I had a Br1nks Alarm system & was tired of paying their monitoring fee, so I canceled it & ordered an Elk M1 Gold to replace it. It came in Friday and today I finally ripped out the Br1nks and went to work installing my new toy. It was actually a fun project and I learned a lot. I came on this forum earlier and wanted to post a question but was denied access until my account was approved.
. Now that I'm approved I've already figured it all out and my Elk M1G is online! I was annoyed that my Elk "Nav" keypad didn't come with installation instructions (as the M1 did) -- and Elk won't allow me to download them since I'm not a dealer. But I got it working and even programed the alarm via the keypad since i also couldn't download the Elk Windows software.
The alarm has tons of options and I only have 8 zones, no automation yet.. But im still finding lots of cool things to play with... But anyway I do have a couple questions:
1) I couldn't get the system to see my zones until I changed each zone option to "1 Normally Closed"-- by default it was saying "short" on all my zones I think because they don't have resistors on them.. Do I need to install them? What good do they do on a residential system?
2) I also bought an XP ethernet connection box for the
M1G, but it requires some software to program & operate. The box did not come with a CD or download instructions. Where & how do I get the software?