Honeywell Lyric Controller vs. Honeywell LYNX Touch Systems

The Lyric Controller and the LYNX Touch Systems are all wireless alarm systems from Honeywell. They all operate in a very similar manner. The Lyric is the newest and most robust of these systems. But most LYNX Touch Panels can still be used very effectively in a modern security setup.




Honeywell lyric controller encrypted wireless security system

Honeywell l5210 lynx touch wireless security system with 4 1 sla

If you purchase a new LYNX Touch Panel, you will most likely get an L5210 or an L7000. Both of these systems offer great performance and an outstanding user experience. However, the LYNX Touch Series also includes the L5200, the L5100 and the L5000. Both the L5200 and the L5100 can also be used very effectively in an alarm setup. While the L5000 can technically be used as well, it is a little more difficult to get it up and running. But if you do decide to purchase a new LYNX Touch System, we recommend choosing an L5210 or an L7000.

That said, none of the LYNX Touch Systems are quite as advanced as the Lyric Controller. While most of the LYNX Touch Panels can do everything the Lyric Controller can, the Lyric requires fewer add-ons. The Lyric will not need a separate Z-Wave controller or a WIFI communicator since these features are already built-in. But if you want to use WIFI or Z-Wave devices with a LYNX Touch, the appropriate add-on will be needed.

The Lyric Controller is also the only one of these panels that can use the fully encrypted Honeywell SiX Series Sensors. However, both the Lyric and the LYNX Touch Panels can interface with the unencrypted 5800 Series Sensors. Additionally, the Lyric and the LYNX Touch Systems will all require a cellular module to use cellular communication. A monitoring plan that includes cellular communication is also required.

If you are looking for a new Honeywell Panel, we recommend choosing a Lyric Controller. The main benefits of the Lyric are that it will support encrypted sensors and a greater number of wireless zones and user codes. It will also require fewer add-ons. But if you want a slightly cheaper option, both the L5210 and L7000 are great choices as well. And if you already have a LYNX Touch, then you should be fine without having to upgrade to a Lyric.

The table below outlines the features of Lyric Controller, the L7000 and the L5210:


Lyric Controller
L7000
L5210
Manufacturer
Honeywell Honeywell Honeywell
Compatible Sensors
Honeywell SiX Series, 5800 Series*, 2GIG 5800 Series 5800 Series
Display Screen
7 Inch LCD Touchscreen 7 Inch LCD Touchscreen 4.3 Inch LCD Touchscreen
Dimensions
6.65”H x 8.50”W x 1.30”D 7.5”H x 9.5”W x 2.0”D 6.1”H x 8.5”W x 1.71”D
Built-In Voice
Yes Yes Yes
Interactive Service
Total Connect Total Connect Total Connect
WIFI Connectivity
Yes (included) Yes (L5100 WIFI needed) Yes (L5100 WIFI needed)
Cellular Connectivity
Yes (module needed, see Lyric Compatibility Page) Yes (module needed, see L7000 Compatibility Page) Yes (module needed, see L5210 Compatibility Page)
Z-Wave Home Automation
Yes (included) Yes (L5100 ZWAVE needed) Yes (L5100 ZWAVE needed)
Encrypted Sensors
Yes (SiX Series) No No
Siren
85 dB 85 dB 85 dB
Camera
2 MP None None
User Codes
48 Total 48 Total 32 Total
Power Input
Plug-In 2.7A 9VDC adapter Included Plug-In 2.7A 9VDC adapter Included Plug-In 2.7A 9VDC adapter Included
Battery
4-Hour Rechargeable 1100mAh Included

24-Hour Rechargeable available
4-Hour Rechargeable nickel-metal hydride battery pack rated at 7.2Vdc Included

24-Hour Rechargeable available
4-Hour Rechargeable nickel-metal hydride battery pack rated at 7.2Vdc Included

24-Hour Rechargeable available
Wireless Zones
128 80 (plus 24 key fob) 64 (plus 16 key fob)
Hardwired Zones
2 Built-In 1 Built-In 1 Built-In

*The Lyric Controller supports Uni-directional 5800 series wireless devices only. The 5828/5828V, 5800RL and 5800WAVE are not supported.

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