My DIY Security System

A while back (during construction of my new house), I wrote an article about the capabilities of the DSC 1832 alarm panel. Well, time got the better of us and I wasn’t able to wire the house myself. Instead, we had a third party alarm company provide “a la carte” wiring service. This included (all 22/4):

  • Phone line to the outside utility area
  • Front + Side door
  • 4 motion detectors
  • “Basement” wire (which I used for freeze)
  • Siren Wire
  • Keypad

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Research on the DSC 1832 Series Alarm System

3/11 – Updated the smoke detector wiring per HSC tech support.

The DIY alarm system is not a new idea, and there are plenty of wireless “ready to go” systems where you just plunk the old thing down and it’s ready to go.

But that’s no fun. Meet the DSC 1832 PowerSeries alarm panel:

A simple kit for the 1832 from the homesecuritystore.com website
A simple kit for the 1832 from the homesecuritystore.com website

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DC 12V UPS for your whole house – 12V Socket!

So there’s a reason (or several)¬†why your house isn’t wired for DC electrical operation. But there are a variety of situations in which you may want to add DC capability to your house — for example, off grid situations or if you want a house-wide 12V UPS backup.

A 12V DC NEMAish plug with receptacle.
A 12V DC NEMAish plug with receptacle.

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