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No End User Programming
Submitted on 05/20/2020 Alarm Grid

The DSC Iotega is a wireless all-in-one security system with no local end user programming. DSC packed a bunch of features into this panel, but leaving out end user programming makes it a poor option overall for DIY users. The wireless system doesn't even have a touchscreen display, which is fairly standard for wireless security systems as of 2020. We do not recommend using the DSC Iotega, as there are many options out there that are better-suited for DIY users. The only reason that we even give this system 2 Stars is because it is indeed loaded with features.

And those features make up what is good about the DSC Iotega. It supports PowerG Sensors, which are widely regarded as some of the best in the industry due to their incredible wireless range and military grade encryption. The system features built-in Z-Wave Plus, which is great for building an automation network. Just keep in mind that since there is no touchscreen, you must control your Z-Wave devices remotely through Alarm.com. Speaking of ADC, we like the fact that you can operate the Iotega remotely through that service.

But the downsides to the DSC Iotega are severe. The system does not support local end user programming, and all programming must be done remotely by your alarm monitoring company. This is incredibly inconvenient, and it makes us unable to recommend this system. If DSC had put local programming into the Iotega, we would like the system a lot more. Another downside is that there is no touchscreen for the system. There is just an LCD numeric keypad. Most users will find this to be unfriendly and not very inviting. Because of these major downsides, we only give the DSC Iotega a 2 Star rating.

Good: PowerG Sensor Support, Built-In Z-Wave Plus, Alarm.com

Bad: No End User Programming, No Touchscreen

Bottom Line: 2 Stars