DIY Wireless Security Systems Frequently Asked Questions

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 Replace an Existing Honeywell 5816 On My VISTA Security System?
Replacing an old Honeywell 5816 door and window contact on a VISTA Panel is a very easy process. Simply delete the serial number of the old sensor from the panel. Then learn in the new one. Finally, uninstall the old sensor and install the new one. Learn more about replacing the Honeywell 5816.
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Honeywell L5210 vs Qolsys IQ Panel 2
The Honeywell L5210 and the Qolsys IQ Panel 2 are both wireless all-in-one alarm systems. Both are great panels that offer easy user accessibility. But the Qolsys IQ Panel 2 is the more robust of the two systems, and it provides more capabilities out of the box. Learn more about these two panels.
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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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What Are The Differences Between Total Connect and Alarm.com?
Both Alarm.com and Total Connect are interactive and can be used remotely. Total Connect is for Honeywell panels, while Alarm.com is for multiple companies.
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Does Total Connect Have a Monthly Fee?
Total Connect is a special service that is included as part of certain alarm monitoring plans. Users pay a monthly monitoring fee for their alarm service. As long as they pay their monthly fee, they will continue to receive the Total Connect service. Learn more about Total Connect.
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What Is the Travelers Homeowner's Insurance Discount Given for Owning an Alarm System?
According to Travelers, a possible discount in one's homeowner's insurance for owning an alarm system is extremely dependent upon which state the policy is in. Certain factors are likely to make the discount larger, but this varies by state. Learn more about Travelers homeowner's insurance.
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Can I Add My Pre-Installed Wired Sensors to a Security Alarm?
Pre-installed hardwired sensors can be used with a new alarm system. This can save a user a large amount of money when upgrading to a new control panel. If the system is wireless, a wired to wireless converter will be needed. Learn more about using wired sensors with a new alarm system.
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What Is the Best No-Contract Alarm System for a House?
There are several alarm systems that are great for use in houses. We advise choosing a wireless system due to their overall ease of use and versatility. The choice of which system to use largely comes down to preference. All of our systems are no-contract. Learn more about choosing an alarm system.
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Qolsys IQ Panel 2 vs 2GIG GC3
The IQ Panel 2 is the flagship panel from Qolsys, while the GC3 is the latest offering from 2GIG. Both wireless systems will make for an excellent centerpiece to any security setup, with each possessing similar features. But which one is considered better? Continue reading to find out.
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