Can I use Total Connect with a cellular communicator?

Yes cellular communications do support the Total Connect 2.0 interactive service. Total Connect is an app that allows end users to setup customizable text and email alerts; as well as remotely control the system. The most popular communication setup is a dual path setup with internet as primary and cellular as secondary (backup). However there are cases where internet is not available for one reason or another. Although they are a bit slower than most internet speeds, cellular communicators do support all the the features of Total Connect.

The simplest way to get Total Connect over cellular communication is setting up a Honeywell 3GL or GSMVLP5-4G with a LYNX Touch L5200 or L7000. The 3GL is the newer model and is more cost effective. These are the easiest systems to install, program and use on a day to day basis. They also support firmware upgrades, home automation (L5100-ZWave) integration and WIFI (L5100-WIFI) communications. We offer kits cellular kits that include a variety of door/window contacts as well.

Those looking to add Total Connect to an existing VISTA P-Series wired alarm system can simply install an external cellular communicator. The Honeywell GSMV4G is an external cell communicator that ties into your control panel's ECP bus. This unit requires a 4 wire connection to the panel (terminals 4 through 7) and has it's own battery backup. This will work with any P-Series VISTA panel including the VISTA-20P, VISTA-15P, VISTA-128BPT and VISTA-256BPT.

In order to support Total Connect 2.0 the panel must be revision 9.12 or higher. For those with a VISTA-15P or 20P, there are PROM chip upgrades that can be swapped in to upgrade the firmware on these systems. We offer a GSMV4G-TC2 Total Connect kit which includes the GSMV4G and a PROM chip upgrade. The kit comes with both a VISTA-15P PROM and 20P PROM so this kit will work with either system. These are the only two panels that support PROM upgrades.

The VISTA-21iP has internal communications that include an internet communicator from the factory. If you have this panel you can add the VISTA-GSM4G as a primary or secondary comm path. This VISTA-21iP must be revision 3.13 or higher to support Total Connect 2.0.

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The Lyric controller does not affect WIFI and Cellular speeds. Generally speaking WIFI is much faster than cellular. However if you have a DSL connection the speeds may be slower than a 3G/4G cellular connection. Basically if you have high speed cable internet it is faster than cellular. That is why the AlarmNet communicators are designed to use internet first (faster speeds) and then revert to cellular as a backup.
On a Lyric controller with dual path communications, which is faster? Wifi or Cellular?

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