Testing DMP XTLPlus / Virtual Keypad Vs Alarm.com & Honeywell

Author: Brian Rhodes, Published on Dec 13, 2017

DMP has a strong presence in commercial intrusion alarms, but not in residential. However, the company's XTLPLus wireless combo panel and Virtual Keypad system aims to address the gap, and is DMP's competition to smart home platforms like Honeywell Lynx, 2Gig, and Alarm.com or Total Connect 2.0.

We bought and tested an XTLPlus system and remote Virtual Keypad management app to see how well it works. For the test, we connected the DMP alarm panel with a Securecom cloud camera, and several Z-Wave devices together to see how well it works:

The tested system included:

This adds to our existing Alarm.com Test and Total Connect 2.0 Test in our ongoing smarthome testing. Inside, we detail our findings on how well the system operates, where it is weak, and how it compares to other connected systems.

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DMP *** **** ***** ***** ********

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Uses ********** *** *******

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Virtual ****** ********

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Limited ****** *********

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Central ******* ********** ***** ********

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App **. *******

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Z-Wave ********** & ****** ***********

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System *******

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XTLPlus **. ******

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