Can someone in the Alarm Security Field Critique my Alarm System Order

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  1. cr2250

    cr2250 Golden Member

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    you should visit a forum dedicated to home/office security...
     
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    Is your connection to the monitoring service done via internet? Did you looking getting a cell/GSM dialer (for either primary or backup connection)?
     
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    I did @ diysecurityforum but I know there are some people here in the field though :)
     
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    Yes its primarily via Ethernet.
    I skipped on the GSM dialer since Alarm Relay charges an additional 12 a month(21 in total vs 9 a month) plus the unit was about 80 more dollars.

    Did ethernet because I didn't want any interference with having a fax machine on the same line. Homesecuritystore and Alarm Relay suggested I do not run my phone/fax and the system on the same line. I figured instead of adding another line just for the fax I should go with Ethernet.

    I did not feel it was a necessary expense for the extra GSM capability. If the thief is willing to cut my phone lines then so be it, but I'm guessing most will throw a rock through my glass door/windows.
     
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    Is any secondary method to disarm besides the wireless fob? (perhaps a keypad on the alarm device itself?)
     
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    Yes the first link I provided comes with a Keypad which I will mount in the main office. The central unit will be tucked away in a locked closet.

    The keypad is synced wirelessly with the central unit.

    This is why I liked this system the best. If someone was to break in, they can smash the keypad all day, the central unit is still functioning and sounding the alarm! :D
     
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    is your internet fairly stable? your alarm panel wont contact the monitoring service if your internet is down or modem/router is having issues...
     
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    Yes my internet is stable. I don't if its because its a business account or location but ATT DSL has been flawless these past 5 years. I've only called in a couple times during the transition form a dynamic IP to a Static IP. Never had outage issues...compared to Uverse back home :/
     
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    Personally, I think the extra $ for the GSM route versus internet connection would be worth it to protect a business (especially for $10/month?) because a lot less can go wrong with the GSM dialer (you hook it up and that's it) than relying on your internet connection/router/modem to be up 24/7 (can someone can cut the cable into the building, construction project knocks out your connection, major virus outbreak brings net to crawl, etc).
     
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    I don't see any hounds, so no, it is not a good system. You do want to be able to release the hounds right?
     
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    Yeah I thought it over. The reason why I didn't get the DSC GSM device was because its locked to connect24; which I do not want to pay for 30 for.

    But it seems alarm relay will provide their own device for $144 and my total bill will be 21 a month. I think that is fair. Cell will be backup communication and internet is primary.
     
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    I'd still recommend alarmsystemstore.com for a second opinion.

    I pay about $17 a month to monitor with GSM and a landline. I bought the IP communicator so I don't need to monitor that.

    We really can't tell you if you made a good choice since you didn't list your property details.

    ADT says they are great, but I can guarantee I could break into most of their covered homes.