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    Quote Originally Posted by DaRacerz
    That monkey is great! Here I am using a Clifford 3.5 RS. Though the best security you can buy yourself is to stay low profile. But be careful with these Alarm installation places, cause some of the install jobs are hiddeous and the car is more secure without the alarm unit.
    Yeh, like Circuit City. I hear that Best Buy can't even intall a radio correctly

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    The best alarm to me has the longest range two way communication,every other feature is secondary to this. if your at the mall & your alarm goes off way out in the parking lot, you want to know imediately & why.

    if you have a pager/communicator/controller on your belt that beeps & vibrates & you can just look at it to determine if it was just bumped or if a door has been opened etc. in real time then you have security. the only alarm on the market that I know of that uses spread spectrum technology, allowing use of much more transmiting power by the fcc is the compustar ss.

    the range blows away all other so called high end fm two ways like dei's clifford\python\viper lines & basically anything else out there short of cellular communication, which is really the ultimate security, but not readily available & dificult to devise reliably, not to mention very high lattency...

    check out compustar ss, it'll cost you about twice as much & it's a ***** to install, but nothing else can touch it as far as I know...of course it has a remote start & many other high end features, including being the ONLY remote start I have ever seen that is actually designed to also be installed PROPERLY & SAFELY in a stick shift car by requiring a reservation mode sequince.

    another thing I have done with this alarm is modify the transmit & receive antennas for even more range, imagine starting your car 5, 6 or even 7 or more city blocks away & getting confirmation that it is running...to me the labor is a significant factor & I would not waste the amount of labor it takes to properly install a security system on anything less than one of these, you can probably get one off ebay for a little under $300 last I looked, or find an authorized installer to hook it up for anywhere from $550-$1,000 or more to install it correctly depending on your car & options & remember you get what you pay for, so if you can't install it yourself don't cheap out on a crappy install, it can take anywhere from 5 or 6 hours to well over 20 hours for a GOOD install by someone who is a pro, this don't come cheap either...

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    Quote Originally Posted by turbocad6
    The best alarm to me has the longest range two way communication,every other feature is secondary to this. if your at the mall & your alarm goes off way out in the parking lot, you want to know imediately & why.

    if you have a pager/communicator/controller on your belt that beeps & vibrates & you can just look at it to determine if it was just bumped or if a door has been opened etc. in real time then you have security. the only alarm on the market that I know of that uses spread spectrum technology, allowing use of much more transmiting power by the fcc is the compustar ss.

    the range blows away all other so called high end fm two ways like dei's clifford\python\viper lines & basically anything else out there short of cellular communication, which is really the ultimate security, but not readily available & dificult to devise reliably, not to mention very high lattency...

    check out compustar ss, it'll cost you about twice as much & it's a ***** to install, but nothing else can touch it as far as I know...of course it has a remote start & many other high end features, including being the ONLY remote start I have ever seen that is actually designed to also be installed PROPERLY & SAFELY in a stick shift car by requiring a reservation mode sequince.

    another thing I have done with this alarm is modify the transmit & receive antennas for even more range, imagine starting your car 5, 6 or even 7 or more city blocks away & getting confirmation that it is running...to me the labor is a significant factor & I would not waste the amount of labor it takes to properly install a security system on anything less than one of these, you can probably get one off ebay for a little under $300 last I looked, or find an authorized installer to hook it up for anywhere from $550-$1,000 or more to install it correctly depending on your car & options & remember you get what you pay for, so if you can't install it yourself don't cheap out on a crappy install, it can take anywhere from 5 or 6 hours to well over 20 hours for a GOOD install by someone who is a pro, this don't come cheap either...

    Well that does sound pretty cool, but in all those features does it have a monkey that comes out and beats the car theif to death?

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    Trunkmonkey is pretty versatile, too:

    http://www.trunkmonkey.com/#q003

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    It has a similar feature, but it uses a gorilla & some vasiline instead, I'll try to capture it on video & post it here, it is billed as the rape-ape option

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    Quote Originally Posted by turbocad6
    The best alarm to me has the longest range two way communication,every other feature is secondary to this. if your at the mall & your alarm goes off way out in the parking lot, you want to know imediately & why.

    if you have a pager/communicator/controller on your belt that beeps & vibrates & you can just look at it to determine if it was just bumped or if a door has been opened etc. in real time then you have security. the only alarm on the market that I know of that uses spread spectrum technology, allowing use of much more transmiting power by the fcc is the compustar ss.

    I would have to agree with the above with one exception. It's really a matter of personal preference and acceptable tradeoffs. If you live in a high crime area, leave your car outside all the time, and have to park 6 blocks from the house or work, the ss has no competition.

    My biggest issue on the other hand was the fact that I wanted one remote for all four of my cars. I have a Crimestopper Informer with additional 1 watt boost, high-end antenna, and modified two-way pagers. Since I bought 4 systems I actually ended up with 8 remotes (only 3 are currently in use, 4 modofied and programmed). But I get 2 blocks easy (my brother 1 1/2 block away and I annoy each other when the two ways recieve signals at odd hours). Remote start was also a must for me in my winter cars and microwave interior protection for my convertables (when I infrequently leave the top down in the parking lot). The last preference I had was additional functions - trunk, gas door, auto close windows and convertable, auto start/shutdown CarPC, HVAC, etc.

    To get all the function/features I wanted, for each car, the way I wanted them; cost me bigtime on the install and additional hardware, but was well worth it. Again, its really a matter of personal preference and tradeoffs.

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