Honeywell LYNX Touch
Even after a few years, the Honeywell LYNX Touch Panels are still very widely used and installed. They are known for being very easy to use and program, and they are compatible with a diverse selection of different security sensors. Their colorful and user-friendly touchscreen displays make them a joy to use, and their build-quality is top-notch. And with their wide range of features and capabilities, it is likely that the LYNX Touch Systems will continue to be used and supported for many years to come.
The LYNX Touch Panels all come with a wireless receiver that accepts incoming signals at a frequency of 345 MHz. This makes these panels compatible with all of the Honeywell 5800 Series Sensors and devices. By using wireless sensors, it is extremely easy for a DIY user to get started with their security system. A user can also bring over old hardwired sensors and use them with their new LYNX Touch System. This is made possible using a Honeywell 5800C2W. Hardwired devices connect directly with a 5800C2W, which sends a 345 MHz signal out on their behalf. Remember, each hardwired device will require its own wireless zone on the system.
The two most prominent LYNX Touch Panels are the Honeywell L5210 and the Honeywell L7000. Both systems are known for supporting a large number of wireless zones. The L5210 can support up to 64 wireless zones, while the L7000 can support up to 80. Both of these panels are perfectly adequate for most homes and small businesses, since it is very unlikely that additional wireless zones will ever be required. Keep in mind though that some sensors may need to be programmed to multiple zones in order to provide their full function. This is mainly true for wireless sensors that can be programmed using multiple Loop Numbers. Each zone will have its own Response Type that will let the system know what action to take when the sensor is activated.
For any new LYNX Touch user, there are some very important upgrades that should be made for the system. For one, most users install some type of communicator with the system in order to receive reliable monitoring service. This can include a compatible cellular communicator and the L5100-WIFI card. Both cellular and WIFI will allow the system to sync with the Total Connect interactive service. This service can be used to arm and disarm the system, check the status of sensors, control Z-Wave devices and more.
But in order to use any Z-Wave devices, an L5100-ZWAVE module will need to be installed in the LYNX Touch System. Once Z-Wave devices have been added, a user can establish rules and scenes for their Z-Wave devices. Rules and scenes are used to have Z-Wave devices activate automatically based on a pre-determined schedule or with certain system events. For example, a user might have their Z-Wave lights and their Z-Wave thermostat turn off when they arm their system away before leaving for work. They might then have another scene to have these devices turn back on when their system is disarmed later. This can be extremely convenient for the user, and it can help them save money on their energy bills.