Reviews

Qolsys IQ Glass Break - Wireless Glass Break Compatible w/ Qolsys IQ & IQ Panel 2

Better Glass Break Sensors Available
Submitted on 09/04/2019 Alarm Grid

The Qolsys IQ Glass Break is a fine glass break sensor for 319.5 MHz systems. The sensor will reliably respond to the sound of glass breaking and alert the system in such situations. But this sensor has been discontinued and replaced by the Qolsys IQ Glass Break-S. That is the sensor you should get if you are in the market for a new glass break detector. But the Qolsys IQ Glass Break will continue to work fine if you already have one. We give the Qolsys IQ Glass Break a 4 Star Rating.

Glass break sensors like the Qolsys IQ Glass Break are designed to detect broken glass windows and protective glass casings. A great feature of theses sensors is that they can detect breaking glass from a good distance away. The IQ Glass Break can monitor any window or protective glass casing within a 25-foot line of sight. Remember that this is direct line of sight. Walls will reduce the detection range, and the sensor should not be covered up in any fashion. If you have multiple windows in the area, they may all be capable of being monitored using the same glass break sensor

In terms of compatibility, the Qolsys IQ Glass Break is extremely versatile. It will work with nearly any 319.5 MHz system. Compatible systems include the original Qolsys IQ Panel 2, the 319.5 MHz version of the IQ Panel 2 Plus, and the Interlogix Simon Series Panels. However, the Qolsys IQ Glass Break does not utilize any type of encryption in its wireless communications. The newer Qolsys IQ Glass Break-S offers rolling code encryption when paired with an IQ Panel 2 or any compatible IQ Panel 2 Plus. The Qolsys IQ Glass Break-S is also backwards compatible with the Interlogix Simon Panels, but it will not use encryption when paired with those systems.

Any IQ Panel 2 Plus user might also consider going with DSC PowerG Glass Break Detectors. The PowerG devices use military-grade 128-bit AES encryption, which is even more secure than the rolling code encryption used by the IQ Glass Break-S. A PowerG Glass Break will also offer a further wireless signal range. You can use a PowerG Glass Break with any Qolsys IQ Panel 2 Plus, not just the 319.5 MHz version.

With the release of the Qolsys IQ Glass Break-S and the DSC PowerG Glass Break Sensors, there is very little reason to purchase a new Qolsys IQ Glass Break Sensor. The Qolsys IQ Glass Break is simply outclassed by these other devices. However, an IQ Glass Break Sensor will continue to work well if you already have one. We have given it a rating of 4 Stars because it continues to work fine to this day.

Honeywell GSMVLP4G - AlarmNet LYNX Plus Cellular Alarm Monitoring Communicator

Replaced by LTE Communicators
Submitted on 09/04/2019 Alarm Grid

The Honeywell GSMVLP4G is an old cellular communicator for the Honeywell L3000 Systems. This communicator works across the AT&T 4G Network, and it allows the system to work with Total Connect 2.0. However, this communicator has since been discontinued in favor of newer and more-advanced LTE communicators. You can no longer activate a GSMVLP4G for monitoring service. If you already have this module activated, then it will continue to work until the associated cellular network is shutdown. But you should be upgrading to LTE as soon as possible. That is why we can only give the Honeywell GSMVLP4G a 3 Star Rating.

Adding a cellular communicator to your alarm system is extremely important. This is the best way to ensure that your system can send and receive signals reliably. Cellular is much more consistent than IP, and a good cellular connection will almost never go down or become unavailable for an extended period of time. With that in mind, it was very exciting news when Honeywell L3000 users had a good cellular communicator that became available to them. But the GSMVLP4G was released before the widespread introduction of LTE networks. Although the GSMVLP4G was a great cellular communicator for its time, it is no longer the best option available.

If you already have a Honeywell GSMVLP4G installed and activated, then you can continue to use it until AT&T shuts down their 4G network in the coming years. But if you are in the market for a new cellular communicator for an L3000 System, then you should definitely get an LTE module instead. AT&T will no longer allow you to activate the GSMVLP4G, as its network is going to be shut down in the coming years. But the LTE networks will remain in service well into the very distant future. For an L3000, you can choose between a Honeywell LTE-L3V for Verizon LTE, or the Honeywell LTE-L3A for AT&T LTE.

Bottom line, the GSMVLP4G can no longer be activated for monitoring service. You should get an LTE communicator to extend the life of your L3000 System. For that reason, we can only give the GSMVLP4G 3 Stars. Both the LTE-L3V and LTE-L3A will allow for the use of Total Connect 2.0 for remote access to the system. Remember, you will need a Gold Plan or higher if you plan to use a cellular communicator with Alarm Grid.

Honeywell 5828DM - Desk Mount Kit

Great Desk Mount Kit
Submitted on 09/04/2019 Alarm Grid

The Honeywell 5828DM is a great desk mount for the Honeywell 5828 Wireless Keypad. By using this desk mount, you can prop the keypad up on a table or desk, instead of having to mount it to the wall. This definitely beats laying the keypad flat on a table or countertop. The kit also includes a K0991 AC Power Adapter for providing reliable power to the keypad. Overall, we think this is a great product, and it does exactly what it needs to. That is why we give the Honeywell 5828DM a Five (5) Star Rating.

Nearly every wireless panel and keypad has a desk mount option available. The 5828 Keypad is no exception with its 5828DM Desk Mount Kit. Just secure the keypad to the desk mount, and then have it sitting upright on your desk or table. You will be able to control the keypad more easily by not having to hover or lean over it. This can also prevent back strain caused by trying to control the keypad with poor posture. Adding a desk mount can really make operating your system a much more pleasant experience overall.

The Honeywell 5828DM fits with the standard 5828 Keypad, as well as the 5828V with spoken-voice functionality. You will need to take off the existing keypad backplate before you will be able to connect it with the desk mount, In this case, the 5828DM itself actually serves are the new backplate for the keypad. A nice bonus with this kit is the K0991 AC Transformer. Without the K0991, the keypad will timeout and the display will go blank in order to save on battery life. This device provides consistent power to the 5828 or 5828V, preventing it from timing out. Both the 5828 and 5828V can run exclusively off battery power. However, you will need to replace the batteries on a regular basis.

But by using the K09911 AC Transformer, your keypad can rely on AC power rather than battery power. Many users prefer doing this instead of relying on battery power alone. And if the electricity ever goes out, the keypad can remain operational using its batteries. Overall, the items in this kit perform their duties very well. Now you can have a reliable power option and desk mount for your Honeywell 5828 or Honeywell 5828V. We can confidently give this kit a 5 Star Rating.

Interlogix Networx NX-592E-GSM-ZX-AT - Alarm.com AT&T 3G Cellular Communicator for NX-4V2, NX-6V2, NX-8V2, and NX-8E

Get an LTE Cellular Communicator
Submitted on 09/04/2019 Alarm Grid

At one time, the Interlogix Networx NX-592E-GSM-ZX-AT was considered a great communicator for the Interlogix Networx Alarm Panels. But with the rise of LTE, this module is not recommended anymore. It is no longer possible to activate one of these communicators for alarm monitoring service. And if you already have one of these modules activated, it will only continue to work as long as the associated cellular network is kept in service. That is why we can only give the Interlogix Networx NX-592E-GSM-ZX-AT a Three (3) Star Rating.

A cellular communicator like the NX-592E-GSM-ZX-AT allows an alarm system to communicate across a cellular network. This will ensure reliable monitoring service, as properly configured cellular connections almost never experience extended service outages. In the case of the NX-592E-GSM-ZX-AT, the module works across the AT&T 3G Network. It also includes a built-in Z-Wave controller so that the user can start creating a home automation network around their system. The NX-592E-GSM-ZX-AT can be used with the Interlogix Networx NX-4V2, NX-6V2, NX-8V2, and NX-8E Systems.

However, the AT&T 3G Network is in the process of being shutdown in favor of the newer and more advanced AT&T LTE Network. If you are getting a new cellular communicator for an alarm system, you should make sure that it is an LTE model. Fortunately, the Alarm.com NX-410-US-AT is compatible with the same systems as the NX-592E-GSM-ZX-AT. Anyone considering the NX-592E-GSM-ZX-AT should get the NX-410-US-AT instead. And if you already have an NX-592E-GSM-ZX-AT activated, then you should understand that it will only continue to work as long as the AT&T 3G Network is kept in service. This network is expected to be shut down by the end of 2022. At that point, the communicator will no longer work. Additionally, as of June, 2019 you can no longer activate an NX-592E-GSM-ZX-AT due to the 3G sunset.

Bottom line, the Interlogix Networx NX-592E-GSM-ZX-AT is a fine communicator. If you already have it activated, then it should continue to work for the time being. But if you are considering buying a communicator, make sure you get an LTE model instead. For that reason, we can only give the Interlogix NX-592E-GSM-ZX-AT a three-star rating.

Interlogix 600-9400-IMAG-KIT - Alarm.com Image Sensor w/ Daughterboard

Good Image Sensor Kit
Submitted on 09/04/2019 Alarm Grid

The Interlogix 600-9400-IMAG-KIT is a fine image sensor combination kit that is ideal if you want to start using image sensors with your compatible Interlogix Alarm System. However, we generally find that Alarm.com Cameras work much more effectively than image sensors. But if you do decide that image sensors are right for you, then the one included in this kit works quite well. That is why we give it a four (4) star rating.

An image sensor basically consists of a still motion camera that is attached to a PIR motion sensor. Once the motion sensor detects movement, the attached camera will produce a quick photo and make it viewable from Alarm.com. The image can then be seen through the Alarm.com website or mobile app. The user can receive text and/or email alerts whenever an image is taken so that they know when to check for any suspicious activity. The resulting image will tell the user if something needs their attention, or if it was just a routine occurrence.

The Alarm.com Image Sensors produce decent images. They are not high resolution, but they are good enough for quickly identifying an emergency situation, such as a burglary or a fire. If you see something that is wrong, then you will know to call for help right away. This can be extremely useful if an emergency occurs while you are away from home. Many people living in Verified Response areas use image sensors to confirm intrusion and/or fire events so that proper dispatch can be requested.

Remember, you will also need to install the included Alarm.com Image Sensor Daughtercard to use this image sensor with your Interlogix System. This will require powering the panel down, and opening it up. The PIR motion sensor used with this image sensor works very well, as it offers a maximum coverage area of 35 feet by 40 feet. But keep in mind that you can get full-motion Alarm.com Security Cameras for the same monthly monitoring price as what is needed for an image sensor. Most users find that getting a camera is better for their needs.

Bottom line, image sensors are fine, and the Interlogix 600-9400-IMAG-KIT is exactly what you need if you want to start using an image sensor with your Interlogix Security System. But you might really consider going with security cameras instead. With that in mind, the Interlogix 600-9400-IMAG-KIT earns four stars.

Honeywell DT7435 - DUAL TEC Motion Detector

Good Dual-Tech Motion Sensor
Submitted on 08/23/2019 Alarm Grid

NOTE: THIS PRODUCT IS DISCONTINUED AT THE TIME OF THIS WRITING.

The Honeywell DT7435 is a fine dual-tech motion sensor. But it has since been discontinued in favor of newer and more advanced models. If you need a hardwired Dual Tec motion sensor, then there are better options to choose from.

As a dual-tech motion detecting sensor, the Honeywell DT7435 uses both microwave detection and passive infrared (PIR) detection when looking for movement. The sensor will only alert the system if both its microwave sensor and its PIR sensor are activated. This is great for preventing false alarms for environmental conditions that may activate a motion using a PIR-only sensor. These include air from heating vents, sunshine through windows onto objects in the room, and so on. By using a microwave sensor and PIR sensor together, you get a much more accurate motion detector.

While the DT7435 works fine as a dual-tech motion sensor, there are now better options available. That is why Honeywell decided to discontinue this model. If you are in the market for a new Honeywell Dual Tec Motion Sensor, then there are better options to choose from. These include the Honeywell DT7450, the Honeywell DT7450C, the Honeywell DT8035, and the Honeywell DT8050. These motion sensors all offer a superior coverage area over the DT7435, which only spans an area of 40 feet by 35 feet.

Although the pet immunity for animals weighing up to 100 pounds is an excellent feature of the Honeywell DT7435, that same pet immunity feature is matched by the Honeywell DT8035. Our technicians have found that pet immunity works just as well on both of these devices. So if pet immunity is of major importance for you, then you can just go with the DT8035 instead of the DT7435.

Bottom line, we cannot recommend the Honeywell DT7435. There are better hardwired dual-tech motions available.

Alarm.com ADC-V520IR - Indoor 720P Fixed Camera with Night Vision

Better Cameras are Available.
Submitted on 08/23/2019 Alarm Grid

NOTE: THIS PRODUCT IS DISCONTINUED AT THE TIME OF THIS WRITING.

The Alarm.com ADC-V520IR has been discontinued. We recommend purchasing a newer, better camera for use with Alarm.com. That is why we give this product a 3 Star rating. However, if you have an existing ADC-V520IR, then you should still be able to use it without any issue. Users in the market for a new camera should look for a better option.

The first thing you will likely notice about the Alarm.com ADC-V520IR is its dated appearance. It looks more like a webcam you would use with a computer than a high-tech security camera for monitoring your home or business. This is one of the oldest cameras from Alarm.com, and its appearance shows that. If aesthetics are important to you, then you will probably find that almost any other Alarm.com Camera offers a more pleasing appearance.

As far as features go, the ADC-V520IR actually still holds up decently today. The camera offers a recording quality of up to 720p, which actually looks quite nice. Our technicians find that the night vision functions work quite well for capturing video in the dark. But there are many Alarm.com Cameras that will accomplish these tasks even better. One such camera is the ADC-V522IR. With the ADC-V522IR, you get a camera with a better recording capability of 1080p. You also get impressive IR night vision range of 15 feet. It also offers a very impressive viewing angle of 113 degrees. Our technicians all agree that it is the better camera in every aspect.

Another Alarm.com Camera that you can conveniently stand on a table or desk is the Alarm.com ADC-V622. This is a 1080p camera tower that offers offers a remarkable full 180 degree field of view to cover as large of an area as possible. The camera can connect with Alarm.com through either a wireless WIFI connection (2.4 or 5 GHz) or through a hardwired ethernet connection. You can even use Power over Ethernet with the ADC-V622 if you add a PoE injector. Its IR night vision works from up to 15 feet away in the dark. This is a good camera to use if you need a really wide viewing angle.

Bottom line, there are better cameras than the ADC-V520IR. Go with a camera like the ADC-V522IR or the ADC-V622 instead.

DSC TL880LTVZ - Alarm.com Verizon LTE Dual Path Communicator for PowerSeries Neo

Discontinued for DSC TL880LTVZ N
Submitted on 08/23/2019 Alarm Grid

NOTE: THIS PRODUCT IS DISCONTINUED AT THE TIME OF THIS WRITING.

The DSC TL880LTVZ has been discontinued. The replacement communicator is called the DSC TL880LTVZ N. We understand that these two product names can be easily confused. But just know that the DSC TL880LTVZ N is newer and offers improved performance. If you are looking for a dual-path Verizon LTE communicator for a DSC PowerSeries NEO, make sure you get the DSC TL880LTVZ N.

There are many advantages to adding a dual-path communicator to your alarm system. The module will provide fast and reliable connectivity for your system. Dual-path means that the communicator works across cellular and IP. An Alarm.com Dual-Path Communicator like the TL880LTVZ or the TL880LTVZ N will send out signals across both LTE and IP. In most cases, the IP signal will go through first. This is because IP is usually a little bit faster than cellular. But if the internet ever goes down, then it will be okay. The cellular connection will provide a trustworthy backup option for these situations. A good cellular connection is extremely reliable. It is virtually unheard of for cellular service to randomly go down or become unavailable for a significant period of time.

Our technicians have found that both the DSC TL880LTVZ and the DSC TL880LTVZ N both work quite well with a DSC PowerSeries NEO System. But as the DSC TL880LTVZ N is newer and offers better performance, that is the one to get. No new features have been added to the TL880LTVZ N from the TL880LTVZ, but all of the same great features have returned. This includes a built-in Z-Wave Plus controller, and the ability to use Alarm.com to integrate your DSC PowerSeries NEO System with smart platforms like Amazon Alexa and Google Home.

Bottom line, if you already have a DSC TL880LTVZ, then it will work fine, and there is no reason to upgrade. But if you are looking for a new communicator, get the DSC TL880LTVZ N instead.

Qolsys IQ DW Standard - Wireless, Thin Door/Window Sensors for Qolsys IQ Security Systems

Better 319.5 MHz Contacts Available
Submitted on 08/23/2019 Alarm Grid

We do not recommend the Qolsys IQ DW Standard. There are other sensors that perform the same job more effectively. If you already have an IQ DW Standard, then it will continue to work just fine. But if you are in the market for a new sensor, then we recommend looking elsewhere. That is why we give the IQ DW Standard a 3 Star rating.

The Qolsys IQ DW Standard is a wireless 319.5 MHz door and window contact sensor. It uses an internal reed switch and an accompanying magnet to let a system know whenever a door or window is opened. The sensor works with virtually any system that accepts the 319.5 MHz frequency. This includes the original Qolsys IQ Panel 2, the 319.5 MHz version of the Qolsys IQ Panel 2 Plus, and the Interlogix Security Systems. Any of these systems can support the IQ DW Standard. Our technicians have found that the IQ DW Standard is super easy to enroll.

For users who already have an IQ DW Standard, the sensor should continue to work just fine. But if you are looking for a new sensor, then there are some other ones you might want to consider. If you just need a standard, non-encrypted wireless sensor, then you should consider the VERSA-GE. This sensor operates at the same 319.5 MHz frequency, and it offers a better wireless range. This sensor is also sleeker and more compact, allowing you to achieve a better-looking installation. If you just need a regular, no-frill sensor, go with the VERSA-GE instead.

If you have an IQ Panel 2 or a 319.5 MHz IQ Panel 2 Plus, then you might also consider the Qolsys IQ DW MINI-S. This is an encrypted wireless sensor that will offer better security when compared with the Qolsys IQ DW Standard. As an encrypted sensor, the IQ DW MINI-S is virtually impossible for others to hack or takeover wirelessly. Just note that the IQ DW MINI-S will only utilize encryption on the aforementioned systems. As for the IQ DW Standard, it can potentially be beaten using a process called RF jamming. The IQ DW MINI-S is also smaller and more compact.

Bottom line, if you have an IQ DW Standard, then you can certainly keep using it. But if you are looking for a new sensor, consider your needs, and go with either the VERSA-GE or the IQ DW MINI-S.

2GIG LTEV-A-GC3 - Alarm.com Verizon LTE Communicator for 2GIG GC3 & GC3e

Get the Newer LTEV1-A-GC3 Instead.
Submitted on 08/23/2019 Alarm Grid

NOTE: THIS PRODUCT IS DISCONTINUED AT THE TIME OF THIS WRITING.

The 2GIG LTEV-A-GC3 has been discontinued and replaced by the 2GIG LTEV1-A-GC3. Our technicians have found that the newer 2GIG LTEV1-A-GC3 works just as well as the 2GIG LTEV-A-GC3. However, the discontinued LTEV-A-GC3 was considerably more expensive than the LTEV1-A-GC3 ($149.99 vs $99.99). If you are looking for a new cellular communicator, then you should get the LTEV1-A-GC3 instead. But if you already have a 2GIG LTEV-A-GC3, then it will continue to work just fine.

Adding a cellular communicator to your 2GIG GC3 System is very important. This is the only way to get it connected with the Alarm.com Servers for monitoring service. Accessing Alarm.com will also allow you to control your system remotely. By accessing Alarm.com, you can arm and disarm your system, check current system status, control Z-Wave devices, and more. We have tested the Alarm.com platform on numerous occasions, and we find that it works extremely well.

It is also important to add that the general reliability of cellular monitoring service cannot be overstated. A good cellular connection will almost never go down or become unavailable. The same cannot be said for an IP connection, which may suddenly go down for seemingly no reason at all. By using cellular with your security system, you can help ensure that your home or business is always protected. This will give you the peace of mind that you deserve.

The 2GIG LTEV-A-GC3 connects with the Verizon LTE Network. Verizon has stated that they plan to support this network well into the very distant future. If you already have an LTEV-A-GC3 installed and activated, then you can continue to use it without issue. It will keep your GC3 or GC3e System monitored for many years to come. But if you want a newer Verizon LTE option, then go with the LTEV1-A-GC3 instead. You might also consider the 2GIG LTEA-A-GC3 AT&T LTE Communicator if you have better service from AT&T.

Bottom line, if you already have an LTEV-A-GC3, then don't feel like you need to replace it. But if you are looking for a new cellular communicator for a GC3 or GC3e, then go with either the LTEV1-A-GC3 or the LTEA-A-GC3 instead.