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Review: Interlogix UltraSync smart home system lets you design your own security network

A professionally-installed security system offers flexibility on products and Z-Wave compatibility

Terry Sullivan Jun 04, 2018

 

Consumer electronics products are entering and leaving the marketplace at an increasingly faster pace, driven in part by smart IoT products that connect to the internet. While people may have purchased just one or two IoT devices in the past, perhaps an Amazon Echo or a similar voice-controlled speaker, consumers are now buying more. We recently tested a suite of these products, including those from Interlogix and its UltraSync system, that not only provides home security but also helps to connect, manage and wirelessly control this constellation of devices. A monitored home security that is professionally installed, UltraSync even allows you to use Amazon Alexa‘s voice commands to help control the system.

 

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We recently had a professional security company (Central Jersey Security Cameras, in Freehold, NJ) install the system, as well as several IoT devices, in one of our test houses. For this review, we had the following products installed:

  • UltraSync Self-Contained Hub
  • Yale Real Living Assure Lock SL Key Free Touchscreen Deadbolt (YRD256)
  • TruVision 1080p IP Wi-Fi Desktop IR Camera (TVQ-8101)
  • JASCO Z-Wave Plug-In Smart Dimmer (ZW3103)
  • UltraSync+ mobile app (free, iOS and Android)

 

TruVision 1080p IP Wi-Fi Desktop IR camera supported motion detection.GearBrain

Installation and Overview of the UltraSync System

The UltraSync system is a professionally installed security system. From start to finish, it took Central Jersey Security Cameras roughly three hours to complete the job, which included setting up the mobile app and informal training. According to Central Jersey Security Cameras, the approximate installation cost was around $500, and included the cost of the individual items and labor.

There are several benefits to this system, along with the products we choose. First, all the products connect wirelessly to the system, so most likely you won’t need to do any drilling into walls, ceilings, or other parts of your home, unless you decide to mount the hub.

 

UltraSync Hub
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The system is also based on the Z-Wave wireless protocol. If a homeowner has or plans to buy a Z-Wave device, it would be compatible with the UltraSync system, which includes such products such as lighting, locks, thermostats, wireless speakers, doorbells, garage door openers, fan controllers, and water management systems.

Overall, the UltraSync system worked well. I found it was consistent in notifying me, mostly through the mobile app, as well as in triggering sounds in the home from the hub. For instance, when I open the front door, the panel produces a chiming sound to let someone know that the front door is ajar. Much of these notifications are also customizable. For more on the overall system, you can go to Interlogix’s UltraSync Smarthome section of its website.

 

In the UltraSync mobile app, you can view clips from the security camera, and customize your own features.GearBrain

The UltraSync+ mobile app

The mobile app, UltraSync+ (for iOS and Android), is the heart of the system since it’s where you’ll add products, or customize your UltraSync ecosystem. But unlike most consumer-oriented apps, it’s not really an app tailored for the DIY type. You need to work with the installation company that installed your system in order to understand certain aspects of the app, particularly passcode and passwords. At least, at first.

The app is divided into several sections, including overview, lights, thermostat, camera, lock, and sensor. In the upper-left hand corner of the app, there’s a menu section where, if you are not logged in, you can access a number of handy videos. However, you are asked to choose between videos targeted at homeowners and those targeted at the pro dealers. In terms of design, it would have been better to offer only one set of videos to consumers to confuse them. (In fact, if you choose the pro dealer videos, a warning pops up with a message telling you should never try to alter or even access the dealer settings. In my view, it would have been better to exclude such videos that might confuse users.)

 

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Additionally, there are differently designed sections that make the app feel a bit disjointed. For example, the Settings section looks markedly different from the main sections of the app. I also feel the app would benefit from a user manual or help section in addition to the help videos. Still, overall the app is useful and logical in its structure.

Overall, the system’s mobile app, worked reasonably well. I was impressed with the system’s consistent notifications, which appeared as popup messages on my phone and which can be configured in the Settings section of the app. All the commands and controls worked as expected, whether I was locking my front door, dimming the lights, or accessing video on the wireless camera.

The IoT Devices (Tested for this Review)

Because this review is focusing on a system, we chose to focus on several products that would most likely be included in a home-security system. The following devices were installed in our test house: UltraSync Self-Contained Hub, Yale Real Living Assure Lock SL Key Free Touchscreen Deadbolt (YRD256), TruVision 1080p IP Wi-Fi Desktop IR Camera (TVQ-8101), JASCO Z-Wave Plug-In Smart Dimmer (ZW3103), and several sensors to work with the UltraSync system.

 

UltraSync Hub
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The UltraSync Self-Contained Hub

In many ways, you could have a review of just the UltraSync Self-Contained Hub. That’s because the features on this wireless hub are quite extensive: It can be set up for 256 users, 64 wireless sensors and 20 Keyfobs, and four distinct areas/partitions (which means you can split the system into smaller parts). Plus, it has a personal voice guided setup and menu prompts, and a 24-hour battery backup.

In terms of design, it has a very clear, functional, yet versatile interface: The various buttons are all color-coded and illuminated so that they can be clearly seen in dimly lit lighting scenarios. It’s also loaded with other system features: It’s internet ready, capable of being connected over Ethernet or Wi-Fi and, of course, includes a Z-Wave radio for controlling smart home devices. However, in many ways, I can see the average consumer opting to work mostly through the mobile app, and only use the hub when needed. Still, it’s worthwhile to take some time to study the hub’s extensive user PDF guide.

 

We installed the Yale Real Living Assure Lock SL Key Free Touchscreen Deadbolt with the UltraSync systemGearBrain

Yale Real Living Assure Lock SL Key Free Touchscreen Deadbolt

If you’re looking for a configurable lock that includes wireless Z-wave technology yet also has classic, non-tech styling, the Yale Real Living Assure Lock SL Key Free Touchscreen Deadbolt is a very good choice. The technology works well within the UltraSync system. In our test house, we were able to lock and unlock the unit from the UltraSync+ mobile app as well as entering a number code onto the key pad.

You also have a lot of flexibility: For instance, you can add a temporary code for someone, say, who might be staying with you for just a couple of weeks. Via the app, you can provide your guest with his or her own unique key combination for the keyless entry lock. When they’ve left, you can remove this temporary code from the app’s settings. So, you always have control over who can unlock the door.

 

Yale Security YRD256-ZW2-619 Deadbolts, Satin Nickel
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If there’s a downside, it’s with the display, although it’s more of a quibble: If you’ve installed the lock outside in an area that has direct sunlight, and it’s a bright and sunny day, it may be a bit difficult to see the LED numbers on the door pad. Obviously, you can shield the lock with your hands to see the numbers better. Overall, though, the product worked very well and provided a secure, yet flexible way to include a wireless, keyless lock into the UltraSync system.

 

The TruVision 1080p IP Wi-Fi Desktop IR camera had fairy accurate color, but highlights were blow out and had a lack of detail.GearBrain

TruVision 1080p IP Wi-Fi Desktop IR Camera

Our installation team set up TruVision’s 1080p IP Wi-Fi Desktop IR Camera as the security camera for the system, which as the name indicates allows for 1080p HD resolution video (as well as lower resolutions), and has a field of view of 115 degrees. We set it up in the living room, facing the door. In our tests, we found the model did a fine job at recording as well as capturing real-time video and audio. As with many security cams, there was quite a bit of sharpening as well as some barrel distortion, due to the wide angle of view.

 

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Nevertheless, the footage had nice detail and fairly accurate color (even though the colors were on the muted side, and not very saturated.) The dynamic range was decent in the midrange tones, although not so good at the extremes of the tonal range. Highlights were blown out, with no details. Likewise, there was little detail in the darkest tones, since the shadows tended to swallow up any details.

The camera includes an infrared illuminator for assisting in capturing images in various lighting scenarios. We also found the motion detection features were flexible and very accurate. (Video clips are stored onboard using a micro SD/SDXC card up to 128GB.) For our test purposes, we found the camera capabilities on this camera to be quite good and versatile.

 

In the UltraSync app you can power the JASCO Z-Wave Plug-In Smart Dimmer lights on and off.GearBrain

JASCO Z-Wave Plug-In Smart Dimmer

In many ways the dimmer is the simplest of the items to use in our test system. You simply insert the JASCO dimmer into a power outlet, and then plug your light (it accepts both two- and three-pronged plugs) into the dimmer. In the app, lights can be powered on and off, or set within a range of 1 to 100 percent illumination.

Conclusion

As with any review of a configurable system, it’s hard to anticipate all the variables with adding or substituting different products within the UltraSync system. And we also look forward to trying out the UltraSync system using Alexa voice commands, as well.

Overall, we like that Interlogix focused on Z-wave compatible components and products, which means that installers have great flexibility in designing and customizing a system for their customers. And while we think some aspects of the system’s structure and user design (UX) could be more streamlined or at least integrated more consistently, in general, we think the system meets the needs of many consumers and business owners who want to own a flexible and re-configurable system.

Pros:

  • A flexible IoT security system for adding multiple products (Z-wave compatible)
  • Offers the ability to include Alexa voice commands to operate the system
  • Relatively simple integration with mobile app

Cons:

  • Comprehensive features may confuse some consumers
  • Certain sections of mobile app could have been more consistently designed
  • Should include more help guides and quick tips sections, along with help videos

Has your Neighborhood been going through changes in NJ? Do you need to add home security to your home?

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Has your Neighborhood been going through changes in NJ?Do you have new Neighbors? Maybe you have new Neighbors that you are just unsure of. Then it is time to get your home protected with home security. We no longer live in the days with unlocked front door and cars in our driveways unlocked. Today we need not only to keep everything locked up we need to protect our cars and homes with security.
Central jersey Security Cameras suggest to all of our customers to add the security of security cameras and a home alarm system to their homes. Now you may be thinking it’s a bit overkill security cameras and an alarm system on your home but let us explain:
A home security Camera system on your home is often the proof you need to the police/ proper authorities of what takes place around you home in the case you home is Vandalized or broken into. Often the presents of a known/seen security camera is enough of a deterrent to keep someone from committing a crime at your home.
An Alarm system is your next defense against some actually entering your home. With today’s alarms and glass beaks added to windows if there is a forced entry to your home an alarm will sound and the proper authorities will be dispatched to your home in a matter of seconds.
Home security systems add value to your home and will save you in homeowner’s issuances yearly. On average a NJ homeowner saves the cost of their alarm with central station monitoring with the savings they get from their homeowner insurance sometimes they save even more!
Don’t wait till it’s too late and an intendant happens at your home. Call Central jersey Security Cameras today. 732 -333-0227

TOP 5 THINGS STOLEN FROM A HOME BURGLARY

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Around 87% of burglaries are considered preventable. Your home security strategy should involve several layers of protection. For one thing, families should have clear rules about locking doors and windows before leaving, and about answering the door.We no longer live in a world were you can Just say come in anymore when someone knocks at your front door. Another thing Burglars love to see is people talking about upcoming vacations on social networking websites, Often when today’s burglars are looking for a target they troll facebook,instagram, twitter etc. to see who is not home for an easy mark.

Having a strong home security in place at your home. Having an alarm with central station monitoring layered with a home surveillance security camera system is often one of the best routes to take to keep your home and loved ones protected to the fullest along with a home plan on what to do if an unfortunate event takes place at your home. Just like you make a fire safety plan your family should all know how to work your home security.

Often, when a burglar sees a yard sign or door decal indicating that a home is protected by a monitored home security system, he goes elsewhere. And for burglars stupid or brazen enough to try anyway, they can count on the incident being reported to authorities immediately upon triggering the security system.

Helping protect your home and family from burglary requires knowledge of the facts about burglary, having a clear plan for preventing burglary, and using burglary prevention techniques to help prevent it.

Our homes are often the biggest investment many of us make and keeping your investment and the belongings inside safe is often a protiey to many homeowners. In most cases burglars are looking for the quick and easy grab and go thefts. on Average most burglaries take about 15 minutes from the moment of entry to a home. Here is a list of the Top Five things stolen from homeowner in a burglary
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Top five Things stolen from homeowners during a home burglary
• Cash
• Jewelry
• Guns
• Drug
• Small electronics

Mind you these are Just things keeping your family safe is priceless.. To talk about ways to protect your home and family call Central jersey security Cameras and speak to one of our home security experts today 732 333 0227

Why get a custom home security system from Central Jersey Security Cameras?

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First of all no two homes are actually the same. Even if your block is made up of all identical homes your needs may not be the same of the neighbor next to you! Many security companies force you to buy security system packages. So you either spend too much or get security products you don’t need. Or you buy a smaller package that leaves your home’s security weak points exposed.
However, Central Jersey Security Cameras wants you to have a custom security system that fits your home’s security needs like a glove. To do that, we’ll ask you these important questions when building your system:
What areas of your home do you feel are most vulnerable?
• What security features are most important to you?
• Are you more concerned about protection when you are home or away?
• If you would break into your own home, how would you do it?
• What do you want most from your security company?

Central Jersey Security Cameras believes in educating our customers in home security and want to make sure our customers get exactly what they need to best suite their family’s security needs and at a family friendly budget.
A few Key reasons to go with Central Jersey Security Cameras
• BBB accredited A+
• Proven track record from our many customer reviews
• Background checked staff
• Family budget friendly

What do you plan to spend your hard earned tax refund on?

car in drivewayMy Family is thinking about adding security cameras to our home when we get our tax return and we do not know where to begin!!
Security cameras are often a powerful deterrent against burglars. In Many Cases burglars will see security cameras and move on to the next home. This was the case last summer in Jackson NJ when a string of home robberies hit a quiet suburban neighborhood Houses that had security cameras on there homes were skipped over and the few houses that did not yet have home security where targeted. The suspects were later identified from a security camera that they walked up to and saw at one house before they went over to the house right next door that did not have a security system.
Really do i need to add real security cameras to my home? To this we believe the answer is yes as it’s true any type of camera is a deterrent however, with a fake dummy camera you will not catch who is around your home.
There are many added benefits to adding home security cameras to your home:
1. Know when you kids are home from school
2. keep an eye on younger children at home with a nanny or babysitter
3. catch an intruder trying to break in
4. Keep an eye on elderly parents
5. check on crews working on or around your home
6. check on Pets while you are not home
7.If your home alarm sounds you can check on your cameras to see whats happening with out going outside.
Call central jersey security cameras and lets get started protecting what truly matter most to you 732 333 0227!

Thinking of adding home security to your home before summer comes?

Can you believe it’s March already? Before you know it the weather will break and it’s time to be out and about at BBQ’S, summer concerts and of course the Jersey shore… While you are out and about having fun do you ever stop and think who is watching your home while you are out? Did you know with today’s technology in security cameras you can look at your house with your cell phone? So while you are at the ball field ordering your hot dog you can grab your phone hit the app and there you go you can see your mail was just derived in the mail box by viewing your security cameras remotely. Another feature that is nice is that you can even set your phone and cameras up to send you alerts when someone has stepped up on your porch! If you are thinking it’s time to add home security to your home call central jersey security cameras today 732 333 0227

Tis the season for a spike in home burglaries

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Every year as the holiday season rolls into Central New Jersey there tends to be a number of home burglaries throughout New Jersey and throughout the us. The average home burglar loves this time of the year as we are all busy out shopping and visiting family your home can possibly being watched by just about anyone, The professional burglar or the junkie looking for a quick steal to make cash fast. So what do you? You get your home protected!
Home security today is nothing to take lightly with the rash of home invasions over the past few years today’s home burglaries are more and more aggressive and you do not want to be the next victim. These burglars are always looking for an easy target they do not want to hit the house they may be caught at so a house with a visible security camera system will often be taken off their radar.
Homes with the added protection of a home alarm system and security cameras are a burglar’s worst nightmare now not only were they caught on tape by the security cameras they now alerted the proper authorities by setting off an alarm system and changes are they will be caught on the spot and with the footage from your security camera you now have the proof of what took place at your home.So, this holiday season it’s time to take action on keeping your home safe call Central jersey Security cameras and get your home protected 732 333 0227

Looking at home security.. How secure is your home from unwanted intruders

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Your home is probably one of the biggest investments that you will ever make and it’s the one place you should feel the safest. This can make having your home broken into or invaded by an unwanted intruder devastating. If this unfortunate event takes place at your home you make wounder if you will ever feel safe again in your own home.
Keeping your home safe in today’s world means becoming diligent with your home’s security needs. Adding home security system to your home doubled with a home alarm system and security cameras for your home is what many families in New Jersey and throughout the tri-state area are doing today.
No burglar wants to be caught in film on camera often what we see at Central jersey Security cameras is a would be criminals walk up to a home look right up at the camera and walk away. In many case we find a neighbor or someone down the block with out security cameras becomes the victim of the burglar.Here are 5 home tips to help you secure your home.
1. Take a good look at your home – Most burglars decide within five minutes weather your home is a good target for them
-Look at you home during the day can just anyone look inside your home walk up and see no one is inside
-Look at your home at night when the lights are on in your home can just anyone see that new expensive TV system you brought from the street?
Both day and night views of your home are important for a burglar to check out so beat them to it take a look and get protected!
2.Examine each point of entry to your home. Today burglars have youtube that has thousands of lock picking videos that a pro can get into your home with a standard lock in many case in less than a minute. A window can be broken in less then a minute as well. Here is where you need to take a close look at adding a home alarm to your house. If someone moves a door open or breaks a window (as long as you have glass breaks or motion sensors) Your home alarm will sound in many case scaring the burglar away and the proper authorities will be on heir way to your home.
3. Be careful what you post on social media!! Going on vacation and think its a good idea to brag to your friends? think again this is social media – i don’t care you have “friends only setting on” anyone can take a picture of your post with their cell and now show millions of people you are away and no one will be in your home for days.
4.Identify and remove enticements -Home invasions and home robberies happen for a reason A burglar wants to be confident that your home is worth the trouble. You need to make sure when you get that new expensive TV DVR and home appliance you do not leave boxes out front in out your home or have them visible in your trash.If a prospective robber goes past your home and sees you have new goodies in your home you may become a target.
5.GET you home security and keep it up to date!!! Adding security cameras and alarms is a great idea but they are useless if you don’t work properly. When Choosing home security its an investment and when making this investment you need to think quickly but hard on the choice you make when you choose the company to do your home security. Shop around and be sure the company you choose is BBB accredited, and the Central Station Monitoring you choose is UL listed.
Don’t leave you home security to chance and don’t wait to become a victim. Call Central Jersey Security Cameras today and we call schedule an appointment today to give your home a security audit and help you find the security system you that will work best for your family. Call Central jersey security cameras today 732-333-0227

My Family is thinking about adding security cameras to our home and we do not know where to begin!!

My Family is thinking about adding security cameras to our home and we do not know where to begin!!
Security cameras are often a powerful deterrent against burglars. In Many Cases burglars will see security cameras and move on to the next home. This was the case last summer in Jackson NJ when a string of home robberies hit a quiet suburban neighborhood Houses that had security cameras on there homes were skipped over and the few houses that did not yet have home security where targeted. The suspects were later identified from a security camera that they walked up to and saw at one house before they went over to the house right next door that did not have a security system.
Really do i need to add real security cameras to my home? To this we believe the answer is yes as it’s true any type of camera is a deterrent however, with a fake dummy camera you will not catch who is around your home.
There are many added benefits to adding home security cameras to your home:
1. Know when you kids are home from school
2. keep an eye on younger children at home with a nanny or babysitter
3. catch an intruder trying to break in
4. Keep an eye on elderly parents
5. check on crews working on or around your home
6. check on Pets while you are not home
7.If your home alarm sounds you can check on your cameras to see whats happening with out going outside.
If you are still unsure if security cameras are the homecall central jersey security cameras and lets get started protecting what truly matter most to you 732 333 0227

More home and business robberies in Old Bridge NJ

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Old Bridge NJ is not stranger this past year to home burglaries and home invasions. The suspects from the home invasions have been captured and now their is another crime wave is hitting Old Bridge NJ. This new home robbery takes place during the day and they are trying to make it look like they were never there. The burglaries are working in teams of two and posing as workers on the home walking in with clip boards after they get into the home they take just a few items so many homeowners don’t even realize they were there until they go to put their jewelry on or till they go to put change in their change jar making it harder to estimate what time they got into the victims home. Central Jersey Security Cameras would like to help the homeowners and business in Old Bridge NJ stay protected. Our office is located in Freehold NJ you can make an appointment to come into our office and see security cameras and alarm systems work live in our office before you make the purchase. Central Jersey Security Cameras works on all types of homes and business and have very affordable pricing and payment programs. Don’t wait till something happens and its too late to protect what matters to you most. Call Central Jersey Security Cameras today and protect the people and things that matter most to you. For your FREE estimate call 732 415 7772