Help Choosing Unmonitored Alarm System


Old 02-14-15, 06:40 PM
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Help Choosing Unmonitored Alarm System

Looking for suggestions on a DYI unmonitored alarm system.

Willing to spend $200-$300.

I am basically looking for a panel and some door/window sensors and a siren/sirens.

The basic functionality would be when we are "away" and come home there should be a slight delay to deactivate the alarm. When we are "home" and the alarm is armed the sirens should sound immediately.

Definitely looking for something with smash and crash prevention.

Probably looking at wireless, just for ease of installation.
Any recomendations are greatly appreciated.
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Old 02-14-15, 07:21 PM
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I searched google for house alarm systems, no central station & the first hit was:

Best Home Security System Without Monitoring |

It gives 3 choices, the first offering monitoring at a later date, if you change your mind.
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I've seen all of these and they don't have the best reviews.

If my terminology is correct, I still need the central station or te "panel" that I mentioned in the original questions.

Anybody have an thoughts on this
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Old 02-15-15, 05:38 AM
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SimpliSafe. Does what you want. No contracts. In you price range. Very configurable. PM me if you want more info.
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Doesn't cost any money to self monitor. Get yourself a DSC or Honeywell alarm and connect it to a EVL3 card over the internet, then open a (free) account at and you can monitor on your own with a cell phone. Your system will send you text messages anytime there is a problem, keep full logs of things opening/closing, what codes were used to arm/disarm... etc

Honeywell is good and (IMO).. DSC is even better, extremely customizable.

A quick snapshot of my dsc alarm connected to


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