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Expandable Security and Automation Panel in One
M1 Kit: Transformer, LCD Keypad, Battery, Speaker
M1 Kit: Transformer, LCD Keypad, Battery, Speaker
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  • Expandable up to 208 on-board zones and 48 wireless zones
  • 500+ word/phrase vocabulary for voice announcements of alarms or zone status
  • Built-in telephone remote control makes any phone a keypad
  • Backlit, large-character LCD: 16 x 2 lines

Essential Info

Don't purchase a panel that focuses exclusively on automation or security. Elk's M1 features a rock-solid security foundation with integrated automation functionality for the best of both worlds. Whether you're an integrator or an installer, you'll appreciate the flash memory firmware, RS-232 serial port, Ethernet connectivity option, fast PC programming, and ease of installation, all of which combine to result in reduced work time.


What's Included

  • M1 Standard control board
  • Metal enclosure with lock
  • Transformer
  • LCD keypad
  • 8 Ah battery
  • Interior speaker RJ31X jack & cord
  • User guide
  • Installation manual
  • Keys
  • End-of-line resistors
  • 2 extra terminal blocks
  • Speaker
  • Data cable
  • More Info

    The M1 offers the flexibility to integrate industry standard systems and components for easy upgrades and system expansion from the 16 on-board zones to up to 208; plug in terminal blocks make service and pre-wiring a snap. The M1 also has a wireless capacity of up to 48 zones, just add a M1 Cable to NX Wireless harness, a five-pin cable required for connecting your wireless receiver to the M1.

    The M1 offers ample security features. You'll gain peace of mind, knowing your smoke detectors and alarm system (both sold separately) are fully supported, along with a time/date-stamped 512-event history log. Partition your monitored area into eight separate areas with separate account numbers; program up to 99 user codes with assignable authority levels, so you'll be sure your home or office is being monitored wisely. Additional features include a two-way listen-in interface and multiple arm levels.

    More than just a security system, the M1 can be used to create lifestyle-enhancing comfort and convenience through your home automation system. Interface your computers and peripheral devices into your M1 and control your lighting, temperature and numerous other automation tasks. There's no need to chain rules together; the programming system allows almost any imaginable operation using easy-to-understand text-based references. Read temperature sensors and communicate with thermostats. You can even turn on tasks, lights, and outputs via keypad or telephone remote. Additional features include sunset/sunrise calculation and activation.

    It's not necessary to rely on beeps and flashes with the M1. The voice announcement feature provides clear alerts and announcements, providing detailed information on alarms, zone descriptions, and status of areas. With a 500-plus-word/phrase vocabulary, you can link up to six words and phrases per announcements, and with an additional 10 custom-recordable words/phrases, you'll find this communications system to be extremely user-friendly. The integrated voice dialer also uses vocabulary or custom words and phrases.

    The built-in telephone remote control makes any phone a keypad. While the M1 is expandable to support up to 16 LCD keypads, the system's included keypad features a backlit, large-character LCD of 16 x 2 lines, which displays the system's diagnostics and settings. Between its menu navigation keys and its six programmable function keys, programming the display of time, date and temperature is made easy. On each keypad, one zone input and one output are programmable. Additional keypads are available to be purchased separately.

    Add up to twelve 16 hardwired zones to your M1 with the M1 16 Zone Input Expander. Looking to add wireless receivers? Use the M1 Cable to NX Wireless. Additional units that can be purchased separately include the M1 Databus Hub and the M1 Relay Board.

    The M1 uses a true V.22 bis modem for fast, reliable information uploading and downloading. You'll have the options of dial-up, Ethernet or local access from the RS-232 port or house phone jack; an automatic answering machine bypass is included, as is the RJ31X jack so that your M1 system will be able to dial out in the event of an emergency.

    The Elk-RP Software for M1 Panels is a database-driven application with an intuitive user interface that allows you to see at a glance all the information pertinent to a specific installation.

    A complete line of accessories are sold separately.

    Unsure of whether you need the M1 Kit or the expanded M1 Gold Kit? The following chart outlines the differences between the two systems.


    Comparisons of M1 and M1GoldM1M1Gold
    Automation ("Whenever/And/Then") Rules Capacity:100528
    Serial (RS232) Port Supported:18 w/expanders
    Phone Number Capacity:48
    Number of HVAC Thermostats Supported:216
    Total Number of Outputs Supported:32205
    Advanced Lighting Options (Pre-Set Dim, Extended, Levels, Scenes):-Yes
    Analog Zone Definitions Supported:-Yes
    Additional Capacity for Transmission of Serial ASCII Strings:-Yes
    Larger Capability for Events (Time/Date), Task, Lights, Outputs:-Yes

    M1 Specifications

    Elk Products Product No.:M1SYS4
    Dimensions:14" L x 14" W x 3 3.75" D
    Keypad Dimensions:7" W x 5.25" H x 1.25" D
    Speaker Dimensions:4 9/16" x 4 5/16"
    Total Weight:20 lbs.
    On-Board Zones:16, expandable to 208
    Wireless Capability:Up to 48 zones
    Maximum Keypads Supported:16
    Automation Rules Capacity:100
    Serial Ports Supported:1
    Phone Number Capacity:4
    Total Outputs Supported:32
    Power Supply:2.5 Amp power supply w/ 1.5 Amp continuous
    Event History Log:512 time/date-stamped events
    Digital Communicator Formats: SIA, Contact ID, 4+2 and Pager
    Vocabulary Capacity:500+ words/phrases
    Maximum Words/Phrases Linked:6 per announcement
    Maximum Custom Words/Phrases:10
    LCD Capacity:16 characters each on 2 lines
    Speaker Impedance:8 Ohms
    Speaker Power Rating:20 watts RMS
    Speaker Cone Material:Weather-resistant Mylar
    Speaker Magnet:Oversize ceramic
    Speaker Case Material:Paintable ABS
    Speaker Mounting:Single gang box or universal four hole
    Warranty:2 years, limited
    Transformer Warranty:Lifetime, limited
    Speaker Warranty:Lifetime, limited

    Important notes:
    Defective exchanges for identical item within Manufacturer’s warranty period.
    Manufacturer contact information: ELK Products Inc, Tel: (800) 797-9355


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