Bosch B-Series Intrusion Tested

Author: Brian Rhodes, Published on Apr 10, 2017

Bosch is one of the biggest names in intrusion but their B-Series panels, targeted at smaller site installs and available through distribution, are relatively new for intrusion standards.

We bought a Bosch B3512 panel and a B942 graphic keypad to see how it stacks against competitors.

In this test, we examine the system on this criteria:

  • Strengths & Weaknesses
  • Competitive Comparison
  • Distribution Availability
  • Physical Overview
  • Keypad Options
  • System Price
  • Remote Security App
  • Monitoring Options

Inside, we detail our results that contrast the B-Series to other enclosure panel based intrusion alarm systems.

Note: in our next test, we cover the Bosch G-Series.

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Strengths ********

*** **** ******** ***** *-****** *** **** *********** **********, ********** compared ** ***** ***** ****** ** *** *********** ******:

  • ******* ******** & *** *****:*** *-****** ******** **** ********** ******* *** *** ***** *** installer ******** *********** ** **-***** **********. ***** **** ****** ***** this ** ****** **** * ******** ******, *** *-****** ******** this ** *******. ** *** ****, *** *** ****** ****** a ******, '*************' ********** ** *** *****. **** ******* ******** installers *** ******* ****** **** ********* ***** ** ********* ** the *****.
  • **** ******* *******:**** '*****' ********* ******* ******** ********* *** *********** ** *** system ** ********* **** ************* *******. ****** ******* ******** *** *********** *********, *-****** ****** ******** ******** ** *******, ***** ***** ** cards, *********** ****, *** ********** ********* **** *********** *******, ******* integrated ********* *******.
  • '****' ***** ***********:*** **** *******, '******' *********** **** ********* ******* *** ******* to * *** ***** *** ********** ******* *** *** ******* add-on ***** ******* ** ********* *****. ****-****** ******** **** (***** *** ***** ******)******* ** **** ***** *** * ***** ** ******. ***** the *********** ** ******* ** **** ***** *******, *** **** range ** ******* *** ** **** *** ****** ****** ****** for ***** ****** *********.

Weaknesses ********

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  • ***-******** *****:****** **** ***** ********* ***** ***** *******, *** ***** ** fixed ** ** ***** *** ** *****. ******* ** ********* via ****-********* *******, *** ***** **** ** ******** **** ******* larger ***** ** ******* ****** **** ***** ****.
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  • ** **** ********** ** *******: ** **** ********, *** *-****** ***** ******* *********** ** control ** *-**** ** ****** ******* *******. ************* ******* *** *********, ********** **** **** **** *** ********** ** * ****** whose *********** ***** ******* **** ** *******, **:*********.

Competitive **********

** ***** ** ******** *** ******** ******, *-****** ** ** the ****-*** ** ***** ********* ********* **** **** *************, ***** video ***********, *** ***** ****/***** ********* ******, *** ****** ********* optimized *** *********** ********, * *-****** ****** ******** ********** ******** and ********** *******, *** *** ****** ************* ***** **** **** on ****.

***** *-****** ** ****** ******* ***** ** ***** ***** ********* systems, **** *** ***** ******* **** **** *** ******* ******. The ***** ***** *** * ****** ***** ** ~$***, ***** the **** ****** ****** ** ~$***. *** ***** ******** ****** by ***** ** ***** *********** ********* *********, *-****** **** ** cost *********** ** ******** *****.

*******, *** ** ***** ** ***** ********** ***** ******* ** if **** ********** ** *******, *** *** **** ****, ***** offered ** ***** *********, **** ** **** ********* *** ***** intrusion *******.

B-Series **** ************

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Test ****** *******

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Physical ********

*** ***** ** ** **-**** ****** ***** ********* ****** * steel *** *********, **** * ********* *** ******* ** * wireless ***** *******, *** ** ** * ********** *******. ** a ******** ***** *********, ***** ** **** *** *** ** VDC *** ****** *********.

*** ******* ******** ******* ******* ***** ** ******** **** * hard-soldered **** ******** **** *** *** ****, ***** **** * configurable ******.

************, *** **** ***** ******** ** ***** **** ** ********* levels. ** **** ***** ** ***** *** ******, ****** ***** of ****** **** ** ** **** - **** ** *********** is *** ******* ******** *** *** ***** *** *** *-******. The ***** ****** ** *** ******, *** *****, *****, *** B6512 ******* ** ** ** ***** *** *** ****** **** B4512 ****** *** *****-*********:

Keypad *******

** ****** *** ***** ***** * **** *********** ****** ********* using * *********** *-**** ********* ***. ** ***** ** ********* and ***********, *** ****** **** *****-******** *******, *** ****** ********, and ** **** ** ********* ***** ******** *** ****** *********.

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Advanced ********

*-****** ****** ******* ***** ******** *** ****** ** ***** ***** system *********. ***** ******** *******:

  • **** **-***: **** *******, ***** ****** ** ***** *** *****, ************* arms ** **** **** ***** ** *** **** ********, *********** 'relocking *** **** ****** *****'.
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  • **** **************: **** ******* ******** *** ***** ** *********** ** ***** to *******/***/****** *** ******, ********* ****, *****, ** ******** '*****' verification.
  • ********* ******: **** ****** ****** *** ******* *** ** ********** ** activate ** * ********, ****** **** **** **** ** **** activation.

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System *******

*** ***** ***** *** * ****** ***** ** ~$***, ***** the **** ****** ****** ** ~$***. ********** **** ********* **** Vista ** ***, ***** *-****** ** ********* **** ***********. * B-Series ***** **** *** ******* ***** ******** ******** **** *******, door/window ********, ****, *** ****** ****** *****. *** ***** '***-**' price *** * ***** * ****, *** ****** ****** ***** exceed $****, ********** ** ***** ******* ** **** ********** ** integrated.

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Remote ***

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Upcoming *-****** ****

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Comments (6)

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