Background: Old, Hard-to-use Home Security System
We moved into a house with an existing "wired" home security system. This system includes an circa-1991 panel from Ademco (model 4140).
The wires are in place; the sensors work. We could use it "as is".
The UI on the panel however, lacks the user friendliness one would expect in 2010. So we looked at upgrading the control panel and the keypads.
Here's the question: I'm looking for a wired panel that also has ethernet or 802.11.n (g/b, i.e. wifi) connectivity plus a webserver so that I can check it from my phone.
- Wi-fi connectivity
- Embedded Web server
- Messaging capability when intrusion happens ("Rear Door Open")
- Secure (or at least as secure as my network)
Nothing from the major manufacturers (Ademco/Honeywell & GE) offer any wi-fi, internet-base d monitoring/embedded web servers/etc. (Actually one does, but the details are really murky. It's clearly not for home users and they offer very little technical information)
The situation reminds me of blu-ray players circa 2003 ago: they had no network connectivity. A few years later some had an ethernet port. Today, 3Q 2010, many $200 units have built-in 802.11n.
Summary When will internet-connected home security systems hit the streets?