Thinking of buying a Bosch alarm system?
As a world leader in many big industries, including automotive, household appliances and trade, Bosch has long offered some of the most reliable intrusion detection systems to the market via their Solution series alarm system range, notably the Solution 880 Ultima, being perhaps the most popular home and small business alarm system ever made.
But now it is time for the decade-old Solution 880 Ultima to prepare for retirement as the new wave of panels establish themselves on the market, this time scrapping the codified names of the old series in favour of simplified, futuristic “2000,” “3000,” and “6000” designations. Of course, the 880 is still available and selling well – probably due to its popularity – but despite its existence being redundant, had it not been for the fact that a new touch screen is on its way, I would have thought the Solution 880’s days were numbered.
An 8-zone panel like the 880, unfortunately it is unable to host wireless detectors, although it can still work with a compatible remote key fob receiver (WE800EV2). This panel is compatible with new keypad variants not available for the 880, plus modern expansion modules.
Almost identical to the 2000, it works with the new RADION wireless receiver (B810) and can therefore host wireless detectors and the new Deluxe or Premium remotes. Additionally, the 3000 is a 16-zone panel, which can be allocated hardwired or wirelessly. For its price, this panel makes a suitable replacement for the 880, with the addition of a new keypad range and expansion modules for modern integration.
This is the direct replacement to the Solution 144. Capable of being expanded to 140+ zones, hosting 250+ users, and being partitioned into 8 areas, it is the super-sized panel in the Solution series. For the similarity of price and features, this panel also suitably replaces the Solution 16 and 64 models. The 6000 offers features and expansion modules not available to any other panel, including SMS text alarm reporting and an awesome voice control and reporting module for remote operation and detailed alarm reporting.
Which Bosch Alarm System Should I Choose?
All of these panels are excellent choices for home and small business security, with the 6000 being able to handle large, commercial sites. Most home and small business owners will not need any more than 8 zones (typically around 3-5 zones), so the 2000 is a suitable choice. If you have a two-storey house without pre-existing alarm cable to the first storey, you will need a 3000 with the RADION receiver to install detectors on that storey, due to the practical impossibility of the implied cable run. You can’t go wrong with either of those panels, however, if you don’t mind spending a little extra, you may want the panel that offers the full suite of features – the Solution 6000 – as it makes for an excellent home alarm system, despite its powerful ability to protect commercial enterprises.
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