Regarding the keypad: Understandably, it’s designed to stay dark as long as possible to conserve battery energy. But if there is enough battery energy to continuously power just one LED (and I believe there is), that LED should be the ‘status’ LED so that the user doesn’t have approach the keypad and wave her hand over it to discover the status of her alarm. It’s important to be able to understand what the status is from a distant and concealed vantage point. Ideally though, the user should have the choice to keep illuminated the entire array of LEDs on the keypad with the understanding that this will require more frequent charging. In my experience with the keypad, the battery capacity is ample. Another similar, acceptable setting which would conserve battery energy would be for the entire keypad to be constantly illuminated at reduced intensity until it is approached or manipulated. Currently, I find the proximity detection feature of the keypad to be unreliable and virtually ineffective.
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Volume levels for each category of alert, beep, enunciation should be independently adjustable. For example, I need the “Armed/Disarmed” announcements to remain relatively quiet (as these are disturbing and not very important enunciations in my house). However, the audible signal that warns of an impending siren alarm due to opening a door needs to be clearly heard to remind me to disarm.
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