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Okay for a false sense of security... Power supply is a huge issue
on December 22, 2014
After having my house broken into, I started looking for a home security system to ward off any intruders. I figured, if my car comes with an alarm system, why shouldn't my house? So I started looking into them and had a list of requirements, which this system addresses.
1. It must be able to function when power is lost. This unit has a backup batters. So, if the system is unplugged or power is lost, then the unit will still function for several hours. I haven't tested exactly how long, but based on my estimation (unplugged for at least an hour), I'd say it could go half a day (12 hours) at least.
2. It must be on GSM network so that I may be alerted via text. This system works with T-Mobile and I believe AT&T. I used a T-Mobile Prepaid plan which requires $10 to be added every 90 days. So that's roughly $3/month.
3. The system must be able to delay the arming and disarming of the system to allow us to leave the house and walk in and enter the code. This system let's you configure both as two different time intervals (for me, I had 60 seconds to leave and 30 seconds to disarm).
The above were my minimum requirements. Some of the features of this system made me choose this over the competition.
A. The system is reasonably priced. It's the best bang for the buck I could find.
B. If power is lost, it would notify you via text of loss of power. This is good news, because I have a sump pump and if we lose power, I'd like to know to make sure the basement doesn't flood.
C. The key FOBs make arming and disarming easier.
After I got the product, it was very easy to set up. All the sensors were already registered with the unit. All I had to do was insert a SIM card, power the main unit, and install the sensors. Senors are easy to install with either double-sided tape or screws. The main unit is very easy to install as well.
Now, you may be asking yourself, "Why the three star review if all these things sound so good?" Well, let's get right to it. There are several issues with the product that I want to make sure people are aware of before purchasing. These are issues with the design itself. I'm attaching some photos to show what I mean.
The main issue with the system is all related to the design and how it deals with power. The indoor wireless siren is just plugged into a wall. An intruder can easily unplug the siren before it goes off (or while it goes off). Also, the siren is not very loud. Don't expect your neighbors to hear the internal siren if you live in an rural area.
In the photos, you'll see that the power cord just hangs out of the unit and plugs into the wall. An intruder can easily walk in and unplug the unit. This may not be a big deal due to the fact that it has backup power, but let me explain something that's not very obvious in any of the reviews, Q&A, and user manuals. There's a power switch for the main unit. In the second photo, you can easily see on the back of the unit a power switch. The manual describes this as an "internal backup battery switch". If you switch this off, the entire unit turns off. Given that I need a delay in arming the system, this gives an intruder ample time to just turn off the system.
Finally, the feature of notifying you when the power is lost does not work. I've tried several times. Never worked. But regular alarm messages I'll get correctly with the zone and sensor that was triggered.
Given all the above, I would recommend this over cheaper PiSector products, but I'd warn you about the issues with power. If you buy a product, make sure there's no easy power switch to turn off the system. Here's what I would do if I were an intruder in your home. I'd see this system, so I'd immediately take it off the wall (the wall installation is just like hanging a poster or a picture) and turn off the unit. Then the owner would never get an alert and I would have all the time in the world to take what I want.