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    I fitted a Visonic alarm which I'm happy with. It's wireless except bell box.

    When I bought it the Pro version wasn't available, but still the only wiring needed was between the control panel and the bell-box. The Pro allows you to fit wireless bell box too.

    You can get flood detectors, smoke detectors, PIR and magnetic contacts.
    It has phone dialler built in and can be armed/disarmed from phone (remote control may be disabled).
    Mine has the optional X10 box on it so X10 can be controlled over phone or by timed events on panel, or by alarm condition, or by arm/disarm etc.

    Being wireless means I've protected my garage without any hassle, but does mean batteries galore ! Batteries last around 4-5 years, mine are 3 years old and not been changed yet.

    Only problem is there isn't an easy way to have a remote keypad, so I decided to put panel in a cupboard along with the battery backed-up PSU. This does mean you lose some of the toys on the panel (like being able to leave a voice message for the wife when she returns), but does keep everything tidy. You just need to use the remote keyfob instead.

    http://www.visonic.com

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    How easy is the Comfort Alarm to fit yourself?

    I am thinking of purchasing one but would like to know from someone who has done it before

    Thx

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    Quote Originally Posted by Kemik
    How easy is the Comfort Alarm to fit yourself?

    I am thinking of purchasing one but would like to know from someone who has done it before

    Thx
    So am I but hardly dare ask the question in case I got flamed for not being an alarm engineer :lol:

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    As a previous comfort owner .... that is one complicated alarm system. It certainly does a lot of things but we ended up never using it The wife certainly didn't get on with it. We had it professionally fitted - took about 3 days. I don't think the fitting was too hard - the programming on the other hand was more tricky - let alone their software which is some of the worst designed I have seen (others have said this before). Don't get me wrong BTW its a high quality very flexible system its just we found it far too much for daily life.

    We, by the way, are going to have our new alarm fitted by a local - medium sized firm, and have a redcare gsm contract also. I like the idea of 24 hour support because I have had the alrm fail late at night and its not funny when the bloddy bell will not shut up.

    Unfortunatley a professionally installed alarm with redcare gsm is coming in between 2500 and 5500 !

    Chris

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    Interesting Feedback

    I am looking for a system for my mum in the first instance who is disabled. The comfort system appealed from the ability of using the phone to control the system along with being able to answer callers at the door and allow them entry (it would take her 5 minutes to get to the door) with some automation included like curtains and some lighting. However if its complicated for her to use then it's a none starter.

    Cheers
    Paul

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    Quote Originally Posted by phcjpp
    As a previous comfort owner .... that is one complicated alarm system. It certainly does a lot of things but we ended up never using it The wife certainly didn't get on with it. We had it professionally fitted - took about 3 days. I don't think the fitting was too hard - the programming on the other hand was more tricky - let alone their software which is some of the worst designed I have seen (others have said this before). Don't get me wrong BTW its a high quality very flexible system its just we found it far too much for daily life.

    We, by the way, are going to have our new alarm fitted by a local - medium sized firm, and have a redcare gsm contract also. I like the idea of 24 hour support because I have had the alrm fail late at night and its not funny when the bloddy bell will not shut up.

    Unfortunatley a professionally installed alarm with redcare gsm is coming in between 2500 and 5500 !

    Chris
    Hi Chris

    What part of the country are you in? Im sure I will know an approved company that will do better than the prices your being quoted.

    Pete

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    Also looking to install new alarm into self build. Been recommended and quoted for a Menvier TS690- with 7 Optex RX 40 QZ Infra red detectors, 4 mag. reed switches, internal and external sounder plus installation- 1100.

    What are the benefits of having this professionally installed?

    Am i just as better off to install a cheaper alarm myself? :?

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    Quote Originally Posted by joe90wido
    Also looking to install new alarm into self build. Been recommended and quoted for a Menvier TS690- with 7 Optex RX 40 QZ Infra red detectors, 4 mag. reed switches, internal and external sounder plus installation- 1100.

    What are the benefits of having this professionally installed?

    Am i just as better off to install a cheaper alarm myself? :?
    1100 Could be quite reasonable, it is really hard to say without seeing the property.

    My advice would be to get three quotations(any more will just confuse you), if you can from personal reccomendation if not searchwww.nsi.org.uk for a quality assured company in your area.

    You could try DIY but the equipment available to non trade is not that good. And ive yet to see a diy install that I would class as acceptable standard.

    I hope this helps

    Regards Pete

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    Can you recommend any DIY alarm?

    What about getting Menvier TS690 over the counter?

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    Can the Visonic Powermax also report it's status to, say, Homeseer? I can see that it can issue X10 codes, but my interest is more in knowing it's status via Homeseer.

    Also, another question. I'm nearing the end of my selfbuild, so have already run alarm cable everywhere. Would I be mad to install a wireless system, if I already have the wires, and therefore more reliability? The Powermax does a lot of what I want, but it barely supports wired contacts. Comfort is OTT for what I need, and somewhat old-fasioned, unless you go for the expensive colour screens. Any other recommendations for an alarm that can integrate with X10, and does other clever stuff, but not to the extent of Comfort?

    Thanks, Pete

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