Wired alarm systems are excellent where one has the skill or access to run wiring to all panel, keypad and sensor locations. Wired sensors are typically less expensive and don't require batteries so they always work with virtually no maintenance. Wireless sensors are much faster and easier to install but they are typically more expensive and the batteries need to be replaced every 1-5 years depending on the brand and model of sensor. Often times the additional cost of the sensor is less important than the time and labour saved in trying to run wires.
User/Installer Skill Level
Truth be told, ANY alarm system can be installed by an end user given enough time, patience, knowledge and skill. Several of our alarm systems are squarely aimed at simple do-it-yourself installation so that practically anyone can install and configure them in no time at all. These tend to be wireless systems. With the more advanced or hardwired systems and those with professional level features, more patience and skill will be required. In some cases the user may choose to have the system professionally installed and programmed to save time and ensure performance.
WHICH SYSTEM TO CHOOSE?
With the above factors in mind, here's a brief overview of our most popular alarm systems and their main attributes.
Skylink Wireless alarms are aimed squarely at do-it-yourself installations, so they are very easy to install and use, with little to no programming required. They're great for small homes or very small businesses.
The Smanos WIFI alarm system is a great option for home or small business. It connects to the local WIFI network and sends alarm notifications to a free iOS or Android smart phone app as a push notification. The smart phone can also be used to remotely arm and disarm the system. For local arming and disarming a wireless key fob is also included. The Smanos W020 can be expanded to 30 wireless sensors and can notify multiple smart phone users.
The Smanos dual network PSTN (telephone) and WIFI alarm system is another great option for home or small business. It connects to the local WIFI network as well as an analog telephone line. In case of an alarm, it will send an alarm notifications to the free iOS or Android smart phone app as a push notification. It will then phone up to 6 telephone numbers to announce the alarm. The smart phone can also be used to remotely arm and disarm the system. Alternately, users can call in to the home telephone number to arm/disarm the unit. For local arming and disarming a wireless key fob is also included. The Smanos W100 can be expanded to 30 wireless sensors and can notify multiple smart phone users.
Simon XT systems provide professional features mixed with user friendly operation. These are wireless system with remote telephone control and voice menus, offering alarm notification by telephone with optional professional monitoring by phone or GSM cellular. The menu driven programming is very user friendly for a pro level system. Excellent choice for home or small business.
Available in wireless only, hybrid or wired only systems. DSC systems are aimed at pro installers and can be operated by pretty much anyone. They are surprisingly inexpensive. Installation and programming are somewhat technical but we do have some knowledgebase articles to assist and there are some excellent user forums with lots of information if you are willing to take the time to learn. Designed to be professionally monitored or they can be self monitored by calling a private telephone number in case of an alarm. Can also report to a pager. No telephone remote access. Wired powerseries can support Internet monitoring and control by adding an EVL-3 board. GSM options for professional monitoring only.
Elk is our flagship product and is a hardwired system with options for adding wireless sensors and fobs. Self or professionally monitored. M1 Gold has built-in voice, remote telephone support. Gold and M1EZ8 support add-on ethernet modules for web monitoring/control and email alerts. Advanced rules based if-then programming and support for X10, Insteon, UPB, ZWave, Centralite, thermostats and more, make these systems uniquely suited for home automation and technical enthusiasts. Powerful enough to be used for almost any environment including access control. If you can think of it, you can probably do it with Elk.
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