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GreatBrandino
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Somewhere
Member since Nov 2008
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Anyone have a DIY security system?
Looking at something like the Smartthings ADT or simplisafe setup. Does anyone have any experience with these and Pros/Cons?


TomSpanks
Florida Fan
Baton Rouge
Member since Dec 2005
383 posts

re: Anyone have a DIY security system?
I just set up a Simplisafe system, couldn't be happier. Very easy to install and easy to add sensors whenever you want.


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TexasTiger39
Member since Mar 2009
3526 posts

re: Anyone have a DIY security system?
Do you already have a wired alarm system you are trying to upgrade to make "smart" or no system at all?


LSUdubai
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Dubai, UAE
Member since Oct 2010
205 posts

re: Anyone have a DIY security system?
Have Nest and love it. Super easy to set up.


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GreatBrandino
LSU Fan
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Member since Nov 2008
523 posts

re: Anyone have a DIY security system?
I have the remnants of an old ADT system, I don't know if it would be worth trying to fix that one or go all new. I'm not too concerned with the monitoring at this point, but would like the ability to for the future.


Dam Guide
New Orleans Saints Fan
Nooga
Member since Sep 2005
11534 posts

re: Anyone have a DIY security system?
Ring is awesome and cheaper than the rest, plus unlimited camera cloud storage, $100 per year or $10 a month. I did a review in the Ring Alarm thread from my install a few months back. Still really happy with it.
This post was edited on 12/6 at 10:00 am


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TexasTiger39
Member since Mar 2009
3526 posts

re: Anyone have a DIY security system?
check out Konnect.io

It lets you use your existing hardwired sensors and turns it into a "smart" alarm that you monitor from your phone through smartthings. If an intrusion is detected it sends a push notification to your phone.

Since it is smartthings, you can use IFTT to have other things occur when the alarm goes off, like turn on lights, start security cams recording, etc.

Also lets you get rid of your alarm keypad and works with alexa, etc.
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CubsFanBudMan
Chicago Cubs Fan
Member since Jul 2008
3644 posts

re: Anyone have a DIY security system?
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I have the remnants of an old ADT system


If it's a Honeywell or DSC motherboard, you can add an Eyez-on module to connect it to the internet.


GreatBrandino
LSU Fan
Somewhere
Member since Nov 2008
523 posts

re: Anyone have a DIY security system?
CubsFan have you installed the Eyez-on module? This seems like the route I'd like to take


mchias1
LSU Fan
Member since Dec 2009
303 posts

re: Anyone have a DIY security system?
I 2nd the Eyez-on. I installed it with my honeywell panel. pretty easy to set up with their instructions.


TigerV
Member since Feb 2007
1426 posts

re: Anyone have a DIY security system?
Anyone use alarm.com?


GreatBrandino
LSU Fan
Somewhere
Member since Nov 2008
523 posts

re: Anyone have a DIY security system?
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I 2nd the Eyez-on. I installed it with my honeywell panel. pretty easy to set up with their instructions.


Any tips or anything about it?


mchias1
LSU Fan
Member since Dec 2009
303 posts

re: Anyone have a DIY security system?
Not really. It is set up the same was you would a physical keypad. I've had it set up for over a year now and don't remember having trouble setting it up.

Only thing I'd be sure to do is run the ethernet cable in your wall into the back of the panel box.


GreatBrandino
LSU Fan
Somewhere
Member since Nov 2008
523 posts

re: Anyone have a DIY security system?
Just an update, I installed the envisalink and it achieved exactly what I was wanting. It allows me to self-monitor and remote arm just as I wanted.

Even researched and use an app called DSCServer, which allows you to integrate it with Alexa (as long as you have an old Android device laying around)...

Thank you for the suggestion


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Golfer
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Member since Nov 2005
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re: Anyone have a DIY security system?
I have had Abode since August and really like it. The hub isn't as obnoxious as some of the other carriers and I can run any z-wave device through it and manage it with the Abode app.


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MrLarson
Auburn Fan
Member since Oct 2014
27503 posts

re: Anyone have a DIY security system?
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Anyone use alarm.com?


Yes

Front Point. I just installed it 10 days ago and I love it. It was simple to install and it is stand alone that runs off cell towers.

I think I paid 239.00 for the system and monthly monitoring is 49.00


mctiger1985
LSU Fan
Baton Rouge
Member since Oct 2009
3090 posts

re: Anyone have a DIY security system?
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monthly monitoring is 49.00






MrLarson
Auburn Fan
Member since Oct 2014
27503 posts

re: Anyone have a DIY security system?
I don't have a home phone or internet so it has to run off cell towers. I can live with it.


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