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Old 01-18-2009, 07:24 PM
 
Location: Suffolk County ,Ny
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I am looking to get a home alarm system , I am thinking about getting a hard wired system.Does anyone know what this procedure is like.Will my walls be knocked down to install wiring or will I be left with a huge mess of large holes in walls. Will I need to get a contractor to fix the mess after the installation.I am looking to get an alarm with Slomins.Any input ???? Thanks so very much
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Old 01-19-2009, 08:34 AM
 
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We had an alarm system put in our house. It is cordless and all they did was do a little drilling...There are alarms on all our doors that go out so when they are opened for any reason the beep/ring and on every box (located in various places all over the house) they flash and indicate which door is open) PM me if you are interested to know who we specifically use. good luck.
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Old 01-19-2009, 10:37 AM
 
Location: Suffolk County ,Ny
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I am getting a hard wired alarm system and I was informed that it will be 4 (8hour days) to complete installation this is a huge inconvenience but I wanna get it done I am having (18 window contacts and 3 door contacts I asked about getting a wireless model but the company said it would be the same amount of time for this I wanted to know how this job is done and also how do they run the wires , and will my walls be damaged im so curious but cant seem to find any answer
thanks so much for the reply I appreciate it have a wonderful day
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Old 01-19-2009, 10:44 AM
 
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I am getting a hard wired alarm system and I was informed that it will be 4 (8hour days) to complete installation this is a huge inconvenience but I wanna get it done I am having (18 window contacts and 3 door contacts I asked about getting a wireless model but the company said it would be the same amount of time for this I wanted to know how this job is done and also how do they run the wires , and will my walls be damaged im so curious but cant seem to find any answer
thanks so much for the reply I appreciate it have a wonderful day

sounds weird...I would get a second quote from a 2nd company. I have 4 doors and 30+ windows ---and we did a cordless system it didn't take 4 days...try Diamond Security.
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Old 01-19-2009, 10:45 AM
 
Location: Suffolk County ,Ny
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Old 01-19-2009, 10:58 AM
 
Location: NY
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I've always preferred/gotten a hardwired system. The companies often push the wireless ones nowadays because it's an easier/cheaper installation, but anyone who has a wireless alarm has to keep in mind the possibility/probability of interference from other wireless electronics (wireless internet router, infrared remote controls for tv and/or stereo system, cordless landline phone, cell phone, the list is endless).

The alarm salesman will be quick to say that "interference rarely happens" but in the small print of the contract you will find that they do not guarantee it. At least if you have a problem with a wired zone going "out", they will come out and repair the problem; but if a wireless zone does the same thing and they can't find anything physical, the first thing the tech will say is "You must have some other wireless device in the house that's interfering with the alarm system" thereby plopping the problem right back in your lap. Who needs it?

Not a huge mess to install and you won't have swiss cheese walls. They'll snake wires up from your basement/crawlspace and down from your attic, mostly.

If you are going to use, or consider, an ADT system, do look into their Cellguard option if you are going to have the system monitored. The Cellguard option will allow you to not need to keep a landline telephone if you otherwise wouldn't need one. Many people are dumping the expense of a home landline because they have cell phones, and the absolute cheapest message rate service from Verizon (where you get charged for every call you make) is over $30/month. If your alarm system is monitored, then you'll have to pay the phone company for a landline as well as the alarm company for monitoring. The Cellguard option is (despite the name) a radio connection to the monitoring station, so you don't need a landline phone at all. It's currently an additional $12/month for the Cellguard option but that's still cheaper than the $30/month that you'd pay to simply have phone service just for that.

Btw, I don't recommend using any kind of VOIP phone service for a monitored alarm system; they're not stable enough. You need something that is guaranteed to be active every single minute.

Another plus to the Cellguard is that a burglar cannot possibly interrupt the connection from your alarm to the monitoring station by cutting your phone line. I know several people who have the Cellguard as a backup to their landline connection (which they do use, so are keeping) for exactly that reason. If the phone line is cut, the Cellguard will work because the transmitter is inside the house, not on the exterior.
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Old 01-19-2009, 11:03 AM
 
Location: Inis Fada
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We also did a cordless system, however the transmitters were a little large when compared to the wired ones we formerly had. They are almost 3"x1x1.

It took about 2 days to do the entire house and detached garage including wireless system between the buildings and radio back up.
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Old 01-19-2009, 11:04 AM
 
Location: Inis Fada
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I've always preferred/gotten a hardwired system. The companies often push the wireless ones nowadays because it's an easier/cheaper installation, but anyone who has a wireless alarm has to keep in mind the possibility/probability of interference from other wireless electronics (wireless internet router, infrared remote controls for tv and/or stereo system, cordless landline phone, cell phone, the list is endless).

The alarm salesman will be quick to say that "interference rarely happens" but in the small print of the contract you will find that they do not guarantee it. At least if you have a problem with a wired zone going "out", they will come out and repair the problem; but if a wireless zone does the same thing and they can't find anything physical, the first thing the tech will say is "You must have some other wireless device in the house that's interfering with the alarm system" thereby plopping the problem right back in your lap. Who needs it?

Not a huge mess to install and you won't have swiss cheese walls. They'll snake wires up from your basement/crawlspace and down from your attic, mostly.

If you are going to use, or consider, an ADT system, do look into their Cellguard option if you are going to have the system monitored. The Cellguard option will allow you to not need to keep a landline telephone if you otherwise wouldn't need one. Many people are dumping the expense of a home landline because they have cell phones, and the absolute cheapest message rate service from Verizon (where you get charged for every call you make) is over $30/month. If your alarm system is monitored, then you'll have to pay the phone company for a landline as well as the alarm company for monitoring. The Cellguard option is (despite the name) a radio connection to the monitoring station, so you don't need a landline phone at all. It's currently an additional $12/month for the Cellguard option but that's still cheaper than the $30/month that you'd pay to simply have phone service just for that.

Btw, I don't recommend using any kind of VOIP phone service for a monitored alarm system; they're not stable enough. You need something that is guaranteed to be active every single minute.

Another plus to the Cellguard is that a burglar cannot possibly interrupt the connection from your alarm to the monitoring station by cutting your phone line. I know several people who have the Cellguard as a backup to their landline connection (which they do use, so are keeping) for exactly that reason. If the phone line is cut, the Cellguard will work because the transmitter is inside the house, not on the exterior.

You reminded me of what I left off -- I did have the ADT cell guard system installed as well.
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Old 02-03-2009, 12:23 AM
 
Location: Long Island N.Y.
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Wireless alarms have come along way, there are very little problems with them today. The only thing I recommend is a company that does not
charge for service calls after the year is up, It could run you $80.00 a call.
Try a company called Regal Security there are no charges after your warranty is up.
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Old 02-03-2009, 12:50 PM
 
Location: James Island
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I would also recommend your local installer over the big name companies.

Some big companies retain ownership of the control panel, which is a problem if you cancel service. Also beware lengthy expensive monitoring contracts.
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