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Hey DIYers, have you been checking out the Alarm Grid YouTube Channel? If not, here's a quick recap of what you missed in the past week.

April 29th: How Do I Get Into Programming On My Vista 20P?

Bryce shows the basics of how to access programming on a Honeywell Vista 20P System. In most cases, this is done by entering in the command [4112] + [800], with "4112" being the system's default Installer Code. Bryce also explains the differences between fixed English and alphanumeric keypads, as well as the backdoor method for accessing programming. According to Bryce, an alphanumeric keypad is necessary for conducting deeper level panel programming. With a Fixed English keypad, the programming options are more limited.

April 30th: What is a CKT Error on My 6160 Keypad?

Dylan explains the meaning of a CKT error on a 6160 keypad used with a Honeywell VISTA System. The error means that the keypad is not communicating properly with the VISTa Panel. The reason for this could be poor wiring, improper addressing or defaulting of the keypad or panel. Dylan then shows the proper wiring for the device and the steps for addressing the keypad so that it works properly. The error should clear once the wiring and addressing is correct.

May 1st: Why is my 5800PIR-RES showing a Red flashing light?

Bryce demonstrates the walk test mode on Honeywell PIR Motion Detection Sensors. When the motion sensor is first powered on, it will automatically enter into its walk test mode. While in this mode, the device will show a red LED light whenever it detects motion. The sensor will then exit this mode on its own after 10 minutes. To re-enter walk test mode, simply remove the battery for the device and then re-insert the battery to power it back on.

May 2nd: What is the Best Security System for an Apartment?

Jorge talks about what type of security system is best for an apartment. He recommends using a wireless self-contained security system since they are easier to use and install. He also points out that a desk mount can be used so that they panel does not have to be mounted to the wall. Wireless sensors can be installed using double-sided foam tape to avoid drilling holes. Jorge specifically mentions the Honeywell Lyric Controller and the Qolsys IQ Panel 2 as being great options.

May 3rd: When Will the Lyric CDMA Be Phased Out?

Jorge discusses the plans for Verizon to eventually discontinue support for their CDMA network. This important information for anyone who uses cellular communication with their Honeywell Lyric Controller. The CDMA network is still being used with many alarm systems. Starting on June 1, 2018, new CDMA activations will no longer be allowed. Existing CDMA communicators will be grandfathered in to remain active until the CDMA network is shutdown. In order to remain active with the Verizon network, a user will need to upgrade to an LTE communicator.



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With the recent release of the LTE-L57V for the L5210 and L7000 Systems, there is now a viable LTE cellular communication module available for all of the most popular Honeywell Alarm Control Panels. Whether you own a Lyric, LYNX Touch or VISTA panel, there is an LTE communicator for you!

The current LTE options are as follows:

Please note that for the Honeywell VISTA 21iP, there is currently no "snap-on" LTE module like that of the AT&T 3G/4G based VISTA-GSM4G. In order to use the Honeywell LTE-XV communicator with the VISTA 21iP, the "internal communications" jumper on the board must be set to the bottom two pins. Make sure to power the system completely down before making this adjustment. The communicator must then be installed as an external radio-like wiring on a VISTA-20P. By adjusting the jumper in this way, the integrated ethernet port for the VISTA 21iP will be disabled. However, this is not a huge concern. LTE cellular connectivity is extremely reliable, and it provides communication speeds that are comparable to that of IP. So even though IP connectivity will no longer be accessible, it is a worthwhile sacrifice to obtain LTE service over older cellular technologies like 3G and CDMA. Remember, LTE service is widely recognized as being the single best communication path available for modern alarm systems.

By releasing these new communicators, Honeywell has made it very clear that LTE cellular communication is the way of the future. This news is also important for users of the Verizon CDMA Network. AlarmNet (Honeywell's cloud server) has stated that new CDMA activations will no longer be permitted after June 1, 2018. This includes cancelling an existing CDMA account and then trying to reactivate it later. Anyone hoping to use CDMA with their Honeywell System must get the communicator active before it's too late. Verizon has promised that CDMA support for existing equipment will remain active until their CDMA network is shutdown. After that, the communicator will need to be upgraded.

All of the current LTE communicators for Honeywell Systems are available for purchase on the Alarm Grid website. We'll be sure to keep you updated with any news regarding additional Honeywell LTE communicators that are released in the future. We do not have any exact timelines for the release of a Verizon LTE module for the Lyric, nor AT&T LTE for the Lynx Touch and VISTA panels. If you have any other questions, feel free to reach out to our support team at support@alarmgrid.com.

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Alarm.com has announced that they will be discontinuing support for certain Z-Wave thermostats. The affected devices include the 2GIG CT-100, the 2GIG CT-30 and the GE TSTAT-300. For Alarm.com accounts created after May 20, 2018, it will not be possible to control these Z-Wave thermostats.

The reason that support for these thermostats is being discontinued is because they do not comply with the higher communication standards necessary for supporting the most advanced Z-Wave thermostat features. These advanced features, which include certain HVAC safeguards, provide convenience and comfort for both end users and product dealers. Therefore, ending support for these older models is necessary for providing the best possible support for newer equipment.

For new Alarm.com users looking to get started with Z-Wave home automation, we recommend using the ADC-T2000 Smart Thermostat. This advanced and highly capable device supports remote operation through the Alarm.com Mobile App, and it can be easily integrated into most Z-Wave networks. Other modern Z-Wave thermostats will also work. Feel free to verify thermostat compatibility with our support team in advance to avoid any issues.

Please note that these service discontinuations only affect new accounts. For older Alarm.com accounts that already support the aforementioned devices, no changes will be necessary. These accounts will be grandfathered in, and the devices will still be supported.

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LTE cellular communication for the Honeywell LYNX Touch L5210 and L7000 systems is now available! The Honeywell LTE-L57V will provide these systems with ultra fast and reliable cellular service from the Verizon LTE network. The new module is easy to install, and it will ensure that these compatible systems receive cellular connectivity well into the distant future. Overall, we strongly recommend this module for any Honeywell L5210 or L7000.

Alarm Grid has long-touted the benefits of cellular communication. It sends out signals very quickly, and it is the single most reliable way to ensure that a Honeywell security system always remains connected to the AlarmNet server. LTE service represents the forefront in cellular technology, and the Verizon LTE network is one of the finest.

The Honeywell LTE-L57V provides the L5210 and L7000 systems with a way of connecting to the Verizon LTE network so that they can receive active cellular monitoring. This makes the LTE-L57V the prime option for anyone looking to "future-proof" their L5210 or L7000. Unlike the 3G and CDMA cellular networks, the LTE network should be in service well into the distant future, thereby providing a longer lifespan of the cellular alarm system.

In order to use the LTE-L57V, firmware revision 9.00.201 or higher is required. Any newly purchased L5210 or L7000 should already have the latest firmware update out of the box. Thankfully, existing L5210 and L7000 panels can be updated using the LYNXTOUCH-MSD Firmware Updater Tool.

The LTE-L57V is available for purchase now on the Alarm Grid website! Additionally, we will soon be updating our L5210 and L7000 bundled kits to include this module as well. At the present time, we have not heard anything about a possible AT&T LTE module for the LYNX Touch Systems. However, we will be sure to keep you posted and let you know if any information is available.

Update: The AT&T LTE Version is also available! It is called the Honeywell LTE-L57A. The LYNX Touch Panel must be running firmware revision 9.00.209 or higher to support the module.

Another Update: The L5200 can also be updated using the LYNXTOUCH-MSD Firmware Updater Tool. This will allow an L5200 System to use either the LTE-L57A or the LTE-L57V. More information is available here.

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Not every area you monitor is going to feature perfect lighting. In many situations, a camera must record an important event in a dark or low-light setting. If you have the right camera for the job, then this will be no problem. But if your camera doesn't have night vision, then the resulting pitch-black and vague recording will offer you very little value. With that in mind, if you ever plan on monitoring a dark area, you better make sure that your security camera offers night vision.

Fortunately, Honeywell designed all of their new Lyric Security Cameras with night vision capabilities. This lineup includes three state-of-the-art security cameras that each perform exceptionally well in low-light settings. These cameras feature advanced light-detection sensors that automatically adapt to the brightness to achieve the best recordings possible. Their special infrared (IR) LED lights enhance low-light performance, making even the darkest area appear clear and illuminated in the recording.

All of these cameras can capture video in full HD quality, and their built-in SD cards ensure that recordings are saved whenever WIFI is down. They can all connect seamlessly with Honeywell's Total Connect Service, making them very easy to get connected to the network. Each of the three cameras is best utilized in certain types of applications. You should consider where and how the camera will be used and strengths of each camera before making a purchasing decision. Overall, the Lyric Cameras are fantastic for any Honeywell user who wants to get started with video surveillance. And if there's ever any trouble in the night, your camera will be ready.

First up is the Lyric C1, also called the IPCAM-WIC1. This is an indoor camera that can be placed on any table or desk for a quick setup. Its IR LED lights prove the device with an IR range of 16.5 feet, and the camera will automatically adjust based on the current lighting. The Lyric C1 can record footage up to 720P HD in quality, which is fine for most uses. The camera also includes a built-in microphone for capturing audio. While this isn't the most robust camera in the Lyric lineup, it is a great camera for monitoring a smaller area of a home, such as a bedroom or a foyer. The Lyric C1 will work exceptionally well in any indoor situation where basic recording is needed.

Next is the Lyric C2, or the IPCAM-WIC2. This camera offers twice the night vision range of the Lyric C1, boasting an IR range of 33 feet. Just like the other cameras in the lineup, its included sensors will help it adjust to the current brightness level. The Lyric C2 comes attached to its own stand so that i can be placed conveniently on a desk or table for a quick and easy setup. The camera also comes complete with full 1080P HD recording quality and a built-in microphone for capturing audio. Overall, the Lyric C2 is notably more robust and powerful than the other indoor camera in the lineup. If you ever require higher-quality recording capabilities or if you need to capture footage in a larger indoor area, then the Lyric C2 is certainly up to the task. It is recommended for larger rooms, like a living room or a garage.

Last but not least in the Lyric Camera lineup is the Lyric OC1, also called the IPCAM-OC1. This is the only outdoor camera in the lineup. Its tough, weatherproof and water-resistant design will keep it safe in almost anything that nature can throw at it. The camera comes with its own mounting plate that allows a user to install the device on a wall or ceiling with relative ease. Out of all the cameras in the Lyric Camera lineup, the OC1 features the strongest night vision capabilities. Its IR LED lights will illuminate recordings up to an incredible 65 feet away. And of course, its built-in light-detection sensors allow the camera to automatically adjust its recording based on the brightness level in the area. And with its 1080P HD recording quality, you're sure to achieve crystal-clear recordings every time. The one downside to the OC1 is that it does not have a built-in microphone. Also, at this time, an external microphone will not function with the device. However, a later firmware update may change this. But if you're looking for strictly video recording in an outdoor environment, then the Lyric OC1 is second to none.

All three of these cameras are available on the alarm Grid website right now. If you're a Honeywell user who needs to monitor a low-light setting, look no further!

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Certain alarm monitoring companies employ various tactics to take money from honest people for service that they may never receive. Worse yet, some criminals and frauds use savvy tricks and tactics to fool unsuspecting individuals. This can cost a customer caught in their traps thousands of dollars. Don’t let monitoring companies or criminals take advantage of you.

Keep an eye out for these 10 security scams and dishonest tactics, and know how to prevent them from happening.

1. Expensive Hidden Fees

Many legitimate security companies are known for making most of their money through hidden fees. What might seem like a good deal may really be a total rip-off. You might see the low monthly rate or low equipment cost and be completely sold. However, expensive activation fees and service fees can quickly add up and rob you blind. Suddenly, your great deal has turned into a total money-sucking trap. This article outlines much of the hidden costs associated with security systems.

Always read the terms of service for a security contract. Know exactly what you are agreeing to before you commit to a security company. Most importantly, choose a company that will provide you with the level of support that you need, at a price you can afford. Many customers find that the best option for them is a DIY security company, such as Alarm Grid. These companies are less likely to charge you hidden activation fees or service fees. Plus, installing your own equipment will give you better control over your system.

2. Long-Term Contracts

A prominent tactic in the security industry is to lock customers into long-term contracts. Customers are often swayed by low or nonexistent activation fees and low-cost equipment. However, if they ever need to cancel their service, their monitoring company can hold them hostage. They will charge outrageous cancellation fees for a customer to get out of their plan. Should the customer refuse to pay these fees, they’ll instead be stuck paying their monthly cost of their monitoring plan. This can go on for years until their contract expires. Indeed, long-term contacts have been well-documented in the security industry for many years.

Again, make sure that you read the terms of your monitoring plan. Always know what you are getting into before making an agreement. If possible, choose an alarm monitoring company that does not have any contacts or cancellation fees. For example, Alarm Grid allows its customers to cancel their service at any time. They can even take their equipment with them to a new company if desired. There are also no added fees whatsoever to do this.

3. “I’m from your monitoring company.”

Placing stickers or signs outside your home to let potential intruders know that you are monitored is usually a smart idea. This will let the criminals know that your home is protected and that they shouldn’t try to mess with you. That said, some unethical alarm companies will use this information to their advantage. They’ll knock on your door in the middle of the day and claim to be a technician from your security company - whether that be ADT, Vivint or Alarm Grid. The phony technician will claim that they are they there to upgrade your system or that your panel needs to be inspected. These intruders are known for being very convincing. In many cases, they’ll even be wearing a fake uniform or having a phony ID number. Check out this dangerous situation in Miami, where some criminals posed as phony ADT workers. Many security companies have even started taking measures against this fraud in order to protect people.

Remember, any legitimate security company will never send over a technician without telling you first. If a technician randomly shows up at your doorstep claiming that they need to work on your system, tell them to pound sand. Also there are numbers that you can call to report unethical practices like this. ADT has even sued companies that engage in these deceptive practices. If they gain access to your system, they can disable or destroy it so that they can safely rob your house later. The intruder will also most likely use this opportunity to scope out your house and determine the most effective way to conduct a burglary. This is one of the scariest tactics that intruders can employ, so make sure that you are always on your toes.

4. Free Equipment

Security companies often make the promise of free equipment to lure customers in. Unfortunately, this free equipment is almost always accompanied by heavy installation and activation fees. By the time all is said and done, you can be left paying thousands of dollars. Turns out that "free" equipment wasn't so free after all. Any security or monitoring company that continuously stresses "free equipment" should always be approached with some caution.

Once again, it's critical that you read the terms of any security contract that you agree to. Just because the equipment itself is free doesn't mean that it's a good deal. Make sure that you are aware of any and all fees that the company will charge. These can include activation fees, installation fees, service fees, cancellation fees and monitoring fees. Take your time, and never agree to a plan that is sketchy below the surface. And always remember - if it's too good to be true, then it probably is.

5. Burglars in Action

This is another method used by home intruders and burglars. The criminals will show at your house up in official-looking uniforms, and they will show-off top-of-the-line equipment. They'll get you to sign up for a reasonably priced monitoring plan. They'll ask for some basic information so that they seem legitimate. They'll even arrive for a professional installation and supposedly provide you with fully monitored security equipment. If they want to be really convincing, they might even install a camera. They can then show you the video feed and make it look like you're fully protected. But in reality, your home is not connected to any central monitoring station, and your house is now prime picking for a burglary. While you might not know this, the criminals sure will. They will wait for the right opportunity and conduct a major burglary of your house. Even that camera will be useless, as they will simply take it. After all, you weren't actually monitored.

You can avoid this scary situation by always conducting full research before agreeing to monitoring service. Always be very wary of any security representative who suddenly shows up at your home. You are much safer going online or calling a reputable security company. Choose a company that has great reviews and an excellent track record for protecting their customers. It is extremely sketchy whenever a worker from a supposed security company shows up at your home without a prior invitation. You should also contact the security company in question and verify that the individual who came for a visit was indeed legitimate.

6. Scare Tactics

The use of scare tactics is very common in the security industry. This trick involves presenting false statistics or information as a way of convincing people to sign up for monitoring. A security representative might claim that there has been an increase in burglaries and that your home is at major risk. If they really want to get personal, they might state that your children or spouse is in major danger. They will say that the only way to protect your home and your loved ones is to sign up for monitoring service. Once you are in total fear, you will fork over money to this security representative so that your home will be protected. This representative will also most likely attempt to get you to sign up for certain services and features that you don't even really need. This will allow them to milk as much money out of you as possible.

While security monitoring is certainly a great way to protect your home, using scare tactics is taking things too far. This is especially true if they start presenting uncomfortable scenarios for your family. A sleazy salesperson will have no problem making up false numbers and statistics to scare you into doing what they want. Instead of falling into their trap, do you own research, and find out the truth about how dangerous your area really is. Only sign-up for the services that you need, and never agree to any monitoring plan based upon fear alone. Also be very suspicious of any sales presentation that is centered around threats or scare tactics. Many of these salespeople that use these techniques don't even work for security companies at all. They could very well be criminals who want to break into your home. Scare tactics are not presented in any reputable sales training, and they have no place in the security industry. An honest security company will never rely on these tactics, and they will be looking out for your best interests in the long run. Most importantly, if you ever feel pressured or uncomfortable, ask the sales person to leave immediately.

7. Proprietary Equipment

Proprietary security equipment is regularly supplied by security companies that do not care about their customers. This type of equipment is designed to work exclusively with the company that originally supplied it. This means that the equipment cannot be taken to a monitoring company and that cancelling service with the current company would turn that equipment into complete junk. It's also very likely that the customer paid will have paid a very hefty fee for this equipment. This will greatly discourage them from ever terminating their service. In other words, the monitoring company will have the customer right where they want them.

Luckily, you can beat the system by choosing a monitoring company that does not use proprietary equipment. This way, you will be able to take the equipment to a new monitoring company if you ever choose to do so. It is also wise to select a monitoring company that does not have any cancellation fees. One such company is Alarm Grid. This company only offers non-proprietary security systems. These systems can be taken to any monitoring company that will support them. The user will not need to replace any communication modules or any of their equipment. Additionally, there are no cancellation fees for terminating service with Alarm Grid, and customers can leave at any time. This makes Alarm Grid an excellent company for those who want to avoid the scam of proprietary equipment.

Follow these tips so that you can avoid getting scammed - both by actual security companies and the criminals who pose as them!


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Qolsys has announced that software update 2.1.1 for the IQ Panel 2 will be made available tomorrow, May 1st, 2018. This update includes various fixes and improvements that should improve the functionality of the system. The update can be installed wireless if the IQ Panel 2 is connected to a WIFI network and currently running software version 2.0.1 or higher.

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Some of the benefits of this update include:

  • Automatic communication tests will now report as E602, while manual communication tests will now report as E601.
  • System will no longer report cellular signal strength when disconnected from the network.
  • IQ Remote will now report correct supervision status on Alarm.com.
  • IQ remote will no longer display a red emergency screen at incorrect times.
  • Improvements in connectivity and function with DSC Power-G Sensors.
  • Nighttime mode will no longer turn Z-Wave voice prompts on if the feature is disable.

You can update your IQ Panel 2 to software version 2.1.1 by completing the following steps:

  1. Press the small grey bar at the top of the home screen, and choose "Settings".
  2. Choose "Advanced Settings".
  3. Enter the system's Installer Code (default is 1111).
  4. Choose "Upgrade Software".
  5. Choose "Patch Tag", and then enter in "iqpanel2.1.1". Then press "OK".
  6. Choose "Upgrade Using Network". If the panel is connected to WIFI, the update will download and install.
  7. Once the upgrade is complete, press "OK". The panel will begin the rebooting process, which should take about five minutes to fully complete. After the panel reboot, the home screen will appear, and the LED light will turn green.

Remember, the update will be available starting Tuesday, May 1st. If you are interested in the update, the Alarm Grid support team can remotely download the firmware via Alarm.com. Simply email us at support@alarmgrid.com to place your request.

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During ISC West 2018, Honeywell announced some important updates to their Total Connect 2.0 interactive service. These updates are expected to enhance the end user experience and improve the overall functionality of the service. This is excellent news for Honeywell users, as the interactive platform used with their panels is now more robust and capable than ever before. Let's check out some of the new features available from Total Connect 2.0.

WIFI Automation for VISTA without VAM or Tuxedo Touch

The Honeywell AlarmNet 360 division is currently developing an option for VISTA users to add WIFI automation devices to their Total Connect account without having to use a Vista Automation Module (VAM) or a Tuxedo Touch Keypad. This will provide VISTA users with greater flexibility in using devices such as WIFI thermostats and door locks with Total Connect. However, a VAM or Tuxedo Touch is still needed for a VISTA to use any Z-Wave devices. Honeywell has opened up Total Connect to cloud level integrations like Total Connect Comfort WIFI thermostats and August door locks. These are types of products that will be supported without the need for a VAM or Tuxedo after this feature is released.

Total Connect 2.0 Skill for Amazon Alexa

The Total Connect 2.0 Skill for Amazon Alexa is now available. This allows a user to operate their Honeywell Alarm System using voice commands with an Amazon Alexa device. Users can arm their system and check the current status of their system with some quick and easy voice commands. The Total Connect 2.0 Skill is available for free download through the Amazon Alexa App. To get started, access the Alexa App, locate the Total Connect 2.0 Skill, click enable, and link your Total Connect account.

Total Connect Garage Door Support

Honeywell will soon be adding support for both Chamberlain and LiftMaster MyQ Garage Door. Users will be able to access Total Connect to operate these brands of smart garage door controllers. By using the Total Connect Mobile App, these devices can be controlled remotely, and users can have any open and close alerts sent to their phone. Keep an eye out for more information regarding these upcoming integrations.

Multi-Partition Support for Total Connect

The much-anticipated multi-partition support for VISTA Systems from Total Connect will soon be made available! This feature will provide support for up to eight different VISTA partitions (depending on what the panel supports) that can be controlled from any web browser or through the Total Connect 2.0 Mobile App. This will provide enhanced usability for VISTA owners who use multiple partitions with their system. Up until now, VISTA alarm owners were limited to partition one for status, control and notifications. Although Alarm Grid operates a workaround solution, this native update will open up full integration to every partition on your alarm system. If you are interested in the beta, Honeywell has invited end users to join the excitement.

Check out some screenshots from our beta account below to scope out the new user interface:

New Language Support

Total Connect 2.0 will soon support language options for French Canadian, Latin American Spanish, and Brazilian Portuguese. These language options will soon be available for the Total Connect Mobile App, as well as the web browser version of Total Connect 2.0. Honeywell has also promised general improvements and various bug fixes to Total Connect 2.0 as well.

SkyBell Menu Improvements

Honeywell is planning on integrating the SkyBell section of the Total Connect 2.0 Mobile App with the Cameras tab. To view any security cameras, including the SkyBell DoorBell Camera, simply select the Cameras option on the menu bar. This will improve the end user experience by offering a single video interface, and it will make the menus easier to navigate by having fewer icons overall.


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Alarm Grid is happy to announce that we are now carrying the Alarm.com SkyBell Cameras. This includes both the round SkyBell DBCAM and the more compact SkyBell DBCAM-TRIM. We previously only stocked the Total Connect versions of these cameras. Now Alarm.com support is available as well.

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These are outstanding cameras that have already proven to be very effective in catching wrongdoers right in the act. They produce crystal-clear videos at up to 1080P, and they feature built-in motion sensors that detect when someone is present. These devices are also very easy for an end user to install on their own, and they can replace almost any existing home doorbell. As soon as the doorbell is pressed, the user will receive an alert via Alarm.com, letting them know that a visitor is present. They can then immediately connect with the live feed of their SkyBell Camera and see who is at their door. It is also possible to initiate live conversation through the two-way voice feature.

The SkyBell Cameras provide many applications for end users. For one, they can be used to catch package thieves and other vandals and later present evidence to the authorities. SkyBell Cameras are also useful for checking on children when they return home from school. They are also allow users to see who is at their door by simply looking at their smartphone, all without having to get up and check. That way, when you see a door-to-door salesperson at your doorstep, you can just stay put. Overall, these are great devices for anyone who wants to monitor the area around their door.

If you have any questions about the Alarm.com doorbell cameras, please send an email to support@alarmgrid.com, or call us at 888-818-7728 between the hours of 9am and 8pm EST M-F.

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ISC West 2018 provided the Alarm Grid team with a rare chance to get a special sneak peek at what would soon be offered from Alarm.com, 2GIG and Qolsys. Each of these companies presented its own set of products and services that are expected to be made available sometime in the near future. Let's take a closer look at some of the most exciting offerings from these great companies.

Alarm.com Pro Video

Alarm.com was excited to announce that they will soon be releasing a new lineup of HD cameras and products. Their new stream video recording (ADC-SVR122) device will now feature an HDMI output for local viewing and supports up to 8 high definition camera feeds. The device will be made available with both 500GB (ADC-SVR122-500G) and 1TB (ADC-SVR-122-1TB) storage options. This is the future of hybrid local and cloud video storage.

The ADC-V622 Indoor WIFI Camera will provide a 180° field of view, 1080P HD recording and Bluetooth audio capabilities. It's basically an Alarm.com HD camera with an integrated speaker for local music streaming.

Alarm.com also announced four commercial grade outdoor 1080P PoE cameras, including the ADC-V726, the ADC-V736, the ADC-V826, and the ADC-V836. They are phasing out some older residential cameras, leaving only the ADC-V522IR, ADC-V722W and the ADC-V622 (mentioned above) when it is released. All of these products should be made available around May of this year.

New Sonos Alarm.com Integration

Alarm.com compatible alarm systems can now integrate with Sonos Sound Systems! This is accomplished using a WIFI bridge via specific ADC cameras. At this time, only the ADC-V522IR and the ADC-V722W residential cameras offer the proprietary internet connection for Sonos to reach the Alarm.com server. Eventually, Sonos and ADC will work out a server level integration to avoid the need for the WIFI camera bridge. There is no official ETA for the cloud integration, but knowing Alarm.com, it should not take long. By setting up rules and scenes through Alarm.com, the Sonos Sound System audio can start streaming your favorite artist automatically based on system events. This feature is available now from Alarm.com, and it is only available with professional video monitoring. If you are an Alarm Grid customer you will need our platinum or self platinum no-contract monitoring plan.

Liftmaster MyQ Integration Bug

Users of the MyQ Gateway 821LM Garage Door Controller have enjoyed the Alarm.com integration for quite a while now. Lately, there has been a bug creating an inability to enroll the gateway with Alarm.com. Both Liftmaster and ADC confirmed that they are getting close to a fix. That means new gateways will be able to pair with ADC shortly. Users can establish rules and scenes for both the MyQ Gateway 828LM and the Z-Wave GD00Z. These devices also support GeoFencing reminders. Verify compatibility with a technician before purchasing a garage door controller.

Alarm.com Simple Access Control

Alarm.com is also planning to release a DIY-friendly access control system. The software and overall setup should provide a more pleasing experience overall for small businesses. However, the device will still require a card reader and a subscription service. Alarm Grid plans on a soft entry into the access control space with the introduction of this product. This will be a slow deliberate process so that we are able to provide same level of support that we do on the intrusion side of things.

Alarm.com Wellness Platform for Elderly Independent Living

Alarm.com is expected to release a lineup of wellness products for senior users. These products should provide users with greater independence and help ensure peace of mind for their loved ones and caretakers. This lineup is expected to include bed and chair sensors with special learning technology, as well as other products. If your loved one is not out of bed by their normal time, you can check in on them. The equipment will be marketed to a younger generation of more technically inclined adults who are beginning to deal with the realities of caring for their elderly parents and grandparents. This will be a growing ecosystem of products. Millennials have not taken kindly to the low-tech status quo of medical monitoring devices like Life Alert. It will be interesting to see this facet of the Alarm.com business model expand over the next several years.

Nortek Booth (2GIG)

Nortek is the parent company of the 2GIG brand of alarm systems, and in years past there has always been a major buzz around their booth. However, things were admittedly quieter this time around. We are still awaiting the news regarding the exact release date of the encrypted 2GIG Sensors. These will be the first 2GIG Sensors to offer full protection against hacking and other attempted digital attacks. These sensors should work exclusively with the 2GIG GC3, and they are expected to be available by the end of 2018. The encrypted 2GIG Sensor lineup should include door and window contacts, a motion sensor, a glass break sensor, life-safety sensors and more.

There are some fun peripheral sensors that 2GIG is working on. The 2GIG STVGRIL1-345 was recently released. This is a stove and grill sensor that is designed to detect whenever the gas has been left on. If the gas is not shut off within a certain period of time, the alarm system will be alerted about the situation. The user can then receive a notification from Alarm.com letting them know about the situation. This helpful environmental sensor will surely make a great addition to any stove or grill.

2GIG plans on releasing a new shock sensor in August of this year. This device will double both as a shock/glass break sensor and as a door and window contact. The programmed Loop Number will determine the function that the sensor performs. Thanks to its integrated magnometer and accelorometer, the advanced sensor can detect shockwaves with exceptional accuracy and much greater precision than most older shock sensors. The device also supports much wider magnet spacing than a traditional reed switch. When used as a door or window contact, the sensor can function with a magnetic gap of up to five inches. This extremely wide gap makes the sensor suitable for a greater number of applications, including for use with sliding doors in which the casing between the two doors would otherwise be too large.

Finally, 2GIG also plans on releasing a flood sensor, an outdoor door and window contact, and a driveway sensor later this year. The flood sensor will offer instant water detection, while the contact will feature a 2-inch wide magnetic gap. All of these sensors should be made available sometime in the coming months. We will release more information when it is made available.

Qolsys Booth

Qolsys blew us away with their upcoming daughtercard for DSC PowerG Sensors. This add-on for the Qolsys IQ Panel 2 will allow Power G Sensors to be used with the system. The PowerG Sensors boast an astounding RF signal range of up to 3,000 feet in open air and roughly 2,000 feet when used indoors. The Power G lineup includes outdoor PIR motion sensors with integrated cameras, outdoor siren/strobe combos, and a door contact with a wired input for long range expansion. The sensors operate at a wireless frequency of 915 MHz, meaning that they won't interfere with the low-band RF signals in the 300-400 MHz range for other legacy protocols such as GE/Interlogix/Qolsys (319.5MHz), 2GIG/Honeywell (345MHz), and DSC (433MHz). These sensors also offer 128-bit AES encryption so that they cannot be hacked or taken over by others. We plan to start featuring the PowerG Sensors on the Alarm Grid website sometime in the coming months.

The latest version of the Qolsys IQ Panel 2 will include both a PowerG daughtercard and the choice of a legacy daughtercard. Options for the legacy card will include 345 MHz for Honeywell and 2GIG Sensors, 319.5 MHz for Qolsys and GE/Interlogix Sensors, and 433 MHz for older DSC Sensors. These legacy cards will also be made available for individual purchase under the IQCARD banner. We recommend using only one legacy card with a Qolsys System at any given time because of the potential for possible interference. The daughtercards are expected to be made available for purchase sometime this summer. That means that if you are an existing IQ2 owner, you can soon add the PowerG daugherboard to expand your wireless reach!