Burglary Hardware - Control Panels





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Zone control panel from NAPCO.


  • 8 Fully Programmable Zones (7 EOL + 1 N/O)
  • 3 Keypad-activated zones (silent or audible): Fire, Panic and Auxiliary
  • 3 Flexible Modes Of Programming: Keypad Programming, Local downloading directly.Exclusive Sensor Watch Feature continuously monitors motion detectors for proper operation
  • Keyswitch input


  • UL Listed: Household Burglary/Fire UL1023/985

The control panel is the "brain" of the operation which takes the input from the sensors and decides what to do about it. This is the heart of your alarm system. It controls when and for how long the siren will blast, when to communicate to the central station, and so on.

Here are some components and features common to most control panels: Keypads allow you to do more than turn the system on and off. They display the status of the system, enable you to change arming levels and view the last event that took place. Keypads come with either LCD or LED displays. An LCD display provides information in English, whereas the LED indicates the data via light sequences. Most keypads also have manual buttons for a user to indicate a fire, forced intrusion and/or medical emergency.

Zones are functions or electrical circuits (loops). The more zones a control panel has the greater the number of sensors to be individually reported. With smaller capacity panels, an alarm installer would group sensors on the same zone.

Zones can be programmed to suit the sensor. For example, a zone can be set to delay response or instantly activate the panel. A delay zone would be used on a front door to allow the user to enter and exit without setting off the alarm.The zones used for smoke detectors are usually instant and for 24 hour response. This means that the fire system is working even if the control panel is not armed.

Grouping zones that are similar allow you to create arming levels. This means that you can keep parts of the system working while eliminating areas that are in use. A business may keep the storage area armed even during operating times. A homeowner might arm the perimeter and turn the space detectors off for security while at home.

The alarm control requires power to operate. This is accomplished by house current filtered by a power supply and back-up rechargeable battery. The battery maintains the operation of the system during power interruption. These batteries are either 6 or 12 volt. The capacity of the battery is rated in ampere hours.

The alarm control may be programmed for audible and silent functions. Many panic alarms are set up as silent so as to not create further stress, whereas a perimeter system will be set to power a bell or siren.

The best made and designed burglar alarm systems are only as good as the response to that alarm. Therefore a key component of any system is the communicator. Here are some of the most popular reporting devices available for homes and businesses.

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