Hi, I'd like some recommendations regarding a DIY alarm system for my house.
I don't want a monitored system, just something that'll sound an alarm in the house if an intrusion is detected. I'd prefer something where the keypad is separate from the main control panel, but I'm open to all suggestions.
I need the system to support wireless sensors for five exterior doors, but I can easily wire the keypad, siren, a motion sensor and a smoke detector to the panel. The closet where I want to put the panel has power for a transformer.
Most of my windows have bars on the outside of the house. Because they do not have inside releases, I'd like to remove them for my own safety. The windows are all steel casement style (15"x11" glass panels) and are probably not real easy to open even if the glass is broken (I've never tried!). I'm not sure if it's worth putting transmitters on each one.
It would be nice to be able to add more wireless devices such as an additional motion and smoke detectors and glass breakage sensors down the road. I'd like a wireless keypad in my bedroom too. Also, I like the idea of integrated X10 support, although it's not a requirement.
What brands/models do you suggest I look at? Any suggestions or comments re: my windows?
Thanks - Steve