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Hi DIYers! We have a small video recap this week, as only four (4) new videos were produced. But they're really good ones from Jorge and Jarrett, who both had two (2) each. They're here to help you learn how to use your security system. Let's check out the new videos for June 18th thru 21st.

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Locations Suitable for Installing Heat Detectors

Jorge discusses the rooms in a home that are better-suited for standalone heat detectors than traditional smoke detectors. Normally, a user will use smoke detectors because they will detect a fire more quickly. But there are some rooms where it is better to use a heat detector, as a smoke detector may lead to false alarms. Popular locations for heat detectors include kitchens, bathrooms, garages, and attics. There are also combination smoke and heat detectors that use both detection methods.


Resideo Lyric Alarm System Vs. Qolsys IQ Panel 2 Plus

Jorge compares the Resideo Lyric Alarm System and the Qolsys IQ Panel 2 Plus Systems. Both systems are some of the best on the market, and they offer some excellent features. Both offer support for up to 128 zones and feature a 7-inch touchscreen display. The advantages to the IQ Panel 2 Plus include its built-in Z-Wave Plus card, its integrated Alarm.com LTE Cellular Communicator, four (4) partitions, facial recognition, automatic Bluetooth disarming, and the ability to livestream cameras. But the Lyric offers HomeKit support.


Compatible Back-Up Battery for the 2GIG GC3

Jarrett is happy to talk about the backup battery for the 2GIG GC3 Security System. Normally, the system is powered using a plug in transformer. But if the electricity goes out, then a backup battery will keep the system running. The backup battery will slowly store a charge while the system is running on transformer power. That way, it will be ready for a power outage. The backup battery for the 2GIG GC3 is called the 2GIG BATTERY-GC3. The battery will provide up to 24 hours of backup power.


Using an LT-Cable With The Qolsys IQ Panel 2 Plus

Jarrett is back for a second round, as he shows users how to use the Honeywell LT-Cable with the Qolsys IQ Panel 2 Plus. The LT-Cable is a convenient option for providing power to an alarm panel. The wires come pre-prepared and ready to connect with the panel and transformer. All you need is a screwdriver. If you need to cut power to the system, you can unplug the male-female barrel connector. This means that you won't have to unplug the transformer from the wall.

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Hi DIYers! We are excited to announce that there has been a price reduction on the Honeywell SkyBell DBCAM Video Doorbells. You can now get a brand-new video doorbell for your home for just $100. These are excellent video doorbells that are compatible with the Total Connect 2.0 platform.

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The SkyBell DBCAM captures video at up to 1080p quality. The device connects with your home's local WIFI network, and it has a built-in LED light to display current status. Whenever someone rings the doorbell or someone in front of your door sets off the integrated motion detector, you will receive a push alert right to your smartphone. This is great for knowing if your friend has arrived, if the pizza is here, or even if a package thief is trying to make off with your stuff!

If you are an Alarm Grid monitored customer with access to Total Connect 2.0, you can set up the DBCAM to send you alerts right through the TC2 platform. If you don't have service with Alarm Grid, you can still receive mobile alerts for the DBCAM through the SkyBell App. By connecting the device with your local WIFI network, you can get these alerts from anywhere. Whether you're in the backyard or across the planet, you will know exactly what is going on in front of your house!

Please note that this limited time offer is only for the "round" SkyBell DBCAM. Only the "silver" color is being included in this promotion. No other color variant is being offered at a discounted price. Additionally, the SkyBell DBCAM-TRIM and the Alarm.com SkyBell DBCAM are both NOT included in this promotion. Both of those products are still available at their usual prices. This promotion, while supplies last, is strictly for the silver-colored Honeywell SkyBell DBCAM for use with Total Connect 2.0.

Hurry now, and get a brand-new SkyBell DBCAM for your home before they're sold out! This promotion is only being offered while supplies last. If you have any questions, you can always email us at support@alarmgrid.com. We look forward to hearing from you!

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Resideo has announced that the Lyric Gateway System has been discontinued, effective immediately. You can no longer purchase the Gateway from the Alarm Grid website. Fortunately, the vastly superior Lyric Controller is still available for purchase if you decide to go with a Resideo System.

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The Lyric Gateway was a unique system. It offered no option for end user programming. Instead, all programming had to be done remotely by an alarm monitoring company. This did not fit the DIY model of Alarm Grid. As a DIY monitoring company, we try to empower our customers by encouraging them to complete their own programming and learn how their systems work. Because of this, the Lyric Gateway was never a good product for us. We carried it to offer as many options for our customers as possible.

There are a few Alarm Grid customers with active Lyric Gateway Security Systems. We want them to rest assured that we will continue to support their panels for as long as we can. The Gateway System even has an AT&T LTE Communicator available, the Honeywell LYRICLTE-A. Installing and activating this communicator will ensure that a Gateway System can remain monitored for many years to come. Please note that the upcoming Verizon LTE Communicator for the Lyric will not work with the Gateway.

If you are looking for a new Resideo Security System, the Lyric Controller is still the recommended option. This panel is actively being supported with new add-on releases and new firmware updates. This is evidenced by the upcoming Verizon LTE Communicator and the MR9 Firmware Update to support this new module. Even with the new Resideo ProSeries System eventually coming to the market, we expect Resideo to maintain active support for the Lyric and their existing LYNX Touch Systems for a long time. For more information on the MR9 Firmware update, please click here.

If you have any questions about the discontinuation of the Lyric Gateway, please reach out to us at support@alarmgrid.com. We look forward to hearing from you.

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Hi DIYers! We are very happy to announce that software revision 1.09 is now available for the Resideo Lyric Security System. This software revision is more commonly known as firmware update MR9, and it can be downloaded for free by any end user with active alarm monitoring service.

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The biggest addition that comes from firmware update MR9 is support for the upcoming Verizon LTE Communicator. We expect this communicator to be released sometime later this summer. Support for the existing AT&T LTE Communicator is also carried over to MR9. The update can be pushed down from the Resideo AlarmNet Servers and is completely free of charge. In order for the update to take effect, the system must be disarmed, with no trouble conditions present.

If you want to apply the update yourself when the system is disarmed, you can do so by entering the following commands from the main Lyric screen: Security > Tools > Installer Code (default 4112) > Update Firmware. The button will grey out to confirm that it was selected. Then return to the home screen using the return arrow in the upper-right corner. The update process should begin automatically.


Depending on the speed of the communication path, the update process can take anywhere from a few minutes to up to an hour. The system will then reboot to apply the update. If you want to confirm the update, go to Security > Tools > Master Code (default 1234) > Advanced > System Information. The listed Revision on the top line should start with 1.09.

If you want more information about the MR9 update, please check the associated release notes. If you have any further questions about the MR9 update, please reach out to us. The best way to reach us is to email support@alarmgrid.com. We look forward to hearing from you!

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Welcome DIYers! We're here with another video recap, this time covering June 10th thru 14th. It was a great week for our video team, as 10 new videos are ready for viewing. Your favorite Alarm Grid boys Jarrett, Joe and Jorge are all here. Let's check out the newest videos from the team.

Location of the MAC Address on a Honeywell L5210

Jarrett teaches users how to find the MAC address for your Honeywell L5210 Security System. The MAC address is actually associated with the added Honeywell L5100-WIFI Card. You will need to provide this code when activating your WIFI communicator for monitoring service. The code consists of a 12 digit combination of numbers and letters. This code can be found on the box for the L5100-WIFI, on the module itself or inside panel programming. You will also need to provide the CRC code, which is found alongside the MAC address.


Panels That Support Telguard HomeControl Flex

The helpful and friendly Joe talks about which panels support the Telguard HomeControl Flex interactive service. This service is a lot like Total Connect 2.0 and Alarm.com. In order to access this service, you will need an appropriate Telguard Communicator. You will also need active alarm monitoring service. Most Alarm Grid customers access this service using a Telguard TG1-Express. This communicator allows a panel with a phone line to communicate across a cellular network.


Resideo Total Connect 2.0 Recording Limits

Jorge discusses the Resideo Total Connect 2.0 recording limits for Resideo IP Cameras. The limit depends on which type of Resideo IP Cameras you are using with your system. The newer HD camera models allow you to store up to 1,500 clips for up to 30 days. Any clip older than 30 days will be automatically deleted. Additionally, clips are deleted if you reach the 1,500 clip limit. The older, non-HD models allow for 100MB of storage or 7 day, whichever comes first.


SkyBell Video Clip Availability

Jorge explains the SkyBell video clip availability limits for both Total Connect 2.0 and Alarm.com. These services follow completely different rules in this regard. For Total Connect 2.0, clips are stored for seven (7) days. For Alarm.com, it is more complicated. It depends on what type of monitoring plan you have. There will be a limit to the number of total clips you can store on Alarm.com. There will also be a limit on the number of clips your cameras can store per month on Alarm.com.


Learning the Honeywell 5800CO into a Qolsys IQ Panel 2 Plus

The ever-cheeky Joe teaches you how to add a Honeywell 5800CO Carbon Monoxide Sensor into a Qolsys IQ Panel 2 Plus System. You must use the 345 MHz version of the IQ Panel 2 Plus if you want to add a Honeywell 5800CO Sensor. This is the only version of the IQ Panel 2 Plus that can support 345 MHz sensors. This module will provide your home or business with accurate and reliable detection of potentially lethal carbon monoxide gas.


Flood Sensor Notifications from a Lyric via Apple HomeKit

Jarrett is back, and he explains why you cannot receive flood sensor notifications from Apple HomeKit when the sensor is used with a Lyric Controller. HomeKit only provides detailed Lyric notifications regarding security sensors. A flood sensor is not a security sensor. That is why it is important to still use Total Connect 2.0 even if you start using Apple HomeKit with the system. The Total Connect 2.0 platform will provide you with specific notifications for any zone type.


Learning the 5808W3 into a Qolsys IQ Panel 2 Plus

Jorge teaches users how to add a 5808W3 Smoke and Heat Detector with a Qolsys IQ Panel 2 Plus Security System. This smoke detector can only be added to IQ Panel 2 Plus Systems that support the 345 MHz wireless frequency. The 5808W3 provides reliable smoke and heat detection for a home or business. It can also be used for low temperature detection. A built-in 85 dB sounder is integrated with the sensor for alerting building occupants.


Products Supported on the Alarm.com Platform

Jorge explains which products are supported by the Alarm.com interactive service. To use Alarm.com, you will need a system with an Alarm.com Cellular Communicator. You will also need a Gold Plan or higher from Alarm Grid. By accessing Alarm.com, you can arm and disarm your system, check current system status, control smart home devices and more. You can access this service remotely using the Alarm.com Mobile App on Android and iOS devices.


Image Sensor and Alarm Panel Compatibility

Awesome Joe covers image sensor and alarm panel compatibility. Image sensors are like motion detecting sensors, except they also have a built-in camera. When an image sensor detects movement, it will produce a photo. This photo can be sent to an interactive service platform like Total Connect 2.0 or Alarm.com. If you have the TC2 or ADC mobile app, you can get this image remotely. This is perfect for verifying if a crime or emergency is occurring in your home or business.

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Hi DIYers! Have you activated your 3G or 4G cellular communicator yet? If not, you are running out of time. All 3G and 4G communicators must be activated by June 26, 2019 for AlarmNet and June 30, 2019 for Alarm.com. After that, it will no longer be possible to activate these modules.

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This is your very last chance to purchase a 3G or 4G communicator. If you wait much longer, we won't be able to guarantee that it will arrive to your address in time for you to install and activate it. And if you are still sitting on a 3G or 4G communicator, the time to activate it is now. You should reach out to Alarm Grid as soon as possible to get started with monitoring service. The following plans will work for cellular communication - Gold, Self-Gold, Platinum, Self-Platinum, Cellular-Only. Please read this blog post for more information about our monitoring plans.

Alarm Grid is still holding a sale on the iGSMV4G Communicator and the iGSMV4G-TC2 Kit. These products are currently available for $50 and $60, respectively. Buying a iGSMV4G from Alarm Grid right now is a strong choice if you want to get a VISTA Series System connected for cellular monitoring service for a very affordable price. More information about this sale can be found in this recent blog post.

Keep in mind that deactivating a communicator and then reactivating it counts as activating. If you discontinue monitoring service at any time after June 26th for AlarmNet and Total Connect 2.0 or June 30th for Alarm.com, you will not be able to reactivate your old 3G or 4G communicator. This is something to consider if you expect that you may move or relocate your system sometime in the near future. At this time, it is no longer possible to activate a CDMA communicator.

Remember, a 3G, 4G, or CDMA communicator is only a temporary solution at this point. AT&T will be shutting down their 3G/4G cellular network in February 2022, and Verizon is expected to shutdown their CDMA network around this time as well. Any already-activated alarm monitoring communicator that connects with one of these cellular networks provide reliable monitoring service until that time. After that, it will be obsolete.

Getting a 3G or 4G communicator in the next few days for a quick activation is a viable option. However, the best option is to get an LTE cellular communicator for your system. Both AT&T and Verizon have stated that they will support their LTE networks for many years to come. An LTE cellular radio is the best way to ensure that your security system will receive fast and reliable monitoring service well into the very distant future. We have many LTE communicators available for purchase on our website.

If you need help choosing a communicator, or if you are trying to activate a communicator before the cut-off date, please contact us as soon as you can. The best way to get a hold of us is to email us at support@alarmgrid.com. Our team will check your email at our earliest convenience and respond as soon as possible. If you would prefer to call us, we are available at (888) 818-7728. Remember that our business hours are 9am to 8pm EST M-F. You must schedule an activation during these hours. We look forward to hearing from you and activating your system for monitoring service.

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Alarm Grid is aware that the Total Connect 2.0 Service from Resideo was experiencing server problems last night. Users were unable to login, and notifications from TC2 were delayed. The issue has since been identified and fixed by Resideo. We apologize for any inconvenience this caused.


We do not expect any further issues to occur. However, if you notice any problems with Total Connect 2.0, we encourage you to report them to us at your earliest convenience. The best way to notify us is to email support@alarmgrid.com. We will check your email and report back to you as soon as possible.

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Hi DIYers! We have a tip today that might seem obvious, but it is absolutely crucial to remember. Our tip for everyone is to protect their Total Connect 2.0 or Alarm.com information. This means not sharing your username or password with anyone who should not access your account or your home.




Total Connect 2.0 and Alarm.com both allow users to Arm and Disarm their systems from anywhere. Giving someone access to your TC2 or ADC account is basically the same as giving someone your system's Master Code. In fact, it can be even worse. If you use these services for smart home automation to control smart locks, then a hacked account is essentially a key to your home. An intruder won't even have to break open a window. They can unlock your door, Disarm your system, and walk right in.

It's not enough to just protect your TC2 and ADC username and password. You must also protect your associated email address and your phone. Total Connect 2.0 and Alarm.com allow users to reset their passwords through their email and text messages. A hacked email or stolen phone can also be a major concern for your security. We recommend using Touch ID and/or Facial Recognition on your phone if possible. This will help protect your account from a security breach in the event of a stolen phone.

One thing you can do is enable the "Prompt for User Code" feature on TC2. This feature requires that the associated user code is provided when you Arm or Disarm from your phone. If an intruder gets your login information, they won't be able to Arm or Disarm your system from the TC2 Website or App unless they also know your secret code. However, an intruder will be able to find this code if they gain access to your phone. Additionally, ADC does not offer this feature at this time.

If your TC2 or ADC account becomes compromised, or if your email is hacked or your phone is stolen, you should contact us immediately. Anyone who accesses your TC2 or ADC account can change your password to keep you out. But you will still have Alarm Grid on your side. Only you know your false alarm passcode, and only you can contact us to make changes to your account. We will make the necessary adjustments on the dealer's end of TC2 or ADC to ensure that your account is protected.

Remember, such data breaches can have very serious consequences. Always make sure to keep your account information safe. Never share your username, password or email account information with anyone who should not have access to your home. Only share it with individuals you absolutely trust. And if you aren't sure your information is safe, make sure to change your account password immediately. Contact us at support@alarmgrid.com ASAP if you experience any problems. We're here to help ensure that your home or business is always kept safe. Do your part and protect your information.

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Hi DIYers. We have a relatively small video recap this time. Our team managed to make four (4) new videos. This includes three (3) from Jorge and one (1) from Jarrett. They are both ready and eager to help you learn your security system. Let's check out the new videos for this week.

Arming a Honeywell Alarm System Using Alexa

Jorge talks about how you can use Amazon Alexa to Arm your Honeywell Security System. This is made possible using Total Connect 2.0. You must open the Alexa App on your Android or iOS device and link your Total Connect 2.0 account. In order to use Total Connect 2.0, you will need an alarm monitoring plan that includes access to the service. You can use Alexa to Arm Away, Arm Stay and activate TC2 smart scenes. You cannot use Alexa to Disarm your system.


Low Battery Supervision On The 2GIG TAKE-345

Jorge explains how if your 2GIG TAKE-345 has a low backup battery, then all the associated zones will show a low-battery trouble condition. The 2GIG TAKE-345 is a wired to wireless converter designed for use with 2GIG Security Panels. Hardwired sensors connect with the TAKE-345. The module then sends a 2GIG 345 MHz Signal to the panel. The system sees these sensors as wireless sensors. If the 2GIG TAKE-345 has a low battery, then the associated wireless zones will show low battery. You cannot use hardwired life-safety sensors with the TAKE-345.


Getting Power To The Lyric Security System

Jarrett teaches users how to power the Resideo Lyric Alarm System. The system receives primary power from a plug-in DC transformer. If the electricity goes out, a backup battery will keep it powered on. There are 4-hour and 24-hour backup battery options available. We recommend using a Honeywell LT-Cable to connect the panel to its transformer. You can also use 18-gauge, 2-conductor wire to complete the connection. The system will power off if it is not receiving plug-in or battery power.


Testing My Alarm Panel Through Alarm Grid

Jorge explains how Alarm Grid customers can test their security systems. We recommend testing your system monthly. You must test your system once per year to receive an updated certificate of alarm (CoA). By receiving a CoA from Alarm Grid, you can save money on your homeowner's insurance. You must always put your system on test mode before testing your system. You can put your system on test mode by contacting us, contacting our central station partner Criticom, or use the MyAlarms.com feature.

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Resideo will be pushing down an over-the-air (OTA) firmware update for all AlarmNet LTE Communicators later this month. This update will go through automatically, and it should not affect your monitoring service in any fashion. The update will be applied sometime later this month.

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This update only affects the communicator, not the panel itself. The updates will be applied automatically in batches until it has been applied to every Resideo LTE Communicator. First the Verizon LTE Radios will be updated, followed by the AT&T LTE Radios. Resideo will start each update cycle with batches of units that were registered first. The company will follow a sequential order, finishing with batches of units that were registered last. Any new unit that is activated will be placed at the end of the cycle.

It is possible that your system may reboot as part of this update process. However, it should resume normal operation after the update is complete. Additionally, you may notice the following contact ID codes in your Event Log on Total Connect 2.0:

Contact ID
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E365 Update Started
R365 Update Finished
E366 Update Failed

Resideo says that this update will allow their LTE communicators to interact more effectively with the cellular network. Users should expect this update to go through sometime later this month. We do not have an exact date as to when the update process will begin. If you have any questions about this update, please contact us at support@alarmgrid.com for more information.

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