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 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?
Midlife crisis begun....
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 )
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.
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.
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.
Good shout... hadn't considered that... will speak to them tomorrow.
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.
Turns out the insurance folks didn't need to know but thanked me for informing them!