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Pros: - Low Price, especially when it is on sale
- Quick setup
- No monthly fees
- Relatively expandable
- Battery backup
Cons: - Basic
- Has no cellular connectivity
- Limited scheduling options
- No proximity disarm / arming
- Optional accessories can get expensive
- App loads slowly to disarm / re-arm
- Instructions can be complicated
- Should be supplemented with a video surveillance system for total security
Other Thoughts: If you need a relatively basic alarm system on the cheap, this will do the job, especially if you have a smartphone. Alerts will come in a timely manner, depending on your settings, and while you are away. Setup is almost no-brainer, but I do recommend some level of tech expertise . If you don't like reading manuals, then this setup is probably not for you.
This alarm will only detect intrusions through the door sensors or through the optional motion detectors. Since it has no cellular connectivity, it will not contact a security service center that will then call emergency services. At the very least, you don't have to pay a monthly fee.
It has battery backup, but it's kind of pointless if the rest of your network devices aren't on a battery backup as well.
I highly recommend supplementing the system with a separate video surveillance system. The reason I purchased this is because I wanted some flexibility. Sure, there are all-in-one packages, but often times they do one part well but fail in others.
Also, I don't recommend the Smanos internet cam. It seems to be tacked on accessory, and it needs to be power-cycled every month or so.
Pros: Large storage, fairly quiet.
Cons: Hard drive, while it works, takes a while to start up regardless of external interface, chipset / controller, or cable.
Other Thoughts: Hard drive was purchased about 3 years ago, so might be on its last legs.READ FULL REVIEW