I’ve spent the last few days and countless hours reading through all the forum topics, security system websites, etc. There’s a lot of old stuff going back several years and much of it is no longer valid. I thought I’d try and lay out some of the latest information I was able to get my hands on, and hopefully, this will be a starting point for others that have had the same types of questions as I’ve had.
My goal is to integrate a wireless security system with Vera. By wireless, I mean no requirement to hardwire any sensors or keypads to the alarm system. The only wires would be the wires from the power transformer to the alarm panel, the cat 5/6 cable from the router to the alarm panel and the wire from the wireless transceiver to the alarm panel. In other words, the only wiring would be the wires within 2-3 feet of the alarm panel itself. No wires through walls or floors to connect any keypads or sensors. Here’s what I came up with and I think it will work. I certainly have no expertise at this point compared to many/most of you on this forum, so if there’s anything I’m saying that’s incorrect or could use additional clarification, please chime in.
My proposed system:
(1) DSC Power Series PC1832 Alarm Panel with power transformer and backup battery (wire transformer to alarm panel)
(1) DSC TR5164-433 PowerSeries 2-Way Wireless Transceiver Module (put module right next to alarm panel for wiring)
(2) DSC-WT5500 2-Way Wireless Keypad
(1) EVL-3 - Envisalink Internet Alert Module (mounts in alarm panel) - cat 5/6 cable from this module to the router
multiple wireless motion sensors, sirens and door/window switches
As I understand it, if I add the DSC Plugin to my Vera system (currently a Vera 2 w/ UI5) the Vera will be able to communicate with the DSC alarm panel via the connection from the router to the EVL-3 module. I should be able to send signals to arm/disarm the DSC system from Vera as well as receive the status of the DSC alarm sensors and the current state of the alarm (armed/disarmed/Breached, etc).
I’ve never installed an alarm system before but I think I have enough sense and knowledge to figure it out. I do have one question though. I assume that I would have to buy a wired keypad (DSC PK5501ENG possibly) to connect to the keybus to initially program the system, correct? Also, is there anything else that I might be missing here? Like I said, I’m new to alarm systems and there are a ton of systems and options to look at.
My current Z-Wave system is a Vera 2/UI5, a Kwikset door lock, Trane thermostat, several GE light switches/receptacles, energy switches, outdoor modules, etc. I also have 3 Foscam IP cameras installed using the Foscam plugin and everything is working fine right now. I use the Automator.app on my iPhone and it controls all of the devices without a problem. It’s a great remote app if you’re looking for one.
I guess that’s about it. I hope that some of you will find this information useful and the experts on this forum can answer my question or correct/expand on anything I’ve said. Thanks.