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Tech Support Pits column from Dear Webby's Humor Letter of
06/14/05: Computer as burglar alarm system
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Can an old computer be used as a controller for a burglar
alarm system? It seems they have all the necessary
If you buy a 16, 24 or 36 node In/Out board for it, yes,
then it would have most of the components.
The problem with computers is their very limited input.
If you want a fancy alarm system, get one that can be
programmed via a computer. It will have it's own In/Out
board, and be a lot more reliable than a desktop computer.
The better systems allow you to dial into them with a modem
or connect via the serial port on the computer, and then
do all kinds of fancy programming. When you SAVE,
the programming is burned into ROM memory in the
security system and will survive power failures and
shut-downs. You can then disconnect the computer and
let it run on it's own.
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