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AT&T has been announcing a deprecation of the 2G radios for a number of years. At midnight January 1, 2017, the network was turned off.

If you're one of the many Americans who has a 2G alarm system, and you've been caught flatfooted for one reason or another, Alarm Grid is here to help. For those who upgrade their 2G radio programmed to a different company's service to a new radio, Alarm Grid will provide 2 months of free monitoring.

If you have a bf error showing on your panel or a Check 103 error, we have some great FAQs explaining what you need to do to fix the error. Additionally, below, you will find a guide explaining how to go about fixing the problems. Generally you will need to replace your radio - a move that is dependent on the type of system you have. The following alert is on our FAQs pertaining to this issue, and will walk you through what you need to do to upgrade.

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We strive to have some of the best pricing on the internet for security products. When prices are reduced for us, we do our best to quickly pass off those savings to anyone who has made a purchase here.

In the last week, we have reduced the prices on over 100 items an average of 6%. Our Lyric kits have all seen price reductions between 6% and 19%.

Below is the list of all items whose price has been reduced. We hope you enjoy the savings!

URL Old Price New Price % Change
Honeywell K4563 2.99 0.99 202%
UltraTech 1240 14.99 8.99 67%
Honeywell 5881ENM 126.99 77.99 63%
Honeywell 5881ENH 198.99 128.99 54%
System Sensor CO1224T 83.99 54.99 53%
UltraTech 1270 29.99 19.99 50%
Honeywell WAP-PLUS 95.99 63.99 50%
Leviton VRS15-1LZ 92.99 66.99 39%
Honeywell 719 17.99 12.99 38%
Honeywell 5802WXT-2 53.99 38.99 38%
Honeywell 5802WXT 53.99 38.99 38%
Honeywell 5815 47.99 34.99 37%
Honeywell 5899B 3.99 2.99 33%
Honeywell WAVE2 11.99 8.99 33%
Interlogix 600-1048-XT-ZX-AT 117.99 90.99 30%
Interlogix 600-1048-XT-ZX-VZ 117.99 90.99 30%
Honeywell L3000 199.99 155.99 28%
Honeywell SIXSIREN 78.99 64.99 22%
Honeywell SIXGB 78.99 64.99 22%
Honeywell 702 22.99 18.99 21%
Honeywell 955PST 5.99 4.99 20%
Honeywell GSMVLP5-4G 162.99 135.99 20%
Alarm Grid LYNX-WEXT 87.99 73.99 19%
Honeywell LyricPK-VZ 522.94 439.99 19%
Yale YRD210 246.99 207.99 19%
Honeywell LyricPK-AT 518.64 439.99 18%
Honeywell L7000PK10-WIFI-3G 639.99 550.99 16%
Honeywell LyricPK10-VZ 672.11 578.99 16%
Honeywell GSMV4G 187.99 161.99 16%
Alarm Grid LYNX-EXT 145.99 125.99 16%
Honeywell LKP500 119.99 103.99 15%
Honeywell 5881ENL 67.99 58.99 15%
Honeywell LyricPK 448.52 389.99 15%
Honeywell L7000PK10-WIFI 529.99 461.99 15%
Honeywell L7000PK-WIFI 399.99 348.99 15%
Honeywell GSMV4G-TC2 199.99 174.99 14%
Honeywell LyricPK10-AT 660.99 578.99 14%
Honeywell LyricPK10 614.99 541.99 13%
Honeywell L7000PK-WIFI-3G 499.99 442.99 13%
Honeywell L7000 279.99 249.99 12%
Honeywell GSMX4G 141.99 126.99 12%
Honeywell WAP-ANT5DB 9.99 8.99 11%
Honeywell GSMX4G-TC2 154.99 139.99 11%
Honeywell 5819WHS 64.99 58.99 10%
Honeywell 300-07052 10.99 9.99 10%
Honeywell Lyric Controller 299.99 272.99 10%
Honeywell iGSMV4G 190.99 174.99 9%
Honeywell 5800C2W 84.99 77.99 9%
Honeywell 4232CBM 115.99 106.99 8%
Honeywell 1361-GT 12.99 11.99 8%
Honeywell 6148 66.99 61.99 8%
Honeywell 5800RPS 53.99 49.99 8%
Honeywell 4204 82.99 76.99 8%
Telguard TG-1 Express 174.99 162.99 7%
SkyBell DBCAM 207.99 193.99 7%
Honeywell K14139 14.99 13.99 7%
Honeywell SiXCT 25.66 23.99 7%
Honeywell Lyric-CDMA 104.24 97.99 6%
Honeywell 747PD 16.99 15.99 6%
Honeywell 4229 102.99 96.99 6%
Honeywell Lyric-3G 103.99 97.99 6%
Honeywell SiXPIR 58.28 54.99 6%
Honeywell 5834-4EN 54.99 51.99 6%
Honeywell AD12612 19.99 18.99 5%
Honeywell 5822T 42.99 40.99 5%
Honeywell 6149EX 69.99 66.99 4%
Honeywell WA7626-CA 23.99 22.99 4%
Honeywell 4208U 97.99 93.99 4%
Honeywell 5883H 245.99 235.99 4%
Honeywell 5800WAVE 102.99 98.99 4%
Honeywell 5800RP 103.99 99.99 4%
Honeywell 5800Micra 53.99 51.99 4%
Honeywell ACU 134.99 129.99 4%
Honeywell IS280CM 82.99 79.99 4%
Leviton VRF01-1LZ 141.99 136.99 4%
Honeywell VISTA-20P 144.99 139.99 4%
Honeywell 710 31.99 30.99 3%
Honeywell 5800PIR 97.99 94.99 3%
Honeywell iGSMV4G-TC2 199.99 193.99 3%
Honeywell L5210PK10-WIFI 451.99 438.99 3%
Honeywell LYNXRCHKIT-SHA 34.99 33.99 3%
Honeywell IS25100TC 39.99 38.99 3%
Honeywell 5806W3 79.99 77.99 3%
Honeywell ZWSTAT 159.99 155.99 3%
Honeywell L5210 199.99 194.99 3%
Honeywell L5210PK10-3G 487.99 475.99 3%
Honeywell VISTA-21iPSIA 212.99 207.99 2%
Honeywell VISTA-21iP 212.99 207.99 2%
Honeywell FG1625F 44.99 43.99 2%
Honeywell FG1625 44.99 43.99 2%
Honeywell 4219 89.99 87.99 2%
Honeywell L5210PK-WIFI 322.99 315.99 2%
Honeywell 748 46.99 45.99 2%
Honeywell FG1625RFM 48.99 47.99 2%
Honeywell 748LC 48.99 47.99 2%
Honeywell SIXFOB 25.51 24.99 2%
Honeywell 5821 52.99 51.99 2%
Honeywell 5800PIR-COM 107.99 105.99 2%
Honeywell FG730 56.99 55.99 2%
Honeywell L5210PK10-WIFI-3G 537.99 528.99 2%
Honeywell L5210PK-3G 364.99 358.99 2%
Honeywell VISTA-128BPT 379.99 373.99 2%
Honeywell CE3 64.99 63.99 2%
Honeywell 5898 133.99 131.99 2%
Honeywell 5828V 134.99 132.99 2%
Honeywell 5816OD 71.99 70.99 1%
Honeywell 5869 84.99 83.99 1%
Honeywell 5800RL 85.99 84.99 1%
Honeywell L5210PK 272.99 269.99 1%
Honeywell L5210PK-WIFI-3G 414.99 410.99 1%
Honeywell 6164US 211.99 209.99 1%
Honeywell GSMVLP4G 149.99 148.99 1%
Honeywell IPCAM-WO 287.77 285.99 1%
Honeywell IPCAM-PT2 273.99 272.99 0%
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Just a little while back, we wrote about how Honeywell had introduced the new Honeywell 6162 and 6152 keypads. These new wired keypads have some awesome new features that make programming a little less confusing, and a little more "GUI" (graphical user interface) based. Honeywell is calling the new programming interface VIP and it is only available to users with VIP compatible keypads if their alarm system has the newest 9.18 PROM chips on their Vista 20P and VISTA 15P circuit boards. Honeywell is shipping the new V20P/V15P panels that have the 9.18 chips already installed for those that are purchasing new systems. However, if you are interested in upgrading an existing system to support the VIP programming, you don't need to purchase an entire new system. We offer a standalone VISTA-20P PROM chip and a standalone VISTA-15P PROM chip that you can use to to upgrade the panel without needing to reprogram any settings. Until this week, we were distributing the older 9.12 prom chips that supported Total Connect 2.0 as Honeywell had not released the standalone 9.18 chips. We are happy to announce that as of this week, we do have the new 9.18 PROMs.

While having an updated, state-of-the-art panel is what everyone wants, getting the 9.18 PROM chip is not necessary for everyone. First, check the revision of your system. Then, here are a few things to consider before you jump in and get the new chip set:

What is different about the new revision?

The only difference so far as we have been told between the 9.12 PROM and the 9.18 PROM is the ability to use VIP programming. So before you jump into a new revision, decide whether the VIP programming is something you want. If you have an old 6160 keypad, the answer is simple. You can't do VIP programming. On the other hand, if you have a 6162 keypad, the VIP programming is something you can definitely make use of if you have the right PROM.

Do I need the 9.18 PROM to use Total Connect 2.0?

Nope! The new 9.18 PROMs do support Total Connect 2.0 service, but any system with at least a 9.12 PROM will support Total Connect 2.0 as well. The 9.18 chips won't give you any added Total Connect features as of yet. We'll let you know if that changes.

Will the old communicators work with the new revision?

Honeywell hasn't made any changes to their communicators. So the 15P and 20P communicators that worked for 9.12 panels will continue to work for 9.18 revision panels: GSMV4G, GSMX4G, 7847i, and iGSMV4G

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If you are just beginning the process of looking for an alarm system, answer these really simple questions, and you'll be well on your way to finding what works for you.

1) Do you want a wired or wireless alarm system?

Honeywell L5100Honeywell VISTA panel

We highly recommend going wireless. Our two biggest selling wireless systems are the L5100 and the L3000. Both of these systems are great. The only differences between them really, is that the L5100 has a beautiful touchscreen that the L3000 does not and the L5100 can be used as a home automation controller as well as a security system.

On the wired side, our best selling units are the VISTA 21iP and the VISTA 20P. The difference between these two systems is that the 21iP has a built-in IP module, and the 20P requires that you purchase one (the 7847i) separately. After you've done your research, if you are excited about the VISTA panels, but like the benefits that a wireless system can offer you, you can add a 6160RF keypad with integrated wireless receiver to your VISTA panel and turn it into a wireless system.

2) How many doors and windows do you want to protect?

Honeywell 5811Honeywell 5816

If you need three or more door and window sensors, and you have decided that a wireless system is for you, check out our L5100PK and L3000PK. They are the most cost-efficient way to get the sensors and system you want. If you need additional sensors, you can add more 5816s or 5811s. The 5816s are thick and boxy, the 5811s are thin like a wafer. Both are good, but we a lot of users prefer the look of the 5811s.

If you want wired door and window sensors, we have tons of those. Look through our selection, and pick the ones that you like best. They all work well, and each of them perform a slightly different function.

3) How many motion sensors do you need?

Honeywell 5800PIR-RES

A lot of people do not install motion sensors. They are a good way to add an extra layer of protection, but oftentimes, the door and window sensors are good enough. If you just need one motion sensor, the kits I wrote about earlier are great. If you need more, the kit is still good, but you'll need to grab some more 5800PIR-RES motion detectors individually.

4) What kind of communication do you want your panel to use?

If you add alarm monitoring to your system, when a sensor is tripped, your security panel will send a signal somewhere. Now, if you have Total Connect service, it will go to AlarmNet and send you an email and / or a text. If you are connected to a central station, it will also go there.

How does the signal get from your panel to the central station or AlarmNet?

Good question. The signal can be delivered in three basic ways. First, you can have your system use your land line to report the alarm signals to the central station. All Honeywell systems, wireless and wired, have a built-in phone dialer so nothing additional is needed. That said, no one has a traditional phone line anymore. Also, you can't get Total Connect using a phone line. Therefore, other communication pathways are more popular. If you don't want to use the phone line, the most popular communication pathway is over the internet. While the L5100 can be hooked up through ethernet with the iLP5 module, the more common way to hook up an L5100 to the internet is by using the L5100-WIFI module. The L3000 needs the 7847i-L for internet monitoring and the VISTA panels use the similarly named, but very different 7847i. The L3000 and VISTA panels do not have a WIFI option and require an Ethernet cord to be strung to the router. The final communication pathway is over cell towers. Basically, when you purchase one of Alarm Grid's monitoring plans that include Cellular Communications, you are buying an AT&T cell phone plan for your system. We handle the SIM card activation and billing so you don't have to worry about a separate cell phone bill. Your system will then send out a signal using the wireless GSM network (which is often regarded as the most reliable pathway). The L5100 requires a GSMVLP5-4G to accomplish this, the L3000 needs a GSMVLP4G installed, and the VISTA panels need either the GSMV4G or the GSMX4G (see our FAQ on these communicators if you want to understand the difference between the two), unless it is a VISTA 21iP which requires the VISTA-GSM4G.

It may come as a surprise for anyone who is just starting their search, but those are really the four basic questions you need to ask yourself. Once you have taken inventory of your door and window sensors, motion sensor needs, whether you want your system to be wired or wireless, and what sort of communication pathway you think sounds most attractive give us a call or chat with us. We'd love to help you.

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If you have been thinking about upgrading your existing Honeywell security system, now is the perfect time. In the past, Honeywell security systems did not see major new features added with newer versions of the alarm control panels. Aside from minor tweaks to the programming options, there was never really a compelling reason to spend the money and get a brand new control panel. However, there have been some recent technological changes from Honeywell and their AlarmNet division that finally give customers a real reason to look at making a change.

First, Total Connect 2.0 was released in 2011. Total Connect is an interactive monitoring service that allows you to remotely arm and disarm your security system from any computer or smartphone. It also allows you to receive instant emails and/or text messages whenever new security system events occur. The original Total Connect service was Honeywell's first offering that allowed customers to get more out of their alarm monitoring service but like most new technologies, it needed to be polished. Total Connect 2.0 is bright and shiny and gives customer what they want. Unfortunately, when AlarmNet released the new Total Connect 2.0 service, it was only compatible with newer Honeywell security systems.

The other major technological change that requires a Honeywell security system owner to consider upgrading is the development of 4G cellular alarm communicators. We have talked in the past about how AT&T is discontinuing their 2G cellular network at the end of 2016. The 2G cellular network was very popular in the past before cell phones turned into mobile computers. All cellular alarm manufacturers, including Honeywell, built their communicators to work on the 2G network. Now that AT&T has but announced an end to the network that these communicators work on, everyone that has an existing cellular communicator needs to start thinking about upgrading to a communicator that will work past 2016.

Instead of dealing with the large expense of buying a new security system and a new cellular alarm communicator to take advantage of both these advancements, the GSMV4G-TC2  and GSMX4G-TC2 provide an easy and inexpensive way to upgrade to Total Connect 2.0 and 4G cellular communications. Both AlarmNet Total Connect 2.0 upgrade kits include a 4G cellular alarm communicator and PROM chips for both a VISTA-20P and a VISTA-15P. The PROM chip upgrades an older model VISTA panel so that it will be revision 9.12 and compatible with the newer Total Connect 2.0 service. No wiring changes need to be made and the existing system programming even stays the same. Upgrading couldn't be easier. If you have a VISTA-20P that can't do Total Connect 2.0 or a cellular alarm communicator that will need to be replaced, stop thinking about upgrading and get a new GSMV4G-TC2 or GSMX4G-TC2 today!


While Honeywell won't officially endorse this, we have found that the PROM upgrade chips that come with the GSMV4G-TC2 and GSMX4G-TC2 will even work with an older model ADT Safewatch panel. Therefore, any VISTA-15P or VISTA-20P, even branded versions, can take advantage of the amazing cost savings that these upgrade kits provide.

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Alarm Grid now offers the Altronix SMP3 auxiliary power supply which works great when adding multiple Tuxedo Touch or Tuxedo Touch WIFI keypads to a Honeywell VISTA Series alarm control panel. A Honeywell VISTA-20P alarm control panel has 600mA of auxiliary power supply. Each Tuxedo Touch draws up to 310mA and each Tuxedo Touch WIFI draws up to 350mA. Also, any alarm keypadwireless receiver or AlarmNet alarm monitoring communicator connected to your VISTA-20P will also need power from the available 600mA auxiliary. That means that there is very little power left over for your Tuxedo Touch keypads. While the Honeywell AD12612 is an auxiliary power supply with 1.2A of power output, you will need a larger power supply like the SMP3 which puts out 2.5A if you have lots of devices drawing power or you have multiple Tuxedo Touch keypads.

Here at Alarm Grid, we recommend connecting all of your Tuxedo Touch and Tuxedo Touch WIFI keypads to an SMP3 power supply to make your alarm installation as easy as possible. You will need to hook up a Honeywell 1361 AC transformer to your SMP3 and you should also connect an Ultratech 1240 backup battery so that your Tuxedo Touch keypads will work even during a power outage. With a VISTA-20P alarm control panel, you should be able to fit the SMP3 and the extra backup battery inside the same alarm cabinet that houses the VISTA-20P. Powering your Tuxedo Touch keypads is easy with an SMP3 auxiliary power supply.

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