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The holidays are now here, and we would like to wish each and every one of you a Happy Holiday season. This is truly one of the best times of the year, and we hope that everyone is in good company and enjoying themselves. Remember to make the most of this great season!

As our team is celebrating the holidays, our office will be closed all day Tuesday December 24th and Wednesday December 25th. During this time, we will not be answering phone calls or checking support emails. Also, there will be no new blog tomorrow, Wednesday December 25th. Our headquarters will resume normal operations Thursday December 26th.

We would also like to give advance notice of our New Year's hours. Our headquarters will be closing early at 6pm ET on Tuesday December 31st in observance of New Year's Eve. Our headquarters will be closed all day Wednesday January 1st in observance of New Year's Day.

If you need to reach us during any of these closures, please email support@alarmgrid.com, and we will respond as soon as we can once we return. Until then, please stay safe, and remember to arm your system if you go out. Have a Happy Holidays, and we'll be back on Thursday!

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At Alarm Grid, we provide top-quality monitoring services for users throughout the United States. Obtaining a monitored security system is important no matter where you live, as crime can occur anywhere at any time. But there are some areas where protecting your home is even more crucial.

According to the FBI, burglary is defined as the unlawful entry of a structure to commit felony or theft. A burglary does not require the use of force to gain entry. A study from UNC Charlotte found that homes without a security system are 300% more likely to be burglarized and that 83% of convicted burglars say that they check to see if a home has an alarm. Furthermore, 60% of convicted burglars say that they would change their minds about committing a burglary if they discover that a home has an alarm system installed.

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With the unpredictable nature of burglaries, we urge everyone to protect their homes and keep their families and possessions safe. The best way to do this is by installing monitored security systems. This is even more important if you live in an area where burglaries occur more frequently.

To find out the areas where burglaries are most common, we constructed a list of burglaries per capita. Our methodology was simple. We used FBI crime data from 2018 and took the number of burglaries in a city and divided it by the city's population. We then multiplied that by 10,000 to get burglaries per 10,000 residents. Only cities with a population of 10,000 or higher were included in our list.

With that out of the way, here are the Top 100 US Cities for Burglaries Per Capita:


City
Population
Burglaries
Burglaries Per 10,000
Rank
Bastrop, LA 10,270 342 333.009 1
El Dorado, AR 17,916 576 321.500 2
Hammond, LA 20,550 622 302.676 3
Fairfield, AL 10,625 284 267.294 4
Lake Charles, LA 77,852 1,845 236.988 5
Opelousas, LA 16,262 379 233.0587 6
Alexandria, LA 47,238 996 210.847 7
Hot Springs, AR 37,006 740 199.968 8
Vallejo, CA 122,974 2,456 199.717 9
Anniston, AL 21,592 413 191.275 10
Crowley, LA 12,779 234 183.1129 11
Morgan City, LA 11,066 192 173.504 12
Natchitoches, LA 17,981 308 171.292 13
Henderson, NC 14,780 248 167.794 14
Deming, NM 14,094 232 164.609 15
Santa Fe, NM 84,176 1,380 163.942 16
Brookhaven, MI 12,125 195 160.825 17
Gallup, NM 21,980 351 159.691 18
Bellefontaine Neighbors, MO 10,597 169 159.479 19
Pine Bluff, AR 42,195 665 157.601 20
Monroe, LA 48,291 749 155.101 21
Kinston, NC 20,341 313 153.876 22
West Monroe, LA 12,594 193 153.248 23
Helena-West Helena, AR 10,477 160 152.715 24
Starkville, MI 25,559 390 152.588 25
Warr Acres, OK 10,372 158 152.333 26
Fremont, OH 16,125 244 151.318 27
East Point, GA 35,486 531 149.636 28
Bogalusa, LA 11,730 175 149.190 29
Jonesboro, AR 77,134 1,150 149.091 30
Kennett, MO 10,326 153 148.170 31
Laurel, MI 18,486 271 146.597 32
West Memphis, AR 24,668 357 144.722 33
Barstow, CA 24,095 348 144.428 34
Prichard, AL 21,615 309 142.956 35
Camden, AR 10,880 155 142.463 36
California City, CA 14,051 196 139.492 37
Charleston, WV 47,470 660 139.035 38
Cordele, CT 10,669 147 137.782 39
Canton, OH 70,605 970 137.384 40
Athens, TN 13,627 187 137.228 41
Greenwood, SC 23,265 314 134.967 42
Tukwila, WA 20,288 273 134.562 43
Biloxi, MI 46,148 619 134.134 44
Sweetwater, TX 10,530 139 132.004 45
Dyersburg, TN 16,382 216 131.852 46
Memphis, TN 652,226 8,494 130.231 47
Shawnee, OK 31,422 409 130.164 48
Alice, TX 18,925 246 129.987 49
Lima, OH 36,948 479 129.642 50
Warren, OH 39,280 508 129.328 51
Youngstown, OH 64,282 825 128.341 52
Ponca City, OK 24,066 305 126.735 53
Cambridge, MD 12,364 156 126.173 54
Muskogee, OK 37,659 474 125.866 55
Clearlake, CA 15,037 188 125.025 56
Jackson, MI 166,024 2,073 124.861 57
Vinita Park, MO 11,003 136 123.603 58
Poplar Bluff, MO 17,074 210 122.994 59
Centralia, IL 12,372 151 122.050 60
Myrtle Beach, SC 33,687 410 121.709 61
Danville, IL 31,203 379 121.463 62
Birmingham, AL 210,564 2,555 121.341 63
Dayton, OH 140,094 1,697 121.133 64
Cleveland, OH 384,666 4,658 121.092 65
Cahokia, IL 14,004 169 120.680 66
Muskegon Heights, MI 10,720 129 120.336 67
El Segundo, CA 16,881 202 119.661 68
Baton Rouge, LA 224,790 2,686 119.489 69
Tulsa, OK 403,147 4,800 119.063 70
Springfield, OH 59,016 699 118.442 71
Broussard, LA 12,672 150 118.371 72
Cumberland, MD 19,555 231 118.128 73
Elizabeth City, NC 17,629 208 117.987 74
Beverly Hills, CA 34,557 405 117.198 75
Springfield, MO 168,537 1,975 117.185 76
Talladega, AL 15,341 179 116.681 77
Gadsden, AL 35,204 409 116.180 78
Marion, AR 12,426 143 115.081 79
North Myrtle Beach, SC 16,688 192 115.053 80
Calera, AL 14,334 164 114.413 81
Albuquerque, NM 560,235 6,378 113.845 82
Panama City, FL 37,318 423 113.350 83
Mount Vernon, IL 14,914 168 112.646 84
Miami, OK 13,162 147 111.685 85
McAlester, OK 17,999 201 111.673 86
Branson, MO 11,589 129 111.312 87
Thomasville, GA 18,507 206 111.309 88
El Mirage, AZ 35,733 397 111.102 89
Detroit, MI 671,275 7,440 110.834 90
Kalamazoo, MI 76,020 842 110.760 91
Portales, NM 11,768 130 110.469 92
Albemarle, NC 15,991 176 110.062 93
Lenoir, NC 17,904 197 110.031 94
Lawton, OK 93,140 1,023 109.835 95
Pittsfield, MA 42,298 464 109.698 96
Pueblo, CO 111,756 1,224 109.524 97
Lake City, FL 12,182 133 109.177 98
Blythe, CA 19,517 213 109.136 99
Okmulgee, OK 11,919 130 109.070 100

If you want to learn more about keeping your home and your family safe, we invite you to reach out to us by emailing support@alarmgrid.com. We will check your email at our earliest convenience and reply back as soon as possible. Remember that our support hours are from 9am to 8pm ET M-F. We look forward to hearing from you!

Note: This post was done in conjunction with our Top 100 Least Burgled Cities in America list. You can download and use a unmodified version of our "100 most and least burgled cities in America" infographic as well.

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For anyone still look for a super last-minute holiday gift idea, we would like to recommend one of our Qolsys IQ Panel 2 Plus PowerG Kits. To make the deal more enticing, we have just permanently lowered the pricing on ALL of these kits. A fantastic system is now even more affordable!

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If you don't know about the Qolsys IQ Panel 2 Plus, then we strongly recommend checking out our recent 2019 Holiday Buying Guide for the system. That guide will tell you everything you need to know about the system and how you can get the absolute most out of it. The Qolsys IQ Panel 2 Plus is currently our favorite alarm panel at Alarm Grid, and the easiest way to get started with the system is with one of our complete system kits. Once you have a system kit, you can then easily and conveniently get started with our alarm monitoring service.

Before we start listing off pricing, it is important to understand what comes included in all of our Qolsys IQ Panel 2 Plus PowerG Security System Kits. Each kit features a brand-new Qolsys IQ Panel 2 Plus System, either ten (10) or three (3) DSC PG9303 Door/Window Contact Sensors, and one (1) DSC PG9914 Motion Detection Sensor. This is absolutely everything you need for a basic monitoring setup. The Qolsys IQ Panel 2 Plus even includes a transformer, backup battery, power cable, and table stand, so you will be all good to go right out of the box!

The reason why it is important that the sensors included in these kits are PowerG Sensors is because they offer some of the best wireless range and overall security in the entire industry. PowerG Sensors can communicate with a Qolsys IQ Panel 2 Plus System from up to 2,000 feet away in an open air environment. These sensors utilize military-grade 128-bit AES encryption in all of their wireless communication. This makes them virtually impossible for others to hack or takeover wirelessly. And with the frequency signal hopping of PowerG, these sensors are all but immune to RF jamming attacks that could stop other sensors from working correctly.

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When it comes to our Qolsys IQ Panel 2 Plus PowerG System Kits, there are 12 total options to choose from. This comes from the fact that there are three (3) different versions of the IQ Panel 2 Plus, with each version having a different legacy daughtercard (319.5 MHz, 345 MHz, or 433 MHz). You must also decide whether you want a 3-1 kit (3 PowerG Contacts & 1 PowerG Motion) or a 10-1 kit (10 PowerG Contacts & 1 PowerG Motion). And you have your choice as to whether you want the system's internal LTE cellular communicator to connect with the AT&T LTE Network or the Verizon LTE Network. Doing some simple math (3 x 2 x 2 = 12) shows how we arrive at 12 possible system kits.

The reason why the PowerG Kits were able to be reduced in price is because the DSC PG9303 PowerG Door/Window Contact was also reduced in price. This sensor is a staple in all of our Qolsys PowerG Kits, and it is now more affordable than ever. If you are just looking for a single DSC PG9303 to add to an existing system, you can now get one for the low price of $19.99. This can make an awesome stocking stuffer for anyone with a Qolsys IQ Panel 2 Plus System looking to monitor an additional door, window, or even a cabinet.

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Now that we have all the explaining out of the way, let's take a look at the brand-new reduced pricing for all 12 of our Qolsys IQ Panel 2 Plus PowerG Kits!

Qolsys IQ Panel 2 Plus Power Security System Kit
New Price
Qolsys IQ Panel 2 Plus 319.5 MHz AT&T LTE 3-1 Kit $424.99
Qolsys IQ Panel 2 Plus 319.5 MHz AT&T LTE 10-1 Kit
$537.99
Qolsys IQ Panel 2 Plus 319.5 MHz Verizon LTE 3-1 Kit
$424.99
Qolsys IQ Panel 2 Plus 319.5 MHz Verizon LTE 10-1 Kit
$537.99
Qolsys IQ Panel 2 Plus 345 MHz AT&T LTE 3-1 Kit
$462.99
Qolsys IQ Panel 2 Plus 345 MHz AT&T LTE 10-1 Kit
$576.99
Qolsys IQ Panel 2 Plus 345 MHz Verizon LTE 3-1 Kit
$462.99
Qolsys IQ Panel 2 Plus 345 MHz Verizon LTE 10-1 Kit
$576.99
Qolsys IQ Panel 2 Plus 433 MHz AT&T LTE 3-1 Kit
$462.99
Qolsys IQ Panel 2 Plus 433 MHz AT&T LTE 10-1 Kit
$576.99
Qolsys IQ Panel 2 Plus 433 MHz Verizon LTE 3-1 Kit
$462.99
Qolsys IQ Panel 2 Plus 433 MHz Verizon LTE 10-1 Kit
$576.99

If you have any questions about these kits, or any of the other products on our site, please reach out to us by emailing support@alarmgrid.com. Our support hours for responding to emails run from 9am to 8pm ET M-F. Also remember our holiday hours. We will be closed Tuesday, December 24th, Wednesday, December 25th, and Wednesday January 1st. Also keep in mind that our office will be closing early at 6pm ET on Tuesday December 31st. Have a great weekend and upcoming holiday season, and we look forward to hearing from you soon!

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There has been a lot of talk in the tech industry lately about security and privacy. With the rise of home security cameras and doorbell cameras, many users are worried about protecting their devices. Today, we're going to discuss how Alarm.com does its part to keep your devices secure.


Every Alarm.com account is protected by a unique username and password. And all sensitive communication with the Alarm.com servers is protected through strict authentication protocols and secure encrypted connections. Whenever your security system or cameras are communicating with Alarm.com, the information is sent across extremely secure encrypted servers. This makes it virtually impossible for others to obtain your sensitive information through malicious methods.

You may have heard talk of other security systems and video doorbells being "hacked" or maliciously accessed. These horror stories are something that will likely always be a factor in the highly advanced technology-based society we live in. As a user, it is important to stay on your toes and always be careful. But one thing you can rest assured about is that Alarm Grid and Alarm.com are on your side. We do everything we can to make sure that your information is protected and that your privacy is always maintained.

But you need to do your part as an end user as well. You must protect your Alarm.com account and stop others from gaining access. This is done by establishing a strong password for your account that includes a combination of numbers, symbols, and both upper and lowercase letters. A long password is always advised, and you should not share passwords across multiple websites or services. Additionally, you may want to change your password regularly for added security.

Alarm.com also offers two-factor authentication as another way to keep your account secure. If enabled on your account, you will get a text message with a secret code whenever you go to login to your account. You will need to provide this secret code in order to access your account. Although this takes extra time, it does go a long way towards securing your account. You can enable two-factor authentication for your Alarm.com account by logging into your Alarm.com account and accessing the Settings Menu. Then choose Login Information > Two Factor Authentication > choose Enabled. You will then need to provide your cellular info to receive a confirmation code.

You should also make sure to have your Alarm.com account monitored for any unexpected activity. By enabling this feature, Alarm.com will analyze the data of your system to learn your typical activity patterns. If any activity occurs outside of these normal patterns, then Alarm.com will send a text and/or email alert so that you are notified. This can be very useful if there is system activity that you do not recognize. Again, this feature will need to be enabled on your Alarm.com account for it to work. Please note that it takes 30 days of activity with Alarm.com to establish activity patterns. Alarm Grid provides this service at no additional charge for all customers with Alarm.com monitoring service. Please be aware that other monitoring companies may charge extra for this feature.

If you are an Alarm Grid customer and you want us to enable certain features on your Alarm.com account, then please reach out to us! The best way to reach us is to email support@alarmgrid.com. You can also email us if you are hoping to learn more about how Alarm.com keeps your account protected. Remember that our support hours for responding to emails run from 9am to 8pm ET M-F. Please note that our hours will differ for the upcoming holidays. We look forward to hearing from you!

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It is now less than one week until Christmas, and the clock is ticking! If you are looking for some last minute gifts that will work in any home, then you're in luck! We have some awesome smart home stocking stuffers that are sure to be a big hit! Let's check out these gift ideas!

SkyBell Video Doorbell Camera

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There are so many things to love about the SkyBell Video DoorBell Camera. It is crucial that you monitor the front of your home, especially with the recent trend of porch pirates stealing packages right off of doorsteps. The SkyBell is a high-quality 1080p video doorbell that you can use in a number of different ways. You can get alerts right to your phone when someone moves in front of your door or if someone rings the SkyBell. You can also have a live conversation with whoever is in front of your door for added convenience.

You do not need a security system or a monitoring plan to take advantage of SkyBell. It's possible to do everything from the free SkyBell App. SkyBell even offers free seven (7) day cloud storage so that you can save and review captured clips. However, you can still integrate your SkyBell device with an interactive automation platform like Total Connect 2.0 or Alarm.com if you would like. This is great if you use one of these platforms for alarm monitoring service and you want to have your monitoring platform provide you alerts and notifications for your video doorbell as well. Just be aware that you will need a special version of the SkyBell if you intend to use it with Alarm.com.

Yale YRD256 Z-Wave Keyless Touchscreen Lock


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If you haven't already gotten involved in the Z-Wave door lock craze, then the Yale YRD256 could be your ticket. This is a beautiful touchscreen lock that doesn't use a key. You will feel like you've entered the future every time you go to unlock your door. And with three (3) beautiful finish options to choose from, this lock can't be beat! It can store up to 25 different user codes, and it is easily powered using four (4) AA Alkaline batteries. There is also a port for a 9VDC battery charge if you ever need to get in when the lock has dead batteries.

Yale Locks like the YRD256 are known for their ability to easily pair with a Z-Wave network. As long as you have a functional Z-Wave controller, you will be able to pair a Yale YRD256 Z-Wave Lock. This controller can be any sort of hub, such as Samsung SmartThings, Vera, Wink 2, or even your alarm panel. Using your security system as a hub is great, as you will be able to take full advantage of an interactive platform like TC2 or ADC. You just need a monitoring plan that offers automation. Or if you prefer Apple HomeKit over Z-Wave, then you can get the HomeKit Version of the YRD256 instead. Just note that the HomeKit model is not compatible with Z-Wave communication.

Lutron Caseta Smart Lighting

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Many users have praised Lutron Lighting Devices for their great versatility and simplicity. You don't need any existing hardware to get started with Lutron Lighting. You just need to get a Lutron Caseta Smart Bridge and enroll your compatible Lutron Caseta devices. There are all sorts of devices in the Lutron Caseta lineup, including an in-wall neutral switch, an in-wall dimmer, a plug-in lamp module, and more. There are also various starter kits that include a bridge and some Lutron lighting devices. For example, our most complete starter kit is the Lutron Caseta Dual In-Wall Dimmer Kit.

Lutron is compatible with a diverse selection of smart platforms, including Amazon Alexa, Apple HomeKit, Google home, and IFTTT. And again, you don't need any special monitoring service plan to get started with Lutron. But you can still integrate Lutron devices in with your monitoring platform if you want to. Total Connect 2.0 users can do so using the IFTTT integration. And if you have Alarm.com, then you will want to make sure to get the Lutron Caseta Smart Bridge PRO 2, instead of the standard model linked above. You need a Lutron Caseta PRO Bridge if you want to integrate with Alarm.com!

Ask Us Questions!

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Need help finding the perfect stocking stuffer for the tech lover in your family? You can always reach out to us for help! We can provide even further assistance if you let us know which security system is being used. The best way to reach us is to email support@alarmgrid.com. You are also welcome to call us at (888) 818- 7728.

Remember that our support hours run from 9am to 8pm ET M-F. Please also note our holiday hours. We will be closed Christmas Eve (December 24th), Christmas Day (December 25th), and New Year's Day (January 1st). Also, we will be closing at 6pm ET on New Year's Eve (December 31st). We look forward to hearing from you!

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The 2GIG GC3e is one of the more interesting security system options for the 2019 holiday season. The system was just released earlier this year, and it comes from a strong manufacturer in 2GIG and Nortek. This buying guide will help whether you are considering the system or expanding upon one.

2gig gc3e wireless encrypted alarm panelAt first glance, the 2GIG GC3e is kind of an odd system to choose when considering the other options out there. It doesn't have the option for IP only monitoring like the Lyric, as Alarm.com requires you to activate a cellular communicator. It also doesn't offer as many features as the Qolsys IQ Panel 2 Plus, and it isn't as easy to program. Also unlike the IQ2+, the GC3e needs you to add a separate cellular communicator module. That's something else you will need to consider when buying this system. But beyond all of these downsides, the 2GIG GC3e really is one of the best panels on the market today. It has some great features, and its build-quality is second to none.

If you aren't already aware, the 2GIG GC3e is a wireless all-in-one system from 2GIG, which is owned by Nortek. The system offers support for up to 100 wireless zones, four (4) "Smart Area" partitions, integrated WIFI, built-in Z-Wave Plus, encrypted wireless sensor support, one-touch arming, capacitive touch buttons, and more. It is the successor to the successful 2GIG GC3 System, which has been used by countless homes and businesses alike. If you are familiar with 2GIG programming, or you don't need all of the flashy features of the Qolsys IQ Panel 2 Plus, then the 2GIG GC3e might be the system for you.

Building a 2GIG GC3e from Scratch

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As we mentioned earlier, you will need an added cellular communicator if you intend on using a 2GIG GC3e System for alarm monitoring service. You have two main choices, which are the 2GIG LTEA-A-GC3 (AT&T LTE) and the 2GIG LTEV1-A-GC3 (Verizon LTE). It is recommended that you just go with whichever service works better in your area, regardless of what you use for a personal smartphone. Choosing one over the other will not save you any money in monitoring expenses, as the cellular service charges are covered by your alarm company as part of your monitoring plan. If you decide to get monitoring service with Alarm Grid, then you will want a Gold or Platinum Level Plan (Self or Full) or a Cellular-Only Plan. By choosing a Gold or Platinum Plan, you will be able to control your GC3e System remotely using the ultra-convenient Alarm.com platform app on your phone!

The easiest way to get started with a new 2GIG GC3e System, cellular communicator and all, is by purchasing a 2GIG System Kit from Alarm Grid. A new 2GIG GC3e System Kit will include a GC3e System, a cellular communicator, some sensors, and a Honeywell LT-Cable for powering the panel. We have kits with either the AT&T LTE Communicator or the Verizon LTE Communicator. You will also need to decide whether you want a 3-1 kit with three (3) door and window sensors and one (1) motion sensor, or a 10-1 kit with ten (10) door and window sensors and one (1) motion sensor.

In total, we have four (4) 2GIG GC3e Kits available. They are listed here:

Sensors for New and Existing GC3e Systems

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There are two (2) main categories of wireless sensors that you can use with a 2GIG GC3e System. These are non-encrypted 345 MHz sensors, and encrypted 2GIG Sensors. Both types work great with the system, and you can certainly mix the two! The encrypted sensors are good for preventing any wireless hacking or takeover attempts by savvy intruders. But the non-encrypted 345 MHz sensors have more options available, as the encrypted lineup was only released earlier this year.

The 2GIG eSeries Encrypted Wireless Sensors are good for preventing wireless attacks that could cause non-encrypted sensors to not work properly. These brand-new sensors are designed exclusively for use with the 2GIG GC3e and its little brother, the 2GIG GC2e. The lineup is very small at this time, as we only have five (5) sensors available on our website. But the good news is that we hope to have several new sensors from this lineup available soon!

Here are the 2GIG eSeries Sensors that are available from Alarm Grid at the time of this writing:

Of course, you will need to supplement these devices with 345 MHz sensors if you really want to broaden the capabilities of your 2GIG GC3e System. You can use both 2GIG 345 MHz Sensors and Honeywell 5800 Series Sensors, as well as various third-party 345 MHz sensors. For our discussion, we will focus on the 2GIG 345 MHz Sensors, but don't be afraid to look to the Honeywell 5800 Series for some extra devices!

The 2GIG 345 MHz lineup is quite robust, and it really has everything you need. What's great is that the lineup includes some rather unique sensors that you probably won't find elsewhere. We won't list every 2GIG 345 MHz Sensor here, but we will cover some of the more notable and the more interesting ones. Check them out:

Accessories for Your GC3e

As we mentioned earlier, the 2GIG GC3e has a built-in Z-Wave Plus controller for you to start adding Z-Wave devices. We recommend using certified Z-Wave Plus devices for optimal range and battery life, but you can use classic Z-Wave devices as well. By activating your GC3e System with Alarm.com you can control these devices from pretty much anywhere using your phone. You can also create smart scenes through Alarm.com to have your Z-Wave devices activate automatically based on a schedule or with predetermined system events.

There really are many Z-Wave devices to choose from, but here are just some of our favorites:

If you decide to sign up for a monitoring plan that includes video surveillance, such as an Alarm Grid Platinum Plan (Self or Full), then you will want to get some Alarm.com Security Cameras as well. Alarm.com has some great cameras to choose from, which gives your some nice options. Remember that you can view your cameras remotely using the Alarm.com Mobile App on your Android or iOS device. This is awesome if you want to take a look at what is going on in or around your home while you are away.

We won't list every Alarm.com Camera here, but we have three really good ones that you should make sure to check out:


And there are certainly some extra accessories you can get for your 2GIG GC3e. If you are looking for a keypad, then we recommend the 2GIG SP1-GC3. This is a full-color touchscreen keypad that offers some great features like the ability to bypass zones, voice annunciation, home automation control, a 5-day weather forecast, and more. If you only need a basic secondary keypad, then you might also consider the 2GIG PAD1-345 Push-Button Keypad. Although this keypad is extremely simple, it is perfect if you just want to setup another spot in your business for arming and disarming.

2gig sp1 gc3 wireless touchscreen keypad for gc3Finally, there is a great desk mount for the 2GIG GC3e called the 2GIG CP-DESK. This is actually the same desk mount used with the other 2GIG Security Systems. It will keep the GC3e Panel nice and sturdy if you decide to not mount it to a wall. A desk mount like this is perfect if you want to avoid drilling holes in the wall and hard-mounting the panel. This is also ideal if you know that you may be moving sometime in the future, and you want to bring the system with you on your move!

2gig cp desk go control panel desktop mountWe hope this buying guide helps you whether you are considering a new 2GIG GC3e, or expanding upon an existing panel. As always, you can email us with any questions at support@alarmgrid.com. We also invite you to call us at (888) 818-7728 to learn more about any of our products or our alarm monitoring services. Remember that our support hours run from 9am to 8pm ET M-F. We look forward to helping you!

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It's time for another video recap from Alarm Grid! We're covering the five (5) new videos from last week, December 9th thru 13th. We have new videos featuring Jarrett, Jorge, and Joe. We hope that you find them helpful as usual. Let's check out the newest videos from the Alarm Grid team!


Motion Sensors That Work With the LYNX Touch L7000

Jarrett explains which wireless motion sensors work with the Honeywell LYNX Touch L7000 System. The L7000 will support wireless 345 MHz motion sensors from the Honeywell 5800 Series. Some of the most popular motion sensors to use with this system include the Honeywell 5800PIR-RES and the Honeywell 5800PIR-COM. These motion sensors can be auto-enrolled with the panel. Remember that each wireless motion sensor will take up at least one wireless zone on the system. Some motion sensors may use additional zones for extra features, such as low temperature detection.


Connection Used by the Honeywell Home 6290W

Joe outlines how the Honeywell Home 6290W Touchscreen Keypad connects with a Honeywell VISTA Security Panel. The keypad uses a four (4) wire connection, and it is wired in at the designated terminals on the main panel board. Two (2) of the wires are for power, and the others are for data transmission. You should power down the panel completely before connecting the keypad. Once you power the VISTA Panel back on, the Honeywell Home 6290W Keypad should power on as well.


The Best Keypad For The VISTA 20P

Jarrett covers which keypad is best for a Honeywell VISTA 20P Alarm Panel. If you are looking for a first keypad for the system, then we recommend the Honeywell 6160RF. This will serve as an Alphanumeric keypad for programming the system. It also has a built-in wireless transceiver that will allow you to start using wireless 345 MHz sensors from the Honeywell 5800 Series. Subsequent keypads can be either Alphanumeric 6160 Keypads, Fixed English 6150 Keypads, or even touchscreen keypads like the Honeywell 6290W or Honeywell Tuxedo Touch.


Overview - Qolsys S-Line Encryption

Jorge provides an overview of the Qolsys S-Line Encryption that is used with Qolsys S-Line Sensors when paired with a Qolsys IQ Panel 2. These sensors communicate using encrypted wireless 319.5 MHz transmissions that operate on a rolling code basis. Every time an encrypted S-Line Sensor communicates with an IQ Panel 2, the system must send an encrypted response back to the sensor for the command to go through. This encrypted code is only known by the sensor and the panel. The sensor will then "roll" to the next encrypted code for the following transmission.


Controlling Lights w/ a Qolsys IQ Panel 2

Jorge teaches users how they can control smart lights using a Qolsys IQ Panel 2 System. This system has a built-in Z-Wave Plus controller for supporting Z-Wave lights. Any Z-Wave light that is paired with the IQ Panel 2 can be controlled directly from the system or from a paired IQ Remote Touchscreen Keypad. If you have the system monitored, then you can also control the lights remotely using the Alarm.com Mobile App on your phone. You will need to have an alarm monitoring plan that includes access to Alarm.com for automation.

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It's less than two weeks until Christmas, and time is running out to get presents! If you're looking for a new alarm system, then you might strongly consider the Qolsys IQ Panel 2 Plus. This guide will help whether you are looking at a new IQ Panel 2 Plus or adding upon an existing system.

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The Qolsys IQ Panel 2 Plus is undoubtedly one of the top security systems available as of now. In fact, we recently rated it as our top security system of 2019. The IQ Panel 2 Plus is the masterpiece creation of Qolsys, a company that will celebrate their 10th year anniversary in 2020. Despite being relatively new to the game, the company still managed to put out a beautiful, state-of-the-art alarm panel that is perfect for everyone from DIYers to large businesses.

The laundry list of features offered from the Qolsys IQ Panel 2 Plus is mind-boggling. This sleek and modern security panel offers 128 wireless zones, integrated WIFI, a built-in LTE cellular communicator (AT&T or Verizon), an integrated Z-Wave Plus controller, automatic Bluetooth disarming, a built-in 5 MP camera for automatic disarm photos when enabled, partitioning support for up to four (4) partitions, live-streaming for compatible Alarm.com Cameras, an integrated glass break sensor, touchscreen controls, one-touch panic buttons, and so much more.

Building a Qolsys IQ Panel 2 Plus from Scratch

Qolsys iq panel 2 verizon 3 1 kit wireless alarm system 3 door sIf you are considering a new Qolsys IQ Panel 2 Plus System, then the one big thing you will want to keep in mind is that there are three (3) different versions of the system. This refers to which legacy daughtercard is installed inside the panel. The legacy daughtercard determines which wireless frequency is supported by the system for using wireless sensors. Each of these three legacy frequencies supports a large wireless sensor lineup. If you are just starting out, then you can consider them equal on all counts. We recommend going with the 319.5 MHz version for the sole reason that it is the least expensive. The only real reason to choose the 345 MHz version or the 433 MHz version is if you have existing wireless sensors that you are hoping to use with the IQ2.

One other important thing to note is that you are not restricted to only using the legacy frequency of wireless sensors with your system. Every version of the Qolsys IQ Panel 2 Plus can also support wireless PowerG Sensors. This is true whether you are using the 319.5 MHz version, the 345 MHz version, or the 433 MHz version. PowerG Sensors are known for their incredible wireless range and extremely secure communication. The sensors can communicate from up to 2,000 feet away from the IQ Panel 2 Plus when used with a direct line of sight. Every signal is sent using military grade 128-bit AES encryption for maximum security. We believe that the PowerG Sensors are the best security sensors for the Qolsys IQ Panel 2 Plus, even with the legacy frequency support.

Once you have determined whether you want the 319.5 MHz version, the 345 MHz version, or the 433 MHz version, you must also determine which cellular service provider you will use with the system. Every version of the Qolsys IQ Panel 2 Plus includes a built-in cellular communicator. You can choose between AT&T LTE and Verizon LTE service. We recommend going with whichever service works best in your area. Please note that any monitoring expenses will be the same whether you use the AT&T version or the Verizon version. This is because cellular service expenses are covered by your alarm monitoring company as part of your alarm monitoring plan. Because of requirements mandated by Alarm.com you must activate the cellular communicator inside your Qolsys IQ Panel 2 Plus System for monitoring service. This means that you will need an alarm monitoring plan that includes cellular service, such as an Alarm Grid Gold Plan. You can learn all about the monitoring plans offered from Alarm Grid on our alarm monitoring page.

When buying a new Qolsys IQ Panel 2 Plus System, it is recommended that you get one of the pre-configured system kits from Alarm Grid. These kits include everything you need to get started with a new Qolsys IQ Panel 2 Plus. Assuming you go with the 319.5 MHz version (the least expensive), you can choose from a total of eight (8) kits. You will need to decide whether you want a system with AT&T LTE or Verizon LTE, and you will need to decide whether you want the kit to include encrypted PowerG Sensors or non-encrypted 319.5 MHz sensors. You must also choose whether you want a 3-1 kit or a 10-1 kit. A 3-1 kit will have three (3) door/window contacts and one (1) motion sensor, while a 10-1 kit will have ten (10) door/window contacts and one (1) motion sensor.

These eight (8) kits are listed below:

Additionally, you are welcome to check out our entire list of Qolsys Security System Kits if you are looking for a kit with a 345 MHz or 433 MHz IQ Panel 2 Plus System.

Sensors for New and Existing IQ Panel 2 Plus Systems

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When shopping for sensors for an IQ Panel 2 Plus, you must consider two factors. The first is which version of the system is it (319.5 MHz, 345 MHz, and 433 MHz). The second is whether or not the system is an actual IQ Panel 2 Plus, or if it is an original IQ Panel 2 System. By answering that first question, you can determine which type of legacy sensor frequency you can use with the system. Of course, this is a non-issue if you are using exclusively PowerG Sensors.

Having to consider whether or not an IQ Panel 2 Plus System is actually an IQ Panel 2 Plus might seem silly at first. But the thing is that the IQ Panel 2 Plus looks exactly the same as an original IQ Panel 2 System. If you are buying sensors for someone else, then you might not know whether or not the system is a Plus model or an original Non-Plus model. This is important to determine, as only the IQ Panel 2 Plus can support PowerG Sensors. There is no way to use PowerG Sensors with an original IQ Panel 2 System. If you are wanting to surprise a friend or family member with some new sensors, then it may be important to ask whether the system they are using is a Qolsys IQ Panel 2 Plus or an original Qolsys IQ Panel 2. If the system is an original Non-Plus IQ Panel 2, then the only sensors it can support are the 319.5 MHz sensors from Qolsys and Interlogix. This includes the Qolsys S-Line Sensors, which use rolling code encryption.

Qolsys iq panel 2 verizon 7 security panel w slash z wave ready For the purpose of this blog post, we will assume that the system is a Qolsys IQ Panel 2 Plus, and that you are looking for PowerG Sensors. Remember, PowerG Sensors will offer the best range and the strongest wireless security. If you are considering other wireless sensors for a Qolsys IQ Panel 2 or IQ Panel 2 Plus, then we recommend emailing support@alarmgrid.com for further help. We have 319.5 MHz, 345 MHz, and 433 MHz sensors on our website, and we are happy to help you find them. As a reference, 319.5 MHz generally refers to legacy Qolsys and Interlogix Sensors, 345 MHz generally refers to legacy Honeywell and 2GIG Sensors, and 433 MHz generally refers to legacy DSC Sensors.

The PowerG Sensor lineup is quite robust, and there are plenty of sensor types to choose from. We will not cover every PowerG Sensor here. But we will cover some of the basic ones, as well as some of the more interesting ones that can really open up new possibilities for using your Qolsys IQ Panel 2 Plus System. Keep in mind this list is not exhaustive, and there are plenty of other PowerG Sensors out there beyond what we have listed here.

Accessories for Your Qolsys IQ Panel 2 Plus

Now that we have covered sensors you might use with your Qolsys IQ Panel 2 Plus System, you might also want to look into some accessories. Alarm.com Security Cameras are an excellent option if you are willing to get an alarm monitoring plan that includes video surveillance, such as an Alarm Grid Platinum Level Plan. The Qolsys is unique in that it can actually live-stream certain Alarm.com Security Cameras right from the panel itself. You will also be able to view the live feed for these camera from pretty much anywhere using the Alarm.com Mobile App on an Android or iOS device. There are a bunch of Alarm.com Cameras to choose from, but right now we really like the Alarm.com ADC-V523 for indoor use, and the Alarm.com ADC-V723 for outdoor use.

You will also likely want to take advantage of the system's built-in Z-Wave Plus controller. This will allow you to use a variety of Z-Wave Plus devices, including smart lights, door locks, and thermostats. You can also use classic Z-Wave devices with the system, but you should use Z-Wave Plus devices to maximize the range and battery life. And keep in mind that you can create special smart scenes using Alarm.com to have your Z-Wave devices activate automatically based on a schedule or with certain system events. There are so many Z-Wave devices to choose from, but here are some of our favorites for use with an IQ Panel 2 Plus:

We are also sure that many IQ Panel 2 Plus users will want to set their system up for garage door control. Luckily, there is a great Z-Wave device for the job. The Linear GD00Z speaks Z-Wave, and it can easily enroll with your Qolsys IQ Panel 2 Plus System. The module also comes with its own tilt sensor for identifying when the garage door is opened or closed. And as a Z-Wave device, you will be able to include it into your smart scenes as well!

Linear gd00z 4 z wave garage door openerThere are other miscellaneous accessories you might also want to use with the Qolsys IQ Panel 2 Plus. If you want an external keypad, then the Qolsys IQ Remote is far and away the best option. This is a powerful touchscreen keypad that can do pretty much everything that the panel itself is capable of accomplishing. This is fantastic if you want to have an additional designated location for controlling your system in your home or business. The remote conveniently pairs across WIFI or an Access Point (AP), making it super easy to complete the integration. It even features a built-in camera for disarm photos, just like the main panel!

We also want to mention that while the IQ Panel 2 does come included with a desk stand for resting the system on a desk or table, you also have the option of getting the sturdier Qolsys IQ Stand, which will certainly keep your system upright. This is perfect if you have no intention of mounting your panel to the wall.

Qolsys iq remote ag iq panel 2 remote touchscreen keypadThat concludes our Qolsys IQ Panel 2 Plus buying guide! If you have any questions about the system or our monitoring service, please reach out to us. We listed our email earlier in this post, but if you need it again, it's support@alarmgrid.com. You are also welcome to call us at (888) 818-7728 during our normal business hours. We are here from 9am to 8pm ET M-F. Our team is looking forward to working with you and helping you find the perfect security system for your needs.

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Just in time for the holidays, Alarm.com has pulled through with their brand-new Alarm.com ADC-V523 Indoor Security Camera. This 1080p security camera uses High Dynamic Range to produce top-quality recordings with enhanced depth and luminosity. This is one hot camera for Alarm.com!


The ADC-V523 is the new premier indoor security camera from Alarm.com. It offers everything you could possibly want out of an Alarm.com Security Camera. This goes above and beyond a state-of-the-art recording quality. Its IR night vision of 15 feet makes it superb at capturing images in a dark environment. We also love its wide 117° viewing angle, which improves its coverage area.

Alarm.com also made the ADC-V523 Camera easy to use and install. You can conveniently connect it with a 2.4 GHz or 5 GHz WIFI network, or you can use a wired ethernet connection. However, the camera CANNOT support power over ethernet (PoE) if you decide to use an ethernet connection. You must use the included power adapter for providing power. You will also appreciate the fact that the camera is compatible with Alarm.com Video Analytics, which offers you tremendous flexibility in setting up notifications regarding any activity. The camera can be permanently hard-mounted, or you can conveniently rest it on a sturdy table or desk.

We believe that the ADC-V523 can make a great holiday gift for anyone looking for a new Alarm.com Indoor Camera. If you are looking for an outdoor camera, then the ADC-V723 is a great option that offers the same top-quality recording capabilities as this new indoor model. You might also want to pair an Alarm.com ADC-SVR122 with these cameras so that you can set up a continuous 24 hour recording schedule!

Remember that you must have an Alarm.com Video Monitoring Plan to use this camera. This can include an Alarm.com Platinum Level Plan (Full or Self), or an Alarm Grid Video-Only Plan. If you aren't signed up for monitoring yet, you can email us at support@alarmgrid.com or call us at (888) 818-7728 to get started. Remember that our support hours run from 9am to 8pm ET M-F. We look forward to hearing from you!

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Hi DIYers! This is Part 2 of our Qolsys IQ Panel 2 Plus Install Guide. Today, we will be focusing on a variety of topics, mostly arming the system, bypassing sensors, adjusting arming settings, Bluetooth disarming, adjusting user codes, the system messaging center, and panic buttons.

Qolsys iq panel 2 at and t wireless security system with at and If you want to start from the beginning, you can find Part 1 of this series right here.

This install guide of ours is designed to follow the manual for the system. If you want to follow along with the manual for the system, then it is available here. Just keep in mind that the order in which we present information may be different from the manual. The processes shown here fully apply whether you are using an original Qolsys IQ Panel 2, or a newer Qolsys IQ Panel 2 Plus System. Today, we will have two (2) videos to accompany this content. With that out of the way, let's begin!

Our Part 4 video focuses primarily on Arming/Disarming the Qolsys IQ Panel 2. When you arm your system, you are putting it into a secure state. Many Sensor Groups for the Qolsys IQ Panel 2 are only active when the system is in an armed state. We recommend reviewing the Sensor Groups so that you know how different sensors will respond when the system is activated.

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To keep things simple, you will generally use Arm Away when all occupants plan to be away from the premises. When the system is in this state, there should be nobody inside the building, and nobody should be around to activate Interior Sensors. If someone will still be inside the building, but you want to put the perimeter protection points into a secure state, then you can put the system into Arm Stay mode. This way, the system will not go into alarm if Interior Sensors are activated. However, the system will still respond to Perimeter Zones and Entry/Exit Zones.

You will also likely want to adjust the various arming settings for your Qolsys IQ Panel 2 System. There is an entire menu in system settings for this purpose. You may also want to adjust your Entry Delays and Exit Delays. In the simplest terms, Entry Delay is how long you have to disarm the system after activating an Entry/Exit Zone before an alarm will occur. Exit Delay is how long you have to vacate the premises when Arming Away before the arming setting will go into effect. Once the Arm Away setting has gone into effect, then activating an Entry/Exit Zone will trigger the Entry Delay countdown, and you will need to disarm within that time period. It is also important to understand that there are both Normal Entry/Exit Delays and Long Entry/Exit Delays. The Long Entry/Exit Delays are important to adjust if you are using any zones with Sensor Group 12 - Entry/Exit - Long Delay. Use this zone type for a door that you may sometimes use to enter or exit but that is further from the system, and so requires a longer delay period. If you do not have any zones like this, then the Long Entry/Exit Delays are irrelevant.

One convenient feature for the Qolsys IQ Panel 2 is automatic Bluetooth disarming. If enabled, this will have the system automatically disarm when you bring your phone within Bluetooth range of the system. The way that this works is that the system expects you to bring your phone with you when you arm the system and leave for the day. When you return later on, you will bring your phone back with you. The system will automatically receive the Bluetooth signal from your phone, and it will disarm without you needing to enter a code. Remember, this feature only works if you enable it. This will require you to program your phone with the Qolsys IQ Panel 2 System as a Bluetooth device. You will also want to make sure you adjust the Bluetooth settings for the panel accordingly.

Our Part 5 video covers some miscellaneous tips for the Qolsys IQ Panel 2 System. Specifically, we cover system codes, the messaging center, and system panic buttons. Setting up user codes is something you will likely do if someone new is now using the panel, and they need their own code. Likewise, you may want to delete a code if someone is no longer permitted to use your system. At the very least, you should change the system Master Code (also called Admin) away from its default of 1234. Keeping this code at 1234 is a major security risk!

The messaging center for the Qolsys IQ Panel 2 is a great way to see if any events occurred on your system while you were away. These events can include things like someone making an incorrect code entry, a system trouble that occurred, an alarm on the system, and so much more. You can conveniently access this section right from the main screen of your IQ Panel 2. If you see that your messaging center has a notification, then you should check it as soon as you can so that you can see what occurred on your system. Once you "acknowledge" the notifications, the messages will clear.

Lastly, there is a section of the main screen of the IQ Panel 2 where you can trigger emergency panics. These include Police Panics, Fire Alarms, and Auxiliary Medical Panics. Additionally, you can activate Police and Medical Panics as "silent" so that no audible siren occurs when the alarm is triggered. Keep in mind that these panics are really only useful if you have your IQ Panel 2 monitored with central station monitoring service. The central station will receive the incoming alert and know to take action immediately. If you only have self-monitoring service, then a notification for the alarm will still be sent to you via text and/or email notification. But if you already knowingly triggered one of the system panic buttons, then that isn't very useful. However, for users with central station service, these panic buttons can be a quick and easy way to get help during an emergency.


We hope that these videos help you get started with your new Qolsys IQ Panel 2 Plus System! Remember, you can always email us at support@alarmgrid.com if you have any further questions or if you need further assistance. Our support hours are from 9am to 8pm ET M-F. We look forward to hearing from you!

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