The Alarm Grid website has five tabs with several component packages listed under each tab. The site delineates the tabs by communication capability: cellular, wireless, wired, Internet and dual-path. Many of the packages are identical. The only difference concerns the communication modules that are included.
The three main control consoles, the L5000, L7000 and the 2Gig Go!Control models can adapt to any sort of communications protocols depending on the module included.
Otherwise, the number and types of sensors and detectors often are the same; only the method of communicating with the monitoring station varies.
You can also buy separate components, including the console, and build your own system. Buying a package gives you a slight price advantage if you need all the sensors and detectors that come with the particular offering.
The customized home security package below provides you with what you might consider an average tech-savvy homeowner might need to secure his or her home comfortably.
The numbers and types would likely suit a couple with two teenage children living in an average suburban housing development.
A cellular touchscreen control console makes managing the system simple and easy for the entire family. The Honeywell L5200 or L7000 would have the capacity to handle enough sensors, detectors and Z-Wave components for a typical household.
The L5200 has a slightly smaller color screen but is robust enough to handle what most homeowners require.
Alarm Grid’s Price: $237.99
Our model home example has three doors: front, rear and garage (inner and outer). Three sets of door and window sensors will cover the entrances.
Honeywell 5816, priced at $26.99 each will do the job. The double-sided adhesive, and since they are not recessed, and hence no holes need to be drilled and installation is simple.
We are going to cover the ground floor accessible windows with a glass break and/or motion detectors, so no need to buy sensors to cover the windows.
Alarm Grid Price: $80.97
The rear of the house has a bank of windows overlooking the backyard. One glass break sensor can cover all these windows.
We will opt for the 2GIG GB1as this has a 15-foot range, communicates wireless, and has dual sensitivity. The sensor inside detects the crash and the thud of glass breaking and falling to the floor.
Alarm Grid Price: $59.99
The Honeywell 5800PIR-RES is pet immune so the family dog will not set it off. We will use a motion detector to cover the dining and living room areas in the front of the house. The special “walking test” mode makes it easy to perform tests, and the seven-year battery means that once mounted the family will not need to worry about it.
Alarm Grid Price: $69.99
For a two story house, the system requires two smoke detectors. Rather than limit ourselves to just smoke, for safety purposes we will add two Honeywell 5808W3 detectors. These detectors will detect smoke as well as elevated temperatures.
The family will install one downstairs and the second one in the bedroom hallway.
The smoke/heat detectors cost $77.99 each.
Alarm Grid Price: $155.98
We want to install a camera by the front door. The 2GIG CAM-HD100 has a five-meter range, low light lens, and a built-in motion detector. Using our Total Connect service, we will be able to see and receive a notification whenever anyone approaches the front door.
Alarm Grid Price: $187.99
Each family member needs a key fob. This will allow him or her to alarm or disarm the system by just pushing a button. It also has a panic button in case of emergency. The Honeywell 5834-4 key fob costs $28.99 each.
Alarm Grid Price: $115.96
A Z-Wave thermostat will help keep our utility costs down. The Honeywell ZWSTAT can be controlled through our smartphone apps and allows programming and notifications too.
Alarm Grid Cost: $159.99
We want to combine the front door camera with the ability to lock and unlock the door remotely. The Yale YRD210 can be easily installed on the front door without drilling or creating additional holes.
Alarm Grid Cost: $246.99
In order to control the lights in any room we want, buying a Leviton VRP03-1LW allows us to plug in any set of lights. Since it is a plug-in rather than a light switch or receptacle, it can be used with any lamp.
Alarm Grid Cost: $79.99
Door/Window Sensors: $80.97
Glass Break: $59.99
Motion Detector: $69.99
Smoke Detectors: $155.98
Key Fob: $187.99
Light Controls: $79.99
TOTAL COST: $1255.48
The example above has just about anything the average homeowner needs to feel safe. It is only an example. Some people may want more cameras and less Z-Wave products. Others may want to save money by using their existing smoke detectors and locks. Others may not need two key fobs.
Alarm Grid also has a monthly payment plan available through a partnership with Affirm Credit if you do not want to outlay all the cash up front.
Finally, remember that in addition to equipment costs, you will have to use some sort of self or central monitoring plan in order to use Total Connect services.
Alarm Grid prices are competitive. The product offerings give you the opportunity to customize your system to suit your specific needs. Look at our Alarm Grid review for more information on the system.