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Old 11-10-2011, 12:29 PM
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Well i was recently told by my home insurance company that I need an alarm system because of the replacement cost of my home on the policy. I don't mind getting a system but i hate ADT with a passion really bad experience with them. Slomans want you to sign a 5 year contract. (no thanks i am already married)

Since there is always someone at home I am thinking a system with a few window monitors and a monitored fire/smoke alarm would be perfectly fine. Are there any installers out there or anyone with DIY home alarm experience that can give me some advice.
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Old 11-10-2011, 04:08 PM
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If you're handy, installing an alarm system these days is pretty easy.
You have a choice between wireless, wired and a hybrid system. Wireless will cost you the most and easiest to install, wired is the cheapest, but a little harder to do since everything needs to be wired.
Hybrid system can be in the middle of the two. (the base/brains of the system is always wired)

Installing a system will take time to read, research and read some more, then it's a weekend project and a few trial and errors and you'll get it up and running. If you do it your self you'll be spending more upfront on the equipment, but will save in the long run on the monitoring service. since you have the freedom to pick your own service and no long term contracts like ADT/Brinks etc.

You can have a reliable monitoring service (including smoke and CO2 monitoring) for about $10/mo.
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Old 11-10-2011, 06:27 PM
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I have an alarm system that was an ADT system. Can use this with any monitoring company?
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