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Comments on news posted 2011-06-07 18:27:47: Last October we noted that Comcast had jumped into the home security game, launching Xfinity Home Security service in Houston. ..



Kdt

@twtelecom.net

conceptually impressive

I have to say it doesn't sound like the world's worst idea. It is Comcast though, which isn't so great. But the concept -- ISP and security merged together -- ain't half bad.


Joe12345678

join:2003-07-22
Des Plaines, IL

Preferred seems small


Window/Door Sensors (4)
Motion Detector (1)
Wireless Keypad (1)

Keychain Remote (1)
Touch Screen (1)

what does more cost $0.50 /m $2 /m $5 /m for each sensor?
web site has stuff on it like
Fire Monitoring (equipment not included)

Home Automation (Lights & Thermostat
equipment not included)

Video Monitoring
(equipment purchased separately)



tshirt
Premium,MVM
join:2004-07-11
Snohomish, WA
kudos:4
Reviews:
·Comcast

Price seems normal

If you have or have looked into a home security service you'd see the pricing is pretty typical.
It' is a smart bet for comcast, one more way to utilize the wire and generate a little more revenue (realise the fees all/mostly go to the security servce, with comcast claiming a small portion of the monthly fee for the wire (which previously would have been paid to the telco) plus some fee for the promotion/marketing aspect.
I't a good deal for cable users too, even if they don't use the security service, the more revenue streams CC can establish the less likely any one service is to "HAVE TO HAVE" a major increase to pay for plant improvments.


Joe12345678

join:2003-07-22
Des Plaines, IL

are you forced to rent a Emat as well or some other link?

Do you need to buy comcast phone as well or just HSI? Is basic TV needed as well?


bman212121

join:2005-06-09

One Concern

So my only concern would be for someone with triple play... Let's say you're not home and someone unscrews the cable line coming into the house... Does Comcast send out the police? How long would a truck roll take? They could attempt to call your home phone but obviously that number isn't going to be functional. Seems like there could be a lot of false positives if the infrastructure isn't working properly. (How many times do people have intermittent issues due to the weather?)



N3OGH
Yo Soy Col. "Bat" Guano
Premium
join:2003-11-11
Philly burbs
kudos:2

Comcast, trust us!

I would just as soon hand over my ACH RTN & account numbers to the billing geniuses at Sirius XM before I trusted any Telcom provider with my home security.

The idea that a monitored alarm offers any sort of enhanced security for the average person is kinda specious reasoning. It's more the yard sign that keeps burglars away.

Your best bet is a good hardened safe for the truly irreplaceable stuff, good insurance for the stuff you leave out, and some sort of personal defense in the event of home invasion.

I have my personal preferences on the third item. Sig & Sauer, Colt (hey, it's all the Japanese you need to know!) and something to master your bushes, should your bush need to be mastered....
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WernerSchutz

join:2009-08-04
Sugar Land, TX

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Joe12345678

join:2003-07-22
Des Plaines, IL
reply to bman212121

Re: One Concern

Cellular and Battery Backup Included


pinjas

join:2011-01-31
River Falls, WI
reply to N3OGH

Re: Comcast, trust us!

I couldn't have said it better myself.



ctg1701a
VIP
join:2008-08-07
Media, PA
reply to bman212121

Re: One Concern

said by bman212121:

So my only concern would be for someone with triple play... Let's say you're not home and someone unscrews the cable line coming into the house... Does Comcast send out the police? How long would a truck roll take? They could attempt to call your home phone but obviously that number isn't going to be functional. Seems like there could be a lot of false positives if the infrastructure isn't working properly. (How many times do people have intermittent issues due to the weather?)

The system has a cellular backup that handles alarms. This is available all of the time in case your cable service has an interruption.

Thanks
Chris
Comcast


NickD
Premium
join:2000-11-17
Princeton Junction, NJ

1 recommendation

reply to Kdt

Re: conceptually impressive

If the burglar alarm goes off I'd rather have the police show up than a Comcast tech, just saying



fatmanskinny
Premium
join:2004-01-04
Wandering

Sounds good but...

does Comcast's Home Security monitoring count towards your bandwidth usage?
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tshirt
Premium,MVM
join:2004-07-11
Snohomish, WA
kudos:4

I'm guessing it does not, that it uses a dedicated channel like phone service does. (it might even just use one of the "phonelines")



Wondering

@173.226.104.x

Monitoring

I just wonder if Comcast will keep statics of your alarm output?
When turning on and off the system and other alarm output reports?

Who's watching who?

Will Comcast staff or others have access to the information?

Troublesome?????????????????

Cable tv does have limits.


bman212121

join:2005-06-09
reply to ctg1701a

Re: One Concern

Ah okay. Thanks!



fatmanskinny
Premium
join:2004-01-04
Wandering
reply to tshirt

Re: Sounds good but...

I was kidding. I am sure it doesn't....I was just taking a jab at Comcast and their caps.
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