Alarm Grid Video Recap July 20th - 26thPosted By Michael Goris
Hi DIYers! Our support team is back with another round of videos. Joe, Jorge and Dylan have really gotten in the swing of things, and they have been steadily working to make new videos. This week, our videos focus on Honeywell Alarm Systems and the benefits of non-proprietary systems.
Jorge shows users how to disable the chime on a Honeywell Lyric Controller. If the chime is enabled on the System, then the panel can produce a chime tone whenever a sensor is triggered. The chime setting for the system can be toggled from the main settings menu of the system. The Lyric Controller also has voice annunciation capabilities for verbally identifying any activated zone. Both the chime and the voice settings for the Lyric Controller can be configured individually.
Jorge explains how many protection zones are available on the Honeywell Lyric Controller. In short, there are 128 different wireless security zones available on the system. These zones are used by security sensors, such as door and window contacts, motion sensors, glass break sensors and more. The system also has designated zones for hardwired sensors, garage doors and key fob devices. Zones 1 and 2 are reserved for hardwired devices, Zones 127 thru 130 are for garage doors, and Zones 131 thru 162 are for key fobs.
Joe discusses the capabilities of the Honeywell VISTA Home Automation Module, also known as the VAM. The purpose of the VAM is to serve as a Z-Wave controller for the Honeywell VISTA Systems. By setting up a VAM, a user can program Z-Wave devices with their system. These devices include Z-Wave lights, locks, thermostats and more. Z-Wave devices can be controlled through the Total Connect 2.0 Service. Total Connect also allows users to establish rules and scenes for their Z-Wave devices so that they activate automatically with certain system events or based on a set schedule.
Joe tells viewers about the difference between "Proprietary" systems and "Free and Clear" alarm systems. The main difference is that a proprietary system can only be used with a specific alarm company. If a user tries to bring a proprietary system over to a different alarm monitoring company, then it often will not work. This will severely limit their possible options. However, non-propriety systems, like those offered from Alarm Grid, can be brought over to a different monitoring company if desired.
Dylan demonstrates how to add an LKP500 Keypad to a Honeywell Lyric Controller. The device is learned in with the system through a keypad zone. The keypad will auto-enroll with the system once the panel is in its pairing mode. Once paired, the two devices will communicate with each other for arming and disarming purposes. The LKP500 can also be set up to produce audible chimes and voice alerts with certain system events. They keypad can be used for arming, disarming and triggering panics. However, programming cannot be done from the keypad.