ADI Scare Tactics Against DIY Security

Author: Brian Rhodes, Published on Nov 27, 2015

ADI wants you to buy alarm system parts from them, not those kits on the Internet.

Leveraging scare tactics, they have made an unsurprisingly weak case against DIY. In this note, we break it down, look at the real tradeoffs and better counterarguments.

*** ***** *** ** *** ***** ****** ***** **** ****, not ***** **** ** *** ********.

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*** ****** ** ****** "***** *** ***** ******** ** ******* *** **** ****** ** your *** ***?” ********* *** ****** **** "********** ****** ******* ***** **** *** ******** *********** ** *** road." *** **** *********,“** *** **** ***** * ************ ** **** **** ****** safe ** *** ***, *** ******’* *** ** *** **** for **** ** ****?”

** **** ******* **, ** ** * ***** ***. ***** ***, *** do *** **** ** **** **** ******.

*** ********** ** ***** **** ** *** **** ***** *** tradeoffs.

ADI's **** *********

*** ****"*** ***** ***:

  • *** ******* **** ******** **** **** ***** ***** ** ***** alarms, ********* *** ** ************* ***** ********** ********** ****** ********* and ***** ***** *******.
  • ** * ******, *** ******’* *** ****** ****,**********, ******** * ****** ** ***** ******,********* ** ***** ***** ******** ***** ************.
  • **** **********, ***** *******, ******* **** ************, *********** ********** ***** ****** ** ********* ************* *** *** ** * DIY ******, *** ********** ******* ** * ************** ********* ***."

**** ******** **** **** ** ****** **** "'************' ******** *** ********", *** **** *** ********* ****.

Problems **** ***'* ********

**** ********

***** *** *******, **** **********, ***** **** ******* *****, *** well ********, ********** * ***** ** ******:

** **** *** ***** ********* *** ********* ********* ******* ** so **** *** ***********, ******* **** ***** *** '***********, *********** systems' ** *** **** ** **** ****** ******* ***** *** 'professional' **** ************** *** ************.

*** ** ********** ***************** **** *** *** ******** ** *********** ********* *** ****** is ********** ** **** ********** *****.  ******* *********** *** ********* of *** ****** ** ***** ******* ** ***** *** **** a '************' ****** ********. ** **** *****, ***** **** '**** their ****** ******' **** **** * ************ ****** ********, ******* the **** ********** ****** **** * *** **** ** **********, configuring, *** ******* *** ******.

******** ** ************ *******, *** *** ****** ********* *** **** basic, ***** **** ******** * ****** ***** **** *** * fixed ****** ** ********** ****** *****, *** *** ** ******* homeowner ***** ****** *** *** ** *****.

****, * *** ******** *** ***** ******* *** ******* ****** is ******:

"** * ******, *** ******’* *** ****** ****, **********, ******** a ****** ** ***** ******, ********* ** ***** ***** **** from ***** ************."

** ******, **** *** ***** ******* ** *** **** **** mandatory ********** *** *** ********* ****/********, *** **** **** ***** is **** ******* **** ** *** **** * ******. **** *** ****** ** self-monitored, *** ********** ** ***** ***** *********** ** *** *********** is *********** ***.

** **********, *** ******* **** ******** ***** / **** *** central ********** ********, *** **** ****** *** **** ********** **********. With *** ************* ** ***********, ** ***** **** * *** system ***** *** ****** ***** *********, ****** *********, ** ****** friends *** ****** ****** *******, *** ***** ** ** ********* service ******* ** *** ***** ***** *****.  *********, ** ********** is *******, ** ** ** *****-** ****** **** *** ** cancelled ** *** ****.  ***'* *********** **************** ** **** ***** reveals *********** ********* ** * ***** ******* ********* ******.

Better ****************

** ******, ***** *** **** **** ****** **** *** ******** systems, **** ** ******* ************* *********, ******** ***************, *** ****** ***********. Product dependability ** * ******* *** ** *** **** ** ******** flooding *** ***** ***** ** ****** ********* **** *** ***** half-baked.  *** ***** ********** ********, **************, ***** *** * ****** ** *** *********, **** ******.  

******** ************* ** ******* ************** ****, **** ** ************ *******, if *** **** ****** ** *******. ** ** ******* ** our *** ** **** ** *** ***** ****** ****, *** ********** ************* ** ******* ******** ****** ************ ******* sensors *** ******. **** **** ** ******* ** **** ********** wireless *******, ***** *** ********* ** *** *** ******. **** a *********** ******** ** '**** ** *******', *** *********** ** running ***** ** ****** ****** ** ****** *** ********* *** the ******* *****. ********** *** '****' **** ** ***** * wired ****** ** *** ** ****** *** *** **** ******** of *** *******.

*** *******, **** * ************ ******, ****** ******* ******. **** DIY ******* *** ******** ** ********* ******** ** ***** ****** where *** ***** ******* *** *** ***** ****** ****** **** are ********, ***** * ************ ****** ***** *** ******** ***** that *** ** ********* *** ****** ***** ** ******** ************.  Where * ****** ******* *** ****** *** *** ******* ******* indoor ************, **** ****** ** ************ **** ******** ***** **** irregular ********* ***** ** ******** ** ***** *******. ******** *** best ****** *** *** *** ***** ***** ******* ********* ***** than *** **** ******* ****.

Comments (16)

** *** ******** *** **** ******, *** **** *** ********* when **** *** ***** ** ****, *** ***** ******* **** service, **** ******'* **** ** *** ***** ******* ** *** business. * **** *** **** ** * **** ** ***** option.

*** ** **** ******** *******? **** *** ***** **** ***** consider *** **** ** **** *** *** **.... *** **** ADI ***** ****** ** *** *** ****, ***'* **** ***** a *** *******?

* ******* *** ** ********** ** '*******' ***** ******* *** sell ** *** *****.

****, * *** ******** *** ***** ******* *** ******* ****** is ******: "** * ******, *** ******’* *** ****** ****, inevitably, ******** * ****** ** ***** ******, ********* ** ***** alarm **** **** ***** ************."

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***, ** **** **** ** ******** *** ******* ***** ********** to *** ****** **** ** ******* ** ******* ******** **** I ***** *** ******** ** *****. ******, *** ** **** experience, *** **** ****** ** ************ ***** ****** **** ****.

**** **** *********. ***** *** ******* ******* **** ****** ************* and **** ** ********* *********?

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*** ** ********** * **** **** ** *** * *********** factor.

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**** ** **** ***** *** **** *********? ** ****** **** an ********** ***** ** ********* *** ********* ** *** **** and ******* *** ****** ********* *** ** ******* ** *********. If **'* ***** ** ********** ** ***** ****** ********.

** ******* *** *** *********, **** **** ***'* ***** ***** alarm ****.

**** *** ******* *** ****-*********. ** **** **** ** **** aspect ** *** ****** ******* *** ******* ** **. **** is *** ** *** ******* ****** ******** ** ***** *******.

** ****, ** ***** ***** **** ***** ** ******** * DIY ****** ******** **** * ******* ********** '$* ****-**' ******* that **** ********* ********* ********* ******* *****.

*'** *** ***** ****** **** ** *** ****** *** ***** expect ****** ***** ***. * ***** ***** **** ******* *** does ** *** * ****** ***** ** ** ****** *** in * *** **** ***** ****** **** *** ***** ***** storm (**** **** ****'*). *** ****'* **** ** *******.

*** ***'* **** ** ****** ****, *** **** *** **** false ***** **** ******* ** ****** ************ ******?

** ******* *** *** *********, **** **** ***'* ***** ***** alarm ****.

** ******. **** ** *** * ****:

***, **they **** to restrict the systems under discussion to DIY alarms that DO connect to central stations then I think the argument is valid.

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*** ** ******** ****** *** ** ***** **** ***** ***. Their ****** ***** ***** ********* *** ****** ** ************ *********/**** ****. **** ** *** **** *** ***** ******* ** ***** the ****** ** *** ** *** ******* ** *** ********* Intrusion ******** ****** ***** **** **** ***** ******* ****** ** revenue. *** ******* *** ********* *********/**** ******** ***** ** *** of ********.

** * ******* *****, *** ***** ** ****** ****** *** honest ***** ****, *** **'* ***** **** ***** *** *** numbers ** **** *** **** *** ***** ************. **** **** propaganda, **** *** ******** ******** ** ***** *************, ** **** as **** *** ********** *** *** ***** ** *** ** letting **** **** **** **** *** ** ********** *** *** growth ** *** ****** *** **** **** * ****** ******* it ** **** **** ** **** *** ******* *** *****. In **** ****** **'* **** *** *** *****, ******* *** manufacturers **** ******* **** **** ***, ***** **** **** * bit **** *** *** ****.

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******* ***** ***** ** **** **** ** **** **** ******** equipment ** ******** **** **** ** *******, ***** **** ******* the ********* *** **** ** **** **** ** * ********* and ******* ************ ******* ****. * ***** ********* **** **** up ** *** ********, ***** ** ****** ******* **** **** of *** *** **** ******** **********.

***** ** *** *** ***** ******* ******** ** *** ***** wing ****** ** **** *****, ****** *** **** **** *** manufacturer ********* ******* ** ****** ** **** **** ***** **** and **** *****, **** **** **** **** ****** ***% ****. Somewhere ** *** ******, **** *** *** *****, ** *******.

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******* *** *** * ************, **********, ** *********** ***** **** if *** *** *** ********** ** ******** ********* ********* ** better, **** *** *** * *********.

***, *********** ******!

*** ********:

"*** ****** ***** *** ********** *** ************ ** *** **** that *** ******* **** *** *** *** ******* ******* ********* directly ** *** *** ******, ***** ** ******* ** ****** the ********* **** ** *** ******* ******."

*** ***** **** *** ***** ****** **** ***** **** ** Costco, ***'* ****, ***.? *** *******, ***** **** * *** of ********** ** **** ** ******, ***** ***** **** ** a ********* *** *** *** *** *** ********* ** ****. Any *****?

**'* ******* *****, * ** ****** ******* ******** ** **** aggressively ******* ***** ******** *********** ******** **** *****-******* *******. ** course **** *** *******.

*** *********** * ******** ** ***** ******, *** ** ***-****** that ************ *** **** **** ** ******** ***'* **** *** notified *** **** ***** ******** ** ***** ***** *****. ***** are **** *****'* ** ****. ***'* ******** ******* ********* ********* this.

* ********** ***** **'* ******* *** ** **** * ************ alarm ****** ** **** **** **** * ******** ******* *******, but **** ****** ***'* *** ** **** ***.

******** * ** ******* ** *** **** ******. **** ****** are ******- *** ***** ****** ***************. ** ******* ********* ******* the ****** ** * ****** ************* ** *** *** ****** works, **** *******, *** *** ********* **** ** ** **** correctly ** ******* ************* ** *** ***- *** ***** ******* in *** **********. ************* **** ** *** ******** ******** **** used ***** ******* *** *****. * ***** ** ***** ** better *** ********** *** ***** ** *** *** ******* ********* that ********** **** ** *****. ** * ******** *** ** as **** * *** ********** * ****** ******* *** ******** we **** **** * ***** **** ********** **** **** * basic ***** ****.

*******, * ***** **** ** *** *** "****" ******** ***. People *** **** ******* *** **** ***** *********** ********* ******* available. **** ** *** ******** ******** **** ******* *** ** long, *** ***** ********** **** ***** ** ***** ********* *** having * ****. **** ******* *** **** ******* *******.

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