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Visonic PowerMax Plus is the perfect way to kick off your home security needs. The kit has everything to get started, as well as the option to add on later.
Brand: Visonic Security Systems
Part Number: POWERMAXPLUS

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The Visonic PowerMax Plus Wireless Home Security System is an affordable and very advanced home monitoring system, created for the do-it-yourself home owner ready to knit a warm blanket of protection over their property and loved ones. Great for homes, apartments, condos and small offices, this durable home security system is the best starter kit for defense against theft and fire.

This alarm key pad is your command center. It houses all of your settings along with the soft key control panel and siren. How will you know if your alarm has been triggered? The key pad incorporates hands free 2-way voice communication for constant connection between you and an alarm monitoring organization. That means full-time security, 24/7!

Just the right amount of accessories are included with this alarm kit for monitoring your property effectively. 2 easy installation door/window contacts are included to keep entry ways guarded and the control panel is capable of adding more transmitters at your discretion! A wireless Pet-tolerant PIR motion detector is also included and just like the contacts- even more can be added! The Plus's key fob makes arming and disarming simple from inside or outside your home and- yes, more of these can be added to this system as well!

With these accessories, you get 28 wireless zones of monitoring and 2 hardwired zones. We suggest this product for homes, apartments and small offices because that's a perfect amount of coverage for these properties.

Because of internet monitoring, you can add cameras to your system and monitor while you're away! With the POWERLINK video surveillance control unit, you have the option to add up to 4 wired or wireless color cameras (Note: The CAM-2000WL Wireless Color Camera is the only camera that will work with this system).

The PowerMax Plus Wireless Alarm System is a complete security solution for anyone ready to start building their safety now, while leaving the opportunity for expansion open for later.

PowerMax+ Features:

  • Supports camera connectivity for real-time viewing
  • Plug and Protect(TM) fast and easy installation
  • Remote home management - alarms, lights, appliances, A/C - via telephony, cellular or Internet connections
  • Complete home control solution - provides status updates & controls up to 15 electrical devices (dim/bright, etc.)
  • Detectors supported: PIR and pet-immune motion detectors; glass-break, flood, smoke and gas detectors; door/window magnetic contact, and more
  • Event reporting to: monitoring stations, pagers, SMS messages, e-mail, web applications, mobile phones and regular phones.
  • Family message center with standard and remote access for voice recording/playback.
  • Remotely initiated hands-free 2-way voice communication.
  • Latchkey mode informs parents of a child's arrival to the home.
  • Easy and convenient programming options.
  • Intuitive textual and audible user interface with language adaptation.
  • Advanced jamming detection in compliance with the highest industry standards.
  • Full compliance with international standards and regulations.


FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

I would like to purchase two Visonic POWERMAX+ systems but would like to use the same telephone line, is this possible?
Yes, both systems can use the same line. However, only one system can dial out at a time.

I don't like the Voice/Chime feature on the POWERMAX+, is there anything I can do?
The POWERMAX+ allows you to adjust the voice volume up or down. You may also turn off the feature entirely.

How loud is the built-in siren on the POWERMAX+ control panel?
The built-in siren on the POWERMAX+ features 85 decibels of volume.

What happens if the telephone line is cut before a possible intruder enters?
If the telephone line gets cut, the system will not dial out. However, the siren will still sound.

Can I use the SSX-81S-B - Amseco 25 Watt Armored Siren/Strobe with my POWERMAX+ Powermax Plus Wireless Home Security System?
Yes it is possible, however you will need to add a power kit to your system for it to function. You can find it at PWRKT.

Additional Info

Additional Info

Part Number POWERMAXPLUS
What's in the box (1) Controller, Receiver, Sounder, and Keypad
(1) 4-Button keyfob (MCT234)
(2) Mini Magnetic Contact (MCT302)
(1) Wireless Pet-Tolerant Digital PIR Detector (K9-85MCW)
(1) Transformer
(1) Backup Battery
(1) Installation DVD

Reviews

Absolutely best bang-for-your-buckReview by Guido
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I've had this for 9 years, and aside from replacing a few batteries, it's worked flawlessly. Cumbersome to program, but once it's set, it just works. I have it set up with a GSM-100 and lots of door and window sensors. It's a shame I'll have to upgrade... someday. (Posted on 10/14/14)
Not there for the long runReview by Mickus Dickus
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I've been through 2 of these alarms in the past 3 years. The first died under warranty, the second slowly faded away before dying completely this past weekend - possibly from a storm surge, although no other appliances in my house had a problem from the storm. I had one of the wireless transmitters keep giving false dead battery alarms too. Not to mention: setup is a real PAIN with these units, and I'm a computer tech and music keyboard programmer, so I'm used to annoying acronyms and submenus! Worst off all: altho this site's support is very helpful the Visonic mfr. tech support is ZERO. On the plus side, when the system is finally up and running it works fine. But how long will it last? (Posted on 9/8/14)
Would love some help! We purchased a home that has this united ...Review by Linda
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Would love some help! We purchased a home that has this united already installed. However the previous homeowners did not provide us with the 4-digit pin to arm the system. Any ideas/suggestions on how we could possibly re-boot the system to begin using it ourselves? (Posted on 2/10/14)
I purchased this system for my cabin in 2006 after I had been ...Review by Keith
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I purchased this system for my cabin in 2006 after I had been broken into. The system works great, does everything it said it would. I have it set up to call my home phone if there is a problem. I just ordered replacement batteries for the unit for the second time. This was the first time I have ever installed a wireless alarm system so the biggest challenge for me was the instructions. The first day I worked on the installation for about two hours and got a headache so I quit. The next morning it came together and had it working in about an hour. I have not been broken into since I installed this system. (Posted on 12/5/13)
Had this system since 2007 and have not had a moment's problem ...Review by mark
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Had this system since 2007 and have not had a moment's problem with it. Highly sophisticated and very easy to operate. It is in my vacation home and has been invaluable. Little or no attention is required with the exception of an occasional battery replacement in the devices. Highly recommend this system to anyone. (Posted on 11/13/13)
I've had this system since Sept. 2004. It has operated flawlessly.Review by Charles
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I've had this system since Sept. 2004. It has operated flawlessly. Only after 8 years did I get a low battery indication on one of the sensors. Decided to change them all. Operation is a breeze. This week my local police dept. came by my home to do a courtesy security check. The Visonic Powermax + got kudos. Police said I should have signs and stickers on windows as an additional deterrent. I am ordering them today. (Posted on 9/1/13)
I have had this for about 4 years. Replaced batteries and a couple ...Review by Rebecca
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I have had this for about 4 years. Replaced batteries and a couple of sensors stopped working so I replaced but it has been the best investment I have made for my home. It has paid for itself with the insurance savings alone but has also saved my home a couple of times. Please note: I do recommend an outdoor siren, It not only scares your crimal away but they leave behind puddles & don't return for seconds. My house has been left alone for the last 2-3 years now. :-) Daughter moved out & buying her one as she has requested.
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This system has worked flawlessly for 5 years. Still on the ...Review by copracr
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This system has worked flawlessly for 5 years. Still on the original batteries! It's been so trouble free that I recently went around and tested every sensor to make sure they all still functioned correctly. I did the whole house and spent about $500, but I went nuts on sensors. With all the junk being sold that doesn't work or has a 1 year life expectancy, this is one of the few products that works as advertised these days. I'm completely satisfied. (Posted on 4/22/13)
Its has to be at the least 6 or 7 years since purchase of Visonic ...Review by Vinny V
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Its has to be at the least 6 or 7 years since purchase of Visonic powermax. Over that span of time I have replaced a battery in my indoor motion sensor. It works flawlessly, no problems what so ever. Ive probally sold quite a few of these because I rely on it that much. I tell everybody how well it works. No monthly fee...Get it... (Posted on 3/9/13)
Got this wireless system up and running in about 2 hours. It ...Review by Sharon Starr
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Got this wireless system up and running in about 2 hours. It wasn't a problem at all. (Posted on 12/6/12)
I have had the system for two years. Not a problem with the unit ...Review by Frank
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I have had the system for two years. Not a problem with the unit so far. I will purchase one for my mothers house. very happy customer. (Posted on 12/4/12)
This is actually my second Visonic as I left a similar version ...Review by robert
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This is actually my second Visonic as I left a similar version of this system I bought in 2005 in my (now sold) home in Illinois. I had a lot of detectors and other spare devices from my original system so I wasn't about to 'experiment' with another system.
I don't recall what version it was that I had but this newer version has some additional functionality that the first system didn't have, such as the 'follower' zones.
Anyway, this is a great system and in all the time (6 years) I had it in Illinois it worked flawlessley and I expect that this upgraded version will as well. (Posted on 12/2/12)
It works as designed, but if you want to add a GSM modem don't ...Review by Richard Harrison
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It works as designed, but if you want to add a GSM modem don't buy the Powermax+ as Visonic is discontinuing it.

I spent $1200 on the system 2 years ago and now want to add a GSM modem and was told I had to spend another $365 to buy the Powermax Pro in order to get the modem feature.
Thinking of reconnecting my land line because of this. (Posted on 9/11/12)
Good wireless security system and REALLY easy to install. Outstanding ...Review by Bill. San Diego, CA.
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Good wireless security system and REALLY easy to install. Outstanding Telephone Support. We're pleased with our purchase. (Posted on 8/29/12)
Good system, easy install. Had the same alarm in my previous ...Review by Bill
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Good system, easy install. Had the same alarm in my previous house, so I was very familiar with it already. (Posted on 8/26/12)
I have had this unit installed for about 3 years. Awesome unit, ...Review by name withheld
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I have had this unit installed for about 3 years. Awesome unit, very simple installation. I love the chime function with a 2 year old daughter running around I always know when she opens any exterior doors. I have never had any accidental activations, I've never replaced any of the batteries, and anytime I have ever needed tech support/parts Visonic was ON THE BALL. If you are looking for an easy to set up, customize, and affordable system look NO further. (Posted on 7/9/12)
I've had this system in my home for the last 7+ years. I liked ...Review by name withheld
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I've had this system in my home for the last 7+ years. I liked it so much that we bought one for my mother-in-law who stays by herself. She loves it and would not be able to stay alone without it. She has a fire/smoke detector acces. in her attic that is is awesome since she would not be able to hear a std smoke detector product. We do not have pay monthly to have the system monitored but instead enter our desired 4 tel numbers for the system to call. That is a big savings and still provided the monitoring we need. I like that this system is very customizable. I installed wireless and some wired sensors. Has lots of set-up choices to customize your security user needs. I'll buy another one at our next house. (Posted on 5/21/12)
Excellent alarm system! The best feature about this alarm system ...Review by name withheld
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Excellent alarm system! The best feature about this alarm system is that it will notify you on your cell phone when the alarm is tripped. (Posted on 5/20/12)
I purchased the Powemax several years ago. DIY installation is ...Review by name withheld
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I purchased the Powemax several years ago. DIY installation is pretty easy if you read the manual AND watch the video. Customer support is very helpful and knowledgeable. (Posted on 5/7/12)
The Powermax+ is a superb wireless system. Good wireless range ...Review by name withheld
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The Powermax+ is a superb wireless system. Good wireless range (works for my garage zones 75' away from the Control Panel). This is my second Powermax+ unit,(the first one was zapped by lightning - Use a surge protector). It has more features than most would use, but, you do not need to use many of them. It is very difficult to program, but much easier the second time around. The CD instruction video is not useful. Plan on reading the manual several times. The X-10 units never did work, and are not worth purchasing. It has contacts for an external siren, which I found really important. Some tips to reduce the programming frustration: Engage the mounting bracket to the command unit, when programming the unit on your workbench. It has a tamper detection device on it, so if the mounting bracket is not engaged, it will not accept programming. Use the HOME key to back up when programming, and NOT the 'Backup' key (which does not work). This seems strange, but will save hours of frustration. Turn off (or do not turn on) features that you do not use. Otherwise, the trouble alert will go off. If you do not use the phone line, turn off feature 5.33, otherwise the trouble alert will come on. When defining the zone types (4.33), type 13 'interior' is not described in Appendex D. It is for labeling (deactivating) the interior zones when using the 'Home' alarm. Keep good records on where the sensors are placed, as the trouble alerts give the zone number, so you can track down the problem. Recording speech feature is mislabeled in the manual. It should be 4.9, not 4.8 (go to the next option on the list to find it). Keep the batteries fresh. However, they are real expensive! When you get through the programming, you will have a great wireless system. John in Michigan (Posted on 2/14/12)
I have had this system in my home for about 6 years now and continue ...Review by name withheld
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I have had this system in my home for about 6 years now and continue to enjoy the low maintenance, reliable security that it offers. Many of my sensors still have the original batteries in them. (Posted on 1/15/12)
I've been very happy with my purchase. Unlike some of the other ...Review by name withheld
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I've been very happy with my purchase. Unlike some of the other reviewers, I had no problem installing the system and enrolling 4 additional wireless devices and a remote keypad. Knowing that I prefer to read manuals, rather than watching instructional videos, I opted not to use the video. (I actually watched about 5 minutes of the video after installing the system, and I'm glad that I chose to use the manual. Of course, others may prefer the video to the manual.) The installer manual was very easy to follow and very logical. I spent approximately 1 hour programming the panel.

Since I live in an older home and I did not want to modify my door trim to accept the sensors, installing the them took a bit of creativity and more time than would probably take in a modern home.

The siren on the panel is very loud, but I have disabled it in favor of external sirens to make it more difficult for a would-be burglar to find the panel.

I called technical support regarding an issue not related* to my Visonic system, and the representative was very knowledgeable and helpful.
*I was having a problem with a siren made by GE. (Posted on 1/11/12)
I purchased this system in December of 2008 and had it installed ...Review by David
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I purchased this system in December of 2008 and had it installed in my home and it has performed very well. I have had two problems with the door windows wireless contacts, but I think that is because of the metal windows. Overall I am quiet satisfied with the product and its performance. (Posted on 1/9/12)
So far so go, I loved it. Get this today, my family moved so ...Review by name withheld
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So far so go, I loved it. Get this today, my family moved so I live alone in a ok neiborhood, I try to get an alarm system but was too expensive or tied with a contract, with this its all good, its yours and no tricks lol (Posted on 12/27/11)
Anonymous User, I am impress with your write-ups and guide of ...Review by name withheld
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Anonymous User, I am impress with your write-ups and guide of installation. How did you resolve the 4 wire terminals? I am trying to learn the installation before deciding buying as I am afraid I may not smart enough to DIY. (Posted on 12/21/11)
I have been using the powermax + for a year now. No false alarms.Review by name withheld
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I have been using the powermax + for a year now. No false alarms. Good system. (Posted on 9/15/11)
I have had the power max plus for 3 years now. Excellent system.Review by name withheld
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I have had the power max plus for 3 years now. Excellent system. I only remember 1 unexpalined false alarm and another with my cat jumping in front of the sensor. Only problem I have now is the display went out due to lightning. Not there fault but do have to buy a whole new panel. Made in Israel...they know security! (Posted on 9/2/11)
I have had this system for 2 1/2 years and love it. I have never ...Review by name withheld
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I have had this system for 2 1/2 years and love it. I have never once had a false alarm. Still am using the original batteries for the sensors. Works great. Alarm Relay is fantastic. Highly recommend them! Every time I have contacted them, they are intelligent and polite. If I accidentally have set off my own alarm, they call me within seconds to see if everything is okay. A really great company! (Posted on 8/23/11)
The Visonic Powermax+ Wirelss is a good system. That's the good ...Review by Laurence
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The Visonic Powermax+ Wirelss is a good system. That's the good news. The bad news, and it is bad news, it is VERY difficult to program. The CD that comes with the system is some help but is not well done or designed. The CD does not mention or explain all of the stuff that shows in the control panels window as you try to program the system. (Posted on 8/15/11)
I've had this system or 3 years and i must say it is great, works ...Review by name withheld
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I've had this system or 3 years and i must say it is great, works as avertized , no false alarms. I added extra features and they work great.I put on sensor in the garage and 50 ft away it works great. (Posted on 8/10/11)
I've had it over a year (Bought early 2010). It is working great ...Review by name withheld
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I've had it over a year (Bought early 2010). It is working great and have had no problems. It has scared away intruders and they have spread the word. (Posted on 7/18/11)
I have had his system for a couple of years now. I had it unsupervised ...Review by John
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I have had his system for a couple of years now. I had it unsupervised for a year before getting a service. Much cheaper to do the DIY system than going commercial! I have had no false alarms. It calls you for sensor tamper alerts, power outages and low batteries. The system is very customizable. You can add sensors as you need to or as you can afford them. We went mainly with the motion sensors since we have 13 openings. Advise to spend the money on the smoke sensor and have it supervised. Two reasons: 1) more likely to have fire than burglary (depending on location) 2) a fire doubles in size every 15 seconds. (Posted on 6/20/11)
I have two of the PowerMax+ installed at different locations ...Review by Carl
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I have two of the PowerMax+ installed at different locations since February of 2007. One location has had three false alarms and the other none. Overall this system has been very reliable and gives great peace of mind. I have used almost all the features of this system and they all work perfectly once you get to know the system. Wouldn't be without it. Haven't figured what the cause of the false alarms may have been. One motion sensor in the garage at -30f and two in the house. Extreme cold/insects crawling across the sensor? Unknown. Would recommend this system without reservation. Peace of mind worth the investment. (Posted on 3/16/11)
I have two systems and they work great. One is in a barn and ...Review by name withheld
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I have two systems and they work great. One is in a barn and the other a lakehouse. In the lakehouse, I have the burgler detectors, flood detector, smoke detector, temperature detector. In case the heating fails, the system will call me when the temp gets below 45 degrees. I have the system set to also call me if the power ever goes out for longer than 1 hour as that also is a signal that I will have heat problems if that occurs in the wintertime. Over the past 3 years, there have been times when the system has called me to alert me that my keyfob battery was getting low...and same for a motion detector. That is pretty cool! Hard to beleive they can put this much logic into such a low cost system. The systems works great and i have NEVER had a false alarm in either my barn or lake house. I have recomended this system to two friends that also purchased and are very happy. (Posted on 3/13/11)
I've been using this setup for about three years now. For the ...Review by name withheld
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I've been using this setup for about three years now. For the most part I have been very satisfied with the ease of use and functionality. However I am on my second control panel. Just after a year the display screen ceased to function. Contacting the manufacture and the Home security Store I learned that these units are not repaired and I had to purchase a new one at full cost. I did and now the this one has a problem with the phone line circuit. Hopefully this one can be replaced with the warranty. (Posted on 2/27/11)
This is a great system. The user and installers manuals are ...Review by name withheld
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This is a great system. The user and installers manuals are a little difficult to grasp but if you watch the instruction DVD you will have no problem. I have been using the system for 3 months with no issues. (Posted on 2/21/11)
Bought the system with some trepidation, having never done anything ...Review by Ashish
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Bought the system with some trepidation, having never done anything like this before. I was fully prepared to have this installed professionally but after reading the reviews decided to try myself first. Read the manual once, watched the DVD once and then began programming the unit with Freddie on the DVD, rewinding and replaying as needed. Was done programming in 1 hour, adding- 1 extra door contact,one 2 way keyboard, 2 motion detectors. On day two took one hour to mount the various contacts and motion detectors, today mounted the main unit and keyboard and I am done. Great product, the DVD was a big help, so far have not needed to call for tech support but may need to call them if I am unable to do remote commands through my cell phone, have tried twice and no luck so far. Overall very pleased, works exactly as described, hope to expand the system with some glassbreak detectors and a smoke detector soon.
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should have bought a cheaper basic one, it is always in trouble ...Review by Jesse
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should have bought a cheaper basic one, it is always in trouble mode since I have no phone line to put in it. The motion sensor does not detect motion. (Posted on 1/18/11)
I have had this system for 2 years. It is a great system. Easy ...Review by scott
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I have had this system for 2 years. It is a great system. Easy to install and it works perfectly. I have expanded it recently and it was easy to program and use. I highly recommend this unit. (Posted on 1/7/11)
Programming is a pain, but the Powermax system saved our house ...Review by Dan
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Programming is a pain, but the Powermax system saved our house a few days ago. Linseed Oil soaked rags spontaneous combusted in garage and the fire melted the security system door sensor. Even though system was unarmed, it called our cell phones to report a tamper alarm at 3AM. i was able to kick in the back door of garage and put out fire with a garden hose. House smoke alarms did not go off - new house with tight construction so smoke had not migrated through from garage. 5 minutes later and this would have been a real disaster for us! I'll be adding more sensors after restoration work is complete!!!!! (Posted on 1/5/11)
Great system. I had it up and running in 2 hours. Manual is a ...Review by name withheld
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Great system. I had it up and running in 2 hours. Manual is a little hard to understand. Had to read it a few times to get a handle on programing instructions. The do it yourself video was a great help would suggest you watch this first. System works great! (Posted on 12/30/10)
I have had the PowerMax+ system for 3 years. It includes 3 fob's,2 ...Review by Grant
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I have had the PowerMax+ system for 3 years. It includes 3 fob's,2 motion detectors,outdoor siren and separate light strobe,5 door units,smoke detector,x-10 module to drive 4 105db sirens, and MK-150 keypad unit. Easy to install once manual is understood (take plenty of time to design the system the way you want it). System has been great, batteries have lasted longer for all items except my hall motion detector. One grip is most of the batteries are expensive, but shopping on line you can find many much cheaper. Alarm Relay provides excellent service, but don't let the $8.95/mo fool you. After a year it will be $10.45/mo which is still very cheap. They call for low batteries, tampers, everything the system reports. I like this as I then know it is working fine. A high use key fob will last about 2 years and then need to be replace. I run a wireless computer network in my home with 3 computers, a TV, 2 DVD's all connected to it and no problems with interference. Burglaries are increasing in the area so I am now looking into a GSM cell phone unit as backup to my landline. I highly recommend the system. (Posted on 12/15/10)
Purchased system three weeks ago. Using the supplied DVD, was ...Review by name withheld
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Purchased system three weeks ago. Using the supplied DVD, was fairly easy set-up. "Freddie" is very helpfull teaching the menu system, enrollment and navigation. Instructions do not get into the physical instatallation or recommendations for sensors. Took 2 days, maybe a couple of hours each day to set-up and install, and learn the basics of system. I used alot of double sided foam tape and self drilling drywall anchors, the supplied screws and anchors did not work so good for me, an unskilled craftsman. In my opinion, this is rubust system, and home security store has been great. (Posted on 12/8/10)
User friendly, plenty of accessories to expand. Easy to program.Review by Genaro
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User friendly, plenty of accessories to expand. Easy to program. Yes it is a big unit to display by front entrance, but you can get the smaller keypad and mount main unit in master bedroom. Great system... (Posted on 12/6/10)
Have had this system for over two years. There have been ...Review by Wade
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Have had this system for over two years. There have been no false alarms. Two times it went on a texting blitz. But i unpluged and removed battery and reset the thing. I also installed the (Posted on 11/22/10)
Great system. A little hard to install on your own. Tech support ...Review by name withheld
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Great system. A little hard to install on your own. Tech support was great over the phone. Took time to be sure it was operating the was it should and they took the time to be shure the customer was pleased. Recomend to anyone not wanting to instal a wired system.

Mike Carrier
sacramento, KY. (Posted on 11/18/10)
This is a very dependable system with value far exceeding its ...Review by name withheld
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This is a very dependable system with value far exceeding its cost. Once you get pass the slightly changed installation phase, using it is a breeze. Recommend it to all who are looking for easily expandable security system with reliable protection for all households.
Martin. (Posted on 11/6/10)
I purchased this system for my dad this week. I watched the ...Review by name withheld
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I purchased this system for my dad this week. I watched the video first and read the manual for programming. I installed the controller and 8 window/door sensors and the motion detector in 3 and 1/2 hours. This was the first system I have installed and it was extremely easy and so far works great. (Posted on 11/5/10)
I have had this unit for 2 years now. I would agree the instructions ...Review by name withheld
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I have had this unit for 2 years now. I would agree the instructions are difficult @ first however the techs were wonderful. Saved my home a couple of times now and each time the intruders left as soon as the siren went off. Best investment I could ever have purchased for my home. Just wish I hadn't waited till after my home was broken into the first time. (Posted on 10/31/10)
A Year later and still no problems at all. A+++Review by name withheld
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A Year later and still no problems at all. A+++ (Posted on 10/15/10)
I have had this system for the past 2 months with no false alarms ...Review by name withheld
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I have had this system for the past 2 months with no false alarms it has given me piece of mind when im home or at work. It was a bit pricey 1400.00 dollars worth but in this case you get what you pay for. If I had any complaint it would be the programing directions I found them to be poor at best the phone support was great but be prepared to sit on hold for a half hour while waiting for them to help you (Posted on 10/14/10)
System was easy to install...Love it, functions as designed.Review by name withheld
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System was easy to install...Love it, functions as designed. (Posted on 10/3/10)
I Like the PowerMax+ system works great,Installation was very ...Review by name withheld
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I Like the PowerMax+ system works great,Installation was very simple. I wish I could say the same for the directions on programing. Tech Support was very helpful and knowledgeable about the alarm system but be prepared to wait 30 min on hold
(Posted on 9/23/10)
This security system has everything, and it is easy to program ...Review by name withheld
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This security system has everything, and it is easy to program after you watch the you tube videos. I really like that it is easy to ad features later if you wanted. Good product for the money. (Posted on 9/18/10)
Bought this system about a year ago and finally got it installed.Review by Robert
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Bought this system about a year ago and finally got it installed. I must say, I put it off due to the complexity of the directions! I watched the installation videos on You Tube and that helped me a lot. It took about a weekend for me to get all of it installed. I ordered 3 extra motion detectors, a smoke detector, and another keypad to install by my back door. The system has worked flawlessly for a month now. I am having my home monitored as well. I have DSL internet and thought I was going to have to install a special filter for the alarm. This was not necessary. The monitoring station checked my connection and received no interference from the alarm system. I highly recommend this unit. (Posted on 9/6/10)
Received the Powermax + Wireless and added 6 window / door detectors ...Review by mike
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Received the Powermax + Wireless and added 6 window / door detectors and one motion and the outdoor siren .
I read the directions and watched the DVD . After watching and reading I had the unit set up and ready to complete the installation IN ABOUT 3 HRS . I installed the unit and all of the devices in another 3 hours .
Called tech support with a few questions. The tech was great and answered my questions and I was done .
I checked out other systems and received other price quotes for complete installation . No comparison !! Covered all my doors and my windows plus 2 motion detectors and saved about 400.00 .
Great system !! Highly recommend
(Posted on 7/19/10)
Have had this system for nearly a year with 4 door sensors, 2 ...Review by name withheld
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Have had this system for nearly a year with 4 door sensors, 2 motion sensors, a smoke alarm 2 key fobs and a two way panel. I also bought the computer program for ease of use, I can't imagine programming the unit without it, although it says it only works with Windows XP and now I have to keep my old desktop around. I plan expanding seeing that expansion is almost unlimited for my application. X10 capability was also a huge selling point as well. Highly recommended! (Posted on 6/27/10)
At first glance I was overwhelmed with the instructions and user ...Review by Mark
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At first glance I was overwhelmed with the instructions and user guide for this alarm system. The intruction video was excellent and very helpful. I had to call Tech Support and they were very helpful and knowledgeable about the alarm system(they get 5 stars!). I am very happy with the system. It is easy to use and has lots of options. I plan on ordering more wireless sensors. (Posted on 2/23/10)
Easy to install even if you are not an expert. I watched the ...Review by Eric
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Easy to install even if you are not an expert. I watched the Youtube how to guides by the Home Security Store which made installation even easier. Search for PowerMax+ on youtube. (Posted on 12/9/09)
After my old, hardwired alarm system went out, I bought this ...Review by Laverne
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After my old, hardwired alarm system went out, I bought this wireless system and installed it myself (single mom). My motion detector alarmed in an attempted break in. They only took off 3 louvers and it triggered. It looked like the culprit never even entered my home. It already saved me some money! (Posted on 12/4/09)
One big negative for me was the set-up as I was not familiar ...Review by Brad
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One big negative for me was the set-up as I was not familiar with home security systems and it took me hours to fully understand how everything operated. With that said, I still give the system 5 Stars as it has been very simple ever since and very reliable (no false alarms ever) and I keep on expanding on it. I've had it for a little over a year now and can't see how I would do with out it. TERRIFIC SYSTEM! (Posted on 11/28/09)
Great product. My first home security alarm, and it works beyond ...Review by scott
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Great product. My first home security alarm, and it works beyond expectations. I installed it about one week ago, and now better understand how best to use it. i had some initial uncertainty about how the sensors track, alarm modes, and one of the options purchased - i will need to re-position one of my infrared sensors for better coverage. other than those minor issues, the system works very well; we are enjoying it.

the flaws:
the instruction video from HOME SECURITY STORE was great, but did not cover all items, nor all aspects (hence the confusion). but it was so much more useful than the nominal printed information per unit, and the main instruction manual may as well have been written in cuniform - very confusing.

i am a technical engineer, but found the main manual overwhelming and incomprehensible. fortunately, via the video - and understanding how some of the covered devices worked - i was able to reconfigure the devices, and install my optional devices without much problem.

so many options, very versatile, i recommend it for any home owner, especially if you dont want a monitored (monthly fee) system. (Posted on 11/22/09)
I searched for a few months to try and find the best wireless ...Review by Jason
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I searched for a few months to try and find the best wireless system available. The Powermax+ System has everything anyone could ask for. With the help of the DVD it was easy to setup. The system was setup to go right out of the box and with the GSM module (add on) my system is really 100% wireless. I'm actually coming here tonight to order some more add ons. THANKS HomeSecurityStore.com. PS) THe pricing was awesome and the sales people took my order pretty quickly. (Posted on 11/13/09)
Awesome system. Very easy to install. Total installation just ...Review by Darrell
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Awesome system. Very easy to install. Total installation just took a couple of hours. Would be nice if the window and door contacts were smaller, presently they are a little bulky. I am happy with my purchase. (Posted on 10/25/09)
Great system. Easy to setup and works flawlessly. Do yourself ...Review by Kimberley
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Great system. Easy to setup and works flawlessly.
Do yourself a big favour and watch the DVD guide before doing anything else. (Posted on 9/19/09)
I have 2 college degrees. 1 Computer Science and 1 Business degree ...Review by Jim
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I have 2 college degrees. 1 Computer Science and 1 Business degree and I had issues.
The video was "ok", but didn't explain what the settings represented. Once I set everything up after spending the better part of an entire Sat. afternoon I began testing.
WELL, this was very disapointing.
NOT 1 device set off an alarm!!
So, I called tech support, after he jumped around and around he said he'd have to call me back in an hour because it was his lunch time.
Early troubleshooting was none of the 4 doors and none of the 5 motion detectors set the siren off, but did send a chime during "armed" mode! Go figure.
Now, here I sit waiting for his call back and the likelihood of having to re-arm all 5 motion detectors and resetting the system - UGH!
What's another 2-3 hours huh?

Jim Chance, jim_chance@yahoo.com
A very disatisfied customer! (Posted on 9/10/09)
Bought this about a week ago. It's my first alarm and first ...Review by Michael
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Bought this about a week ago. It's my first alarm and first experience installing one. I am a bit of a techie but no formal training in this. In the end it was pretty easy to install. A lot of the reviews dissed the manual, but I thought it was very complete, if complicated. The unit is so feature rich that any documentation is bound to be hard to follow. A few things I haven't seen mentioned elsewhere: It came with a DVD with a step-by-step instruction video that was totally awesome. I scanned the manual, watched the dvd and then installed the system. I can't emphasize too much how helpful the video was. Also, the system came with two window/door sensors and a motion detector and all were pre-enrolled with the main panel. This meant there was little installation required other than mounting the devices and pulling tabs on the batteries (all shown on the video). It was basically plug and play at first and then I followed up after more reading of the manual with heavier customization. Only drawback so far: the main panel is big and unsightly. I will keep it upstairs with a smaller secondary panel downstairs but I still think the design could have been made more attractive. Another drawback, although a minor one, you need to wire the A/C transformer both to the unit and to the cord itself. This seems silly and if they can go through the trouble to pre-enroll the sensors it would have been nice to pre-wire the transformer as well. (Posted on 7/17/09)
After reading user's guide and installer's manual twice, I was ...Review by Khanh
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After reading user's guide and installer's manual twice, I was able to set up my system at home without problem.
I would certainly recommend this system to friends and family. (Posted on 1/19/09)
Great system with many features. take your time and fully read ...Review by craig
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Great system with many features. take your time and fully read the instructions, it will seem over complicated, but it's not (Posted on 1/14/09)
The system works exactly like advertised. I even bought the gsm ...Review by gene hane
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The system works exactly like advertised. I even bought the gsm as primary and it calls as soon as it is set off.[t-mobile sim card worked great] like any thing else it takes time you just need to do your homework. I plan to purchase much more to add to this sytem. (Posted on 9/19/08)
Pricey components but good quality. Very easy to install, done ...Review by Haim
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Pricey components but good quality. Very easy to install, done in one evening.
NO false alarms in the past 18mos that I've owned this system, and I use it every day.
Only wish it has a web based configuration/control option.
(Posted on 5/14/08)
I purchased one of these systems for my vacation home after it ...Review by Greg
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I purchased one of these systems for my vacation home after it was burglarized. I also purchased a GSM modem so I can be remotely notified via my cell phones and home phone of alarm events and monitor the system remotely. The documentation for the system was excellent and all features operated exactly as stated. I installed the system myself and was pleased with the technical support that Home Security Store provided. I plan to purchase a second system for my primary residence. (Posted on 3/25/08)
This was my first experience with Homesecuritystore.com, and ...Review by Owen
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This was my first experience with Homesecuritystore.com, and it was a good one. I looked at several systems and chose the Visonic Power Max + based on price and features. Our house was recently broken into and we wanted a good basic security system that would provide adequate perimeter security for our home. For the money, I think the Visonic system is the best deal.
The Visonic unit came well packaged and was delivered in a timely manner and in good condition. Installation of the transmitters takes a bit of thought so plan on being creative. They will work with any window or door, but plan ahead. I noticed that several people were a little under whelmed with the ease of programming the receiver/controller. It did take a while, but went just fine. I would encourage anyone who is contemplating buying this system, to download the Users guide and read it before the unit arrives. You will than be ready to go to work as soon as your new system arrives. Give yourself time to understand the terminology and programming. Programming is actually very logical and fun, but it is a bit time consuming. I made the mistake of turning the siren on while standing ion front of the controller. It's definitely loud enough. My wife and I are feeling much safer now than we were before I installed the Power Max +. Its very versatile and expandable and Im looking forward to adding more devices.
(Posted on 1/10/08)
It came pre-configured, but I didn't like the way it was setup.Review by Joseph
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It came pre-configured, but I didn't like the way it was setup. I reset the unit back to the factory default and had it back up and working (the way I wanted it) in about four hours. Once you get past the learning curve, it's actually very easy and you'll be moving through the menus with ease. Make sure you read the documentation that comes with the PIR unit(s) - I wasted one of the four hours on a PIR thinking it was bad. (Posted on 9/16/07)
WORTH EVERY PENNY......THE MANUAL A LITTLE CONFUSING, BUT TECH ...Review by FRANK
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WORTH EVERY PENNY......THE MANUAL A LITTLE CONFUSING, BUT TECH HELP WAS EASY TO DEAL WITH...THANKS GUYS.. (Posted on 5/1/07)
First Off This Is A Great Alarm System Easy To Set Up Just One ...Review by Rich
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First Off This Is A Great Alarm System Easy To Set Up Just One Thing Make Sure The Battery Cover Is On It Kept Saying Alarm Trouble I Couldnt Figure It Out I Put The Battery Cover On and It Worked Fine Its Very Loud Also A Voice Tells U When One Of Ure Doors Gets Open This System Does Alot Highly Recommended (Posted on 2/26/07)
I purchased my Powermax+ in June 2005. At the time, only the ...Review by Ron
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I purchased my Powermax+ in June 2005. At the time, only the MCM-140 was available which leaves much to be desired because it is only one-way. Other than that, the system seemed to work very well for the money. I set it up to call my cell phone (not reliable) so I ordered the monitored service after a few months. They (Alarm Relay) were very supportive and remotely programmed my panel. We did one successful test, and that was it for several months. I had one false alarm, which was due to my cats and the PIR being too sensitive. However, I accidentally set off my system one day and waited for the call. NOTHING. The panel had a comminucation failure. After MONTHS of troubleshooting, ripping out and replacing phone lines, and the infinite patience of the Alarm Relay staff, I discovered that the dialer was bad on the panel. Also, I couldn't use the MKP-150 (Only recently made available) because my panel firmware was too old (No Chime). So....I needed to send in my panel for repair. This would have obviously left me unprotected, so I ordered another kit. WIth it installed and working properly my problems have gone away, but I have a useless panel that I will probably have to pay big bucks to have repaired. In summary, TEST YOUR SYSTEMS OFTEN. You never know when you might have a defective dialer. Also, buy the RS-232/Software kit. It'll save you more than $50 in time. (Posted on 2/9/07)
After researching various products (and reading the reviews posted ...Review by Kenneth
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After researching various products (and reading the reviews posted here), I decided to purcahse two Powermax+ units - one for myself and one for my Mom's home (post break-in). I have to say that these units are feature-rich, and the available options satsify any need I can come up with. As with other comments, the Install/User guides could be a little more detailed, but after a full read anyone should be able to install these units. My Mom now feels very secure - and I provided her with an Emergency FOB that dials directly to my Blackberry if there is ever a need. I am now ordering the Web interface to monitor and control my unit remotely. Keep the add-on's coming! (Posted on 11/26/06)
With all its features,... Wow, the price is very reasonable.Review by Cecilia
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With all its features,... Wow, the price is very reasonable. (Posted on 10/21/05)

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