Home security is every homeowner's top priority nowadays. With hundreds of things to consider when burglar-proofing your home, a reliable home alarm system is a must for every house. Hundreds of systems are available on the market, one of which is made readily available by Digital Security Controls, popularly known as DSC. In this article, we will review some of its features and products to determine which type of DSC alarm system is suitable to your home.
Most DSC systems include smoke detectors, carbon monoxide detectors, built-in low temperature sensor on keypads and flood detectors. These items are usually hardwired; however there are also available wireless products such as door/window sensors, keypads and wireless key.
Each DSC security system comes with at least one keypad. Keypads come in different forms such as PowerSeries LED keypads, PowerSeries LCD Full-Message Keypad and PowerSeries Touch Screen Interface. Before purchase, you should consider which keypad is suitable for your home. If you are used to traditional systems, then keypads with LED indicators are enough for your needs. However, if you want to install modern security systems, you may opt to buy TouchScreen Security Interface. This type of control panel usually includes intuitive full color display, menu, easy installation programming and even a clock and picture frame feature. Of course, newer models are expensive compared to older keypads.
Dividing your house into different zones can help you a lot when deciding which model to install. Your home's perimeter should be your first priority. DSC offers several door and window sensors that you can install. Also available are glassbreak and motion detectors that use infrared technology to monitor movement. Some models are pet-immune to avoid false alarms.
Other internal life and property protection devices are also available such as smoke and carbon monoxide alarms. Devices such as the WS4913 Wireless CO Detector employ electrochemical sensing technology that triggers an alarm whenever a dangerous amount of carbon monoxide is detected in the air.
All DSC security systems and accessories come in hardwired and wireless connection. As a homeowner, you need toassess how each type of alarm connection benefits you. Wired connections are usually limited depending on the model of the system. For example, the Power 1616 Alarm Systems can only accommodate 6 hardwired zones out of the box. If you want to cover a large area with hardwired connections, you may need to consider the Maxsys 4020 that can give you 16 hardwired connections which is expandable to 128.
However, wired connections are extremely vulnerable, especially if installed improperly. Burglars immediately look for wires connected to your alarm system and simply cutting it off can disarm the whole house. Newer models, such as Alexor, are nearly 100% wireless. Each device in every security zone is equipped with batteries for portability. In wireless type of connection, the signal strength and obstructions should be considered. Appliances such as microwaves, TVs, and even wood walls can affect the signal. Even WiFi signals from routers can affect your alarm system. To ensure that all devices work, test each security zone during installation or better yet, ask professional help.
DSC alarm systems can also be monitored via POTS (Plain old telephone service), IP (Internet Protocol), and GSM connection. Choosing between these connections usually depend on complexity of installation, and the professional central monitoring station. The alarm system can be connected to a telephone line through the central monitoring system's 1-800 toll free numbers. However, this type of connection usually requires some advance wiring. Also, POTS lines are often susceptible to outages due to maintenance, weather condition or tampering. Some models such as the Alexor Alarm System have a built-in capability to use cellular/radio signal to connect to monitoring stations. A more popular option nowadays is the IP connection. It uses available Internet connection in your house to communicate to the central monitoring station using an Internet Alarm Communicator.
You may get overwhelmed and confused with the options made available by DSC. The key is to know how you want to protect your property and your family. Think like a burglar and assess your house for weak points. Then, consult a professional dealer on which model to install. Research the DSC products online to further understand how each alarm system works. This is necessary especially if you are going to install the security system by yourself.
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