Linked by David Adams on Tue 22nd Sep 2009 02:01 UTC
Privacy, Security, Encryption In some sense, home security systems suffer the same fate as mobile phone handsets. Most people, if they have one, have the one that a security monitoring company installed, and their only interaction with it is to turn it on or off. But some people want more than just a security system. Some people want a security system that can be expanded to perform almost any kind of home monitoring and automation task. You know, lunatics. Lunatic geeks. Enter the Elk M1.
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RE[2]: Hard wired?
by fche on Tue 22nd Sep 2009 16:33 UTC in reply to "RE: Hard wired?"
fche
Member since:
2009-09-22

... or break into the conveniently provided
public internet-accessible controls. Or the
house WLAN.

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RE[3]: Hard wired?
by David on Tue 22nd Sep 2009 16:39 in reply to "RE[2]: Hard wired?"
David Member since:
1997-10-01

Accessing the system from outside is only permitted through a VPN. Granted, I could misconfigure the VPN.

Also, the other reader is correct, in that the whole system is on battery backup. I have a lead acid battery similar to a motorcycle battery that will power the system for about 4-5 days, so you'd better be a patient burglar. And if the power fails, I'm notified. Now, you could cut the phone line, but many of these systems have a backup wireless phone line.

And I guess you could crack my WPA, then try to crack the password for the remote programming interface, if you guessed that it was an Elk. But I think it would be easier to just break into another house.

Edited 2009-09-22 16:41 UTC

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