Can I Use the Lyric Gateway as a Z-Wave Controller w/o Monitoring?

Without monitoring, a user only has the ability to Include, Exclude, create Scenes and Rules, and manually activate Z-Wave devices on a Lyric Gateway.

The Lyric Gateway is a unique system in that it has no digital display and requires a user to connect the system to monitoring in order to access the majority of the system’s programming. Even then, the end-user has no access to program the system, the alarm dealer must perform the bulk of programming through AlarmNet 360. The MyHome Gateway app is the end-user’s touchscreen portal to controlling the system. Once the dealer has programmed zones, the user can then use the MyHome Gateway app to see status, arm, disarm, bypass zones, and control any other security functions, but only while connected to the same network as the Lyric Gateway. Using the app, a user can map in new Z-Wave devices and create up to 100 local Scenes. If a user decides to add Total Connect 2.0 service, they will lose the ability to program scenes locally, and will then be required to program them through Total Connect 2.0. If the customer chooses to add Total Connect 2.0, but does not use a plan that includes Automation features, they will still lose the ability to create scenes locally through the app. I suppose since the Z-Wave Plus controller is built in, Honeywell assumes anyone using Total Connect 2.0, and Z-Wave devices, will always use them together.

With this said, the Lyric Gateway is really not a system created to be used without alarm monitoring services. The majority of system programming cannot be accessed from the panel, including zone programming and system communication options.

The Lyric Gateway is the latest system released in Honeywell’s Lyric lineup. The system is manufactured with a built in Z-Wave plus controller, WIFI communicator and integrated Ethernet jack. A cellular communicator can be installed in the top of the unit which allows the Gateway to connect to the Verizon or AT&T network. A user would want to select the communicator that corresponds to the strongest cell network in their area, as the operation is identical between the two. The Gateway can use any of the 3 listed communication methods as its sole method of transmission. A user can also combine Ethernet or WIFI as a primary path with Cellular as a secondary path in what is known as a dual path setup. With this feature enabled, the system will automatically switch from the primary path (WIFI or Ethernet) to the secondary path (Cellular) if the primary path fails.

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