What are the differences in burglar alarms?

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On November 15, 2012, Posted by , In Burglar Alarms, By ,,,, , With No Comments

Burglar alarms can be a tricky thing, most of the time you don’t really have a choice on which alarm you are going to receive because it usually depends on what the alarm companies preference is. Most of the alarm systems out there pretty much do the same thing with the exception of a new alarm system that recently hit the market a few years ago. I will layout a few options that are the norm for burglar alarms and then a few new and awesome features of this new alarm system. I want to compare a few of the alarm systems I have used in the past, these are not the only alarm systems out there but in my experience these are the three main systems that I have used.


  • 8 on-board zones
  • Expandable to 32 hardwired zones
  • Expandable to 32 wireless zones
  • 2 PGM outputs: expandable to 14 (PC5204, PC5208)
  • Template programming
  • Connect up to 8 supervised keypads with keypad zones
  • 4 partitions
  • 500-event buffer
  • 72 user codes


  • IP alarm reporting and uploading/downloading capability for Internet and Intranet use via iGSMV, 7845i-ENT or GSMV
  • Supports four graphic touchscreen keypads
  • Wireless keys can be programmed without using zones
  • Eight on-board hardwired zones standard (15 when Zone Doubling feature is used)
  • – 40 hardwire expansion zones
  • – 40 wireless expansion zones
  • Two low current on-board trigger outputs
  • 100 Event Log viewable at system keypads with time/date stamp
  • 48 system user codes assignable to either partition
  • Expandable to 48 total zones when used with hardwired and/or wireless expansion module
  • Two independent partitions plus a common partition


  • Color Touch Screen Display
  • Smart phone/tablet app
  • Fully Self Contained
  • Snap-in GSM Radio
  • Remotely Control Panel Settings
  • Two-way Voice Over cellular
  • Over-the-air Update Functionality
  • Built-in Z-Wave Home Control
  • Customer Messaging Capable
  • 48 Wireless Zones
  • 2 Hardwire Zones
  • Weather Information Display
  • 24-hour Backup Battery
  • 8 Usercodes
  • Quick Arm/Exit

Now this seems like a lot of useless information, you can see that these systems are really similar but with the 2GIG system it is tailored more towards the new high tech looking system that uses smart phone apps, ip camera integration, text message reporting and so on in a simple easy to use app for your phone, tablet or PC.

Don’t get me wrong you can set up some of these features on the other systems but they are more difficult to use, less appealing, and more equipment is needed to make them function in the same way, so basically the better bang for the buck is the 2GIG system.

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