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an update...

Chaps from Banham and ADT have visited.

Banham happy to replace the alarm and retain wiring/sensors at circa £1k.  Unimpressed by chap who visited but the follow-up email/quote was comprehensive.

ADT want to swap everything with (fewer) new wireless sensors for £75 all-in Scratchchin oh... and ~£40 a month!  More attentive salesman but was looking to close there and then and seemed to lose interest when I said that wasn't going to happen.

Octagon visiting next week.  

The DIY wireless system is looking appealing.  How would that get "serviced" as required by insurance companies?

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With the Ring system, there's no servicing required. All health metrics are on the app. Just change batteries when needed

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An update...

Went for a self-installed Ring system.  Love it!  When the annual service of our old alarm was due I got the chap to decommission the system and then I set about removing all the old kit and making good.

The Ring sensors each take five minutes to install (including time to make a cup of tea!) and the app is dead easy to use.

The wireless range (with the supplied extender) covers the house and separate garage - so that is now protected too, and I've set its sensors to be active when "at home" (just need to remember to switch it off when I go to get something Banghead )

Cost was a very good-value £550 for unit, keypad, range extender, four door and 12 motion sensors and another £80-odd pa for the extended warranty and 3G back-up.

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Take a look at Amazon Sidewalk if you are not already familiar with the topic. 

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Thanks Blokko...  seems the stuff I have (no Echo, no cameras) doesn't hook up to Sidewalk, so am OK. Scratchchin

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Don't forget to inform your insurance company of the change to the Alarm System. I had to provide quite a bit of detail to my insurance company (NFU) when I changed the system.  They (NFU) we so difficult, I changed insurance companies.

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Good shout...  hadn't considered that...  will speak to them tomorrow. Thumb Up

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I personally like a wired alarm system and I know these new alarms are supposed to be resistant to jamming etc but if my wired system fails I would replace using the existing cabling like I did in a previous house. 

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Turns out the insurance folks didn't need to know but thanked me for informing them!