An Alarm Super-Panel?

Author: Brian Rhodes, Published on Mar 31, 2013

Combo alarm panels have become popular for small and medium installations. Now, DMP has announced a combo panel that adds in Access Control and Z-Wave, combining 4 systems. While DMP claims the platform is a major update over current offerings, how does it stack up against competitors? In this note, we examine the new XR550 family and look deeper.

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Comments (2)

I will comment on this later, but for now I would just say that z-wave is not used by many home automation pros. We have tested some products a few years ago and range was terrible, also the features were more diy - something like an x10 wireless maybe. Things might have changed though now but to be honest Crestron, Control4 and AMX prefer zigbee (and wifi of course) and there must be a reason.

Just more on this: 2 alarm super-panels that are used a lot in the US are from HAI and ELK. The european equivalent is Comfort from Cytech. These 3 can much more than traditional alarm panels and can be use by pros. All 3 integrated nice (RS232 or IP) with the big name automation platforms also.

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