Can WIFI be Primary and GSM Backup on an L7000?
Yes, WIFI can be primary, and GSMcan be backup on an L7000. The Honeywell L7000 LYNX Touch alarm system does support WIFI (IP) as a primary communication path and GSM (Cellular) as a secondary backup. The L7000 does not have a built-in phone line like the previous LYNX panels. So you will need to pick up alarm communicators like the L5100-WIFI communicator and/or the 4GL GSM module if you would like to monitor your alarm system with a central station or self-monitor. The ILP5 ethernet communicator uses the same port on the L7000 mother board so there is no way to do dual path monitoring with wired ethernet.
The L5100-WIFI module is a small card that slides directly into the L7000 control panel. This unit allows the L7000 to send signals at speeds of up to 54Mbps via your local WIFI network. By the given nature of internet vs. cellular speeds, the L5100-WIFI makes remote access and text/email alerts from Total Connect 2.0 smooth and seamless. This unit also allows you to stream local AlarmNet video cameras directly to the touchscreen of the L7000. You will need a WPS router to do this.
The only downside to WIFI communication is the inconsistency of the connection. Anyone familiar with IT knows that there are several factors that can disturb an internet connection especially in a residential environment. Power loss to your modem or router, IP conflicts and ISP outages make cellular communication a more reliable form of transmission.
The 4GL cellular communicator is a brand, new module designed specifically for the L7000. The older GSMVLP5-4G was a solid unit but we found that signal readings are much higher across the board with the newer 4GL unit. Dual path monitoring will position this device as the secondary path. This way if the WIFI ever goes out the 4GL will takeover after 30 seconds or 2 attempts which ever is quicker.
The 4GL will be activated with AT&T by your AlarmNet dealer during the activation of your monitoring service. This prevents you from dealing with AT&T and keeps all monthly billing with your alarm company.
Our system kits, such as the L7000PK-WIFI-4G and the L7000PK10-WIFI-4G, are great foundations to building a new wireless security system. They include the L7000 panel which includes the backup battery (4-8 hours), AC transformer and integrated alarm siren (95dB), 1 x 5800PIR-RES, 5811 wafer-thin door/window sensors (3 in the L7000PKs and 10 in the L7000PK10s), 1 x 5834-4 wireless key fob (~200 ft range), and of course the L5100-WIFI and 4GL communicators. The kits do not include a power cable from the transformer to the panel. You can use your own custom 2-wire cabling (18-22 gauge) or you can purchase the LT Cable separately.
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- Answered By
- Frank Longo