The DIY Security Blog

December 24, 2014

Honeywell’s WREX Wi-Fi Repeater Extender for wireless IP-Cameras

Honeywell’s Wi-Fi Repeater Extender (WREX) extends Wi-Fi signals, expanding the number of locations in homes and businesses you can install Wi-Fi IP cameras. Adding wireless IP cameras in areas that may be out of range of a customers’ exisiting Wi-Fi router can be challanging. WREX fills the signal gap by repeating the exisiting Wi-Fi signals to help eliminate dead zones. It comes as a plug-and-lay device that is ready for deployemnt out of the box. Configuration is easy, thanks to push-button Wi-Fi protection setup (wps) and an available wired etheret connection. WREX can be used with most popular wireless standards.


December 18, 2014

Telular’s TG-1 Express is now offered in a CDMA Version!

TG-1 Express for Verizon CDMA Towers

TG-1 Express for Verizon CDMA Towers

Telguard, a leader in wireless alarm communications, interactive and home automation services now offers a TG-1 Express CDMA cellular alarm communicator on the Verizon Wireless network. The CDMA TG-1 Express is an ideal primary residential solution for areas where cellular coverage may be challenging. Based on the same proven, flexible features and functionality of the TG-1 Express for 3G/4G networks, the CDMA version helps reduce cost and Installation time in just about every application.

The UL listed TG-1 Express CDMA uses the power and backup battery of the security panel eliminating the need for an available wall outlet. The unit also features a unique way to connect to the panel for instances when the communicator needs to be installed remotely. The Single Line Interface Cable (SLIC) allows the power and telephony connection to be sent over a single CAT5 cable, similar to how computer networks use Power over Ethernet (PoE). With the SLIC option installers can now remotely mount the TG-1 Express CDMA without being limited by the availability of power or the expense of an RF cable run.

“Telguard’s TG-1 Express for 3G/4G networks has been a go to universal communicator in our residential portfolio because of its ideal price point, quality and overall reliability,” said Mike Putman, Director of Operations, Ackerman Security. ”Recently, we’ve had the opportunity to install the new TG-1 Express CDMA in both areas where we could never get coverage in the past, as well as in major metropolitan areas. The TG-1 Express CDMA has proven itself to work as flawlessly as its 3G/4G counterpart in every scenario.”


December 16, 2014

WTK5504 Wireless Touch Screen 2-Way Voice Arming Station by DSC

This stylish keypad, which provides a futuristic take on the look of a traditional offering, presents a solution that easily fits into any contemporary decor setting.

Along with its good looks, the 2-Way Wireless Touch Screen Arming Station provides an enhanced user experience, with intuitive menu-driven touch screens that allow full control of the system. The Wireless Touch Screen features Voice Prompts and Voice Chime that provide verbally enunciated system status updates. It also offers a 4.3” full-color display with quick-view LED status, programmable user functions, a night light and 24-hour battery backup.

Because it is wireless, the Touch Screen can be installed anywhere in the house — on a wall or a desk stand mount. There is minimal installation time and no holes to drill, making it easy for homeowners to select a variety of locations within their home for placement, including spots where traditional wiring would be difficult or impossible.

This keypad is compatible with the IMPASSA, ALEXOR and PowerSeries (via theTR5164) security systems, the Wireless Touch Screen supports up to 64 zones to be viewed. It is also equipped to support multiple languages and conveniently displays user-friendly information such as temperature when used with the WT4911 Outdoor Siren. A low-battery indicator and rechargeable batteries make maintenance easy.

The WTK5504P is a Prox version of the Wireless Touch Screen, which allows users to arm and disarm the system with one swipe of a prox tag, without the need of a security code.


December 2, 2014

Bring Your Home to Life with Honeywell’s TUX Voice Keypad!

We get plenty of calls here at GEOARM Security on a daily basis. One question we seem to receive plenty of calls on is someone having a Honeywell Vista Series wired alarm panel and wanting to add a nice touchscreen keypad. The Honeywell Tuxedo Touch Voice is the perfect keypad but, not only is it just an ordinary keypad it also has its own premise control with a built in web server. Meaning by doing something as simple as speaking, you can enjoy amazing, hands free home control. Simply say “Hello Tuxedo” to bring it to life. Once Tux has been connected to your Honeywell Vista panel it can complete various tasks such as arming your system, creating scenes “sunrise/sunset”, controlling lights, thermostats, locks and more!

You can set the system up so when you return home certain lights can automatically turn on and simultaneously  have your thermostat turn down to begin cooling your home and certain doors unlocked so you can access your home much easier for example if you had groceries in your hand.


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