Can I Use a Honeywell IP Device With MAC Filtering?
Yes, you can use a Honeywell IP Device with MAC filtering. In order to do this, you must add the MAC address from your Honeywell IP Device to the MAC authentication access list for the IP router. This will allow you to successfully use the Honeywell IP Device with your local IP network.
Many IP routers utilize MAC filtering as a security precaution. This feature prevents unapproved IP devices from being used with the local IP network. In order to use any IP device with the local network, its associated MAC address must be added to the MAC authentication access list for the router. Until you do this, you will not be able to use the IP device with your local IP network.
There are many Honeywell Panels, Keypads, and Communicators that use IP connectivity. All of these devices have an associated MAC address. This includes the Honeywell Tuxedo Touch Keypad, the Honeywell VAM, the Honeywell VISTA 21iP System, the Resideo Lyric Alarm System, the Honeywell L5100-WIFI Card for the Honeywell LYNX Touch Systems, and all of the various IP communicators and dual-path communicators for Ademco VISTA Systems. These include, but are not limited to, the Honeywell 7847i, the Honeywell LTE-IV, and the Honeywell LTE-IA.
The actual process of providing the MAC address to the MAC authentication access list will vary between different IP routers. You should refer to the instruction manual for the router for more information. Remember, you will only need to add the MAC address to this list if MAC filtering is configured and enabled for the network router. If the router is not using MAC filtering, the you will not be required to add the MAC address to an access list before enrolling.
As for finding the MAC address for various Honeywell IP Devices, it varies between devices. Remember that it is a 12-digit hexadecimal number. Throughout the years, Honeywell has released many products with MAC addresses that start with 00-D0-2D. But remember that not all MAC addresses for Honeywell IP Devices will start with that code.
We have covered the process for finding the MAC address for most of the Honeywell IP Devices below:
Honeywell Tuxedo Touch Keypad: Please consult this FAQ.
Honeywell VAM: The VAM will have a sticker on the back that shows its MAC address. It may also be displayed on a sticker on the product box. If you need to access the MAC from the VAM itself, the only way to do this is to enter the IP address for the VAM into a web browser. This will let you control the VAM as if you were operating a Tuxedo Touch Keypad. More information on using a web browser to access a VAM is discussed in this FAQ.
VISTA 21iP: The easiest way to get the MAC address for a VISTA 21iP System is to check the product box for a sticker that displays the information. There should also be a label on the system board that includes the MAC address. It usually starts with 00-D0-2D. If your panel is monitored, you should also be able to contact your monitoring company to get this information.
Resideo Lyric: Please consult this FAQ.
Honeywell L5100-WIFI: This applies to any LYNX Touch System that is using an L5100-WIFI Card for connecting with an IP network. These systems actually have two (2) separate MAC addresses. You will need the local network MAC in this case. This code starts with "0023A7". It is labeled "WIFI" within the Comm. Diagnostics Menu. To get the MAC address, you should have the L5100-WIFI installed inside the panel. You should also have WIFI enabled on the system. Then make the following commands from the main screen:
Security > More > Tools > Installer Code (default 4112) > Program > Comm. Diagnostics > down arrow > Communication ID Numbers.
Multiple codes will be displayed on the screen. You want the one marked below:
Honeywell 7847i: Please consult this FAQ.
Honeywell LTE-IV or LTE-IA: These actually follow the same process as the Honeywell 7847i. There should be a sticker somewhere on the box or on the module itself that includes the MAC address. If the system is already monitored, you should be able to get it from your monitoring company. Remember, an alarm company can only access the programming information for a VISTA System that they actively monitor.
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