Best Wired Burglar Alarm

by Editor on October 14, 2018

The best hard wired burglar alarm that we’ve come across is the Texecom Veritas Excel. They’re easy for an electrician or DIYer to install.  Here’s a quick rundown of the benefits and main differences between the Excel and R8 systems.

That’s not to say that there aren’t other equivalents or better burglar alarms out there, but we’ve installed and serviced many and can highly recommend Veritas Excel and R8 systems for basic reliable home or small business alarms.

Both these Texecom Veritas systems are easy to install and set up. They are proven to be robust and have all the basic functions needed of an 8 zone alarm panel.

Both Excel and R8 have remote keypads. This lets you install a nice neat keypad next to a door whilst the main alarm panel can be hidden away in a cupboard or loft.

The main differences between Veritas Excel and R8:

  • Excel comes with LCD readable text display (makes programming and setting easier)
  • R8 has LED indicator light type display
  • Both have 8 zones and 3 Part set features
  • Can connect up to 4 remote keypads
  • Built-in or removable panel sounder (could be wired to somewhere away from the panel)
  • Excel has communicator output connections to accept optional speech dial communicator
  • Excel can use closed circuit loop (CCL) or fully supervised loop – end of line resistor (FSL-EOL) wiring

Both R8 and Excel have been around for many years and are used in many professional security installations.

There is also a Veritas R8 Compact version with an integral keypad which can be an option for smaller security installations:

Hard Wired or Wireless Burglar Alarm?

Although wireless alarm systems can now be very reliable, they still depend on battery powered devices and wireless technology which could be seen as a weak link in your security system. They are obviously quicker to install by an expert but can be fiddly for a novice.

Hard wired burglar alarms are usually specified by professional installers for both larger commercial and home systems. Wired are still considered to be more reliable, easier to set up and more difficult to hack.

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Thanks for reading and good luck with your alarm installation.

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