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Ritmo2k

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Alarm Panel Choice
« on: February 17, 2009, 06:09:00 pm »
Because of a specific vendor choice, I am being asked to implement either a Caddx NX-8E or an Apex Destiny-6100. Both will be wired directly to the core via rs-232. Does anyone have any opinions as to the ease of use between these two related only to its integration with LinuxMCE?

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Re: Alarm Panel Choice
« Reply #1 on: February 17, 2009, 07:04:03 pm »
We have a device template for the Apex Destiny 6100.

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Re: Alarm Panel Choice
« Reply #2 on: February 18, 2009, 09:37:51 pm »
Hi Thom,
Appreciate the pointer here. After verifying with our supplier regarding the Apex Destiny 6100 (which they claim is a Honeywell unit), they suggest it is discontinued with no replacement. I am open to suggesting what ever is known to work well, do you have another recommendation of a model you know to work seamlessly? I tried to drill through the "Add Device Security" menu in the web admin, and couldn't figure out a way to enumerate just panels so I could figure this out on my own.

Thanks so much for the help!

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Re: Alarm Panel Choice
« Reply #3 on: February 18, 2009, 09:59:35 pm »
Anything other than that, you'll need to write a device template for.

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Re: Alarm Panel Choice
« Reply #4 on: February 18, 2009, 10:21:34 pm »
los93sol is working on a template for another panel. Maybe you want to combine your efforts.

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Re: Alarm Panel Choice
« Reply #5 on: February 18, 2009, 10:35:51 pm »
That "Caddx NX-8E" sounds familiar, you may want to search the forum for it.
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Re: Alarm Panel Choice
« Reply #6 on: February 18, 2009, 10:45:10 pm »
From http://plutohome.com/index.php?section=compatibility

Security panels:
Apex/Ademco Destiny 6100, Vista 128BP, 250BP
First Alert FA1660C
GE Interlogix/Caddx NetworX NX-4, NX-6, NX-8, NX-8E
HAI Omni series
DSC MAXSYS P4020
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Re: Alarm Panel Choice
« Reply #7 on: February 18, 2009, 11:04:29 pm »
Oddly enough, I too am looking for whatever will work with LinuxMCE.  For me, LinuxMCE appears to be the perfect solution for home security in my new home.  I've been using it already for media in my current house, but I have never had a security system. 

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Re: Alarm Panel Choice
« Reply #8 on: February 18, 2009, 11:07:49 pm »
The irony is,

_YOU DON'T NEED A SECURITY PANEL_ except for insurance reasons. We basically control the sensors on the panel directly.

LinuxMCE does all the features of a security panel. Just attach sensors via a supported home automation buss, pair them with cameras and lights, and LinuxMCE will use them.

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Re: Alarm Panel Choice
« Reply #9 on: February 18, 2009, 11:32:06 pm »
That's the hard part, finding an old Ademco Destiny 6100 to purchase ;)

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Re: Alarm Panel Choice
« Reply #10 on: February 19, 2009, 04:11:17 pm »
As Hari mentioned I have started working on a device template for Ademco/Honeywell Vista series panels, see the installation issues forum for the complete thread.  I could definitely use some assistance from some of you guys.

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Re: Alarm Panel Choice
« Reply #11 on: February 19, 2009, 09:31:06 pm »
I'll attempt to connect to the DSC PC1616 that I have installed right now.  I think that an even easier way to do all of this would be to just connect to the relays but the documentation on this is very scant. 

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Re: Alarm Panel Choice
« Reply #12 on: February 19, 2009, 11:37:34 pm »
If the sensors are basic contact closures, you can attach them to a GC-100, and completely get rid of the panel.

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Re: Alarm Panel Choice
« Reply #13 on: February 19, 2009, 11:50:58 pm »
Frostcall, i assume you have already acquired the DSC IT-100 rs232 device?  I have no experience with Ruby, but i was going to ask whether or not it would be possible to adapt the existing DSC Maxsys template to our PC1616. Another thought was somehow using the DSC 5401 driver from Misterhouse considering that the 5401 was the predecessor of the IT-100 and i was told it was the same device with added capabilites and cheaper. The Homeseer software(windows) has a driver for the IT-100 also.  I Live in a new neighborhood with 1500 homes and many communites from various developers have the same DSC all pre-installed with the pc1616 so the dsc system seems to be common in newer homes. With the number of people I've seen in the forums requesting a alarm panel, i think this could be a good system to add to linuxmce.  I have been trying decipher all the ruby and 6100 template, but i'm no computer genius like Hari, zaerc and Thom, so i have a long way to go  ;D

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Re: Alarm Panel Choice
« Reply #14 on: February 19, 2009, 11:59:56 pm »
By the way, here is the developers guide for the it-100

http://www.dsc.com/assets/manuals/IT_100_EN_Dev_Guide_29007363R002.pdf