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Topic # 111060 23-Oct-2012 10:11
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Hi guys,
I am thinking about purchasing an alarm for my house,
Will probably be purchasing a second hand one off trademe or something like that.

Can anyone recommend me some good alarm systems for a 5 bedroom house?
What is better wired or wireless?
Preferably an alarm with multi zoning would suit my needs?

Also i see some alarms on trademe come with seperate control panels compared to others i have seen some with the control panel built into the keypad which would be the better option seperate control panel and seperate keypad or all built in to one?

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  Reply # 704938 23-Oct-2012 10:16
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If you're looking for a cheaper self install consider these guys

http://www.exodussecurityalarms.co.nz/

Personally I'm going with an installed Bosch wired alarm.




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  Reply # 704973 23-Oct-2012 10:55
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Micron make good low cost systems. Every major electrical wholesaler sells their systems.

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  Reply # 705229 23-Oct-2012 17:45
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Yea I would go for Micron. Very low cost. Zero-programming to do (unless you want to customise the odd thing away from factory defaults). Installation instructions are very clear.

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  Reply # 705243 23-Oct-2012 18:31
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chevrolux: Yea I would go for Micron. Very low cost. Zero-programming to do (unless you want to customise the odd thing away from factory defaults). Installation instructions are very clear.


Pretty sure the basic microns only let you have one area. However, do you want two areas or the ability to partial arm?

Two areas = Two completely separate areas that are able to be turned on and off independently of each other and the ability to have separate sirens etc. Basically acting as two separate alarms. 

Partial arming = You assign which sensors are ignored during partial arming and all sensors are armed during full arming. Turning the alarm off turns everything off. People use this to say, arm the garage only at night. 

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  Reply # 705244 23-Oct-2012 18:35
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Also, separate control panel is the way to go. An alarm system with the control panel in the keypad always has fewer options for expandablility. Also, they are very easy to overcome = break into house, rip keypad off the wall and throw in a bucket of water.

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  Reply # 705252 23-Oct-2012 19:03
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Pock:
chevrolux: Yea I would go for Micron. Very low cost. Zero-programming to do (unless you want to customise the odd thing away from factory defaults). Installation instructions are very clear.


Pretty sure the basic microns only let you have one area. However, do you want two areas or the ability to partial arm?

Two areas = Two completely separate areas that are able to be turned on and off independently of each other and the ability to have separate sirens etc. Basically acting as two separate alarms. 

Partial arming = You assign which sensors are ignored during partial arming and all sensors are armed during full arming. Turning the alarm off turns everything off. People use this to say, arm the garage only at night. 


I don't know too much about what they can do. But I think you are right in that there can only be one zone.
The micron alarms have a control box and then a separate keypad and aren't all in one.
I don't think you can't do too much better for price. I got the control box, keypad, two PIRs, outdoor siren/strobe and indoor siren for only $180 when on special at Stewarts but even the shelf price is only around $250.

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  Reply # 705314 23-Oct-2012 20:25
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I agree, they are decent alarms. Pretty sure you can do partial arming with them.


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