Interlogix Simon XTi-5 - Wireless Security System Reviews

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Submitted on 09/21/2020 Alarm Grid

The Interlogix Simon XTi-5 is a wireless all-in-one alarm panel with a 5-inch touchscreen display. It is basically the same panel as an Interlogix Simon XTi, only with a larger touchscreen. The Interlogix Simon Series Panels have been around for quite some time. They have received numerous upgrades throughout the years, and they can do virtually anything expected of a modern alarm panel if given the right support. But with newer and better options readily available, we wouldn't necessarily recommend going out of your way to install a Simon XTi-5. There is also the consideration that Interlogix is no longer in business in the United States, so getting assistance for this panel can be bothersome. All things considered, we give the Interlogix Simon XTi-5 a 4-Star rating.

There are positive aspects regarding the Interlogix Simon XTi-5. The panel has many cellular and dual-path communicator options available for connecting with the Alarm.com servers. This will allow you to get the system monitored and control it remotely. An added communicator will also double as a Z-Wave controller so that you can begin setting up a network of smart home automation devices. The system menus are easy to navigate, and this is generally a fine entry-level security system.

But the downsides for the Interlogix Simon XTi-5 should not be ignored. The touchscreen is easy to use, but it feels a little funny when operating. In general, the build-quality for these panels is a bit lacking, and it doesn't necessarily feel like a strong piece of equipment. The system is very basic, as you only get forty (40) zones and eight (8) user code slots. If you are using this system in a smaller home or business, then that shouldn't be a big deal. But compared with the offerings of other systems, that is very limited. There are no encrypted sensor options for the system, as you are instead limited to using strictly non-encrypted 319.5 MHz sensors. Any Z-Wave scenes you want to set up will need to be configured through Alarm.com, as the panel does not offer the capability for local scenes. And if you want to get the system monitored for use with Alarm.com, then an external communicator will be required. Finally, another major downside is the fact that Interlogix is no longer in business in North America, and the company only offers limited support as of September 2020. Overall, the Interlogix Simon XTi-5 gets a 4-Star score from Alarm Grid.

Good: Many Communicators Available, Added Communicator Provides Z-Wave, Easy to Navigate

Bad: Awkward Touchscreen, Spotty Build Quality, Only 40 Zones & 8 User Codes, No Encrypted Sensors, No Local Smart Scenes, Must Add Communicator for Alarm.com Access, Interlogix Out of Business

Bottom Line: 4 Stars