How Do I Enroll an Image Sensor With a 2GIG GC3e
To enroll an Image Sensor with a 2GIG GC3e, first be sure that the 2GIG XCVR3-GC3 is installed. Be sure you have either a 2GIG IMAGE2 or a 2GIG IMAGE3. Program each image sensor as a wireless zone using Equipment Code 9999. Be sure that Rules are properly synced once programming is complete.
For the most part, programming an Image Sensor into a 2GIG GC3e is just like programming any other wireless zone. The biggest difference is that the Image Sensor requires a specific Equipment Code of 9999. In addition, once the Image Sensor has been programmed into the panel, the panel will communicate with Alarm.com to download the image sensor rules to the panel. The sensor will not function properly until these rules are downloaded.
Follow these steps to program an IMAGE2 or IMAGE3 sensor to the 2GIG GC3e. These steps assume that a 2GIG XCVR3-GC3 has already been installed. For assistance with installing the transceiver module, check out this FAQ and Video.
- Enter Programming. From the Home screen, press the 2GIG Logo in the upper right corner of the 2GIG GC3e. Enter the Installer Code when prompted (Default is 1561). Choose System Configuration > Wireless Zones. The Image Sensor can be programmed onto any wireless zone number. Select the desired zone number. The next available zone should be selected by default. If this is the zone you plan to use, you can immediately begin programming it on the right side of the screen.
- Program the zone. Once the wireless zone has been selected, click on Sensor Type in the upper right side of the screen. This will begin the programming for this zone. The programming options specific to the zone will be transferred to the left side of the screen. As you go through and select each option, the available programming choices for each option will then show up on the right side of the screen.
- Save and exit. Once all programming options for the Image Sensor zone have been programmed, press Return To System Configuration in the upper right. This will take you back one screen. You'll see that "Wireless Zones" is highlighted in Yellow. This indicates there are programming changes in this area of programming. Press the Left Arrow. This will take you to a screen showing you the programming that has been changed. Verify that what you see is correct, then press Save. This will reboot the panel, and return you to the Home screen.
- Verify Rules synced. Press the 2GIG Logo in the upper right corner of the Home screen. Enter the Installer Code (Default is 1561) then press System Configuration > Image Sensors. On this screen you will see stats for any Image Sensors that are programmed. Statistics include Battery Level and the Firmware Version of the sensor. This screen is also where you can verify that the Image Sensor Rules have been Synced between the panel and Alarm.com. This is an important step, as the Image Sensor won't function correctly if the Rules are not Synced. You can also change the Image Sensor Sensitivity from this screen. You'll see an option to "Request Authorization Code" in the upper right. This is meant to be used by an Installer so that they can take a test image once they have programmed an Image Sensor. Using it is not a requirement for proper Image Sensor setup.
The following are the options that can be programmed for the Image Sensor within zone programming:
Sensor Type: The same programming choices will be available for this sensor as would be available for any other sensor. The most commonly used Sensor Type for the Image Sensor is Interior Follower. This will have the panel automatically bypass the zone when the system is armed in the Stay or Home mode. This allows the occupants to move freely through the protected space, while the perimeter doors and windows will be armed. When the system is armed Away, the Image Sensor will be armed. If it is activated before an Entry/Exit zone is faulted, it will cause an immediate alarm and will capture images as well. For a full list of Sensor Types and an explanation of each, see page 66 of the Installation and Programming Guide.
Sensor Equipment Type: For Interior Follower, this should default to Motion, which is correct.
Equipment Code: Enter 9999 or scroll through and choose Alarm.com Image Sensor from the drop-down list, which will enter a 9999 for you.
Smart Areas Assignment: Smart areas are sometimes referred to as partitions. This feature allows you to separate two (2) or more areas so that they can be armed and disarmed separately from one another. If you are not using Smart Areas, then leave this set at S1. If you are using Smart Areas, then choose the area number (options are 1 - 4 ) that this Image Sensor is located in.
Image Sensor ID: This is the Serial Number of the Image Sensor. An easy way to enroll it is by powering it up while the panel is in Listen Mode. Press the Learn button on the panel, then either pull the battery tab, or insert the batteries into the Image Sensor. The Image Sensor LED on the front will light red, and it will transmit a signal to the panel. The panel will acknowledge that it has found an image sensor. Press the Accept button to finish the serial number enrollment. The serial number transmitted by the Image Sensor will not be displayed. This is normal.
Equipment Age: The options here are New or Used. This is mostly for inventory purposes and what you choose here will not affect how the sensor operates.
Transmission Delay: Transmission Delay refers to a delay between the time this particular sensor causes an alarm, and the time the system actually sends the alarm signal to Alarm.com for processing. Alarm Grid prefers to have this option set at Disabled.
Voice Descriptor: The Voice Descriptor is literally the description of this zone that the panel will speak if the zone has a fault, a trouble, or any other type of status that needs to be announced (and assuming voice is enabled). The 2GIG GC3e has an extensive vocabulary of words that it can speak. On the Voice Descriptor screen, begin typing the word to be used, and vocabulary words that are available will begin to display. Choose the appropriate word or words, multiple words can be used per zone, then press Done.
Sensor Reports: Enabled or Disabled, when enabled this causes an alarm on this sensor to be reported to Alarm.com. It can then be forwarded to central station, depending on the monitoring plan selected.
Sensor Supervised: Each wireless sensor will send a check-in message about once an hour. If this field is enabled, the panel will monitor for those check-in messages and if the panel doesn't hear from the sensor for an extended period, it will display a trouble message for the sensor.
Sensor Chime: Sensor Chime causes the system to sound a Chime sound, and also speak the zone descriptor when enabled, any time the zone is faulted while the system is disarmed. Motion sensors customarily do not have a chime enabled, as they are often installed in high-traffic areas where they fault and restore often.
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