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6. Security > 80. Unite Your Alarm and Home Automation Systems

Unite Your Alarm and Home Automation Systems

If you have both an alarm and a home automation system that aren’t currently on speaking terms, you might be able to bridge the gap with minimal effort.

Although you can use your home automation system to help keep watch over your house, nothing beats a dedicated alarm system for doing the job right. As a result, many people have two separate systems in their homes: one for automation and the other for security. If your security alarm console has an unused relay output and your home automation controller [Hack #21] has ports where you can directly connect switches and input lines—such as the LynX-10, HomeVision, or, with extra modules, the Ocelot—you can get the two systems talking to each other.


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