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Intro to the 2GIG GC2

The 2GIG Go!Control, also referred to as the GC2, is an incredibly versatile security panel with many uses and capabilities. But as an alarm system, its main function consists of interacting with a variety of different sensors. Each sensor is programmed with the GC2 System individually. The system can readily interface with a large number of wireless sensors as needed. However, the sensor programming process for the GC2 System is a little different from most other wireless security panels. This guide will help you with every step necessary to get sensors up and running with a 2GIG GC2 Alarm System.

The Panel - Basic Information

Before attempting to program a 2GIG GC2 Panel, it is helpful to know a little bit about the system. The GC2 is an all-in-one alarm system with a built-in 3.75" by 2.25" touchscreen controller. This makes it easy for the user to navigate between menus and make programming adjustments. The panel includes an integrated wireless receiver, allowing any sensor with a wireless frequency of 345 MHz to interface with the system. This is famously the same wireless frequency used by Honeywell 5800 Series Sensors. This means that any Honeywell 5800 Series Sensor and any 2GIG Sensor can communicate with the system. Finally, the GC2 Panel provides 60 different wireless zones for setting up wireless sensors with the system. It also includes two built-in hardwired zones and a Z-Wave controller for smart home devices.

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Accessing System Configuration - Zone Programming

In order to set up any wireless sensor with a GC2 System, the user must access the System Configuration Menu. The System Configuration Menu is also sometimes referred to as Zone Programming. This menu serves as the primary hub for learning-in new sensors. Accessing this menu is key for setting up a GC2 Panel.

To access System Configuration, start from the home screen of the GC2 System. Press the Go!Control icon in the bottom-right corner of the screen. Then enter the Installer Code for the system. The default Installer Code for a GC2 Panel is 1561. We recommend keeping the Installer Code at the default so that you do not become locked out of programming later. After entering in the Installer Code, choose the option "System Configuration". This will take you to the System Configuration Menu.

Navigating System Configuration - Selections, Questions and Sub-Questions

The System Configuration screen (shown in the picture below) consists of a numerical keypad, four arrows, and buttons labeled "go to", "skip", "sum", "esc" and "end". Depending upon the current selection, different buttons may be available. The system uses question-based programming that may seem a little confusing to new users. But once you know how to navigate this menu, the process becomes more intuitive. A good way to think about this is that each "Question" represents a different menu option for the GC2 System


When navigating the System Configuration menu, you should always pay attention to the "Question" at the top of the screen. This is indicated by the letter Q, followed by a number, and then the current menu option (Question). Checking this information will let you know what setting you are currently configuring. For example, the first Question is as follows:

Q1: Select RF Sensor # (1-48, 63-74)

For this Question, you are choosing the wireless zone that is being configured. A zone can be assigned a wireless zone numbered 1 through 48, or 63 through 74. The white rectangular box below the Question shows the current selection.

Pressing the right and left arrows will allow you to navigate between different possible selections for that Question. For example, let's say that you are on Q1: Select RF Sensor # (1-48, 63-74), with a current selection of (02). Pressing the right arrow will take you to the next possible selection of (03). Pressing the left arrow will take you to the previous possible selection of (01). Keep scrolling through the possible selections until you reach the one needed. You will stay within the same question while doing this.

Alternatively, you can also use the numerical keypad on the left to put in the digits associated with the desired selection. For example, if you are on Q1: Select RF Sensor # (1-48, 63-74), entering in "05" will automatically adjust the current selection to (05). This can be a quick way to make a selection, without having to manually scroll between different options. Again, you will stay within the same question.

Within Questions numbered 1 through 4 on the GC2 System, there are various Sub-Questions. These Sub-Questions are used to provide additional options for the menu selection that is being programmed. Pressing the up and down arrows will take you to a different Sub-Question for the current setting that is being configured. A Sub-Question can be identified by having no number following the letter Q. Pressing the down arrow will take you to the next Sub-Question. Pressing the up arrow will take you to the previous Sub-Question within the sequence.

Please note that in some cases, pressing the up or down arrows will simply take you to the next Question in the sequence, rather than a Sub-Question. That is why it is always important to keep a close eye on the current Question at the top of the screen when programming a GC2 System. Remember, you will only have to consider Sub-Questions for Questions 1 through 4 on the system.

There also other ways to navigate between Questions. Pressing the "skip" button will automatically take you to the next Question in the sequence. For example, if you are on Q4, pressing the "skip" button will take you to Q5. Please note that the "skip" button will no longer be available for Q5 onward. At this point, pressing the down arrow will take you to the next Question in sequence. The "skip" button is removed for Question 5 onward due to the fact that these Questions have no available Sub-Questions. Instead, pressing the down arrow accomplishes the same goal.

You can also press the "go to" button to manually enter a 2-digit Question number and be taken to that Question. A single-digit Question number will be entered with a 0 in front of it - e.g. 07 for Q7. Please note that there are a total of 97 possible Questions on a 2GIG GC2 System. Entering in a 2-digit Question number higher than 97 (98 or 99) will take you to Q97. There is also a Q0 on the system for Question 0.


Using Question 1 to Learn-In Wireless Sensors

With 97 different Questions available on a GC2 System and various Sub-Questions available as well, programming a GC2 System can certainly seem intimidating at first glance. But fortunately, the vast majority of sensor programming is accomplished through Question 1 and its set of Sub-Questions. This makes learning-in a new sensor with the system a relatively easy process. To thoroughly explain the process, we will go through Question 1 and its Sub-Questions in their entirety.

As explained in the previous section, the main selection of Question 1 involves choosing RF Sensor Number, also called the Zone Number. A Sensor Number of 1 through 48 or 63 through 74 can be selected, for a total of 60 possible wireless sensors. Enter in the 2-digit Sensor Number to choose which Zone Number you will be working with. Once you have made the selection, you can press the down arrow to move on to the first Sub-Question of Question 1.

Setting the Sensor Type

The first Sub-Question is the Sensor Type, which might also be called the Response Type. There are many options available. You can scroll between different options by pressing the right and left arrows. We will now go through each and every one:

(00) Unused - This means that no sensor is being used for that Sensor Number. In other words, this wireless zone is open.

(01) Exit/Entry 1 - If the sensor is activated while the system is armed stay or armed away, then the system must then be disarmed within the system's entry delay 1 period (set in Question 6 of programming). If the system is not disarmed within this time period, an alarm will occur.

(02) Exit/Entry 2 - If the sensor is activated while the system is armed stay or armed away, then the system must then be disarmed within the system's entry delay 2 period (set in Question 7 of programming). If the system is not disarmed within this time period, an alarm will occur.

(03) Perimeter - If the sensor is activated while the system is armed stay or armed away, an instant alarm will occur.

(04) Interior Follower - If the sensor is activated while the system is armed away, an instant alarm will occur, unless an Entry/Exit zone was activated first. If the system is set to armed stay, then the sensor will be bypassed and unable to cause an alarm.

(05) Day Zone - If the sensor is activated while the system is armed stay or armed away, an instant alarm will occur. Additionally, if the sensor is activated while the system is disarmed, a trouble condition will occur.

(06) 24-Hour Silent Alarm - If the sensor is activated, an instant alarm will occur. However, no siren or strobe will occur on the system. This will always occur, regardless of whether the system is armed or disarmed.

(07) 24-Hour Audible Alarm - If the sensor is activated, an instant alarm will occur. Any siren that has been set up with the system will activate. This will always occur, regardless of whether the system is armed or disarmed.

(08) 24-Hour Auxiliary Alarm - If the sensor is activated, the system sounder will activate, and an instant alarm will occur. However, any external siren or strobe programmed with the system will not activate. This will always occur, regardless of whether the system is armed or disarmed.

(09) 24-Hour Fire - If the sensor is activated, an instant alarm will occur. Any siren that has been set up with the system will activate. This will always occur, regardless of whether the system is armed or disarmed.

(10) Interior with Delay - If the sensor is activated while the system is armed away, then the system must be disarmed within the system's entry delay 1 period (set in Question 6 of programming). If the system is not disarmed within this time period, an alarm will occur. If the system is armed stay, then the sensor will be bypassed and unable to cause an alarm.

(14) 24-Hour Carbon Monoxide - If the sensor is activated, an instant alarm will occur. Any siren that has been set up with the system will activate. This will always occur, regardless of whether the system is armed or disarmed.

(16) 24-Hour Fire with Verification - If the sensor is activated twice within a two minute period, or if the sensor is activated and remains activated for 30 straight seconds, an instant alarm will occur. Any siren that has been set up with the system will activate. This will always occur, regardless of whether the system is armed or disarmed.

(23) No Response Type - The sensor will not be able to cause any system events, including alarm conditions. However, the sensor can still be monitored by a central station, and activity alerts can still be sent to Alarm.com.

(24) Silent Burglary - If the sensor is activated while the system is armed stay or armed away, a silent alarm will occur. A distress signal will be sent out to a central station. However, the system sounder, along with any sirens or strobes, will not activate.


Upon setting the Sensor Type, you can press the down arrow to move on to the next Sub-Question.

Setting the Equipment Type

The options available for the next Sub-Question of Q1 will depend upon the Sensor Type that was selected in the previous Sub-Question. In some cases, you will be prompted to choose a specific equipment code. You can use the right and left arrows to scroll through the possible selections.

For other Sensor Types, you may be asked to select a generic equipment type, such as a contact or a motion. The selections available will depend on the Sensor Type that was chosen.

Once you have made the appropriate section, press the down arrow to move on to the next Sub-Question.

Setting the Serial Number

The serial number is a 7-digit code that is unique to each individual sensor. The serial number is usually located somewhere on the sensor, and it can be manually entered into the system. However, we strongly recommend auto-enrolling any sensor to have the serial number learned-in automatically. Not only will this prevent you from mis-entering the serial number, it will also ensure that the sensor is able to communicate properly with the GC2 System.

To auto-enroll the sensor, first press the "shift" key. Then press the "learn" key that will appear on the left side of the screen. You will be taken to a screen titled "Activate a sensor to learn its ID", along with the message "Waiting for RF sensor # transmission...". From this screen, activate the sensor you want to learn-in.

The process for activating the sensor will depend on the type of sensor that is being used. For example, a door and window contact will require you to separate the sensor from its magnet, while a smoke detector will have you activate the device's tamper switch.

Once the sensor has been detected, its Type and ID Number will be displayed on the screen. Verify that the information is correct, and press the OK button in the bottom-right corner of the screen. Then press the down arrow to move on to the next Sub-Question.


Continue Programming the Sensor

As you continue to move through the various Sub-Questions, you be able to apply various programming settings for the sensor.

Equipment Age has no affect on the performance of the sensor. The idea is that you can choose 0 if the sensor is brand-new, and 1 if the sensor was used previously. Either selection will work just fine.

The Loop Number is important for ensuring that the sensor performs as it should. Many sensors can perform multiple functions by setting a different Loop Number for the device. Check the manual for the sensor to determine which Loop Number should be used.

The Dialer Delay option determines whether or not dialer delay will be enabled for the sensor. This feature instructs the sensor to delay the process of sending out a notification signal to the user or a central station. Setting this option to 0 will have Dialer Delay disabled, while setting it to 1 will have the feature enabled. A user can set the Dialer Delay for their GC2 Panel by going to Question 35 of System Configuration. Selections of 15 seconds, 30 seconds and 45 seconds are available.


Setting the Voice Descriptor

The Voice Descriptor is the audio annunciation the system will use to verbally identify the sensor. The GC2 Panel includes a built-in voice function that it uses to read out the Voice Descriptor for any given sensor. The Voice Descriptor for a sensor is determined by choosing a set of preprogrammed words for the panel to read out. Up to five individual words can be applied to a single Voice Descriptor. Because of the amount of options available setting the Voice Descriptor can seem challenging at first. But the process is actually very simple.

To add a new word to the Voice Descriptor, press the "insert" button. With a word highlighted, you can the choose the desired word in one of two ways. You can either use the left and right arrows to scroll through the list of available words. Or you can also enter in the 3-digit code for any given word to have that word applied. Once you have entered the 3-digit code, the new word will automatically replace the highlighted one. The entire list of available words and their respective 3-digit codes is available on pages 38 and 39 of the 2GIG GC2 Programming Guide.

Remember, any additional words that you plan on including for the Voice Descriptor must be added by pressing the "Insert" button. To scroll between words, press the "fwd" button to move to the right, and press the "back" button to move to the left. To delete a word, highlight the word you want to delete, and press the picture of the box with an X in it.


Once you have finished setting the Voice Descriptor, press the down arrow to move on to the next Sub-Question in the sequence.

Setting the Final Sensor Options

The Sensor Reports option will determine whether or not the sensor will send out a report to a central station in the event that it causes an alarm. Set Sensors Reports to 0 for disabled and 1 for enabled. If you want the sensor to send a signal to a central station, this option should be set to 1 for enabled.

The Sensor Supervised option determines whether or not the GC2 System will periodically look for check-in signals from the sensor. If the Sensor Supervised option is enabled, the system will experience a trouble condition if the sensor is ever unable to communicate with panel. This could be caused by the sensor being taken out of range of the panel or by a dead battery on the sensor. However, even if Sensor Supervised is disabled, the GC2 System will still alert the user about a low sensor battery and for an activated tamper cover.

The Chime option is used to set an audible alert that will emit from the system whenever the sensor is activated. The Chime will play whenever the sensor is activated, even if no alarm is set to occur. You can use the right and left arrows to scroll between different Chime options. Any Chime with voice will have the Voice Descriptor spoken when the sensor is activated.


Finish Programming the Sensor

After pressing the down arrow from the Chime setting, you will be taken to a summary screen where you can view all of the selections you made for the configurations for that sensor.

Use the up and down arrows on the right side of the screen to view all of the selections. Use the left and right arrows in the bottom-left corner of the screen to scroll between the summary screens for different RF Sensors on the GC2 System (1-48 and 63-74).

Press the "edit current" button to make changes to the RF Sensor that is currently selected. Press the "edit next" button to make changes to the next RF Sensor in the numerical sequence.

Press "skip" to continue on to Q2: Select Wired Sensor # (1 to 2), which is used for programming the two hardwired zones that can be set up with the GC2 Panel.


Save Your Changes

If you are finished programming, press either of the "edit" buttons or the "skip" button. Then press the "end" button in the bottom-right corner of the screen. You will be taken to a summary screen that shows all of the current settings for Questions 5-97 in System Configuration. You can use the up and down arrows on the right side of the screen to review these settings. Pressing the "back" button in the bottom-left corner of the summary screen will have the system return to the System Configuration Menu so that you can make any additional changes that are necessary.

To finish and save your changes, make sure that the box next to "save changes" is checked. If it isn't, click on the box to apply a yellow checkmark next to the "save changes" setting. Then press the "exit" button in the bottom-right corner of the screen. The GC2 System will automatically reboot. Upon reloading, all of the changes that were made in the System Configuration Menu will be automatically applied and taken into effect.

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Hi DIYers! We're back with another video recap, covering August 18th through 23rd. This time we have four videos - two from Jorge and two from Joe. The team has been working hard as usual to make new videos that will help users learn how to use their systems. Let's take a closer look:

Can I Connect A Wired Smoke To My 2GIG GC3?

Joe explains how the 2GIG GC3 System cannot support a hardwired smoke. The two wired terminals on the system are used with normally closed security devices only, and they cannot be used with hardwired smoke detectors. However, the 2GIG GC3 can support 345 MHz wireless smokes, including those from the 2GIG and the Honeywell 5800 Series. But an Encore FF345 can essentially integrate an existing hardwired smoke with a GC3 System. The FF345 will listen for the sound of an activated smoke detector and alert the system.


Using the Lyric Alarm System w/o Total Connect

Jorge discusses using the Honeywell Lyric Controller without Total Connect. While this is possible, it would severely limit the functionality of the system. For example, self-monitoring is impossible without access to Total Connect. But the system could still report out to a central monitoring station, or it could be used as a local sounder. But the Lyric Controller does not need a cellular module to access Total Connect, though adding one is recommended. Instead, it can use a WIFI connection from its built-in WIFI card to access Total Connect. The user will just need an appropriate monitoring plan.


Can I Use a Honeywell L7000 System Without Monitoring?

Jorge talks about using a Honeywell L7000 without alarm monitoring services. Without monitoring, the system will be unable to be used with Total Connect. The user will not be able to receive text or email alerts regarding system events, and they will not be able to receive automatic emergency dispatch from a central monitoring station. Instead, the system will only serve as a local sounder. This can be useful for alerting on-site occupants to an emergency.


Changing the Installer Code on an a LYNX Touch Security System

Joe shows users how to change the Installer Code for a Honeywell LYNX Touch Alarm System. While this is easy to do, we generally advise users to keep the Installer Code for a Honeywell System at its default of 4112. This will prevent the user from being locked out of programming later. If they ever forget the code, it will be okay because they can just look up the default. But while we recommend keeping the Installer Code at the default, changing the Master Code is very important. Remember, an Installer Code can only disarm if it was the code used to arm the system.

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Hi DIYers! Are you ready for another Alarm Grid video recap? Our support technicians Joe, Jorge and Dylan have all been keeping busy making great new videos for our viewers. We've got some tremendous content this time around to help DIY users get the very most out of their security systems.

This is a particularly special video recap for our team, as we have just reached the 10,000 subscriber mark on YouTube. It's pretty incredible that 10,000 viewers love security systems enough to subscribe to our YouTube Channel to receive notifications about new videos. We would like to thank all of our YouTube Subscribers and monitored Alarm Grid customers for their continued support!


Security Cameras Compatible with LYNX Touch Security Systems

Joe discusses the security camera options available for use with a Honeywell LYNX Touch System. As long as the system is set up with Total Connect 2.0, any Total Connect Camera can be used. These cameras include both the legacy Honeywell IP Cameras and the newer HD Lyric Cameras. All cameras can be viewed and managed from the Total Connect 2.0 platform. But keep in mind that an alarm monitoring plan that includes video surveillance is needed to use these cameras.


Wholesale Home Alarm Monitoring w Alarm Grid

Dylan talks about wholesale alarm monitoring for home security systems. Wholesale monitoring refers to a situation where a person has multiple locations set up with a single monitoring account. This can be useful if a person has multiple residences, such as both a primary home and a summer home. By having multiple systems on the same account, a user can access all their systems from the same Total Connect 2.0 or Alarm.com account. These services have a locations tab for this specific purpose.


Changing the User Code on Partition 2 In a Honeywell VISTA Alarm System

Jorge goes through the process for changing a user code that has been set up with Partition Number 2 on a Honeywell VISTA Security System. Having multiple partitions on an alarm system allows the zones for one partition to remain armed while the zones on other partitions are disarmed. User codes that are designed to be used with Partition 2 exclusively are assigned code numbers 33 and up. Any code that is going to be used with Partition 2 should be assigned a user slot of 33 or higher.


Dual Path Monitoring on a Lyric

Dylan discusses how the Honeywell Lyric Controller can use a dual-path communication setup for alarm monitoring. This involves using WIFI as the primary communication path and cellular communication as the backup. This will provide the ultra-fast speeds of WIFI, along with the outstanding reliability of cellular. The system comes WIFI-ready with a built-in WIFI communicator. But a separate cellular radio will need to be added for cellular communication. We recommend using the Honeywell LYRICLTE-A Cellular communicator for this purpose.


Programming a 5816 Sensor

Jorge shows users how to program a Honeywell 5816 Door and Window Contact with various security panels. The Honeywell 5816 is actually Honeywell's best-selling security sensor of all-time. It is a relatively simple door and window contact that operates using a built-in reed switch and an included magnet. The sensor can also be used as a wireless transmitter for a single normally closed wired security device. The 5816 operates at 345 MHz, and it will learn-in with any compatible alarm system.


Difference Between Alpha-Numeric Programming Keypads and Fixed-English Keypads

Joe discusses the differences between Alphanumeric Keypads and Fixed-English Keypads. Both keypads can be used for performing basic panel functions, such as arming and disarming. But only an Alphanumeric Keypad should be used for deep level programming functions. This is because an Alphanumeric keypad will display actual English text and real programming information. A Fixed-English Keypad will only display numbers. If a user tries to perform programming functions on a Fixed-English Keypad, they will be operating blindly throughout the entire process, and they could easily mess up the panel settings.


Pairing the 2GIG SP2 Keypad with the 2GIG GC3

Joe shows users how to pair the 2GIG SP2 Keypad with the 2GIG GC3 Alarm System. The 2GIG SP2 is a wireless touchscreen keypad designed exclusively for use with the GC3. The keypad provides a great secondary access point for a GC3 System. Many users will install one of these keypads by their back door or their garage door so that they can conveniently arm and disarm their system from one of these locations. However, programming functions cannot be performed using the SP2, and they must be completed from the GC3 Panel, or from the more advanced SP1 Keypad.


Wiring a Trigger on a Lyric Alarm System

Dylan discusses how a trigger cannot be wired to a Honeywell Lyric Controller. The Lyric has two built-in hardwired inputs that can only support wired contacts. There is no voltage trigger available on the Lyric Controller. A trigger is an output that a system can activate under certain conditions. It can sometimes be used to activate a relay to power another device, such as a siren. Triggers are more commonly used with wired panels than wireless systems. If a user does want to use an external siren with the Lyric Controller, we usually recommend using the Honeywell SiXSIREN.

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Hey DIYers! We're gearing up for another video recap. This time, we have three videos from Joe and a video from Dylan. Two of the videos feature the Honeywell Lyric Controller, while the other videos focus on Honeywell VISTA Alarm Systems. Let's check out what the team has been up to.

Power Cycling a VISTA Alarm System

Joe teaches users how to power cycle their Honeywell VISTA Alarm System. To power down the system, a user must disconnect both the plug-in transformer and the backup battery. The user can then reconnect the transformer and backup battery to restore power. The system will automatically power back on to complete the power cycle. Performing a power cycle can be useful for helping the system connect to an IP or cellular network and for troubleshooting various system errors.


Reset the Lyric's Master Code

Joe shows users how to reset the Master Code for a Honeywell Lyric Controller. This can be done in one of three ways. The code can be changed from the panel itself. It can also be changed from Total Connect 2.0. Finally, the code can be updated by the user's alarm monitoring company. Typically, a user will just complete this task from the panel itself. To do this, a user must access the user settings menu. This requires entering in the current Master Code. All system codes, other than the Installer Code, can be accessed from this menu.


Can WIFI be Primary and Cellular the Secondary Comm. Path on a Lyric?

Dylan talks about the communication paths that can be used with a Honeywell Lyric Controller. The system comes with a built-in WIFI card for connecting with a WIFI network. As a result, almost all Lyric Systems use WIFI as a primary communication path. A user can also add a separate cellular module to their Lyric System to have cellular communication as a backup. This is highly recommended, as cellular service will keep the system monitored when the WIFI is down or when the power is out.


Night Stay Mode on a VISTA Alarm System

Joe discusses the night stay mode feature for Honeywell VISTA Security Systems. This is a type of arming that is similar to regular arm stay. But in night stay, a user can pick certain motion sensors to be active whenever their system is armed in this mode. The motion sensors must have a Response Type of Interior Follower or Interior With Delay to be used in night stay. They must also be set up as a night stay zone. The feature can certainly be useful for larger properties.

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A new home security camera is always an exciting purchase. Now you can view exactly what occurs inside your house when you are away. You can even pull up your Total Connect 2.0 or Alarm.com account to view a live feed of your camera. But wait, where are you going to install the device?

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Even if you have the best security camera on the market, it won't matter at all if it is installed in a poor location. And while most alarm cameras are easy to install, it can still be very inconvenient to have to break out the tools and remount a camera if you find that its current location isn't the best. Therefore, it's helpful to get a camera's mounting location right the first time. Following some basic tips can help you ensure that you choose the optimal location for your camera.

Start by asking yourself some basic questions. What type of camera is it? If it's an outdoor camera, you will obviously have more options as to where you can place it. How large is its viewing angle? A camera with a larger viewing angle will be able to record across a larger area. How many cameras do you have? If you have multiple camera, you can probably have some set up for specific areas. But if you only have one camera for monitoring, then it should be placed in a location that really counts.

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In any case, there are a few general tips to keep in mind regardless of where exactly a security camera is installed. Placing a camera high up is always a good idea, as it will provide a better view of the area. The camera's positioning angle will also play a big role on its overall scope and use. It is also very important to make sure that there are no obstructions in the way of the camera. After all, a camera is no good if there's a large object right in front of it! Some users also find that they prefer to install their cameras in areas that are difficult to access, as it make it less likely that an intruder will destroy the camera. But remember, this may make it more difficult to make adjustments to the camera if needed.

For a single camera set up, placing the camera in location where it can get a good overview of the property is usually a good idea. For outdoor cameras, many homeowners will install one near their front door. Most burglars will attempt to enter a home right through the front door, so placing a camera in this area will surely capture them in the recording. Additionally, an intruder will often have to walk past the the camera to access the back or the side of the house, so you may still record some activity even if the front door is not their ultimate point of entry. Furthermore, a font door camera will allow you to monitor any suspicious activity that may occur in front of your property. Most users ultimately find that monitoring the front door is an absolute must for home video surveillance.

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But when a user has the luxury of a multiple-camera setup, where should they place their other cameras? Some users will add a second camera in their backyard. That way, their first camera will keep tabs on the activity in front of their house, while their second camera will monitor the rear. Additional cameras can then monitor the sides of the home and any accessible windows. Some users may also install cameras to cover areas that aren't necessarily seen by the other cameras. In order to maximize your investment, try and make each camera count so that it is recording an area that isn't seen by any others. You may also want cameras to monitor pool areas, guest homes and detached garages if applicable. Finally, try and choose areas that a potential intruder will be forced to pass if they want to access other areas of the property.

But what about indoor cameras? There are certainly a few good places that come to mind. Having cameras monitor any main entrances is always smart, since they will be virtually guaranteed to capture anyone who enters the home. It is also wise to place cameras in large central areas that will see activity in many different areas of the home. Some users also place cameras in hallways, as intruders will probably need to pass through them in order to access other areas. If you have a home with multiple stories, it is usually a good idea to have a camera on each level for maximum coverage. And finally, if you have any particularly valuable items, such as a safe, you may want to have a camera monitoring that area directly.

Honeywell lyric c1 wifi indoor 720p hd total connect security caRemember to check any camera after you have installed it to make sure that it is covering a useful area. You may still need to adjust its angle, or maybe its mounting location wasn't very effective after all. Make any adjustments or changes if needed. Pretty soon your home will be nicely monitored, and you and your family will enjoy great peace of mind with your new home security cameras!

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As you may know, Honeywell recently enabled partition support for their Total Connect 2.0 interactive service. We've heard reports of some users having trouble getting started with this service. Fortunately, this is an easy fix, and partition support can be enabled with just a few steps.

Before getting started, make sure you have a compatible Honeywell VISTA Alarm System that supports multiple partitions. Also you must have at least one zone configured on a secondary partition. If your alarm system does not provide support for partitioning, then the option for enabling the partition feature will not show up on Total Connect.

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Once you have confirmed that your alarm system supports partitions, you can proceed with enabling the feature on Total Connect 2.0. The process will work for new system users, as well as those who opted to enable the partition feature later. After it has been completed, you will be able to control system partitions from TC2 at any time.

When enabling partition support, you must be using the web browser version of Total Connect 2.0. It is not possible to enable partition support using the iOS or Android Mobile App versions of TC2. Once the feature is enabled, you can use the mobile app to control multiple partitions. But the initial set up must be done from the web browser version at TotalConnect2.com.

After you have logged into your Total Connect 2.0 account, click the "Locations" tab on the left. Then the blue "Sync Panel" button at the top. This will sync your panel with Total Connect 2.0. Wait a few moments for the syncing process to complete, and verify "Zone Sync Success" within the Events tab on the left. Then logout of your TC2 account, and log back in. Then, once again, click the locations tab. The following pop-up should appear:



Click the blue "Configure Now" button. Total Connect 2.0 will then walk you through the remainder of the process for enabling partition support. If you have any questions about this process or if you need further assistance, please send an email to support@alarmgrid.com, and one of our technical specialists will reply shortly.

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Hi DIYers! Our support team is back with another round of videos. Joe, Jorge and Dylan have really gotten in the swing of things, and they have been steadily working to make new videos. This week, our videos focus on Honeywell Alarm Systems and the benefits of non-proprietary systems.

Disable the Chime on a Lyric

Jorge shows users how to disable the chime on a Honeywell Lyric Controller. If the chime is enabled on the System, then the panel can produce a chime tone whenever a sensor is triggered. The chime setting for the system can be toggled from the main settings menu of the system. The Lyric Controller also has voice annunciation capabilities for verbally identifying any activated zone. Both the chime and the voice settings for the Lyric Controller can be configured individually.


How Many Protection Zones are on a Lyric

Jorge explains how many protection zones are available on the Honeywell Lyric Controller. In short, there are 128 different wireless security zones available on the system. These zones are used by security sensors, such as door and window contacts, motion sensors, glass break sensors and more. The system also has designated zones for hardwired sensors, garage doors and key fob devices. Zones 1 and 2 are reserved for hardwired devices, Zones 127 thru 130 are for garage doors, and Zones 131 thru 162 are for key fobs.


Capabilities of the VISTA Home Automation Module (VAM)

Joe discusses the capabilities of the Honeywell VISTA Home Automation Module, also known as the VAM. The purpose of the VAM is to serve as a Z-Wave controller for the Honeywell VISTA Systems. By setting up a VAM, a user can program Z-Wave devices with their system. These devices include Z-Wave lights, locks, thermostats and more. Z-Wave devices can be controlled through the Total Connect 2.0 Service. Total Connect also allows users to establish rules and scenes for their Z-Wave devices so that they activate automatically with certain system events or based on a set schedule.


Difference Between "Proprietary" and "Free and Clear" Security Systems

Joe tells viewers about the difference between "Proprietary" systems and "Free and Clear" alarm systems. The main difference is that a proprietary system can only be used with a specific alarm company. If a user tries to bring a proprietary system over to a different alarm monitoring company, then it often will not work. This will severely limit their possible options. However, non-propriety systems, like those offered from Alarm Grid, can be brought over to a different monitoring company if desired.


Adding an LKP500 Keypad to a Lyric Alarm System

Dylan demonstrates how to add an LKP500 Keypad to a Honeywell Lyric Controller. The device is learned in with the system through a keypad zone. The keypad will auto-enroll with the system once the panel is in its pairing mode. Once paired, the two devices will communicate with each other for arming and disarming purposes. The LKP500 can also be set up to produce audible chimes and voice alerts with certain system events. They keypad can be used for arming, disarming and triggering panics. However, programming cannot be done from the keypad.

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Hi DIYers! It's time for another video recap. We've had an unusual production schedule for videos lately. So this update will contain more videos than usual. This update covers the dates from July 13th thru July 19th. Let's take a look at what our awesome team has been working on.


General Overview of Honeywell VISTA Programming

Joe demonstrates the basics of programming for a Honeywell VISTA System. This is done using an alphanumeric keypad, like the 6160RF. To access programming, a user will need to provide the system's Installer Code or use the backdoor method. The sections of programming are split up into different fields. Each programming field uses its own unique set of key commands. Users should check out the VISTA Programming Guide for more information on the different programming fields. Once finished, use [*99] to exit programming.


Adding Email Notifications in Total Connect 2 0

Jorge goes over the process for receiving email notifications from Total Connect 2.0. When a system event occurs on their Honeywell Alarm System, a user can receive an email notification to let them know what has taken place. In the Total Connect 2.0 Mobile App, there is a profile section where a user can manage their notification settings. A user will need to confirm their email address before they can receive email notifications. It is also possible to receive text notifications from Total Connect 2.0.


Adding a 5834 4 to a LYNXTouch

Dylan explains how to program a Honeywell 5834-4 Key Fob with a Honeywell LYNX Touch System. This process is completed through key fob programming on the system. The 5834-4 has four buttons, and up to eight functions can be programmed by using dual-button presses. The number of available key fob zones varies depending upon the type of LYNX Touch Panel that is being used. A key fob is learned in by putting the system in its learn mode and then pressing and holding one of the key fob buttons. Each input uses a separate Loop Number from the others.


Connecting a Lyric Alarm to the Local WiFi

Jorge covers the process for connecting the Honeywell Lyric Controller to a local WIFI network. The Lyric Controller comes with a built-in WIFI card for connecting to a 2.4 GHz WIFI network. WIFI, along with cellular service, is the main way that a Lyric System will receive monitoring service. WIFI service will also allow the Lyric Controller to connect with Total Connect 2.0. In order to connect the system to a WIFI network, a user must know both the system's Master Code and the WIFI network password.


Using a 2GIG Go!Control w/o Monitoring

Dylan talks about using a 2GIG GC2 System without monitoring service. By doing this, the system will only serve as a local sounder. It will have no way of sending alerts to a central monitoring station or text and email notifications to the end user. In other words, if the user is off-site, a burglary or fire alarm will probably go unnoticed, and the authorities won't be contacted. It will also be impossible to connect the system with Alarm.com for remote operation. However, for users who are almost always on-site, forgoing monitoring service can be a viable option.


Connecting an iPhone to the Lyric Alarm System

Joe explains how a user can connect their iPhone to their Honeywell Lyric Controller. This will allow a user to operate their Lyric Controller System using their iPhone. The two ways to do this are through the Total Connect 2.0 Service and the My Home Controller App. In order to use Total Connect 2.0, alarm monitoring service is required, and the Lyric will need to be using an active internet or cellular connection. However, the My Home Controller App does not require any monitoring service.


What Does Interactive Alarm Monitoring Mean?

Jorge talks about interactive alarm monitoring and the purpose it serves. Simply put, interactive services allow users to control their alarm systems remotely. Some of the most popular interactive services include Total Connect 2.0 and Alarm.com. Total Connect is for Honeywell Systems only, while Alarm.com is used with many manufacturers. In order to use an interactive service, the alarm system will need to be using a cellular or IP connection. The user will also need to have an alarm monitoring plan that includes access to one of these services.


Arming/Disarming Lyric Alarm System from Phone, Tablet, or iPad

Jorge explains how to arm and disarm a Honeywell Lyric Controller from a smartphone or tablet. The two ways to do this are through Total Connect 2.0 and through the My Home Controller App. Total Connect 2.0 requires active monitoring service for the system. But the My Home Controller App can be used without alarm monitoring. However, the Lyric System will need to be connected with a WIFI network to be operated through My Home Controller.


Lyric Alarm System Slideshow

Jorge shows users how to set up the slideshow feature on a Honeywell Lyric Controller. This will have the system act as a sort of digital picture frame when left idle for a certain period of time. The images are uploaded to the panel through a USB drive that is inserted into the bottom of the system. A user can pick and choose which images to use. They can also decide how long each image will be displayed until switching to the next one.


Turning On the Chime on a Lyric Alarm System

Joe demonstrates how to turn on the chime for a Honeywell Lyric Controller. There are two types of chime on the Lyric System. These are the tone chime and the voice chime. If voice chime is used, the panel will read out the zone descriptors when the sensor is triggered. The chime function can be configured for each individual zone on the system. There is also a menu option for controlling the chime settings for the system as a whole.


Managing Total Connect 2 0 User Profiles from a Tablet

Jorge goes through the process of adding, editing and deleting user profiles on Total Connect 2.0 by using a tablet. This is done through the Settings Menu of Total Connect 2.0. The layout for iOS and Android Total Connect 2.0 Apps is slightly different, but the process is mostly the same. The information from Total Connect 2.0 will be sent to the panel so that the logins can be used. The type of access for each user can also be set from Total Connect.

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Hi DIYers! We're back with another recent video recap. This recap showcases videos from our techs Joe and Dylan as they show users how they can get the most out of their security system setups. We've got a great set of helpful videos this time around. Let's go and check them out.


Central Station Alarm Monitoring and How It Works

Dylan talks about the intricacies of central station monitoring and how it functions. The main purpose of central station alarm monitoring is to receive automatic dispatch in the event of an alarm. When an alarm occurs, a signal will be sent from the system to a central monitoring station to alert an operator of the event. The station operator can then alert the appropriate authorities on the behalf of the user. To prevent false alarms, a user can instruct the central station to try and contact them first before requesting emergency dispatch.


What Is Cellular Alarm Monitoring

Joe discusses the benefits of using cellular service with an alarm system. Cellular monitoring is seen as the most reliable communication path available. In order to receive cellular monitoring, the user will need a system with a cellular communicator and an alarm monitoring plan that includes cellular connectivity. The cellular communicator that is used must be compatible with the security system. Some security systems, like the Qolsys IQ Panel 2, come with a cellular module that is already included for this purpose. Others, like the Honeywell Lyric Controller need to have one added separately.


Wholesale Home Alarm Monitoring w: Alarm Grid

Dylan explains what wholesale alarm monitoring is and how Alarm Grid supports this type of monitoring. Wholesale alarm monitoring is where a single customer receives service for multiple locations. The customer will need a separate monitoring plan for each location. However, they will still be able to manage the systems for all of their locations with just one Total Connect or Alarm.com account. This possibility is useful for people who own multiple residences, as well as those running a business with multiple locations.


Add a Honeywell GSMX4G to a VISTA Security System

Dylan shows users how to add a Honeywell GSMX4G Cellular Communicator to a VISTA Security System. The GSMX4G is a 4G communicator that connects with the AT&T cellular network. The device receives power directly from the panel using a four-wire connection with the ECP bus. These terminals are four thru seven. The communicator receives this connection via a plug-in port. By feeding the wire through the slot, there will be no exposed wires. The communicator will need to be activated by the user's alarm monitoring company before it will work.


Adding a wired siren to a 2GIG GC3

Joe goes over the process for adding a hardwired siren to a 2GIG GC3 System. To do this, a user will need a power supply, a power relay and a backup battery. The panel will connect with the power relay through its bell terminals, and the negative (black) wire will also parallel splice to the power supply. The relay will connect with the panel, the siren and the power supply. The siren will connect with the relay and the power supply. The backup battery will connect with the power supply exclusively. A plug-in transformer connects with the power supply. A full diagram can be seen here.


Voice Commands on the Lyric Security System

Joe talks about the voice control feature on the Honeywell Lyric Controller. This feature is often overlooked on the system, but it can be very useful when used effectively. Voice commands can be used to control smart scenes and to open the camera menu for older model Honeywell IP Cameras. Voice command options can be set from within the Master Tools menu. It is recommended that a user completes the voice training on the system so that the Lyric Controller can better understand the user's voice.


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Honeywell is known for producing some outstanding security equipment, and their wireless door and window contacts are no exception. With wireless contacts available from both the 5800 Series lineup and the SiX Series lineup, there are certainly some great options. But with all the possibilities, it might seem overwhelming if you are just getting started. This guide will help you choose the perfect wireless Honeywell door and window contact for your needs.

Honeywell 5820l super slim wireless door and window sensorFirst, a user should understand exactly how a door and window contact works. Almost every wireless Honeywell door and window contact functions using the exact same principles. These devices consist of a sensor and magnet. The sensor is the "brains" of the operation, and it is responsible for sending signals to the alarm system. It is typically installed on or inside the door or window frame. The magnet is installed on or inside the door or window itself. The only wireless Honeywell contact that does not use a magnet is the Honeywell 5800RPS. This is a wireless recessed sensor for doors only that operates using a plunger switch.

For proper operation, the device's magnet should be installed very close to the sensor. We usually recommend placing it within a half-inch of the sensor. However, some 5800 Series contacts, like the 5816OD, can function properly with a slightly larger spacing gap. When the door or window is opened, the magnet will separate from the sensor. This will cause a reed switch inside the sensor to activate. When this happens, the sensor will send a signal to the alarm system so that the programmed Response Type can be performed.

It's also important to know the system compatibilities for the different Honeywell wireless contacts. Their wireless contacts come from two different sensor lineups. These are the 5800 Series and the SiX Series. The 5800 Series contacts are unidirectional devices that operate at 345 MHz. This makes them compatible with any Honeywell System or 2GIG System. But the SiX Series contacts are bi-directional, fully encrypted sensors that communicate using 2.4 GHz WIFI. These sensors only work with Honeywell Lyric Systems.

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If you have a Honeywell Lyric Controller, then you can choose between any Honeywell wireless contact on the market. But if you have a LYNX Touch or a VISTA System with an added wireless receiver, then you are restricted to the 5800 Series contacts. Additionally, if you are using a 2GIG GC3 or a 2GIG GC2, then you can use either 2GIG Contacts or Honeywell 5800 Series contacts. Any alarm systems that do not accept the 345 MHz frequency are unable to use Honeywell contacts.

The only two contacts in the Honeywell SiX Series Lineup are the Honeywell SiXCT and the Honeywell SiXMINICT. These are both wireless, surface-mount sensors that work exclusively with Honeywell Lyric Systems. What makes these sensors special is that they feature 128-bit AES encryption. Whenever the sensor sends a command to the Lyric System, the system must then send a secure response back to the sensor. The command will only go through if this secure response is received. Many security experts refer to this as a "digital handshake", and it is excellent for preventing any hacking attempts or wireless attacks.

The SiXCT and the SiXMINICT do have a few slight differences. Most notably, the SiXMINICT is smaller and more compact than the SiXCT. The SiXCT measures at 3.13”L x 1.61”W x 1"D, while the SiXMINICT measures at 2.44”L x 1.25”W x .45”D. So users who want a smaller sensors should go with the SiXMINICT. But the benefit of the SiXCT is that it features a larger wireless range (~300 feet) than the SiXMINICT (~200 feet). However, only users with particularly large properties should have to worry about signal range. One thing that these sensors do share in common is that they can both be batch-enrolled with the Lyric Controller.

  • Honeywell SiXCT - The standard SiX Series contact. Features a 300 foot range and encryption. Will only work with Lyric Systems.
  • Honeywell SiXMINICT - The more compact SiX Series contact. Provides a 200 foot range and encryption. For Lyric Systems only.

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But the SiX Series contacts aren't for everyone. For one, they will only work with the Lyric Systems. There are also no recessed contacts in the SiX Series lineup. Users who don't have a Lyric Controller or want a recessed sensor should look to the Honeywell 5800 Series instead. This is an incredibly diverse sensor lineup that has an appropriate contact option for virtually any situation. Any Honeywell or 2GIG System will work with these sensors. This includes any Lyric Controller, L7000, L5210, VISTA P-Series, 2GIG GC3, 2GIG GC2 and more. Most 5800 Series contacts feature a 150-200 foot wireless range that can be effectively doubled with the use of a 5800RP Wireless Repeater.

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When selecting a 5800 Series Sensor, a user will choose between a surface-mount contact and a recessed contact. With a surface-mount contact, the sensor and the magnet are mounted on the outer surface of the door or window and its frame. But with a recessed contact, the sensor and magnet are installed inside the door or window and its frame. Surface-mount sensors are very easy to install, since they only require screws or double-sided foam tape. But the sensor will be visible on the outside of the door. Recessed sensors are more difficult to install since holes will need to be drilled. However, some users will appreciate the fact that recessed sensors are hidden.

For users who go with a surface-mount sensor there are certainly some great options in the 5800 Series. One of our favorites is the 5800MINI. This is a reliable sensor that boasts an impressive 200 foot range, despite its small size of just 2.2"H x 1"W x 0.25"D. This is arguably the best surface-mount contact in the Honeywell 5800 Series.

  • Honeywell 5800MINI - A small and discreet surface-mount contact. Offers a 200 foot wireless range. Great for almost any application.

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But there are other surface-mount options than just the 5800MIIN. The 5816 is the most popular sensor that Honeywell has ever offered. It features a larger size and roughly the same range as the 5800MINI. But unlike the 5800MINI, the 5816 can be used as a wireless transmitter for a normally closed hardwired device. Honeywell also offers the 5820L Slim Line for narrow installations and the 5816OD for outdoor use.

  • Honeywell 5816 - Honeywell's most popular sensor. Can also be used as a wireless transmitter for a single NC hardwired device.
  • Honeywell 5820L - A slim line door and window contact that is great for narrow applications. Features a 150-foot range.
  • Honeywell 5816OD - A surface-mount contact for outdoor installations. Excellent for monitoring fences, sheds and detached garages.

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Honeywell also offers some less popular 5800 Series contacts. These include the 5811 (discontinued), the 5814, the 5815 and the 5816MN (discontinued). While these sensors will work just fine, there isn't really any reason to choose them over another 5800 Series contact.

  • Honeywell 5811 - A small and discreet sensor that has since been discontinued. Replaced by the Honeywell 5800MINI.
  • Honeywell 5814 - Another compact sensor option. It is not as robust as the 5800MINI. Its wireless range is only about 100 feet.
  • Honeywell 5815 - An aesthetically pleasing surface-mount contact that has roughly the same functionality as the 5816.
  • Honeywell 5816MN - A discreet surface mount sensor that has been discontinued. Replaced by the Honeywell 5816MN.

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There are also several great recessed contacts in the 5800 Series. The Honeywell 5818MNL is a relatively standard recessed contact that can be used with almost any door or window. It features a 200-foot range, and the installation only requires minor drilling. The Honeywell 5800Micra is a recessed contact for windows only. It is a very small sensor with an attached antenna for sending wireless signals. Finally there's the 5800RPS, which uses a plunger switch instead of a sensor and magnet. This sensor can only be used with doors. When the door is closed, the plunger switch will be pressed in. Once the door is opened, the plunger switch will come out and activate the sensor.

  • Honeywell 5818MNL - A standard recessed contact for doors and windows. It is easy to install, and it has a 200 foot range.
  • Honeywell 5800Micra - A small recessed contact for windows only. Its antenna must be adjusted carefully when installing.
  • Honeywell 5800RPS - A recessed sensor that uses a plunger switch instead of a magnet. For use with doors only.

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Alarm Grid has previously discussed the batteries used with door sensors. We recommend checking out that blog post for more information on which batteries to use with a door and window sensor. If you ever need any additional help choosing a Honeywell door and window contact for your DIY wireless alarm system, please feel free to send an email to support@alarmgrid.com. You can also contact one of our technical specialists by calling 888-818-7728 from 9am to 8pm EST M-F.

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