DIY Wired Security Systems Frequently Asked Questions

Does a Honeywell 4219 Require a Relay?
The Honeywell 4219 Zone Expander connects directly with a Honeywell VISTA Panel to receive power. No power relay is required for the 4219. Learn more about the Honeywell 4219.
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How Do I Bypass a Zone Through Total Connect?
Users can bypass zones when arming their system through Total Connect. This can be done from the sensors menu on the main screen. Learn how to bypass zones through Total Connect.
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How do I determine if my SIM needs to be re-seated?
If a communicator is showing no signal where the signal should be good, or if all RSSI LEDs are flashing, the SIM may need to be reseated. Learn when a SIM re-seat may help.
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How do I add/remove text/email alerts in Total Connect?
Log into Total Connect 2.0 from a computer browser or the app. Go to Notifications > List. Enable or disable events as desired. Learn to control text/email alerts in Total Connect!
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How Do I Connect a TG-1 Express to my Older Legacy Panel?
The Telguard TG-1 Express mounts near the panel. It connects to the power and phone terminals of the panel. Learn how to connect the TG-1 Express to a legacy panel.
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How Do I Remove a Non-Functioning Z-Wave Device from My Honeywell System?
When a Z-Wave device stops functioning, it can be removed from the controller by using the "Remove Failed" or "Fix All" feature. This feature will remove the device from the list of current devices when an exclusion can not be performed. Read on to learn more about removing failed nodes.
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Can I use the Lynx-WEXT with my Qolsys IQ Panel 2
Yes, the Lynx-WEXT can be used with the Qolsys IQ Panel 2. By adding the Lynx-WEXT to your Qolsys panel, an external siren, or sirens, drawing up to 1.2 Amps of current can be supported. The Lynx-WEXT contains everything except the siren. Learn more about adding a high current siren here.
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How Do I Re-Seat the SIM on My Communicator?
First, locate the SIM card for your device. Next, remove the backup battery and unplug the transformer. Remove the communicator, and extract the SIM. Make sure it is clean and free of fingerprints. Re-insert the SIM, and re-attach the cellular module. Then re-apply power. Read on to learn more.
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How do I troubleshoot a Vista-GSM4G on a Vista-21iP?
With pass-through programming, a user with an Alpha keypad can perform diagnostic testing on the Vista-GSM4G to help determine the cause of communicator issues. Using this feature, signal strength can be verified in addition to other diagnostic testing. Keep reading to learn about this feature.
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How Many Hardwired Zones Are Available on a VISTA 20P?
The Vista-20P has eight hardwired zones. Only Zone 1 can use 2-wire smokes. Zones 2 - 8 can be doubled using a special resistor setup for a total of 15 hardwired zones. With up to five Honeywell 4219 Zone Expanders, the panel supports up to 48 hardwired zones. Learn more about the VISTA 20P.
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