16 February 2016

REVIEW: miGuard A105 Wireless Plug & Play Alarm

Plug & Play (and then relax).

If you are looking to install a home security system, but are really put off by the thought of drilling holes throughout your house and having to remember a complicated operating system, rest easy. There is an alternative to the heavy-handed house alarm, and it's one you can install yourself in minutes. We protect our gaff with the miGuard A105 Wireless Plug & Play Alarm.

The fact that a house intruder alarm system can happily sit within a box about the same size as the one your phone came in, is pretty remarkable. The miGuard A105 Wireless Plug & Play Alarm is refreshingly compact, consisting of just five small elements which are independently powered and connect to each other wirelessly. Seriously, set up is as easy as plugging the base unit directly into a free socket and then, by way a quick press of a button, pairing the other gadgets to it.

Included in the kit is the aforementioned base unit, two key fob-sized remote controls, a motion sensor, and a door/window sensor, as well as all the sticky mounts you need, and instructions. The base unit is the hub of the entire system and is also where the loud alarm siren issues from. When triggered it will wail like a banshee and also flash a bright blue light. This is therefore a deterrent to the would-be burglar, and also a wake up call to the home owner.

The motion sensor is also very compact and discreet, and once installed somewhere in a room (you don't have to stick it to a wall; it has a flat bottom so can be left to stand on a surface if you prefer) it is ready to detect motion. We really like the ball-joint bracket that accompanies the motion sensor, allowing you to focus it upon a particular area, despite the 110 degree field of view.

The door/window sensor is even easier to set up. Both the larger transmitter part and the smaller magnet have self-adhesive panels on the back, you can stick them firmly into place on your door, windows, patio doors, or biscuit cupboard. Installation is as simple as setting them about 1cm apart, so whenever they are separated while the system is armed, the alarm will sound. We found the sensor to be nicely sensitive and very quick at getting the message to the base unit.

The two included remote controls are all you need to operate the system - no complicated button panel here. They are a lot smaller than we were expecting (nicely demonstrated alongside a LEGO minifigure for scale) meaning you and your partner can each clip one to your keychain, or leave one about the house. Despite having only four buttons, a lot can be achieved with the remote to set the system to different modes. Whereas a simple press of the closed padlock icon button will arm the system, pressing the 'stay' button first before the padlock will arm the system silently, muting the loud bleep. You can also set the base unit's light to come on, providing a handy night light, and also – depending on how you set up the paired accessories – set modes whereby some sensors are disarmed while others still continue to operate.

The uses for the miGuard A105 Wireless Plug & Play Alarm are pretty much endless. It features everything you'd expect from a full-blown house alarm system, but scaled down both in terms of sized and complication. It would be perfect for a small business renting their work space, a garage or outhouse that is removed from the rest of the house, a student flat, or indeed any rented accommodation where you might not be able to install a wired system.

It's so small and so damned easy to set up that we'd recommend getting one, even if you already have an existing system. The combination of the base unit and door/window sensor could be used on absolutely anything, even internal doors and cupboards (we weren't joking about the biscuits). This is a well-built system with bags of potential.


Available from: Maplin, QVC and Response Electronics

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