Does Alarm.com Have a Communicator That Will Work w/ Honeywell Panels?
Yes, Alarm.com has a communicator that will work with Honeywell Panels. There are various Alarm.com System Enhancement Modules (SEMs) that will allow Honeywell VISTA Systems to connect with the Alarm.com service.
In most cases, a Honeywell Alarm System will use the Total Connect 2.0 Service instead of Alarm.com. Total Connect 2.0 essentially works the same as Alarm.com, with only slight differences. But if a user has a Honeywell VISTA System and they want to use Alarm.com instead of Total Connect 2.0, then they can get a compatible System Enhancement Module.
Adding an SEM provides many benefits for a Honeywell Alarm System. For one, cellular communication is extremely reliable, and it will help ensure that the user's alarm system always stays connected to the network. Cellular communication is certainly more trustworthy than IP connectivity, which often becomes unavailable and can be affected by electrical outages.
An SEM Communicator also doubles as a Z-Wave controller for a VISTA System. This way, users will be able to operate Z-Wave smart home automation devices from Alarm.com. These can include useful tools such as lights, locks and thermostats. A user can even set up rules for their Z-Wave network to have their programmed devices respond to predetermined events or on a set schedule. Please note that all Z-Wave control will need to be done through the Alarm.com service when using an SEM, as local control will be impossible.
Remember, the Alarm.com Service operates much like the Total Connect 2.0 Service. Users can login to their account to arm and disarm their systems, check current system status and control their automation devices. The Alarm.com service can be accessed from a web browser or by using the Alarm.com Mobile App on Android and iOS devices. The mobile app is particularly exciting, as it lets a user access the service for nearly anywhere in the world.
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