How are Andersen VeriLock Sensors Programmed Into an Alarm System?
Andersen VeriLock Sensors are programmed into an alarm system by transmitting the sensor's Serial Number to an open wireless zone on the system. You must also configure the programming settings for the zone. VeriLock Sensors use two (2) separate zones for Open/Close and Lock/Unlock.
Andersen VeriLock Sensors represent a special type of wireless door and window sensors. These sensors come built into certified doors and windows that are manufactured by Andersen. You cannot purchase these sensors from Alarm Grid. They are typically sold via Andersen dealers. It is also important to mention that installing your own Andersen Door or Window may void its warranty. We advise reaching out to a certified Andersen dealer if you are interested in having one installed. You can find out which Andersen Windows have built-in sensors in this FAQ. Also follow this link to find an Andersen dealer in your area.
In order to use Andersen VeriLock Sensors with your system, you must have a panel that supports wireless 345 MHz sensors. Examples of panels that support 345 MHz include the Honeywell Panels, such as the Honeywell Lyric Security System, the Honeywell LYNX Touch Panels, or a Honeywell VISTA System with an added wireless receiver. The 2GIG Wireless Panels like the 2GIG GC2, 2GIG GC3, 2GIG GC2e, and 2GIG GC3e can also all support Andersen VeriLock Sensors. And the VeriLock Sensors will also work with the 345 MHz Qolsys IQ Panel 2 Plus.
The process for programming an Andersen VeriLock Sensor into your system involves accessing wireless zone programming so that you can enroll the Serial Number for the sensor. You will typically need to know the system's Installer Code to access Installer Programming. Most panels will allow for auto-enrollment, but you can also enter in the Serial Number manually. You will also need to configure the zone settings. This includes the Loop Number, which determines which function the system will monitor for. Loop Number 1 is for Open/Close, and Loop Number 2 is for Lock/Unlock. If you want to monitor for both functions, then you will need to enroll the sensor to two (2) different zones, with each zone having a different Loop Number. You will also configure various settings that determine how your system responds when the sensor is faulted. This will vary depending upon your system, so refer to the programming guide for your panel for more information. Andersen VeriLock Sensors have a range of roughly 500 feet in open air, so keep that in mind when using them.
Complete the following steps to program an Andersen VeriLock Sensor into an alarm system:
1. Access wireless zone programming. Access the wireless zone programming section for your panel. How you do this will depend on the panel you are using. Refer to the guide for your panel to learn how to enter programming. In most cases, you will need to provide the system's Installer Code. Some common default Installer Codes include 4112 (Honeywell and Resideo), 1561 (2GIG), and 1111 (Qolsys). Once you are in zone programming, you will usually need to choose a zone to use with the sensor. Make sure the zone you select is open and available.
2. Enroll the Serial Number. As part of programming the zone, you will provide the Serial Number for the Andersen VeriLock Sensor. This is a unique number to the sensor, and it allows the system to identify it. For most panels, you can put the system into a listening mode and then fault (activate) the sensor to auto-populate the Serial Number on the system. In the case of a VeriLock Sensor, it can be faulted by either opening and closing the door/window or locking and unlocking the door/window. Some panels may require you to do this multiple times for confirmation.
Alternatively, if you are having trouble getting the Serial Number to auto-enroll, you can instead manually enter the Serial Number for the sensor. You can find the ID Number for the VeriLock Sensor on the sensor itself. If possible, note the information before the door or window is installed by the certified Andersen installer. Just take a picture of it or write it down, and keep it somewhere safe. Attempting to remove the door or window to locate the Serial Number may result in your warranty being voided. If you enroll the Serial Number manually, then make sure to test the sensor after you have finished programming to ensure that your system acknowledges its activity.
3. Set the Loop Number. One important thing you will do when programming an Andersen VeriLock Sensor is set the Loop Number. This determines what activity the system zone is being used for. If you set to Loop 1, then the system will respond to the door or window being opened or closed. If you set to Loop 2, then the system will respond to the door or window being locked or unlocked. You must program a total of two zones if you want to use both functions.
4. Program other settings. There will likely be other settings you must program for the zone. There will usually be either a Response Type or Sensor Group option, which determines what action the system should take when the sensor is faulted, depending upon the current arming state of the system. Refer to your system's programming guide to learn more about its Response Types or Sensor Groups.
You may need to indicate what type of device is used for the zone. This is known as the Device Type. In the case of a VeriLock Sensor, you will most likely be choosing Door or Window. Some panels may not have this field. But for ones that do, just set Door or Window accordingly. Most panels will also allow you to provide a name for the sensor. This may be referred to as a "Zone Descriptor" depending on the system you are using. Again, refer to the programming guide for your panel for more information.
Other settings you may need to program include:
- Chime: Whether or not the system will emit a sound when the zone is faulted (opened or unlocked).
- Voice: Whether or not the system will speak the voice descriptor when the zone is faulted.
- Alarm Report: Whether or not a monitored system will report an alarm signal if the zone causes an alarm on the system.
- Supervision: Whether or not the system will required check-in signals from the sensor to verify that it is powered on and within range. The VeriLock Sensor will send check-in signals regardless. This just determines whether or not the system will look for them. If no check-in signal is received within a certain interval (usually due to an environmental change that is blocking the RF signals, or being taken out of range), then an RF supervision loss trouble condition will occur on the system.
- Equipment Code: The 2GIG Panels will require you to set an Equipment Code. Choose 0637 for Honeywell 5816 or 0655 for Existing Door and Window Sensor. Either selection should work fine.
- Equipment Age: The 2GIG Panels will require you to set the Equipment Age as "New" or "Existing". This setting has no effect on the sensor's performance.
- Sensor Acts as Normally Open: If enabled, then the zone will be considered faulted when the door or window is closed, instead of when it is opened. Not all systems will have this option.
5. Save the settings. Make sure you save the zone settings after you have finished configuring the settings. Many panels will have a Save button or a checkbox to save changes. This will depend on how programming works on the system. Once you are done, you can follow the specific process to exit programming and return home. Make sure to exit programming properly so that you don't become locked out (e.g. LYNX, VISTA). Remember to test the sensor to make sure it works properly. This is extremely important if you manually entered the Serial Number earlier. For monitored customers, put your system on test mode first if your testing may involve setting off an alarm.
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