How Do I Connect the FF345 to a Lyric Controller?

You can connect the FF345 to a Lyric Controller by accessing zone programming on the Lyric and then auto-enrolling the FF345 with the panel. Once the FF345 has been programmed, it can then be installed within a few inches of a hard-wired smoke detector. Test the FF345 after installation.

Encore firefighter ff345 circular smoke detector takeover moduleThe Encore FireFighter FF345 is an audio device that listens for the sound of a modern, hard-wired smoke detector. This device will allow you to integrate your existing hard-wired, high voltage smokes with your newer Honeywell Lyric Controller. When set up properly, the Lyric will recognize the FF345 in the same way that it would acknowledge a 5816 door and window contact. However, unlike the 5816, the FF345 will be programmed as a life-safety device that triggers a fire alarm when activated.

Complete the following steps to program a FireFighter FF345 to a Lyric Controller:

1. Access zone programming. From the home screen on the Lyric, go to Security > Tools > enter Installer Code (default is 4112) > Program > Zones. You will now be in zone programming. Open the FF345 by pressing in the tab and removing the cover (rectangular version) or by removing the two (2) screws from the back of the unit.

2. Auto-Enroll the FF345. Click on a new zone to highlight it. Then select "Edit" at the bottom of the screen. Click on the "Serial Number" field in the top left of the screen. on the screen, you'll see "Enter Serial No. or Activate Sensor". Be sure it shows RF Type 5800 at the lower right of the screen. The panel is now in learn mode.

Learn in the FF345 by pressing and releasing the learn button located next to its tamper switch. A quick press and release will learn in Serial Number 1 (the one from the sticker on the unit) which is used for smoke detector listening. This serial number uses Loop 1. Press the learn button for a couple of seconds, then release it to learn in the Serial Number for CO listening. This will be one (1) digit higher than the serial number on the sticker. This will also use Loop 1 when programming. If successful, the Lyric will beep to indicate that it received a serial number. Do this three times to learn and confirm the FF345 serial number. (You can also verify the correct serial number by comparing what you see on the screen with the sticker on the FF345 itself.) The panel will make three beeps to acknowledge that the sensor has been auto-enrolled, and you will be taken back to the Edit screen for that zone on the Lyric.

  • FF345 Version 1.0:
    • Always Rectangular
    • Uses Loop 2
    • Does not support CO Listening
  • FF345 Version 1.5+:
    • Can be rectangular or round
    • Uses Serial Number 1 (on sticker) with Loop 1 for Fire listening
    • Uses 2nd Serial Number (1-digit higher than SN on sticker) with Loop 1 for CO listening

The tamper switch for the FF345 can be seen in the picture below, the rectangular learn button is right next to it:


3. Adjust the settings. On the Edit screen for the zone, click on the field for Loop Number until it is set to Loop 2 (older V1 FF345). Or Loop 1 (newer V1.5+ FF345). This is very important for ensuring that the FF345 will be properly recognized by the Lyric.

Next, use the Zone Descriptor fields to name the device. Once you have entered the name, click "Done" in the bottom right corner of the screen.

Click on "Device Type" and choose "Smoke Detector" to set the FF345 as a smoke listener. Then choose "Response Type", and set it to "Fire No Verification". These steps are needed for the FF345 to give the proper response when triggered. Alternatively, you can also set the Response Type to "Fire With Verification". When Fire With Verification is used, the panel will reset after the initial fire alarm signal is received. If it receives another signal, or if the zone is still active after 30 seconds, then a fire alarm is triggered.

When programming for CO listening, "Device Type" should be "Carbon Mono. Det." to set the device up for CO Detector listening. In "Response Type" the option for "Carbon Monoxide" should automatically be selected based on the Device Type. As long as the FF345 is a Version 1.5+ it can support both Smoke and CO listening. Each option will use Loop 1, with the CO Serial Number being 1 digit higher than the Smoke Serial Number (the number on the sticker for the device). When mounting near a combination Smoke and CO Detector, a single FF345 can monitor for both conditions using two (2) separate zones.

  • Version 1.0:
    • Always Rectangular
    • Uses Loop 2
    • Does not support CO Listening
  • Version 1.5+:
    • Can be rectangular or round
    • Uses Serial Number 1 (on sticker) with Loop 1 for Fire listening
    • Uses 2nd Serial Number (1-digit higher than SN on sticker) with Loop 1 for CO listening

Once you have finished adjusting the settings, click "Save" in the bottom right corner of the screen. Then press the return button in the top right of the screen to back out to the main screen.

4. Install the device. Mount the device within six inches of a hard-wired smoke detector, CO detector, or combination unit using double-sided sticky tape or screws. Make sure that the FF345 is steady and secure so that it won't fall down. The use of this device depends on the detectors having the "one-go, all-go" feature. Meaning if one device goes into alarm, all of the devices will sound. Because of this, it is best to mount the FF345 near a smoke that is somewhat isolated from the others, so the sound of multiple smokes at once doesn't confuse the listening device.

5. Test the device. If the system is monitored, be sure to contact the monitoring station and put the system on test. You then have two options.

1. Be sure the FF345 has not been powered up for more than an hour. If it has, remove the batteries and re-install them. This puts the FF345 into test mode and causes it to transmit after hearing just one round of temporal 3 fire sounding or temporal 4 carbon monoxide sounding. Activate the siren on the detector by testing it. Specific instructions for doing this should be available in its instruction manual. The detector sounder should cause an alarm on the Lyric zone or zones associated with the FF345. The Lyric will display the alarm zone to indicate that the FF345 was programmed with the panel properly. Disarm as usual to clear the alarm.

2. Perform a functional test of the smoke or CO alarm by using canned smoke or canned CO to cause a smoke or CO alarm. Allow the alarm on the detector to sound until the FF345 indicates an alarm to the Lyric panel. Once the alarm has been displayed, disarm as usual to clear the alarm message from the Lyric panel. When smoke or CO clears the chamber on the detector, it should stop sounding, but be sure to read the instructions on the smoke detector for proper testing, and to be sure compatible canned smoke and/or CO is being used to simulate a fire or carbon monoxide alarm condition.

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