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Thu
24
Dec
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DSC IMPASSA & Alarm.com Review

Alarm.com family of mobile apps
Alarm.com family of mobile apps

IN this review we upgrade an existing DSC IMPASSA alarm and automation panel with an Alarm.com compatible controller, cameras and sensors, connect with the Alarm.com cloud service and spend some time living with a cloud-based security and automation solution.

WHEN I installed DSC IMPASSA earlier in the year, I was surprised at the simplicity of enrolling devices and getting the system operational. This relatively easy process encouraged me to be positive about the prospects of upgrading the system with an Alarm.com controller, cameras and browser-based cloud account. As it happened, I had support from Hills’ assistant vendor business manager - Tyco, Matt Bailey and Alarm.com’s global sales engineer, Ian Law, and I was grateful for that as the process had multiple layers that would have confounded me.

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Thu
10
Dec
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Dallmeier DF5200HD DN Camera Review

Dallmeier DF5200HD DN
Dallmeier DF5200HD DN

Dallmeier’s DF5200HD DN is a full body 2MP IP camera featuring a 1/1.9-inch CMOS sensor and up to 120ips frame rate. This PoE camera has a motorised 4.5-10mm varifocal lens, and a claimed minimum scene illumination number of 0.002 lux.  

DALLMEIER makes nice cameras and this DF5200HD-DN, distributed locally by C.R. Kennedy, is no exception to the rule. It’s a full body camera with an alloy housing that doubles as a heat sink. It’s compact – measurements are 71mm x 66mm x 176mm and the camera weighs in at just 300 grams. The DF5200HD-DN is part of a family which includes IR bullet and dome variations, and the findings of this test are likely to apply in good measure to those cameras as well. 

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Tue
08
Dec
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Panasonic VL-SWD501AZ Wireless Video Intercom

Panasonic wireless intercom
Panasonic wireless intercom

PANASONIC has released a new video intercom system that allows homeowners to monitor visitors and control doors and gates via the LCD screen of a portable DECT wireless handset in colour at high resolutions, as well as through a monitor station. 

PANASONIC’S VL-SWD501AZ wireless video intercom system, distributed locally by EOS Australia, uses a camera and intercom mounted outside the front door or gate, and a fixed monitor station with a 5-inch colour touchscreen and up to 6 wireless video handsets with 2.2-inch LCD screens inside the home. Users can view, communicate with and open doors or gates from monitor station or handset.

According to Andrew Cho of EOS Australia, the VL-SWD501AZ is Panasonic’s top of the range intercom – combining door station, camera unit and a wireless handset. 

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Wed
02
Dec
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Paxton Net2 plus Review Part 2

Net2 plus - simple to install, simple to program, loads of power
Net2 plus - simple to install, simple to program, loads of power

Recently, we undertook our first review of an access control solution, Paxton’s Net2 plus, which is distributed locally by Security Distributors Australia and is claimed to be the world’s simplest access control system to install. 

TO test that theory, we decided we’d undertake a soft install of a Net2 plus controller, incorporating multiple readers and management software, then attempt to program the system and create a user database. In Part 1 of this story, we’d got the controller onto our network, downloaded the management software, connected a keypad and had found the entire process exceedingly simple. 

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Mon
16
Nov
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DVTEL Quasar CB-6204 Camera Review

DVTEL Quasar CB-6204
DVTEL Quasar CB-6204

Quasar CB-6204 from DVTEL’s 1440P Quad HD Bullet series, distributed locally by QSS, uses new innovations, including DVTEL’s Quad HD resolution and multi-shutter WDR to push the boundaries of resolution and backlight performance. 

DVTEL’S CB-6204 Series Quasar 1440P Quad IR HD bullet camera is another sweet release from the NJ-based company. The last DVTEL camera we tested was the 4K bullet and we loved it, especially during the day, when we thought it offered the best resolution of any camera we’d seen in street applications. 

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Sun
25
Oct
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2GIG Go!Control Security and Automation Panel Review

2GIG Go!Control from QSS
2GIG Go!Control from QSS

2GIG Go!Control, distributed locally by QSS, is America’s biggest selling alarm and automation panel, so it’s no surprise I was keen to get a look at this system. 

THROUGH the power and flexibility of 2GIG Go!Control panel Vivint became a giant, with 7000 employees, around one million customers and a turnover of more than half a billion a year. 2GIG Go!Control was also the hardware portal through which Alarm.com went from a provider of services to monitoring stations to a household name. 

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Mon
19
Oct
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Dahua IPC-HFW4800EP 4K Camera Review

Dahua IPC-HFW4800EP 4K bullet camera
Dahua IPC-HFW4800EP 4K bullet camera

Dahua’s Dahua IPC-HFW4800EP 4K bullet camera, distributed locally by Seadan, proves good things do come in small packages. We like 4K at SEN and this PoE IP66-rated bullet, with its 4mm lens and IR support, proved to be a super little camera. 

IF I hadn’t got a sneak preview of Dahua’s 4K box camera from the boys at Seadan before doing this review, I might have argued the IPC-HFW4800EP was the best camera in Dahua’s range for daylight performance. In terms of colour rendition, sharpness, acuity, lack of distortion, lack of CAs, lack of noise, lack rebuild artefacts, it’s a very well-balanced camera. 

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Tue
29
Sep
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Paxton Net2 plus Review

Part of the Net2 plus family
Part of the Net2 plus family

Paxton Net2 plus intelligent controllers are said to be the easiest access control solutions in the world to install. With help from local distributor Security Distributors Australia, we decided to put those claims to the test in a 2-Part installation series.

SOME time ago there was a loud knock at SEN’s front door and a large box was delivered. It was heavy and a suitably portentous opening ceremony revealed many more boxes within which I found the heart and limbs of a Paxton Net2 plus access control system. Swirling around the controller was a range of Paxton devices – a keypad, a prox reader, an intercom, door locks and other things I was too frightened to open. 

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Thu
24
Sep
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Hikvision Darkeye SLA Lens Review

Hikvision Darkeye SLA Lens Review
Hikvision Darkeye SLA Lens Review

We  tested Hikvision Darkfighter in SEN a while back but post-SecTech Roadshow, I jumped at the chance to re-test the camera with Hikvision’s new Darkeye SLA lens.

WHEN you’re a lens junkie, a piece of glass like Hikvision’s Darkeye represents something mysterious and wonderful. At once it’s a lens capable of snaring the best possible performance from the camera wearing it and the answer to a prayer that lens quality will stop its slide to the abyssal plains of low cost. When it comes to lenses, you get what you pay for. In the case of Darkeye, you pay for what you get – it’s $A810 list, so this is an application-specific lens. 

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Thu
06
Aug
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Axis M1125 Review Answers Key Question: How Good is Zipstream?

Axis M1125 Network Camera
Axis M1125 Network Camera

AXIS M1125 network camera is a low cost, compact PoE camera designed for internal applications. It has a couple of notable strengths – WDR performance and Zipstream technology – the latter of which gives very noticeable reductions in bitrate, particularly in scenes low in movement. In fact, more than anything, this camera test is a reflection of the performance of Zipstream.

GIVEN its design specifications it’s no surprise the Axis M1125 works very well under artificial light and its solid WDR numbers give it plenty of potential for entry applications. WDR is 120dB and when I park Norman at the back door of the office with the sun right behind him, the Axis 1125 makes fine work of it - perfect identification at 4 metres at a 5mm focal length with 75,000 lux backlight. Frankly, I was not expecting the camera to be so capable. 

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