What do you want your alarm system to do for you? That is the ultimate question you have to ask yourself when purchasing or upgrading your home security system. Is it enough that it alerts you every time something suspicious happens? Or do you want it to do something more such as manage your home?
There are a lot of things that couples need to feel secure about before getting married or deciding to live together. There’s financial security and stability of income. There’s also emotional security and how good you feel about each other. But there’s the other type of security that often gets overlooked—home security.
One of the biggest benefits to having a home alarm system is peace of mind. They offer many features that help ensure that you and your loved ones are safe: from deterring burglary to notifying those in the home of a dangerous situation such as fire. And when coupled with a central station monitoring service, they help to make sure that emergency services are called promptly even when you are unable to. To those still asking if home alarm systems are really necessary, convicted burglars themselves would tell you that they are. As funded by the Alarm Industry Research & Education Foundation, over 400 randomly selected burglars were interviewed and were asked about their decision-making process. An overwhelming 83% said they would attempt to find out if their target home has a burglar alarm and if it has one, about 73% said they would retreat and seek another target. Remember: modern burglars have become wiser, but properly using a well designed alarm system goes a long way.
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…)
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…)
We have had quite a few people calling in to ask whether the new Lynx Touch panels, the L5000 & L5100, will call out for self-monitoring purposes. Honeywell has been telling people that these panels will not do this. But we have tested this out here in the office and we do know for a fact that both of these panels will call to phone numbers for self-monitoring.
The Lynx touch panels will do what is called a follow me phone number. This will allow your alarm panel to dial two phone numbers beside a central station phone number. This is very useful if you do not want central station monitoring service right off the bat. You can have the Lynx call you in case of emergency and it will announce what exactly is being violated. (more…)
If you have already exhausted the power output of terminals 3 & 4 on your Vista control panel then you can use trigger output 17 on your Vista board to trigger 1 additional siren by doing the following. You will need the wiring harness used for this purpose. The part number is Honeywell 4120TR:
- Hook the negative of the siren to pin 1 on your Vista board
- Hook the positive of the siren to pin 3 on your Vista board
Now, after you have hooked the siren to the trigger pins as instructed above you will have to go into programming and enter the following information. This programming will let the sirens differentiate between burglary and fire conditions because the siren pulses differently for each condition. (more…)
Now you all may very familiar with GSM cellular communication for alarm system from your dealings with these systems in the past, but Honeywell is changing the game with their new GSMVLP5-4G GSM Cellular Communicator.
This new cell communicator for the Lynx Touch L5100 is used to send signal to a central station monitoring service. It will send signal over the 2G, 3G, and 4G networks that AT&T uses. This makes transmission lightning fast if these networks are available in your area. This communicator can only be used with the Lynx Touch L5100 and is not backwards compatible with the Lynx Touch L5000 or the Lynx Plus L3000
A lot of people worry about thieves cutting their phone lines. While it is not really a prevalent issue, it still can be a problem and that’s where the GSM communicator comes into play. If you have a phone line attached to your alarm panel and you think you might need a back up then the GSM communicator from Honeywell will be the best investment you can make. The GSMVLP5-4G can also be used as a primary communicator if you don’t have the option to run a landline. (more…)