deep of a hole in the door jamb. This small contact is easy to install and, at a depth of .33″, you don’t have to drill a very deep hole at all to fit it into the jamb of a door or the sill of a window. (more…)