There's no need to sign a long-term contract to have a professional security system installed, or deal with inconvenient and pricey service calls for simple repairs of an existing system.  I've designed the tutorials on this site with the average do-it-yourselfer in mind. Not everyone can install a their own security system, but if you're comfortable with simple low-voltage wiring there's no reason you can't take your pick of the professional systems featured on this site.
Honeywell Products

Honeywell is the largest security system provider in the United States, and is a major player world-wide. I've built the Honeywell portion of the site around the Vista 20P control panel. The Vista 20P is by far the most popular Honeywell control panel for residential and small to medium sized commercial applications. The Vista 20P has the capability of having up to 48 protection zones spread over two separate partitions. Each partition is effectively it's own system that can be armed or disarmed independently of the other.
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DSC Products

DSC is very popular with do-it-yourselfers. The tutorials on the site are built around the DSC PC1616, PC1832, and PC1864. All three panels share the same programming and installation procedures, their differences lie mostly in the number of zones they're able to accomodate. The PC1616 has six on-board zones, with a maximum of 16 hardwired zones through the use of zone expanders. It also has the ability to support up to sixteen wireless zones.  Both the PC1832 and PC1864 have eight on-board zones, expandable to thirty-two, but the PC1864 has the edge in wireless capability, sixty-four wireless zones as compared to the thirty-two available in the PC1832. Which is best for the do-it-yourselfer? I'd lean towards the PC1832, but the PC1616 is more than capable for the vast majority of installations.
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GE Products

The most recent addition to the site is the tutorials having to do with the GE Simon XT self-contained wireless security system.  The Simon XT is the by far the best wireless system for do-it-yourselfers. It allows up to forty wireless devices, it has an available wireless touchscreen keypad, and both the main panel and wireless keypad have speech capability. Checkout the Simon XT tutorials here.

The GE NX-6 and NX-8 conventional systems are also covered, you can checkout their tutorial here.
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