Is LYNX Touch compatible w/ 3rd-party ZWave controller?
The Honeywell LYNX Touch L5200, L5210, and L7000 alarm systems will not speak directly to a third party Z-Wave controller/hub (i.e. Smart things, Wink, Iris, Vera, Homeseer, etc.). This means, you cannot control a LYNX panel from a third party Z-Wave hub app. It also means that alarm system status, or actions cannot be used as trigger points for automated scenes. Honeywell does offer the L5100-ZWAVE controller which can be setup as a secondary (or primary) controller to control the same Z-Wave devices as the existing controller. This means that you can still use the third party hub as your primary controller and keep everything the way you have it.
The secondary controller cannot include devices, so you will have to switch primary control to the LYNX panel. This should auto-learn all the Z-Wave devices to the LYNX from the primary controller. If it does not, you can manually include them. Then shift the controller back to secondary by going into advanced tools in the automation section, and choosing "Pri Controller Shift to Secondary". Once this is done, you can setup scenes, rules and scheduling from the L7000 to automate your Z-Wave devices based on security status and system operations, i.e. arming, alarms, faults, etc.
Essentially there will be two different Z-Wave mesh networks. One that integrates triggers from the alarm system using the L5100-ZWAVE and the other with the third party hub. Honeywell has not offered anyway to directly integrate third party Z-Wave hubs; mainly due to security risks from open-source, free apps. Another benefit of using the L5100-ZWAVE is that it allows you to integrate remote access to your Z-Wave network via Total Connect 2.0.
Total Connect is an app that includes control, status and customizable text/email alerts. TC does not require any port forwarding or potential network security risks. It will require an internet (L5100-WIFI) or cellular (3GL) module with the LYNX panel in order to communicate to the Honeywell Alarmnet server. The communications are secure, reliable and offer a unified platform for both security and automation in one place.
Please note: We offer no contract self monitoring plans such as our self silver plan that includes security and automation monitoring from your own smartphone, tablet and/or computer. You can also look at our Silver plan or higher if interested in central station service as well.
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- Frank Longo