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Basic security system that calls/texts me, plus security camera setup question

jevoyager 200 63 July 27, 2016 at 07:10 AM
So I just got a new house and want to set up a security system. I've tried to read some stuff online, but I'm overwhelmed with options and some of it I just don't understand how it works, so I'm hoping someone here can help. I want a basic set up (namely door/window alarms), and would really just like it set up so that it calls/texts me if a door/window was opened. I was thinking of Simplisafe, however I don't like the idea of paying $25 of month just so I can get calls/texts sent to me. I haven't come across a system like it for any cheaper though. Any alternatives to something like this?

The house is pre-wired with a security system (the main boxes say DSC, which from what I've read are used by the big companies like ADT etc). It seems to be in working condition, as the lights change on the panels when doors are opened or someone moves in front of a motion detector. Several people online said it could still be used w/o using a security company (sort of a DIY), but I didn't really understand how that worked. I did see a post about AlarmRelay, which looks like they can use your preinstalled system for just 8.95/mo, but it sounds like I'd have to have an active landline? Which would then add another extra monthly cost, so in total probably wouldn't be any cheaper than Simplisafe (not counting the equipment of course). Any ideas what I could do with a preinstalled system like this?

Lastly, I got a security camera setup on Amazon, but would like help to install the cameras/Ethernet cables. Would a security company do this? (since I'm not wanting their monitoring or buying anything from them) Or should I just see if I can find a handy man willing to do it? The latter is all I really need I think since it's supposed to be pretty much a DIY job?
Thanks for any help!

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I think you may ask at cctvforum, many professional person in security area there
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Quote from unalin View Post :
I think you may ask at cctvforum, many professional person in security area there
Thanks, I'll check it out!
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