IPVMU Certified | 07/18/14 12:06pm
I prefer the DSC Power Series (www.dsc.com) , available with 6 or 8 hardwired zones on the panel, plus PGM for a 2-wire smoke loop, expandable to 64 zones with added 8-zone modules. Recommend using an RFK keypad with a built-in wireless receiver for any keyfobs or later-added wireless devices. You can always add monitoring later with POTS (built-in), or digital cellular or IP with added devices.
These sell through distribution, but are an open dealer brand (no special training needed). Contact me directly (not sure how John handles stuff like that ... thank goodness this ain't LinkedIn!)
Bosch is probably the only company that sells a hardwired panel with a network connection that doesn’t charge a monthly fee for remote connections. You would have to find a local Bosch dealer to buy from. B series panels are an option. Not easy to program from the keypad but it can be done.
DMP is a better option (much better app than Bosch) but you would have to pay for app usage every month or once a year, again it would need to be purchased through a dealer. XT30 or XT50 is a good option and is very easy to program from the keypad.
Full disclosure, we are a dealer for both but will not sell a DIY kit.
Thanks guys, I found that Vera has a plugin to integrate to DSC panels so I think I'll go that route then I can integrate to pretty much any zwave device and have a seperate alarm panel to make it easy for my wife.