March 2022

When it comes to using your existing intruder alarm system or having a new one installed, it’s important to know the ways in which the system can be armed and disarmed. Let us look at the possible options available and arm you with that knowledge (see what we did there?!).

Option 1 – Good old fashioned Code

The most readily available method of arming and disarming your intruder alarm – some panels come with building keypads as standard or with standalone keypads designed to be installed alongside the panel or in a different room. The keypad allows a numerical code to be used to arm and disarm. Codes can be customised so that they are something you can easily remember and are unique to your alarm. If you know the existing code – this can always be altered in the future.

Pros

  • Available with most alarm systems
  • Customisable

Cons

  • Requires interaction with the panel or keypad
  • Can be forgotten if you aren’t using the system regularly

Option 2 – Tags

Also known as a digital key, these can be attached to your keys. When presented to the panel or keypad, these small devices arm and disarm the system. These can be particularly useful if you have Keyholders (staff, family, friends or neighbours that have keys to your property) as they don’t need to remember the code to the system. These can be a fantastic addition to both home and commercial alarm systems. In a domestic setting, family members can be given these to attach to their keys, without having to worry about them remembering the code. In a commercial setting, prox readers can be added and the tags used in conjunction with door access systems.

Pros

  • Can be attached to your set of keys
  • Great for additional Keyholders
  • No batteries required

Cons

  • Can be misplaced

Option 3 – Digital Remotes

Digitals remotes, sometimes referred to as fobs, are small devices with buttons. These buttons can be programmed to arm or disarm your system as well as other functions such as panic alarm. Although the digital remote needs to be within the proximity of the panel to work (inside or just outside a home), there is no need to interact with the control panel as this communicates wirelessly.

Pros

  • Multi-functional
  • Can be used without interacting with the panel

Cons

  • Require a battery

Option 4 – App

A very popular facility these days – is the app facility that allows you to arm or disarm your alarm system using your smart device. Compatible with Android and Apple devices, the app requires the internet to communicate back and forth with your control panel. Either live broadband or reliable mobile coverage is needed on-site and a good signal on your smart device. Leave the house and forget to set your system? Not a problem – simple sign in to your app and arm the system remotely. Apps such as HomeControl2.0 by Pyronix and Texecom-Connect by Texecom allow this facility. Some even have added extras such as geofencing, fault notifications and part setting recipes.-

Pros

  • Can be used remotely
  • Often comes with additional features

Cons

  • Requires an internet connection

Although multiple options exist, it’s still important to remember your code even if you are mostly using a different method. The code for the system allows you to make additional changes to user settings, access the app or view the event history at the alarm panel.

Not all of the above options are available with all alarms as standard but upgrades can often be possible to accommodate your requirements. Lynx Fire & Security install and maintain intruder alarm systems across Northamptonshire and the surrounding counties. Get in touch with us today to discuss your home or business security needs.

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