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  Reply # 1002787 11-Mar-2014 13:51 Send private message

A Paradox MG5050 is what I have installed at home. With the IP150 module it can send emails when alarms are armed, disarmed, set off, tampered, faults that sort of thing. Just get it to send them to an address that you have push email on your phone with. The module also provides a website and an interface for Paradox provided iOS and Android apps that both allow you to view the status of the system, arm/disarm, activate outputs etc (you have to purchase the apps to get all the features in the apps, about $12 each). It also allows you to use software on a computer to program the alarm system. Not sure how the software is licensed. An additional module provides SMS alerts and IP reporting over cellular.

The MG5050 (Magellan) has wireless (for sensors etc) built in. You can have a mix of both wired and wireless PIRs, door sensors etc along with remotes for arming/disarming and activating outputs (open your garage door and/or gate for example).

For interfacing with other systems you would want to get the EVO with a PRT3 Integration Module instead of a Magellan (what I've got) or Spectra (non-wireless version of the Magellan basically). The EVO costs a lot lot more. But it is also a lot more capable. It supports many many more zones, access control (electronic door access/control), timed/scheduled output activation (I think) and the all important PRT3 module. The module supports both a basic ASCII based protocol and C-BUS. I'm pretty sure you could get zone status reports and arm and disarm the alarm via the module. There is a document floating around on the Internet that documents the protocol, or you can get it from Paradox if you have the login/know somebody who does.

Having said that, with the Magellan and Spectra you can get them to activate outputs to indicate the armed state or if the alarm is triggered. You can also set a "Zone" to be a "key switch" to arm or disarm the alarm.

I was thinking of upgrading to a EVO to get the PRT3, but decided it would be easier and provide more features to just implement the alarm as well instead of trying to interface with one. Of course you only get your "Alarm Installed" insurance discount if a proper one is installed by a professional certified alarm installer.

For really capable and interfacable, get a Concepts or Cardax/Gallagher :-).

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  Reply # 1002947 11-Mar-2014 19:02 Send private message

you can get vehicle GPS trackers with cameras and mics for very could get your "dumb home alarm" to trigger different inputs to it and it will text you within 5 seconds of a trigger. a $200 vehicle tracker would have more features than a comparible home system??

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  Reply # 1002989 11-Mar-2014 20:16 Send private message

davidcole: So has anyone found a house alarm that is IP based and allows for self monitoring?  IOS/Android Notifications/Email/SMS?

The other bonus would be configurable while in your local lan (or via vpn - less desirable via proprietary cloud) via smart phone app - to set zones, notification options etc.

arrowhead alarm product have both an IP module and a 2G module for their systems, haven't used the IP module but it has a web interface and i'm not too sure about the smartphone software.

The 2G module allows configurable emails and SMS, you can set any event to either email or sms a message.

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  Reply # 1003005 11-Mar-2014 20:39 Send private message

+1 for Paradox

My Evo has both an IP100 (internet access via a Paradox interface) and a PRT3 which I interfaced (in ASCII mode) to my CBus system via a MOXA serial to IP convertor. The Paradox broadcasts every zone change to a CBus Color touch screen and Wiser, and a bit of code records them on the CBus side, it's jolly handy sometimes to find out what happened when (what time you came home last night, where the last movement was in the house, what doors are unlocked etc etc). Conversely the Paradox has a bunch of outputs to control things like garage doors, blinds etc, and you can activate them from the PRT3 (and therefore CBus).

The Paradox touch screens are decent and reasonably priced too.


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  Reply # 1005959 14-Mar-2014 23:37 Send private message

AlarmNZ have a "Brick" which is one of their IP alarms, designed more as a self-contained unit that doesn't need extra modules for IP. Not sure if they have any interface to C-bus etc.

Qualified in business, certified in fibre, stuck in copper, have to keep going  ^_^

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