Set-Top Box DIY Alarm System Sage

Author: Brian Rhodes, Published on Jul 05, 2016

A multi-billion dollar corporation has gotten into the DIY alarm system space.

And they are dropping the wall-based panel that most every alarm provider uses.

Echostar / Hughes Sage uses a TV as the main control hub, eliminating dependency only on smartphones, tablets, and computers to run the system allowing more casual operation. Will these factors translate into market success?

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Comments (3)

I have a lot of problems with any system relying on a single path of communication that doesn't utilize a professional monitoring center for alarm dispatch.

Communication systems go down all the time, our most basic systems have dual communication. Internet and Cellular. Even the app is redundant and changes from one path to the other if one is down. A security system is only as good as the user or monitoring station receiving that burglary notification. Professional monitoring stations have a lot of redundancies that someone's iPhone doesn't have. Personally I have zero interest in relying on my phone to alert me of a burglary.

That being said, I have no doubt that products like this will become more popular. Figuring out how to bring this way of thinking to the professional security market will be key to our survival.

You've made a good case in describing a weakness for Sage, and many DIY/ self-monitored systems. If you disrupt internet, it cannot notify anyone of alarms aside from just blaring a loud horn.

Along with most professional systems, Simplisafe offers a backup/secondary GSM dialer, but Sage doesn't. I'll add that to the comparison above. Thanks.

I could be wrong, but I think simplisafe only has a GSM radio. This is also dangerous, believe it or not, cellular towers go down or become congested from time to time. Especially during major storms when you need it most. Having a minimum of two forms of communication is essential. If two paths aren't available, creating virtual paths to multiple monitoring station receivers is good enough.

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