DSC Alarm Security

DSC Alarm Security

Are the DSC Security Products any Good? 

Let’s talk about a key player in the security alarm industry, DSC (Digital Security Controls). DSC security isn’t exactly your regular home alarm system provider. They are more recognized as innovative manufacturers of home security systems ranging from revolutionary control panels to IP alarm monitoring products and self-contained wireless panels.

A quick search on DSC would show a delayed version of cutting edge innovation on what an alarm system should provide.  This review would show a breakdown of some of the systems DSC offers.

Here is a brief overlook of the pros and cons of DSC Alarm:

Pros
  • Rich history of providing security products
  • Affordable
  • Good for dealers
  • You can have Honeywell and other companies take over your DSC System
  • Used by businesses

 

Cons
  • Outdated quickly
  • Have to rely on dealer support and not of DSC
  • Not very appealing

 

History of SLomins

History 101… DSC as a security system manufacturer was founded in 1979. Recognized in over 140 countries, DSC has its headquarters in Toronto.

In 1990. DSC acquired Sur-Gard, a close competitor specializing in manufacturing central station monitoring equipment, and in 1998, they completed the acquisition of Italian security product manufacturer, Bentel. Currently, DSC is being run by Tyro international, one of the largest security portfolios in the world.

With manufacturing plants in Canada, Italy, and Korea providing security systems with the highest ISO and sigma ratings. They are credited with introducing the industry’s first small security keypads and micro-processor-based alarm panels.

DSC Alarm Products

They are numerous DSC alarm product.  We have observed some installers that install DSC products for customers instead of other branded alarm products like ADT. The DSC range of product ranges from

  • Security Panels, Keypads, and Modules
  • Wireless Home Security
  • Wired Home Security
  • TouchScreen Security Keypad
  • Audio Verification & Integration
  • Business Security
  • Security window Sensors & Accessories
  • Motion Detectors
  • Glassbreak Detectors
  • Smoke Detectors
  • Carbon Monoxide Detectors
  • Flood Detectors
  • Security Alarm Communications
  • Central Station Receivers

 

We recommend purchasing any of this equipment through a dealer.  A list of authorized dealers is available on their website.  It is not something you can do by yourself as it requires lots of drilling and professional expertise.

Identifying a DSC Alarm Panel

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A typical DSC alarm panel comprises of a DSC control panel, one or more keypads and various sensors and detectors.  Most people switch their outdated looking equipment out with a new Honeywell DSC system.

Some alarm systems have two names, the Model Number, and the Marketing Name. For example, the PC5010 (Model Number) is also known and the Power 832 (Marketing Name) which is usually found on the control panel.

While researching for a DSC alarm system, be sure to check for the specific model number as each system differs to a great extent from each other.

Take a look at the various user guides that are available on the DSC website.  Simply search and contact their customer support if you have any complaint.

8 Comments
  1. George Willis
    05/21/2017 at 15:45
    Reply

    Used to love the DSC system but now it feels outdated. I have been with them now for 4 years and I feel safer and more secure. I spend a lot of time away from my house, sometimes working up to 14 hour days and because of my long commute, having a pair of eyes watching the house keeps my mind at ease.

    • Dexter M.
      05/30/2017 at 15:48
      Reply

      Your comment was a bit contradicting. I feel like you saying that it "feels outdated" was a bit of a con. I am not sure how I could feel secure with something that also feels outdated. That is like saying you feel safe on an older computer with older virus protection. I don't know. Just knit picking here. I am going to look into more up to date options.

  2. Adam
    05/08/2017 at 17:18
    Reply

    Really appreciate the run down for these companies. I had a system installed a few weeks back by DSC and I have had so many issues since. I try to get a hold of the person who sold me the unit and he never calls back. I think I was scammed. You live and you learn I guess. If your only option is to rely on a dealer then go elsewhere.

  3. Charles
    04/22/2017 at 16:28
    Reply

    When I mentioned to my sister about getting DSC Alarm security she had no idea who I was talking about. I guess this company is not well known. I liked the review. I had no idea that you had to rely on a dealer for support. I am not a fan of that.

    • Sean Mase
      04/26/2017 at 15:23
      Reply

      It is not that complicated. I mean is sounds riskier than it is. I have been with DSC for a little over a year and have no major complaints. I feel like they are a great option for someone who wants a very basic package. No bells and whistles but it gets the job done for me.

  4. Paula
    01/19/2017 at 19:36
    Reply

    I've never actually heard of DSC before. I was willing enough to read your review and consider them but the review makes it seem like its not the place for me. To many cons. Plus if you don't have a plant in the US I don't think I want to use them.

  5. Vincent
    01/08/2017 at 02:11
    Reply

    Thanks for the guide. I really don't like the fact that their products gets outdated so fast. I was considering to contact them but I need products with durability. However, I will still have to contact the customer support to know if there can be warranty for products. Thanks.

    • Saint
      03/01/2017 at 04:42
      Reply

      Hi, Vincent did you contact them and If yes can you please share the reply you got from them? I'm also curious about getting to know if their product comes with warranty.Thanks. Saint.

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