How to choose the right Fire Alarm Control Panel.

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How to choose the right Fire Alarm Control Panel.

Post by Nathan H. on Sun Jun 16, 2013 9:06 pm

This topic is to help you choose the right panel for your system.  *This topic is made for beginners*

                               Listed below is frequently asked questions about buying a panel

-Were can i find a fire alarm control panel?
The best place to look is Ebay.com!

-What is the best panel to start with?
The best panel to start with would be a firelite ms2/ms4.

-How much should i spend on a Fire Alarm Control Panel?
I would not spend more then $300.00. panels are not cheap so don't be upset if you can't get one.

-When should i get a panel?
You should not get a panel unless you have a pullstation and a horn/strobe and know how to use them. Do your homework before you get one as well.


I hope this helps you. if you have more questions to ask post a reply and i will answer it.

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Nathan H.
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Re: How to choose the right Fire Alarm Control Panel.

Post by TssCman123 on Sun Jun 16, 2013 10:32 pm

My first control panel was a Fire-Lite MS-2.  They are very simple, and easy to wire, which makes them great for fire alarm enthusiasts.

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You have given me the idea to add a fire alarm tips forum.

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Re: How to choose the right Fire Alarm Control Panel.

Post by Nathan H. on Sun Jun 16, 2013 11:27 pm

You asking me?
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Post by TssCman123 on Sun Jun 16, 2013 11:30 pm

Asking you what?
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Re: How to choose the right Fire Alarm Control Panel.

Post by Nathan H. on Sun Jun 16, 2013 11:37 pm

To give you ideas about fire alarm tips
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Post by TssCman123 on Sun Jun 16, 2013 11:39 pm

No, I was just stating that you gave me the idea to add a new forum.

It's the one we are in right now: "Information/Tips/Tutorials".
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Post by Nathan H. on Sun Jun 16, 2013 11:41 pm

Yah I know that we're in the tips form, ok that's why I asked if you we're talking to me specify or in genral
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Re: How to choose the right Fire Alarm Control Panel.

Post by TssCman123 on Sun Jun 16, 2013 11:48 pm

I said that because there is still a "shadow topic" in the fire alarm general discussion forum, and that can be confusing.
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Re: How to choose the right Fire Alarm Control Panel.

Post by Nathan H. on Sun Jun 16, 2013 11:50 pm

Do you want me to Delete or lock the shadow topic
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Post by TssCman123 on Sun Jun 16, 2013 11:52 pm

Do you have access to those buttons from your account?

No, a "shadow topic" is just a redirection to the moved topic. It's there so if you go to that forum to check for replies, you can still find it in the new forum.
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Post by Nathan H. on Sun Jun 16, 2013 11:56 pm


That is a screen shot I took to show the buttons I have access to
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Re: How to choose the right Fire Alarm Control Panel.

Post by TssCman123 on Mon Jun 17, 2013 12:06 am

I think you forgot to insert the image.

Send me the image in a private message, so we don't get too off topic.
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Re: How to choose the right Fire Alarm Control Panel.

Post by Nathan H. on Mon Jun 17, 2013 12:11 am

I just did
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I found a Fire lite MS-4 from this guy on youtube!

Post by FireAlarmKid on Mon Jun 17, 2013 9:51 pm

I think ill get it even though I dont have pulls because not every day I will find a $400 for 100 bucks xD:star:Like a Star @ heavenLike a Star @ heavenLike a Star @ heavenLike a Star @ heavenLike a Star @ heavenbounce
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Re: How to choose the right Fire Alarm Control Panel.

Post by TssCman123 on Mon Jun 17, 2013 10:06 pm

Actually, a brand new MS-2 sells for about $275 from a fire alarm sales company.

See this topic:
http://www.firealarmsrme.org/t17-where-to-purchase-fire-alarms
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Re: How to choose the right Fire Alarm Control Panel.

Post by Nathan H. on Tue Jun 18, 2013 12:56 am

As long as you do your homework get one!
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Re: How to choose the right Fire Alarm Control Panel.

Post by TssCman123 on Tue Jun 18, 2013 11:46 am

Oh wait, I just realized that he said he got a MS-4, not a MS-2, so then they do sell for about $400.

So, yeah, that is a good deal.  It's 75% off!
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Post by Nathan H. on Tue Jun 18, 2013 12:43 pm

That's a nice deal Smile
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Re: How to choose the right Fire Alarm Control Panel.

Post by U8oL0 on Sat Jun 22, 2013 3:23 pm

I would disagree that the best panel to start out would specifically be an MS-2 or an MS-4. Sure, those are good panels, but there are a lot of other panels made by different companies (and some made by Fire-Lite) that are just as good, if not better. Really, any conventional control panel that isn't too hard to figure out makes a great starter panel. Here are a couple of other good starter panels that come to mind:

EST FireShield
Fire-Lite MS-4424
Fire-Lite MS-5024UD
Simplex 4001
Simplex 4004
Silent Knight 5204
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Re: How to choose the right Fire Alarm Control Panel.

Post by Nathan H. on Sat Jun 22, 2013 4:12 pm

True... And there are some other panels that are great starter panels. My first panel was an Firelite ms5ud
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Re: How to choose the right Fire Alarm Control Panel.

Post by TssCman123 on Sun Jun 23, 2013 10:11 am

A starter panel should be simple and cheap, unlike the MS-5UD.  I didn't think about discontinued or Simplex panels, so U8oL0 does have a good list.

I definitely agree with the EST FireShield, I even think that I should have gotten that one instead of my MS-2.  My MS-2 cost more than the FireShield I found on eBay.  I should have done more research, and not bought one new in box from a fire alarm sales company.
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Post by Nathan H. on Sun Jun 23, 2013 12:37 pm

So both panels were new in box. Wow
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Re: How to choose the right Fire Alarm Control Panel.

Post by TssCman123 on Sun Jun 23, 2013 7:31 pm

I've never bought a panel off of eBay. With the MS-2s, I didn't think about checking eBay, because I was new to all of this fire alarm collecting stuff. My MS9050UD is also new in box from a fire alarm sales agency, because it was cheaper than getting any off of eBay.
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Post by Nathan H. on Sun Jun 23, 2013 10:50 pm

How much did the ms 9050ud Cost
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Re: How to choose the right Fire Alarm Control Panel.

Post by TssCman123 on Mon Jun 24, 2013 10:47 pm

$578.36
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