What is the Difference Between the Alarm Panel Pro and the Alarm Panel?

The main differences between Konnected's Alarm Panel Pro and the standard Alarm Panel lie in their connectivity options. The Pro model features Ethernet connectivity and Power-over-Ethernet (PoE), while the standard Alarm Panel offers Wi-Fi only.

Alarm Panel Pro Overview

The Alarm Panel Pro is designed for users who require:

  • Both Wi-Fi and Ethernet connectivity options for flexible networking.
  • Power-over-Ethernet (PoE) for versatile and reliable power supply.
  • A more powerful ESP32 microcontroller for improved performance and memory and future Matter standard compatibility​​​​​​.

Features and Benefits

  1. Connectivity: Offers Wi-Fi and Ethernet, ensuring versatile and stable network connections​​​​.
  2. Microcontroller: Powered by the ESP32, providing a powerful and reliable platform for smart home integration​​.
  3. Power Options: Can be powered using either 12VDC or PoE, offering flexibility and low power consumption​​.
  4. Expansion: Infinitely expandable by adding more Konnected Alarm Panel boards, adapting to various home sizes and configurations​​​​.

Alarm Panel Overview

The standard Alarm Panel is suitable for users who need:

  • A straightforward, Wi-Fi-based solution for integrating wired alarm systems with smart home technology.
  • A cost-effective option for making wired alarm systems smart without monthly fees​​.

Features and Benefits

  1. Wi-Fi Connectivity: Provides a reliable Wi-Fi connection for standard home setups​​.
  2. Smart Home Integration: Connects wired sensors to smart home platforms for custom automations and routines​​​​.
  3. Remote Monitoring and Control: Enables remote arming/disarming and sends notifications to the user's phone​​.
  4. Expansion: Like the Pro model, it is infinitely expandable by adding more boards, accommodating various home security needs​​.

Key Differences

Both models are infinitely expandable, making the number of input zones a non-differentiating factor. The primary distinctions are the Alarm Panel Pro's enhanced connectivity options (Ethernet and PoE) and the more advanced ESP32 microcontroller, as opposed to the standard Alarm Panel's simpler Wi-Fi-only setup. The choice between the two models depends on the your specific connectivity needs and preferences for home automation integration.