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I have been a customer of NextAlarm for about six months now and think they're great. They're certainly the best monitoring deal we found and the service has been better than we ever had during our previous contract with ADT. They have cool features that allow you to know when your kids get home from school or when the housekeeper lets herself in that are included in the price. Right now you get two months free although I think I got three when I signed up. I hope I'm posting this in the right place, but I thought some folks might be interested.

Can anyone find a cheaper service?

$14.95 for month to month. $8.95 for a 1 year per-pay?

Next Alarm Link

am i right in thinking they don't supply you with the alarm equipment? ADT might be more, but they come and set up the whole thing for you at no cost (IIRC)

Doesn't list my alarm brand in the drop down.

Right. You have to have your own equipment. I was coming off my contract with ADT and needed monitoring only. Aparently, quite a few people install their own systems, but mine came from my previous company.

WHy pay them cant you set up your own alarm system and dial 911 when it goes off or let it ring your cell phone repeatedly.?

cathexis13 said: [Q]Right. You have to have your own equipment. I was coming off my contract with ADT and needed monitoring only. Aparently, quite a few people install their own systems, but mine came from my previous company.

69ragtop said: [Q]Doesn't list my alarm brand in the drop down.

I didn't know my brand, but they managed to set it up somehow.

whats a good system to get?
any with internet capabilities?

69ragtop said: [Q]Doesn't list my alarm brand in the drop down.

Doh, what drop down?

sstinman said: [Q]Can anyone find a cheaper service?

$14.95 for month to month. $8.95 for a 1 year per-pay?

Next Alarm Link

I use these guys: DFW Alarm They're $12.95/month with no commitment at all. Cancel whenever you want. I don't know if they have some type of geographical boundary about where they operate (I doubt it, but I don't know). But they're great for the north Texas area.

I switched to them after firing ADT a few years ago. It turned out that for all the money I was paying ADT for their crappy service, they weren't actually monitoring my alarm at all. I had their techs out several times to look at the system to see what the problem was and they assured me they had run tests and it was working. But I had several incidents where the alarm went off and I received no call from ADT. About five minutes before I called and yelled and screamed at them letting them know they were fired was the final event -- I had opened up the alarm box in the house and found a dangling phone cord that wasn't even plugged in to the system. Gosh, I wonder why ADT never called when the alarm went off?

ramba said: [Q]WHy pay them cant you set up your own alarm system and dial 911 when it goes off or let it ring your cell phone repeatedly.?

It is illegal to have your alarm call 911.

69ragtop said: [Q]ramba said: [Q]WHy pay them cant you set up your own alarm system and dial 911 when it goes off or let it ring your cell phone repeatedly.?

It is illegal to have your alarm call 911.

Makes sense. Still It's much cheaper to have it call your cell phone or a relative who can call 911 for you.

Flagg

PresidentGringo said: [Q]am i right in thinking they don't supply you with the alarm equipment? ADT might be more, but they come and set up the whole thing for you at no cost (IIRC)

You think that there is "no cost" for them to setup the equipment?

Are you interested in buying a bridge by chance??? I have a good deal on one...

sstinman said: [Q]Can anyone find a cheaper service?

$14.95 for month to month. $8.95 for a 1 year per-pay?

Next Alarm Link

Thanks for the info OP!

While I am in the DFW area, the DFWalarm guys do not seem to be as good.

The Nextalarm has e-mail notifications and complete logs.

I do not know if they "big guys" have that now, but for a low-cost service to have that is just great in my book! I will be talking to them very soon!!

moxieman1 said: [Q]whats a good system to get?
any with internet capabilities?

Take a look at NetowrkX by GE - formerally Caddx.

They have a tcpip module (little pricy) and X10 support
for home automation.

I like NextAlarm too... Have been using their service for about 3 years now and they have been very reliable... Got 3 months free when I first signed up too... And I did install my own system...

I got quoted around $30/month from ADT and the other big boys...

OP-I have an old ADT system that needs to be inspected. I assume that nextalarm will have a tech that comes out and does and inspection of the system before it is activated?

Here is a very good one for Georgia area :


Security Center Of Georgia

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Dont cover my brand, or location here in Miami. <img src="i/expressions/face-icon-small-sad.gif" border=0>

Thanks OP. I've got another 6 months with my current monitoring (@ ~$12/month) but 8.95 is a great price and the e-mail and logging options from NextAlarm look awesome.

Thanks!

Any deals on Alarm hardware? I'm moving into a new house, so I'll either need to install the system myself or have it installed. Does anyone know an alarm installer in the Southeast Houston area?

p.s. I love idea the self-test feature with NextAlarm's web interface... should help my attempt to use Vonage with a UPS instead of normal phone service.

Thanks

Those of you who installed your own alarm systems, how difficult was it? I have an old system that I would like to upgrade and would rather not get in over my head installing it myself.

Anybody has tried Alarm Relay? It says they are good too.

Anyone know of an 802.11b (or ethernet) device I could plug into an alarm system which would send notifications via email?


These prices are good buy watch out for a $ programming free etc- read T&C carefully .

Speaking of alarm systems, I am seeking the new downloading software for my DSC 832 panel . The new version is DLS2002 an I think that there are a couple of patches too . Please PM me if you can help . -thanks

fwman said: [Q]Anybody has tried Alarm Relay? It says they are good too.

I used them for a year at $9 prepaid price. Service is equally good.
At the time of renewal this year they increased it to $11.99 for existing customers so I
switched to NextAlarm and happy so far.

bamx2 said: [Q]These prices are good buy watch out for a $ programming free etc- read T&C carefully .

Speaking of alarm systems, I am seeking the new downloading software for my DSC 832 panel . The new version is DLS2002 an I think that there are a couple of patches too . Please PM me if you can help . -thanks

A tech services rep walked me through programming my system. There was no charge.

Acme said:

I switched to them after firing ADT a few years ago. It turned out that for all the money I was paying ADT for their crappy service, they weren't actually monitoring my alarm at all. I had their techs out several times to look at the system to see what the problem was and they assured me they had run tests and it was working. But I had several incidents where the alarm went off and I received no call from ADT. About five minutes before I called and yelled and screamed at them letting them know they were fired was the final event -- I had opened up the alarm box in the house and found a dangling phone cord that wasn't even plugged in to the system. Gosh, I wonder why ADT never called when the alarm went off?

I once called ADT after they didn't call me when my alarm went off and the rep said it was their policy NOT to call if the proper code was entered into the keypad within 60 seconds. I suppose I was only safe from intruders who took more than a minute to drag me to the keypad!


Can any NextAlarm users tell me what the process is to get set up. Their website says:

[Q]Click here to sign up now! We'll tell you if your alarm system qualifies for our Internet-enhanced alarm monitoring services. Our signup process does not commit you to using our service, nor does it cancel your existing service (if any).

So what happens when I "sign up"? Do they call me?
Will "signing up" automatically tell me if my alarm qualifies?

And if the initial "sign up" doesn't "commit me to using" NextAlarm, how do I 'sign up' to actually use their monitoring service?

Also, what happens if I'm currently being monitored elsewhere? How exactly does that changeover happen?

Thanks

ThankYou said: [Q]Can any NextAlarm users tell me what the process is to get set up. Their website says:

[Q]Click here to sign up now! We'll tell you if your alarm system qualifies for our Internet-enhanced alarm monitoring services. Our signup process does not commit you to using our service, nor does it cancel your existing service (if any).

So what happens when I "sign up"? Do they call me?
Will "signing up" automatically tell me if my alarm qualifies?

And if the initial "sign up" doesn't "commit me to using" NextAlarm, how do I 'sign up' to actually use their monitoring service?

Also, what happens if I'm currently being monitored elsewhere? How exactly does that changeover happen?

Thanks

As I recall, after I "signed up" online, I got an email from their tech service department informing me that I would need to speak with a technician to confirm that my system would accept their service and was given a toll free number to call. I called it when I was home and could access the keypad. At which time, the rep walked me through the steps that I needed to execute at the pad in order for my system to be monitored by them. We ran a few tests to make sure each entry was reading properly. Once it did, I was activated or actually signed up as a new customer with them. I then had to call my old company and cancel. Hope that helps!

Try saveonmyalarm.com. It's $13.95/month or $ 7.95/month, 1yr advanced.

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cathexis13 said: [Q]I got an email from their tech service department informing me that I would need to speak with a technician to confirm that my system would accept their service and was given a toll free number to call. I called it when I was home and could access the keypad. At which time, the rep walked me through the steps that I needed to execute at the pad in order for my system to be monitored by them. We ran a few tests to make sure each entry was reading properly. Once it did, I was activated or actually signed up as a new customer with them. I then had to call my old company and cancel. Hope that helps!

Thanks.

So I just went ahead and entered my info into the 'sign up' page. Unfortunately, since I've got a Napco alarm panel, I probably won't be able to use NextAlarm's monitoring services <img src="i/expressions/face-icon-small-sad.gif" border=0>

But they said that they're going to contact me in the next couple days. So maybe there are some options.

Heck, even if I can't get all the email updates etc, it would still be cheaper than my current monitoring (which is actually $20/month and will be up in a couple months) just for the phone-call/call 911 level of monitoring.

Thanks

We have purchased alarm hardware from Norco Systems a few times, their prices are pretty good and they can help you pick out the right components.

They have Ademco, DSC, Cadxx and many other systems. If you wan to install it your self, it isn't too difficult. You can also use wireless sensors to simplify the job(no wires to run, but a bit higher cost).

The Cadxx systems have an ethernet, TCP/IP option board available. It will allow monitoring and access to home automation functions over an internet connection. It can also email events to you.

ignore this

Try saveonmyalarm.com



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