DIY Alarm Kits Surveyed

Author: Brian Rhodes, Published on Apr 22, 2012

When protecting one's home with an alarm system, deciding between professionally installed and DIY offerings is a fundamental choice. DIY options are far less known and can be more challenging to choose from, given the number of kits available.

In this note, we examine several common DIY systems:

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