The Honeywell ACU is an analog converter unit that turns any analog security camera that puts out NTSC video into a Total Connect compatible camera. Before the ACU was released, only the IPCAM-WI2, IPCAM-PT, or IPCAM-WO security cameras could be used with AlarmNet’s Total Connect video service. Now, you can integrate any existing analog camera into your Total Connect video account. Also, if you desire a security camera that has more advanced specifications than the IPCAM Series security cameras, all you need to do is add an ACU to the camera to make it compatible with Total Connect.
A Total Connect video account supports up to (6) IPCAM Series security cameras or analog cameras upgraded with an ACU. Each analog camera that outputs NTSC video would need its own ACU. With the Total Connect video account, you can look in live to your property from any web browser, Tuxedo Touch or Tuxedo Touch WIFI keypad or iPhone®, iPad®, Blackberry® or Android™ device. Simply pull up the web based account or the application on your smartphone to view all connected cameras. You can choose between a multi-camera view or a larger single camera view. You can also setup the account to send you an email and/or text message every time a new motion activated video clip is recorded by the ACU enabled security camera. The text message can simply alert you that a new video is available for your review or you can have the email go out with the actual (10) second video clip so that you can review what caused the recording. You do not need a security system to utilize the Total Connect video account. However, if you do have a Honeywell security system that uses the Total Connect service for remote access, you can integrate the video service so that you can arm or disarm the security system from the same application that you use to view your security cameras. If you get a Total Connect notification that your home had an alarm, you can instantly pull up the live video feed from your home or business to see what caused the alarm.
The Honeywell ACU analog converter unit can be connected to your router with an Ethernet cable or you can use the built-in WiFi feature to send the video feed wirelessly. The ACU even has a ‘VIDEO OUT’ BNC connector so that you can send the NTSC video from the analog camera to a local video monitor. Each ACU includes (1) analog converter unit, (2) antennas for the wireless WiFi connection and a 12V, 1A power transformer to provide power to the ACU. When connecting your analog NTSC security camera to your ACU, you should use 75 ohm cable such as RG-59. Once the camera is connected, you can choose to connect the ACU to your router using an Ethernet cable or by using WiFi Protected Setup (WPS) wireless security. If you are going to use the WiFi feature, your router must support WPS security and have a WPS encryption button. If your router lacks these features, you can add a WAP-PLUS wireless access point to easily set up the WPS connection. The WAP-PLUS would wire into your router using an Ethernet cable and then would provide the wireless WiFi connection out to each of your ACU units.
With a Honeywell ACU analog converter unit you can unlock all of the amazing features that a Total Connect video account offers using any analog NTSC security camera. Of course, if you don’t already have any analog security cameras, you can bypass the need for an ACU by simply using the IPCAM-WI2, IPCAM-PT or IPCAM-WO security cameras with your Total Connect video account.