Does Honeywell Offer a Cellular Module for the Lyric Alarm System?
Yes, Honeywell does offer a cell module for the Lyric Alarm System. In fact, there are three options available. The version that we recommend using is the AT&T LTE version, as it operates on the fastest and most reliable network. There are also 3G AT&T and Verizon CDMA versions available.
Upgrading to cellular is one of the most important things you can do for your Honeywell Lyric Controller. Although the system already has a built-in WIFI card for sending and receiving communication signals, cellular communication is considerably more reliable. A WIFI connection can sometimes go down for seemingly no reason, and it is also dependent upon electricity. Cellular connectivity almost never goes down, and it will continue to work when the power goes out.
Once a cellular module has been added, the Lyric Controller will be capable of using a dual-path communication setup. This means that it will send out signals through both cellular and WIFI connectivity. If one communication path doesn't work, it will still have the other path available for communicating with the AlarmNet servers.
By communicating with AlarmNet, the Lyric System will work with the Total Connect 2.0 interactive service from Honeywell. This will allow the user to access their system remotely using the Total Connect 2.0 Mobile App on Android and iOS devices. From there, a user can arm and disarm their system, control Z-Wave smart home devices, check the current status of security sensors, receive text and email alerts and more.
The version of the Lyric cellular communicator that we recommend using is the Honeywell LYRICLTE-A AT&T LTE Communicator. This communicator will connect the system with the AT&T LTE Network. LTE stands for "Long-Term Evolution", and it represents some of the latest and most advanced cellular communication technology available. By connecting with an LTE network, the system will experience faster speeds and greater reliability overall. AT&T has also stated that they plan to support their LTE network for many years into the very distant future. With an LTE communicator, a user is essentially "future-proofing" their Lyric System so that it can continue to receive cellular monitoring for a very long time.
There is also an AT&T 3G communicator available for the Lyric System. This communicator is not as fast or reliable as the AT&T LTE communicator. Although it is slightly less expensive, it's usually worth it to just get the LTE version instead. Additionally, the AT&T 3G Network is likely to be phased out in the coming years. Finally, there's the Verizon CDMA communicator. We strongly discourage using this communicator, as Verizon is already in the process of discontinuing their CDMA network. Once the cellular network has been discontinued, the communicator will no longer work, and it will need to be replaced.
Please note that to use a cellular connection, the end user will need an alarm monitoring plan that includes cellular service. We encourage you to view our alarm monitoring page for more information.
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