What's the Difference Between the Conversion Kits and the Interface Kits?

The Conversion Kit is ideal for those who wish to fully replace their old alarm system and embrace app-based monitoring, whereas the Interface Kit is tailored for those who want to retain their existing alarm system while adding smart features.

Conversion Kit Overview

The Konnected Alarm Panel Conversion Kit is a comprehensive solution that replaces traditional wired alarm systems. It's particularly suitable for users who:

  • Seek a cost-effective, value-for-money option.
  • Want internet connectivity for their alarm systems.
  • Want the ability to create automations based on their sensor activity.
  • Do not require the ability to use traditional professional home monitoring services.
  • Want to avoid monthly fees and switch to app-based self-monitoring?
  • Are not attached to their existing traditional keypads.
  • Desire the flexibility to replace original keypads with touch-screen tablets.
  • Have a new construction home or pre-wired one without an installed alarm system.

Features and Benefits

  1. DIY Installation: Easy do-it-yourself installation process, making it a practical choice for pre-wired homes​​. (Professional installation services are available, depending on your location, through our network of installers and partners)
  2. Smart Home Integration: Compatible with major smart home platforms and apps like SmartThings, Home Assistant, and Hubitat. This feature allows for remote monitoring and control of the home without monthly fees​​, and limitless automation possibilities.
  3. Sensor Compatibility: Works with most wired sensors and devices such as door/window sensors, motion sensors, glass-break detectors, water leak detectors, and smoke/CO detectors​​.
  4. Expansion Options: Infinitely expandable by adding more Konnected Alarm Panel boards, offering a decentralized approach where each board operates independently with its own Wi-Fi or Ethernet connection​​.
  5. Keypad Replacement: Option to replace old keypads with wall-mounted tablets, creating a DIY smart home dashboard. This is facilitated by using the home's existing keypad wiring, alongside one of our USB Converters​​.

Interface Kit Overview

The Konnected Alarm Panel Interface Kit, on the other hand, is designed for users who:

  • Want to add smart functionalities to their traditional alarm systems.
  • Have the "installation code/engineer code" of the alarm system and the ability to program one of the outputs as a key switch.
  • Want the ability to create automations based on their sensor activity.
  • Seek the ability to continue using their existing keypads alongside smart home apps for system control​​.
  • Want the option to keep their traditional professional home monitoring services.
  • Desire remote monitoring and control but are not ready to fully transition to smart home alarms.

Features and Benefits

  1. DIY Installation: Easy do-it-yourself installation process, making it a practical choice for pre-wired homes​​. (Professional installation services are available, depending on your location, through our network of installers and partners)
  2. Smart Home Compatibility: Integrates seamlessly with top smart home platforms and voice assistants, and is infinitely expandable by integrating additional alarm panel interface kits​​.
  3. Professional Monitoring: Allows the continuation of professional home monitoring services while adding smart home features​​.
  4. Sensors and Siren Use: Utilizes existing wired sensors and sirens, enabling smart control and monitoring​​.
  5. Ease of Transition: Offers a gradual transition into modern home monitoring, maintaining the comfort of traditional keypads while introducing smart automations​​.
  6. Key Switch Programming: Requires programming one of the outputs as a key switch for remote arming and disarming, using the existing keypad and the "installation code/engineer code" of the alarm system​​.
  7. No Monthly Fees: Like the Conversion Kit, it comes with no obligatory monthly fees or subscriptions, providing cost-effective smart home monitoring​​.

Comparing Both Kits

Both kits are similar in several aspects, including compatibility with common wired sensors and signaling devices, no required fees or subscriptions, smartphone monitoring & notifications, and Wi-Fi or Ethernet connectivity. However, the Conversion Kit is designed to replace traditional wired alarm panels, while the Interface Kit adds smart home features by connecting to any traditional alarm panel. The Conversion Kit is the least expensive option and an easier installation that does not require knowledge of the "installation code/engineer code" or any programming of the old system. The Interface Kit requires programming of the old system and knowledge of the "installation code/engineer code", and the installation and setup is a bit more involved. 

In summary, the choice between the Conversion and Interface Kits depends on whether you want to completely replace your existing system with a smart one (Conversion Kit) or add smart functionalities while retaining your traditional system (Interface Kit).