Alarm Control Panels Frequently Asked Questions

Who Makes the Best Home Security Systems?
It is a subjective opinion as to which company makes the best security systems. However, Honeywell has a proven track record, having produced several excellent security systems through the years. Qolsys has also had recent success with their IQ Panel 2. Learn more about security system companies.
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Can I Program My Alarm Using Just Alarm.com?
The majority of panel programming cannot be conducted through Alarm.com. This includes enrolling new sensors and changing most settings Instead, most programming will need to be done on-site with the system itself. Learn more about Alarm.com and the features that it offers for security systems.
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How Do I Check the Firmware Version on My 2GIG GC3?
The current Firmware Version of your 2GIG GC3 system can be found under System Info And Usage which can be accessed from the home screen of the GC3 panel.
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How Do I Connect a Z-Wave Door Lock to My Qolsys IQ Panel 2?
A Z-Wave door lock can be programmed with a Qolsys IQ Panel 2 by auto-enrolling the lock with the system. Make sure to test the lock after learning it in.
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How Do I Reset the Polling Loop Smoke Detector on a VISTA 128BPT?
The 5193SD and 5193SDT smoke detectors do not contain sounders. Because of this, a reset is not required after a fire alarm occurs on the Vista 128BPT.
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What is the Difference Between a Master Code and a Normal User Code?
A master code has the ability to add, edit, and delete other user codes. It can never deleted, only edited. A user code can only arm, disarm, and bypass.
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How Do I Enter Walk Test Mode on a Vista Panel?
You can enter walk test mode on the Vista-15P, 20P, 21iP panels by keying in Installer Code + [5] + [0]. The panel must be "Ready" to access test mode.
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How do you power cycle a Honeywell VISTA?
Disconnect the positive leg of the battery. Find the plug-in transformer, unscrew it from the center of the outlet then unplug the transformer. Learn how to power cycle a Vista.
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Will the Central Station Call Me if I Disarm My Alarm just After a False Alarm?
There is a possibility, when you disarm immediately after a false alarm, that the central station will see the cancellation signal, and not call you. Read on!
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Will My Monitoring Company Change My Installer Code?
It is possible an alarm company will change the installer code for the security system. Some companies do this as a way of limiting what the user can do.
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