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Posted - 07/29/2020 :  08:30:27 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
I installed this security system a GE or Interlogix NX-8E 20 years ago and its still working great. However I'd like to modernize and have smart phone access to monitor and turn it on or off.

Should I replace the system with a more modern DSC or Honeywell? im guess pushing $1500 for hardware. It has 17 door sensors (wireless), 2 motion (wireless), 2 heat (wired), 1 smoke (wired), 2 keypads (NX148e, wired), 2 sirens, outdoor blinking light when alarmed.

Or should/can upgrade to add self monitoring?
I found this device...a Alulu BAT-Connect that states its compatible with NX-8E using the TIP/Ring lines to interface for status and control and reports out over the ethernet to a smart phone. There is a cost but its only $8/month and about $115 to buy. This might be a reasonable cost effective solution vs system replacement to DSC or Honeywell. Any experience with the BAT connect or other similar device?
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