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Visonic Power Max Pro Home Security System

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Visonic PowerMax Pro Home Security System is one of the latest security solutions from Visonic and it showcases what the company does best. It is a high end security system capable of allowing homeowners to view and control their home from anywhere via any web browser or even cell phone. Keep in mind, the PowerMax Pro has all the great features of the PowerMax Plus security system, but with even more internal add-ons for a more sophisticated approach to home security.
Brand: Visonic Security Systems
Part Number: PPRO211

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Expected: Sep 8 2014

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The Power Max Pro Wireless Home Security System is the standard for wireless security. Beautifully designed and technologically sound, this high performance alarm system puts you in complete control of your home with advanced features and a very user-friendly, no hassle set-up.

For great coverage, the Pro has 28 wireless zones, 2 hardwired and the system supports 8 user codes. It's like an invisible, sprawling web of security throughout your home- nothing will pass this system unnoticed.

While this Powermax Pro kit does not feature an internal GSM (Global System for Mobile communication) module, you can easily purchase the module from our store (see Accessories tab). This module enables the system to report and communicate, not only with landline phones, but with cell phones as well. Therefore, if your telephone lines are cut or disabled the home stays secure and there remains a way for the system to call a monitoring station, or you, or both.

With support for the X-10 interface, you can manage most appliances in your home directly through your alarm system! One control panel does it all. This means home automation and management of alarms, lights appliances and more (Requires PL513 X-10 unit- currently not available at Home Security Store)!

Through Visonic's Powerlink and VDNS management platform, homeowners can set up to 4 high quality color surveillance cameras through the system and view live or recorded footage online. There are no holes in monitoring with this powerful and reliable wireless monitoring system.

With 2 included proximity tags, arming and disarming your system couldn't be easier. Simply swipe the tags across the control panel and the alarm will activate or deactivate instantly. On top of an included key fob, this makes operation of the Power Max Pro that much easier for everyone in your home.

The Pro's clam shell design and silver metallic color allows this security system to blend nicely within your home or business and with room for other internal add-ons, the Power Max Pro is truly customized to keep you worry-free. For the best, trust the Pro and get that piece of mind that you've been yearning for.

The Powerlink unit for this particular kit is SOLD SEPARATELY (see accessories section).


  • High-end, modular design
  • Self contained; no need for external boxes
  • Integral X-10 interface for home management alarms, lights, home appliances control
  • Partition-ready controls up to 3 partitions (optional)
  • Event reporting to: monitoring stations, pagers, SMS messages, e-mail, web applications, mobile phones, landline phones (with Powerlink module SOLD SEPARATELY)
  • LCD-based user interface
  • Elder care application
  • Up to 72 hours battery backup
  • 2-way PowerCodeTM RF System with diversity antenna enables support for Visonic's 2-way sirens (MCT-710, MCT-720) and 2-way keyfob (MCT-237) for instant feedback from the system
  • 28 wireless zones
  • Supports 8 users codes
  • Additional 2 hardwired ports, 1 12v hardwired siren port and 1 PGM port for full coverage of connectivity options
  • Full compliance with most international standards and regulations, including FCC, CE, EN50131 grade 2

Frequently Asked Questions

Can the PPRO211 be connected to my personal computer?
No, this system does not include a port that would make that possible. You can, however, connect it to the PLINK2 Module (see Accessories) to allow remote/web control.

Do all Visonic accessories work with the PPRO211?
Accessories compatible with this unit can all be found under the "Accessories" tab.

Does the PPRO211 have GSM capabilities?
For GSM capabilities, please see visit the product page for the PPRO211GSM.

Can I connect the PLINK2 Module to my PPRO211 - Visonic Power Max Pro Kit wirelessly?
Unfortunately the Module cannot be connected wirelessly. You must connect the system via an ethernet cable.

Additional Info

Additional Info

Part Number PPRO211
What's in the box (1) PowermaxPro Console
(2) Door / Window Transmitters
(2) Proximity Tag
(1) Keyfob
(1) Wireless Motion Detector
(3) Lithium Battery
(1) Ni-MH Backup Battery
(1) AC Adapter
(1) Phone Jack
(2) Ribbon Cables


This is an excellent wireless system. Easy to install and program ...Review by Mike L.
This is an excellent wireless system. Easy to install and program my phone number into the system. We're pleased with our purchase. (Posted on 11/21/13)
Works well but virtually impossible to program without customer ...Review by Sergei
Works well but virtually impossible to program without customer service on the phone.
And just so you know... I am a software engineer :-) (Posted on 10/28/13)
I've installed/programmed a few systems over the years... this ...Review by Mark
I've installed/programmed a few systems over the years... this one was by far the easiest. Did have to call tech support once to ask a few clarifying questions... I would say I was able to open box, set up, program, link to internet in about 4hrs combined. I would recommend this system... Rated 4 stars vice 5 for: 1. Door monitors are pretty big and bulky (not sure how they compare to all systems). 2. Instructions could be better (supplied devices are already paired to the panel; confusing). 3. Internet monitoring works ok. Jury still out on that, need a followup with tech support to see if I have an incorrect setting. (Posted on 6/14/13)
This system has a lot of bells and whistles, but it is poor overall.Review by name withheld
This system has a lot of bells and whistles, but it is poor overall. Mine came with the dc power adapter, but the plug on the circuit board was missing and I eneded up having to wire the AC connection. The wireless communication is also poor. I bought the two way keypad, put the main panel in a nearby closet, and the keypad routinely loses connection to the box, triggering a warning. Also, the chime sounds too much like a doorbell. I read good reviews about the DSC Alexor and with I went with that one. If you are buying a wireless system, you really need one that has better range than the powermax. Happy shopping...but don't buy this one. (Posted on 1/30/12)
Great alarm worked as advertised. Only issue as others have ...Review by name withheld
Great alarm worked as advertised. Only issue as others have stated was the manual. I have been in the industry for 18 years. Done Radionics, DMP. This manual was terrible. I did get through it. The alarm works great. Getting the wireless devices connected was a snap, same with the optional bell. I set the 2 up I bought to call cell phones instead of a central station. So the voice option worked well for my needs. No monitoring fees.

I would buy it again. Just make sure to have some time to read the manual 14 times to understand it all. (Posted on 12/4/11)
Good quality product Low quality installation manuals It is ...Review by name withheld
Good quality product
Low quality installation manuals
It is not clear how to connect phone line in US: my system has 4 wire terminals (2SET and 2LINE AND female jack LINE). Installations manual shows only a figure with 4 wire terminals?????
Do I need an RJ-31X jack (not provide with my kit)? (Posted on 11/12/11)
I would be willing to give 5 stars if the documentation was up ...Review by name withheld
I would be willing to give 5 stars if the documentation was up to par. The hardware is great. The manual does not explain things really well, especially when it comes to the communication setup. Parts of the user manual do not match the setup menu choices in several areas of setup. The Powerlink 2 Ethernet module for connecting to broadband did not even come with a manual. The one you can download is an older version. Be aware if you want to use Visonics server to email you alarms and such, you must get Visonics IP address from the seller. I fought this for days before homesecuritystore tech support called Visonic. Finally my alarm panel registered with Visonics server. If you use a central monitoring station, they will provide you with the info you need. I think this unit is semi-pro level instead of amateur level like many do-it-yourself units. (Posted on 11/9/11)
This is a powerful wireless home security system. Easy to install ...Review by Stave
This is a powerful wireless home security system. Easy to install and program. We're pleased with our purchase.
(Posted on 10/21/11)
Just installed and, for the most part, very impressed with this ...Review by name withheld
Just installed and, for the most part, very impressed with this system. Documentation could be a little easier, but once you get going it isn't daunting at all. Web interface is excellent for Powerlink optional hardware (but the documentation that came with it was outdated and I had to figure a few things out for myself).

A few things I would like to point out:

1) On the Description of the product, the following is stated on proximity tags: "Simply hold the tag in front of the reader and the system can be armed or disarmed - no codes necessary." And this is not entirely true. You need to first press the appropriate Arm/Disarm button first on the keypad, and then hold the tag in front of the control panel. So, it's gimmicky at best - if you already have to punch a button on the control panel, what's four more buttons??? And, since most people will want to install this control panel out of sight it doesn't make using them a real "bonus" (mine is out of reach as well - I had intended to use these tags on the end of a wooden dowel to arm/disarm the system - oh well).

2) The K985 motion sensors are good, but the quality is somewhat so-so. One was broken upon arrival (the IR sensor on the circuit board had sheared off, and others had rubber gaskets around them that were mal-formed). They are good in performance, though! There are pin settings to adjust sensitivity, so if you get this system and are wondering why it trips when you're only 12ft away, make sure you move the pin-outs to the more sensitive setting (40' is very doable, and it won't detect our 80lb dog).

Very happy with homesecuritystore.com so far, been a good purchase and experience. (Posted on 8/20/11)
Part I of review: Good product - Needs better documentation This ...Review by James
Part I of review: Good product - Needs better documentation

This is an extremely capable product. I'd give the product itself five stars, but I've downgraded it because of the documentation. Note that I have only had the unit for a few days and may adjust this review if the actual operation of the unit causes any unexpected surprises. But, for now, I'll just say that I love the hardware and its capabilities.

Having been a computer programmer in a previous life, I appreciate a product with a lot of bells and whistles and fine-tuning adjustments. However, with such a capable product, there really should be some form of quick-start user guide giving one the bare minimum of steps required to get the device up and running using the system defaults. I'll provide my own personal recommendations below for how a user might want to approach the installation and programming.

But first, let me say that the people at HomeSecurityStore.com were extremely responsive both when I was deciding what type of device to buy and after my purchase when I needed help. However, when deciding to buy, they did provide me with some incomplete information the result of which was that I had to order an external siren to replace my existing one.

(Due to the 5000 character limit, see next two reviews for Parts II and III.)

(Posted on 7/13/11)
Part II of Review: Here are my specific complaints regarding ...Review by name withheld
Part II of Review: Here are my specific complaints regarding the documentation:

(Any numbers I cite refer to the Installer Guide.)

- The first step after unpacking the device is to supply power to the unit. However, the steps required to supply power to the unit take place later on in the installation procedure. There is a pointer to a figure (3.1f) that occurs later in the documentation that purports to show how the power is connected.

- There is no mention that figure 3.1f does not apply to U. S. A. installations. You actually need to go to the next page, to figure 3.1g, to see how the power is connected in the US.

- There is also no mention in the first step, supplying power to the device, that you really must put the entire unit together before powering the device. That is, you must also do the step titled "Front Unit Preparation" which includes installing the ribbon cables between front and back. If you're doing this, you might as well also install the backup battery.

- For US installs, the place where you plug in the power cord is a bit difficult to see because it is on the side of small box mounted on a circuit board.

- I purchased the kit, which contains three wireless sensors, proximity sensors, and a key fob. There was no documentation with the kit that indicated that some of these components were already enrolled or registered to the system. So there I was trying repeatedly like a dummy, with different options, to enroll the motion sensor. When I had no success, I called HomeSecurityStore and they told me that the motion sensor was already enrolled in the kit form of the system. A quick-start guide with this information might have saved them from having to answer a phone query.

- As it turned out, the motion sensor was pre-enrolled, as was the key fob, but the proximity tags were not. Having this information in a quick-start guide or an addendum associated with the kit would have been helpful.

- When enrolling the motion sensor the instructions say to press both tamper switches simultaneously to send the signal that the controller receives to identify the sensor. However, my sensor only had one tamper switch. The documentation should have said that only the one tamper switch needs to be pressed if there is no second tamper switch. I spent too much time looking for that second tamper switch. Of course, this might not have been a problem if I had not been trying to enroll a device that had already been pre-enrolled. My pressing of the single tamper switch would have enrolled the device, I'd have gotten the indicator that enrollment had taken place, and I'd have been happy.

- This is not specifically a Visonic documentation problem but rather a problem with the HomeSecurityStore web site documentation. My existing alarm system uses two public address-type horns to broadcast the alarm signal. When I was trying to decide on what system to buy, I was interested in knowing if I could use my existing horns. I sent an email asking if I could use two external alarm horns. The on-line documentation mentions that the device supports a single siren so I was interested in whether I could use two. I wrote to customer support and asked if I could use two 8-ohm horns in parallel instead of a single siren, and they wrote back that I'd need an extra power supply. Well, we were talking about apples and oranges here. I was not savvy enough to know that a siren is different from a horn, which is a loud-speaker device. With a horn, the varying alarm squawk is generated as an audio signal from the alarm box, whereas with a siren, you just turn on the DC current and the siren does its thing. So my feeling is that the online site, to be user friendly, should include this line buried in the Visonic documentation: IMPORTANT! The terminals for internal and external sirens are DC outputs intended for 12V sirens. Connecting a loudspeaker to any of these outputs will cause a short circuit and will damage the unit. This is kind of important.

Also, the customer service staff should know that if someone is asking about external horns and is speaking in terms of ohms, they are referring to loud-speakers and that these cannot be connected to the Visonic unit.

(Continued in Part III)

(Posted on 7/13/11)
Part III of Review: Specific Quick-Start recommendations for ...Review by name withheld
Part III of Review: Specific Quick-Start recommendations for U. S. A. customers using the kit form of the Power Max Pro

- Don't mount the back panel yet. Set up unit on a desk or table.

- Don't plug in phone yet

- Insert backup battery (3.6.1, fig 3.1h)

- Connect front and back panels with the ribbon cables (3.7, fig 3.1k)

- Run power cable through hole in back panel and plug into side of little riser box on left of back panel (fig 3.1g).

- Close up front and back panels. Be sure to screw two panels together because there is a tamper switch that forces the two halves to be joined.

- Plug in power. (An error will occur and the trouble light will come on because you do not yet have a phone line attached.)

- Program the "Installer" settings as in section 4 while unit is on desk or table. In the flow charts in the Installer Guide, be very aware of the key you are supposed to press. The key is indicated to the right of the pointing finger.

- Before enrolling sensors and devices, I'd review all the sensor zones to see what has been pre-enrolled. In my case the motion sensor had already been enrolled. (I'm not using the door/window sensors so I don't know if these are pre-enrolled.) Note that if a device has been enrolled, it will show a small blacked out box character to the right of the zone number. You can use the forward >> arrow key to scroll through the zones. My motion sensor had been pre-enrolled at zone 03.

- Enroll any additional sensors you may have bought which will not have been pre-enrolled.

- In my case the key fob had also been pre-enrolled but the proximity tags had not, so now would be the time to enroll any devices that have not been enrolled.

- Continue with the "Installer" settings. Most of the defaults seemed reasonable, but there were a few I wanted to change.

- If you will be having the Power Max dial phone numbers, be sure to enter these under the Defining Communications Parameters (4.5)

- Program the User settings as described in the User Guide.

- Now I would take the two parts of the unit apart and go back to paragraph 3.4 of the Installer Guide and continue with the mounting, wire routing, plugging in phone line, connecting siren(s), connecting X-10 (optional), and connecting any optional modules.

Overall Impression

I like the unit. It needs better quick-start documentation. The detail level documentation, especially the flow charts, is very good once you get used to it.

Now let’s see how it works in practice.

(Posted on 7/13/11)
I have had this system installed for a couple of days, and I ...Review by name withheld
I have had this system installed for a couple of days, and I finally got it setup to notify me via e-mail when the alarm triggered. My system consists of multiple motion detection and door sensors, and with both interior/exterior alarm.

The sales pitch that got me was the web-browser interface and the e-mail notification. I struggled dearly trying to get the e-mail notification based off of the instruction manual, and finally gave a call to the tech support and they resolved my issue instantly. Aside from a great product, I truly appreciate the tech supports that Home Security Store has. I will definitely buy from these folks again. Great jobs and thank you! (Posted on 5/18/11)
I recently installed Visonics Power Max Pro Kit for our home ...Review by Jared
I recently installed Visonics Power Max Pro Kit for our home after an incident that left my wife and I uneasy with 2 young children at home. The great features in this system allowed me to design the system I wanted based on my needs. The ease of installation was fantastic. I purchased several Motion detectors multiple door and window contacts, glass break detectors, and the 2 extra 2 way remote panels which have worked great so far. The only issue I had on the first night was that a tamper spring in a glass break sensor slip from position and set the alarm off. Easy fix and totally worth the purchase. I saved $1200.00 doing it myself and not to mention the savings of not having to pay some company $30 a month to supervise it. This system does it all. (Posted on 4/25/11)

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