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Visonic Power Max Pro Kit with Built-in GSM

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The PPRO211GSM - Visonic PowerMax Pro with Built-in GSM Module 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: PPRO211GSM

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

With a built-in GSM (Global System for Mobile communication) module, you no longer need to worry about cut phone lines or power outages. The GSM is your new back-up plan against the smarter than the average bear burglar.

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.

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.

Its 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 peace of mind that you've been yearning for.

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

Features:

  • High-end, modular design
  • Self contained; no need for external boxes
  • Includes internal GSM communicator
  • Integral X-10 interface for home management alarms, lights, home appliances control
  • Partition-ready controls up to 3 partitions (optional)
  • 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

How does the PPRO211GSM require a 3rd party monitoring company?
You do not have to go through a 3rd party monitoring company. The PPRO211GSM kit only requires a SIM card from either AT&T or Tmobile and many other SIM card carriers, even pre-paid SIM carriers. The system will function and make calls so long as there are prepaid minutes available on your SIM card.

Do all Visonic accessories work with the PPRO211GSM?
Accessories compatible with this unit can all be found under the "Accessories" tab.

Does the GSM in the PPRO211GSM require an antenna to function?
The PPRO211GSM does not need the antenna unless you are not receiving a signal.

Can the Powerlink Module for remote/web control be added to my PPRO211GSM at any time?
Yes, the Powerlink Module can be added at any time.

Is an intruder simply able to smash the panel to disarm or disable the PPRO211GSM alarm/siren?
By the time any potential intruders reach yoursystem, the PPRO211GSM will have already dialed out and notified someone.


PLEASE NOTE: If you are looking to do MONITORING for your system, your SIM card will require a DATA PACKAGE included with the SIM card from your cellphone provider.

Additional Info

Additional Info

Part Number PPRO211GSM
What's in the box

(1) PowermaxPro Console
(1) Built-in GSM
(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

Reviews

I've been running this unit w/GSM only (no internet) for a few ...Review by Chaos Theory
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I've been running this unit w/GSM only (no internet) for a few weeks and am generally very happy with it. Setup, initially, was a pain in the arse, but after you're finished being intimidated by the archaic programming of the base station, it quickly becomes manageable. I have always hated AT&T, but realize it was the best option for the sim card and it seems to work well after several tests. Since I'm a law enforcement officer, I wanted to cut out the middle man and respond to my own alarms, so this system is perfect for me (great response time, btw LOL). I'll also 2nd what another reviewer said-- make sure you register your sim card telephone number with the national do not call registry! It may or may not charge you for incoming calls, but every incoming call ties up the line that might be needed in an emergency. I also encourage you to have an actual plan if/when you receive those alerts suggesting a burglary is in progress. Unless you're a tactically-capable person, the last thing you should do is rush home and confront whatever awaits you yourself.

Anyway, I started with about a half-dozen door/window sensors, 4 glass break alarms, and a "pet immune" motion sensor. If I remain happy over the next few months, I'll be adding a few pieces (wish they had a dedicated garage door sensor like other products).

So far, I've got mixed results with the pet motion sensor. My dog is almost 70lbs and he has not set off the sensor. Unfortunately I've also noticed that if I walk on all 4's like a dog, about half the time I'm able to cross a 25 foot living room without tripping it either (I'm 6'3, 240lbs). Now, in all practicality I'm not concerned as 1) bad guys don't know there will be a sensor there and 2) if they want to burn another 20 seconds crawling across the floor to avoid it, that just gives me more time to get there...

I was also concerned about the range of the glass break sensors, initially. During the "clap tests" I had to clap really loud to trip them from across the room, so I wasn't sure if they'd be able to hear a legitimate entry. But a few days later, while using my knuckle to punch through the seal of a fresh plastic jar of peanut butter, I set off a glass break sensor from at least 20 feet away (glass break is a 24-hour monitor for me). While it wasn't a legitimate break-in attempt, I'd rather have them be a little too sensitive than not, so I was fairly happy with this false alarm. It tells me that they're far less sensitive to the clap test than they are for other detections.

My only other complaint-- and it's a big one for me-- is why I don't have the option for a zero-delay alarm period? The instruction manual says I do, but the best I can set is 15 seconds to trip my remote siren (my base station is hidden/silent). I just don't get why immediate alarm of the remote siren is not possible?

Anyway, all things considered it's a 4 of 5 for me. Good luck!



(Posted on 4/21/13)
Lots of hole in their install instructions on how to configure, ...Review by Chris
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Lots of hole in their install instructions on how to configure, ends up taking much longer than it should to configure.
IR sensors are pretty weak.
So far not very impressed with this unit. (Posted on 3/31/13)
Really happy with this system, especially becase we have it set ...Review by Rob
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Really happy with this system, especially becase we have it set up with alarm relay monitoring. (Posted on 1/24/13)
This is an update from my 12/4 review, I just got the mounting ...Review by Ivan
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This is an update from my 12/4 review, I just got the mounting panel from HSS and it came extremely well packaged..thanks..I proceeded with the Installation and it was flawlessly(only wireless sensors) but note that I am quiet a nerdy person with lots of experience in electronics, the technical documentation or manuals are not that helpful for a beginner as a matter of fact I needed some input reading online forums, the system has some minor bugs like when trying to cancel the warning beeps or settings. I am giving a 4 stars as it will be tested for a while, it looks to be working just fine so far. (Posted on 12/23/12)
I really like this alarm. I had a powermax+ in my previous home ...Review by Ricky
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I really like this alarm. I had a powermax+ in my previous home and the menus and UI are pretty much the same. I really like the GSM. After discovering I had a defective sim card from t-mobile, setup was a breeze. The description says you need a data plan with your sim card, but I was successful using prepaid minutes (talk and text). I am self-monitoring and only report to private numbers. I burned through $15 just setting up and testing. I like the sleek look and styling. I would like to see greater options for abort and delay times. It would be nice if abort could be turned off and delay could be set to 15 seconds. Overall I am very happy with the alarm! (Posted on 12/15/12)
Reason for 2 stars is because I Received the unit and when checking ...Review by Ivan
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Reason for 2 stars is because I Received the unit and when checking for the package list and even without taken it out of the plastic wrap, the panel had an internal part lose, I called Customer service right away, they transferred me to technical support which gave me 30 minutes of waiting, finally I got a gentleman who asked me to open the panel and look, I found the small card that connects the wired zones in out of its place and the plastic clip supposed to hold it was missing or broken...A brand new system and whoever packaged did not notice it???/...come on!!...technical support asked me if I wanted to return it but I decided them to send me the back panel with the cards already....I think I should have sent the whole unit back....I will be waiting for the part to arrive and then if it works as supposed I will post another review.... (Posted on 12/3/12)
I finished installing this system over the course of a weekend.Review by Anonymous
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I finished installing this system over the course of a weekend. I did a lot of research before going with this system, and I was hoping I had covered all the bases. I had, and the system is really working. This is what I did, after all the research, including reading the manual on-line before ordering, I already had an idea was in for.

When I received the unit, I read the Installer's manual cover to cover. I also read the user's guide briefly. Then I re-read the Appendix and first section of the Installer's manual and I slept on it a couple of days. Then, I did the planning on Saturday morning, lining up all the sensors, keyfobs, remote sirens, etc, putting in the batteries and recording them in the Appendix along with Zone type and name. Then, I paired each unit slowly, making sure the zone name was correct and that they were detected. Once you get used to pairing, it goes very quick. I did this entire process "on the bench" as recommended in the installer's guide.

On Sunday, I did the physical installation, screwing in the detectors and testing everything. I also hooked up the IP to my router. The instructions were okay, but this left me really confused about how to get email notification. Well, I guess you have to either do a lot of snooping on the Internet to figure it out or you can call tech support and they will tell you. Then, email notifications work fine.

I'm really impressed with this system. The range covers our entire three story house. The iPhone app works fine, I have web-based access and the sensors are very secure because of their tamper sensitive features. The system feels very well thought out and solid to me after I worked with it for two days.

I'm extremely glad we went with the home security store. Long live Do It Yourself!! (Posted on 10/28/12)
This is a powerful home security system which we installed ourselves ...Review by Frank
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This is a powerful home security system which we installed ourselves and adapted for our needs. Easy to install and program. We're pleased with our purchase. (Posted on 8/26/12)
Great alarm system. It takes some time to get familiar with the ...Review by Gabriel
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Great alarm system. It takes some time to get familiar with the installation process but in the end it works well. Make sure you connect the back and front panels with the cables provided (I believe it is not clearly pointed in the installation manual). (Posted on 6/22/12)
I've had a Visonic Power Max Pro with PLINK for almost 3 years ...Review by name withheld
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I've had a Visonic Power Max Pro with PLINK for almost 3 years now. I did not get the Built-in GSM model because I have a buried land line and did not see the need to pay for the GSM feature. However, I do use the internet to log into the PowerMax Pro, and it works reasonably well....except if you change the configuration of your home network you will need to go through the whole IP setup process again. This was/is the most painful part of owning the device. As far as alarm setup, the instructions appear complicated, but if you take your time, read the manual and do most (all?) the setup with the parts on a table, then the setup is easy. Once setup is done, then take the parts to the various sites around your home you've planned for the alarm detectors. You'll find the system is relatively stable and quite useful. The major caution I'd offer is to not mount the control unit on a far end of the house. Mount it somewhere centralized because signals from the devices (especially the remote control panel) do not travel well over the full length of a house. (Posted on 5/22/12)
I give the system 5 stars. Customer service is another story.Review by Robbie
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I give the system 5 stars. Customer service is another story.It not the techs it lack of techs. Expect to be on hold for min 20 min to one hr.also, be advised tech support is NOT 24 hrs.My son like most kids loves computers. he seemed to enjoy setting the system up. He spent three days and several hrs on the phone. The worse is the wait. If you get a tech who needs to go to lunch, you will find your self back on hold waiting again. For the GSM you will need a SIM card,as the other reviews state you can only use T-Moblie and At&T. We chose At&T. After we got the card, we used an old phone. My son called At&T, they set the phone number"sim card" to not receive and calls or text messages, this would cause false alarms. Also At&T if you buy 1000 min for $100.00 it is good for 1 year then expires. 500 min for $50.00.
expires at 3 months. I will buy 1000 min next time. If you buy the wireless camera and use something like Netgear you will be one the phone with them for at least an hr as they open a port for you and set you up.Also because of the camera the kit,"the main part of the system as to stay hard wired to your router.You can find extra long cable so your panel "kit" can be were you want it and not next to your computer. If your warranty is expired they will charger $79.00 for six months for tech support, you need this for camera set up as stated.

As for the window and door transmitters, I used 5lb two sides tape. Much easier and better the drilling holes in window frames.
I also use anchor screw Not the screws that came with the system.

Once the system is set, it works great. Just a LOT of work to get you there.

Good Luck ! (Posted on 4/22/12)
I bought this system from HSS in June 2009 along with the Powerlink ...Review by name withheld
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I bought this system from HSS in June 2009 along with the Powerlink module, two MKP-150 keypads, a MCS-720 wireless siren, four NEXT K9-85 motions, one CLIP MCW curtain motion, two MCT-501 glass breaks and several MCT-302 contact transmitters.
I couldn't be happier with the exception of the Powerlink module. I couldn't get the Powerlink to even auto detect after several tries and then I waited too long to deal with it under warranty. Unless you're very familiar with computer networking and have a specific need to access your system over the internet, I'd say any benefits are far outweighed by having to deal with the countless networking issues that pop up trying to get the thing set up. If I knew at the time of purchase how easy it is to control and monitor(from any phone) the system via the unit's modem(land line and/or GSM), I would have never got the Powerlink. In the end, I ended up using a separate, independent network camera setup on a dedicated LAN that is more flexible than my version of the Powerlink.
Other than that, this system is a dream. It has been rock solid dependable. I setup the main panel in a secure location and use the MKP-150 keypads at the entry points. The transmitters are powerful; one is even inside a heavy guage steel gun safe and works flawlessly. Heck, I'm still using the original batteries in all the units after three years.
If you're new to security systems like I was, the learning curve to getting this thing setup is very steep. A lot of reading of the installer and user manuals and fiddling with options is required to get it to where it's simple to use but still very effective.
I visited the online forum several times and found excellent help there. Not only for PowerMax Pro specific info but for the MOST important information, which is, how to design a system layout that provides bulletproof home security without becoming a hassle or a burden to use on a daily basis. (Posted on 4/4/12)
This panel has what I consider a major fault. The abort time ...Review by name withheld
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This panel has what I consider a major fault. The abort time option cannot be set to zero seconds. The minimum setting is 15 seconds. If the alarm is tripped, the panel's built in siren will sound immediately, but any additional sirens are silent and the alarm is not reported to central station or private numbers during the first 15 seconds. Intruder breaks in, panel's built in siren announces its location, and gives intruder 15 seconds to smash it before it can call out for help. Of course you can silence the panel's siren, but then if someone breaks in at night when you're sleeping, you won't hear anything for those first 15 seconds. The product manual says you can set abort time to zero seconds, but you can't. VISONIC if you read this, please release updated firmware to allow disabling abort time interval. It may save a life or prevent a successful burglary. (Posted on 3/6/12)
We got robbed in Nov.11 and decided to do more prevention methods ...Review by LANG
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We got robbed in Nov.11 and decided to do more prevention methods by getting alarm system and installing security cameras inside & outside the house.

What turn us off from getting a alarm system in the first place was the high monthly service charges and we did not have a landline so it an additional fee. Now, after the robbery, we decided to shop around to found this sytem is our best match to what we need and afford. We didn't have a landline, didn't want to pay for monthly service, but we did want the system to call us.

The setup was horrible IF you don't have any help from their tech dept. We decided the manual was just too much for us to handle so we call in and was walk through step by step and get out system going with no problem. We have a outside siren inside inside the house, so it's super LOUD! The tech people make it so easy! I suggest, just get the system and call the tech and don't bother try to read the manual. It's crazy who ever wrote that manual.

The only thing I AM FRUSTRATED was the SIMS prepaid minutes from T-Mobile was being used up by UNWANTED calls, texts, and got know what. I believed I used up all $30 worth 90 minutes. From setup alerts, fault alarms, junk calls, and junk tests since it was a brand new phone we got from T-mobile, it eating up all of our prepaid. SOLUTIONS: I stop refill the system temporary. I had a Google phone # for several years so I decided to transfer that # in place of the one I got from Tmobile. Since, I had that Google phone # for several years, it has close to zero junk calls or texts. I also register # to DONOTCALL. Once, it all setup and the alarm system got my google #, I then refill it with $100 for 1000 minutes, which is great since, you can carry over the remaining balance to 2nd year just by refill $10.

Good Luck (Posted on 2/20/12)
This alarm system really works. And by that i mean it really ...Review by name withheld
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This alarm system really works. And by that i mean it really can stop a burglary. We installed our system AFTER our house was burglarized in September 2011 sometime during the day while we were at work. Beyond the loss of valuables, some of our furniture was damaged and we had a huge mess to clean up. In February 2012, we had another break in during the day. This time they didn't go past the door. The burglar broke the side door glass window, reached in and opened the door, the alarm sounded and apparently they shut the door and left our property without ever entering the house. As expected our cell phones instantly rang and received text messages. We had three armed police officers on the scene within minutes. Although the burglar got away, this time we merely had a broken window repair instead of being out our insurance deductible, spending all the time clleaning up, filing claims, and shopping to replace stolen items. Thanks to this system, we were also able to provide the police with a critcal piece of evidence: the exact time of entry.

As bad as a burglary while everyone is away from the home is, it seems to me that a house fire where you lose everything would be much worse. My advice would be to buy the smoke detector as well. Email a copy of your home inventory (with model#, serial#, place and date of purchase) to yourself so that if your computer is stolen you can still retrieve the list.

This alarm system was our first line of defense and it kept the burglars from entering the house. While an essential part of a total security/fire system, our experience points to the additional need for deterence methods so burglars don't even come to the door. We are adding a four camera exterior surveillance system and additional signage.

(Posted on 2/18/12)
This system has a major issue with remote keypads not keeping ...Review by Thomas
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This system has a major issue with remote keypads not keeping a reliable connection to the base station. Since you don't want to install the base station where an intruder could see it and just knock it off the wall, it makes this system pretty useless. I'm not sure why home security store sells it / recommends it. (Posted on 2/16/12)
I just installed this myself and got it up and running. Basically ...Review by name withheld
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I just installed this myself and got it up and running. Basically all you have to do is install the wireless sensors and control box if that. Then call for tech support. They will walk you through the installation. The only glitch for me was installing the SIM chip. It needed to line up closer to the edge which is hard for someone on the phone to tell you but overall it is very easy to install. I went with a T-mobile pay as you go. The key fob and voice announcements are great. Next I am going to try to hook up some x-10 devices to it. Thank you Home Security Store! (Posted on 2/15/12)
I worked on this alarm installation over the past 2 weeks a few ...Review by name withheld
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I worked on this alarm installation over the past 2 weeks a few hours a night . Now that I know how it is easy but the learning curve was long. O.k. Here is the big but when my cell phone rang and it said all the alarms we sent out. The tests false com ands the try all in great detail on your cell phone. Now that it is installed it is a great system . (Posted on 2/11/12)
Replying to "Anonymous User on 1/13/2012": You DO NOT need a ...Review by Gustavo
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Replying to "Anonymous User on 1/13/2012": You DO NOT need a data plan for the Powermax Pro to call/text your private phone. You do need a data plan on the SIM card if you are paying for an outside monitoring company that communicates with the system via GPRS. Most people that buy this system do not want that. I, for example, just self monitor and have the system text and call me in case something happens. I'm also able to arm/disarm, turn lights on/off with a simple text - NO data plan. I just added 100 dollars to the T-Mobile SIM card. That actually can last "forever" as long as you add at least 10 dollars to the SIM before the one-year expiration of the minutes - that will make the whole balance rollover for another year. (Posted on 1/27/12)
I bought the system about a month ago. I have been very satisfied.Review by name withheld
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I bought the system about a month ago. I have been very satisfied. I live next to the San Diego airport, and I was afraid of wireless interference, but I have had no problems at all with false alarms or anything else.The 2-way keypad is not the best looking thing to have in your living room, but it works really well.
I have two motion detectors in the house on a delay mode, so I can arm the system at night and feel protected even though I don't have sensors on all doors and windows.
G (Posted on 1/26/12)
FYI - I called Tmobile, their lowest data plan is $30/month. ...Review by name withheld
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FYI - I called Tmobile, their lowest data plan is $30/month. According to homesecuritystore.com, you will need a data plan for this unit to call or inform you by phone. I was hoping to get away from monthly fees....I don't have this product so I'm not trying to review the actual unit. Just letting others know of possible monthly fees. (Posted on 1/12/12)
I purchased the PowerMax Pro with GSM in December, 2011. This ...Review by Richard
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I purchased the PowerMax Pro with GSM in December, 2011. This is the first alarm system that I have used or installed. I am generally pleased with the system and would purchase it again.
In choosing a system, my priorities were one that permits self-monitoring, i.e., without the use of a central reporting station; the ability to use a cellular connection (due to no land line nor VOIP), and that users reported being generally successful in installing. I looked long and hard at the GE Simon and Ademco/Honeywell systems; however, neither permits self-monitoring without the use of a central station. Using a central monitoring station, with GSM, will cost anywhere from $20 - $40 a month, plus often being locked into a long contract. I don’t perceive sufficient value in the central station to make this worthwhile. Further there are enough people who report difficulties in installing the GE or Ademco systems to worry me; these systems are designed for professional installers and central alarm companies rather than individuals. The PowerMax generally received positive reviews for easy installation and are aimed at the self-installer.
I used about 20 sensors, being a mixture of door, window, motion and glass breakage, remote key fobs, one keypad and one interior siren for my two-story mid-size house. Total system price was about $1,500. All doors and most downstairs windows are alarmed. Upstairs, only one window is alarmed as access to the other windows would require the use of a ladder. Motion detectors are my ‘second’ line of defense, in the event that the burglar manages to by-pass the door or window sensors. 30 zones (that is, a maximum of 30 sensors) seemed like plenty, but I used 20 and could probably fill it up if I alarmed all windows or used the wireless fire alarm or CO2 sensors. Be sure to count each window, door, motion detector, glass breakage, fire alarm and so on to determine if you will have sufficient zone space available.
I installed the system over several days. I have two toddlers so my time availability was pretty disjointed and I didn’t want them home if and when I accidently set off the alarm. I start by reading the manuals twice from front back and then referred to them as I went. I spent about half my time reading the manuals, planning the system layout, and programming the unit at my desk. The actual installation of the hardware took less than a day and is generally quick - drill two to three mounting holes for each sensor and install (buy a package of self-drilling drywall anchors as they work far better than the enclosed typical expanding style). Overall, the system installed relatively easily. Once I enrolled one sensor or programmed one zone, the remainder go pretty fast and smoothly. I recommend you start with setting the alarm time to one minute, and set “tamper” to off. This will reduce false alarms, and when you accidently set it off, it will shut off soon enough while you fumble with the codes and which button to press! After the system is up and running, and everyone is trained on it, you can easily reset the time to up to 20 minutes.
The directions are sufficiently clear. My initial mistake was not attaching the cable ribbon from the frame to the main unit, so it was not receiving electrical power. I finally called HomeSecurityStore’s technical support and they explained it in less than a minute. They also clarified that if I am not using a land line, I could leave the telephone ribbon disconnected (and this seemed to make the ‘warning, no telephone line’ go away). There are a few points where the outcomes were unclear. For example, if I choose the auto-alarm (the system goes into alarm mode automatically depending on your choice of time of day), will the system use “away” or “home” mode? Clearly, to find out I can program and check but it would be nice to have it stated in the manual. There were three additional programming choices not described in the manual. Some options simply were not available (for example I could not select ‘no delay’ for the call out and had to accept the 15 seconds). At other times I simply could not fully understand the choices. At other times the instructions were unclear. When confronted with these unclear choices, I often ended up leaving it in the original ‘default’ mode and this seems to be working fine. The sensor instructions contains additional information on jumper switches and such, which were often unclear. Finally, I have not figured out how, or whether it is even available, to simply have it show each setting for each zone once the programming is complete (I had to “pretend” to be reprogramming each zone to confirm the settings).
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I am almost jumping for joy with the use of this great product.Review by name withheld
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I am almost jumping for joy with the use of this great product.
After watching some of the diy instructions by Home Security Store, it was
all down hill. I hope to have most of the add ons, X-10, IP, later this year.

I noticed that at the bottom of the last page in the installer's guide, it says that
the product is made in Israel....What a great Country....What a great product.

Ivory...thank you (Posted on 1/3/12)
Do NOT use T-Mobile unless you have an existing T-Mobile account! ...Review by David
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Do NOT use T-Mobile unless you have an existing T-Mobile account! To make a mytmobile account you need to receive a text temporary password on your "phone" which the Visonic can't do. Tmobiles customer support just sends you in circles until you hang up and go get an AT&T card. So save yourself the frustration. (Posted on 1/2/12)
I purchase this system with 5 door sensors, 2 optex 402R, 1 visonic ...Review by Jose
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I purchase this system with 5 door sensors, 2 optex 402R, 1 visonic wireless siren and two way keyfob. This is my first security system that I purchase or own. Before programming go to the Free tech Support Area and read all the information and most important is to view the videos of the Viewsonic Power Max Plus is practically the same as the Pro. I don't need to call tech support for programing or any installation advice, take time but is simple just read and view the videos. I program all the sensors first in a Workbench then I install all the sensors. Good: GSM Module using T-mobile prepaid is very cheap and the minutes or money expires after one year after spend $100 and you can call or text to arm, disarm or to know the status my neighbors pay $45 for monitoring and I pay only the prepaid card for monitoring myself. Optex sensor are outstanding I have one in my open garage and other in back terrace and work excellent you don't want anybody to try to open your doors, you can catch before.
Cons: Keyfob have limit reach but with the two way you know is the alarm is arm or disarm. The Wireless Alarm does not sound too loud if you can wire the alarm to the unit I recommend to purchase another. Conclusion: This is the best system for self monitoring with $1000 or less you can have a complete protection of your property and the outdoor sensor give me a lot of confidence. Also I use only GSM module for communication and I don't pay for a telephone line. (Posted on 12/21/11)
If you have lights coming on regularly, but none programmed to ...Review by William G.
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If you have lights coming on regularly, but none programmed to do so ..
If you like a system that often won't respond to the remote fob from fifty feet away and in line-of-site of the remote antenna ..
If you like a system that sometimes won't respond to the remote fob while standing in the same room of the remote antenna ..
If you like a system where logging on through the internet usually takes several minutes for the system to respond ..
If you like a system that alerts, responds to a cancellation from your remote fob, then re-alerts immediately ..

You're just gonna love this (Posted on 12/17/11)
Once you've spent a few hours attempting to program this, the ...Review by name withheld
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Once you've spent a few hours attempting to program this, the instructions more or less make sense. Page 3 states "Quick Programming!" which I'd like to understand what the comparison point is. I'm sure HSS's tech support would be great as long as you're not trying to install this on a weekend when they are closed.

If anyone at the manufacturer or HSS cares, you guys really, really need a decent technical editor and to try this stuff out on DIY'ers before you sell this stuff (FYI - I am reasonably adept DIYer - I've re-wired two houses, have run Cat-5 in several places, etc). For example, a glossary would help (What's a GPRS? What is a central station? Is the term "GSM" and "Cellular" the same? What does "PSTN" mean? Why is PSTN (which I presume is a standard landline) and GSM sometimes treated the same; sometimes treated differently in the configurations? Why are some terms (like central station) sometimes capitalized, sometimes not (capitalization should reference defined terms - if there was a glossary,,,), when do you need a SIM PIN? etc).

Very frustrating.... (Posted on 12/2/11)
I have had this system for several months now and the performance ...Review by name withheld
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I have had this system for several months now and the performance is just ok.

The GSM module has a major problem. I purchased a pre-paid T-Mobile SIM card and installed in this system. Over several months, I kept a log of the usage. I found that there was a mismatch between the usage that I logged and what was reported on T-Mobile website. I called T-Mobile and they refused to give any information about the SIM usage. Finally, after lot of arguments, they just said that there were incmong calls. They refused to divulge the details of incoming calls. They said that it is not their policy to divulge such details.


The details on connecting the PSTN line are not clear at all. In the system, there is a terminal block and a phone connector. Both say Line. The manual is totally unclear on how to connect the phone line. The single most critical connection of an alarm system not properly described. The system also does not say if it can be used in parallel with a phone with voice message system.

My friend has ADT system. Even when the system is not armed, if a monitored door is left open, the system keeps chiming at certain intervals. No such feature in this system.

Randomly, the system speaks "Disarm, ready to arm". I have not even done anything so why this message? Sometimes it complains of system trouble but when I check, there is no trouble.

This does not make me feel very comfortable using this system. (Posted on 11/8/11)
I set up this system a couple months ago and like others said ...Review by name withheld
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I set up this system a couple months ago and like others said the instructions aren't the greatest, but not impossible either. I did have to call tech support when setting up the GSM because the manual seemed to be missing one step that meant the difference between success and failure. The tech was super helpful and in 5 minutes the system was up and running great.

We really love the fact that you can text message the system to arm, disarm or just find out the status. Makes it really handy when your (insert relative here) cant seem to grasp the whole arm/disarm thing and needs you to do it for him/her remotely so they can enter. (Posted on 11/2/11)
I am not a techy nor am I a geek so when I saw the instructions ...Review by name withheld
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I am not a techy nor am I a geek so when I saw the instructions I was very much intimidated in fact I was paralyzed with fear for starting I instantly began looking for an installer all of who stated that they would charge 600 bucks
so finally I began to set this thing up
step by step starting from page one which I think is the best way.
I ran into a couple of snags and frustrations but as long as you read the instructions and get it going
you will not only pleased with this great system you will be pleased with yourself
installing this alarm system gives you the confidence to integrate other components as well as get the most out of this alarm system which has a lot of bells and whistles no pun intended.

highly recommended. (Posted on 11/1/11)
Exactly what I wanted good customer support AAA+ Thx!guysReview by name withheld
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Exactly what I wanted good customer support AAA+ Thx!guys (Posted on 8/15/11)
The rep at Homesecurity store was helpful in recommending the ...Review by name withheld
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The rep at Homesecurity store was helpful in recommending the right combination of accessories to add to this kit to build the system we wanted.

I was glad that another reviewer mentioned that there is a smaller door sensor available. The ones included with the kit are bulky and we chose smaller ones for visible entry doors.

We installed this system about three months ago. We needed the help of tech support a few times as we found the manual to be difficult to navigate. We had a bit of a wait time each time we called, but almost always the tech was committed to helping us resolve the problems we were having. We had to return one part that wasn't working and it was replaced quickly as promised.

Once we figured out the programming, we were very impressed with how versatile the system is in the various ways you can set things up. We are happy with the way it works and find it to be intelligent and reliable in it's reporting via text and phone calls. SO far a great system but be ready for installation and programming to take some time if you have never installed a system before.

(Posted on 7/22/11)
It is a good system. The gsm is suspect. I cannot get it to work.Review by name withheld
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It is a good system. The gsm is suspect. I cannot get it to work. On the advise of the tech I purchased a Visonic External GSM Antenna. That does not work either. The board is set up in my bedroom. Nothing complicated about that. My cell phone works just fine from that room. Now the tech wants me to move the box. What a pain. (Posted on 7/11/11)
The setup to this was easy. Planning out everything beforehand ...Review by name withheld
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The setup to this was easy. Planning out everything beforehand reduced my setup time by half! Setting up the separate IP based notification module required a call to Visonic but the techs were extremely helpful and presented setup instructions that a 3rd grader could understand. We are very happy with the system. I only wish it had a DVR function with the wireless cameras. (Posted on 6/22/11)
I have had this unit for about a year. I purchased a number ...Review by name withheld
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I have had this unit for about a year. I purchased a number of window sensors, motion detection sensors, and fire. I also bought the two way keychains and remote two way keypad. Everything is working perfectly. It did take some time to setup the unit. Installing sensors in the house was a breeze. I signed up for the T-Mobile prepaid phone, cost is $100 per year to get the gold status which means your mins dont expire for a year. I have the alerts sending everyone in my family emails and text msgs, that took a bit of figuring out to make work. Remote log in works just fine. Sign up for a free dynamic address forwarding and make your router update your IP address in the free service so you always have a static web address. (Posted on 6/22/11)
They have really fast service. I ordered the equipment Monday ...Review by name withheld
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They have really fast service. I ordered the equipment Monday night and by Friday the equipment was in my house.

The equipment, i started the configuration today and i was able to set up with out tech support. I got onfigured 3 access door alarms, a smoke detector and one sensor. The sensor has a really good range. I set up the master brain in my closet (master bedroom) and the range of all the devices were strong. I am having a trouble with my alarm, but I think is the phone line or GSM; I need to activate a phone line or do the GSM to get rid of the error. I will update when i set up my GSM. Really good equipment and easy to install. (Posted on 5/7/11)
Simply Awesome! I have 18 sensors spanning a 2700 Sq Ft reinforced ...Review by Jeffrey
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Simply Awesome! I have 18 sensors spanning a 2700 Sq Ft reinforced concrete house and it has been working flawlessly for 3 months. Programming is fairly easy, making decisions on the endless options is the larger challenge. The variety of sensors and accessories is what closed the deal for me. A second keypad and keyfobs rounded out the solution. Now I get emails for all events and calls/emails for alarms which is probably more than what most people would want but is exactly what I wanted.
I would highly recommend this product, as I am very satisfied with the product and HomeSecurityStore.com’s excellent support.
(Posted on 5/5/11)
My parents recently switched their phone service over to Comcast ...Review by Lawrence
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My parents recently switched their phone service over to Comcast digital, so their ADT security system would no longer report to the monitoring station. ADT wanted a small fortune to come out and install a cellular add-on and then the monthly service fee would increase substantially.

I ordered the Power Max Pro for them and am now in the process of installing it. I programmed everything at my house and now it's just a matter of mounting the sensors. I really like this system and plan on ordering one for myself as soon as I have my parents Pro kit up and running.

Sensor range is great. I'm installing 15 door/window sensor, 3 motion detectors and a smoke detector. I also ordered the two way keyfob. I'll be using prepaid T-mobile service for the GSM communication. I highly recommend this system to anyone looking for an easy-to-install professional alarm kit. (Posted on 4/9/11)
I purchased this unit for a vacation home and it works great.Review by name withheld
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I purchased this unit for a vacation home and it works great. I had to relocate motion sensors to opposite walls because very strong sunlight early in the morning was setting it off. Since then we have had no false alarms. This unit works exactly like a professional system that I have in our main home. It was easy to install and tech support helped program it with ease. (Posted on 4/8/11)

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