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Old 11-07-19, 01:34 PM
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EnvisaLink EVL-4EZR

I read some of the older posts on this device.

I have a 20 year old DSC 832 system and our annual monitoring contract comes up for renewal in January.

Is the EVL-4 still a good option for replacing the monitoring? Are there any other alternatives? I understand the risks around power failures and broadband outages, etc. ... but I am willing to accept those risks.

The hardest part of this job will be telling the provider I want to cancel my contract after 20 years. But I just can't see paying him $19/month and AT&T $35/month for a landline.

Any other thoughts?
 
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Old 11-08-19, 03:24 PM
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The main, and most important question is: Do you have the installer code for your system? If you don't have that; the this becomes a much more difficult project. (The master arm/disarm code, will not give you access to the programming that you would need to change to use the envisalink hardware)
 
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Old 11-08-19, 03:56 PM
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Yes I do have the Installer Code for my system. I've changed a few things (like delays) over the years. Its tedious but I can work my way through it.
 
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Installing the Envisalink module opens up a world of new possibilities...

I have been running it for 4 years now and it's fully integrated with the most modern home automation tools...
I can even use DSC motion sensors and other alarm features to trigger actions within the "smart" home.
So what you can't do with the alarm panel you can then do with the new tools you can interface with it.
For instance when alarm is armed I can tell the CCTV system to start the video motion detection, lock all the door smart locks and turn off all the lights in the house.
Of course you can add notifications, phone calls, emails etc too.

Envisalink is the best investment ever to do with a DSC alarm!
 
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Thank you. I presume you can shut off the alarm from your phone? Correct?
 
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yes, even using the envisalink app.
It's basic but it allows arming & disaming
 
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Old 11-20-19, 02:28 PM
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Thanks everyone. I just thought of something. On my system I have the 5580 ESCORT module installed. I am guessing I need (or should) remove this prior to installing the Envisalink. I have no problem doing this as the unit has NEVER worked as intended and we gave up using it years ago. Question: Besides disconnecting it, I am guessing there is some Master Programming that needs to be done to remove it from the system. Correct?

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Yeah, It's been my observation that the Escort, and similar devices, don't work well on modern telco systems, especially with features like caller ID, and call waiting enabled. I stopped offering them as a recommended option, many years ago...
 
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