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Old 04-10-03, 07:42 AM
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I am about to move into a house that has a time warner security system already installed. The monthly monitoring fee is $25/month and I feel that it is too expensive for me right now. I am looking for the most economical option for a theft deterrent. Can the equipment be used without purchasing a whole new system (is it compatible with another control pad), or should I consider starting over again and purchasing something like the Simon III?

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Old 04-10-03, 11:54 AM
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I'll be honest with you, I have never heard of a Time Warner security system, so I'll need some more info on the panel to tell you whether anything is compatible or not. But, in general, if it has hardwired sensors (as opposed to wireless - little boxes installed at the doors and windows, etc.) then it is compatible with pretty much any other hardwire system.

You mentioned the Simon III system, so I'm guessing maybe the TW system is similar in the fact that it is a Self-Contained (control panel/keypad/sounder all-in-one) type system? Or do you have a separate control (maybe in a closet?), keypad, and siren for the system?

Let me know a little more about your system (if you have a digital camera, snap a few pictures and e-mail them to me) and I'll see what options you have. Either way, it sounds like you are going to have to replace at least the control panel, since it's probably a proprietary system (cannot be re-programmed.) But, again, I really know nothing about it, so who knows?

I'll do some research on Time Warner too, maybe I can some up with something.

Let me know.
 
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Old 04-10-03, 05:16 PM
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I did a little quick research, and one of the T/W websites mentioned Escort (tm) as an option. The only panel brand that I know of that uses that one is DSC.

Unless they went to the effort of having custom eproms made, the systems are probably a stock DSC motherboard, possibly with custom keypads.
 
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Old 04-16-03, 08:31 PM
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Thank you for your responses to my previous post. I have looked at the system and it appears to be a hard-wired system, as there is a box in one of the closets on the wall with the phone line running into it. Also, the doors have the little boxes in them. I guess that the current accessories are the property of Time Warner cable. I have been told that they will probably want to come and pick them up, with the probable exception of the door sensors. Does it make sense to try to make use of anything that is already here (I'm not sure what that would be if they come and pick up the motion detectors, etc.)?
 
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Old 04-17-03, 08:02 AM
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You should be able to reuse everything but the Control Panel and Keypads (and possibly even the keypads, depending on the type of system.)

Alarm companies typically do not come and take out any equipment, it's possible, but usually not legal, for one, and just not worth it.

The door contacts, motions, siren, and any other hardwired equipment can be easily reused, in most cases. If not, the wiring is the most important part (it will save you from having to use wireless equipment - much more expensive.) You can always replace the contacts and motions and just reuse the wiring, if you had to.

Good luck! Let me know if I can be of any assistance with that system, or finding a good replacement.
 
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