Recommend solid IP alarm system please?

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  1. GlynH

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    Hi there,

    For many years (on & off) I have been looking for a quality, robust IP Intruder Alarm system for my house.

    The ability to configure, control, check status & be alerted over the Internet using an iOS device would be high on my feature list.

    Also being able to connect IP CCTV cameras to monitor the property (maybe using non-proprietary cameras such as existing Mobotix external cameras plus adding some internal cameras c/w PIR) would be terrific!

    Does anyone have any recommendations please?

    Thanks & kind regards,
    -=Glyn=-
     
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    I look for one too!!!
     
  3. gken74

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    Most good intruder systems won't let you dial in and configure the system as that should only be an engineer function, Yes you will be able to control, check status & be alerted over the Internet.

    Is it for residential or commercial?
    Do you want to meet any grading requirements?

    If you're looking for a decent CCTV setup forgot the IP camera's, any good DVR will allow you to network it and connect via your iphone/smart phone so it'd be pointless to connect it to an alarm system unless you want it signalling to an ARC or a keyholder.
     
  4. GlynH

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    Thanks for the replies.

    The alarm is for residential purposes - bog standard 3-bed semi and it doesn't have to meet any particular grading requirements.

    The reason I was asking about IP cameras is I already have two Mobotix IP Cams front & rear and I like the way I can access them remotely and connection by a single PoE cable is a godsend. Was looking to do the same with internal IP cameras but without the cost of the Mobotix!

    I moved away from analogue & DVR many years ago now and would not want to go back...more than happy with recording to 32GB SD cards & streaming over network to Synology Rackserver and the ability to send offsite.

    I have seen two IP alarm systems; Siemens SPC & Abus SecVest that seem to tick most of the boxes for me.

    Before I take the plunge I was wondering if there were any similar brands that I should take a look at?

    Thanks & kind regards,
    -=Glyn=-
     
    Last edited: Sep 5, 2012
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    We've used DSC with the EyezOn module before. Works well but as above, monitoring and arm/disarm only.

    Chris
     
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    I've just taken the plunge myself.

    Went for a DSC Powerseries 1864. Massively configurable and very robust.
    I've just ordered an Envisalink 3 in order to get it hooked up via IP. Very good over-the-internet control and monitoring. And I aim to exploit the local API to write my own integration software so I can design my own web interface and do things like occupancy detection for lighting/heating control.
     
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    GlynH, did you take the plunge? Be interested to hear your opinions...
     
  9. GlynH

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    Only just...I've found a system that seems to tick all of the boxes for me...and its taken a while!

    Take a look at the Visonic Series alarms here;

    cts-direct.net

    They do various makes of alarm system but the one I am going for is the Visonic as stated above.

    They seem fully featured & highly configurable with many different detectors and to me reasonably priced.

    Was originally looking at the PowerMax system (they do kits where the sensors are pre-registered) but just about to place an order for the latest PowerMaster which uses newer technology which increasesbattery life amongst other things.

    Hope that helps?

    Kind regards,
    -=Glyn=-
     
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    Purchased the Visionic Powermax Express with GSM.

    Got everything installed, but could not get the GSM SMS reporting working.

    Changed all various PAYG SIMs (Vodafone, O2, TMobile, Orange)

    And couldn't get it working.. if anyone has managed this successfully.. let me know!

    Thanks
     
  11. gken74

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    When using any form of SMS it's vital that you ensure you have the correct SMS service centre number for the mobile provider programmed, if it's a PAYG sim then you need the PAYG SMS service centre number and vice versa for the monthly contract Sims and SMS centre number.

    They will not work even if you have say an Orange PAYG sim card and the orange monthly SMS centre number.
     
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    Sim card has been tested on a 2g gsm phone. There's no way to configure the SMSC number via the alarm panel.
     
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    GlynH - just found this post and am intertesred to see if you got the Visonic Powermaster set up? Are you pleased with it. Are you able to arm / disarm from IOS?
     
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    Sorry for re-activating this ancient thread but I have just started to look at the Visonic alarms so I too am interested in whether everything is working fine now with all problems resolved.


    Graham.
     

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