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DIY Security System.....

Mack7mle 572 146 February 2, 2016 at 04:58 AM
I'm wondering which option is best:

A) Buying a home security system like "iSmartAlarm" or "SimpliSafe".

OR

B) Piecing together different sensor modules & hubs to make a home security system.


I'm not necessarily looking to automate my home, I'm basically just want a system to detect and alert me by smartphone when someone has entered my home (and maybe garage) without my knowledge. If possible I would like to also be able to have a camera setup (preferably indoor/outdoor) of some kind that I can access remotely. As far as the indoor camera I've had my eye on one them Armcrest Pro [amazon.com] cameras.

Any suggestions on which route I should take?

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You could buy an Ademco system, which is what all the major alarm companies use, and install it yourself. They are fairly easy to install and will give you what you want. It is a modular system so you can add features as you need them. Wired or wireless.
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I am using an ARLO [arlo.com]5 camera system at my shop.

Super easy to set up.
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We installed a SimpliSafe kit at home and we like it. We used to have ADT and removed/disabled the system when we installed the SimpliSafe kit.

The real issue is whether you want to pay for some sort of monitoring service, and how much you want to pay. There are a few places you could look that give some comparisons for monitoring services (I started with Clark Howard's guide to security systems on his website, then did my own research from there).

With SimpliSafe, we pay roughly $7.99/mo for monitoring; which is at least $30/mo cheaper than what ADT was charging us (possibly more; I can't remember).
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Look at the honeywell lynx units. Super easy setup and install.
As far as cameras check out ipcamtalk.com
Stay away from battery powered wifi junk like arlo.
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Look at the honeywell lynx units. Super easy setup and install.
As far as cameras check out ipcamtalk.com
Stay away from battery powered wifi junk like arlo.
+1 for Honeywell Lynx. Purpose-built is the way to go for security. If you want a security camera system add that as a separate system. You can monitor the system yourself or buy a service if you choose.
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I would stick to the main brands that are installed professionally (residential): DSC, Honeywell, GE, Visonic, ELK, HAI.

Personally I prefer a 'hybrid' system with a wired control panel, keypad, siren, and the option to add hard wired zones or wireless ones. If you're thoughtful about the locations for the keypad, siren and control panel it can be a pretty easy install. If you can get the pc software, DSC panels are really easy to program with a serial cable. Plenty of people like the self-contained wireless system's like the lynx or simon, but for just a little more effort a hybird system usually looks and works better. There is a learning curve setting up and installing a system like this but they work much better than the home automation type alarms.

Cameras are generally poorly integrated with other components. Let them stand alone and get a good 720p+ poe ip cam.

There are a number of relatively cheap monitoring options, but if you need cellular monitoring the cost goes up some. With a hybrid dsc or ademco system (like this: http://www.homesecuritystore.com/...t32-16cp01 +sensors), you can self monitor with an Envisialink network module that you can install in the main metal cabinet: http://www.homesecuritystore.com/eyez-on-evl-4?
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Quote from sherretz View Post :
We installed a SimpliSafe kit at home and we like it. We used to have ADT and removed/disabled the system when we installed the SimpliSafe kit.

The real issue is whether you want to pay for some sort of monitoring service, and how much you want to pay. There are a few places you could look that give some comparisons for monitoring services (I started with Clark Howard's guide to security systems on his website, then did my own research from there).

With SimpliSafe, we pay roughly $7.99/mo for monitoring; which is at least $30/mo cheaper than what ADT was charging us (possibly more; I can't remember).
How do you get the 7.99
The only packages they offered me were about $15 month

Also with SimplySafe you have to take the higher package to get SMS/email notification
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