DIY Wireless Security Systems Frequently Asked Questions

How Do I Add an Interlogix Simon XT to My Local WIFI?
The Simon XT cannot connect to a WIFI network. This is because there is currently no official WIFI card for the panel. Instead, Simon XT users should look into using cellular communication with their system. Cellular service will allow the system to access Alarm.com. Learn more about the Simon XT.
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Can I Set Up WIFI as Primary & GSM as backup on an Interlogix Simon XT?
At this time, Interlogix does not offer WIFI connectivity for their Simon XT System. Instead, a user only has the option of adding a cellular communicator to the panel. This is not a concern due to the outstanding performance and reliability of cellular communication. Learn more about the Simon XT.
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Can an Interlogix Simon XT Do Home Automation w/o Monitoring?
In order for the Interlogix Simon XT to do Z-Wave home automation, an Alarm.com cellular module must be added. In addition to providing a cellular communication path, this module also serves as a Z-Wave controller for the system. Learn more about using a Simon XT Panel for home automation.
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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 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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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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