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Skyline SK-200 Wireless Alarm System Review

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Skylink SK-200 Alarm System Review

Looking for a wireless alarm system that you can install yourself?  With a huge selection of DIY systems out there it can be difficult to choose the right system for your situation.   This review will help you decide on if the SK-200 is a system worth considering.     

What you get

The SK-200 is a starter kit is just that. A starter kit.  You don’t get all the bells and whistles with this kit but you do get the components for a basic system.   

Kit includes one (1) Hub.  The Hub communicates with the other devices in your home.  It connects to the Internet through your existing Internet router to sends notifications to your phone.  It also receives commands  like arm/disarm.  Requires 4 AAA batteries.  (Batteries not included).  

Kit includes one (1) Passive Infrared Receiver (PIR) Motion Detector.  This detector can be placed anywhere in your home to detect movement.  Place on a table or mount on a wall. You can purchase additional detectors if/when needed. Requires one AA battery (Batteries not included).

Kit includes one (1) 4 button Keychain Remote.  Arm Away, Arm Home, Disarm and Panic.  You can purchase additional Remotes as needed.  

Kit includes two (2) WD-MT Wireless Door/Window sensors. Requires one (1) AAA battery  (Batteries not included).

One (1) Power Adapter (output 6vdc .5 amp) for the Hub. Comes with 6′ cable

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One 6′ Ethernet Network Cable for connecting the Hub to your existing router.

Two (2) Skylink decals.

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Multiple screws, wall anchors, 3M double sided tape and spacers.

How does the SkylinkNet System work?

The Skylink system is a Wireless system so there is no need run cables throughout your home.  You simply peel the double sided tape and mount the sensors on a door or wall.  I found the sensors to be of good quality.  Mounting on doors or windows was not a problem at all.  The double sided tape seems to be of good quality so I would expect they should stay stuck for a long time.

The Hub needs to be plugin to your Internet router using the supplied network 6′ cable.  In my opinion, this does not give you a lot of leeway and may be a bit of an issue depending on where your router is located.  For me, I would want the Hub to be easily accessible when entering and exiting my home.  If your router is stuck away in some obscure corner then this may not be feasible.  However, with a Remote Key FOB available to arm/disarm we wouldn’t need to access the Hub frequently so we could get around this limitation.   Of course, there is also the option of purchasing a longer network cable to move the Hub to a more usable location.  If your Wi-Fi router is in a good location then this wouldn’t be a concern at all.  The built-in siren was extremely loud at 110 decibels.

The Motion sensor was also easy to mount on a wall.  They come with two spacers that for the life of me I can’t figure out how they would be useful.  Not sure why you would want to space out your sensor a 1/4 “.  I even contacted the manufacturer to confirm the use of these spacers and they confirmed they were indeed for the motion detector.  In any case,  I didn’t need them but if anyone finds a use for these please let us all know.  The only other comment I have for the motion would be that they didn’t have any holes on the angled sides to be able to mount in a corner.  If I wanted to use screws to mount (which I always tend to do) I would need to pre-drill some holes. Not the end of the world and it probably just old guys like me that still like to mount using screws.

Battery installation was a snap.  The door sensors opened easily by pressing the side tabs and opening the motion with a coin worked great. The Hub has a cover that presented no issues even for my big fingers.  I also like the fact that the system uses standard batteries instead of specialized batteries which can get expensive.

The Remote Key Fob is a great feature and makes arming/disarming your system quick and easy.  Its construction looks like it would withstand a lot of abuse.  It’s size is smaller than most which makes carrying around on your key chain  almost unnoticeable.

I installed the app on my Android phone with no issues at all.  The instructions where extremely easy and intuitive.  I like the way they laid out the buttons on the bottom so you access the different areas of the app (Home, Camera, Alarm, More) . The screen layouts were also of good design.  I especially like the use of large icons for each sensor that change status in real time.  The App was very responsive.  

Lastly,  they provided decals to warn would-be intruders that there is an alarm system installed which a great added feature and are worth their weight in gold.

Features

Integrates with the SkylinkNet Security Cameras

Seamlessly Integrates with the WC-400PH and WC-520 wireless IP cameras.  

Built-in Chime Feature

Easily enable a chime  for each of your sensors.  Whenever a sensor trips the Hub will emit a soft chime.  

Control your System from Anywhere

Arm/Disarm or receive alarm notifications on your phone from anywhere you have a Internet connection.  

FAQ

Do you need to purchase a monitoring agreement/service?

No.  This system is really intended for the do-it-yourselfer so it does not have the capability to be professionally monitored.  You do your own monitoring using the free iOS or Android App.  No contract or monthly fees.

Do I need a Internet Connection?

Yes . To be able to use the smart App the Hub needs to be connected to your router using a hardwired connection for Internet connectivity.  

Can I add sensors to this kit?

Yes.  You can add up to 100 devices so you can add Motions, Doors , remotes , smoke detectors and more.

Is it compatible with Google Home and Alexa?

Yes.  It is compatible with Alexa, Google Assistant and IFTTT which allows you to connect and control other smart home devices.

Can I use this with other manufacturers sensors?

No.  This system is compatible with SkylinkNet sensors only.

Pro's & Cons

During my review I have identified the following Pros and Cons 

Pros

  • Great price. A very inexpensive way to get started with a security system
  • No monitoring fees or long term contracts
  • Expandable.  You can add up to 100 devices at any time.
  • Compatible with other smart home devices
  • Integrates with surveillance cameras
  • Has Low Battery monitoring for the sensors
  • Loud internal siren

Cons

  • Hub does not connect using Wi-Fi. The Hub needs to be within 6′ of your router to facilitate a hardwired connection.  This may be an issue in some cases which may require the purchase of a longer network cable.  
  • Requires a minimum of 8 digits for the arming/disarming code when using the keypad on the Hub.  I have trouble remembering 4.  

Conclusion

If you are looking for an easy to install wireless system that wont break the bank then the SkylinkNet SK-200 kit is probably a good bet.  

Specifications

Manufacturer Skylink
Product Dimensions 38.74 x 10.16 x 12.7 cm; 589.67 Grams
Batteries AA and AAA (not included)
Item model number SK-200
Colour White
Power Source 120VAC Adapter - 6VDC Output
Mounting Type Surface Mount
Usage Indoor use only
Included Components Internet Hub HU-100 X 1, Door/Window Sensor WD-MT X 2, Motion sensor PS-MT X 1, Keychain Remote MK-MT X 1, Power Adapter X 1, Ethernet Cable X 1, Mounting Accessories
Warranty Description 1 Year
Item Weight 590 g

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How to Install the Skylink SK-200 Alarm System

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Skylink SK-200 Alarm System Installation

In this article we will be covering the installation of the Skylink SK-200 Alarm Starter Kit.  The  SK-200 alarm and automation starter kit provides you with the basics needed for a do-it-yourself alarm security.   The included Hub connects to your local network and provides easy cloud based remote control and notifications through the Internet.  Why is this system perfect for a DIY project? Well there are no set-up or monthly fees. You use the iOS or Android app to monitor and control your system from almost anywhere.  Push notifications can be sent to your smartphone whenever an alarm is activated.   

What you get

The SK-200 is a starter kit so you only get the devices for a small home or apartment but you can easily add more sensors to expand your system as needed.   

Kit includes one (1) Hub.  This is basically the brains of the system which communicates with the other devices in your home.  It connects to the Internet through your existing Internet router to send notifications to your phone and receives commands (arm/disarm).  Requires 4 AAA batteries.  (Batteries not included).  

Kit includes one (1) Keychain Remote with 4 buttons.  Arm Away, Arm Home, Disarm and  Panic.  You can purchase additional Remotes as needed.  

Kit includes one (1) Passive Infrared Receiver (PIR) Motion Detector.  This detector can be placed on a table or mounted on a wall and will detect movement within its field of view. Again,  you can purchase additional detectors if/when needed. Requires a single AA battery (Batteries not included).

Kit includes two (2) WD-MT Wireless Door/Window sensors. Requires one (1) AAA battery  (Batteries not included).

One (1) Power Adapter (6v .5 amp) for the Hub. Comes with 6′ cable

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One 6′ Ethernet Network Cable for connecting the Hub to your existing router.

Two (2) Skylink decals.

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Multiple screws, wall anchors, 3M double sided tape and spacers for the motion detector.

Step 1- Hub Installation & Power Up

The first thing we need to do is setup the Alarm System Hub.  The Hub needs to be placed/mounted within 6 feet of your Internet router.  This will allow you to connect the Hub using the supplied 6′ Ethernet network cable.  If needed,  you could order a longer network cable if the Hub needs to be mounted further than 6′.  I have included a link to a longer network cable in the Product section at the end of this article.

Connect the Hub to an available network port on your router with the supplied network cable.  Then plug in the power adapter to both the Hub and wall outlet. At this point the small network LED should show green. If Red then there is a network connection issue.

Next open the rear compartment on the Hub and insert 4 AAA batteries.   These batteries are optional but will keep your Hub operational during a power power outage and is highly recommended.

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Step 2 - Download & Install SkylinkNet App

With your Android or Apple smart phone,  go to your App store.   For Android, this would be the Google Play Store while Apple would be the Apple App Store.  These store App’s should already be somewhere on your phone. 

1. Once in the store search for the “SkylinkNet” App.  

2. Make sure you choose the correct App.  The icon has a house with a blue background. 

3. Next, select Install.  

4. When installed, select the Open button to start the App.  Alternatively, you can close the installation screen, find the new icon for the SkylinkNet App and open from there. 

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Step 3- Create an Account

1. You should now have the Logon screen showing on your phone.  If you don’t already have an existing account with Skylink then select the “Create Account” link at the bottom of the screen.  Otherwise Login with you existing credentials.

2.  Read the Terms & Conditions then select the “I accept” checkbox.

3. Select “Continue” 

4. Fill in your Name, Email and Password

5.  Select the “Sign Up” link to register

 

You should now receive an email with a link.  Click the link to complete the sign up process and activate your account.  Once you click the link you should be brought to a web page confirming you have successfully setup your account. 

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Step 4- Setup Hub

1. The Getting Started screen should be displayed in the SkylinkNet App.  Select the “Setup Hub” link.

2. Select “Initialize a new Hub” button

3. A confirmation screen will be displayed confirming that you have installed the Hub and that it is powered up.  This was done in Step 1 above so click the “Continue” link.

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4. The Create new Hub screen will be displayed.  Enter a name for your Hub.  This name will show throughout the app and describes your Hub.  For example, if you only have one hub and it’s in your home then I would recommend “Home” as the name.  

5. Look at the bottom of your Hub for its Hub ID number and enter into the Hub ID field.

6. Enter a Password.  This is not the code for the alarm.  It’s used whenever the App/Server needs to communicate with the Hub.  

7. Using a small screw driver or paper clip press and hold the Reset button on the bottom of your Hub. The LED should start flashing in multiple colors.   This will initialize communications with your App. The Congratulations screen should now be displayed indicating successful connection to your App. Select “Done” to go to your Home screen.

 

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Step 5 - Power Up Sensors

Before we can learn or enroll our sensors, we will need to first power them up.  

For each Door Sensor open the cover by pressing on both sides of the cover (tabs) and pulling.  Insert a AAA battery.  The red LED should flash when you insert the battery. 

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Do the same for the Motion Detector.  To open you can use a coin or a flat head screw driver.  Again, the LED should flash indicating it is transmitting to the Hub when the battery is inserted.  Motion Sensors take a AA battery.

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Step 6 - Enroll Door Sensors

We now need to tell the system what Door Sensors you will be installing.  The App should be on the Home screen from Step 4 above.

1. From your Home screen select “More” (three dots) to show the Setup Menu. 

2. From the menu select “System Settings

3. Select “Setup Wizard” from the System Settings menu 

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4. Select “Add Device” from the Setup wizard menu

5. Select “Sensors” from the Add Device menu

6. Select “Door Sensor” from the Select Type menu

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7. Enter a name for this door sensor (i.e. Front door) and a Location (i.e. Home).  These two text descriptions will be used to describe the sensor on the App’s Home screen.  You can use any combination of text that makes sense for you.  So using the text in our example above the sensor icon would look like the icon shown to the right.

8. Select “Continue” 

You should now be showing the Learning Mode screen.  Before we start the enrolling make sure the sensor you are adding has it’s magnet placed next to the sensor as shown below  

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9.  Select the “Learn now” link.  The App will then try to connect to your Hub and learn a sensor.  Activate (remove magnet away from sensor) your sensor.  The red LED should flash indicating it has transmitted a signal to the Hub.  At this time the Completed message should appear confirming that the sensor has been learned.

10. To enroll additional sensors select the “Go to Setup Wizard” link and repeat the above steps.   When done with all door sensors select “Go to Home Screen“.

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Step 7 - Enroll Motion Sensors

Adding Motion detectors is almost the same process as adding the Door Sensors above.  The only difference will be selecting “Motion Sensor”  from the Select Type menu.

You should now be at the Setup Wizard screen.  

1. Select “Add Device

2. Select “Sensors” from the Add Device menu

3. Select “Motion Sensor” from the Select Type menu

4. Enter a Name and Location

5. Select “Continue

The Learning Mode screen will be displayed

6. Select the “Learn now” link to put the system into Learning mode.  Push the Learn button located inside the motion detector.   

 

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7.  The Completed screen will be display to confirm that the motion detector was enrolled or learned.  Select Go to Setup Wizard and then repeat the above steps if you have more sensors to enroll.

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Step 8 - Enroll Remote Key fob

To enroll or learn a remote key fob follow the same process as adding a Motion Detector but instead you select “Security Remote/Keypad” from the Add Device menu.

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Step 9 - Installing Door Sensors

There are two parts of a WD-MT Wireless Door Sensor.  A Magnet (smaller piece) and a Sensor.  The Magnet is typically installed on the door or window  while the Sensor is installed on the unmoveable frame.  However, depending on your particular door/window you can reverse this if needed.  Choose the best orientation for your situation while ensuring the gap between the Magnet and the Sensor is no more than 10mm or 1/4″.  Important: Make sure the small triangle markings on each piece is lined up and facing each other.  To install,  use the supplied  double sided tape and firmly place each item on the door and frame. When done open the door/window to ensure the two pieces do not touch or rub.  The Red LED should flash when you open the door/window.  This signifies that a signal has been transmitted.  Repeat these steps for all of your door/window sensors.

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Step 10- Installing Wireless Motion Detector

Placement of your PS-MT Motion Detectors is important to ensure you get the best possible detection while avoiding false alarms.  The following are some do’s and don’ts when mounting your detector.

Don’ts

  • Don’t point a detector at a window.  Sun light will trip a PIR sensor.
  • Don’t install this sensor where pets could enter the field of view (FOV).  There are special detectors intended for use with pets.
  • Don’t point at a hot air source like vents, heaters, air ducts, refrigerators or stoves
  • Don’t mount pointing at ceiling fans or curtains
  • Don’t mount detectors in a high humidity area like bathrooms and attics

Do’s

  • Do mount between 6-8 feet (182cm-243cm) high from the ground/floor.
  • Do mount sensor in a corner where possible.  Corners tend to provide better coverage based on the pattern a detector senses.
  • Expected direction of movement should be across the sensor rather than towards/away from sensor if possible.  Always try to place sensors where you can take advantage of the cross motion direction. 
  • Motions placed in central hallways are always a good location as an intruder would typically use the hallway to access different areas.

Direction of Movement

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Floor plan with PIR Motions

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Mounting the Sensor

To mount a Wireless Motion Detector you can use the supplied double side tape or screws.  

To mount on a wall with double sided tape simply apply the tape to the rear sensor and press firmly onto any wall surface.  

Note: Removing double sided tape from a wall may damage your surface (remove paint or surface).

If using screws first separate the sensor by removing its back.  You will see two indentations for the screws.  You will notice that they don’t protrude all the through the sensor.  One may be hidden behind a small piece of round foam.   Using a Phillips head screwdriver (star) screw the sensor onto the wall through these indentations.  You may want to pre-drill to make it easier but with adequate force and a good screwdriver you shouldn’t have any issues.

Corner mounting is a bit more difficult as there are no pre-drill holes or indentations in the sensor.  You will need to drill some holes in the angled sides of the sensor back.  Then use the screws (and anchors if needed) to mount the back plate of the sensor each wall. 

Replace the front of the sensor and you are done.

Step 11 - Configuring the system to meet your needs

In this step we will configure your new system by setting the different options to meet your particular needs.

Setting your System Code (Hub Keypad)

The Hub has four (4) button keypad marked 1-4.  These can be used to Arm and Disarm your system by entering an eight (8) digit code.  

1. To set a code select the More (3 dots) at the bottom right of your Home screen.  

2. Select “System Settings” 

3. Select “Hub Keypad Password” from the System Settings menu.

4.  In the Password field enter eight digit code.  You can only use the digits 1,2,3 and 4.  Any combination of those four digits will work.  

5.  When done select “Save

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To test your new code,  enter it into the Hub keypad and press the Lock key.  This should arm your system and start a count down timer (beeping). Enter your code again and press the Lock button to Disarm the system

You now have a code to Arm and Disarm your system from the Hub.

Setting your Time Zone

To operate properly the system needs to know which Time Zone you are in.  To set your Time Zone:

1. To set the Time Zone select the More (3 dots) at the bottom right of your Home screen.  

2. Select “System Settings” 

3. Select “Time Zone Settings

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The App will set the Time Zone to what you already have configured in your phone.  

4.  If the default Time Zone is what you want then just select the Yes link

5. If you would like to choose a different Time Zone then you can do that here.  Just select the correct time and the Time Zone will automatically be assigned.

6.  Select “Save” to set the Time Zone

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Alarm Timing Settings

The Alarm Settings screen allows you to set multiple system timing values.

Siren Duration:

This setting tells the system how long the siren should sound when an alarm is tripped.  Select the duration on the right to change the value.  Options are 0 (no siren), 1 min, 3 min, 5 min, and 10 min.  

Entry delay:

The amount of time the system will delay or wait to activate an alarm when you trip a sensor that has been setup to have a delay.  Options are 0 (no delay/instant), 30 sec, 45 sec, 60 sec and 75 sec. Typical setting is 30 secs.  A slow pulsing beep will be heard when you trip an Entry sensor and speed up as it gets closer as it counts down to zero seconds.  This allows you to enter your premise without tripping the alarm and disarm.

Exit delay:

The amount of time the system will delay arming your system.  A slow pulsing beep will be heard during this delay and will speed up as it counts down to zero.  This gives you time to exit your premise without tripping any sensors.

Beep Level:

The system will emit beeps to alert you of timer count downs, system armed and system disarmed.  This setting allows you to control the volume. Options are Disabled, Normal, Low and high. 

 

Step 12 - Sensor Setup

One of the last things we need to do is to set the Alarm Type for each sensor so that they react to the way you use the system.  For example,  you may want to have your motion sensors only be armed when you are out of the house (Away Mode).  To make this happen you set the sensor Alarm Type to “Arm Away Only”  which means this sensor would only be active when you are out of the house (Away).  To be armed in the Home mode means that you are still in the house when the system is armed.  The following are the different settings available that you can assign to your sensors.  

Alarm Type Setting Armed Away Armed Home Disarmed Delay on Exit Delay on Entry
Arm Away Only
Arm Home/Away
Instant Alarm
Disabled

Setting your Alarm Type

1. If not already on your Home screen, select the Home Icon at the bottom of your screen.  A screen with multiple icons should be displayed that match the number and type of sensors you enrolled in the previous steps.

2. Select the settings icon  of the first sensor (in our case it’s the Front door sensor).

3. Select “Alarm Settings” button

4. In our case we will select this sensor’s Alarm Type to “Arm Away Only“.   This would mean that this sensor can only trip the alarm if the system is set to the Armed Away mode.  Select your Alarm Type by clicking on it in the list.  The type will then be set and you will be returned to the Home screen.

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Repeat the steps 1-4 above to set the Alarm Type for each sensor in your system.

Setting up Push Notifcations

The system has the capability to send notifications to your smart device.  This is called Push Notifications.  Example of a notification would be an Door Opened message or Alarm tripped message. 

You setup Push Notifications for each sensors and Remote in your system. 

1. Go to your Home screen.

2. Select the settings icon  of the first sensor (in our case its the Front door sensor).

3. Select “Push Notifications” button

4. Select During Alarm Only or Always depending your needs.  If Alarm Only is selected then you will receive notifications from the sensor only when the system is armed Away or Away/Home.  Typically you would select During Alarm to prevent continuous notifications when the door is opened/closed.  Once you select you will be brought back to the Home screen.  Repeat the above steps for each sensor and Remotes.

Setting up the Chime Feature

Every sensor can have a Chime assigned to it so that when the door/window is opened or a Motion is tripped you will get a Chime sound from the Hub.   This is a fantastic feature and can be useful in many situations.  

1. To setup a Chime for any sensor go to your Home screen and select a Sensor button.

2. Select the Chime button from the sensor screen

3. Select Yes to turn on the Chime or No to disable.  You will be brought back to your Home screen.  Repeat for each sensor you want to Chime.

Step 13 - Testing your System

One of the most important steps when installing alarm systems is testing the system after the install.  Even professional alarm technicians some times fail to perform proper and complete checks.  It’s important to thoroughly check every device/feature to ensure they work as inspected.   

To test your system you can use your phone App and walk the premise while tripping each sensor while putting the system in the different armed state (Disarmed, Armed Away or Armed Away/Home).  

1. Start with the system disarmed and proceed to the first sensor.  

2. Open the door/window or trip the motion detector.  The red LED should flash on the sensor. Verify on the smart App that the intended result has occurred.  Depending on the Alarm Type you may or may not receive an alarm trip.  Only sensors set as Instant alarm types should cause an an alarm when the system is disarmed. 

3. Next Arm the system and verify the Exit count down begins (beeping). 

4. Open the door/window or trip the motion while in the exit count down. You should not receive an alarm.  

5. After the count down as expired, open the door/window and the entry beeping should start. Once the entry delay expires you should receive an alarm. Verify the proper icon displays the alarm.  Also, make sure the duration of the entry delay is adequate to allow you time to disarm the system (if using the Hub keypad).  

Repeat the above 5 steps for each sensor installed while also verifying the proper zone/sensor icons are appearing on the App.  

Next remove the Hub power adapter from the receptacle and ensure your system remains operational.  You should be able to arm and disarm the system as normal.  Replace the adapter and verify no change on your smart App.

You should now have a fully installed and tested system.

Step 14 - Using your New Wireless Alarm System

In this section we will cover the day to day use of your new alarm system.  The different screens below can be opened by selecting the appropriate icon on the bottom of your screen.

Home Screen

The Home screen is where you can quickly see the status of every sensor in your system.  Each sensor will show a button with a icon depicting the type of sensor (Door, Motion, Remote etc.). These are real time status icons so they change as the sensor status changes.  When a sensor is tripped or open it will show a red icon and a blue icon when its in normal state (closed/no motion detected).

Alarm Screen

The Alarm screen displays the current armed status of your system (Disarmed, Arm Home or Arm Away).  You can also arm your system into any mode from this screen.   

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Panic

The Alarm screen displays also provides a Panic feature were you can activate the Panic feature of the system by using the slider and swiping to the right.  This will activate the siren in the Hub (if not disabled in the Alarm Timing Settings in Step 9 above).  It can be used if at any time you feel threatened. Once activated you can turn it off by by the App, Remote or keypad on Hub. 

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Remote Key Fob

The MK-MT Remote key fob is probably going to be the most used method to arm/disarm you system as it is so convenient.  It has four buttons on it that allow you to arm/disarm and initiate a Panic alarm.  

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Hub Keypad

The Hub includes a 4 digit keypad (1-4) which allows to you to Arm and Disarm your system.  You setup a 8 digit code in Step 11 above.  To Arm your system simply input the 8 digit code then press the Lock button.  The system will bein its exiting sequence count down.  To Disarm just enter your code and press the Lock button.  

There are two LED’s on the Hub which indicate the following:

LED Green Red Flashing Red Slowly Flashing Red Rapidly Orange
NA System Armed Alarm Activated Memory Sending/Receiving Data NA
Network Connected No Network Connection Connecting NA Connecting to Network
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Event Log

The Event log can be found by going to your Home screen, selecting the More (…) link then selecting “Event Log“.    Here, you can see everything that has happened on your system with the date and time it occurred.  

Step 15 - System Maintenance

The last area to cover is the ongoing maintenance for your system.  Since this is a Wireless system you will need to replace the sensor batteries on a regular basis.  How long a sensor battery lasts will depend on the activity of the sensor.  More activity means shorter battery life.  As an example, a motion detector placed in your main hall way where there would be a lot of traffic would most certainly need battery replacement more frequently.  The sensors in this system are equipped with a Low Battery feature which will alert you when a battery is low and needs replacement.

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To replace batteries in the Door/Window sensor open the sensor by pressing on the tabs on the side and pulling open.  Replace with a AA battery. 

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To replace batteries in the Motion Detectors use a small standard flat head screw driver or coin to pry open the sensor to expose the batteries.  Replace with a AA Battery. 

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To replace the Hub batteries open the cover on the rear and replace with 4 AAA batteries

Specifications

Manufacturer Skylink
Product Dimensions 38.74 x 10.16 x 12.7 cm; 589.67 Grams
Batteries AA and AAA (not included)
Item model number SK-200
Colour White
Power Source 120VAC Adapter - 6VDC Output
Mounting Type Surface Mount
Usage Indoor use only
Included Components Internet Hub HU-100 X 1, Door/Window Sensor WD-MT X 2, Motion sensor PS-MT X 1, Keychain Remote MK-MT X 1, Power Adapter X 1, Ethernet Cable X 1, Mounting Accessories
Warranty Description 1 Year
Item Weight 590 g

Products Included in this Article

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Tuya Wireless Alarm System Installation

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Tuya Wi-Fi Alarm System Installation

In this article we will be covering the installation of the Tuya Wireless GSM Home Security Alarm System.  You may find this system sold under different brand names but the system installation and setup would be the same for all.   We purchased our test system from AliExpress.com

What you get

When purchasing this system you will need to choose from an array of kits/packages.  The only difference would be quantity of sensors, fobs and remotes included.  The actual devices  would be exactly the same.   A typical system would consist of a keypad/display, wireless door sensor(s), PIR motion detector(s), RFID Fobs, Remotes, and a siren.

 

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Step 1- Keypad/Display Power Up

The first thing we need to do is setup the Keypad/Display.  Connect the power adapter using the supplied USB cable into the Display’s USB micro connector on the side.  Plug the adapter into a standard house wall receptacle. 

Remove the battery tab (plastic tab) from the Display.  This will connect the internal battery which will power the Display should there be a power outage.  Next turn On the Display by pushing and holding  the side Power Switch.  At this point your Display should now be active and the LCD screen should display the default menu.

It defaults to English so if you want another language (total of 9 available) you can quickly change it by selecting the Down arrow(), select Settings() , x 3 until you get to Language then to select. Select the appropriate Language by using the key then .  The Display should now be in your language of choice.

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Step 2 - Installing the Smart Life App

To be able to receive notifications and control your system you will need the Smart Life App installed on your phone or device.  

  1. Go to the App store on your phone and search for a App named Smart Life and select the Install button.  In our example below we are using the Google Play Store. 
  2. Accept the User Agreement and Privacy policy then select the Sign Up button.
  3. Fill in your Country and Email Address then select Get Verification Code.  You will get a code sent to your email address.  Enter the code into the Verification screen.
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  1. Enter a Password then Select Done
  2. Enable or disable the Data Analysis option as you see fit.  In my case I disable this option.  Select the Go to App button.  If you are prompted to allow Location permissions then go to your settings and turn on (allow) the Location Permission. 
  3. You should now be in the Add Device screen 
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Step 3 - Adding the Alarm System to App

We now need to add your system to the App using your Wi-Fi network.  Before beginning make sure your Phone/device is connected to same Wi-Fi network that will be used for the Alarm System.

  1.  From the App’s Add Device screen select the Add Device button.  Again, if you are prompted to allow Location permissions then select Settings -> Permissions -> Location  -> Allow only while using app.  Use the back key to return to App.
  2. From the Add Device screen select  the option Sensors from the left menu.
  3. Next select Alarm (Wi-Fi)  option from the sensor screen
  4. On the Wi-Fi screen enter the name (SSID) of your Wi-fi network. This needs to be a 2.4GHz network.  This system will not work on 5GHz.  Both your Phone and the Alarm system need to be on the same 2.4GHz network.  Enter your network password and select Next
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  1. At this point you may be presented with a “Reset the Device first” screen.  This screen is intended for other types of devices that have a LED.  Our system here has no such LED so simply select the Confirm option and select Next.
  2. An “Adding device…” screen will appear showing that it is scanning the network for the system. In about a minute it should detect your system and automatically add it to the App.
  3. When successful you will be presented with a screen stating the device was added successfully.  It will also let you name the system.  Go ahead and name it by selecting the Edit icon. Finally select Save then Done.
  1. A Notification Test message appears when security devices are added to the app on Android mobile phones. To ensure that notifications can be received, tap Test and follow the tips to verify that the autostart and battery usage detection permissions are granted to the app.  You may not have these settings in your phone as it depends on your version and make.  Newer versions do not require these settings.  Select Next then Done
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  1. The Alarm is now added to the Smart Life App and you should see your Alarm system in the Device list.
  2. To access your newly created alarm simply select it in the list.  You should be presented with the Alarm’s main screen.
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Step 4 - Enrolling Remotes

Key remotes allow you to Arm Away, Arm Stay, Disarm and generate an SOS.  To add your remotes you need to be on the Main App screen.

  1. Select Accessories  from the menu.
  2. Select Remote from Accessories then the Plus + to add
  3. At this point press and release the arm or disarm button on your remote while holding it near the display/keypad.  The system should instantly read your remote and add it to the system. 
  1. A Confirmation screen will be displayed.  Select Confirm.
  2. To name your remote select it in the list and a editing screen will be displayed.
  3. Enter your name and select Save
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Step 5 - Enrolling Sensors

We now need to tell the system what door/window/motion sensors you will be installing.  This process is called enrolling.  You can enroll sensors directly with the Display/keypad or by using the App.  We will be using the App as it is a much easier process.

  1. From the App Main screen select Accessories.
  2. From the Accessories screen select Detector then the Plus + to add
  3. The App will then search for your new sensor.  Place sensor near Display and activate it.  For a Door/Window sensor you can press the button or separate the magnet from the sensor. For a Motion sensor first turn it On by sliding the small switch on the rear of the sensor.  Once activated the system will detect the sensor and will add it automatically to the system.  
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  1. A Confirmation screen will be displayed.  Select Confirm.
  2. To name your sensor select it in the list and the Device edit screen will be displayed.
  3. Select Sub device name and enter your new name
  4. Select Zone attribute and select how you want this sensor to reactive when tripped. Refer to table below Zone Attributes.
  5. Select Device type and select the type that best describes this sensor  i.e.: Door Alarm
  6. Select Save 

Zone Attributes

Out Arm Active Active when you arm system in Away mode
24 Hours ActiveActive always – 24/hrs/day with siren
CloseSensor is deactivated- will not cause an alarm
Door BellThe sensor will act like a door bell and ring a chime (ding/dong) when tripped/activated.
24 Hours SilentActive always – 24 hrs/day but with no siren
Stay Arm Active without DelayActive when you arm system in Stay mode and has no delay. Will instantly cause an alarm when tripped
Out Arm Active without DelayActive when you arm system in Away mode and has no delay
Stay Arm ActiveActive when you arm system in Stay mode

Step 6 - Installing Wireless Door/Window Sensors

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There are two parts of a wireless door sensor.  A Magnet (smaller piece) and a Sensor.  The Magnet is typically installed on the door or window itself while the Sensor is installed on the unmoveable frame.  However, depending on your particular door/window you can reverse this as shown in the above image.  Choose the best orientation for your situation while ensuring the gap between the Magnet and the Sensor is no more than 10mm or 1/4″.  Important: Make sure the small triangle markings on each piece are lined up and facing each other.  To install,  remove the double sided tape backing from the magnet and Sensor and firmly place them on the door and frame.  When done open the door/window to ensure the two pieces do not touch or rub.  The Red LED should flash when you open the door/window.  This signifies that a signal has been transmitted.  Repeat these steps for all of your door/window sensors.

Step 7 - Installing Wireless Motion Detector

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To install a Wireless Motion Detector first remove the detector section from the mounting bracket by holding the bracket then sliding the sensor up.  Mount the bracket on the wall with the supplied screws and anchors if needed.

On the back of the sensor slide the ON/OFF switch to the ON position.

Placement of your motion detectors is important to ensure you get proper detection while avoiding false alarms.  The following are some dos and don’ts when mounting your detector.

 

Don’ts

  • Don’t point a detector at a window.  Sun light will trip a PIR sensor.
  • Don’t install this sensor where pets could enter the field of view (FOV).  There are special detectors intended for use with pets.
  • Don’t point at a hot air source like vents, heaters, air ducts, refrigerators or stoves
  • Don’t mount pointing at ceiling fans or curtains
  • Don’t mount detectors in a high humidity area like bathrooms and attics

Do’s

  • Do mount between 6-8 feet (182cm-243cm) high from the ground/floor.
  • Do mount sensor in a corner where possible.  Corners tend to provide better coverage based on the pattern a detector senses

Step 8 - Mounting Keypad/Display

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The Display/Keypad can be mounted on a wall or placed on a countertop or table using a stand like the Lamicall Adjustable Stand Placing on a stand will allow you to somewhat hide the cables.  On the other hand if you were to mount on a wall there would be cables running from the Keypad to the receptacle and siren that would be more visible.  In any case both mounting types would work fine and would depend on your situation. 

To mount on the wall first remove the mounting bracket from the back of the Keypad by sliding up.  Mount the bracket using the screws and anchors provided.  I would recommend using a level to ensure it’s straight.  Slide the keypad back onto its mount and connect the power cable.  

Mounting on stand is much easier.  The Keypad comes with a built-in tamper switch on the rear of the Keypad.  This is used to create an alarm should anyone remove the Keypad from the wall.   You need to make sure the mounting bracket is installed into the rear of the Display. Then simply place the Keypad on the Stand and run you power cable to the closest receptacle.

 

Step 9 - Installing the Siren

The system comes with a hardwired siren that plugs into the side of the Keypad.   However, it only comes with a short 3′ cable so you are limited on how far you can mount the Siren from the Keypad.  Choose a suitable location and mount the siren using the screws provided then simply plugin the siren plug into the siren jack.  

If you need to install the siren further from the Keypad you can purchase a 25′ extension cable.   

 

Step 10 - GSM

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We will not be covering GSM for this system.  This version of the PG-103 only supports 2G which is no longer supported across Canada and the USA.  If you purchase this particular version of the PG-103 then you will be able to monitor your system using the App only. 

If you would like to have your system monitored over GSM then you should purchase systems that supports 4G or  newer.

Step 11 - Settings

You can access the Settings screen from the menu in the Main screen.

Exit Delay When arming the system this is the amount of time in seconds the system will delay arming so you can exit the premise without tripping an alarm. Typical value would be 60 seconds. A count down beep will be heard during the exit period.
timer The timer setting allows you to create timed events. For example, you could have the system Arm everyday at 10pm and/or Disarm everyday at 8am. Timer Events can be created for Disarming, Arming, Arm Home and SOS.
Arm Beep When enabled/On every time you arm the system the siren will chirp to let you know the system armed.
Siren When Enabled/On the siren will sound on any alarm. Disable/Off will turn the siren off.
Siren Duration Setting this value to anything above zero will set the siren duration when activated. A typical setting would be 3 minutes meaning the siren will automatically turn off after 3 minutes of sounding.
Arm SMS Arm SMS (Short Message Service) will have the system send you a text message when arming. Important: You must be using GSM (cellular) for this feature to work. This setting has no effect for this version of the PG-103 which does not support GSM or SMS.
Backlight Turns the Display/Keypad LCD background light ON or OFF when not in use.
Alarm message propel If disabled/Off then Alarm events will not be sent to your phone/device. alarm. When Enabled/On alarm notifications will be pushed to your phone/device.
Entry Delay The amount of time (secs) the system will give you to disarm the system when tripping a Entry zone.
Alarm call unit Allows you to add phone numbers when using GSM
Virtual password Password used when communicating using GSM

Step 12 - Testing your System

One of the most important steps when installing alarm systems is when you test the system.  Even professional alarm technicians some times fail to perform proper and complete checks.

To test your system take your phone and test each sensor in all armed states of the system. This is to ensure that the sensor works and that you have set the Zone Attribute properly.  Start with the system disarmed and proceed to the first sensor.  Open the door/window or trip the motion detector.  The red LED should flash on the sensor. Verify on the keypad that the intended result has occurred.  Only 24 hour programmed sensors should cause an alarm at the keypad when disarmed. Next Arm the system and open the door/window or trip the motion.  Again, verify the proper operation as intended.  If the sensor is an Entry delayed sensor ensure you test the proper duration expires before an alarm occurs. 

Repeat the above for each sensor installed while also verifying the proper zone/sensor descriptions are appearing on the keypad.

Next remove the Keypad/Display power adapter from the receptacle and ensure your system remains operational.  You should be able to arm and disarm the system as normal.  Replace the adapter and verify no change on your Keypad/Display.

You should now have a fully installed and functional system.

IMPORTANT: You must continually check your sensors for proper operation to ensure the batteries still have a enough energy to be able to send a signal to your keypad/display.  This system does not have the capability to monitor your sensor batteries and notify you of troubles.  This means a sensor could stop working or be removed entirely and you would be unaware.  You will need continually test your system to ensure all sensors are functioning. 

Step 13 - System Maintenance

The last area to cover is the ongoing maintenance for your system.  Since this is a Wireless system you will need to replace the sensor batteries on a regular basis.  How long a sensor battery lasts will depend on the activity of the sensor.  More activity means shorter battery life.  As an example, a motion detector placed in your main hall way where there would be a lot of traffic would most certainly need battery replacement more frequently. 

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To replace batteries in the Door Sensors just slide off the cover to expose the battery compartment.  Replace the battery with a CR2032 Battery. 

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To replace batteries in the Motion Detectors first remove from its mounting bracket.  Use a small standard flat head screw driver to pry open the sensor to expose the batteries.  Replace the batteries with two AA Batteries. 

The Remote can be opened with a small flat head screwdriver.  Insert into the small opening along the side and pry open.  Replace with a CR2032 Battery. 

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The RFID tags do not have batteries

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The Display also contains batteries but I don’t believe the manufacture intended the end user to replace them.  Opening the display runs the risk of damaging the display.   However, if you are willing to take the risk then you can open the case by removing the two rubber plugs that hide the screws keeping the display together. One plug is on the side above the Siren jack and the other is on the back center.  Once the screws are removed you can carefully pry open the display to expose two batteries.  The 1000ma 3.7 V (in mine part# WZY 523450) rechargeable battery used to provide backup power during power failures and the CR 1220 that I would assume is for the clock and/or memory.   

WARNING!  Opening the display may result in damage and most certainly would void any warranty you may have.  Open only if the display has become a brick.

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Wireless Vs. Hardwired Alarm System. Which is best?

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Alarm Systems are installed to safeguard your home and your family, so it is always paramount to install one that will be reliable.  Basically, alarm systems come in three configurations: Wireless, Hardwired and a hybrid of both. It’s important to understand the benefits and disadvantages of each to help you make an informed decision when choosing the right alarm system for your home.

Each homeowner will want something different based on their situation and why they need the alarm. So in the rest of this article, I’ll go over all the different configurations while highlighting their pros and cons.

Wireless Systems

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Historically wireless alarm systems had a bad reputation as they where not as reliable.  In Fact, I remember when my first wireless system was installed.  It was new technology back then and we were constantly returning to adjust/reconfigure trying to make the system more reliable.  We have come a long way since then and can now consider a wireless system as reliable as their hardwired counterpart. 

In a wireless system,  the doors and windows will have wireless sensors that transmit their status (open/closed) to the main control panel using Radio Frequency (RF).  Sensors like water detectors, smoke detectors, glass breaks and others can also be installed and would transmit their status to the main control panel as well using RF.  There are some limits on the number of wireless sensors that can be assigned to a control panel. The actual number will vary based on the brand/model of the Panel you use.   You will need to ensure that your panel can handle the number of sensors you plan to install. This is usually not a problem for most homes/businesses as typical systems could handle anywhere from 8 to over a hundred wireless sensors.

Keypads and/or Touch Screens are used to control your alarm system and are typically installed at your entry/exit points to allow quick access when leaving or entering the premise.  These keypads can use RF to wirelessly transmit your commands (Turn On/Off) and  receive status signals like windows/doors opened.  

Wireless Sirens/Strobes can also be added to a wireless system.  When an alarm event occurs the Control Panel will activate the siren/strobe by sending a RF signal to it.

The Control Panel needs to be connected to your regular household power. This would normally take the form of a small adapter/transformer that would plug into a receptacle then wired to the panel.   This powers your system and charges the stand-by battery located inside the control panel.

To be able to send messages/data outside your home to services like monitoring stations and/or a smart phone apps the Control Panel can be connected to the Internet through your home Wi-Fi router.

Wireless systems can also be connected remotely by using a standard Cellular network.  A SIM card would be installed into the control panel just like a regular cell phone.  It is not mandatory to use a cellular connection but is usually included in a professionally installed system that is connected to a monitoring service.  Using cellular connection would provide for a better level of security but is not required if you plan on doing it yourself (DIY) and want to do your own monitoring.

Signal Interference

When working optimally, the Radio Frequency (RF) of a wireless system should be able to travel through walls and floors. However, there is always a chance that the signal will not reach its destination/sensor or that another signal may interfere with it.  The number of walls and the construction type will also affect the signal reach.  Signal quality will also differ depending on the system type/model used so what may work with one system may not work on another. 

If you have a large home, this could leave some areas unprotected. In addition, wireless alarms are more susceptible to false alarms if they are not installed correctly or if there is interference from other devices.

Batteries

One of the most important differences to consider is how the two systems use batteries.  

Wireless devices such as door sensors,  motion detectors, water sensors, smoke alarms and others are usually powered by a small 3v lithium battery.  Life expectancy for these batteries is typically 1 to 3 years.  How often a motion is tripped or a door is opened (transmits a signal) will determine the actual life span.

A Wireless system would typically have a larger backup battery installed in the Control Panel (7AH or more for you techies) .  This battery is continuously charged by the regular household power.  It is generally only used when you have a power outage. It will keep your Control panel and any connected devices  working for many hours.  Of course, a power outage would not affect your wireless sensors as they have their own batteries and do not receive power from the control panel.

An important thing to consider when choosing between a hardwired and wireless system is the maintenance required for the wireless sensor batteries.  You will need to go to every device/sensor to replace the battery every 1-3 years.   At the time of writing this article a set of 4 standard  CR2032 batteries costs approximately $10. For CR 123A batteries the cost is around $23 for a package of 4.  However, the type and cost for batteries will depend on the type of system.

CR2032 LITHIUM

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The Pros and Cons of a Wireless System

Below are the Pros vs Cons of a typical Wireless System as compared to a Hardwired system

Pros

Cons

Hardwired System

In a Hardwired system all devices would be connected to the Control Panel using cables (hardwired).   Devices would include Door Contacts, Window Contacts, Motion Detectors, Water Sensors, Smoke Detectors and many more.  Hardwired systems are perfect for when you have access to inside your walls like when you are doing renovations.

There are limits on the number of sensors that can be connected to a given control panel which varies based on the brand/model of the Control Panel you use.  The number of zones will determine the number of sensors.  Now, some of you who may be familiar with alarm systems may say that there is no limit as you can connect multiple sensors to any given zone.  While you would be correct I would highly recommend that you place a single device per zone for identification purposes. Should you have a false alarm (alarm tripped) from a sensor that is connected to a zone that has multiple sensors connected then it would be impossible to tell which sensor actually tripped the alarm.    

While the sensors/sirens/strobes would be installed using wire/cables the main control panel would still use some wireless communications.  This could be in the form of cellular and/or Wi-Fi depending on your particular setup.   Cellular networks when connected to a monitoring service and/or Wi-Fi when connecting to your Wi-Fi router.   Both methods would allow for smart phone app access to your system.  

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The Pros and Cons of a Hardwired System

Below are the Pros vs Cons of a typical Hardwired System as compared to a Wireless system

Pros

Cons

*Note: Professionally installed systems are typically lower cost when a locked in contract is offered.

Hybrid System

In a Hybrid system you get the best from both Wireless and Hardwired devices.  These systems allow you to use wireless sensors and hardwired sensors together in one system.  It is more common to find Hybrid systems when using a professional grade system but can be found in the DIY level systems as well.   

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The Pros and Cons of a Hybrid System

Below are the Pros vs Cons of a typical Hybrid Alarm System.

Pros

Cons

*Note: Professionally installed systems are typically lower cost when a locked in contract is offered.

Summary

Deciding between a hardwired, wireless and Hybrid system can be a difficult decision. The three main things to consider is who will be installing (DIY or professional installer), where you plan to install it and your budget. If you are technically inclined and like doing it yourself then a Wireless System would probably be your best choice.  However, if you have more advanced skills then tackling a Hardwired or Hybrid system is not out of the question.  Especially if your home/business is currently under construction and you have access to inside your walls.   

Of course if your budget can handle it,  then having a professional installer do the work will save you a lot of time and work.  

My recommendation?  Well if I would be installing a system I would likely go with the Hybrid system just so that I’m covered in case there are issues with Wireless sensor range.  This way I can run a wire if needed. 

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