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Offline SelcSilverhand

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Alarm System for a House
« on: January 20, 2014, 10:23:13 AM »
I'm looking at ideas to provide a little more security at my house and was hoping to draw on some more experienced preppers for ideas.
My wife recently expressed concern that while upstairs we can't hear anything happening down near the back door of the house. It is possible someone could gain entry without us waking up. Our dog sleeps upstairs and doesn't always pickup when something is going on. I'd like to add a system of motion sensors and glass break sensors in the areas of concern to help alert us of something happening. We've already started adding motion sensor lights to the outside of the house and this summer I will be adding cameras and some thorny bushes below our windows. This will help deter but my biggest concern is being alerted while we're at home.

I've seen some inexpensive systems out there but was hoping to get some recommendations.
1) I'd like it to be wireless since I've just finished putting up the new drywall and painting throughout the house.
2) I'd like to be able to have an alarm panel up in our bedroom so we can be woken up if there is an event.
3) I'd like to be able to set a schedule so that the system shuts off around the time we wake up, but this is not critical since we would just work it into our morning habits.
4) I'd like glass break sensors in addition to motion sensing.
5) I don't want a monitored system like ADT or something.
6) Wireless antenna support - so I could extend the range of my receiver to some other areas of the property like the garage or work sheds. Not critical but would be nice.

There are a few systems that look nice and have smartphone integration that I've seen on homesecuritystore.com but some of them might have more budget into flashy marketing rather than quality engineering. So what are you using and what do you wish you had known before buying?



 

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Re: Alarm System for a House
« Reply #1 on: January 20, 2014, 11:08:44 AM »
Because of opsec reasons Im not going to tell everyone on the net what I have and how its set up. I will be glad to spell it out in a pm to you if you would like?

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Re: Alarm System for a House
« Reply #2 on: January 20, 2014, 11:15:58 AM »
Z wanted sleighbells on the door for Christmas. I discovered that I can hear the bells when the door is being opened no matter how quietly you try to do it from even upstairs. They did not get put away after Christmas on purpose. It is not just for people coming in, but so I can hear is SP is trying to go outside too.

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Re: Alarm System for a House
« Reply #3 on: February 23, 2014, 02:33:30 PM »
There a ton of products that can do what you are looking to do. Check out http://www.diysecurityforum.com/ and http://www.diyalarmforum.com/ I work in the electronic security field and would love to recommend some products to you but most of the ones Im familer with are dealer only items so you would have a hard time obtaining them but Im sure there are some good diy products out there I just cant vouch for any because I dont have any experience with them. What you are looking to do is pretty basic though you just need an alarm panel with a wireless receiver and wireless repeater if you have a large property. For your bedroom you would either have a keypad or siren to alert you of an alarm condition both of which can be wireless and you would either arm the system in home mode meaning only perimeter sensors are active or you have it arm/disarm on your sleep schedule. I could be wrong but most of the systems your are going to find that work with a smartphone are going to require a monitoring service for that to work. Allthough an unmonitored system could still send you email or text alerts assuming you have internet.

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Re: Alarm System for a House
« Reply #4 on: January 27, 2019, 04:12:30 AM »
I'm going to bump this back up. There are ton of new wireless options out there now.

I'm looking to update my system and want a DIY self monitored system. Any feedback on the likes of Simplysafe, Ring, Nest or any of the others out there would be greatly appreciated.

Thanks

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Re: Alarm System for a House
« Reply #5 on: January 27, 2019, 08:03:34 AM »
I'm going to bump this back up. There are ton of new wireless options out there now.

I'm looking to update my system and want a DIY self monitored system. Any feedback on the likes of Simplysafe, Ring, Nest or any of the others out there would be greatly appreciated.

Thanks

Simplisafe is great for us but we use monitoring. Monitoring is essentially free as our insurance provider gives a discount for alarm systems that cover theft and fire that is about the same as the monitoring fees.

Being cellular with a battery backup means that even if power and phone lines are cut, the alarm is still active. 

We had two issues.  One was that our CO alarm was faulty.  This was a common issue for a time and was resolved with them sending a new unit.  The second was the origional cellular carrier changed tower location and connection became spotty.  They switched us to their other carrier and all was well.

The system can be much more than a burglar alarm. Our system has Fire, CO, Freeze, and water sensors.  It is nice being able to see temperature in house via app when traveling in winter.  It also acts as confirmation our generator has come on because it has power monitoring built into the base unit.  So when power goes out, we receive notice then shortly after when generator kicks on we get notice power was restored.

We are especially happy we can place panic buttons around house.  One press and police are here in two and a half minutes.  We put one in our workshop in the detached garage so if I ever have a machine injury I can hit button and have help on the way.
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