Intrusion Detection Keypad Guide

By: Ethan Ace, Published on Sep 18, 2014

Arming and disarming are the most fundamental tasks in intrusion systems. Keypads are the most common way to accomplish this, though the sheer number of styles and models available may be daunting for those new to the industry. Key switches and card readers further complicate the options.

In this guide we outline each of these types of arming/disarming systems, where they are typically used, and why:

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Keypads ************ ********

****** ****** **** *** styles ** *******, ** is ***** ****** **** keypads *** ************ ******** devices, ****** **** ********* devices (*******, ******, ***.). Because **** **** * specific *********** ****** ****** and ************* ********, **** cannot ** **** ** another ************'* *****.

******* ** ****, ***** users ****** ****** ** intrusion ********* ****** ***** on ****** *********, ***** options *** ********* ******* between *************, ******** ****** features (***** ** *******, home ********** *******, ****** access, ***.) *** ***** a ******* ***** *** deciding ****** *** *** intrusion ********* ****** **** another.

Keypad ********** *****

*** ******* ****** ** keypad ******* ** *** guide *** ********** ****, including ***** ******* ************ and ****, ** **** as *** ********* **** style ** *** ***** to *******. **** **** these *** ********** ****, and ********** ***** (**** touchscreen *** ** *******, or **** ******* *** be **** ** ***, for *******).

Alphanumeric *******

************ ******* *** **** common ** ********** ********* systems, *** ******* ** a *****-**** ******* ***** shows ******* ****** *** zone ****** ***********, **** customizable ****** *** ****** use. *********, ******* ********* function *** ***** ******* are ******** ** **** to *** **** ** stay *****, ****** *****, call **** ** ******, etc., * ******* *** common ** ***** *******.

****** ***** ** **** keypads, ******* ** ****** showing "**** *" ** lighting ** ***, *** system *** ** ********** to ******* "**: ******: Employee ********" ** ******** the *** **** *** employee ******** ** ** alarm.

****:**** ******** *********** ** especially ********* ** ****** systems **** ******** ***** (8 *** **) *** addressable *******, ** ** becomes ************ ********* *** users ** ******** ***** zone ** ******* ***** and ******* *** ******** of ** *****.

*******, ** *** ******, since **** ******* **** detailed **** *** ****** information, ********* *** ****/***** countdown, ************ ******* *** easier ** *** **** fixed ******* *** **** prone ** ***** ****** caused ** **** *****. 

*********:*** **** ******** ** alpha ******* ******** ** fixed ** **** ****** is ****, ********* **-***% higher. ********** ***** *** also **** **** **** difficult ** *** **** touchscreen ******, ** **** do *** **** *** user ******* *********, ******* requiring ******** *** ***.

*****:************ ******* ***** ** price ********* ** ****, design, *** ************, ********* in *** ***** ** ~$100 ***.

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**** ******* **** ***** in ********. **** ****** the ********** ** ******* audible ******* *** *** user ** ******. ***** with ****** ********** *** find ** ***** ****** easier ** ***. **** manufacturers ***** ** ***** keypads ** "*******" *******.

**** ******* **** ***** in ******** *** * built ** **********. **** allows ******* ******* ********* to ***** ******** ** the ***** **** ** the ***** ** ** alarm ******, ******** *** user ** ****** ******. Alarm ********* ********* ****** more *** ***-*** ***** service, ****** ~$* * month ** *** ******** central ******* ********** ****.

************ ******* **** ***** capability *** ~$***.

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***** ** ****** ** alphanumeric ******* ***** *** fallen *** ** ****** use, *** ***** ******** keypad. ****** ************ ****** which ******* **** *********** detail ** ***** **** information *** ****** ******, fixed ******** ******* ******* only ***** ***** **** as "****", "********", ***., and * **** ****** in *****. *** ** this, **** *********** ******* no **** *********** **** a **** ******, *** are ****** ** ***** to ************ ******.

******* ** ****, *********** rarely *** ***** ******** keypads, **** ************* ** longer ******* ****, *** those **** ** ***** have *** ******** ******* versions. ** ******* **** here *** ************, *** do *** ********* **** be ****.

LED/Zone *******

**** **** ** ****** displays **** **** *********** than ***** ******** ******, consisting **** ** * number ***, *** ** two ****** *******, *** a **** ***** ***** when *** ****** ** armed.

****:*** ***** ********** ******* with **** * *** ***** (small ************, *****, ***.) which *** ****** ***** or ******** (** **** ** **** modes), ****** **** *** keypads *** *** ******** and **** **** ********* arming ******. 

******* ******* *** ********* used ** ******* * rarely **** ********* **** ******* ***** ** a ****-******* *******.

*********:** **** ***** ******** keypads, ******* ******* **** these **** *** **** numbers ***** **, ***** have ** *** ** knowing ****** ** ******** zone ******, ****** *** difficult.

*****:**** ******* *** ***** priced ~$50, ********* ** ****** of *****.

***** ************* **** ***** use ******* ******* ***** include **** ** ******* with ***** ****** ******** for ***** ***** *** businesses. **** ***** ******* keypads ** ********** ******, as ***** ******* ***** include * *****, ***, keypad, *** *********** *** ~$90 ***.

Touchscreen *******

*** ****** ***** ** keypad ** *** ***********, which ******** *** ******** buttons *** **** ***** in ***** ****** **** an *** *********** ****** the ***** ** *** keypad. ************ ********* ***** the ******* ********* ** all ****** ******, ******* users ******* ***** ** arm/disarm, ** ***** *****, without **** ****** *********** found **** ** ************ keypads. ************, ******** ******** such ** **-** ******, light *** *********** *******, and *-**** *** **** likely ** ** ***** in *********** *******.

****:*********** ******* *** ********* easiest ** *** *** least ***** ** **** error ******* **** *** able ** ******* **** detail ** ****** *** alarm ******, *** ******* logical *****, ******** *** training ******** *** ***. 

****** **** **** ********** features *** **** ** used ** *********** *** small ********** ******* *** control ** ******** *** HVAC. **** **** ********* larger ********** ********** *** more ******* *********** ******* for ******* ** ***** elements, ** *-**** *****'* offer *** **** ******** and *********** ** ****** end ******* *******. ***** salespeople ******** *** *********** keypads ** ******** ********* to *** *** ******* to ***** ***** ************, or *** *** ******* to ******** ********* ** upgrade ** * *********** keypad.

*********:************ *** ** **** prohibitive, ******* ****** ** much ** **** **** the ******'* ******* ***** itself, ***** ****** ***** use ** ****** *** residential, ***** **** ** use *** **** ********** features ****** ****, *** larger, **** ********* ********** systems.

*****:************ *** *** **** expensive ** *** ****** options, **** ****** ******** around $***, ****** **** alphanumeric *******.

Virtual *******

**** ************* **** ******** gateways ***** ****** * virtual ****** ********** *** web ******* ** ********** apps. ***** ******* ********* are ***** ** *** keypad *** ** * standard ****** ***** **, with ******* ********** *** Ethernet ** *** ********'* network.

****: *********** **** ************ ******* ** or ******** ************* ** transmit ***** ******* ******* of ********* *****. ****, ***** **** ubiquitous ********** *****, *** *** to ******* ****** **** becoming **** ******* *** both *********** *** ********** systems. ******* ****** **** ***** ***** users ** *** *** disarm ***** ******* **** their ****** *******. **** of ***** **** ***** far **** ************* **** a ******, ******** ***** to ******* ***** *** devices, **** **** ** recorded ************ *****, *** alarm ***** *******, *** and ****** *****, *** more. **** **** ******* push ************* ** ****, allowing ***** ** ** alerted ** *** ***** goes ***. ***** ******** are *** ********* ********, allowing ***** ** ******* their ****** ***** ****.

******* ******** ** *** is **** ****** **** updating * ******, **** allow ***** ************* ** add ************* ** *** alarm ******* ********* * site ***** ** *** integrator. ***** ************* *** push *** ******** ** all ***** ** **** develop ****.

*********:******* ******* ****** ********* not ** **** ** the **** ***** ** arming/disarming *** ******, *** to *** *********** ** phone/tablet ********* ******* *** while *** **** ** out ** *** *****, leaving **** ****** ** disarm *** ****** **** return. * ********* ****** is ******** *** **** reason, ** **** ***** adding **** ** ******** to *** ******** ********* required *** *** ******* keypad.

*****:***** ********** **** ******* keypads ****. ** **** *****, a ******** ****** ** connect *** ***** ** the ******** ** ********, usually ** *** ***** of $***-***, ********* ** manufacturer. ** *** ***** will ** ********* ***** an IP ** ******** ************ anyway, ** **** ****** a ******* *** *** app ******* *** ********** hardware ****. **** ***** manufacturers ****** * ***** monthly *** ** ***** dealers *** ****** ** the ******* ******* *** app, **** *** ******* using *** *** ** an *** ***********. *** keypad *** ****** ** usually ****.

Other ****** *******

***** *** *** ***** ways ** ******/********* ******* which *** **** ** intrusion *********, ****** **** so **** *******: *********** and **** *******.

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**** ****** ******* ** option *** ********* ******, which ****** *** **** to ***/****** *** ****** using * **** ******** mounted ** * *********, typically **** ****** ****, which ***** **** *** system ** ***** ** disarmed.

****:*********** *** ********* **** in ***** ******* **** a ****** ****, ******* to ***** ***/**** *******. The ********* ********** *** need *** *********** ***** to ******** ***** ** arm/disarm *** ******. ***** workers ***** ***** ******** keys *** ******** ****** anyway, ****** *** ********* more *********.

*********** *** ***** **** used ** ****** ****** with ****-**** *****. ***** the **** **** **** the ********** ** *****, using *** **** *** to *** *** ****** is ******* **** ******** a ****.

*******, ***** *** *** switch **** ** ****** a *** ******* ***** in **** *****, ** may ** **** *** integration ** **** **** just *** ********. * relay ****** **** ** access ******* ****** *** be **** ** ***/****** the ****** ** **** read, *** *******, ** an ** ****** ****** may ** **** ** remotely ******* ****** ****** via *** ** *** browser.

*********:**** **** *** *** biggest ***** **** ***********. Losing * ****** *** may ******* ******** ** all *** *********** ** the ******, ** **** the ****** ********, ** cylinders *** ***** *** same.

*****:*********** ***** **** ***** $50-100 ********* ** ********* size, ****** ****, ****, and ******* ******.

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**** ********* ************* ***** the ****** ** *** card ******* ** ***/****** the ******. ** **** cases ***** *** ** built **** *** ******, or **** *** ** standalone. ***** ******* **** standalone **** ******* ** access ******* ******* *** also ** **** (** noted ***** ** ********* disarm).

****:********** **** ******** ****** control ******* *** **** likely ** *** **** readers ** ***/****** ***** intrusion ******, ** ********* the **** *** *****.

*********:* **** ****** ******* credential *** *** ** used ** ****** *** alarm ****** ** ******** to ******* *** ****, leaving *** ******** ******* defense ******* ************ ******.

*****:******* **** *****-** **** readers *** ********* $**-*** more **** ********** ***-****** models. ***-** ******* ********* require ** ********* ******, as **** ** * separate******* ****** ******, $***-*** *****.

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