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We're back with a new video recap! We apologize that we were unable to post this recap yesterday. Since our Florida office has been closed, we won't be able to shoot new videos until it reopens. But we are working to resume business as usual as soon as possible. For now, let's check out our newest videos!

Adding a Wireless Zone to a Qolsys IQ Panel 2

Jorge shows you how to add a new zone to a Qolsys IQ Panel 2 Security System. The process is the same, regardless of which version of the IQ Panel 2 or IQ Panel 2 Plus System you are using. You need to put the system in its auto-enrollment mode and then fault the sensor you are adding to transmit a signal to the panel. The system should then receive the signal and allow you to add the sensor to the system and configure the settings for that zone.


Adding a 2GIG GB1 to the 2GIG GC3

Your friend Jarrett shows you how to add a 2GIG GB1 Glass Break Detector to a 2GIG GC3 Security System. The 2GIG GB1 is a glass break detector that transmits signals at 345 MHz. The device actively listens for glass break events. It must hear both the low-pitched "thud" of an object striking against the glass and the high-pitched "shattering" of the glass breaking in order to activate. This dual-detection method helps prevent false alarms on the system.


Using a 5853 Glass Break Detector with a 2GIG GC3

Jarrett explains how you can use a Honeywell 5853 Glass Break Sensor with a 2GIG GC3 Alarm System. The Honeywell 5853 is part of the Honeywell 5800 Sensor lineup, and it transmits signals at a wireless frequency of 345 MHz. The sensor can be conveniently auto-enrolled with the GC3 System by putting the panel into its auto-enrollment mode and then activating the tamper cover for the sensor. You will need to adjust the Loop Number for the sensor when programming.


Using WIFI as Primary and GSM as Backup On My Qolsys IQ Panel 2

Jorge explains how the Qolsys IQ Panel 2 Plus System uses both cellular and IP connectivity to communicate with the Alarm.com servers. Alarm.com requires that any system connected with its servers has a cellular communicator installed and registered. The IQ Panel 2 System has both an LTE cellular communicator and a WIFI card built inside. Most users will set up the system to communicate across both pathways for optimal performance and reliability. This will require a monitoring plan that includes cellular connectivity.


Adding a Remote Keypad to the Qolsys IQ Panel 2

Jorge covers the process for adding a Qolsys IQ Remote Keypad to a Qolsys IQ Panel 2 Security System. In order for the pairing to work, the IQ Remote Keypad and the IQ Panel 2 System should be connected with the same WIFI network. If no WIFI is available, then the system and keypad can connect using a wireless access point (AP). Once you have completed the pairing process, you should test the IQ Remote by arming and disarming the system to ensure that it is working properly.


Using the Chime feature On a Qolsys IQ Panel 2

Jorge explains how chimes work on a Qolsys IQ Panel 2 Security System. A chime is a quick sound the system makes when a connected sensor is faulted or activated. They are useful for quickly letting you know about system events. You can set up individual chimes for each zone on the system. However, no chimes will be produced if system-wide chimes are disabled. If there is a zone for which you don't want any chime sounds to occur, then you can set its chime setting to None.


Using 2GIG Sensors On a Qolsys IQ Panel 2

Jarrett explains how you can use 2GIG Sensors with the 345 MHz version of the Qolsys IQ Panel 2 Plus. Any sensor you want to use with the system will first need to be enrolled. We recommend auto-enrolling, as this ensures that the sensor can communicate with the panel successfully. Any uni-directional 2GIG 345 MHz Sensor can be used with the 345 MHz IQ Panel 2 Plus. Please note that this does not include the 2GIG eSeries Encrypted Sensors, which are for the 2GIG GC2e and 2GIG GC3e only.

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If you're setting up a new security system for use with Alarm.com, then you might be wondering which door and window sensors to use. The answer really comes down to which system you are using and how you intend on using your sensors. Plenty of contact sensor options are usually available!


Alarm sensors do not communicate directly with Alarm.com. Instead, sensors communicate with alarm panels. From there, the panel will use an alarm monitoring communicator to send signals to Alarm.com. This communicator must be activated and registered for Alarm.com service. Per Alarm.com requirements, cellular connectivity is required. This means that your system must use a cellular communicator or a dual-path communicator that is built for use with Alarm.com.

As far as choosing specific sensors, it comes down to determining whether or not they will work with the system you are intending to use with Alarm.com. Today, we're going to break down some of the most popular Alarm.com Security Systems and help you determine the best sensors to use. Remember that our security system kits already come with some compatible sensors to get started. It may only be that you just need to add a few more door and window sensors, or you might not need to add any extra ones at all!

We will give you three (3) scenarios for each system. These are:

  1. Surface-Mounted Door/Window Sensors
  2. Recessed Door/Window Sensors
  3. Outdoor Door/Window Sensors

In most situations, surface-mounted sensors are what you want to go with. These are the standard regular sensors that you would use with virtually any door or window. They are super easy to install, and they are some of the most basic security devices you will encounter.

If appearance is important to you, and you want the sensor to remain hidden while the door or window is closed, then you may consider getting recessed sensors instead. Just remember that recessed sensors will require you rolling up your sleeves and drilling holes into your door/window and its frame. In addition to the added work, this may also have warranty ramifications with regard to the door or window.

And of course, if you plan on using the door/window sensor in an outdoor environment, then you will want to make sure the sensor is approved for outdoor use. Trying to use an indoor-only sensor in an outdoor environment will likely result in damage to the device due to exposure to rain, dust, etc. This also typically applies if you plan on using the sensor in an area that is not insulated, such as a shed, a gate or a barn.

Note: If you are totally new to door and window sensors and want to know more about how they operate, please check out this FAQ.


Qolsys IQ Panel 2 Plus (PowerG)




Arguably the most popular system to use with Alarm.com right now in 2020 is the Qolsys IQ Panel 2 Plus. There are three (3) versions of the system, with each one supporting a different legacy sensor frequency (319.5 MHz, 345 MHz, 433 MHz). We will discuss the legacy sensor options in a minute. But one of the biggest reasons to purchase an IQ Panel 2 Plus is to use PowerG Sensors. All three versions of the Qolsys IQ Panel 2 Plus support the PowerG Sensors. These sensors can communicate with the IQ Panel 2 Plus System from up to 2,000 feet away in open air, and they utilize 128-bit AES encryption and frequency hopping spread spectrum (FHSS) for enhanced wireless security. For anyone with an IQ Panel 2 Plus, these are the sensors we would point to first.


2GIG GC3e & 2GIG GC2e (eSeries)

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Right now, we view the 2GIG GC3e and the 2GIG GC2e as the best alternatives for users who want to get started with Alarm.com, but don't want to use a Qolsys IQ Panel 2 Plus. The most popular sensors to use with these systems are the encrypted 2GIG eSeries Sensors. They are built for the GC3e and GC2e Systems, and they utilize encryption for protection against wireless hacking or takeover attempts. Remember that these systems are both backwards compatible with 345 MHz sensors (more on those later). But if you're running a GC3e or a GC2e, then we're going to recommend the eSeries products.


Original Qolsys IQ Panel 2, IQ Panel, Interlogix Simon Systems (Legacy 319.5 MHz)

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Things become a little tricky when we get into the legacy sensor frequencies. There is usually a lot of inter-compatibility across manufacturers, so often the choice comes down to preference. We will list our favorites based on value and functionality. But understand that you have a lot of options available when it comes to 319.5 MHz sensors. This frequency is used with the original Qolsys IQ Panel 2, the original Qolsys IQ Panel, and all of the legacy Interlogix Simon Series Panels. Keep in mind that you can also use these sensors with the 319.5 MHz version of the IQ Panel 2 Plus as an alternative to PowerG. The 319.5 MHz frequency is also typically used with any wired Interlogix NetworX Panel that has a wireless receiver added.


2GIG GC3 & 2GIG GC2 (Legacy 345 MHz)

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If you are working with a 2GIG GC3 or a 2GIG Go!Control GC2, then you will be enrolling legacy 345 MHz sensors with your system. This frequency was popularized by the Honeywell 5800 Sensors, and later the 2GIG 345 MHz Sensors. The GC2 and GC3 support both of these lineups, so you really have a lot of options to choose from. We're just going to list our particular favorites. Remember that you can also use these sensors with a 345 MHz IQ Panel 2 Plus as an alternative to PowerG.


DSC Impassa & DSC PowerSeries (Legacy 433 MHz)


DSC popularized their own wireless frequency of 433 MHz. If you have a DSC Impassa, then these will be the sensors you are using. The 433 MHz sensors can also be used with a DSC PowerSeries Panel that has a wireless receiver added. Although we do not sell the original DSC PowerSeries Systems, we do offer the DSC RF5132-433 Wireless Receiver that will allow support for these sensors. And of course, you can also use these 433 MHz sensors with the 433 MHz version of the IQ Panel 2 Plus as an alternative to PowerG. Unfortunately, we don't have a good recommendation for a 433 MHz outdoor door and window sensor. so we'll just list the other two types instead.


Honeywell VISTA, DSC PowerSeries, DSC PowerSeries NEO, Interlogix/GE NetworX (Wired Sensors)

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Many hardwired security systems can connect with Alarm.com using what is known as an Alarm.com System Enhancement Module (SEM). And since hardwired panels often use wired sensors, this makes hardwired door and window contacts technically compatible with Alarm.com as well! Honeywell VISTA Systems, DSC PowerSeries Systems, DSC PowerSeries NEO Systems, and Interlogix/GE NetworX Systems all have compatible SEM communicators available.

The great thing about hardwired contacts is that they are pretty much universal across all wired systems, provided that the system is not using polling loop sensors. We'll focus on standard non-polling loop sensors here, but these are all good options for most hardwired alarm panels. Also keep in mind that there are MANY options when it comes to wired contacts. Don't feel like you are restricted to the ones we happened to pick!


Get Started with Alarm Grid & Alarm.com


If you are interested in signing-up for Alarm.com service through Alarm Grid, make sure to check out our monitoring page. We support Alarm.com with our Gold and Platinum Level Plans (Self & Full) and our Cell-Only Plan. If you have any questions about our products or monitoring services, be sure to shoot us an email at support@alarmgrid.com. We operate support hours from 9am to 8pm ET M-F. We look forward to hearing from you!

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For a security system owner, remembering to properly arm the system before leaving can be a tough task. It's one of those little things that's easy forget. You forget to grab your your car keys. You leave a door unlocked. You accidentally leave the lights on overnight. These things happen.

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Another concern we often hear from customers is whether or not they really need to arm their systems if they are just stepping outside for a minute. Maybe they're just taking their dog around the block, or visiting a neighbor across the street, or walking over to a nearby convenience store. They will only be gone for a minute or two. Is it okay to leave the system disarmed in these situations?

Obviously, if you leave your system disarmed while you are away and an intruder decides to make a quick break-in, there is little that can be done. Security cameras can capture the event happening, but they aren't going to trigger an emergency response if your system is disarmed. If your system isn't ready to trigger an alarm, and you aren't around to stop an intruder, then there is very little that can be done.

With that in mind, we at Alarm Grid recommend that you always arm your system before heading out, even if it's only going to be for a brief moment. You invest into your security system for a reason. Don't let it go to waste. Protect your belongings and your property. Take the extra second or two and arm your system.

Of course, that is just our advice to you as a monitoring company. We totally understand that some users are going that have that "ah, I'll only be gone a second" mentality. And that's up to you. As an end user, you are in complete control, and if you are comfortable leaving your system disarmed when stepping out for a brief moment, then that is up to you. Just understand that we are not liable if you forget or decide not to arm your home alarm system.

One thing you might do is consider your own personal situation. Maybe it's okay to leave your system disarmed if you're just over at the neighbors, and you can visibly see your house? Maybe you can bring your Android or iOS Phone with you and arm using Total Connect 2.0 or Alarm.com if it turns out you're going to be away longer than you thought? Maybe your can add a key fob to your system to make it easier to quickly arm when walking out the door, instead of needing to enter a code or pull up a mobile app.

Ultimately, how you use your system is up to you. We recommend always arming, even if you're only going to be gone for a little bit. It's not worth the risk to your property, and securely arming/disarming your system can be such a quick and easy task if you add the right equipment. Nearly every alarm panel can be set up with some type of one-touch arming and disarming function to make the process as simple as possible.

We also understand that some users might have the intention of always arming, but they simply forget to do so. We have some tips for these users as well. You might have a secondary keypad right by the door that you will always see when walking out. That way, you will always remember to arm your system. If you don't want to add a new keypad, you could just put a sticky note on the door to remind you. And if your system is monitored, then you can set up geofencing arming reminders through an interactive service like Total Connect 2.0 or Alarm.com. There are many options available.

Remember that many wireless security systems today also often serve as automation controllers. This way, you can use an app on your phone to control the various devices around your home from anywhere. If you forget to turn off your lights, leave your thermostat running, or leave your door unlocked, then you can control the affected device while you are away. This is great for anyone who might be a little absentminded from time to time! Plus, it's good to know that you can always lock/unlock your door or turn your lights ON or OFF if needed. You just need the proper equipment.

Our job is to provide you with reliable monitoring service and the equipment you need to stay protected and secure. You just need to make sure you arm your system when leaving your home. If you need any more tips for remembering to arm your system, or if you want to learn more about any of our products or services that may make it easier for your to use your system, just reach out to us by emailing support@alarmgrid.com. We operate support hours from 9am to 8pm ET M-F, and we are happy to help you out. We look forward to hearing from you!

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Firmware Version 2.5.0 for the Qolsys IQ Panel 2 Plus is now officially available and can be downloaded to any original IQ Panel 2 or IQ Panel 2 Plus. The update provides some new and exciting capabilities for the system. It is advised that anyone with a compatible IQ2 System updates ASAP.

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Before we talk about the new features that come with Software Version 2.5.0, let's first discuss how to update the software on the panel. The IQ Panel 2 or IQ Panel 2 Plus System must be already running at least Firmware Version 2.0.1. The panel must be connected to a local WIFI network. Its transformer should be plugged in, and its backup battery should be charged. Once those conditions are met, you can begin the upgrading process.

Start from the main screen of the system. Click the small grey bar at the top of the screen. Select Settings > Advanced Settings > enter the Installer Code (default is 1111) > Upgrade Software > Patch Tag > enter iqpanel2.5.0 > OK > Upgrade Using Network. If done correctly, the upgrading process should begin. The process will take around (15) minutes. Please note that you must enter iqpanel2.5.0 exactly as the Patch Tag. If you enter the Patch Tag differently, then the process will not work correctly. If you do not have access to a WIFI connection, the firmware update files can be downloaded from our site.

As for the 2.5.0 Firmware itself, the following new features and changes have been made:

  • New Sensor Group 25 - Non Reporting. Used with Environmental Sensors (Flood, Freeze, Temperature). Will not report to central station, but will report to Alarm.com Fixes previous issue of temperature sensors being unable to send notifications to users through Alarm.com.
  • New Sensor Group 53 - Temperature Reporting. Used with Temperature Sensors for reporting to a central station.
  • Added support for sump pump integration through Alarm.com if Water Management Add-On Package is applied to the account.
  • Can now delete failed Z-Wave nodes from Alarm.com.
  • Added software and settings that support European CE & EN Grade 2 Certification.
  • New Languages: Dutch, Italian, Icelandic, Norwegian, Swedish.
  • Sensor name length limit increased from 24 characters to 56 characters.
  • Can now set Photo Frame Start Time to begin after One (1) Minute of inactivity.
  • Panel overheat notification can now be sent to Alarm.com.
  • New quick names for motion detection sensors available.
  • Disabling the Panel Camera Setting now also disables Panel Camera from the Equipment List and from the Alarm.com back-end and mobile app.
  • Master Code can now make language changes.
  • Minor translation updates for Spanish and French (Canadian).
  • Added access to Tutorial Help Videos on the last page of the Easy Install Wizard.
  • Enhanced weather icon mapping between the system and Alarm.com.
  • Corrected constant chime issue for Qolsys IQ Remote Keypad.
  • IQ Remote will now make severe weather alert annunciations (if enabled on main panel).
  • Corrected issue where IQ Remote could become stuck in Network Reconnection.
  • Improved communication reliability between system and IQ Remote.
  • Photo frame images can now be sent from system to IQ Remote.
  • New ability to record duress alarm videos using IQ Remote built-in camera.
  • Can enable/disable Disarm Photos for IQ Remote.
  • Live-stream cameras can now be full screen on IQ Remote.
  • Alarm image upload to primary panel has been improved.
  • Check-In & Check-Out Photos for Alarm.com Wellness can be sent to Alarm.com when Image-Plus Add-On Package is applied to the account.
  • Wellness alarms will now "ring" at the panel during two-way voice calls.
  • New wellness alarm voice annunciations.
  • New automatic volume adjustment during wellness alarms.
  • Wellness alarm notifications are now automatically cleared after (12) hours.
  • Now supports end of line resistor (EOLR) detection when using the auxiliary input on DSC PG9303, DSC PG9312, and DSC PG9945 Sensors.
  • Sensor Group 2 - Fixed Silent now available for PowerG Panic Buttons, including DSC PG9938 and DSC PG9949.
  • PowerG Sensor Supervision and Legacy Sensor Supervision (319.5 MHz, 345 MHz, 433 MHz) can now be set separately. Options from 20 minutes to 24 hours available.
  • PowerG Sensor Re-Syncing and Not-Networked Status are now dynamically displayed on main page as part of sensor status.
  • New setting that allows sounders in PowerG Smoke Detectors to activate during any alarm type.
  • PowerG Sensors are now displayed in Sensor Test in Easy Install Wizard.
  • PowerG Image Sensors (DSC PG9934P & PG9944) can now be used for visual verification for fire and carbon monoxide (CO) alarms for the central station.
  • DSC PG9902 Wireless Outdoor Curtain Motion Sensor now supported.
  • New ability to report tamper condition for Visonic KP-140, KP-141, and KP-160.
  • The PowerG Sensor Test now shows historical signal strength for PowerG Sensors.
  • Strobe lights on PowerG Sirens (DSC PG9901 & DSC PG9911B) now flash according to siren type.
  • PowerG Keypad DSC WS9LCDWF9 now supports Quick Exit feature.
  • PowerG Keypad DSC WS9LCDWF9 buzzer now stops during a two-way voice session.
  • New support for PowerG Repeater DSC PG9920 AC Loss notification.

If you have any questions about Firmware Version 2.5.0, or if you would like to learn more about our monitoring services, please email us at support@alarmgrid.com. We operate support hours from 9am to 8pm ET M-F. We look forward to hearing from you!

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Like most modules that use end of line resistors for zone monitoring, the IQ Hardwire 16-F is no exception. It comes standard with 4.7k resistors, or it can support end of line resistor (EOLR) learning for values ranging from 1k to 10k. But the standard 4.7k resistors have five (5) bands.


The Qolsys IQ Hardwire 16-F is 319.5 MHz wired to wireless converter. It allows you to easily convert a wired system into a wireless system by taking over your existing hardwired sensors. The hardwired sensors will connect directly with the the IQ Hardwire 16-F module, and the converter will send 319.5 MHz wireless signals on their behalf. The system will then treat these hardwired sensors as wireless zones. You just need to make sure that you have enough wireless zones on the system itself. Each Hardwire 16-F module adds support for 16 additional hardwired zones.

If you aren't familiar with end of line resistors, they are small jumpers that are wired-in at the end of line of zones. The purpose of a resistor is to let the system know that a zone has been physically cut. If someone cuts or tampers with a hardwired zone that is configured with an EOLR, then a short will occur. This will result in a trouble condition on the system. If your system is currently in an armed state, this will cause an alarm. A shorted zone while the system is disarmed will just lead to loss of supervision for the sensor.

You must use an EOLR at each zone for the Qolsys IQ Hardwire 16-F, including with zones that do not have a connected sensor and are not actively being used. Any unit manufactured before week 40 of 2019 was required to use 4.7k resistors at all 16 zones. But from week 40 of 2019 and onward, Qolsys began manufacturing units that support end of line resistor learning. These newer units support Legacy Mode (where 1k to 10k resistors can be used) and UL Fire Mode (where 4.7k resistors must be used at every zone). For information on switching between the two (2) resistor modes, please see this FAQ.

What's somewhat unique about the 4.7k resistors included with the Qolsys IQ Hardwire 16-F is that they use five (5) bands instead of four (bands) like we mostly encounter. The 5-band resistors for the Hardwire 16-F are Yellow-Violet-Black-Brown-Brown. This equates to a 4.7k ohm resistor with a tolerance of +/- 1%. This differs from the four (4) band 4.7 k resistors that we often see, which are Yellow-Violet-Red-Gold. Those four (4) band resistors offer a tolerance of +/- 5%.

Really, there is no difference in the way you install these resistors. But it can be good to know if you are setting up a a Qolsys IQ Hardwire 16-F device. It is advised that you connect the resistors and sensors before attempting to enroll the module with the panel. We also recommend clearing the memory through a factory default for module before enrollment. More information can be found here.

If you have any questions about the Qolsys IQ Hardwire 16-F or any of our other products, or if you want to learn more about our monitoring services. Please reach out to us by emailing support@alarmgrid.com. We operate support hours from 9am to 8pm ET M-F. We look forward to hearing from you!

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It's time for another Alarm Grid video recap. We only have three (3) videos for the week. But the good news is that all of the videos this week feature Jorge. We hope that you find them helpful in learning how to use your security system. Let's take a look at the new videos from Alarm Grid!

Connecting an iPhone to a Qolsys IQ Panel 2

Jorge explains how you can use an iPhone to control a Qolsys IQ Panel 2 Plus System. This is done using the iOS version of the Alarm.com Mobile App. You will need an alarm monitoring plan that includes access to Alarm.com. The panel will communicate with the Alarm.com Servers using an LTE cellular connection, and you can also set up an IP (internet protocol) communication path as well. By accessing the ADC App on your iPhone, you can arm/disarm, check system status, control automation devices, and more.


The Number of Hardwired Zones Supported On a Qolsys IQ Panel 2

Jorge explains how there are two (2) hardwired zones built into the Qolsys IQ Panel 2 Plus System. These hardwired zones are for normally closed contact sensors. You can connect the sensors and then enroll them with the panel by putting the system into its auto-enrollment mode and faulting the sensors. If you want to use additional hardwired zones with an IQ Panel 2 Plus, then a wired to wireless converter is a good option. Just make sure the converter communicates at a frequency compatible with the version of the IQ Panel 2 Plus that you have (319.5 MHz, 345 MHz, or 433 MHz).


Upgrading a Honeywell LYNX Touch to Use LTE

Jorge shows you how to upgrade a Honeywell LYNX Touch System to use an LTE cellular communicator. This is possible on an L5200, L5210, or L7000 LYNX Touch System. There are two (2) LTE communicators available for these systems. These are the Honeywell LTE-L57A (AT&T LTE) and the Honeywell LTE-L57V (Verizon LTE). You must make sure your LYNX Touch System is on a high enough firmware version to support one of these communicators. If you need to upgrade the firmware, you can do so using the Honeywell LYNXTOUCH-MSD Firmware Updater Tool.

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We have recently heard about an issue affecting Ubiquiti UniFi Access Points. These access points (APs) have a feature called "Auto Optimize Network" that prevents certain security systems from connecting. The feature must be disabled in order for the panel to reconnect with the IP network.

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At this time, we have only confirmed that the Honeywell Lyric Alarm System is affected by this issue. Other alarm panels may also be affected, but we have not been able to test. Once the Ubiquiti UniFi AP has the feature enabled, the panel will lose its connectivity with the network. If the panel has cellular backup, then it will remain monitored using that communication path. But if the panel has IP-only service, then it will lose its ability to send out signals to a monitoring platform like Total Connect 2.0 or Alarm.com.

We have received reports from some customers that Ubiquiti has pushed down an automatic update that auto-enables the "Auto Optimize Network" feature. Once that happens, a Lyric System will lose its connectivity with the local WIFI network, even if it is configured with the proper SSID and password. Other systems may also experience a similar issue, but we have only received reports about this affecting the Lyric. The solution is to disable the "Auto Optimize Network" in the UniFi device network settings.

It is recommended that you keep the Auto Optimize Network feature on any Ubiquiti Access Point disabled to prevent connectivity loss for your security system. As long as the feature is disabled, you should not experience any connectivity issues for the system We recommend reviewing the manual for your Ubiquiti UniFi Access Point device for information on how to disable the feature in network settings. As we are not dealers for Ubiquiti products, we cannot provide technical support for this issue. But we can help you reconnect your Lyric System to WIFI after you have disabled the setting.

For more information on this issue with Ubiquiti Access Points, please review this FAQ. Remember to contact us at support@alarmgrid.com if you have any questions about our products or monitoring services. We operate support hours from 9am to 8pm ET M-F. We look forward to hearing from you!

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It was a relatively quiet week for our video team last week, as we only put up three (3) new videos. There was one (1) from Jorge, one (1) from Jarrett, and one from myself, for a nice even split. We hope that you find these new videos helpful. Let's check out the newest Alarm Grid videos!


Using the Qolsys IQ Panel 2 with Alarm.com

Jorge explains how you can use the Qolsys IQ Panel 2 Plus with Alarm.com. In order to do this, you will need to have the system set up with an alarm monitoring plan that includes access to the service. Some examples of compatible monitoring plans include the Gold and Platinum Plans from Alarm Grid (Self or Full). By accessing Alarm.com, you can remotely arm and disarm your system, check its current status, control automation devices, and so much more.


How Do I Connect a VISTA-20p to Wireless Internet?

I explain how you can get your Honeywell VISTA System set up with wireless internet. All of the IP communicators for Honeywell VISTA Panels use hardwired ethernet connections. But you can get the panel connected to WIFI by using a compatible ethernet to WIFI bridge, such as an Alarm.com ADC-W110. Compatible IP and dual-path communicators for VISTA Systems include the Honeywell 7847i, the Honeywell LTE-IA, and the Honeywell LTE-IV. The communicator will need to be activated for monitoring service to connect with the AlarmNet360 Servers.


The Internal Alarm Siren On the Lyric Alarm System

Everyone's favorite strapping young lad Jarrett talks about the siren built into the Honeywell Lyric Security System. The Lyric siren is rated at 85 dB, and it activates during intrusion and life-safety alarms. The system supports the Honeywell SiXSIREN if you want to add another 85 dB sounder in a second location. If you are looking for a louder siren, the Qolsys IQ Siren at 105 dB is a great option. We have an FAQ on using the IQ Siren with the Lyric System if you decide to use that device. You can also add a hardwired siren using a FortrezZ MIMOlite Relay.

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It was another productive week for our video team last week, as eight (8) new videos were released on February 12th and 13th. Jorge appeared in the most videos, but fan-favorite Jarrett also showed up. I even appeared in a couple! Let's check out the newest Alarm Grid tutorial videos!


Checking The Simon XT Firmware Version Number

Jorge explains how you can check the Firmware Version Number of an Interlogix Simon XT Security System. The current highest firmware version for the Simon XT is Version 1.6. However, it is particularly important that the system is on at least Firmware Version 1.3. Firmware Version 1.3 is the minimum version needed to install a cellular communicator in the Simon XT Security System so that you can get it connected with Alarm.com for monitoring service.


Using Home Automation on a Qolsys IQ Panel 2 w/o Monitoring

Jorge shows how you can use a Qolsys IQ Panel 2 System for smart home automation functions even if the system is not actively monitored. However, getting the system monitored and connected with Alarm.com will open up the door for many more automation functions. By connecting the system with Alarm.com, you can set up smart scenes to have devices like lights, door locks, and smart thermostats activate automatically based on a set schedule or with certain system events.


Using Honeywell 5800 Sensors On a Qolsys IQ Panel 2

Our good man Jarrett explains how you can use Honeywell 5800 Series Sensors on the 345 MHz version of the Qolsys IQ panel 2 Plus. This version of the system can also support 2GIG 345 MHz Sensors and DSC PowerG Sensors. It is also important to note that you can only use uni-directional (one-way) 345 MHz sensors with the system. You cannot use any bi-directional Honeywell 5800 Sensors with the 345 MHz IQ Panel 2 Plus.


Response Types for a Honeywell Lyric Alarm System

I explain Response Types on a Honeywell Lyric Controller. Every sensor enrolled with the system is assigned a Response Type. This setting determines how the system responds when the sensor is faulted. Making sure you set the correct Response Type for each zone is important. If you set the incorrect Response Type for a zone, then the system won't respond the way you want it to when a sensor is faulted. Keep in mind that difference Response Types are available for different Device Types.


Changing the Volume of a Qolsys IQ Panel 2

Jorge shows you how to adjust the volume on the Qolsys IQ Panel 2 System. The IQ panel 2 has three (3) volume settings available. There are volume settings Voices, Beeps and Chimes, and Media. Each setting can be adjusted individually as needed. You will need to know the Master Code, the Installer Code, or the Dealer Code to make volume changes. Also keep in mind that setting any volume option to 0 will mute that selection.


Enrolling an IQ Fob with a Qolsys IQ Panel 2

Clean-shaven Jarrett shows you how to enroll a Qolsys IQ Fob with a Qolsys IQ Panel 2 System. The Qolsys IQ Fob is a key fob that operates at 319.5 MHz. It offers buttons for arming, disarming, automation, and an auxiliary panic. The actual functions of the buttons are determined based on the sensor group you assign to the key fob zone. The device has a range of about 100 feet, and it works with nearly any security system that supports 319.5 MHz wireless sensors.


Using a Qolsys IQ Panel 2 with Apple HomeKit

Jorge explains how it is not possible to use a Qolsys IQ Panel 2 Plus System with Apple HomeKit. You cannot have HomeKit devices respond automatically based on system events. But the system does offer integrations with Amazon Alexa and Google Home. Also, you can control the system using Siri Shortcuts through Alarm.com. If you need a system that offers full functionality with Apple HomeKit, then we recommend the Honeywell Lyric Controller. The Lyric offers a great HomeKit integration.


Are There Security Systems Better Than a Qolsys IQ Panel Alarm System?

I explain how there are many security systems that are superior to the original Qolsys IQ Panel. The original IQ Panel was the first system released by Qolsys. It has since been replaced by the Qolsys IQ Panel 2 Plus. The Qolsys IQ Panel 2 Plus supports more advanced features, improved automation functions, more reliable communication, and more robust sensor support. It also offers a slimmer design and a sleeker profile, making it more aesthetically pleasing.

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Alarm Grid is proud to announce that new Honeywell Lyric System Kits are now available! These new kits come included with Honeywell 5800MINI Door/Window Sensors, which are easy to enroll and install. Now is the perfect time to get started with a new Honeywell Lyric Security System!

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Customers can choose between the Honeywell LYRIC5800PK Kit and the Honeywell LYRIC5800PK10 Kit. The LYRIC5800PK Kit includes three (3) door and window sensors and one (1) motion sensor. This is a good kit for a smaller home or an apartment where not many sensors are needed. If you have a larger home or business, then the LYRIC5800PK10 Kit is most likely the preferred option. That kit includes ten (10) door and window sensors and one (1) motion sensor. Of course, both kits can be easily expanded upon if needed. The Lyric supports 345 MHz Honeywell 5800 Sensors, 2GIG 345 MHz Sensors, and 128-bit AES encrypted Honeywell SiX Series Sensors.

Previously, Alarm Grid offered Lyric System Kits that featured the VERSA-2GIG Door and Window Contacts. The Honeywell 5800MINI Sensors offer the exact same performance, and they have an identical appearance. The only difference is that the Honeywell 5800MINI Sensors have a red circuit board, while the one for the VERSA-2GIG is yellow. But with the cover closed, you won't be able to see the difference. Both sensors enroll in the same manner, and they both provide excellent function as door and window contacts.

We have included some other accessories with these kits to help you get started. Both kits feature the Honeywell SiXPIR Motion Sensor. This passive infrared (PIR) motion detection sensor offers a coverage area of 40 feet by 56 feet, and it provides pet immunity for small animals weighing up to 80 pounds. As this sensor is part of the SiX Series lineup, it utilizes 128-bit AES encryption for enhanced wireless security. This military-grade encryption makes it nearly impossible for others to hack or takeover. And since the Lyric System supports up to 128 wireless zones, you will have no problem expanding on the system later if needed.

For monitoring service, the Lyric comes with a built-in WIFI card. This allows the system to connect with the AlarmNet360 Servers, provided that you obtain an appropriate monitoring plan. You should also make sure that your monitoring plan includes access to Total Connect 2.0, as that will really unlock some exciting features and capabilities for your system. By accessing TC2 through a web browser or mobile app, you can arm and disarm your system, control Z-Wave home automation devices, check system status and more. Speaking of Z-Wave, the Lyric Panel includes a built-in Z-Wave controller for adding devices like lights, locks and thermostats. You can create Total Connect smart scenes for automatic operation of these devices based on predetermined system events.

But perhaps the biggest benefit to the Lyric Alarm System is its ability to be used with Apple HomeKit. This is an interactive platform for iOS users that offers some impressive features when paired with a Lyric Alarm Panel. You can have your HomeKit devices respond automatically based on certain events of your Lyric System. And if you have a compatible HomeKit Hub, such as an iPad or an Apple TV, then you can control your Lyric System remotely using Siri voice commands sent from your iPhone. Simply put, this integration is awesome, and you will surely want to take advantage of it as much as possible! Just remember that you need to have the Lyric activated for monitoring service in order to enable it with Apple HomeKit.

We are sure that you will love your new Lyric System Kit. The panel is super easy to operate, and you will love its 7-inch full-color touchscreen display. And it looks great whether mounted on a wall or rested on a desk or table using the Honeywell LCP500-DK Desk Mount. If you have any questions about our new Lyric 5800MINI Kits, or if you want to learn more about our monitoring plans, please reach out to us by emailing support@alarmgrid.com. We operate support hours from 9am to 8pm ET M-F. We look forward to hearing from you!

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