I have most of my house on X-10 and a separate DCS security system. Why two
1. Security is a very difficult task that deserves a dedicated system.
2. The DCS system is proven reliable has a warranty and the installer has
some liability if it screws up. The source code is not readily available on
3. MH is a fun system that is continually being "improved". I don't want a
new release, hack, module to clobber my security system. If my lights act
funny I can live with that.
If I thought I had the time to do this I'd take a copy of MH and remove
absolutely everything that I don't understand or that I believe is not
essential to the security task. If it still worked I'd run it on a stand
alone machine. By this time I bet the DCS would be less expensive.
Don't fool with it once you get it working.
I don't have much experience with X-10 motion sensors or weeder boards but I
expect the weeder boards might be more reliable.
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> -----Original Message-----
> From: Jeff [SMTP:jeff@...]
> Sent: Thursday, December 28, 2000 11:04 PM
> To: misterhouse-users@...
> Subject: [misterhouse-users] Security systems and mh
> Does anyone use mh as a stand-alone security system? It looks like all
> would need is the sensors and some weeder i/o's(and some coding). Would
> anyone recommend doing or not doing this? I understand that mh can
> comunicate with some alarm systems.
> I can see the folowing benefits:
> 1. Cheaper. Already got mh and associated computer to run it on. Already
> using motion sensors for notification purposes(someone is in the hallway,
> turn the light on).
> 2. Allows for monitoring all of the inputs for purposes other than simple
> Alarm on/off without duplicate wiring.
> 3. Alarms states can send e-mails or call cell phones or do just about
> anything. Not just sound a bell.
> 4. Alarm status(including each individual thing that can cause an alarm)
> can easily be checked from anywhere via the net.
> As well as the disadvantages:
> 1. Need a web page or some custom keyboard thingy to arm/disarm.
> 2. Computers crash.
> 3. Security? From the previous couple posts about x-10 security, this may
> be a real issue.
> Jeff Pagel
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