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Folks,

if you had to choose between GE, Honeywell, ELK of DSC hardware. and by hardware i mean sensors of all sort for security and automation. which one would you choose?

 

I got my ELK M1 system and ethernet module and now I need a wireless module.

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Folks,

if you had to choose between GE, Honeywell, ELK of DSC hardware. and by hardware i mean sensors of all sort for security and automation. which one would you choose?

 

I got my ELK M1 system and ethernet module and now I need a wireless module.

 

I recommend asking this question at cocoontech.com.  I use Elk 2-way motion and window sensors, but I think GE & Honeywell are popular options with cheaper sensors and a wider variety.

 

Rob

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I have Elk and Honeywell transceivers/sensors. I started with Elk because I like the 2-way concept and it just seemed to make sense because I had an Elk system. However, they have very limited sensor selection. Back when I started 3 years ago they didn't even have a CO detector.

 

The number, variety, and cost efficiency of Honeywell can't be beat. The sheer number of door/window sensors is pretty awesome and have items like external sensors for gates, etc. Also, Honeywell has the added bonus of being able to use them with another system (most likely) if you move away from the M1 later on. Honeywell sensors are the most widely supported of any security system.

 

If I was starting now, I'd only by the Honeywell transceiver/sensors.

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Is the 2 way technology really more reliable? What about wireless jamming?

 

I'm also concerned about the Honeywell wireless module for RLK only supporting the 5800 series. There is newer 2 way line from Honeywell but I think it won't work with the elk transceiver?

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2-way allows the sensor to confirm the panel received the message, and resend it if necessary. Jamming beside, it increases reliability.

 

All wireless sensors can be jammed, but two way zones will show a fault if the communication is blocked.

 

Personally, I hardwire if at all possible, two way Elk sensor if not able to hardwire and a suitable device is available, and GE is my final choice, only if necessary.

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