Reviews

Interlogix 60-880-95 - Wireless PIR Motion Detector

Highly Advanced Motion Sensor!
Submitted on 06/08/2020 Alarm Grid

The Interlogix 60-880-95 is a wireless motion detection sensor that operates at the 319.5 MHz frequency. It is designed to detect movement or activity in a particular area. The sensor uses some advanced features like 4D Signal Processing and Undercrawl protection. This truly is a reliable and effective motion sensor that you can use with virtually any 319.5 MHz security system. But it also has some downsides, as it is known for being very pricey. And also the manufacturer, Interlogix is no longer in business in North America. But all things considered, this is a great sensor if you are willing to spend the extra cash. That is why we give it 5 Stars.

There are many things to like about the Interlogix 60-880-95. For one, the sensor is very easy to install and program, even for DIY users who are setting up their first system and sensors. The sensor is very reliable in detecting movement, and you can certainly count on it to effectively monitor your home or business. The 4D Signal Processing feature helps reduce false alarms by examining the size, speed, and shape of detected infrared energy to make sure it matches the typical energy signature of a human. The Undercrawl protection is also useful, as it allows the sensor to detect movement that occurs below. We also like the fact that the device allows for sensitivity adjustments by increasing or decreasing the pulse count.

There are some downsides to the Interlogix 60-880-95 that should be kept in mind. The sensor is very expensive, costing $116.99 at the time of this writing in June 2020. You can find many motion sensors with comparable performance for a fraction of that price. Also, since Interlogix is out of business in North America, it can be difficult to receive technical support regarding the product. But if you can overlook these factors, then the Interlogix 60-880-95 is a great product. It gets 5 Stars from us.

Good: Easy to Install & Program, Reliable, 4D Signal Processing, Undercrawl Detection, Adjustable Pulse Count

Bad: Expensive, Interlogix is Defunct

Bottom Line: 5 Stars

DSC BATT-PGX901/X911 - Battery for DSC PG9901 & PG9911

Useful Siren Battery!
Submitted on 06/08/2020 Alarm Grid

The DSC BATT-PGX901/X911 is the battery for the DSC PG9901 PowerG Indoor Siren and the DSC PG911B PowerG Outdoor Siren and Strobe. These sirens both already come with a DSC BATT-PG901/X911 Siren Battery included. However, you will need to replace the initial battery with a new one once its useful life expires. There is also the consideration that you can add a second battery to both of these sirens to serve as a backup power source. The DSC BATT-PG901/X911 comes with a plug-in connector, which allows you to easily install it inside your DSC PG9901 or DSC PG9911B Siren. Overall, this is a very effective and reliable battery, and we give it a 5 Star rating.

There are many things to like about the DSC BATT-PGX901/X911 Battery. For one, it has a very long product life of eight (8) years on average. This will reduce the number of battery replacements you need to make and save you money in the long run. The battery has a plug-in connector for an easy installation. You can use two batteries in the same siren for more reliable power. This is completely optional, and you can stick to using one battery if that is what you prefer, or if you do not want to buy a second battery.

There are not many downsides regarding the DSC BATT-PGX901/X911 Battery. As this battery is for the DSC PowerG Sirens only, it has a rather limited use. Although this battery has a long product life, it will still need to be replaced eventually. But overall, these downsides for the DSC BATT-PGX901/X911 Battery are relatively minor. This is a reliable battery that will keep your siren operating the way that it should. For that reason, we give the DSC BATT-PGX901/X911 Battery a score of 5 Stars.

Good: Long Product Life, Plug-In Connector, Ability to Use 2 Batteries

Bad: For DSC PowerG Sirens Only, Must be Replaced at End of Life

Bottom Line: 5 Stars

DSC SCW45TAAT - Impassa w/ Z-Wave Ready, AT&T Cellular Communicator

Better Systems Available
Submitted on 06/05/2020 Alarm Grid

The DSC SCW45TAAT is a DSC Impassa Security System with a built-in AT&T 3G Communicator. This system has been discontinued, as the 3G communicator can no longer be activated for monitoring service. This is because AT&T is in the process of shutting down their 3G network. If you happen to have an Impassa System with an AT&T 3G Communicator that has already been activated, then you can continue to use that communicator until the network is shut down. However, we recommend being proactive and replacing the 3G communicator with an LTE communicator before that happens. All cellular communicators for the DSC Impassa have the same firmware requirements, so you won't need to upgrade the system to add an LTE communicator. But since the communicator can no longer be activated, and the fact that we are not big fans of the DSC Impassa in the first place, we can only give the DSC SCW45TAAT a 2 Star rating.

There are not many aspects to like about the DSC SCW45TAAT. The system can still technically be used for monitoring, but you would need to swap out the 3G communicator with an LTE module. The communicator allowed for Alarm.com service, and it also doubled as a Z-Wave controller so that you could build an automation network around it. The Impassa System is functional, and it does support local end user programming.

But the downsides to the DSC SCW45TAAT should not be ignored. The Impassa is a rather clunky system, and it isn't exactly the most user-friendly. It also lacks the features of a newer, more modern security system. The best way to describe it is "outdated". The communicator included with this system can no longer be activated, and it must be replaced if the user intends on setting up the system for monitoring service. There is also the fact that the system has been discontinued, and it can no longer be purchased new. With these downsides in mind, we give the DSC SCW45TAAT a 2 Star score.

Good: System is Still Usable, Alarm.com, Z-Wave, Functional System, End User Programming

Bad: Clunky System, Not User Friendly, Lacks Modern Features, Communicator Cannot be Activated, Discontinued

Bottom Line: 2 Stars

Interlogix 600-1048-XT-LTE-AT - AT&T LTE Cellular Communicator for Simon XT, XTi & XTi-5

Great Simon Series Communicator!
Submitted on 06/05/2020 Alarm Grid

The Interlogix 600-1048-XT-LTE-AT is an AT&T LTE Cellular Communicator for the Interlogix Simon Series Systems, including the Simon XT, Simon XTi, Simon XTi-5, Simon XTi-5i. This module will provide reliable connectivity between the panel and the Alarm.com servers across the AT&T LTE Cellular Network. The unit also includes a built-in Z-Wave controller so that you can begin building an automation network for use with the system. Overall, we really like the Interlogix 600-1048-LTE-AT, and we would recommend it to any Interlogix Simon System user who receives good coverage from the AT&T LTE Network. For that reason, we give this product a 5 Star rating.

There are many positive aspects regarding the Interlogix 600-1048-LTE-AT. For one, it provides reliable monitoring service across the AT&T LTE Network. With a strong cellular connection, it is highly unlikely that your system will ever lose service or go offline. The fact that this communicator allows for connectivity with Alarm.com is very important, as the platform allows for convenient remote system and automation operation. And the fact that the Interlogix 600-1048-LTE-AT doubles as a Z-Wave controller is an added bonus, as you can begin setting up an automation network of smart devices for use with the Alarm.com platform.

The Interlogix 600-1048-LTE-AT does not have many downsides. One issue is that it requires a cellular monitoring plan to be used. A cellular monitoring plan is typically more expensive than an IP-only monitoring plan that other systems can support. The Interlogix 600-1048-LTE-AT provides cellular connectivity only. Since most Alarm.com Monitoring Plans include both cellular and IP service, you may want to get a communicator that allows for both cellular and IP service. Like any communicator for an Interlogix Simon System, the Interlogix 600-1048-LTE-AT must be installed inside the panel. But these downsides are relatively minor, and they do not stop us from giving the product a 5 Star rating.

Good: Reliable Monitoring Service, AT&T LTE, Alarm.com, Z-Wave

Bad: Requires Cellular Monitoring Plan, Cell-Only, Must be Installed

Bottom Line: 5 Stars

DSC 3G8055IAT - Alarm.com AT&T Communicator for Impassa w/ Image Sensor Module

Defunct Module
Submitted on 06/05/2020 Alarm Grid

The DSC 3G8055IAT is a defunct communicator and image sensor module for the DSC Impassa Security System. This communicator allowed for connectivity with the AT&T 3G Network, and it also allowed a compatible image sensor to be used with the system. AT&T is currently in the process of shutting down their 3G network, and the communicator can no longer be activated for new alarm monitoring service. If you have a DSC 3G8055IAT Communicator that is currently activated, then you can continue to use it until AT&T formally shuts down the associated network. This is expected to occur sometime in 2022. For anyone looking for a new communicator for an Impassa System, we recommend getting one of the LTE communicators that are available instead. And anyone with an existing DSC 3G8055IAT should make sure to upgrade to a new communicator (or a new system) as soon as possible. As for the DSC 3G8055IAT, we only give it a 3 Star rating.

There are some positive aspects regarding the DSC 3G8055IAT. As a cellular communicator, it provides reliable monitoring service. In fact, cellular communication is generally recognized as being the single most reliable communication path available for a security system. The fact that this communicator allowed for connectivity with Alarm.com was also a nice touch, as that is an outstanding remote monitoring and automation platform. The DSC 3G8055IAT doubles as a Z-Wave controller so that you can build an automation network around the Impassa for use with Alarm.com. And we also like the fact that the DSC 3G8055IAT provides support for an image sensor module.

But the downsides for the DSC 3G8055IAT should not be ignored. The communicator can no longer be activated for monitoring service. And once AT&T shuts down their 3G network, the communicator will stop working entirely. Like any Impassa Cellular Communicator, the DSC 3G8055IAT must be physically installed inside the panel. As these downsides are very significant, we can only give the DSC 3G8055IAT a score of 3 Stars.

Good: Reliable Monitoring Service, Alarm.com, Z-Wave, Image Sensor Support

Bad: Can No Longer be Activated, Will Stop Working After Network Shutdown, Must be Installed

Bottom Line: 3 Stars

Honeywell Lyric-CDMA - Verizon Cellular Communicator for the Lyric Security System

Outdated Communicator
Submitted on 06/05/2020 Alarm Grid

The Honeywell Lyric-CDMA is a defunct communicator that was once sold as a cellular communicator add-on for the Honeywell Lyric Security System. Since Verizon is in the process of shutting down their CDMA Network, the Lyric-CDMA has been discontinued for purchase. It is also now impossible to activate an existing Lyric-CDMA for monitoring service. If you have an existing Lyric-CDMA Communicator that has already been activated, then you can continue to use it until Verizon shuts down their CDMA Network. This is expected to occur sometime in 2022, though no official date has been revealed to the general public. Alarm Grid now recommends buying an LTE communicator instead, such as the Honeywell LYRICLTE-V Verizon LTE Communicator. As for the Honeywell Lyric-CDMA, we only give it 4 Stars, as it is no longer an optimal communicator for the system.

There are positive aspects regarding the Lyric-CDMA. For one, it allows for the use of Total Connect 2.0. This is a monitoring and automation platform that users can access to control their Honeywell Systems remotely. Since Verizon has not yet shut down their CDMA Network, you can continue to temporarily use the communicator for monitoring service, at least until the network is permanently shut down. We also like the fact that the communicator is very easy to install.

But the negative aspects for the Honeywell Lyric-CDMA should not be ignored. The communicator can no longer be activated for monitoring service. And once Verizon shuts down their CDMA Network, then the communicator will stop working entirely. Anyone with this communicator should make sure to upgrade to an LTE communicator as soon as possible. That is the only way to continue using the Lyric System for cellular monitoring service. With that in mind, we only give the Lyric-CDMA 4 Stars.

Good: Total Connect 2.0, Can be Used Until Network Shutdown, Easy to Install

Bad: Can No Longer be Activated, Will Stop Working Soon

Bottom Line: 4 Stars

Linear WT00Z-1 - 3-way Switch

Useful Product!
Submitted on 06/03/2020 Alarm Grid

The Linear WT00Z-1 is a 3-way switch that is used to control lighting loads that have already been wired to a switch or dimmer. As a result, the Linear WT00Z-1 doesn't actually control any lighting devices on its own. It is simply an add-on accessory that allows a user to control a light from a secondary on-site location. The advantage to using the Linear WT00Z-1 is that it can be associated with master, load-bearing switches using Z-Wave technology. This is as opposed to a physical traveler wire, which is traditionally used to associate a load-bearing switch with a 3-way switch. This is huge, as it can really make an installation easier. As such, we give the Linear WT00Z-1 a 5 Star rating.

As we mentioned before, the biggest advantage to the Linear WT00Z-1 is that it is a 3-way switch that can pair with a load-bearing switch across a Z-Wave network. This eliminates the need for running a traveler wire from the load-bearing switch to the 3-way switch. And you aren't limited to a 3-way setup, as 4-way and 5-way lighting loads are also possible. And each WT00Z-1 can control up to three (3) groups, meaning that it is possible to control up to 15 different light switches and dimmers with a single WT00Z-1.

The biggest downside to the Linear WT00Z-1 is that it is not actually a load-bearing switch. It is only used alongside actual load-bearing switches. You will only use it if you are configuring a multi-pole lighting setup. Keep that in mind when purchasing. Also remember that the Linear WT00Z-1 uses classic Z-Wave technology as opposed to newer Z-Wave Plus. You may want to look for a Z-Wave Plus model if you are using Z-Wave Plus devices, as to keep your network consistent. But these downsides are fairly minor, and they do not stop us from giving the Line WT00Z-1 a 5 Star score.

Good: No Traveler Wire Needed, Up to 5-Way Lighting Setup, Controls Up to 3 Groups of Switches

Bad: Not a Load-Bearing Switch, Classic Z-Wave

Bottom Line: 5 Stars

DSC RXL2-433 - 2CH Wireless Receiver 433MHz

Great 433 MHz Wireless Receiver!
Submitted on 06/03/2020 Alarm Grid

The DSC RXL2-433 is a wireless receiver add-on for hardwired DSC PowerSeries Systems. It is for standard PowerSeries Systems only, and it cannot be used with the newer DSC PowerSeries NEO Systems. It supports both uni-directional (one-way) and bi-directional (two-way) 433 MHz sensors. The most popular sensors used with the device are the legacy DSC models, which famously operate at the 433 MHz frequency. You may also encounter various third-party 433 MHz sensors that will also work with this wireless receiver accessory. The product has been discontinued, so you will be unlikely to find a new model. But if you find a used one, then it should still work well. We like this product, and we give it a 5 Star rating.

There are many positive aspects regarding the DSC RXL2-433. For one, it supports almost all 433 MHz sensors, so you should have no trouble finding compatible sensors from the legacy DSC Sensor lineup. There are two (2) on-board relays for the device, which can really come in handy when adding relay-triggered devices to your system. Furthermore, we also like the fact that there are four (4) different programmable relay options, including momentary, timed, latched, and continuous. This makes it easier to set up your relay device exactly how you want. Since the device supports 2-way communication, you can also use encrypted 433 MHz key fobs.

There are some downsides to the DSC RXL2-433 that should be kept in mind. For one, it is only compatible with a select range of DSC PowerSeries Systems. Make sure your system is compatible before seek out this module. Another downside is that this model is discontinued, and you will be unlikely to find it new. A used model should still work well if you come across one. Overall, these downsides are relatively minor, and they do not stop us from giving the DSC RXL2-433 a 5 Star score.

Good: Supports Almost Any 433 MHz Sensor, 2 On-Board Relays, 4 Programmable Relay Options, Supports 2-Way Communication

Bad: Only For DSC PowerSeries Panels, Discontinued

Bottom Line: 5 Stars

DSC PG9994 - PowerG 915MHz Wireless Outdoor Motion Detector

Awesome Outdoor Motion Sensor!
Submitted on 06/03/2020 Alarm Grid

The DSC PG9994 is an outdoor PowerG Motion Sensor. It can be used with any system that supports PowerG Sensors, including the Qolsys IQ Panel 2 Plus, the DSC Iotega, and any DSC PowerSeries NEO Panel with an added wireless receiver. As a PowerG Sensor, the DSC PG9994 offers an impressive wireless range of up to 2km in open air, depending on the panel it is being used with. It also uses military grade 128-bit AES encryption in all of its communications for added security. We think this is an outstanding sensor, and we give it a 5 Star rating.

There are many things to like about the DSC PG9994. One aspect we like is the fact that the sensor uses eight (8) smaller individual PIR sensors in conjunction to accurately detect motion. And with the device's protective and water-resistant exterior, the PG9994 still works great in less-than-ideal weather conditions, such as heavy rain and snow. Meanwhile, the mirror-optic capabilities of the sensor further improve upon its already great coverage range and detection accuracy. As we mentioned earlier, the sensor has an excellent wireless communication range as well. And the fact that the sensor uses military grade 128-bit AES encryption is also appreciated, as it makes the sensor virtually impossible to hack. We also like the fact that the sensor has a tamper cover switch, and the system will be alerted if anyone tries to open up the sensor.

There are not many downsides to the DSC PG9994. One issue that we find is with the design of the DSC PG9994. It literally looks like a small toilet. This has led to many jokes around the office, and it usually results in a few chuckles when recommending it to customers. We're not sure why DSC chose this design, but whatever. We must also admit that the sensor is quite pricey. As of June 2020, we have it listed for $193.99. That is, without a doubt, one of the most expensive single sensors we have ever encountered. But if you can stomach the steep pricetag and the potty design, then the DSC PG9994 is a fantastic product. We give it 5 Stars for its great performance.

Good: Uses 8 Individual PIR sensors, Water-Resistant Exterior, Great in Poor Weather, Fantastic Range, Mirror Optics, 128-Bit AES Encryption, Tamper Switch

Bad: Looks Like a Toilet, Expensive

Bottom Line: 5 Stars

DSC PT4 - Proximity Tag for DSC WT5500P Keypad

Nice Proximity Tag!
Submitted on 05/29/2020 Alarm Grid

The DSC PT4 is a replacement proximity tag for use with the DSC WT5500P Keypad. This is an optional keypad for a DSC Impassa System that includes a built-in proximity tag reader. The DSC PT4 also works with the DSC WTK5504P Touchscreen Keypad, which is also built for use with the DSC Impassa Security System. While both of these keypads already come with a proximity tag, you may need to replace it with a new one. Or another possibility is that you just want a second proximity tag for the keypad. Either way, the DSC PT4 works great in this role. For that reason, we give the DSC PT4 a 5 Star rating.

There are many reasons to like the DSC PT4 Proximity Tag. For one, it offers a convenient way to arm or disarm the system, in place of entering a valid code. It is great for users who may suffer from memory loss, as well as those who do not feel like entering a code. The DSC PT4 is small and compact, and you can easily store it inside your pocket, purse, or even inside your wallet. The device is very easy to use, as you can just hold it up to the proximity tag reader after it has been properly programmed.

There are some downsides to the DSC PT4 Proximity Tag that should be kept in mind. For, it only with compatible DSC Keypads that include a proximity tag reader. This restricts its use. The proximity tag has a built-in battery that must be replaced roughly every eight (8) years in order to continue working properly. The proximity tag should be treated as a user code, and losing it would be a security risk. Also consider that the DSC PT4 will take up a user code slot on the system. But these downsides are relatively minor, and they do not stop us from awarding the DSC PT4 a 5 Star score.

Good: Convenient, Small & Compact, Easy to Use

Bad: Limited Compatibility, Battery Requires Replacing, Losing PT4 is Security Risk, Requires Own User Code

Bottom Line: 5 Stars