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Security System Key fob

Security system key key fob’s are a convienent and easy way to arm and disarm your security system. A key fob connects wirelessley to your security system’s control and with the press of a button you can disarm you security system, arm in the away mode and stay mode and also it has a police panic button. The security system keyfob atatches to your key chain with you house and car keys. If you want to add a key fob to your securilty system its usually just a matter of adding a wireless receiver to your security system, then you can add multiple key fobs usually upto 8 of them, depending upon your system. You would need your security system installer to help set them up.

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Know Who is at Your Door When Your Home and Not Home

A fully Wireless Color Video Door Intercom by Optex is the Answer. I have installed quite a few of these video intercom systems and I Love them. For starters the Optex products are high quality security products. I prefer and have used many of them for my customers. When they came out with the Video Intercom that is fully wireless I had to check it out. This product is by far one of the best video intercom’s on the market, feature rich, price and you can install it your self. I have one on my home also.

The video intercom’s front door station is small and looks great, you install AA batteries into it and then just fix it beside your front door. The inside station comes with a base Read More

Learn More About Wireless Security Systems

1. What is a Wireless Security System? A wireless security system a security system that incorporates wireless sensors a posed to a security system where you have to run wires to each security sensor. 2. Why use Wireless over a Wired Security System? Generally a wireless security system would be used in a home where either the home is not already pre-wired or if its difficult to run wires and to hide them in the attic or crawl space. Read More

If your phone line exposed on the outside of your home? If Cut your alarm system monitoring will not work.

Alarm System Telephone Line ConnectionYour alarm system uses your phone line for alarm monitoring.

Most homes in North America have phone lines that come into the home via over head wires, the wires run down the home and terminate in a plastic box then connect to your alarm system and your telephone jacks in the house. The wires can easily be cut and the  box easily accessed. Any burglar can do this very easily and can disable your phone line which will then disable your alarm system monitoring. If you have your phone lines exposed on the side of your home you should always install an alarm system cell backup system which will provide your alarm system monitoring via the cell network.

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Alarm System | Keep your Security System accessible


Its important to keep your security system accessible

The other day i was doing a service call to a customers security system to replace a backup battery. The customer also had a problem with their keypad displaying FC on the screen. When i arrived the 1st thing i needed to do was to locate the alarm system panel. The security system panel was located in the basement closet. When i opened the closet i found the customer had recently installed an AV (audio Video) rack in the closet full of satellite receivers, computer router, PVR etc.

The problem was it has been installed directly in front of the security system box and I was unable to open the box more than about 3 inches. The AV rack was not screwed to the floor so i moved it an extra inch and was able to replace the backup battery. The problem here is if the security system needs servicing more than just replacing the backup battery there is no way we can access the inside of the box. Its is very important that when your alarm system is installed that you do not install AV receivers, built in vacuums

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Alarm Monitoring | Yearly Service For Your Security System

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A security system that is serviced yearly is a security system that is going to be reliable and functioning correctly when needed. Many security companies install security systems, hookup the alarm monitoring and you then you don’t hear from them for years until you call them with a problem.

A good security company will offer you a yearly maintenance agreement and explain the value of this to you. Most security systems do indicate when there is a problem by indicating on the keypad with a trouble light and beeping. The will system will also call the alarm monitoring service report the trouble. This is the case for Low Battery, Loss of supervision etc but not the case if you have problems with sensors or general wear and tear. This can only be found by the technician performing an inspection and full test on your system.

The cost of not doing a yearly inspection on your security system can be great and cost you far more in the long run if the system doesn’t function correctly if an intrusion or fire occurs.

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Alarm Monitoring and VOIP

Alarm System VOIP

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Are you thinking of switching to a VOIP home phone? What about your alarm system and alarm monitoring? The savings for VOIP or voice over IP telephone are considerable over conventional analog phone lines. Your regular home phone line with features generally costs between $35 and $55 per month compared to VOIP lines which can be a fraction of that cost. One company digital voice charges $13.95

The problem with VOIP is that it does not work with your alarm system monitoring. Your alarm system requires an analog phone line to monitor the your system. If you choose to use VOIP phone lines then there is another option. Read More

Monitored Smoke Detector

All homes should have smoke detectors installed in them. One step better, all homes should have monitored smoke detectors. You should have a minimum of one smoke detector on each level of your home and depending upon the square footage of your home you may require more. I usually like to recommend to people to have  a minimum of  2 monitored smoke detectors per 1000 square feet per level of their home if it’s a fairly open floor plan. Best case is one per room but that can get expensive.

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Beware Of Door To Door Alarm Sales People

doorsalespersonI have heard so many complaints from people about door to door high pressure security sales people. Usually the spiel goes “If you allow us to install our sign in your yard, we will give you a free security system.”  sometimes the door to door sales people are not licensed and have little or no training. They are given a script to try to get into your door and then call their high pressure sales manager to come and complete the sale.

Many companies come and go, buying at the door does not give you the time to check the company out. You want to make sure they have a good reputation and will be around to give you the service you need. When Read More

Are You Receiving a Discount On Your Insurance

Did you know that when you have a security system you may be eligible to receive up to 20% discount on your home and business insurance. You should check with your insurance provider as the savings mean more money in your pocket. If you have a monitored security system your monitoring company provider should provide you with an insurance certificate indicating what kind of protection you have. You should also ask about additional discounts if you have Fire Protection, Flood Protection and backup communications like a cell backup etc. Read More

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