I continue to work on my system, and the pictures are updated. Is it ever done?
As I progress, I find that I need another input expansion board--the present 32 zones are not enough when most everything is home run, and my system's 12 VDC demands may be more than what the M1 can provide. I think I can rearrange the Elk's enclosure slightly to accommodate another input board, extra battery, and charger. Plus, I wish that I had known more about smoke detectors when the house was built. I would have used smoke detectors integrated with the Elk rather than a network of conventional ionization/photoelectric Kidde detectors. I am debating about how to connect these conventional smoke detectors to the panel. A GE 350CX might be appropriate, assuming it can work with the Kidde detectors.
Did I mention that I want to put another keypad at the top of the stairs going down to the walk-out basement. Then the basement will be a separate area in the M1's programming. As I said, it is never really over.
I sure would love to see and learn from your system. My project is still in the planning mode. The shell of my new house is complete, the exterior finished and inside simply studs. Actually the ideal situation to be in to do the HA wiring and security set-up. And yet, I don't know so many things, or I should say, I am still so uncertain about many things. Anyway, I understand what you were saying about your smoke detector challenges. What brand or model would you recommend to me since I haven't installed any detectors yet and the walls are wide open?
I appreciate your great expertese.
Thanks again, Hans