In this video, I’ll go through the basic install and wiring of a DSC Powerseries 1616 and 1832 panel. DSC has done a good job over the last 15-20 years of keeping their panels quite standard. Which means that even if you have an older DSC panel in your home, or are looking to upgrade to a newer unit, the wiring will be quite similar to this one.
Up until a few years ago, standard security systems communicated through your land line or a piece of hardware that used the cell towers. The signals were sent back to a monitoring station who would then dispatch the authorities if you payed them a monthly fee. More recently though, with new hardware availability and internet becoming faster and more stable, there are options for the average user to self monitor their system.
One of the best pieces of equipment in the last 5 or so years is an internet module from EyezOn. The most recent model is called the EVL4. This module connects to your DSC or Honeywell security system, and also to the internet. After setting up an account on their web site, you can use your smart phone to receive messages from your system if there is ever an emergency. The EVL unit also allows you to arm and disarm the system from your phone as well. This is great if you weren’t around and needed to disarm the system so someone could swing by the home or business. The best thing though, there are no monthly for this service. The average user could save hundreds of dollars a year if they wanted to self-monitor their system rather than pay a central monitoring station.
If you’d like more info on this hardware and no fee self monitoring options, I go into more detail in the Self monitoring walkthrough and Medical alert monitoring posts. For a full tutorial, check out our Security Course as well.
This video also covers the basic wiring of security hardware. This includes door contacts, motion detector, keypad, siren and transformer. the keypad I’m wiring up in this video is a PK5501, which doesn’t have wireless capabilities. If you think that you will be adding wireless devices at any point later on, consider an RFK keypad(5501 for icon, like the one in the video, or 5500 for full message).
Our other training videos and articles will show you how to properly install and program a system to keep your valuables safe.
Also, check out our Shop, where we have links to the equipment you’ll need to get a professional system set-up for a fraction of the price.