Wireless Alarm Control Panels Frequently Asked Questions

Honeywell Lyric Controller vs Qolsys IQ Panel 2
The Lyric Controller from Honeywell and the IQ Panel 2 from Qolsys are two of our most advanced alarm systems. They offer very similar performance and capabilities. However, they are manufactured by different companies, and they use different sensors and services. Learn more about these two panels.
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Are Wired or Wireless Security Systems Better?
In terms of functionality, wired systems can do virtually everything wireless systems can. However, wireless systems are easier to set up, and they require fewer add-ons. this makes wireless systems better for new users. Learn more about the differences between wired and wireless security systems.
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Honeywell L7000 VS Honeywell L5210
The L7000 and the L5210 are both wireless all-in-one panels from the Honeywell LYNX Touch Series. They are very similar panels that offer nearly identical features and capabilities. However, the L7000 is slightly more robust than the L5210. Learn more about these two Honeywell Security Systems.
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Honeywell LYNX Touch & LYNX Plus vs. VISTA systems
Check out our breakdown of the differences between the LYNX Touch and Plus wireless alarm panels vs. VISTA wired security systems
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Honeywell Lyric Security System VS L7000 VS L5210
The Lyric, L7000 and L5210 are all wireless all-in-one panels from Honeywell. The Lyric is Honeywell's newest and most advanced system. The L7000 and L5210 are from the older LYNX Touch Series, and they are not advanced. However, all three are great systems. Learn more about these Honeywell Panels.
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How Do I Upgrade from a GC2 to a GC3?
Upgrading from a 2GIG GC2 to a 2GIG GC3 is a very easy process. Most of the programming information for the old GC2 system can be saved by the user's alarm monitoring company. The monitoring company can then upload the programming information to the GC3 panel. Learn more about making this upgrade.
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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 DIY Business or Home Security System?
There are many great DIY security panel for businesses and homes. The best one depends upon the needs of the user. Many users find the Qolsys IQ Panel 2 to be a great DIY system. However, a VISTA Panel might work better if multiple partitions are needed. Learn more about choosing a security panel.
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How Do I Turn off (Power Down) My Home Alarm System?
Most alarm systems can be turned off by following similar steps. The process involves disconnecting the backup battery and then unplugging the transformer from the wall. The shut down can be confirmed by checking the panel's touchscreen or keypad. Learn more about shutting down your 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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