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DSC Alarm System plugin
« on: December 28, 2010, 01:50:09 am »
Anybody using the DSC plugin with a DSC alarm system?
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Re: DSC plugin
« Reply #1 on: December 28, 2010, 11:33:39 am »
Anyone... am I alone? :-\
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Re: DSC plugin
« Reply #2 on: December 28, 2010, 01:00:34 pm »
I wish, I have my whole place wired, but my system doesn't have the IT-100 interface board, not sure if it will support it, and the system has been off and not monitored for over 10 years.  But, every room has motion sensors and door/window sensors that I'd love to use.....

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Re: DSC plugin
« Reply #3 on: December 28, 2010, 01:17:34 pm »
Even if it doesn't support the IT100, a new board isn't terribly expensive. Even if you had to upgrade it, it's still a really cheap way to add sensors to Vera. I paid out about 205 bucks for the whole alarm kit and 65 for the IT100 and now have all the doors, downstairs windows and a PIR sensor all available to Vera now as sensors.

A DSC PC1832NK is only about $65; so for about $130 with the IT100 included (the cost of 2 or 3 Zwave sensor depending on the type) you could perhaps use everything again?

Of course, I'm not sure if your keypad is compatible and you would also either need a USB adapter or a WIZnet to interface it to Vera!

Also with the amount of batteries these HRDS1 zwave door sensors are eating recently, you'd save some money in the long run :)
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Re: DSC plugin
« Reply #4 on: December 28, 2010, 02:12:58 pm »
Sounds like something I should do for short change...even the barn and garage is all wired up with D/W and motion sensors that use AAA batteries, so Im assuming they are 900Mhz or something to report back.  I've got limited know-how on this thing, a manual, 2 keypads and no codes and the batteries are all dead and transformers missing. 

I figure I'll wait till Vera is stable and running perfectly before I add more sensors, but thanks for the info and I know who I'll be PM'ing when Im ready :)

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Re: DSC plugin
« Reply #5 on: December 28, 2010, 02:19:33 pm »
I'm not currently using it, but I had planned to buy a DSC alarm system primarily because of this plugin's existence.

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Re: DSC plugin
« Reply #6 on: December 28, 2010, 04:39:43 pm »
This was the kit I started with:

http://www.homesecuritystore.com/p-547-kit16-qp63-dsc-power-1616-security-system-kit.aspx

I found out my place was pre-wired already, so apart from about 5 wired door sensors (a couple of bucks each) and cheap tone generator / wire detector, it was all quite good value for money... I've got 5 doors hard wired, 3 windows with wireless sensors and a PIR motion sensor hooked up.
Just got to add some more window sensors (upstairs at some point), a glass break sensor and maybe some smoke detectors once I've figured out if there's a way to integrate them with either the existing smoke alarms or replace them without breaking code requirements or compromising safety in any way.
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Re: DSC plugin
« Reply #7 on: December 28, 2010, 05:49:26 pm »
Thanks, that is the same kit I'd been looking at. Since you posed the question though, It doesn't appear that too many people are using the plugin. Do you think there is a danger of it being abandoned?
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Re: DSC plugin
« Reply #8 on: December 28, 2010, 06:20:11 pm »
Well the developer (Javier) I beleive no longer works for MCV. I think the plugin needs some work still due to some potential security issues and some other odd behaviors which I haven't worked out yet if it's  something I've misconfigured on the panel, or if it's not working or configured correct on the plugin side.

Sensors work fine and update almost instantly, but to arm it seems like I have to press the arm button twice; and likewise this morning I couldn't get a scene (that had arming included) to do the same...maybe for the same reason?!  Disarm doesnalthough work, although I suspect there are still some things I have to configure on the panel itself as my keyfob disarm button doesn't seem to work either, or it only works perhaps for stay arming?!

Notifications also don't seem to work for arming, or the panel actually being in "alarm" state.



I need to disconnect the siren to do some more in depth testin and troubleshooting as my wife will kill me, and in any case we have a young baby who won't appreciate growing up deaf either :)
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Re: DSC plugin
« Reply #9 on: December 30, 2010, 09:55:53 am »
Is the IT100 the same as the DSC5401?

I tried it awhile back with a usb-to-serial cable and had no luck.

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Re: DSC plugin
« Reply #10 on: December 30, 2010, 11:49:28 am »
I know the IT100 replaced it! The best way to find out would be to compare the developers guides to see if the implementation is the same, or similar enough to work for the majority of the supported commands.

I've attached the IT100 guide because I already had it.
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Re: DSC plugin
« Reply #11 on: December 30, 2010, 12:55:20 pm »
I have the IT-100 but have not wired it in yet. Is it worth the hassle?

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Re: DSC plugin
« Reply #12 on: December 30, 2010, 01:54:20 pm »
Depends on what you want to achieve?

For me yes because I can now use the sensors to trigger scenes etc and also get notifications about doors or alarm conditions. The sensors are also way more reliable than some of the Zwave equivalents.

I now also have more options to disarm or arm, along with also disarming via scene that's triggered when a PIN is entered on any of the Kwikset locks.
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Re: DSC plugin
« Reply #13 on: December 30, 2010, 02:08:11 pm »
Very much so.  I've been using the dsc5401 with Misterhouse for years and the hassle of not having to program the date for DST alone was worth the price paid for it.

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Re: DSC plugin
« Reply #14 on: December 30, 2010, 03:23:18 pm »
Well I guess that settles it for tonight's project!