Work2Play, thank you for your comments!
I've added the Elk 16 Output Expander, 8 Voltage & 8 Relays (ELK-M1XOVR) to my list thanks
It looked like this was the most versatile option...?
[*]You don't seem to have anything for outputs - do you have anything you want to control that needs contact closure (Garage doors, sprinklers, pool fill valve, etc)? I was using 20 outputs at my last house (8 went to the voice recordable module so I could play custom sounds through the house - like doorbell, halloween sounds, etc).
I intend to use Premise to interface with my serial modules. It would get too expensive to interface everything directly with the M1G.
[*]I don't see any M1XSP's - the serial interfaces used to connect to thermostats, lighting systems, etc. Are you doing either?
Maybe I should be looking at a ChannelVision can or are the hole spacings usually identical for cans accross brands?
[*]Look into universal mounting plates for the accessories; maybe just buy one of each so you can play with them and see which one fits when. Also, I use the gel-filled connectors a bit, and even the foam double-sided stickies when I don't feel like drilling to make things work on the plates. My Elk plates do fit my ChannelVision Can; and most of my Leviton and OnQ accessories seem to fit it as well.
As you point out, I plan to use three of these each mounted behind the KP2 keypads: Flush Mount Speaker, 12W, 32 Ohm ELK-SP12F
I like the idea of an exterior speaker for the deck area, but any suggestions on which speaker to use for outdoor use? I'm assuming one wires the speakers all in a parallel or series so that the total impedance is > 4 ohms.
[*]I don't see sirens? Indoors, I use the elk sirens through the keypad speakers, but those are a bit weak; I augmented with a pair of GE Screamers. Also, for exterior, I recommend a speaker and not a siren; I bought the wrong one first and found that I'd prefer to let the Elk drive the sound it makes; it makes a few other things easier.
PS: does everyone wire up their system using cat6 23 guage wire? This is what I had planned... What's the max current draw I might see on something like a siren? I'm thinking a siren (don't have one planned for now) is the only current draw I'll have to worry about using cat6.
Edited by etc6849, 25 October 2010 - 06:03 PM.