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The design and application of burglary and fire systems for homes and businesses. Helping alarm owners understand how their system works. Helping to troubleshoot false alarm problems. Questions about monitoring issues.

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Over a quarter century in the industry. Experience in installation, service, and monitoring centers. Training manager for a national protective services company; director of education and training for a national trade organization for for alarm dealers.



Something interesting about this subject that others may not know:

Just as the saying goes, "there's more than one way to skin a cat," there is often more than one way to address a security issue. Consumers often get conflicting advice on products and services. I can help you evaluate the merits of these compared with your own needs to enable you to make an informed choice.

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Prashant S Akerkar 02/14/17101010Dear Dave Thanks. Prashant
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Prashant S Akerkar 01/25/17101010Dear Dave Thanks. Prashant
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Recent Answers from Dave Neuweiler

2017-02-13 Electrical devices support for Dual input voltages.:

Hello Prashant ... this is a bit out of my expertise, but I do know for example, that computer power supplies for desktops and towers have a selectable power input for 110 or 220 VAC. It's just a slide-switch

2017-01-18 CCTV System installation in Tunnels.:

Yes, CCTV is used extensively in road tunnel systems throughout the United States. It's used not only for security, but to monitor traffic flow.    Rail tunnels for security, but traffic monitoring is

2017-01-16 smoke detectors:

Hello Denis, and thanks for your question.    If the wiring is okay, I suspect that one of the detectors is "bad out of the box."    Let's test for that. With the AC power off, please disconnect the red

2016-12-19 Smoke alarm:

Hello Tom, and thanks for writing.    A couple of things to check. First, on Firex detectors, the LED flashing once per minute is an indicator that the unit has AC power. So unless it's flashing at a different

2016-10-10 Lifesaver Smoke Alarm Model 1225:

HEllo Larry.    You probably won't find another detector to fit both the base and connector for your smoke detector.    But if there's an electrical box to which the old detector base was mounted (either


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