Wireless Networking

Access Security-
You might know us as an “Alarm Company”, and while that is technically true, an “alarm” can be a broad term today. Our company does our best to define what we do as “Using technology to help people in any way we can”. As technology advances and changes we need to adapt and learn new products to integrate to customers.

Most places in Lewis County are accustomed to some sort of internet access. Many places in town now have fiber optic connections, making us more connected than ever. This rise in “data” connections has led us to sell more and more IP cameras. IP cameras are great because they communicate on a customer’s network, and are usually PoE (Power over Ethernet), eliminating the need for multiple wire runs. IP cameras also have far better quality and capabilities than the traditional analog cameras, such as analytics, better license plate capture, and far higher resolution.

I’ve found that cameras that are “wireless” or Wi-fi, typically don’t have the same reliability, range, or quality that Ethernet, hard wired, cameras have. This causes the continued need for running wire. Sometimes customers have multiple buildings that they need cameras recording, which means that a separate internet connection, or underground burial is necessary to record that camera.


Enter PtP Wireless Networking.

Ligowave products are POINT to POINT wireless networking, which is extremely reliable and fast. We have several businesses now that are able to add cameras in their parking lots, or separate buildings because of this technology. Using iPoll Technology Ligowave can make point to point connections at full bandwidth as far as 50 miles! Read about iPoll here.

What’s great about this technology is that it transmits and receives the complete network, which doesn’t need to be JUST cameras. VOIP phones, computers, printers, and anthing else IP will be compatible.


So, how can we make this technology work for you? Do you have an out building or a shop that you’d love to get wi-fi to? Do you have a business that is paying for two separate internet lines? Let us know how you would use a network link!

Total Connect – Connected Home

Hi Friends!

In our previous Tech Blog we talked about the LYRIC Control panel. Today, I want to explore how we can use the internet to control our alarm system, and other devices.

Today’s “Connected Home” is an ever-changing and expanding environment, filled with many different opportunities for interaction with your home. With universal wireless “languages” such as Z-Wave and Zigbee, companies can use similar devices that are 100% compatible with other companies’ products. For example: With a Honeywell LYRIC alarm panel, actions or schedules programmed in the panel can turn off light switches made by Leviton and Linear. At home I use an Amazon Echo and Samsung Smartthings Hub controller to control bulbs made by Phillips and Cree.

This integration offers one main benefit: Companies can specialize in what they’re good at, saving product cost, and almost guaranteeing a product that works correctly.

Lets talk about the different  ways we can use our alarm systems to control our connected home. Alarm systems typically add a step to your routine on a consistent basis: When you leave or go to bed, you arm your alarm system. When you wake up, or come home, you disarm your alarm system. The goal with a connected home is to take these steps, and automatically perform other steps, such as unlock your front door, or adjust your thermostat to save energy.

Typically when I look at these devices and their capabilities, I have an incessant urge to make them work, not from a practical standpoint, but just to prove that I can setup automation for automation’s sake. Call it a disease, I don’t know. After I conquer the different programming and functions of a device, I usually begin to open my mind to the REASONS behind them. What if your thermostat turned off every day when you leave for work, and came back to 72° when you get within 5 miles of your home? What if your front door automatically unlocked when you disarm you alarm system, or if a fire was reported from your smoke detectors? What if there was a flood sensor that would detect water in your basement and alert you via iPhone app or phone call? What if every morning your coffee pot kicked on when motion was detected in the hallway? What if, when you went on vacation, your lights turned on randomly, to create a “lived-in” appearance?

Can you understand the challenge we have as system designers, to try to appeal to everyone’s desires? The Connected Home takes a little bit of understanding and a lot of imagination from you, as the person who lives with the equipment and benefit’s from the automation.

Next session we will discuss Honeywell’s TotalConnect web app, and how we can use it to control our alarm system.

Until next time,



Honeywell Lyric Controller

Hi Friends! Yesterday I had the privilege of installing Honeywell’s brand new ‘Lyric’ alarm panel. If you know me at all, then you probably know that I can’t get enough new technology. I’m currently on an Amazon hiatus, since it is the Christmas season and “I can’t keep buying things for myself or there won’t be any gift options for other people to get for me”, or so my wife says. On most other times of the year though the UPS driver knows me by name and I keep him plenty busy.

Un-boxing any new piece of tech is always so exciting for me. It might not be that way for people who are daunted by the huge learning curve that most of the new gizmos come with, but I see that as part of the fun. A big reason of why I love my job is that I get the opportunity to be on the front lines of ever-changing electronics, and get to know products backwards and forwards. If you are tech savvy, let’s dive in to some of the great things about the new Lyric Panel, and why I’m putting one in my home (after Christmas).


The Lyric includes everything that the past LYNX panels featured; wireless sensors, all-in-one control, touch screen, remote access… The only feature that was removed is: the phone line hookup. Our industry is coming to a “lets face it” time of constantly dealing with phone line issues. Your issues include: the panel dialing on a phone line while you’re using it, and the insecurity of exposed phone lines being tampered or cut. Our issues include: Limited panel placement due to phone line access, phone line quality not sufficient to download information from your panel to our office, and shaky reporting reliability. Don’t get me wrong, living in rural Lewis County, sometimes internet or cell signal is unavailable, and a phone line is better than nothing at all, but moving forward, you and I should invest our time and money into technology that is moving forwards, not backwards. The Lyric doesn’t contain a way to dial over the phone line, BUT, it takes alarm reporting to a level we haven’t seen before.

In the past LYNX panels were very bare bones. if you wanted to add WiFi, z-wave, or a cellular radio, you essentially had to call a technician. The Lyric has incorporated z-wave and WiFi into the panel already, and has made an easy-access slot for a cellular radio of your choice(Verizon or AT&T coverage).

With a new panel Honeywell has introduce a new form of communicating with sensors(door contacts, motion detectors, smoke detectors, etc…). “SiX” technology allows the sensors to communicate with the panel, and the panel to communicate back. Bi-directional communication with the same battery life (3-5 years) is a huge step forward in these sensors, with the ability to view signal strength and exact battery voltage at any time at the panel or online. SiX wireless will also cover double the range of older style sensors. If you have an older panel and want to upgrade? The Lyric supports all of your old sensors as well, so no need to replace everything.

The Lyric also supports voice commands such as “bedtime” or “welcome home” for easy control of your alarm systems of “scenes”. Some of the scenes that I set up yesterday were: when “Armed Away”  the thermostat turns OFF, the lights in the building turn OFF, and the ASI (armed status indicator) turns ON. Upon a “Disarm” the thermostat comes back to 72°, the lights turn on, and the ASI turns off. Integrating all these features into one simple action when coming and going is one of the best features of this panel.


If you’re in the market for an alarm system, choose the Lyric. You won’t be disappointed.