Device specific features and electrical characteristics

Feature USB Serial Embedded
Baud rate 115200 19200 115200
Power source[1] from panel from panel user supplied[2]
Voltage ~12v ~12v 3.3v or 5v
Host connection Mini USB B DB9 female 2x13 female header Pitch 2.54mm
Power Consumption ~30mA
Polarity protection[3]
Expansion header
Enclosure [4]
CE self certified mark [5]

General AlarmDecoder Capabilities

  • Arm / Disarm
    • The AlarmDecoder is a virtual keypad so any actions that a real keypad can preform the AlarmDecoder can also do
  • Read alarm status with full alpha message
    • includes cursor support for programming mode
  • Trigger panic and function buttons
    • Protection added to avoid accidental triggering
  • Remote access
    • If you can access the host the AlarmDecoder is connected to then you can access the alarm panel.
      • ex. rdesktop,vnc,ssh,ser2sock,Team Viewer, Goto MyPC, LogMeIn
  • Notifications
  • Vista specific features
    • Relay expander emulation and message decoding
      • Allow the alarm panel to open/close a virtual relay managed by the home automation system
    • Zone expander emulation and message decoding
      • Allow an external device on your home automation system to open/close an alarm panel zone
    • Long range radio emulation and message decoding
      • See what user code was used to arm disarm and more
  • DSC specific features
    • Relay support is in development
    • More soon!!

  1. Where the AlarmDecoder gets power needed by the device for its operation. Signal power is required from the panel for communications to the panel in all cases. Signal power may be supplied from an auxiliary source. See your alarm panels install manual for discussion on auxiliary power
  2. Depending on the application power can be provided from the keypad bus or the Alarm Battery
  3. Signal power has polarity protection in all cases.
  4. UL94V rated plastic material used
  5. The next USB release will have a CE mark mid 2014