The DSC PowerSeries NEO HS2016NK is a wired alarm system that supports up to 16 zones. This small zone number really limits the system and makes it only suitable for smaller residential locations. We recommend purchasing one of the other PowerSeries NEO Panels with support for more zones.
If you are considering a PowerSeries NEO Security System, then you should be aware of your options. The HS2032NK (32 zones), the HS2064NK (64 zones), and the HS2128NK (128 zones) are all more powerful than the DSC HS2016NK. This is very important if you plan on using a large number of sensors with your system. For a hardwired system like a PowerSeries NEO, then end user will almost always want to support more than 16 zones.
If you do decide to go with a DSC HS2016NK System, then keep in mind that only six (6) hardwired zones are built into the panel. You can add a DSC HSM2108 Expansion Module to increase the number of hardwired zones by eight (8). This will bring you to 14 zones. If you want to unlock the full potential of 16 zones, you will have to go wireless and add a wireless transceiver module. We recommend using the DSC HS2LCDRF9 N NEO Keypad for this purpose. This device doubles as both a keypad and a PowerG Transceiver. Since you need a keypad to operate the system anyway, this is a good add-on.
PowerG support is a great reason to choose a PowerSeries NEO System. These sensors can be used from up to 2km away from the wireless transceiver with a direct line of sight. These sensors also utilize 128-bit AES encryption for added wireless security. Overall, these are some of the best wireless sensors available for security systems. We strongly recommend adding a PowerG Wireless Transceiver to your DSC PowerSeries NEO Panel.
Another add-on you must make for any DSC PowerSeries NEO Security System is an alarm monitoring communicator. This is the only way to have the system communicate with the Alarm.com Servers for alarm monitoring service. The communication modules for the DSC PowerSeries NEO Systems are dual-path devices that use both IP (hardwired ethernet) and LTE cellular. There AT&T and Verizon options available. If one communication path becomes unavailable, the other path will still be there to back it up. Additionally, these communicators double as Z-Wave Plus controllers for controlling your Z-Wave devices from Alarm.com. You will need a monitoring plan to activate the communicator.
However, the NEO is not the only system with PowerG support. Most users are actually better off purchasing a Qolsys IQ Panel 2 Plus System instead. This wireless all-in-one system is considerably easier to install and program than a PowerSeries NEO System. A wireless system like the IQ Panel 2 Plus will require much fewer add-ons and accessories than a hardwired system like a PowerSeries NEO. This system already has touchscreen controls, so no external keypad is required. It also includes a built-in LTE communicator and a WIFI card for dual-path connectivity right out of the box. The IQ2+ also has a built-in PowerG Transceiver and one legacy receiver (319.5 MHz, 345 MHz, or 433 MHz). The only reason to choose a PowerSeries NEO System instead is if you really want to go the hardwired route.
The DSC PowerSeries NEO HS2016NK supports up to 47 user codes, plus a single Master Code. The system supports two (2) different partitions. Up to 500 events can be stored in the Event Log. A bell output and siren supervision are both included with the system. The panel is SIA CP-01 compliant. A backup battery like the UltraTech 1240 is required. The system gets its primary power from a 16.5VAC, 40VA transformer. The hardwired panel is housed inside a metal enclosure.