Home Security: Motion Sensor Alarm – Product Reviews

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Homeowners across the country are concerned about their homes’ security only because burglary continues to be the number one property crime in the country. One out of every six homes is burglarized annually. If that doesn’t give you pause to think, maybe this will. The value of goods taken in the average home burglary is close to ,000, with another ,000 worth of damage done to the home.

The home security industry continues to make advances in security products. Among the most popular of them are motion sensor alarms or motion activated alarms. When these alarms detect motion in their protected area a loud alarm begins. These burglar alarms are perhaps the number one selling security products available. Here we will review a few motion sensor alarms so you can decide if one of them is good for your home’s security.

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In the introduction, we saw how this topic can be good to anyone. We are going to go on by telling you the basics of this topic.

There is one product that comes in two pieces. One is the transmitter that uses passive infrared technology to detect motion and then send a signal to the receiver inside the house. It can be used for home or business applications. The transmitter can be up to 400 feet away from the receiver. All of this is done wirelessly. It is one of the best applications of a home security product.

One of the more popular burglar alarms is also a motion activated alarm called the barking dog alarm or as some call it the electronic watchdog. Once this popular home security product is installed-all you do is plug it in-it can protect an area up to 20 feet away in a 100 degree arc. Once someone enters that protected area the sound of an angry barking dog begins. The volume and sensitivity can both be adjusted and a remote control can turn the unit on and off from a distance.

Another motion activated alarm that is popular can handle up to six passive infrared transmitters that can be located up to as much as 1000 feet away from the receiver, which is inside the home. Each area has a pre-recorded message that plays on the control unit inside the house when that area is violated by an intruder. This unit can obviously protect a huge area and is thus valuable for business security as well as home security. The sensors are completely weatherproof and are designed to be outdoors.

Those are reviews of some of the more popular motion activated home burglar alarms.

Home Security: Motion Sensor Alarm – Product Reviews

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Product Review – GE Simon XT Home Security System

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It’s quite easy to review something that you use yourself especially after researching it to death before buying it. Yea, I just gave away the entire review as this is my favorite home security system on the market today!

The GE Simon XT is made by their Interlogix Division. Interlogix has very long history in the security arena with a trusted and great reputation.

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What should you look for in a home security system?

Product Review – GE Simon XT Home Security System

A home security system needs to be easy to use at bare minimum or it won’t get used. Your choice also needs to be reliable or what’s the point. Having as many things as possible on your wish list of features will narrow down the choices too. Buying from a known, large manufacturer will provide good support if necessary. For someone looking to install a home security system themselves, you better pick a no-brain-er as there are some products out there that we would need to be a rocket scientist to get running properly. And finally, is the price that you pay as I’m not Donald Trump and chances are you don’t have his means either if you’re reading this.

Features or benefits – can we have both?

Often we see some great sounding features in a product that may sell us on it but in reality, those features don’t translate into solving our problems or providing a benefit. Well the Simon XT is a definite exception to that thought and I have to credit their engineers for providing necessary and useful features while keeping it simple and straightforward to use.

What are some of these benefits?

I won’t repeat everything on the data sheet but here are some of the things that I like best:

It’s menu driven and simple enough to use that even the kids have it down pat as four main buttons control most functions.

There’s a large LCD and the buttons are back-lit so you can see what you’re doing even when it’s installed in a dark closet.

Of course it gives you plenty of zones and even the ability of using both hard-wired and wireless sensors.

It supports an internal cellphone communication card so you don’t need to rely on a telephone wire. I bought the version with this built-in.

It supports the two major communications formats for security monitoring so you can chose almost any monitoring company. CID or contact ID is used by many companies as it’s been around awhile. SIA from the Securities Industry Association is a newer, more robust and open standard which achieves greater compatibility of security devices and monitoring stations.

Back-up battery is internal and keeps everything working in case of a power failure.

Single button emergency summoning of help.

Two way audio communication with the monitoring station and it’s actually intelligible.

Expandable with a variety of options including multiple remote wireless talking touchscreens.

It’s very inexpensive.

Installation was a piece of cake.

Is there icing on this cake?

As I’m a home automation enthusiast, attempting to merge a security system with my Z Wave system was on my wish list but it wasn’t a showstopper. Well, the Simon XT is fully compatible with all my already installed home automation stuff.

Seeing how many of the largest companies in the home security business recommend the GE Simon XT made my decision even more of a no brain-er.

My complaints

If you happen to own X10 home automation modules, beware as the literature claims compatibility with X10 but you won’t get it to work. Apparently there’s a special power transformer that’s required to pass the X10 signals and it’s no longer available.

About the only other complaint that I would have is the manual that came with the unit. It falls short for someone like me who want’s every bit of info available. Downloading a more up to date and complete manual solved that problem though.

There is a new version out called the Simon XTi that has recently been released.

The new Simon XTi adds the convenience of a talking touch screen. It also let’s you view pictures captured with a wireless image sensor located remotely in the home. Images are retained and managed in a library on the Simon XTi and viewable online.

While these are both nice features, you do need camera’s to use the second feature. Like I started out with, does a feature always translate into a benefit? For some maybe but not for me.

Product Review – GE Simon XT Home Security System

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