A “self contained” panel is a single unit that mounts near the door. This one part panel is easier to install but has one weakness. An intruder entering through the door can tear it off the wall before the panel finishes notifying the monitoring service. With a two part panel, the circuit board keeps working even if the keypad is disconnected. With either type of panel, you’ll need a special phone jack called an “RJ31X” to connect the panel to your phone lines. You won’t find professional quality alarm equipment at a local electronics retailer. Instead, fire up your computer and search for “security alarms” or “security systems. ” Look for suppliers that carry multiple brands and models so you don’t get locked into equipment that’s not right for you. In addition to good selection, look for a supplier that offers free system programming and technical support. Make sure the supplier doesn’t require a high cost, long term monitoring contract. Before you place an order, call the supplier and discuss your plan. Upgrade a home entertainment system with audio and video equipment, like speakers and TV mounts. Want to set up home automation and control home audio, video and data with a smartphone?Lowe’s has a great selection of home automation as well as home automation and security options to simplify the process. For extra protection, back up a living space with a portable generator, a home standby generator, or choose from other types of generators and backup batteries to keep things running when the power goes out. Also, check out our assortment of smoke detectors, carbon monoxide detectors and combination smoke and carbon monoxide detectors to keep your family safe. Want to go green?Look into our alternative energy solutions, including solar power products and electric car chargers. Outdoor sirens and strobe sirens are often overlooked in favor of silent alarm systems.

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The software allows users to broadcast a private or public feed, watch it remotely via a web browser or mobile device, and take time lapse photos at set intervals.