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Review of The Best Home Security Systems

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Best Security Systems

There are 4 major well known home security manufacturers available. Home Security companies will typically service and maintain any type of security system and they have access to the parts needed to service all systems. If they are installing a new system then they will usually offer 2 types at most. Even though all of these systems are comparable on most levels as far as the operation and use, there are differences in the initial setup. If you are a DIY Installer then you will want to choose carefully since you are not a seasoned professional.

Review of The Best Home Security Systems

Decide on the Features that you want and need

Some of the top security systems will offer a huge amount of options. In most cases you will not use most of these options. In the case of a home alarm system the more options available just means more confusion when it comes to sorting out the programming options. It is important to know what you need before you buy your system. You will need to make a list of what devices and system features that you will want. Make sure to take into account any changes that you may want in the near future. Of course the best security systems will have the ability to be expanded.

Make a Zone List for your home

The best place to start is to make a zone list for your home. Start at your front door and walk clockwise around your home and write down the name of each opening for your home. Once all of the descriptions for the doors and windows have been recorded you will need to write down a minimum of one smoke detector. This is usually located in the hallway by the bedrooms. If your bedrooms are located in different places then you should add additional smoke detectors. Motion sensors are also a valuable addition to the protection of your home. The motion sensors can protect a much wider area of your home than single door and window contacts. Do not make the mistake of using a motion sensor to replace the protection of door and window sensors. You must always remember that an intruder must be inside your home in order for them to be detected. Door and window contacts will trigger your alarm before the intruder enters your home. There are many additional devices that you can add now or at a later date. Some of these devices are:

  • Heat Detectors
  • Carbon Monoxide Detectors
  • Key Fobs
  • Medical Pendants
  • Panic Switches
  • Glass Break Detectors
  • Additional Keypads

Listed below are the top Four Home Security Manufacturers and one of their popular control panels:

  • 2Gig Home Security System
    • Capable of supporting 48 zones and 8 users
    • DSC Home Security System Model – 9047 (Digital Security Controls)
      • Capable of supporting 34 zones and 17 users
      • Honeywell Security System Model – Lynx
        • Capable of supporting 64 zones and 16 users
        • GE Home Security System Model – Simon XT (General Electric)
          • Capable of supporting 40 zones and  users

All of these security panels have the same basic features. The price ranges are $200-$400. The 2gig panel is at the high end of the range but it is by far one of the easiest to program with very little advanced understanding of security system programming. Even though the control panel is higher priced the devices are lower to purchase individually so expanding your 2gig system is much less expensive than the other three panels. The 2Gig panel is the newest of the four manufacturers but has recently taken the security market by storm.

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