Can I Replace My Wireless Security Panel?
Yes, you can replace your wireless security panel. If you replace your system with an identical one, then you may be able to do make the swap without reprogramming the panel and its sensors. Other times, you may need to reprogram. You should try to bring over your old sensors if possible.
There are many reasons why you might want to replace your wireless panel. Maybe your old panel broke or experienced damage. Perhaps your old system doesn't support enough zones, and you purchased a new one to add more sensors. Another possibility is that you want to upgrade to a newer communicator, but your old panel does not support the path you want to use. Or maybe you just got a new panel to use new features that weren't available for your old system. No matter why you are upgrading your system, there are a few things to keep in mind to make the process as easy as possible.
If you are replacing your wireless security panel, you will want to try and bring over your old sensors. It's likely that your old sensors will work perfectly fine on your new system. Keeping your old sensors and using them with your new system will help you keep costs as low as possible. Although a newer system may be able to support some more advanced sensors, there likely isn't that big of a difference between old sensors and new ones. So if you have perfectly good sensors on your system, try and see if you can bring them over to a new one.
If you have an existing wireless system, then it is likely that you have wireless sensors. At the very least, you might have hardwired sensors with a wired to wireless converter. Whether you have wireless sensors or a wired to wireless converter, you can probably bring your existing equipment and use it with your new system. The key is to find out which wireless frequency your equipment operates at. You need to get a wireless system that can accept sensors at that same frequency. Most wireless systems will have a built-in wireless receiver. This means that the accepted wireless frequency will depend on the panel you select.
If the only reason you are replacing your wireless system is because your old one broke, it is probably easiest just to buy the same system. This is because you will be able to use all of your old equipment with your new panel. This includes your alarm monitoring communicator, provided that it has not been damaged and is still capable of being activated. Another benefit is that you probably won't have to program your new system. If you are an Alarm Grid monitored customer, we can take your old programming information and apply it to your new system. However, we can only do this if you are switching over to the same system. Otherwise, you will need to reprogram.
If you are upgrading to a newer and more advanced wireless system, then you probably cannot bring over your programming information. You will also most likely need to buy a new alarm monitoring communicator and new keypads if applicable. But you should be able to bring over your new sensors. Just keep frequency in mind. Qolsys Sensors and Interlogix/GE Sensors operate at 319.5 MHz. Honeywell 5800 Sensors and 2GIG Sensors operate at 345 MHz. Legacy DSC Sensors operate at 433 MHz. Alarm Grid offers new and advanced systems to cover all of these legacy frequencies.
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