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Alarms And Home Automation

I recently went on a job for a client that wanted to upgrade his home security needs.  Being a security consultant I went through a lot of different things that he needed to think about.  One of the biggest things that I advised him of getting was home automation.  Many of the alarm systems that are coming out these days all have optional interfaces so that you can control different things from over the internet, or even your phone.

After we discussed the possibilites I advised the customer to check with the major companies.  The most promising response the client got was in regard to the adt pulse pricing.  I pointed him to a system that I personally recommend when going with central monitored alarms.  He is happy with the system I recommended, and now he has turned into a home automation fool.  He is buying pieces in small amounts, and getting the whole thing done.

When buying an alarm system for your home or business keep the automation idea in the back of your head.  It is a nice feature because you can turn lights on, or off, and do many other things that people would not think could be done without being there.

X10 SC1200 Security Alarm Console Review

X10 SC1200

I have recently tried out a new product from X10.  While this isn’t going to tell you what diet pills work best it will tell you about the brand new security console, the SC1200.  For many years I was using a security console that seemed like it was made back in the 70’s.  The new console looks, and operates like a modern piece of technology.

X10 Protector

The Sc1200 has a lcd screen, keypad, tamper alert, and works with wireless, and wired sensors.  It is fully compatible with 90% of the original X10 accessories, and there are even new accessories that you can purchase like a thermostat roll-back unit.  The SC1200 uses 4 AA batteries for battery backup.  It comes with a power supply, and phone cable.  The SC1200 also mounts to a wall without additional hardware, which the Protector unit needed a wall mount that cost additional.

In comparison to the original Protector, the SC1200 is much nicer to look at, seems to have a bit more range than its predecessor.  The new SC1200 also handles a maximum of 32 zones whereas the Protector could only handle 16 zones.  For the most part a large house should be able to work with one unit.  One of the best features that I like is that you can call into the SC1200 and operate the unit as if you were home.  You can arm, disarm, turn lights on, and see what zone got tripped if an alarm went off.  Another great feature is that you can control the delays for entry, exit, dial, and answering.

When using the new techology accessories you gain additional benefits.  The new door/window sensors come ready for wireless, but can also have a wired contact added to it.  X10 has definitelly thought of the user for the new line of hardware.

The only thing that I have found to be a bit annoying with the new system is that the wireless light modules will only work if your house wiring is coupled together between the phases.  This isn’t a major problem, but for someone that just wants to be up, and running this could be a small disappointment.  This was my problem because my WS467 units will not interact with the SC1200 currently, and I have to add a house coupler to get all my modules to work.

I give the SC1200 a 9 out of 10.