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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  • ** **** ************* ******: **** ** ***, ***** **** *** ** * ****** installed ******. ***** *** ****** ** ********* *********, ***** ** not **** ** ********* ** **-********* ******* ** ********* *******. Once *****, ******* **** ***** **** ** *********** ********* ** moved, ****** ***** '********* ***' *******.
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*******, *** **** ****** ******** ********** **** ***** ** *** problems *** *********** *********:

  • *** ********** *****: *** ** *** ******* ********** *****'* ********* ***** ** **** *** **********, ***** ***** *******(****: ** ** ***** ** ********* ** *** ****) *** basic *********** ***** **** *******. ******** ** *****-***** ***** ************ kits **** ****** ***** ********** ********, ****** **** **************, *** higher ********** ******, ***'* ********* ***** ** ****.
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  • ** ***** ********: *** **** ***** *** '****** ***' ***** ******** ******************* *** ********* ** ***** *******, *****.***, *** ******.***** *** ******* *** ********* ** **** ******* * ********, *** ************ **** ** *** ******** *** *** *** current ******** **** *** ******* *** ***** *******.

Solid *** *** ****** ****** ** *****.*** ** ***** *******

*** ** *** **** *********** ****** ** ***'* ******** ** 'high ********' *********** *** ********** ** *** ******'* ******** *******. In ***** ** *************,*** **** * *-*** ******** ******************* ** *********** ***** ******* **** ***** **** ********** ** jamming ** ********* ***** ** **** ** *** ***** ******.

*******, ****** *********, *** ** ******** ****** ********* ********* ******* on ********** ******* *** *** ****** ** *** ********* ******* distribution. *** ** ** ********** **** *** *****, ***-*** ******, like *****.***. ************, *** ***** *** ******** ***** *********** ** either, ********** *********.

*** *********** ** ******* ****** ********, ********** ***** ****, *** DMP '***********' *** ***** **** ******* *** *** ** ****** app **** **** ******* ****** ** *** ****** *********** ****** market. *** ********** **** *** *** ********** *** ******* ****** for *********** ******* ******* ** ******. *** *** ******* ***** on **** *** **** *******.

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

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*** ****** ****** ** ******* **** *********** **** ********* ** 2Gig ***** ******. ****** **** *********, *** ********* *** **** control ***** *** *** ****** **** ********* ******* **** *** wirelessly ******, *** *** ** **** ******* ** *** **** footprint ** ******** ***** *******.

*** ***** ***** ***** ***** ***** ******* ** * **** comparison:

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

****** **** *********** ******* **** *** ******** ********, ******* ******** sensors, *** **** *** **** ********** ******** ******* **** **'* high-end ** ****** ****.**** **** ** ****** ******** **********, ********* ******, ******** *** ****** ******, *** ******** contact ******.

** ****** ******** ******* ***** *****, ***-****** ***, *** ******** sirens *** *********** ** ****** ** ************ ** *********:

Home ********** **********

***** **** *** ********* ******, *** ***** *** ******* ** an '********** ***' **** ********** *-**** *****, **** ** ********* to *** ******* ***-******** ******* **** ***********, ******, ****** *********, and *****/ **** *******. ***** ******* *** ********** ********* ******* the *****'* ********* **** **** *** ***** ******.

***** ********** ***** *-**** '*******' ******* ********* ******** *** ** three ********, *** ******* ****** *** *-**** *** ** ** reliable *** ********** ** ******* ** ********* ******* **** ** extended **** ** ******* *********** ** *** ******.

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

*** ******** **** ** ******* *** ********** *** ****** ********** aspect ** *** ****** ** ****** "******* ******". *** *** ** ********* *** ***,***** **, *** *******. ***** *** *** ******** * ******** ************ module *** ******* ******* ****, ******* ** $**-$** *** *****, but ****** ****** *** *** ********** ** *** *** ***** system, *** *** ********** '*********' * **** ******* ******'* ***** ************.

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

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****** ****** *** ******* ** ** ** ********, ** ******, indoor **** ** **** *** *** ******.***** ****** *** *** ********** **********, *** **** *** *** **** ***, ***** ******* typical ** ***** ******** ******.

** ****** *** ** ****** **** *****. ** ****** *** ****** ***** **** **** *** ***** connections ** * ***** ******, ********* **' - **' **** from * ***.**/*/* ****** ******* ******* ******** *****. *** ********* camera ********* **** ** ********** *********** ** ****** *************.

***** *** ****** **** ****** ******** ** ****, *********** ** poor *** ********* ******* *' - *' **** *** ****** but **** ** *** *** *****. *******, *** *********** ** low **********, ***** ******, *** ********** **** **** ****** ***** the ****** **** ** ***** ***** ** ******* ** *********** risky ********* *******.

*** ******* ***** ***** **** ***** ***** ** ********* ** a ***** ********* ** *** ******* ** ***, ***** ********** of ******** ***** ** ******* ** *** **** ** * time *** ***** *** ********* *************** ** ******* *** *** not ******** ** ********** ** *****:

****** **********, ******* ** ** ****** *****, *** ** ********* and ****** ** *** '*******' *** *** *** *** ********* specially ***** ** **********.

*** ****** **** ***** *********** ******* ********** *** ***** ******* of ***'* ********* ****** ****:

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

*** ******* ****** ** ** ***-** ******* ******** ******* ** be ******** ********** ** *********** *** ***, *** **** *** replace ************ *** ******* ******* **********. *** ******** ******** ****** management *** ********* *** **** ********** ** ******* **** **********, thermostats, *** **** *****.

*******, ***** ********** ** ******* ******** *** ********* ****** ** a *** ****** ********* ******. *** ******* *** ***** ** monitoring *** *** *********** ** *** ********** ******. ** ** not * ******* ******* ********** ******.

App **. *******

**** *** *** *** ********** ********** *** *******, ********* ********* on ***** ******. *********** ** * **** ** ******** **** one *********, **** **** **** ***** ******** *******, *********** ****** navigation. ****** ***** ** **** *** ******** *****, ***** *** phone ***:

*** **** *** ******* ******. **** ************ *** ****** ******** of *** *** *** *** **** *** ****:

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

** **** *** '*********' ************, ** ********* *** ******* *-**** ******* ********* ** ** ** *******. *** *********** *** ********** of *** ********** **** ** *** ********, *** ******* * command **** *** **********, **** ***** **** ******* ** **********:

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** *******, ********** *********** ** *********** *** *-**** ****** *** switches *** ***** ** ****** *** *** *** **** ******* interface ******* '******' **** *** *****:

System *******

*********, ******* ** **** ******** ****** *** ******* *********** **** contrasted **** ********* *************, **** ******* ********* ******* **% - **% ****. *******, DMP ** * ******-******* *****, *** ******* ******** *** *** fairly ***** **** *** ******* ******** ****** ** *** '****' market ** ******. ****** *** ******** ***** ** ********** ******, and **** ******* ** ******* ***** ** **** *******.

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

Competitor ********* ********

**** * ********* **** ***********, *** ** ********* ******* (~$** - $** *** *****) *** **** ********* **** *********** *********.*********** ******* *.*, **** * ******* ******* **** ** $** - $** per *****. *** **** *****.*** *** *** **, ***** ******* may ******* ********** ******* ******* ********** ***** ** ******, *** subtract ******* $** - $** *******.

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

  • *****.***:**** * ************* ***** ** ****, *** *** ******* **** a ****** ** *** ***** ******, *** ******** ****** ********** cameras *** ***** ******** *******. *******, *** ****** **** ******** sensor *****, ********* *******, **** ***** ******, *** **** *-*** supervision ** ******* **** *** ******* ********* ****.
  • ***** ******* *.*: *********'* *********** ********* **** *** ** ************* **** **+ intrusion ****** ****** ******* ** *** *********** ****** *** ********** distribution ******* *** *** ******, ********* **** ********* ** ********** installed *******. ***** *********'* *********** *********** ** **** ********, ***** recognition ** ****** *** ********* ******** **** ** ***** **** DMP.

XTLPlus **. ******

***** ******* ** ******* / ******** / ******** ** *********** customers *** ***** ********, ***'* *********** ****** *********** *** **** modest. ** ********, *** *** ************ ******* *** *** ** app **** * ******* *************** *** ***********-**** ******* ****** *******.

*** ***** ** * ******** ** *** ********** ***** ** typical (**********) *** *******, *** ***** ******* *********** ****** ********. The****** ********** ********** ******** *** *** *********** ******, *** ****** ******* are ******* ******** **** ******* ** ** ********** *********:

***** *** ******** ** *** '**** ***** ** ********* **** factor ******* *** **** * ********* ******-****** ***', *** ******* and ***** ***********/********* *** *********** *** **** **** ******* ********** pricing.

******* ****** ******** * *********** ******* *** *******, **** * dedicated ***** *** *** *** ****** ** * *********** ***** & ********* ****** *******, ******* ****** ****** ***** ******** *** door ** **** *****, ******** ** *********** ********** *** *******.

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