I reviewed systems for 6 months online before deciding on this system.I wanted one,that had a lot of options & different sensors,and that would work with my high speed connection.I bought:
1 GE xt control,with backup battery 1 phone line hookup 2 wireless door sensors(for entry doors) 4 wireless door/window sensors(to use with window sensors) 16 2 wire magnetic window sensors(all my windows) 3 motion detection sensors(upstairs & basement) 1 external alarm speaker (outdoor or indoor type) 1 roll 250 feet alarm wire 2 wire(you'll need for window sensors) 1 wallmount wireless fob(for arming & disarming from a master bedroom) 2 car keyfobs( for car keys,to arm & disarm alarm) 1 DVD GE XT setup & installation(can get from safemart.com) 2 alarm signs & stickers(another security thing,that'll let a perp no wrong house to mess with,cheap to buy) 2 dummy cameras(nice to have around entry doors,another nice security measure,cheap to buy)
after getting everything I set all items on kitchen table,got DVD and watched it real good and took notes,This DVD will cost you 30 bucks,but very valuable as setup will be a breeze after watching it. I setup a front & back door wireless alarm inside the top of the door and made it no delay-instant alarm,when alarm is activated.the smoke detector i put on the main floor,and made that a no delay instant alarm. then setup the wireless window sensors,which 1 wireless sensor can be wired to cover 4 windows,which you need alarm wire to do.I did all my windows and was able to save some money by not buying a whole bunch of wireless window sensors(which you could go that route if money is no option).The DVD will show you how to wire these up to make it easier for you.Read more ›
I purchased a custom Simon XT system for my mom & dad - so I had it shipped to me, programmed it and then gave it to them as a gift. I have a GE Concord 4 system with a combination of wired and wireless sensors, and this XT is nearly functionally identical, especially mow that they have added cellular and X-10 options. To address the two most common complaints - ease/difficulty of programming and "defeatability": the included instructions are not difficult, but they are incomplete for some installations; you need to search and download the installers "installation manual" in addition to the included installation "guide". Several on-line retailers have the manual on their websites. Nonetheless, programming is lengthy and cumbersome, but not difficult unless you're not the sharpest tool in the shed (an increasing common condition in our society). Concerning "defeatability" - by destroying or damaging the control panel - this isn't an issue if you do a smart system design with an external siren (indoor, but separate from the panel - a $15 item) - after all, that's why the system specifically includes an external siren output. The siren can be mounted a very long way away (hardwired) and the panel siren disabled - so any burglar wouldn't even know where the panel is. Piezo alarms bounce off the walls and are actually hard to pinpoint quickly - especially for panicked burglars who usually scram the second an alarm sounds. And if they find the exterior siren and disable it, it doesn't affect the panel, which is now dialing you or the cops.Read more ›
First of all, do not expect to get the same unit that is in the picture. It is misleading, as what is shipped is the newer model. The good news is that the unit comes with the latest and greatest firmware, Rev. 1.4, so you will be able to use one of the new fancy two-way LCD touchpads with the control panel.
The kit is pretty darned complete with everything that you'd probably need to set up a small apartment. But if you're doing a house installation, you'll definitely need more sensors, readily available on Ebay for dirt cheap. The kit comes with a DVD which instructs you on how to operate the system. There are two other sets of instructions that accompany the kit, but I didn't find everything that I needed there, so I drummed up a couple more pdf instructions on the web, which were easy to find.
The setup was pretty much a snap, except I was having issues with the system calling out to my cell phone. At first, I was thinking that it might be because I'm using VOIP, but that shouldn't have been an issue if I selected "voice dialer". I was baffled and tried all sorts of configurations, until I found something on the Internet that clued me into my mistake. There are two ports on the back of the panel- one is an RJ31 jack and the other a RF45. Being a network engineer, I just figured that the unit had some sort of disabled broadband function. If you look more closely, you'll find that the smaller jack is labeled "phone", while the larger jack is labeled "line". So, to make a long story short, the phone cable (even though it's small) goes into the big port. As soon as I did that, the alarm notified me of the tripped sensors, when I tested it. Voilà!
As I mentioned, I'm using VOIP, so I'm still shopping around for central monitoring solutions.Read more ›