Fortress Security S02-A and S02-B Wireless Home Security Alarm System DIY Kit with Auto Dial Review

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Last Updated 6/20/2016

Both the Fortress Security S02-A and S02-B are a DIY wireless home security system that allows people to set up, install and monitor their homes themselves.

Retailing between $129-$155 (see the lowest price), both give several functions such as auto-dialing up to 6 phone numbers in the event an intrusion is detected, self-monitor your system over a land line and cell phone, and more at an affordable price.

Fortress Security Review

Because of the way its design, there is no need for any third party contracts which easily enables you to have the ability to add equipment without incurring extra costs. You will also be surprised at the customizability and flexibility of the setting. However, its pre-programmed version is adequate for most people.

Key Features

  • Autodialer function will call up to 6 designated phone numbers in the event of a security violation
  • Passive motion detectors detect action or any suspicious move
  • Door/Window contacts find any strong breakin
  • Security system complete with detectors and fully programmable primary unit
  • 110dB alarm alarms discourages possible intruders and neighbors

System Includes

  • Main Control Panel Featuring Auto-Dialer
  • 5 Door/Window Contacts
  • 2 Passive Motion Detectors
  • 1 Loud, 110dB Alarm (approx. 30 Inch Wire)
  • 2 Keyfobs To Activate / Deactivate The Alarm
  • 1 Panic Alarm
  • 4 Alarm Warning Stickers (Two For Windows ,Two For Doors)

Technical

  • Power Supply:AC 110V-240V DC 9V
  • Internal Power: Ni-Mh Battery
  • System Can Call Using A Land Line

Strengths 

  • Mobile integration - up to 6 phones can be integrated
  • Installation is quick and easy since it is pre-programed out of the box
  • Chime feature that allows you to be notified is a window or door is being open and closed
  • When connected to a mobile network, you can make calls from the control panel
  • Unlike many systems that use the internet, this system is independent of it
  • Although the sirens won't work, the backup batteries are adequate to support the system in case of a power outage
  • Standard home/away mode for arming the system
  • The functionality of the system is created so there are no monthly payments or long term contracts
  • Motion Sensors for animals under 50 lbs




Weakness

  • Just able to get little homeowners mark down until you add third party integration into the system
  • Can’t controlled by a home automation system or be added to
  • Only one passcode, no multiple passcodes for various people
  • The user guide will not have enough information
  • Power cables included for control panel, where it is possible to put them, and outside siren is brief at five feet high limiting
  • They offer free detectors and sensors for a 5-star rating
  • No battery backup for the sirens
  • Setup directions are not easy to follow, but system is straightforward setting up and install
  • If you don’t have a dedicated phone line, an incoming phone call can be treated by the system as although the line was cut and sound the alarm. This can be switched off, so you don’t need to listen every time you've got a phone call, but it is annoying to do so in the first place

Overview

Weight

2.6 lb pounds

Ergonomics

Ergonomics

Durability

Durability

Maintenance

Maintenance

Reliability

Reliability

Upgrades Available 

Availability

Who Is This For?

Both the S02-A and S02-B are a good basic DIY security system at a reasonable cost. The kit includes a great variety of remote controls, sirens, and detectors. It doesn’t come with a camera or a program or the skill to add them. But it does give you many more detectors for the same cost as those that do and for your house.

However, who is this for?

This is for anyone who is in need of some deterrent and is not worried about quality and reliability. After having this for less than one month is was clear that it was going to be replaced every year. It lacks quality and common sense when it comes to security. If the price is what is most important to you, then you won't find any cheaper than this. However, take notice that you are buying something that will need to be replaced fairly soon.

Packages

Fortress Home Security

S02-A

S02-B

Type

Wireless 

Wireless 

Connection

VOIP or Landline

VOIP or Landline

Sensors 

Yes

Yes

Sirens

No

No

Remote Monitoring

Limited- one phone only

Limited- one phone only

Smartphone App

No

No

Max Devices to be Added

99

99

Contracts 

No

No

Hidden Fees

No

No

Camera Integration

No

No

Be sure to check out the list of other DIY Home Security Systems to see what is best for you.