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Honeywell has upgraded Total Connect 2.0 so that users can change the temperature setting right from their Total Connect 2.0 account. Users can choose between Fahrenheit and Celsius. This is great news for any Total Connect 2.0 users who prefer using Celsius instead of Fahrenheit.

Previously, the temperature setting was determined by the address set in the Locations module. A Honeywell System would only display the temperature in Celsius if it was assigned to a Total Connect account associated with a Canadian ZIP Code. If the TC account was associated with a ZIP Code in the United States, then both Total Connect and the panel would display the temperature in Fahrenheit. We have received many requests over the years from our international TC2 users for this type of feature. We're very excited that Honeywell has finally implemented this change!

The temperature setting option is found within the "Locations" section of Total Connect 2.0. This is the same menu location as the "Refresh Status" button, which we discussed yesterday. For detailed information on how to access this menu, please see the previous post. You may need to scroll down on this menu to find the setting. Make sure to press the blue "Save" button once you have made the new selection.

Once the new temperature option is selected, the change should be automatically pushed down to the Honeywell System. It may take awhile for the update to be passed down to the panel. To speed up the process, you can reboot the panel. Once the panel loads the weather information, the new temperature setting should be displayed. Please note that this change will only go through on the panel for the Honeywell Lyric Controller and most Honeywell LYNX Touch Systems.

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Alarm Grid has learned that Honeywell recently added a refresh button to Total Connect 2.0. This button is found inside the locations tab of Total Connect 2.0. While this may seem like a minor addition, it can help customers solve issues without having to contact their monitoring company.



Before this button was implemented, an end user would sometimes need to have a refresh signal sent to their Total Connect account by their alarm monitoring company. This refresh signal would then be forwarded from Total Connect to the panel. Now, end users can refresh their systems on their own through Total Connect 2.0.

This refresh signal is usually needed when an alarm or a trouble indication becomes "stuck" in the Total Connect 2.0 display. Total Connect may not recognize that the condition was actually cleared from the alarm panel itself. Sending a refresh signal will clear this problem. Being able to do this through Total Connect will be much more convenient and easier for end users.

The refresh button has many uses for Honeywell users. Some of the issues that can be solved using the refresh button include:

  • Removing trouble conditions
  • Clearing system alarms
  • Restoring sensor faults

Any customer who encounters communication issues between Total Connect 2.0 and their Alarm system should try using the refresh button to see if that fixes the problem. To do this, simply login to your Total Connect account, navigate to the locations section, and click the refresh button. The refresh command should then be forwarded to the panel set up at that location. Please note that Total Connect 2.0 will not log the system refresh anywhere, and there is no way to view that the system has been refreshed from Total Connect. However, a user can tell that the refresh went through because the status in TC2 will match the status on the panel.

The refresh button is found within the locations section of TC2. This is true whether you are using the website, iOS or Android version. The screenshots below will help you locate the refresh button on iOS and Android devices.

For iOS Devices:

Start by clicking the "More" button in the bottom-right corner of the main screen.


Choose "My Location".

Then scroll down from the next screen, and hit "Refresh Status" at the bottom.

For Android devices:

From the main screen, press the menu icon (three horizontal bars) in the upper-left corner.

Choose "Settings".

Then "Locations".

Finally, "Refresh Status".

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Hi DIYers! Today, we're taking a look at the Qolsys IQ Hardwire 16-S. This is a wired to wireless converter that communicates at the 319.5 MHz frequency. At this frequency, the IQ Hardwire 16-S is compatible with the Qolsys IQ Panel 2, the original Qolsys IQ Panel and Interlogix Systems.

Qolsys iq hardwire 16 s qs7131 840The main reason to use the Qolsys IQ Hardwire 16-S is to use hardwired security sensors with the Qolsys IQ Panel 2 System. This works by connecting any hardwired sensors directly to the Qolsys IQ Hardwire 16-S. The converter will then send a 319.5 MHz signal to the IQ Panel 2 System on the behalf of the hardwired sensors. By doing this, each hardwired sensor will be able to use its own wireless zone on the system. As the name implies to 16 wired sensors can be connected with the IQ Hardwire 16-S. If a user doesn't need this many terminals, the IQ Hardwire 8-S provides identical function.

Another benefit of the Qolsys IQ Hardwire 16-S is that it utilizes 128-bit AES encryption to prevent the module from being taken over by hackers and potential intruders. Any time that the Hardwire 16-S sends a command to the IQ Panel 2, the system will need to send an appropriate response in order for the command to go through. This advanced level of protection is great for keeping the security setup secure at all times.

The Qolsys IQ Hardwire 16-S can also be used with other panels that communicate at the 319.5 MHz frequency. However, the encryption feature will only be active when the device is used with the IQ Panel 2. With other systems, the device will still work, but it will operate as an unencrypted 319.5 MHz sensor. Qolsys also offers a similar device that doesn't utilize encryption, the IQ Hardwire 8. However, this module only supports eight hardwired sensors.

The IQ Hardwire 8-S is perfect for users who want to upgrade to a brand-new IQ Panel 2 System while still keeping their older hardwired sensors. You can purchase one today on our website.

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Hi DIYers! It's time for another video recap. We've had an unusual production schedule for videos lately. So this update will contain more videos than usual. This update covers the dates from July 13th thru July 19th. Let's take a look at what our awesome team has been working on.


General Overview of Honeywell VISTA Programming

Joe demonstrates the basics of programming for a Honeywell VISTA System. This is done using an alphanumeric keypad, like the 6160RF. To access programming, a user will need to provide the system's Installer Code or use the backdoor method. The sections of programming are split up into different fields. Each programming field uses its own unique set of key commands. Users should check out the VISTA Programming Guide for more information on the different programming fields. Once finished, use [*99] to exit programming.


Adding Email Notifications in Total Connect 2 0

Jorge goes over the process for receiving email notifications from Total Connect 2.0. When a system event occurs on their Honeywell Alarm System, a user can receive an email notification to let them know what has taken place. In the Total Connect 2.0 Mobile App, there is a profile section where a user can manage their notification settings. A user will need to confirm their email address before they can receive email notifications. It is also possible to receive text notifications from Total Connect 2.0.


Adding a 5834 4 to a LYNXTouch

Dylan explains how to program a Honeywell 5834-4 Key Fob with a Honeywell LYNX Touch System. This process is completed through key fob programming on the system. The 5834-4 has four buttons, and up to eight functions can be programmed by using dual-button presses. The number of available key fob zones varies depending upon the type of LYNX Touch Panel that is being used. A key fob is learned in by putting the system in its learn mode and then pressing and holding one of the key fob buttons. Each input uses a separate Loop Number from the others.


Connecting a Lyric Alarm to the Local WiFi

Jorge covers the process for connecting the Honeywell Lyric Controller to a local WIFI network. The Lyric Controller comes with a built-in WIFI card for connecting to a 2.4 GHz WIFI network. WIFI, along with cellular service, is the main way that a Lyric System will receive monitoring service. WIFI service will also allow the Lyric Controller to connect with Total Connect 2.0. In order to connect the system to a WIFI network, a user must know both the system's Master Code and the WIFI network password.


Using a 2GIG Go!Control w/o Monitoring

Dylan talks about using a 2GIG GC2 System without monitoring service. By doing this, the system will only serve as a local sounder. It will have no way of sending alerts to a central monitoring station or text and email notifications to the end user. In other words, if the user is off-site, a burglary or fire alarm will probably go unnoticed, and the authorities won't be contacted. It will also be impossible to connect the system with Alarm.com for remote operation. However, for users who are almost always on-site, forgoing monitoring service can be a viable option.


Connecting an iPhone to the Lyric Alarm System

Joe explains how a user can connect their iPhone to their Honeywell Lyric Controller. This will allow a user to operate their Lyric Controller System using their iPhone. The two ways to do this are through the Total Connect 2.0 Service and the My Home Controller App. In order to use Total Connect 2.0, alarm monitoring service is required, and the Lyric will need to be using an active internet or cellular connection. However, the My Home Controller App does not require any monitoring service.


What Does Interactive Alarm Monitoring Mean?

Jorge talks about interactive alarm monitoring and the purpose it serves. Simply put, interactive services allow users to control their alarm systems remotely. Some of the most popular interactive services include Total Connect 2.0 and Alarm.com. Total Connect is for Honeywell Systems only, while Alarm.com is used with many manufacturers. In order to use an interactive service, the alarm system will need to be using a cellular or IP connection. The user will also need to have an alarm monitoring plan that includes access to one of these services.


Arming/Disarming Lyric Alarm System from Phone, Tablet, or iPad

Jorge explains how to arm and disarm a Honeywell Lyric Controller from a smartphone or tablet. The two ways to do this are through Total Connect 2.0 and through the My Home Controller App. Total Connect 2.0 requires active monitoring service for the system. But the My Home Controller App can be used without alarm monitoring. However, the Lyric System will need to be connected with a WIFI network to be operated through My Home Controller.


Lyric Alarm System Slideshow

Jorge shows users how to set up the slideshow feature on a Honeywell Lyric Controller. This will have the system act as a sort of digital picture frame when left idle for a certain period of time. The images are uploaded to the panel through a USB drive that is inserted into the bottom of the system. A user can pick and choose which images to use. They can also decide how long each image will be displayed until switching to the next one.


Turning On the Chime on a Lyric Alarm System

Joe demonstrates how to turn on the chime for a Honeywell Lyric Controller. There are two types of chime on the Lyric System. These are the tone chime and the voice chime. If voice chime is used, the panel will read out the zone descriptors when the sensor is triggered. The chime function can be configured for each individual zone on the system. There is also a menu option for controlling the chime settings for the system as a whole.


Managing Total Connect 2 0 User Profiles from a Tablet

Jorge goes through the process of adding, editing and deleting user profiles on Total Connect 2.0 by using a tablet. This is done through the Settings Menu of Total Connect 2.0. The layout for iOS and Android Total Connect 2.0 Apps is slightly different, but the process is mostly the same. The information from Total Connect 2.0 will be sent to the panel so that the logins can be used. The type of access for each user can also be set from Total Connect.

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Today, July 20th, marks the 6th anniversary of Alarm Grid. For six years, our growing team has provided top-quality monitoring services for customers and proven that the DIY model is ideal for home security. It's great to know that many people feel safer at home thanks to Alarm Grid.

To celebrate, our office will closing early tonight. We will be unavailable for phone or chat support starting at 4PM EST. Any customer who needs support during this time should send an email to support@alarmgrid.com, and our team will respond as quickly as possible. We will resume our normal business hours of 9AM to 8PM EST starting on Monday.

The entire Alarm Grid team would like to thank all of our customers for their support throughout the years. We feel honored to be a part of your family, and we take tremendous pride in keeping your homes and businesses safe. From all of us, we look forward to providing you and those close to you with the very best alarm monitoring services for many, many years into the future.

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Qolsys recently informed us that they plan to release the new PowerG and legacy daughtercards for the IQ Panel 2 in the coming weeks. New IQ Panel 2 Systems will be available with different combinations of these cards so that users can choose the proper type for their existing sensors.

Qolsys iq panel 2 at and t wireless security system with at and Each daughtercard will function as a wireless receiver for the system. The types of daughtercard that are used will determine which types of wireless security sensors can be used with the system. There will be four main daughtercards available for the system. These include three legacy daughtercards (319.5 MHz, 345 MHz and 433 MHz) and a PowerG daughtercard (915 MHz).

We are particularly excited about the PowerG Sensors. These sensors boast an incredible range of up to 2,000 feet away in open air when used with the IQ Panel 2 Plus. They also offer 128-bit AES encryption to remain protected against hacking attempts. Overall, these are some of the most powerful and advanced security sensors we have ever seen, and we are sure that users will be extremely satisfied with their performance.

Wireless PowerG Door/Window ContactOn the IQ Panel 2 board, there are four daughtercard ports. One port should be used with either a PowerG daughtercard or an image sensor module, while the other port should be used with one of the legacy daughtercards. The PowerG and Alarm.com Image Sensor modules operate on similar 900MHz frequencies. That means you will have to choose one or the other. Likewise, a user should not use more than one legacy daughtercard with the system at any given time, as two legacy daughtercards may cause interference with each other in the 300-400 MHz range.

When deciding which daughtercard is needed, users should verify the type of any existing wireless equipment and consider future expansion. The wireless frequency and sensor matrix is as follows:

  • 319.5 MHz: Legacy Interlogix/GE and all Qolsys Sensors (319 and S-Line!)
  • 345 MHz: Legacy Honeywell (5800 series) and 2GIG Sensors
  • 433 MHz: Legacy DSC Sensors
  • 915 MHz: PowerG Sensors

Since only one legacy daughtercard can be used, it will not be possible to use multiple types of legacy sensors with the system (except for Honeywell and 2GIG since they operate on the same 345MHz frequency and use the same daughtercard). For example, a user would not be able to simultaneously use older Honeywell 5800 Series Sensors and Interlogix Sensors at the same time. However, a wireless converter will likely be able to overcome this issue.

Qolsys has informed us that the daughtercards will not be available for individual purchase. Instead, they can be obtained by purchasing a new IQ Panel 2 System. According to Qolsys, the following versions of the system will be available:

  • IQ Panel 2 with PowerG and Legacy 319.5
  • IQ Panel 2 with PowerG and Legacy 345
  • IQ Panel 2 with PowerG and Legacy 433

Additionally, each of these options will be split into two further options for AT&T and Verizon LTE cellular communicators. These will both operate with Alarm.com and open up a world of possibilities with the dexterity of the Alarm.com ecosystem. According to Qolsys, these systems will be available in September 2018. We'll make sure to keep you updated with any further news on these exciting new products!

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Honeywell has informed us that there is currently a problem with their Total Connect 2.0 service. Until the issue is properly resolved by Honeywell, users may experience longer than expected delays or intermittent failures in processing Total Connect 2.0 security and automation commands.

Our team may also experience difficulties pushing information down to Honeywell panels until the error is corrected. Fortunately, alarm services are not affected by this issue. Any alarm event that occurs on a system will still be received by AlarmNet360 and properly routed to a central station and/or the end user. But users should be aware that commands sent through Total Connect 2.0 to their panel may not work properly during this time. This includes any arming/disarming commands and home automation commands.

Honeywell says that they are currently working on this issue, and it should hopefully be resolved shortly. We will update this post when we have more information available.

Update: Honeywell has resolved this issue, and Total Connect should now be working properly.

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Hi DIYers! We wanted to let you know that we have reduced the prices for many of our Qolsys products. At Alarm Grid, we're huge fans of Qolsys, and we recognize their hardware as being some of the most versatile and reliable equipment in the industry. The price changes are outlined below:

Product
Name
Old
Price
New
Price
Price
Difference
Percent
Savings
Qolsys IQ Hardwire 16-S
$124.99 $99 $25 20%
Qolsys IQ Battery
$33.99 $29.99 $4 12%
Qolsys IQ Panel 2
Verizon LTE

$449.99 $399.99 $50 11%
Qolsys IQ Panel 2 AT&T LTE
$449.99 $399.99 $50 11%
Qolsys IQ Panel 2
Classic Kit Verizon

$499.99 $449.99 $50 10%
Qolsys IQ Panel 2
Classic Kit AT&T

$499.99 $449.99 $50 10%
Qolsys IQ Dimmer
$49.99 $44.99 $5 10%
Qolsys IQ Siren
$81.99 $74.99 $7 9%
Qolsys IQ Glass-S
$89.99 $83.99 $6 7%
Qolsys IQ Temp
$29.99 $27.99 $2 7%
Qolsys IQ Fob-S
$28.99 $26.99 $2 7%
Qolsys IQ Power Supply
$16.99 $15.99 $1 6%
Qolsys IQ Smoke
$67.99 $64.99 $3 4%
Qolsys IQ Doorbell
$27.99 $26.99 $1 4%
Qolsys IQ DW MINI-S
$24.99 $23.99 $1 4%
Qolsys IQ Recessed Door-S
$33.99 $32.99 $1 3%
Qolsys IQ Pendant
$33.99 $32.99 $1 3%
Qolsys IQ Motion-S
$57.99 $56.99 $1 2%
Qolsys IQ Flood
$55.99 $54.99 $1 2%
Qolsys Image Sensor
$99.99 $98.99 $1 1%
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When one thinks of upgrading their security system, they would typically think of adding a new sensor to their setup. After all, it's sensors that a system uses to detect any important system events, such as burglary or fire. But often upgrading a communicator is even more important.

Simply put, the communicator is what an alarm system uses to send outbound signals to the user and/or a central monitoring station. If the communicator fails, then the alarm system is nothing more than a local sounder. It will have no way of alerting off-site users or requesting emergency dispatch from a central monitoring station. Therefore, it's extremely important that the communication path used by an alarm system is dependable, reliable and gives the user peace of mind. For most users, an alarm system that uses cellular communication is the ideal solution.

The Honeywell Lyric Controller is the flagship wireless security system from Honeywell. This system provides support for up to 128 wireless zones, and it can even work with the encrypted Honeywell SiX Series Sensors. The touchscreen controller is extremely easy to use, and the build-quality lives up to the Honeywell name. Additionally, the system comes with a Z-Wave controller built-in for controlling Z-Wave home automation devices. Overall, the Lyric is one of the top security systems available on the market today.

Honeywell lyric controller encrypted wireless security systemHowever, there is one issue with a fresh, brand-new, out-of-the-box Lyric. This problem is that the system does not have an integrated cellular communicator. Although there are Lyric Controller System Kits that come with a cellular communicator, the base version of the system does not have such a module. If no cellular module is added, the system will be forced to rely on a WIFI connection. This might not seem so bad at first. WIFI is extremely fast, and most people think of modern internet services as being extremely reliable. For that reason, many users make the decision to go with a WIFI-only setup for their Honeywell Lyric Controller.

But going with a WIFI-only communication path can prove to be a major mistake. WIFI signals regularly go down, often for seemingly no reason. Additionally, a power outage of any kind will cause the WIFI service to go down, and a panel that uses a WIFI-only connectivity will be unable to send any outbound signals. This means that the property will be unprotected. But with a cellular communicator, this is occurrence is nearly impossible. Modern cellular communication is extremely reliable. It is not affected by power outages, and it offers users great peace of mind.

For those reasons, adding a cellular communicator to a Lyric Controller is extremely important. Honeywell offers various cellular communicators for the Lyric System. Adding one of these communicators can be the single most important upgrade for a Lyric Controller, due to the fantastic reliability and consistency that it will provide for the system. And for users looking for a new communicator, we recommend choosing the Honeywell LYRICLTE-A.

Honeywell lyric lte a at and t lte cellular communicator for theThe LYRICLTE-A is currently the only communicator for the Lyric Controller that can connect with an LTE cellular network. Specifically, the LYRICLTE-A connects with the LTE network for AT&T. LTE networks represent the latest and most advanced cellular technology available, and they provide lightning-fast speeds and superb reliability. Plus, cellular service providers have promised that they will continue to support for their LTE networks for many years, even decades into the future. And with trusted service from AT&T, the LYRICLTE-A will ensure that the Lyric Controller is always connected and always protecting your property. It should be mentioned that Verizon also plans to release an LTE communicator for the Lyric sometime in the near future. But for now, the LYRICLTE-A and AT&T is nearly always the best option for Lyric users.

With that in mind, we believe that the LYRICLTE-A is the single most important upgrade a user can make for their Honeywell Lyric Controller System. The level of reliability and consistency of cellular communication cannot be compared with by any other communication path. And with connectivity to an LTE network, users can be sure that their Lyric System will communicate as it should far into the distant future.

An alarm system is only good if it can alert others in an emergency situation. A system that cannot communicate properly is a sitting duck. Even if a system has every sensor imaginable, it won't matter if the system cannot send a signal to the end user or a central monitoring station when it counts. With the LYRICLTE-A and cellular communication, a Lyric System will be able to communicate successfully every time. This makes the LYRICLTE-A the single most important upgrade for the Honeywell Lyric Controller. Don't leave your Lyric System unprotected. Upgrade your Lyric with the very best in cellular communication with the AT&T LYRICLTE-A.

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Reliability is the single most important factor for a smoke detector. It is critical that these devices quickly and accurately respond whenever there is a fire in the building. One of the best ways to ensure this reliability is with a smoke detector that utilizes photoelectric technology.

Photoelectric smoke detectors are some of the most popular life-safety devices available today. The defining feature of a photoelectric sensor is its internal light source and sensing chamber. By default, light will never fall on the internal photo sensor. The presence of smoke or other airborne particles will cause the light to refract, which will have it strike the sensor and produce an alarm. This means that the device will not activate suddenly, as long as the sensing chamber stays clear.

But when smoke enters the sensing chamber, the light inside the sensor will be refracted. This will cause the internal light to strike the photoelectric sensor. When this happens, the smoke detector will send an alert to the system to let it know that there is smoke (and therefore a fire) in the building. The alarm system will then perform the programmed response by alerting others to the fire.

Overall, this method is very effective for detecting fires. But with this process, there are a few things to keep in mind to ensure that a smoke works properly. It is possible that other airborne materials besides smoke can also enter the inside of the smoke detector, adjust the light source and cause an alarm. Airborne particles can also potentially prevent the detector from allowing smoke to refract the internal light onto the sensor. If this happens the smoke detector will not function as it should.

To prevent this from happening, users should make sure to place their photoelectric smoke detectors in appropriate areas. They should not be facing any vents or air ducts. Photoelectric smoke detectors should also not be placed in garages, bathrooms, kitchens or laundry rooms. This is because these rooms feature large amounts of humidity and dust that may prevent the sensor from detecting smoke.

Instead, we recommend placing photoelectric smoke detectors in large open areas where their function will not become disrupted. Some ideal locations include large central living rooms, near staircases, in hallways and outside of sleeping areas. Since smoke rises, all photoelectric smoke detectors should be installed high up on the wall or on the ceiling. By following these guidelines, a photoelectric smoke detector is more likely to work properly. For more information on the proper placement of smoke detectors, please review this helpful guide. Users should also make sure to test their photoelectric smoke detector on a regular basis and to replace the batteries when low.

Some of the most popular photoelectric smoke detectors we offer include the Honeywell 5808W3, the Honeywell SiXSMOKE and the 2GIG SMKT3-345. These are all extremely versatile smokes that also double as heat detectors. Of course, users must make sure that they smoke they choose is compatible with their alarm system. Assuming that it is a wireless smoke, it must communicate at a frequency that is accepted by their system. We hope that you will check out our selection of photoelectric smoke detectors so that you can protect your home or business.

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