2GIG GC3 Released By Alarm Grid for DIYers

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While we wait for Honeywell to release their exciting security system, the Lyric, 2GIG has finally released their anticipated panel, and Alarm Grid is the first DIY outfit to make it available!

If you are one of the many people who have been awaiting the arrival of the much anticipated GC3, then this is an exciting day for you. The GC3 is 2GIG's much needed update to the Go!Control 2, which has been the workhorse of the brand since 2010. In 2011, the panel was unexpectedly awarded "Security Product of the Year" at the Consumer Electronics Association (CEA), as well as the "2011 Best Wireless Security Panel" award, and "2011 Best in Show" at Electronic Security Expo (ESX). The all-in-one panel was revolutionary, and the ability to use Alarm.com as the interactive backbone of the 2GIG line changed the way that the security industry does business.

Now, with Honeywell's LYNX line and the coming Lyric, the Go!Control is a still excellent panel in a sea of many panels that have caught up and, in many cases, surpassed its many features, which in 2011 had never really been seen before. The GC3 is a sleek, new panel that is pulling 2GIG back into the much deserved limelight.


The 7-inch, extremely responsive capacitive color touchscreen is a nice touch, as is the information packed display. Featuring excellent Z-Wave controls, much like its predecessor and competing Honeywell panels, the GC3 makes it clear that it is a security system first, but under the surface, it is a deceivingly capable device that allows users the ability to control their Z-wave home automation capable devices as well as the ability to receive updates to its firmware. This modern security system can and will keep up with the times - whatever they may bring.

Cellular communicator for GC3While you can purchase a standalone panel, we have also made the GC3PK kit available that includes 3 DW10 door and window sensors, a KEY2-345 key fob, and a single PIR1-345 motion sensor, as well as the GC3 system itself. All you will need to add to that kit is a radio that best suits your needs. At the moment, 2GIG has released radios that work with Verizon and AT&T, or, if you're in Canada, Rogers. These simple radios snap into the side of the GC3, making installation incredibly simple and almost exactly as easy as the process of installing a radio in Honeywell's Lyric controller. In all, it seems, 2GIG has made huge improvements over its older systems, as well as making a number of incredible improvements that will make having this security system a delight.

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I don't think you'd go wrong with either system. The GC3 is out now but the encrypted wireless sensors are not out yet and so far 2Gig has given no indication of when they will be available. The Lyric is not out yet but it should be out next month and it will have encrypted wireless sensors available at launch. I hope this helps but feel free to call us M-F 9-9 EST if you want to discuss the two options in more detail.
Hi there; I too am inbetween the Lyric and the GC3 - There's not a lot of documentation on these units, other than the great articles your team has posted. However, I'm conflicted for which system I should choose - one from a reputable company that has been in the industry for a long time, or the other from a startup with really cool features and a very intuituve UI. My chosen system would be for a condo unit on the ground floor, so I'll need the typical motion sensors and door/window contacts with the possibility of a glass-break detector. Surveillance would be nice, but mostly I'm concerned about the extensibility of the system as well as manufacturer's support. I'm based out of Montréal, Canada, so a GSM-enabled system for monitoring would be nice. Any advice or recommendations?
Yes, we can. We are still waiting to find out if and when a Movistar communicator will be available for the GC3 though.
OK, so you can offer those services for Mexico customers using Movistar? also, they work with cellular radios, so we first need to know if the cellular communicator for the GC3 works here right?
Yes, you can order product from us online and we can support you with one of our self monitoring plans at https://www.alarmgrid.com/monitoring. The Self Gold would give you all Alarm.com access with no central station involved and Self Platinum would provide the same plus video surveillance.
Thank you very much Sterling, I have a call later today with an alarm.com international agent. If I decide on the GC2 or GC3, do you accept international credit cards? I have an USA address where I can receive the products.
Well if that's your experience with TC2, then I think you should go with the GC3 and try Alarm.com out. TC2 doesn't have push notifications now although they may soon. Are you sure your Mexican cell phone carrier doesn't have an SMS or MMS gateway? If they did, you should be able to setup email alerts via TC2 that come in as texts.
Yes, we have TC2. In my experience there are rare ocasions when is a little unreliable. Sometimes I cannot arm or disarm the system using the android app and sometimes I cannot even login to the app. This doesn't happen very often but is bothers me a lot when it happens. I don't like that I have to log into the app each time and that there are not push notifications. As I have to rely only on email notifications, I use a third party service to convert those emails into SMS so I can be alerted sooner if something is wrong. We used a local company monitoring service but it was decided (not by me) to stop using that service and rely only on TC2. I also have a z-wave lock in the office front door so employees can get in and out easily, but I couldn't pair it to the panel because as I understood, I need to sync the lock users with the panel users and I don't want to give an alarm code to everyone. This wouldn't be an issue in my house as every user there should be able to arm and disarm. Thanks a lot for your help.
Do you have TC2 service now with the LYNX Touch panel you've used? What's your opinion of that panel - pros and cons? Knowing how you feel about your current Honeywell equipment (and TC2 account if you have it) would probably help me make a better recommendation.
Thanks Sterling, I suppose I could get a GC3 and use the WiFi for monitoring and later add the Cellular communicator when available. But from an expert perspective as yours, do you think it will be worth to wait for the Lyric?
We expect the Lyric in early April so you wouldn't have to wait very long. I'm not sure what the cellular communication options will be for the Lyric however. The 2Gig GoControl has an available Movistar communicator and we expect to learn soon if the new GC3 has a Movistar communicator.
Hi, I'm in Mexico and was recently robbed, so I need to install a security system in my house. I was looking into the LYNX Touch 7000 as is the one I installed in my company and know very well, but I think the hardware and the UI is very old looking, I would like to have something sleeker in my house. I'm in between getting a 2GIG GC3 and using alarm.com services or wait for the Honeywell Lyric (if is not much time) and use Total Connect. What would you recomend for me?

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