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Old 05-05-2011, 06:57 PM
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Anyone have any input or thoughts on DIY home alarm systems? Looking for something for an apartment for somone. Townhome style - 2 levels, 2 entry doors, and 2-3 downstairs windows.

Makes? Models? Costs? Effectiveness?
Old 05-05-2011, 07:26 PM
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X-10.com

Their wireless systems are cheap but effective. I used one of their kits for a couple of years and had no troubles.
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I had a wireless local only alarm at my second house. Easy to install and with 9 volt batteries in the transmitters they were really reliable.

My GF has a wireless alarm that calls the alarm company. Their transmitters use those tiny flat batteries and they don't last very long. She's had many false alarm situations.
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Thanks gang.
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I have both a complete X10 home automation system as well as a self-installed wireless GE Simon 3 home alarm system with multiple doors, windows, smokes and other items interconnected. I don't recommend X10 for an alarm system as it takes a lot to get X10 to reliably perform throughout your entire house due to multiple electrical phases and various items like TVs that can cause interference. There are a number of wireless and wired alarm systems available but I went with the GE Simon because it is easy (at least I thought it was) to install and enables me to call my cell phone and another number versus having it monitored by an alarm company. The latest GE model the XT is a good choice IMO. I was looking for deterrence without having to pay monthly fees so this fit the bill for me. I also have WiFi cameras installed both at my primary home and vacation home where the boat is docked so that if the alarm does go off I can use the cameras to see what is happening. I will admit I have had a few false alarms but most were due to my own learning curve and one was due to a balloon crossing the motion detector sensor. PM me if you would like more info.

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