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267 182 November 25, 2017 at 07:08 AM
What does everyone use for a home security system? I'm in Jacksonville, FL if that makes a difference. Much like with cell phones I feel like there are the expensive ones and the affordable ones. Thank you for your help

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What does everyone use for a home security system? I'm in Jacksonville, FL if that makes a difference. Much like with cell phones I feel like there are the expensive ones and the affordable ones. Thank you for your help
There are several systems being offered. You got the DYI types like Simplisafe and similar. Not professional grade for sure. Then you got the stuff actually used by security system companys like ADT and such.

The one important advice I'll give you is do your research to the fullest. If you're goal is true security, this is not something you should go cheap on.

Just to share my experience, I did not want a DYI type of system. Initial cost was low but you're still sucked in a monthly rate for true monitoring and such. Plus, the fact that it had a main "central" unit that you have to hide was kinda crap. I purchased a professional grade Honeywell Lynx system, which what many true security companies use. I made sure it had both Wifi and GSM modules (and z-wave for home automation). Did my research and installed all the sensors myself. Subscribed with a UL listed monitoring service/company for $240 per year no contract required. I get the same benefits as a neighbor who has an actual contract but pays 3x what I pay. This includes a mobile app to arm/disarm/alerts and notifications, etc. Also includes fire monitoring in case we're not home (requires smoke detectors for the Lynx system). The only catch with that is the upfront costs. The new hardware can be very costly for some. If you do decide to go that route, expect to pay a few hundreds (more than a DYI system). It is all going to depend on how many sensors you will need, etc. Both Amazon and eBay will have sellers selling Honeywell Lynx kits.

Some good resources for research:
alarmgrid.com
geoarm.com

I don't use either one, nor I am affiliated with any company.
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There are several systems being offered. You got the DYI types like Simplisafe and similar. Not professional grade for sure. Then you got the stuff actually used by security system companys like ADT and such.

The one important advice I'll give you is do your research to the fullest. If you're goal is true security, this is not something you should go cheap on.

Just to share my experience, I did not want a DYI type of system. Initial cost was low but you're still sucked in a monthly rate for true monitoring and such. Plus, the fact that it had a main "central" unit that you have to hide was kinda crap. I purchased a professional grade Honeywell Lynx system, which what many true security companies use. I made sure it had both Wifi and GSM modules (and z-wave for home automation). Did my research and installed all the sensors myself. Subscribed with a UL listed monitoring service/company for $240 per year no contract required. I get the same benefits as a neighbor who has an actual contract but pays 3x what I pay. This includes a mobile app to arm/disarm/alerts and notifications, etc. Also includes fire monitoring in case we're not home (requires smoke detectors for the Lynx system). The only catch with that is the upfront costs. The new hardware can be very costly for some. If you do decide to go that route, expect to pay a few hundreds (more than a DYI system). It is all going to depend on how many sensors you will need, etc. Both Amazon and eBay will have sellers selling Honeywell Lynx kits.

Some good resources for research:
alarmgrid.com
geoarm.com

I don't use either one, nor I am affiliated with any company.
WOW!!! EXCELLENT INFO!!! Thank you SOOOO much!!!
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WOW!!! EXCELLENT INFO!!! Thank you SOOOO much!!!
You're very welcome. Just let me know if you need any specific info.
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Wyez Wifi camera $20-30, free 2 week cloud storage. Offline on sdcard. Can use backup power bank. 1-8 cameras per account.

There's also $200 wireless wifi2 Camera with LCD monitor.
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so the Honeywell amazon reviews don't seem to be too great? Looking to build a system that would have backup if the internet goes down. Any suggestions?

https://www.security.honeywell.co...52468.html

https://www.amazon.com/Control-Ho...6197&psc=1
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