From Dallas Makerspace
- 1 Alarm System
- 2 Automation & Integration
- 3 Monitoring
- 4 Important Vista 20p Notes
Decided to go with the Vista-20P with the 6160RF keypad and AD2USB module.
- Alarm was purchased from here for $205 (better deal than amazon or ebay): http://www.aesecurity.com/vi61plkit.html
- Came with bonus backup battery and siren.
- Separately ordered 2 motion sensors and 2 wireless door sensors.
- Also ordered AD2USB module for ~$90.
- Controls must be accessible over serial or ethernet (this is required for integration)
- Must have open source software or be easy to write code for
DSC Power Series
- Integration through the IT100 (serial) and IT120 (ethernet) modules
- Works with Vera home automation
- Lack of open-source software
Ademco Vista Series
- $160 for complete kit (w/o wireless): http://www.ebay.com/itm/Ademco-Honeywell-Vista-20P-with-6160-Alpha-keypad-Version-9-12-/221041630131
- $205 for complete kit (w/ wireless)
- ~$90 for Integration via the AD2USB adapter via Nutech http://www.nutech.com/online-store/35.html
- Good open-source software
- Works with Vera home Automation
- Requires 6160 keypad to be programmed
- Requires 6160RF keypad to be programmed and accept wireless sensors
HAI – Omni panels
- These have Serial connectivity built in.
- Expensive (possibly around $1k for the kit?)
- No good software?
Automation & Integration
- Must be able to program the alarm to disarm when someone successfully badges into the access control.
- Must be able to use the program on linux or over the web.
- Expensive ($219.95)
- Closed Source ($100 for source code)
- Requires Windows server
- Plug-in for DSC is free, plug-in for Ademco is $30
- Controller is $179 or $294 (not sure about the difference between the two)
- Not sure how we would make this work with the access control to disarm the alarm automatically
- Could be used to control other Z-Wave devices
- Module (IT-100) costs $60, but there does not seem to be any well developed software for it (except HomeSeer)
- Software is free, but module costs nearly $90
- For Linux (will work on our file server)
- Large community
- Node JS module: https://github.com/alexkwolfe/node-ad2usb
- Should be fairly easy to disarm the alarm with it, as long as access control system can send a signal to the PC
Important Vista 20p Notes
- Explanation of zone types: http://www.diysecurityforum.com/index.php?topic=24817.msg116103#msg116103
- How to add the additional panel: http://help.safemart.com/entries/20485302-Adding-wireless-sensors-to-an-Ademco-Vista-Series-panel
- "The resistors are supposed to be at the sensor location. They serve no useful purpose when installed in the panel." http://www.diysecurityforum.com/index.php?topic=24817.msg116101#msg116101
- Good review: http://www.allpar.com/reviews/other/ademco.html
- Good wiring diagrams: http://www.myalarmguy.net/honeywell.html
- Best explanation of an EOLR (end of line resistor): http://www.diysecurityforum.com/index.php?topic=19202.msg85357#msg85357
- Make sure both the Loop# and serial number on a wireless device match or the sensor will always fault. For example, this is wrong, since the loop number is wrong:
- You can disable a zone by using 00 for the zone type: