Reviews

Alarm.com ADC-V522IR - Indoor 1080P Fixed Camera with Night Vision

Amazing Camera!
Submitted on 11/21/2019 Alarm Grid

The Alarm.com ADC-V522IR is a 1080p HD camera that is designed for use in residential locations. It connects with the Alarm.com servers, and an end user can view its live feed and recorded clips from Alarm.com. The camera is very easy to use and set up, making it a great option for new users looking for effective video monitoring service. We think this is an outstanding camera, and it really offers some excellent features. For those reasons, we give it a 5 Star rating.

There are many things to like about the Alarm.com ADC-V522IR. For example, it has outstanding recording quality. Our technicians have found that it produces crystal clear video that can easily be used to identify an intruder. Its IR night vision rating is for 15 feet, which is good for indoor use. You can easily rest the camera on a desk or a table, which makes it perfect for users who don't want to hard-mount the device to a wall or ceiling. However, you can still hard-mount the device if you want. The camera can easily connect to a 2.4 GHz or 5 GHz WIFI network. The user will also appreciate the wide 113° viewing angle of the camera and its LED lights that assist with installation.

There aren't many downsides to the ADC-V522IR. One consideration is that it can only be used with Alarm.com. If you do not have Alarm.com, then you cannot use this camera. Also it does not support Power over Ethernet (PoE). You need to use a WIFI connection with this camera. But those are really the only issues, and they're relatively minor. This is a great camera all-around, and it is especially nice for residential users looking for a simple video surveillance solution for use with Alarm.com. It gets 5 Stars.

Good: Great Recording Quality, IR Night Vision, Rest on Desk or Table, 2.4 GHz or 5 GHz WIFI, Wide Viewing Angle, LED Lights

Bad: For Alarm.com Only, No PoE

Bottom Line: 5 Stars

2GIG TAKE-KIT1 - Wired to Wireless Conversion Kit

Great Converter Kit
Submitted on 11/21/2019 Alarm Grid

The 2GIG TAKE-KIT1 is a wired to wireless converter kit that is used when a user is upgrading from a hardwired system to a wireless system that supports 2GIG 345 MHz Sensors. The Kit includes a 2GIG TAKE-345 Wired to Wireless Converter, an Altronix 100UL 12VDC Auxiliary Power Supply, an Altronix TP1620 16.5VAC 50VA Transformer, and an ABS plastic enclosure. You really only need this kit if you aren't using an existing security panel to power the 2GIG TAKE-345. If you are using an old wired system to power the module, then you really are better off just buying the standalone module. But if you need a way to power the converter, then this kit is a great option. We think it works very well, and we give it 5 Stars.

There are many things to like about the 2GIG TAKE-KIT1. It can save you money when upgrading from a hardwired system, as you won't have to replace most of the sensors. Almost everything you need is included in the kit, so you won't have to go hunting for different accessories. The kit works with a variety of different 345 MHz panels, including the Lyric, and nearly all of the 2GIG Systems. This make it quite versatile.

There are some downsides to the 2GIG TAKE-KIT1 that should be considered. For one, you only need it if you aren't planning on connecting your 2GIG TAKE-345 to an existing wired system for power. Another downside is that a backup battery is not included with the kit. You will need to buy one separately. But these downsides are relatively minor, and the positives outweigh them. For that reason, we have no problem giving this kit a 5 Star rating.

Good: Use Existing Wired Sensors, Includes Most Required Accessories, Versatile Converter Module

Bad: Not Needed if Using Existing System for Power, Backup Battery Not Included

Bottom Line: 5 Stars

Honeywell 951WG-M - 3/8” Diameter Recessed Magnets

Great Recessed Magnet!
Submitted on 11/21/2019 Alarm Grid

The Honeywell 951WG-M is a magnet designed for use with a Honeywell 951WG Recessed Door and Window Contact. However, the magnet's 3/8" diameter really makes it compatible with nearly any recessed sensor of a similar size. This means that the magnet is extremely versatile. It works quite well, and it offers decent strength for ensuring that the reed switch for a recessed contact sensor remains closed. We think this is an outstanding magnet, so we give it a 5 Star rating.

The function of the Honeywell 951WG-M Magnet is very simple to understand. The magnet is used in conjunction with a recessed contact, normally the Honeywell 951WG. The contact sensor is installed inside a door or window frame, and the 951WG-M is installed inside the moving portion of the door or window. When the door or window is opened, the 951WG-M Magnet will become separated from the sensor. This will release a metal reed switch inside the sensor. The sensor will then report to the system to let it know that the door or window has been opened. The 951WG-M does its job by providing strong magnetic strength. This ensures that the sensor's internal reed switch will not be released until the door or window is opened. Our technicians have found that the 951WG-M works very well. And it offers nice versatility by being able to be used with really any 3/8" diameter recessed contact.

The biggest downside to the Honeywell 951WG-M is that it needs to be physically installed. You need to drill a 3/8" diameter hole into the door or window and insert the magnet. You will also need to drill a hole for the sensor. Some users may have trouble doing this due to a lack of tools or a lack of knowledge on how to use them. Additionally, the Honeywell 951WG-M will not work with doors and windows where it is not possible to drill a proper 3/8" diameter hole. Still, these are relatively minor negatives. Since the sensor offers many benefits, we give it 5 Stars.

Good: Good Magnetic Strength, Easy to Use, Versatile

Bad: Requires Drilling Holes, Will Not Work w/ Every Door & Window

Bottom Line: 5 Stars

Honeywell 4GL - 3G (GSM) Communicator for the LYNX Touch, WIreless Security System

Replaced by LTE
Submitted on 11/21/2019 Alarm Grid

The Honeywell 4GL is a 3G communicator for Honeywell LYNX Touch Systems. Honeywell later changed the name to 3GL to avoid confusion. A Honeywell LYNX Touch System that has a 4GL unit installed and activated can communicate across the AT&T 3G Network for connecting with the Resideo AlarmNet360 Servers and Total Connect 2.0. Unfortunately, this communicator can no longer be activated, as AT&T is planning to shut down their 3G network in the coming years. Any activated communicator will continue to work properly until AT&T shuts down the network. Once that happens, the user will need to upgrade to an LTE model. While the 4GL module works well for the time being, we recommend that anyone using one upgrades to LTE as soon as possible. And if you are in the market for a new cellular communicator, then you are better off getting an LTE module like the Honeywell LTE-L57A. For those reasons, we give the Honeywell 4GL a 4 Star rating.

The good aspects of the Honeywell 4GL are that it provides reliable cellular monitoring service and that it allows for connectivity with Total Connect 2.0. Cellular monitoring is more reliable than IP monitoring, as it is much less prone to service outages. And being able to utilize Total Connect 2.0 provides many advantages. You can access the TC2 platform from a web browser or a phone. Once you have logged into your account, you can arm and disarm, check current system status, control Z-Wave devices (L5100-ZWAVE upgrade required), and more.

The downsides to the 4GL are pretty clear. It can no longer be activated. And if you have one that is activated, it will need to be replaced once the AT&T 3G Network is shut down. We can't really recommend this module to anyone looking for a new communicator. But it will work fine for the time being if you have one that is already activated. For those reasons, we give it 4 Stars.

Good: Reliable Cellular Monitoring, Access to TC2

Bad: Cannot be Activated, AT&T 3G Network Being Shut Down

Bottom Line: 4 Stars

Interlogix Simon XT - Wireless Security System

Very Basic Panel
Submitted on 11/21/2019 Alarm Grid

The Interlogix Simon XT is a wireless all-in-one alarm panel. It is an extremely basic system with a push-button keypad. It is a good system for those who are looking for minimal functionality, and nothing more. With the proper support, it can do pretty much all of the basic functions you would expect out of a modern security system. Plus, it's a very affordable and cost-effective panel. But it certainly is primitive, and it's nowhere near as flashy as a touchscreen panel. And while the base cost is pretty low, you will still need to buy a communicator to get any real use out of the unit. If you already have an Interlogix Simon XT, or if you inherit one from someone else, then it's a great panel to use. Otherwise, you are usually better off getting something a little more substantial. All things considered, we give it 4 Stars.

When you step back and look at the Interlogix Simon XT, it's really not that bad of a panel. It's affordable and cost-effective. It can be upgraded to receive cellular monitoring service, which will also allow for connectivity with Alarm.com. Adding a cellular radio will also make Z-Wave home automation devices compatible with the system, but they will need to be controlled from Alarm.com. Compatible 319.5 MHz wireless sensors can be auto-enrolled, which is pretty convenient. Although the user will have to endure push-button keypad programming, the system is actually very easy to use once it has been set up.

But there are still numerous downsides to the Simon XT. The push-button keypad is very outdated, and it is much less convenient than a touchscreen keypad. The system really can't do much of anything without an added Alarm.com Cellular Communicator, as we strongly discourage anyone from using POTS (plain old telephone service) for alarm monitoring. Because of these weaknesses, we can only give the Interlogix Simon XT a 4 Star rating.

Good: Wireless All-In-One, Affordable, Easy Daily Use, Cellular Monitoring & ADC w/ Upgrade, Z-Wave w/ Upgrade, Auto-Enroll Sensors

Bad: Push-Button Keypad, Needs Upgrades for Most Features, Very Basic, Keypad Programming

Bottom Line: 4 Stars

Honeywell GSMX-TC2 - AlarmNet Total Connect 2.0 Upgrade Kit

Defunct Communicator
Submitted on 11/20/2019 Alarm Grid

The Honeywell GSMX-TC2 is an outdated upgrade kit for a Honeywell VISTA System. The kit included a Honeywell GSMX AT&T 2G Communicator and the PROM Chip upgrades. This communicator can no longer be activated for monitoring service. Additionally, the AT&T 2G Network has since been shut down, so this communicator is completely defunct. It can no longer be used in any fashion. However, the GSMX-TC2 was once a good upgrade kit for users who needed to upgrade the PROM Chips on their VISTA Systems to gain access to Total Connect. But even when this kit was available, it was still a smarter decision to get a 3G communicator instead. With that in mind we give it 4 Stars.

The good things about the Honeywell GSMX-TC2 are fairly obvious. It provided the latest PROM Chip upgrades for the VISTA 15P and VISTA 20P Systems. This is necessary for upgrading the panel to the latest firmware version. Additionally, the module provided reliable cellular connectivity for the panel. Cellular monitoring is more reliable than IP-only monitoring, as an internet outage will take the panel offline. Finally, using this module allowed you to use Total Connect with the system. This platform is good for arming and disarming, checking current system status, controlling Z-Wave devices, and more.

But the downsides to the GSMX-TC2 must also be discussed. The module can no longer be activated. And since the AT&T 2G Network has been shut down, the module can no longer be used in any manner whatsoever. It was once useful, but now it no longer is. But remember, the module was still outclassed by the 3G versions for much of its lifespan. And today, it is even further outclassed by LTE. However, it still served its intended purpose well. We give a 4 Star rating.

Good: Cellular Service, Total Connect, PROM Upgrades

Bad: Defunct Module, Cannot Be Activated, Outclassed by 3G & LTE

Bottom Line: 4 Stars

Interlogix GE 600-1053-4-ZX-VZ - Alarm.com Verizon CDMA Cellular Communicator for Concord 4

Replaced by LTE Module
Submitted on 11/20/2019 Alarm Grid

The Interlogix GE 600-1053-4-ZX-VZ is a CDMA communicator for an Interlogix Concord 4 System. It provides cellular monitoring service for an Interlogix Concord 4 and allows you to use the system with Alarm.com. The module can no longer be activated, as Verizon is planning to shut down their CDMA Network in the coming years. Anyone looking for a Verizon Communicator for an Interlogix Concord 4 System should instead get the Interlogix GE 600-1053-LTE-VZ. But if you already have an Interlogix GE 600-1053-4-ZX-VZ activated, then it will continue to work until Verizon shuts down their CDMA network. While we can no longer recommend buying a new Interlogix GE 600-1053-LTE-VZ, it can still work well for the time being if you have one activated. For those reasons, we give it 4 Stars.

The biggest benefits to the Interlogix GE 600-1053-4-ZX-VZ are that it provides reliable cellular monitoring service and access to Alarm.com. Cellular monitoring is considerably more reliable than IP monitoring, as an internet outage will prevent a system using IP-only monitoring from communicating. Cellular outages are much less common than IP outages, so cellular monitoring really is preferred. Being able to access Alarm.com is also very nice. You can access the platform from pretty much anywhere using a web browser or a mobile phone. Once you have logged into Alarm.com, you can arm and disarm, check current system status, control Z-Wave devices, and more.

The downsides to the Interlogix GE 600-1053-4-ZX-VZ are that the module can no longer be activated, and that the ones that are currently active will stop working in a few years when Verizon shuts down their CDMA network. These are some serious downsides, and anyone with a CDMA communicator should upgrade to an LTE module as soon as possible. With that in mind, we give the Interlogix GE 600-1053-4-ZX-VZ a 4 Star rating.

Good: Cellular Monitoring, Access to Alarm.com

Bad: Cannot Activate, CDMA Network Being Shut Down

Bottom Line: 4 Stars

Honeywell SiXCT - Wireless Door/Window Contact for Lyric Controller

Awesome Sensor!
Submitted on 11/20/2019 Alarm Grid

The Honeywell SiXCT is a wireless door and window contact designed for use with the Honeywell Lyric Alarm System. The sensor can be used reliably from up to 300 feet away from the system without issue. It utilizes 128-bit AES encryption for added security. The SiXCT also has a wired input that allows the sensor to be used as a wireless transmitter for a single Normally Closed contact. We think the Honeywell SiXCT is a great sensor, and we give a perfect 5 Star rating.

There are many positives to the Honeywell SiXCT. It has a good wireless range, as it can be used reliably from up to 300 feet away from the Lyric in an indoor environment. Keep in mind that is not an open air environment, so the sensor's nominal range is considerably further. The 128-bit AES encryption is a great feature, as it helps ensure that all wireless communications are secure and protected. We also love the wireless transmitting capabilities of the sensor. The feature really comes in handy if you want to use a hardwired overhead contact with the Lyric System. It also has a good battery life, as you should only need to make a replacement about every five (5) years.

But there are still some downsides to the Honeywell SiXCT. It can only be used with the Honeywell Lyric Security System. This really limits its versatility. Additionally, it is a rather bulky sensor. It measures 3.13"L by 1.61"W by 1"H. There are certainly smaller sensors on the market, including the Honeywell SiXMINICT. But still, we really like the Honeywell SiXCT. It is great at what it does, and it makes a nice addition to any Lyric System. It gets 5 Stars.

Good: Nice Range, Encryption, Wireless Transmitter, Strong Battery Life

Bad: Only for Lyric, Bulky

Bottom Line: 5 Stars

Honeywell LTE-L57A - AT&T LTE Cellular Communicator for L5200, L5210 & L7000

Great LTE Communicator!
Submitted on 11/19/2019 Alarm Grid

The Honeywell LTE-L57A is an AT&T LTE Communicator designed for use with Honeywell LYNX Touch Panels. It is compatible with any Honeywell L5200, L5210, and L7000 that is running Firmware Revision 9 or higher. If the panel is running a lower firmware, then it must be upgraded using the upgrader tool. By using this communicator, the LYNX Touch System can connect with AlarmNet360 for monitoring service. The communicator is easy to use, and it will allow you to keep your panel monitored well into the very distant future. And once activated it will allow you to use your system with Total Connect 2.0. This is an excellent communicator, and we give it 5 Stars.

There are many things to like about the Honeywell LTE-L57A. For one, it will provide reliable cellular monitoring for a compatible system. Cellular monitoring is perfect for security systems, as it is much more reliable than IP only monitoring. Once you install and activate the LTE-L57A, you will be able to use the system with AlarmNet360 and Total Connect 2.0. This is an interactive monitoring and automation platform that you can access from anywhere using a web browser or a mobile app on your phone. This service allows you to arm and disarm, check current system status, control Z-Wave devices, and more.

The biggest downside to the LTE-L57A is that it needs to be physically installed inside a panel. This isn't difficult, but it will require you to power down the panel and open it up. Also note that the LTE-L57A can only be used with a LYNX Touch System running Firmware Version 9.00.209 or higher. This is only possible on an L5200, L5210, and L7000. Older LYNX Touch Panels cannot receive the upgrade. Additionally, the module requires a monitoring plan that supports cellular communication. This could lead to higher monitoring costs if you are currently on an IP-only plan.

Overall, we really like the Honeywell LTE-L57A. It is a great module if you have a LYNX Touch System and strong service from the AT&T LTE Network. It gets a 5 Star Rating.

Good: Reliable Cellular Communication, Access to ANet and TC2

Bad: Must be Installed, Select Panel Compatibility, Requires Cellular Plan

Bottom Line: 5 Stars

Alarm.com ADC-VC826 - Outdoor 1080P POE Fixed Dome Camera with Night Vision

Great Dome Camera!
Submitted on 11/19/2019 Alarm Grid

The Alarm.com ADC-VC826 is an outdoor fixed dome camera built for use with the Alarm.com platform. This dome camera can capture video at up to 1080p quality, and it is weather-resistant to withstand the elements. The camera reliably captures high-quality video, and it is particularly great for businesses looking for an effective video surveillance option. We think this is an outstanding camera, and we give it a 5 Star rating.

There really are many things to like about the Alarm.com VC826 Outdoor Dome Camera. Its 1080p recording quality is excellent, and it can really capture some clear video. This is extremely important if you ever need to identify a suspect or confirm certain types of activity. The device has a vandal-resistant exterior casing that will prevent others from tampering or disabling the device. The ADC-VC826 is both waterproof and dust-tight with an IP67 rating, so you can rely on it to work in pretty much any weather. The camera supports power over ethernet (PoE), which makes it easier to provide power. It also includes IR night vision, which makes it easier for the camera to work in a dark environment. It also has a discreet and compact design at just 4.4" by 3.2". Also the device is surprisingly easy to install.

There aren't many negatives to the ADC-VC826, but there are some to mention. For one, it cannot do WIFI without the use of an ethernet converter. Really, your best option with this device is to just use PoE. And if the IP router doesn't support PoE, then a PoE injector should be used. Another thing to consider is that it can only be used with Alarm.com. If you do not have Alarm.com, then you cannot use this camera. But overall, this camera has so many positives that it deserves 5 Stars.

Good: 1080p, Protective Exterior, IP67 Rating, PoE, IR Night Vision, Compact Design, Easy to Install

Bad: Cannot Use WIFI, Only for Alarm.com

Bottom Line: 5 Stars