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DIY Home Security System & future proofing recommendations

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Afternoon All... I'm thinking of installing my own security system (I currently have SimpliSafe). My main concern home security w/ smoke detector (wireless). I would also like the potential to future proof it, with the ability to have some home automation (lights, video) options. But again, my main concern is Security. The previous owner had wired connections to every entry point, curious to know if they can still be connected if purchasing a new controller. With that said, my questions:
1) what control panel and controller would you recommend? I have been told HoneyWell LYNX or TUXEDO
2) I plan to shop around for monitoring company to save some $, but I have heard that HoneyWell charges for their total connect (if I eventually wanted the home automation features). Is there anyway to bypass that? I'm fairly computer savy.

Any recommendations on basic alarm system/panel/controller? Again, not looking to break the bank.

THANKS IN ADVANCE for all your input.
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In the past, I have used a DSC 1832 (1616 or 1864 if you need less or more zones respectively) panel linked to a Micasa Vera system with an Envisalink module (works with, probably others too) to handle the home automation part. It's one more moving part, but I find that this solution allows more flexibility on the HA front while keeping a reliable security system in place as well. You can find kits with the panel, box, keypad, and a few sensors at places like or sometimes amazon
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