How Do I Install the Cell Module in a 2GIG GC2e?

You can install the cell module in a 2GIG GC2e by opening up the panel, securing the cellular communicator, attaching the antenna (if applicable), and closing the panel. Make sure that the system is fully powered down before installing the module. You can power it back on once finished.

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The 2GIG GC2e uses the same cellular communicators as the original 2GIG Go!Control GC2. While there have been several cellular communicators released for the GC2 through the years, we now recommend using LTE modules. This is because LTE networks are expected to be kept in service for many years. Additionally, older 3G and CDMA communicators can no longer be activated for monitoring service. Our favorite LTE communicators for the 2GIG GC2e are the 2GIG LTEA-A-GC2 AT&T LTE Communicator and the 2GIG LTEV1-A-GC2 Verizon LTE Communicator.

The cellular communicators for the 2GIG GC2 and GC2e come in different sizes, and they can look slightly different between different modules. However, they all follow the same general installation process. Remember to consider any firmware requirements for the cell module you are using. Complete the following steps to install a 2GIG GC2e Cellular Communicator:

1. Open the panel. The 2GIG GC2e can be opened without removing the back plate from the wall if the system is mounted. However, we will have the panel lying flat on a table in our example images. Start by removing the front cover for the panel. We find it's easiest to just get the edge of your fingernail into the crease between the front and back and just click it off.

Then use a flat head screwdriver on the two (2) upper tabs to pry the main panel away from its back plate. Also unlock the screws (the red circles in the following picture) if necessary. You will not activate the tamper cover until you separate the panel from the back plate.


2. Power down the system. Now that you have the panel open, you can easily power down the system. First unplug the battery from the main circuit board. Then unplug the transformer from the wall outlet. Verify that the main screen is blank and that there are no illuminated LED lights on the system. This indicates that it has powered down.

3. Note the IMEI number. On the communicator, there should be an IMEI number. It's best to write this number down, and store it somewhere safe. You will need this IMEI number when you go to activate the communicator later.

4. Secure the cellular communicator. On the bottom of the cellular communicator, there will be a plug-in connector that can connect with a port on the GC2e Panel. You want to connect the cellular communicator to this port.


Then secure the two (2) screws for the communicator.


5. Add the antenna. Your communicator may come with an antenna. If it doesn't, you can skip this step. But if it does, or if you add one later, you can plug it into the appropriate port(s) on the communicator. Some antennas may use multiple ports, while others will only have one.


The other end of the antenna should be run through the system back plate. The antenna should be outside the panel once the GC2e is closed. Make sure to position the antenna so that you get the best coverage possible.


6. Power on the system. With the communicator successfully installed, you can now power the system back on. Plug the backup battery into its port on the panel. Make sure to do this before closing the panel. Finally, plug the transformer into the wall outlet. The panel will not power up until the transformer is plugged in.

7. Close the panel. Reapply the panel to the back plate. It should lock into place. Then reapply the front plate to the panel. The system will be closed and ready for use.

8. Activate the communicator. With the communicator installed, it must be activated for monitoring service. Contact the monitoring company you are working with to have them activate the communicator. If you are being monitored by Alarm Grid, you can sign-up for an activation appointment by visiting our monitoring page, by calling (888) 818-7728, or by emailing us at support@alarmgrid.com. Remember that our business hours are from 9am to 8pm ET M-F. An activator will call you at the scheduled activation time to activate the system for monitoring. You will be asked to provide the IMEI number as part of the activation process. You will not be charged for monitoring until your activation is complete.

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