Is the Peek-In Feature On Alarm.com Supported With the DSC PG9944?
Yes, the Peek-In feature on Alarm.com is supported with the DSC PG9944. The Peek-In Now feature allows you to manually request a photo from the PG9944 so that you can check-in on your home or office. You can activate the Peek-In Now feature from the Alarm.com website or mobile app.
The DSC PG9944 is a PowerG Image Sensor designed for use in an outdoor environment. It is used with security systems that support PowerG Sensors. As an image sensor, the PG9944 is essentially a still-image camera combined with a motion sensor. If the motion sensor detects movement and triggers an alarm on the system, then the PG9944 will take a photo. Assuming that the system is monitored and set up with Alarm.com, the image will be sent to that platform for the user to review. This can be very helpful for determining if a system alarm is legitimate or just false.
However, a user can also request a manual image from the PG9944 at any time. This is done using the Peek-In Now feature. Upon activating the feature, the PG9944 takes a photo and sends it to Alarm.com. Once Alarm.com receives the photo, it is then forwarded to recipients via text and/or email. A recipients list will need to be configured for this purpose. You can do this by logging into your Alarm.com account through a web browser. Choose Automation on the left-hand side. Then select Rules at the top if you aren't already in that sub-menu. Once you are in Rules, you should scroll down to Peek-Ins & Manual Image Uploads. Press the pencil icon within this field. Then scroll down to the Recipients section, and click the blue +Add button. You will be able to add existing recipients you have saved and add new ones if needed. Once you have finished, press the Close button to exit the pop-up window. You should be able to see the added phone numbers and email addresses that will receive the Peek-In photos. Remember to press Save when finished.
One important thing to keep in mind with the DSC PG9944 Outdoor Image Sensor is that it only supports the Peek-In Now feature. It does not work with Peek-In Next Motion. These two types of Peek-Ins differ in that Peek-In Now requests an image immediately, while Peek-In Next Motion waits until the next time the image sensor detects movement to produce an image. When discussing the Alarm.com Peek-In feature with the PG9944, it is almost always implied to be the Peek-In Now feature, not Peek-In Next Motion.
You should also be aware of device requirements and compatibilities if you intend on using the PG9944 with the Alarm.com Peek-In Now feature. First, if you are using the PG9944 with a Qolsys IQ Panel 2 Plus, then you must have the system on Firmware Version 2.4.2 or higher. If you need to upgrade the firmware for your Qolsys IQ Panel 2, then you may want to review our firmware updates page. Remember that you must also enroll the PG9944 with your system, so check out our PowerG Sensor Enrollment Guide if you need help. In order to use the PG9944 with Alarm.com, you must have the Images - Plus Service Package applied to your Alarm.com account by your monitoring company. If you are monitored by Alarm Grid, then you may contact us via email at email@example.com to request the service package. Otherwise, reach out to your alarm monitoring provider for assistance. One final thing to consider is that all Peek-In photos from your PG9944 will count towards your Alarm.com Image Sensor Upload Limits. You cannot receive additional Peek-In photos if your monthly limit has been reached.
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