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

By: 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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Key **** ********

*** **** ******* **** DMP's ********* ***** *** service ** * **** performer ** ******* *** areas, *********:

  • ** **** ************* ******: **** ** ***, being **** *** ** a ****** ********* ******. After *** ****** ** initially *********, ***** ** not **** ** ********* or **-********* ******* ** connected *******. **** *****, devices **** ***** **** if *********** ********* ** moved, ****** ***** '********* hub' *******.
  • ***** ******** ****** *******: *** **** *** same ******** ******* ** XTLPlus **** *** ********** panels ***, *** ****** most ******** *******, **** 10 ***** *** ********* for * ******* ** applications ********* ******** ******** and ******* *** ****** models.
  • ***** *** *** ******* Controls: ********** ** ******* on *** *** ** the *** ******, ****** management ** *** ****** included *** **** ******** and ********** *****. ****** some ********* ********* **** include **** ******** **** in *** *** ** only ** *** *******, DMP's ******* ****** ** the **** *******-**** *** both. ***** ********** ******* cosmetically, ********* ******** *** easy ** ****, ******* are ** ******* *****, and **** * *** minutes ** *********** ** needed ****** ***** *********** with *** ******.
  • ** ****** ***** *** Event *************: *** **** ***** at *** **** ***** level, **** *** ******* hardware *** ** ******** is ************* ******** ******** and ******** ***** ********. At ** ***** ** our ******* *** * local ***** **** ** notify ***** '*** *** cloud' ** **'* *** or *******.

*******, *** **** ****** repeated ********** **** ***** be *** ******** *** prospective *********:

  • *** ********** *****: *** ** *** biggest ********** *****'* ********* ***** ** 720P *** **********, ***** focal *******(****: ** ** ***** is ********* ** *** 2018) *** ***** *********** video **** *******. ******** to *****-***** ***** ************ kits **** ****** ***** management ********, ****** **** identification, *** ****** ********** models, ***'* ********* ***** is ****.
  • *********** *-**** '*******' ********** Process: ****** *-**** ******* to *** ********/***** ***** takes **** **** *** attempt. ** ******* ****-**** **** / *** Generation *-****, ********** ** ********* reliable, *** **** *** newest *** ************** *** devices ******* ** ******** to ******** *-**** '*******' standards. ** *** ****, we ***** ***** ******* have ********** ******* *** panel ** ********* ****, sometimes ****** ******* *****, unlike ***** ********* ****.
  • ** ***** ********: *** **** ***** the '****** ***' ***** doorbell ******************* *** ********* ** Total *******, *****.***, *** Vivint.***** *** ******* *** announced ** **** ******* a ********, *** ************ **** is *** ******** *** and *** ******* ******** does *** ******* *** party *******.

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

*** ** *** **** interesting ****** ** ***'* offering ** '**** ********' supervision *** ********** ** the ******'* ******** *******. In ***** ** *************,*** **** * *-*** wireless ******************* ** *********** ***** systems **** ***** **** vulnerable ** ******* ** described ***** ** **** ** ADT ***** ******.

*******, ****** *********, *** is ******** ****** ********* typically ******* ** ********** markets *** *** ****** is *** ********* ******* distribution. *** ** ** compatible **** *** *****, non-DMP ******, **** *****.***. Additionally, *** ***** *** consumer ***** *********** ** either, ********** *********.

*** *********** ** ******* dealer ********, ********** ***** name, *** *** '***********' use ***** **** ******* and *** ** ****** app **** **** ******* uptake ** *** ****** residential ****** ******. *** recognizes **** *** *** repackaged *** ******* ****** for *********** ******* ******* as ******. *** *** section ***** ** **** for **** *******.

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

** ***** ** ********, the ******* **** * small (~*" * *" X *") ****** ***** that ** ********** ********* to * *********** *********** keypad *** ****** *******. The ***** ***** ***** the ******. *** ****** can ****** ** ********* to * **** ** has ** ****** ** be **** ********* ** stand **** *** ******* via ****-*** **** ***********:

*** ****** ****** ** smaller **** *********** **** Honeywell ** **** ***** panels. ****** **** *********, DMP ********* *** **** control ***** *** *** keypad **** ********* ******* that *** ********** ******, but *** ** **** mounted ** *** **** footprint ** ******** ***** keypads.

*** ***** ***** ***** these ***** ******* ** a **** **********:

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

****** **** *********** ******* that *** ******** ********, limited ******** *******, *** uses *** **** ********** wireless ******* **** **'* high-end ** ****** ****.**** **** ** ****** types*** **********, ********* ******, multiple *** ****** ******, and ******** ******* ******.

** ****** ******** ******* mount *****, ***-****** ***, and ******** ****** *** experienced ** ****** ** malfunctions ** *********:

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

***** **** *** ********* system, *** ***** *** XTLPlus ** ** '********** hub' **** ********** *-**** radio, **** ** ********* to *** ******* ***-******** devices **** ***********, ******, Freeze *********, *** *****/ Heat *******. ***** ******* are ********** ********* ******* the *****'* ********* **** like *** ***** ******.

***** ********** ***** *-**** 'Classic' ******* ********* ******** two ** ***** ********, our ******* ****** *** Z-Wave *** ** ** reliable *** ********** ** control ** ********* ******* with ** ******** **** or ******* *********** ** end ******.

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

*** ******** **** ** control *** ********** *** remote ********** ****** ** the ****** ** ****** "******* ******". *** *** ** available *** ***,***** **, *** *******. ***** the *** ******** * cellular ************ ****** *** monthly ******* ****, ******* at $**-$** *** *****, but ****** ****** *** and ********** ** *** DMP ***** ******, *** any ********** '*********' * Wave ******* ******'* ***** ************.

*** ****** ** **** available ** *** ******, including *** **** *********, features, *** ******* ****** of *** ***. *** app *** ****** ** 'white *******' ********* *** the ********* ******, ** despite ******** ****** ***** (Dealer **** ******** ****), this ** *** ******** DMP ******:

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

*** ******** ***** **** specific*** ****************, ****, *** ********. The ********* ** ***** by ********* *** *** camera ****** *** ******* to **** ********** *** fixed ***** *******.

****** ****** *** ******* to ** ** ********, IR ******, ****** **** IR **** *** *** models.***** ****** *** *** supplied** **********, *** **** are *** **** ***, short ******* ******* ** fixed ******** ******.

** ****** *** ** Indoor **** *****. ** ****** *** camera ***** **** **** and ***** *********** ** a ***** ******, ********* 20' - **' **** from * ***.**/*/* ****** passing ******* ******** *****. The ********* ****** ********* with ** ********** *********** in ****** *************.

***** *** ****** **** camera ******** ** ****, performance ** **** *** generally ******* *' - 7' **** *** ****** but **** ** *** FoV *****. *******, *** combination ** *** **********, fixed ******, *** ********** cube **** ****** ***** the ****** **** ** place ***** ** ******* in *********** ***** ********* indoors.

*** ******* ***** ***** that ***** ***** ** displayed ** * ***** thumbnail ** *** ******* or ***, ***** ********** of ******** ***** ** limited ** *** **** at * **** *** clips *** ********* *************** in ******* *** *** not ******** ** ********** by *****:

****** **********, ******* ** 20 ****** *****, *** be ********* *** ****** in *** '*******' *** but *** *** ********* specially ***** ** **********.

*** ****** **** ***** illustrates ******* ********** *** video ******* ** ***'* Securecom ****** ****:

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

*** ******* ****** ** an ***-** ******* ******** systems ** ** ******** accessible ** *********** *** web, *** **** *** replace ************ *** ******* station **********. *** ******** provides ****** ********** *** intrusion *** **** ********** of ******* **** **********, thermostats, *** **** *****.

*******, ***** ********** ** usually ******** *** ********* aspect ** * *** dealer ********* ******. *** station *** ***** ** monitoring *** *** *********** of *** ********** ******. VK ** *** * central ******* ********** ******.

App **. *******

**** *** *** *** smartphone ********** *** *******, differing ********* ** ***** scheme. *********** ** * user ** ******** **** one *********, **** **** find ***** ******** *******, simplifying ****** **********. ****** shots ** **** *** included *****, ***** *** phone ***:

*** **** *** ******* portal. **** ************ *** button ******** ** *** app *** *** **** for ****:

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

** **** *** '*********' connectivity, ** ********* *** ******* *-**** ******* ********* ** ** an *******. *** *********** and ********** ** *** thermostat **** ** *** reliable, *** ******* * command **** *** **********, even ***** **** ******* of **********:

*** ***** ***** ***** the ********* ** *** thermostat ** *** *** portal:

** *******, ********** *********** of *********** *** *-**** lights *** ******** *** equal ** ****** *** and *** **** ******* interface ******* '******' **** the *****:

System *******

*********, ******* ** **** marginal ****** *** ******* competitive **** ********** **** offerings *************, **** ******* ********* costing **% - **% more. *******, *** ** a ******-******* *****, *** channel ******** *** *** fairly ***** **** *** factory ******** ****** ** the '****' ****** ** online. ****** *** ******** using ** ********** ******, and **** ******* ** limited ***** ** **** channel.

******* *** ******* ********* do *** ***** **************** '$** **** ** specials', ***'* ****** ** mostly ******* ** ******-*** residential *** ********** ********* rather **** *** ***-*** 'door *******' ******* **** by **** ******** ***** companies.

* **** ** ********** systems *** ****** ***:

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

**** * ********* **** perspective, *** ** ********* systems (~$** - $** per *****) *** **** expensive **** *********** *********.*********** ******* *.*, **** * ******* average **** ** $** - $** *** *****. For **** *****.*** *** DMP **, ***** ******* may ******* ********** ******* station ********** ***** ** dealer, *** ******** ******* $15 - $** *******.

******** ************ ** ** include *** ****** *******:

  • *****.***:**** * ************* ***** of ****, *** *** operate **** * ****** of *** ***** ******, and ******** ****** ********** cameras *** ***** ******** support. *******, *** ****** more ******** ****** *****, partition *******, **** ***** points, *** **** *-*** supervision ** ******* **** ADC ******* ********* ****.
  • ***** ******* *.*: *********'* *********** ********* over *** ** ************* with **+ ********* ****** models ******* ** *** residential ****** *** ********** distribution ******* *** *** online, ********* **** ********* of ********** ********* *******. Given *********'* *********** *********** in **** ********, ***** recognition ** ****** *** perceived ******** **** ** lower **** ***.

XTLPlus **. ******

***** ******* ** ******* / ******** / ******** at *********** ********* *** small ********, ***'* *********** market *********** *** **** modest. ** ********, *** has ************ ******* *** the ** *** **** a ******* *************** *** ***********-**** ******* dealer *******.

*** ***** ** * response ** *** ********** focus ** ******* (**********) DMP *******, *** ***** limited *********** ****** ********. The****** ********** ********** ******** *** the *********** ******, *** Secura ******* *** ******* excluded **** ******* ** to ********** *********:

***** *** ******** ** the '**** ***** ** different **** ****** ******* and **** * ********* Secura-styled ***', *** ******* and ***** ***********/********* *** essentially *** **** **** roughly ********** *******.

******* ****** ******** * residential ******* *** *******, with * ********* ***** app *** *** ****** in * *********** ***** & ********* ****** *******, heavily ****** ****** ***** training *** **** ** door *****, ******** ** traditional ********** *** *******.

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