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Hi DIYers! It's time for a new video recap. Our video team has settled down and gotten back in the swing of things since ISC West 2019. This time, we have six new videos for you to check out. The videos feature Jorge and Joe to help you learn how to use your alarm system. Let's take a look!

Fire Sensor Notifications from a Lyric via Apple HomeKit

Jorge explains why users don't get specific notifications regarding fire-safety sensors on their Honeywell Lyric Alarm Systems from Apple HomeKit. The important thing to remember is that HomeKit only provides specific notifications for security Response Types. If a life-safety sensor like a smoke detector or a CO detector activates, then HomeKit will only provide a General Lyric System Alert. That is why it is important to continue to use the Total Connect 2.0 platform alongside the Apple HomeKit service. Total Connect 2.0 will provide specific notifications for any Response Type.


Excluding A Yale Z-Wave Lock

Joe shows users how they can exclude a Yale Z-Wave Lock from their Z-Wave network. You should always make sure to exclude a Z-Wave device before attempting to pair it with a Z-Wave network. The Z-Wave device may have been paired with a different network for factory testing purposes. Clearing the lock from the network first ensures that it will be able to pair successfully. Please note that the exclusion command for Yale Z-Wave Locks is [Master PIN] + [#] + [7] + [#] + [3] + [#].


Defaulting A Yale Z-Wave Lock

Joe demonstrates the process for performing a factory reset on a Yale Z-Wave Lock. Doing this will reset the Master PIN Code back to 12345678, delete any added codes and reset any configured Z-Wave settings. The device will need to be re-enrolled with a Z-Wave controller after doing this. You will still need to exclude the device from the Z-Wave network before you will be able to re-enroll it. The factory reset process is performed by pressing and holding the reset button as you apply power to the lock.


Including A Yale Z-Wave Lock

Joe helps users with including a Yale Z-Wave Lock into a Z-Wave network. The process involves putting the Z-Wave controller or hub into its inclusion mode and then activating the inclusion function on the Yale Z-Wave Lock. You should clear the lock from the network before you attempt to perform the enrollment process. The command for activating the inclusion function on the lock is [Master PIN] + [#] + [7] + [#] + [1] + [#]. You may need to configure the lock settings after enrollment.


Keyfobs That Are Compatible With the IQ Panel 2 Plus

Jorge shows users which key fob devices are compatible with the IQ Panel 2 Plus. This depends on which type of IQ Panel 2 Plus System is being used. These systems can support 915 MHz PowerG Key Fobs and one type of legacy frequency (319.5 MHz, 345 MHz or 433 MHz). The 319.5 MHz varieties support Qolsys Key Fobs and Interlogix/GE Key Fobs. The 345 MHz varieties support Honeywell 5800 Series Key Fobs and 2GIG Key Fobs. The 433 MHz varieties support Legacy DSC Key Fobs.

Putting the 2GIG GC3 into RF Learn Mode

Jorge shows users how to put a 2GIG GC3 Alarm System into its enrollment mode for learning-in new sensors. This is a necessary step when you go to add new equipment to your GC3 System. After you have accessed the wireless zone you want to configure, you can choose the "Serial Number" field. This will give you an option to put the panel into its wireless enrollment mode. You can then activate the sensor to learn it in. You must configure the zone settings after enrollment.

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Hi DIYers! We had our video team working crazy hard covering ISC West 2019. But now it's back to the grind with our usual video updates! We managed to get up four new videos for April 18th and 19th. Kudos to our technicians for working so hard. Let's take a look at our latest videos!

Connecting the Honeywell Tuxedo Touch To WIFI

Jorge demonstrates the process for connecting a Honeywell Tuxedo Touch Keypad to a WIFI network. The Tuxedo Touch must be connected to the network so that it can communicate properly with Total Connect 2.0. Proper network connectivity is necessary for the keypad and the Total Connect 2.0 platform to remain constantly in sync. Whether a user operates a Z-Wave device or a smart scene from TC2 or their Tuxedo Touch Keypad, the other platform will receive notice regarding the device activity.


Factory Resetting a Tuxedo Touch Keypad

Jorge shows users how to perform a factory reset on a Honeywell Tuxedo Touch Keypad. By performing a factory reset, all device settings and configurations will be restored to their default values. This is a good option if you are taking over the Tuxedo Touch Keypad from someone else and you want to start fresh with original settings. A factory reset might also be performed as a final troubleshooting step if the device is not working properly. But keep in mind that the entire keypad will need to be reconfigured!


Testing the 2GIG SMKT3-345 Smoke and Heat Detector

Jorge teaches users how they can test a 2GIG SMKT3-345 Smoke and Heat Detector. The device has a test button that allows a user to test the device's LED light, sounder and signal transmission. But you must perform a manual test if you want to check the functionality for the sensor. This means using canned smoke to test the photoelectric smoke detector and a hair dryer on the highest setting to test the heat detector. Remember to place your system on test mode before testing!


ADC SVR122 Feature Overview

Joe talks about the ADC-SVR122 Stream Video Recorder. The Stream Video Recorded is designed exclusively for use with Alarm.com Security Cameras. It allows a user to achieve a 24-hour continuous recording schedule. The user can login to their Alarm.com account through the website or mobile app to view recorded clips that are stored on the ADC-SVR122. They can also connect an HDMI monitor for local viewing. The ADC-SVR122 can support up to eight cameras, and it comes in 500GB and 1TB storage options.

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Hi DIYers! We sure have been busy the past couple of weeks following the ISC West 2019 Convention! The vast majority of our content has been posted, and we are now ready to resume our normal posting schedule. We would like to thank all of you for following us throughout this exciting event!

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At present, our video team may still have a few interviews and ISC West 2019 overview videos that we may decide to post. But most of our content from the convention has been posted and discussed. While there may still be a few surprises up our sleeves, you can now expect us to continue with our regular posting schedule. This means daily blog posts Monday thru Friday, as well as any immediate breaking news that affects the security industry and/or our monitored customers.

If you missed any of our content from ISC West 2019, we strongly encourage you to scroll down and check it out! We have first-hand looks at new and upcoming products, in-depth interviews with industry leaders, and general discussions outlining the biggest security event of the year. It truly is an exciting time for the security industry, and we are sure that you will want to stay current with the latest news!

Some of the ISC West content we covered this year includes:

Just because ISC West 2019 is over does not mean you should stop checking our blog! We are always posting new and interesting content to keep you in the know. You can expect a fresh post on Monday covering the latest news from Alarm Grid and the security industry. We would like to thank all of you for following us during ISC West 2019. And as always, thanks for keeping up with Alarm Grid. We are extremely proud to help keep your homes, businesses and loved ones safe and protected at all times.

And don't forget, Alarm Grid monitored customers can always receive free support online and over the phone! If you are an Alarm Grid monitored customer, or if you are interested in joining Alarm Grid, the best way to reach us is to email support@alarmgrid.com. We also offer phone support at (888) 818-7728 during our business hours of 9am to 8pm EST M-F.

Whether you have been a longtime Alarm Grid customer or you are just getting started with home or business security, we thank you tremendously for your support, and we look forward to hearing from you soon.

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Hi DIYers! We have an very exciting and in-depth interview from ISC West 2019. Our team sat down with Mary Miller of the Z-Wave Alliance to discuss the latest in Z-Wave smart home technology. Users can expect diversified products, improved battery life, enhanced functionality and more.

Nearly every new alarm system hitting the market will utilize Z-Wave Plus technology, which is also known as the Z-Wave 500-Series chipset. This advanced protocol has provided great results for users looking to achieve complete and robust smart homes. Users can expect the upcoming 700-Series to further improve upon this excellent technology and make compatible devices even easier to use.

It's fair to expect that 700-Series compatible alarm systems and controllers are currently in the pipeline from various manufacturers. We will make sure to update you with the latest news as it becomes available. For now, we invite you to check out our in-depth interview for more information about the latest Z-Wave technology:


Keep checking the Alarm Grid blog for the latest security news and discussions. We will have more updates coming soon!

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Hi DIYers. We made sure to check out the Alarm.com booth at ISC West 2019. The announcements we were most excited about were the SONOS integration with the Alarm.com app and the upcoming ADC T3000 Thermostat. Both will fit in very nicely with the smart home platform offered from Alarm.com.


Alarm.com users will soon be able to integrate their SONOS Speakers with their programmed Alarm.com smart scenes. Users will have the ability to select which audio playlist will play when the scene is triggered. This feature will be great for users who want to put a specific playlist into action when they disarm their system to trigger a scene. The Alarm.com Mobile App will also allow users to play and pause the playlist and adjust the volume as needed. Users with multiple SONOS Speakers can even choose which device(s) will play audio. And with the SIRI shortcuts feature for scene control, it will also be possible to activate a SONOS Speaker using spoken voice commands.


The ADC T3000 Thermostat will essentially replace the ADC T2000 Thermostat. This upcoming Z-Wave thermostat will utilize Z-Wave Plus technology for enhanced signal range. The back of the device offers more space for wiring, and the improved terminals allow installers to make connections more easily. A built-in level helps ensure that the end result is neat and tidy. The UI is very simple, but it also appears modern and sleek. It should fit in very nicely with almost any existing decor. Alarm.com also helped make the device easier to understand, as the words "Heat" and "Cool" are actively displayed based on the current action. Many programming options and settings are available, and the device integrates beautifully with the Alarm.com App.


Thank you for making Alarm Grid your source for ISC West 2019 news! Keep checking our blog for the latest updates.

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Hi DIYers! We're keeping the ISC West 2019 content rolling by giving a brief overview of Danalock's presence in the Z-Wave Alliance booth. As you know, Alarm Grid loves all things related to smart home automation, and we believe that Danalock can make a great addition to nearly any home.


The third generation Danalock V3 can be split into two main versions. These are the Danalock V3 Z-Wave and the Danalock V3 HomeKit. Both options provide superb protection and are easily powered using four CR123A lithium batteries. They also offer 256-bit AES encryption for top-of-the-line wireless security. And of course, users will appreciate the sleek and modern design.


The HomeKit version is perfect for iOS users looking for a quick and convenient way to lock and unlock their home using the iPhone or iPad. Unlike the Z-Wave model, the HomeKit version of the Danalock is mostly a standalone device that does not pair with other Danalock accessories. Still, iOS users who want a simple, yet effective smart lock will certainly be impressed.

However, the Z-Wave version of the Danalock is where the device really shines. The lock is certified Z-Wave Plus, giving it an extended range and enhanced battery life when compared with classic Z-Wave devices. The Danalock Z-Wave will pair with nearly any Z-Wave controller and allow users to operate it remotely through an interactive platform like Total Connect 2.0 or Alarm.com.


The Danalock V3 Z-Wave is also known for supporting key accessories and add-ons that serve to enhance its capabilities. The Danabridge V3 Hub lets the user connect their Z-Wave Danalock with a local WIFI network. This way, they can control the device using the Danalock App on their Android or iOS device. This app will also keep track of when the lock is used and which codes are used to control the lock.


Another accessory supported by the Danalock V3 Z-Wave is the Danapad V3, which is essentially an external, push-button keypad for Danalock devices. Codes are pushed to the Danapad either through the Danalock App (Danabridge V3 required) or through the user's Z-Wave hub. The device can store up to 20 user codes, and it measure 3.2 inches in diameter and 1.4 inches thick. It is powered using four AAA batteries. Please note that the HomeKit version of Danalock will NOT support the Danapad.


Finally, we also took a brief moment to check out some of the Z-Wave light switches and other devices featured in the Z-Wave Alliance booth. It's amazing to see how Z-Wave Plus technology has really taken off and continues to evolve. We hope to be making more Z-Wave smart home devices available on our website in the near future!


Keep checking the Alarm Grid Security Blog for more ISC West 2019 content coming soon! We still have some key interviews and videos we are hoping to put out in the coming days!

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Hi DIYers! We're still revisiting ISC West 2019. This video continues from the previous one. Frank from Alarm Grid and Jeremy from Qolsys continue to discuss how the IQ Panel 2 Plus has shifted from a strictly residential panel to a dual-purpose residential and commercial powerhouse.

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The IQ Panel 2 was originally designed residential users in mind. The system continued that trend with its robust automation platform and user-friendly features like facial recognition and two-way video streaming. But Qolsys has been working to make their IQ Panel 2 Plus System a strong option for commercial users as well. This has been made possible by adding support for extended range PowerG Sensors and obtaining various commercial permits.

But while Qolsys has improved its commercial offerings, the company has also managed to retain its already strong residential platform. The result is a robust and capable system that provides users with the best of both worlds. Not only do business owners get a reliable system that meets all of their requirements, they also get to enjoy the advanced add-ons that would normally only be available for a top-of-the-line residential panel.

Today, anyone looking for an alarm system with the best of commercial and residential features all-in-one has the ideal solution in the IQ Panel 2 Plus. Watch the following video to learn more:


Stay tuned for more ISC West 2019 recaps coming soon!

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Hi DIYers! Our content and video teams have planes to catch, but first we managed to produce the first video from ISC West 2019. Our very own Frank Longo speaks with Jeremy McLerran, the Director of Marketing for Qolsys to discuss the company's recent transition into commercial markets.

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When Qolsys released their IQ Panel 2 System, it was designed primarily for residential use. Then in 2018, the company began offering the IQ Panel 2 Plus. This is essentially an upgraded version of the original IQ Panel 2 with the ability to support PowerG Sensors. With the exceptional wireless range of PowerG Sensors, Qolsys saw the opportunity to begin marketing their IQ Panel 2 Plus for commercial markets. They obtained the necessary certifications and now present the IQ Panel 2 Plus as the ideal solution for both residential and commercial applications.

Jeremy provided us with a phenomenal interview, and we found everyone at Qolsys to be extremely helpful and inviting. We highly encourage you to watch the following video to learn more about Qolsys and their commercial platform:


Keep checking our blog next week for more content from ISC West 2019. We look forward to sharing more in-depth interviews and videos!

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The Alarm Grid content team had the opportunity to visit the Assa Abloy booth at ISC West 2019. Assa Abloy owns both August and Yale, and we were able to check out some of the latest models. These residential smart locks would certainly make for great additions to almost any home.


Smart locks offer tremendous convenience, as you can operate them through simple keypad rather than having to use a manual key. They can also be controlled remotely using platforms like Apple HomeKit, Total Connect 2.0 and Alarm.com. This is made possible using wireless protocols like WIFI and Z-Wave. You are certainly missing out if you haven't added a smart lock to your home yet!

Assa Abloy confirmed that all their locks that use Z-Wave technology will be certified Z-Wave Plus. This makes them perfect for controlling through the interactive service platform that you use with your security system. Meanwhile, their WIFI models will be compatible with the Apple HomeKit platform. This is great news for iOS users, as they will surely enjoy the convenience of being able to control their lock from anywhere using their phone!

Assa Abloy had many locks on display. We're just going to focus on the ones that we feel would make a great addition to any smart home. A major highlight was the Yale YRD256 Assure Lock, which is available in both Z-Wave and HomeKit variants. The lock allows users to create up to 250 unique four to eight digit codes, and it also features auto re-lock, privacy mode and tamper alarms. It has a voice-guided setup menu, making it very easy to perform a DIY installation. The device comes in three finish options, which include Polished Brass, Oil Rubbed Bronze and Satin Nickel.


Other notable locks included the Yale B1L YRD110 Lock with Z-Wave, the Yale Assure Lever Touchscreen Lock and the August Smart Lock Pro. The Smart Lock Pro is particularly interesting, as it utilizes both Z-Wave and WIFI (requires Yale Connect WIFI Bridge) for remote access. The device can interface with many smart assistants, including Apple Siri, Amazon Alexa and Google Assistant. Integrations with AirBnB, HomeAway and Nest are also available. Easy installation is made possible with help from the August Home App. The lock is available in silver and dark grey finishes. Note that the model on the top in the third picture below is the Smart Lock Pro version.

Assa Abloy also used ISC West as an opportunity to unveil their upcoming August View Video Doorbell. It offers 1440p resolution and captures clips in a 4:3 ratio. The live feed and recorded clips can both be conveniently viewed from the August Home App. You can also zoom in when watching the video to really focus on a particular section of the footage. The device also uses IR technology for night vision, and it supports two-way voice conversation through the August Home App.


Many great August and Yale Locks are already available for purchase from Alarm Grid, including some mentioned in this post. Our offerings include:


We gotta say it was a great ISC West 2019 for Assa Abloy. We're really excited about their August and Yale Locks, and we hope you are too! Remember to stick to our blog for the latest updates from ISC West 2019.

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Welcome to Day 2 of ISC West 2019 DIYers! We just got a great look at the Interlogix booth. The company really impressed us with what they have in the pipeline. In particular, their new Simon XTi-5i and Simon XTX Alarm Systems should be a great match for budget-conscious consumers.


The Simon XTi-5i and Simon XTX both provide support for up to 80 wireless zones. These systems can both interface with the upcoming lineup of encrypted Interlogix Sensors. Additionally, they are also backwards compatible with the company's existing 319.5 MHz sensors, as well as those from Qolsys. Interlogix states that the encrypted sensors should provide a wireless range of up to 1,600 feet in open air.



Modeled after the current Simon XTi-5, the new Simon XTi-5i features a 5-inch touchscreen. End users will also be able to customize the appearance of the menus with various color options. The touchscreen controls feel similar to the company's current offerings. If you have used an Interlogix Simon XTi or XTi-5 before, then you know what to expect. The system also offers voice annunciation and chime functionality for announcing system status changes. Please note that the name on the display reads "Simon XTi-5 V2". However, we confirmed with Interlogix that the new system is indeed called the Simon XTi-5i.


The Simon XTX is a touch pad alarm panel with a small LCD display. The numbers light up when they are available, which will help DIY users in navigating the menus. The panel's side features a bright LED light bar that changes color based on the current system status. Just like it's big brother the XTi-5i, the XTX offers 80 zones, as well as voice and chime support. Overall, it looks like a solid option for users who want a simple, affordable alarm system.


Both the Simon XTi-5i and the Simon XTX will utilize Z-Wave Plus technology that is provided through an Alarm.com Cellular Radio. Interlogix was also eager to show-off their new command buttons. These buttons can be easily mounted with double-sided foam tape, which is perfect for self-installations. Each individual button can perform up to three unique smart scenes, which are selected based on how long you hold the button.


The new panels will also support the upcoming Simon 5" TouchScreen V2 Keypad. This keypad offers easy to navigate menus and a bright and vibrant customizable display. Up to four keypads can be added to either a Simon XTi-5i or a Simon XTX.


Overall, we are very pleased with the new offerings from Interlogix. We will keep you posted with more information from ISC West 2019 soon. Stay posted!

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