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Not sure I'm in the right place but I own a house with no alarm or security system previously installed and I want to install an alarm system with 24hr monitoring to contact emergency services like police and fire.
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I don't mind paying a little extra for better/stable/reliable equipment and hardware (that I can take with me if I move) rather then pay a high reoccurring monthly or yearly fee for the 24hr monitoring.
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I'm open to all suggestions here but most of the research has led me to install all this:
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Honeywell LYNX L5200 alarm keypad with L5100-ZWAVE module, L5100-WIFI module and a GSMVLP5-4G gsm cell module, and battery backup with 24hr monitoring
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nest thermostat
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SmartThings Hub or Vera3 or HomeSeer HomeTroller S3 home controller (not sure if I need any of them, maybe just for IFTTT support, major confused here).
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zwave sensors for doors, windows, smoke, fire, water, motion exc..
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some wemo switches
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some Phillips hue or TCP lights
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8 channel DVR with remote viewing, alarm outputs and email alerts.
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All plugged into a computer/server UPS (along with the modem and router) so even if a meteor hit the telephone pole on my corner knocking out power, internet, telephone, and cable lines I would still get the alert/email/text, be able to record video and still keep power to everything with full control remotely.
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I would like to note that IFTTT compatibility is preferred on all these devices, I have no experience with it but it looks simple enough to make or find "recipes" for whatever scenario I'm trying to accomplish.
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so...
Question 1:
What's the cheapest monitoring service that offers text/email alerts, "WAN" wifi control, and 24hr emergency monitoring service?????? I don't need remote camera viewing as I will view the dvr via forwarded ports and a third party app.
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Question 2:
Is there a way to have the honeywell keypad and the smartthings/vera3 hub both monitor one zwave device at the same time? such as when a window is opened both will report it as opened, or will I have to install 2 sensors on each window to alert both honeywell alarm and smartthings hub separately?
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Question 3:
I suppose I will use the honeywell L5200 iOS and android app to control everything, is there a better more customizable app out there to control all this?
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also, anyone have experience with KumoApp or the WirelessTags? The app looks nice but the products are kinda pricey.
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thanks in advance for any input you guys have.. there are so many products out there it hurts my head when I try to look up which system does what or communicates with that and can be controlled like this.. ugh I'm going to have to add a masseuse in this budget because my neck hurts from all this reading. lol
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