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Old 2010-01-27, 11:37 AM
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Default Alarm System -- Extra KeyPad or Remote Setup or Key FOB

For Alarm System I want to have the flexibility to set it up in the night from master bedroom or from near garage entrance ...

I bee given 3 options :

(1) Install an Extra keypad for around $150
(2) Install Remote Control Unit so that You can Call into the System from any where to Arm/Disarm the system .... I like the idea but is it convenient like just calling a number and pressing 1 or 2 keys or does it take too much time. You don't want to spend too much time while leaving house or while going to bed??? any feedback from some on how has this system.

(3) Install Remote Unit for 150 and get $50 Key Fob each to arm disarm system. I am told the range is around 500 meters. Would the Range be enough on a 50 ft 3000 sq/ft house to operate from Master bedroom.


Any one who is using any of these system can kindly provide me with Pros and cons of each system. Specifically that Phone call thing. Is it convenient or impractical ...
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Old 2010-01-27, 12:31 PM
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I put an extra keypad in the wall outside the master bedroom. I figured I didn't want to mess around with keyfobs that can get lost, batteries that can die, and all that potential hassle. You want it to be dead-easy to use or it eventually won't get used at all.

The one disadvantage I have found is that when there is a power failure at night, the keypad beeps to indicate trouble, which is loud enough to wake you up.
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Old 2010-01-28, 09:13 AM
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I always install wiring for an extra keypad in the master bedroom for just such a reason.

The keyfobs have a 500 METER range? That's news to me.
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Old 2010-01-28, 10:59 AM
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I am sure that 500 meter thing was just a sales pitch and that is why I was critical about it.

Greg do you know about that Remote Access module i.e. arming and disarming system over phone and is it much harder to do then just having Keypad. Do people install keypad outside the master bedroom or inside . (where exactly in the bedroom).
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Old 2010-01-28, 04:17 PM
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I don't know how "arming and disarming over the phone" works. But I can't imagine it being nearly as convenient as pressing one button on a keypad. On most keypads you either punch in your code + "Enter" to arm/disarm, or even set a "speed dial" so you just press and hold one button and it arms.

To do it over the phone, is it like telephone banking? Call the 1-800 number, enter my ID number, enter my passcode, then "press 1 to arm, press 2 to disarm"... ? That can't possibly be something you want to do every night before you go to bed.
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Old 2010-01-28, 04:49 PM
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yes that is quite true but on the plus side you can arm disarm using cordless phone from any where in the house or even using your cell phone if you are arming it and you are already out perhaps forgot to arm the system .... Speed dial could be helpful too ...

that is my concern actually if there are long instructions after the call then its not worth it. If some one has that system and can comment it be really appreciated ...
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Old 2010-01-28, 08:00 PM
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Here is the user manual for the DSC version of the telephone module:

http://cms.dsc.com/download.php?t=1&id=9592
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Sounds real Cool... Thank you Greg... doesn't seem it will too long to arm or disarm the system. I am assuming most of the homes are not security partitioned and there is only 1 zone.

With added feature of Home Automation control it is scalable as well.
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The manual mentions X10.. I wouldn't qualify X10 as home automation, more like home abomination

You will (and should) have more than 1 zone in your home. More sensors that are placed in the home will be wired as individual zones, such as your doors, motions, etc..

And this manual is for a DSC system. I do not know what your contractor will be using for a system.
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Thanks for explanation Greg. I am not much concerned for using it for Home Automation as per my other thread ...

it says : Escort Interface Module (Remote Sys. Access) in my price booklet.
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