The DIY Security Blog

July 24, 2009

Important Security Risk of All-in-One Wireless Security Systems

An all-in-one (AIO) integrated wireless security system is a great way to inexpensively and easily protect and secure your home or business. With AIO systems, there are no holes to be drilled, no wires to be run, and no time consuming installations by alarm technicians. The systems have a control panel, keypad, siren, and back up battery built into one aesthetic container.

Here at GeoArm we believe in these systems and have built a business around selling them. Wireless alarm technology has come a long way and these systems are just as reliable as an old fashioned hardwired alarm system. Not only is it easier to troubleshoot a problem sensor, but also you can easily move your system with you if you ever move locations. The one concern with these systems is that the manufacturer’s of these systems market them to be installed right at the front door of your location to easily arm and disarm when you enter and leave. Our years of installing hardwired alarms prior to the introduction of these AIO systems, gave us the knowledge we needed to see the flaw in this type of installation.

If a criminal breaks in through your front door and hears a beeping “keypad” right next to the door, they very easily could rip the panel off the wall, cut the wire, or smash the device. All of these instances would leave your location vulnerable as the panel has been defeated before it could send out the alarm signal to the central alarm monitoring station. For true security we always recommend installing the AIO device in a secure location such as a closet, laundry room, or basement so that a criminal will not easily or quickly find the device. Of course if you install the device in a remote location like that, you need a way to easily arm and disarm your system. Therefore, we recommend installing a remote full system status keypad at your main entrance doors.

Both the Honeywell LYNXR-2 and GE Simon XT offer such keypads while the DSC PowerSeries 9047 does not. The reason a full system status keypad is needed and not just a keyfob is because you want to know that there are no faulty (open) zones on the system when you attempt to arm it. With the LYNXR-2 and Simon XT keypads it would alert you that your contact on your back door is not ready to be armed so that you could secure the zone before you leave. Unfortunately with the DSC PowerSeries 9047 if you armed the system using the wall plate it would just bypass the faulty zone and your location would not be secure. DSC does have plans to release a new wireless system that addresses this issue and GeoArm will offer it as soon as it is available. In the meantime, we strongly urge a new customer to add a 5828 or 5828V to a LYNXR-2 panel and a 60-924-3-XT to a Simon XT panel while silencing the panel and tucking it away in a secure location.

With this type of installation, an AIO wireless security system is just as secure as any old fashioned hardwired security system while being much easier to install and troubleshoot in the event of a problem. Go wireless and stay secure with GeoArm!


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