How Do I Activate the Chime on an Interlogix Simon XTi or XTi-5?

You can activate the chime on an Interlogix Simon XTi or XTi-5 by faulting a sensor with a chime-producing sensor group while the system is in a disarmed state. The panel will emit a chime to let the user know about the faulted zone. The chime feature must be enabled in system settings.

A chime on a Simon XTi or XTi-5 is a simple audible notification to let the user know that a sensor has been activated. The most common application of a chime is to let the user know that someone has opened a door or a window. The system will only produce a chime sound if the programmed sensor is assigned a sensor group that performs chimes.

Additionally, most sensor groups will only have the system to produce a chime if the system is disarmed. If a sensor is activated while the system is armed, its sensor group will usually trigger an alarm event or an entry delay period instead of a basic chime. However, there are certain sensor groups that are an exception to this rule. These sensor groups are rarely used, but they will instruct the system to produce a chime whenever the sensor activated.

A sensor will only instruct the system to produce a chime if it is assigned an appropriate sensor group. The most common sensor groups for producing chimes are 10 and 13. Sensor group 10 is an entry/exit setting that is used for doors. Sensor group 13 is an instant perimeter setting that is used for windows and exterior doors. Sensor groups 25 and 40 will also produce chimes. These sensor groups are less commonly used, and they will have the sensor produce a chime even if the system is armed. However, no further action will be taken with sensor groups 25 and 40. This may be used for something like a driveway sensor, where a notification is all the user will ever want from the sensor.

A chime will only be produced on an XTi or XTi-5 System if the setting is enabled from basic system settings. To adjust this setting, click on the gear icon in the lower-right corner of the main screen. Then scroll down to the "Chime" option. Click "On" to enable the chime, or click "Off" to disable the chime (shown). Then press "Close" in the upper-right corner of the screen to save your changes.


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This tips works but when I have an external siren the panel announces with a voice the sensor but also makes a noise in the external siren. The voice is fine but the external siren each time a door is open... that’s annoying!!

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