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If people are looking for a home security system without complicated instructions, they should consider buying a Visonic system.
Even though Visonic isn’t the most recognizable brand of security alarms, it is one of the easier systems to figure out. For one thing, it isn’t as difficult to understand as an Elk alarm system. The wireless setup is as simple as the average General Electric alarm.
Visonic’s typical Powermax+ security kit comes with a Powermax+ central panel, two wireless sensors, a pet-proof sensor that is safe from dog bites and a arming remote keychain. It costs over $200, which is a standard price for most of the newer security alarm kits.
Although the system doesn’t include too many upgradable options for technology junkies, it is very simple to understand. Nearly everyone will figure out how to set up the panel and the wireless sensors. It’s as simple as plugging in the central panel and adding batteries to the sensors. The panel also has convenient ports so that homeowners can plug in wired motion detectors. Keep in mind that all their panels can only support up to two wired detectors at once, making the range of the system somewhat limited.
Visonic’s panels are also compatible with many security monitoring providers. Owners can simply call the appropriate technician to set the system up for whichever monitoring service people would like. Users can also plug phone lines into the system, so that the system can automatically call the home phone whenever a burglar trips the alarm.
The only tricky procedure involves setting up each zone for the wireless sensors. People must register each sensor with a particular area. The PowerMax has three types of areas. The “Home” area includes the active sensors while people are inside the house. The “Away” area consists of the sensors that should stay active while residents are outside the house. The “Always” area involves sensors that should always stay active. These devices include garage and smoke alarms.
These settings are important, because users will have to program how each parameter will function when the system is armed. The programming process may take some time to adjust to. Unfortunately, this process requires some tedious micromanagement. People will have to program every command so that the system will know what to do when the alarm is turned off. The command process is a bit too complicated and somewhat unnecessary.
Thankfully, the panel also has a voice response system, to talk people through the entire installation process. Thus, setting up the alarm is much easier than people expect. All the systems have a backlight, to help people see the commands they are inputting at night.
Each of Visonic’s alarms can support 28 wireless motion sensors, making this system very flexible for houses with lots of doors. The systems also support new standard security equipment, such as glassbreak detectors and keychain to arm or disarm the system.
Overall, Visonic’s systems provide state-of-the-art protection that is easy for nearly anyone to use. The programming process is somewhat tedious, but it is still one of the better alarm systems in the market today.
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