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Welcome to the first post of February 2020 from Alarm Grid! Our video team wrapped up January quite nicely by releasing four (4) new videos right at the end of the month. We have three (3) new videos from Joe, plus one (1) from Jorge. We hope that you find them helpful. Let's check them out!

Qolsys IQ Panel 2 Can be Self-Monitored

Jorge explains how the Qolsys IQ Panel 2 Plus can be self-monitored using Alarm.com. Self-monitoring means that the system is not connected with a central monitoring station, and the user sets up text and/or email notifications regarding system events. It will then be up to the end user to contact the authorities if any help is needed. Alarm Grid offers self monitoring plans, which can be seen on our alarm monitoring page. These self plans are great for users who don't necessarily benefit from central station monitoring, but who still want to be alerted to system events.


Calibrating an Alarm.com Camera for Video Analytics

Joe demonstrates the process for setting up an Alarm.com Camera for Alarm.com Video Analytics. This process is required for the Alarm.com ADC-V622-WELL and the Alarm.com ADC-V723. The calibration process helps ensure that ADC Video Analytics works as effectively as possible and that alerts will be sent as desired. You can likely complete the calibration process in just a few minutes, though it can be helpful to have an assistant work with you too, as having a second pair of hands can really come in handy!


Installing a Honeywell 7847i On A VISTA P-Series Panel

Joe completes the process of installing a Honeywell 7847i IP Communicator on a Honeywell VISTA P-Series Panel. This module allows the system to communicate with the AlarmNet Servers for monitoring service. The user will also be able to control their system through Total Connect 2.0 if the service is included in their alarm monitoring plan. The communicator uses a hardwired ethernet connection for IP service. It is also possible to use this module for wireless internet connectivity by adding an ethernet to WIFI bridge.


Installing a Honeywell 7847i On A VISTA Turbo Panel

Joe adds a Honeywell 7847i IP Communicator to a VISTA TURBO Panel. Examples of VISTA TURBO Panels include the Honeywell VISTA-128BPT and the Honeywell VISTA-250BPT. The Honeywell 7847i connects with a VISTA TURBO Panel using a 4-wire connection. Keep in mind that this communicator is for IP only. An internet outage will take the system offline, as this module does not offer any cellular backup. You may want to get a backup battery for your IP router to keep it online during power outages.

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We're back with another weekly video recap! This time, we have four (4) new videos to show-off. All of them were uploaded right at the end of the week. Good for our video team for rallying! There are three (3) videos with Joe, and one (1) with Jarrett. Let's take a look at the videos!

Overview - Alarm.com Video Analytics

Joe bows before providing a helpful overview of Alarm.com Video Analytics. This is a feature offered with most of the newer Alarm.com Security Cameras, and it is something you will definitely want to take advantage of if you use Alarm.com for video monitoring. By using Video Analytics, you can have Alarm.com alert you for suspicious activity, while ignoring routine events that don't warrant your attention. Please note that you will need to have the feature enabled by your monitoring company that provides you with Alarm.com service.


Using a Honeywell 4219 Zone Expander on a VISTA-50P

Joe explains how you cannot use a Honeywell 4219 Zone Expander with a Honeywell VISTA-50P Security System. The Honeywell VISTA-50P is a polling loop system that can support addressable V-Plex Polling Loop Sensors when a compatible polling loop zone expander is added to the system. Only compatible polling loop expanders can be added to the VISTA-50P. You cannot add a regular hardwired zone expander like the Honeywell 4219. The Honeywell 4219 is for VISTA Low P-Series Panels only. Compatible polling loop zone expanders for the VISTA-50P include the Honeywell 4208SN and the Honeywell 4208U.

Demonstration of Glass Break Simulator

Joe shows you how to use a glass break simulator to test your glass break sensors. A glass break sensor will activate upon hearing the low-pitched "thud" of an object striking against glass, along with the high-pitched "shattering" of glass breaking. By using a glass break simulator, you can properly test your glass break sensors, without having to actually break any glass. This is the best way to test your glass break sensors. The glass break simulator Joe uses in this video is the Honeywell FG701.

Disabling the Internal Siren on a Qolsys IQ Panel 2

Scrublord Jarrett takes time out of his busy schedule to show you how to disable the siren for your Qolsys IQ Panel 2 Plus System so that it no longer activates. This will affect the system's internal sounder, as well as any external sirens you have added to the system. By disabling the siren, your Qolsys IQ Panel 2 Plus System will not make any sounds during alarm events. In order to disable the siren, you will need to know either the Installer Code or the Dealer Code for the system. These codes are 1111 and 2222 by default, respectively.

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It's time for another video recap from Alarm Grid! Our video team only managed to put up a few new videos last week, but we think they will be really helpful. We always appreciate our viewers who take the time to subscribe to our channel and support our videos. Let's check out the new ones!

The Number of Wireless Zones On a Qolsys IQ Panel 2

Jorge explains how many wireless zones are available on a Qolsys IQ Panel 2 System. All versions of the IQ Panel 2 support up to 128 wireless zones. The original IQ Panel 2 can only support 319.5 MHz wireless sensors. The newer IQ Panel 2 Plus System can support PowerG Sensors, plus one of three (3) legacy sensor frequencies. These legacy sensor frequencies include 319.5 MHz, 345 MHz, and 433 MHz. Make sure you purchase the correct version of the IQ Panel 2 Plus based on the legacy sensors you want to support.


The Number of IQ Key Fob Devices Supported by a Qolsys IQ Panel 2

Jorge mentions that you can technically use up to 128 Qolsys Key Fob devices on a Qolsys IQ Panel 2 System. Each Qolsys IQ Fob-S uses one (1) single system zone. And since the IQ Panel 2 supports up to 128 zones, you can theoretically use a maximum of 128 IQ Fob-S devices on a system. Remember that since the Qolsys IQ Fob-S operates at 319.5 MHz, it will only work with the 319.5 MHz version of the IQ Panel 2 Plus and the original Qolsys IQ Panel 2 System.


Viewing a Live Video Feed On the Qolsys IQ Panel 2

Jorge shows you how to view the live video feed for a compatible Alarm.com Security Camera directly from a Qolsys IQ Panel 2 System. You must make sure that the Alarm.com Camera you are using is compatible with this feature. Most of the newer Alarm.com Cameras with Video Analytics support the feature. Additionally, the IQ Panel 2 System will need to be running a high enough firmware version. If the system needs a firmware update, you can always check out Qolsys IQ Panel 2 Plus Firmware Update Page for more information.

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Our video team was hard at work last week after their new year break. We put up several new videos, mostly featuring Jorge. We hope that you enjoy these new videos and find them super helpful. Remember, we make these videos to help you out. Let's take a look at our newest videos!


The Honeywell Home 6290W Works With a VISTA Alarm System

Joe explains how you can use a Honeywell 6290W Touchscreen Keypad with a Honeywell VISTA Security System. The Honeywell 6290W is perfect for anyone who wants to add touchscreen operation and control to their VISTA Panel. Many new users prefer touchscreen keypads because they are easier to operate and less intimidating than traditional push-button keypads. The 6290W connects to the panel just like any other keypad. It must be addressed before using. More information on addressing can be found here.


Using Motions with a Qolsys IQ Panel 2

Jorge talks about using motion detection sensors with a Qolsys IQ Panel 2 Plus System. All versions of the Qolsys IQ Panel 2 Plus can support PowerG Motion Sensors. These systems can also support one of three (3) different legacy sensor frequencies (319.5 MHz, 345 MHz, and 433 MHz). The legacy sensor frequency supported by your IQ Panel 2 Plus will depend on which version of the system you get. Meanwhile, the original IQ Panel 2 can only support 319.5 MHz motion sensors.


Using a Qolsys IQ Panel 2 Without a Phone Line

Jorge discusses how the Qolsys IQ Panel 2 Plus does not use a phone line for monitoring. Phone line communication was traditionally used with alarm systems, mostly before the rise of cellular and IP monitoring. However, it is rarely used today. This is largely because phone line connectivity is known for being very slow and unreliable. Qolsys knew that phone line communication was mostly an archaic technology, so they did not even make phone line monitoring possible for the IQ2.


Setting Up WIFI & Cell on a Qolsys IQ Panel 2

Jorge shows you how to set up WIFI and cellular communication for an IQ Panel 2 Plus. The system has a built-in LTE cellular communicator and an integrated WIFI card for connecting with Alarm.com. The cellular communication path must be set up per Alarm.com requirements. By connecting the system to a local WIFI network, the panel will utilize dual-path monitoring with both WIFI and cellular. This means that the system will send out signals across both WIFI and cellular when communicating with Alarm.com.


Self Install a Qolsys IQ Panel 2 and Still Get Monitoring

Jorge mentions how you can install your own IQ Panel 2 Plus System and still get monitoring service from Alarm Grid. The Qolsys IQ Panel 2 Plus is a very easy system to install, and the entire process can be completed using only a screwdriver. At Alarm Grid, we do not care whether you install the system yourself or hire a professional installer to do it for you. By installing your own security system, you can save a lot of money.


Rebooting The Qolsys IQ Panel 2

Jorge demonstrates the process for rebooting the Qolsys IQ Panel 2 System. Rebooting the panel refers to a reset, in which the system will power down and then automatically power back on. This is something that you may need to do as a troubleshooting step or for making sure that a new firmware update has been applied. The rebooting process can be completed from the system menus, without having to disconnect the system's transformer or backup battery.

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Alarm.com users have some new features to enjoy. The platform now lets users easily share and save highlight videos, and you can now perform Alarm.com Smart Scenes directly from the an Apple Watch. We are sure that many users out there will want to take advantage of these great features!


The Alarm.com video highlights feature was first introduced last year, though we never really mentioned it in our blog. Basically, Alarm.com keeps track of different events and arranges them into a "highlight reel" for you to review. Any Alarm.com user with Video Analytics enabled on their account can take advantage of this feature. You will need to have version 4.10.3 or higher of the Alarm.com Mobile App to view highlights on your Android or iOS device. Remember that you can update to the latest version from the Apple App Store or the Google Play Store.

Alarm.com includes the following events into highlight reels:

If you have Video Analytics enabled on your Alarm.com account, then you can conveniently view your daily highlight reel from either the Alarm.com Mobile App or website. Each individual "event" in the highlight reel can be selected by tapping its associated thumbnail. And you can tap the double arrow to switch to the highlight reel for a previous day.


The reason why we're just now bringing up Alarm.com Highlights is because the platform now allows users to conveniently download and share highlight reels directly from the Alarm.com Mobile App. You can download your daily highlight reel to save it for permanent use. You can also click the Share button to conveniently send it to a friend via text message or email, or you can upload it to various social media platforms.


The other new Alarm.com feature we briefly wanted to mention is the new ability to perform smart scenes from an Apple Watch. With just a few taps, you can adjust your lights, thermostats, door locks, and more. Now you can have total control right on your wrist! Please note that scenes will need to be set up using the Alarm.com Mobile App or website before you can initiate them from your Apple Watch.

Remember that you need to have an alarm monitoring plan with Alarm.com service to take advantage of these great features. If you don't have Alarm.com service yet, then you should check out our monitoring page to learn more. Keep in mind that you will need a Gold or Platinum Plan (Self or Full) if you intend on using Alarm.com with Alarm Grid. If you have any questions, you can always email us at support@alarmgrid.com or call us at (888) 818-7728. Remember that our support hours run from 9am to 8pm ET M-F. We look forward to hearing from you.

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Back on December 27th, we uploaded a few new videos that we never got around to covering in a recap. We figured now was as good of a time as any to cover these videos. We have two (2) videos featuring Jorge, and one (1) video featuring Jarrett. We hope that you find them helpful!

Also, if you were expecting more videos, don't worry! Our video team is hard at work putting together some new content for you to check out. We expect that it will be ready in the next few days. And we should have an even bigger video recap next week. Anyway, on with the videos!

Using Alarm.com with a Qolsys IQ Panel 2

Jorge explains how you can use the Alarm.com platform with a Qolsys IQ Panel 2 Plus System. In order to do this, you will need to activate the system with a monitoring plan that includes access to Alarm.com. By accessing your Alarm.com account, you can arm and disarm the system, check its current status, control Z-Wave smart home devices, view the live feed for Alarm.com Cameras, and more. You can access your ADC account using a web browser or the Alarm.com Mobile App.


Connecting an Android Phone to a Qolsys IQ Panel 2

Jorge covers the process for using an Android Phone to operate a Qolsys IQ Panel 2 Plus System. This is done using the Alarm.com Mobile App. The app can be downloaded for free from the Google Play Store. Once you have the app, you can provide your Alarm.com account information to begin controlling your system remotely. This way, you can access your Qolsys IQ Panel 2 Plus System whether you are across the street or across the globe!


Activating Panic Mode on a Honeywell Lyric Alarm System

Jarrett teaches you how to activate a panic on a Honeywell Lyric Security System. The Lyric has a red button on the front of the panel that can be pressed and held to open a panic menu. You will then be able to trigger an alarm on the system. This can be really useful if you have central station monitoring service, and you are currently experiencing an emergency situation. The Lyric allows you to trigger police, medical, fire, and local panics. Alarms can be silent or audible.

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With all the hustle and bustle of the recent holidays, it was impossible for us to do a video recap last week. In fact, we haven't done one in more than two weeks! But we're back now with some recent videos to check out. Here's the Alarm Grid video recap for December 17th thru 26th.


Batteries Used in the Resideo SiXCT Sensors

Jarrett explains how a Resideo SiXCT Sensor for a Honeywell Lyric Alarm System uses a single lithium 3V CR123A battery. This is also known as a camera battery. The SiXCT Sensors have an expected battery life of about five (5) years with standard usage. Eventually, the battery must be replaced with a new one. This process can be easily completed by the end user. The Lyric will show a low battery trouble condition for the associated wireless zone when a new battery is needed.


Range on a Qolsys IQ Panel 2 Plus Security System

Jorge covers the wireless range for a Qolsys IQ Panel 2 Plus System. The wireless range for the system depends on what type of device is communicating with the panel. The DSC PowerG Sensors can communicate with the IQ Panel 2 Plus from up to 2,000 feet away. Most legacy RF sensors will work from a maximum distance of 100 feet to 300 feet away depending on the sensor. A Z-Wave Plus device can communicate from up to 50 to 60 feet between signal hops.


Contents of the Qolsys IQ Panel 2 Plus Kits

Jorge details all of the items that are included in the Qolsys IQ Panel 2 Plus Kits from Alarm Grid. These kits include everything that is needed for monitoring service. Every kit includes a new Qolsys IQ Panel 2 Plus System, some door and window contact sensors, and a motion detecting sensor. The IQ Panel 2 Plus comes with a built-in cellular communicator, a desk stand, a transformer, a backup battery, and a power cable. As a result, those items are also included in a system kit.


Only One Battery Pack Can Be Used in a Lyric Alarm System

Jarrett teaches users how only one battery pack can be used in a Honeywell Lyric Security System. The Lyric only has one battery port available for a backup battery pack. And even if you could connect a second battery, then doing so would likely draw too much AC power from the panel and prevent it from working properly. The Lyric has two backup battery options available. These are the Honeywell LCP500-4B with up to 4 hours of backup, and the Honeywell LCP500-24B with up to 24 hours of backup.

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It's time for another video recap from Alarm Grid! We're covering the five (5) new videos from last week, December 9th thru 13th. We have new videos featuring Jarrett, Jorge, and Joe. We hope that you find them helpful as usual. Let's check out the newest videos from the Alarm Grid team!


Motion Sensors That Work With the LYNX Touch L7000

Jarrett explains which wireless motion sensors work with the Honeywell LYNX Touch L7000 System. The L7000 will support wireless 345 MHz motion sensors from the Honeywell 5800 Series. Some of the most popular motion sensors to use with this system include the Honeywell 5800PIR-RES and the Honeywell 5800PIR-COM. These motion sensors can be auto-enrolled with the panel. Remember that each wireless motion sensor will take up at least one wireless zone on the system. Some motion sensors may use additional zones for extra features, such as low temperature detection.


Connection Used by the Honeywell Home 6290W

Joe outlines how the Honeywell Home 6290W Touchscreen Keypad connects with a Honeywell VISTA Security Panel. The keypad uses a four (4) wire connection, and it is wired in at the designated terminals on the main panel board. Two (2) of the wires are for power, and the others are for data transmission. You should power down the panel completely before connecting the keypad. Once you power the VISTA Panel back on, the Honeywell Home 6290W Keypad should power on as well.


The Best Keypad For The VISTA 20P

Jarrett covers which keypad is best for a Honeywell VISTA 20P Alarm Panel. If you are looking for a first keypad for the system, then we recommend the Honeywell 6160RF. This will serve as an Alphanumeric keypad for programming the system. It also has a built-in wireless transceiver that will allow you to start using wireless 345 MHz sensors from the Honeywell 5800 Series. Subsequent keypads can be either Alphanumeric 6160 Keypads, Fixed English 6150 Keypads, or even touchscreen keypads like the Honeywell 6290W or Honeywell Tuxedo Touch.


Overview - Qolsys S-Line Encryption

Jorge provides an overview of the Qolsys S-Line Encryption that is used with Qolsys S-Line Sensors when paired with a Qolsys IQ Panel 2. These sensors communicate using encrypted wireless 319.5 MHz transmissions that operate on a rolling code basis. Every time an encrypted S-Line Sensor communicates with an IQ Panel 2, the system must send an encrypted response back to the sensor for the command to go through. This encrypted code is only known by the sensor and the panel. The sensor will then "roll" to the next encrypted code for the following transmission.


Controlling Lights w/ a Qolsys IQ Panel 2

Jorge teaches users how they can control smart lights using a Qolsys IQ Panel 2 System. This system has a built-in Z-Wave Plus controller for supporting Z-Wave lights. Any Z-Wave light that is paired with the IQ Panel 2 can be controlled directly from the system or from a paired IQ Remote Touchscreen Keypad. If you have the system monitored, then you can also control the lights remotely using the Alarm.com Mobile App on your phone. You will need to have an alarm monitoring plan that includes access to Alarm.com for automation.

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It's time for the much-anticipated Alarm Grid video recap! Our video team made four (4) new videos last week. Most of them feature Jorge, but our ever helpful pal Jarrett snuck in and did one as well! We hope you find these videos helpful. Here's the recap for December 4th thru 6th.

Connecting to the Qolsys IQ Panel 2 with an iPad

Jorge shows you how to control a Qolsys IQ Panel 2 Plus using an iPad through Alarm.com. In order to do this, you will need to gain access to Alarm.com by signing up for a compatible monitoring plan. Once you have accessed Alarm.com, you can arm and disarm your system, check its current status, control Z-Wave devices, activate smart scenes, and so much more. You can also do this from your phone by using the Alarm.com Mobile App!


Installing the Resideo LTE-IV on a VISTA P-Series System

Jarrett spends 27 minutes installing the Resideo LTE-IV onto a VISTA Series Panel. The Resideo LTE-IV is great, as it provides fast and reliable monitoring service for a VISTA System through the Verizon LTE Network. You will also be able to control your system through Total Connect 2.0. This is a super convenient platform that allows you to arm and disarm and check system status from pretty much anywhere using an app on your phone. How cool is that?


Adding an IQ Motion to a Qolsys IQ Panel 2

Jorge teaches you how to enroll an IQ Motion Sensor to a Qolsys IQ Panel 2. This is a 319.5 MHz wireless motion sensor that offers a coverage area of 30 feet by 40 feet. It can communicate with the panel from up to 600 feet away. This gives you great flexibility in choosing a mounting location. The motion sensor also offers pet immunity for small animals weighing up to 40 pounds. Remember to test the motion sensor after installing!

Connecting My Qolsys IQ Panel 2 to WIFI

Jorge explains how to connect the Qolsys IQ Panel 2 System to a WIFI network. The Qolsys IQ Panel 2 uses WIFI as one of its communication paths for connecting with the Alarm.com Servers. The great thing about WIFI is that it is generally very fast and pretty reliable as well. You can conveniently pair it with a 2.4 GHz or a 5 GHz WIFI network. Just remember that you will also need to activate the cellular communicator, per Alarm.com requirements.

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Actress Anna Faris, known for her comedic roles, suffered from a not-so-funny incident over the recent Thanksgiving Holiday. The actress and 12 members of her family were the victims of a carbon monoxide (CO) gas incident. The incident occurred in a North Lake Tahoe cabin they were renting.

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A representative from the North Tahoe Fire Protection District stated that the vacation cabin had carbon monoxide levels as high as 55 parts per million (ppm). Long-term indoor exposure should be no higher than 15 ppm. The structure did not have any carbon monoxide sensors installed to indicate such danger. Nevada state law requires CO alarms in all family dwellings.

Thankfully, Anna Faris and her family are okay following the incident. However, two of her family members visited the local emergency room. Doctors diagnosed them with CO poisoning, and they were perfectly fine after receiving some care. Firefighters from the North Tahoe FD immediately rushed to the cabin and saved Ms. Faris and her accompanying family shortly thereafter.

According to North Lake Tahoe Fire Official Erin Holland, the CO levels indicated inside the building would have caused a "fatality in a short period of time" had the rescue team not intervened. Faris made sure to send her sincere gratitude to the North Tahoe FD following the incident.

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We have spoken about the dangers of carbon monoxide gas many times on the Alarm Grid blog. The odorless and tasteless gas kills hundreds of people every year in the United States. If it weren't for the quick work of local firefighters, a talented actress and her family may have fallen victim as well. They are lucky to be alive, and the rescue team deserves praise for the fact that any exposure was kept as minimal as possible.

As you know by now, it is crucial to have carbon monoxide sensors installed in your home. Ideally, you should have CO detectors enrolled with your security system. By pairing these devices with a system that has active monitoring service, you and/or a central station can receive alerts regarding any of your CO sensors that activate while you are away.

If your home has hardwired high-voltage CO sensors (as is required in most jurisdictions), you can indirectly integrate these devices with your alarm system using a wireless takeover listening module. We offer variants for 345 MHz, and 433 MHz wireless alarm systems. And if you don't have hardwired CO detectors in your home, then we sell plenty of standalone units that pair directly with alarm panels like any other sensor.

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When traveling, make sure that all on-site CO sensors and smoke detectors are working properly. If you have any doubts, ask the building operators to perform a test. This is a reasonable request that any property manager should be able to accommodate. Please note that we ARE NOT suggesting that you bring canned CO gas or canned smoke on an airplane for testing purposes. That could get you into a lot of trouble. Make arrangements for on-site testing, without bringing your own supplies.

It may also be a good idea to buy a cheap conventional battery-operated carbon monoxide sensor when you get to your vacation site. It may turn out that the place you visit does not have CO detectors. This was the case with Anna Faris and her family. We do not sell standalone battery-operated CO detectors on our website. But you can get most models between $10 and $20 from most department and hardware stores. Some models will even show you the detected parts per million for CO gas! If you are staying in a larger property, you may want to obtain multiple sensors.

Remember that our goal at Alarm Grid is to keep you and your loved ones safe. If you ever need help choosing a carbon monoxide sensor for your system, or if you would like to learn more about how we can monitor your home, please email us at support@alarmgrid.com. You are also invited to call us at (888) 818-7728 during our usual business hours of 9am to 8pm ET M-F. We look forward to hearing from you!

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