How Do I Program an Encore FireFighter FF345 to a 2GIG GC3?

You can program an Encore FireFighter FF345 to a 2GIG GC3 by putting the panel into its wireless enrollment mode and then pressing the learn button on the Encore FireFighter FF345. The panel should recognize the sensor and enroll it. You must then adjust the settings and save the changes.

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There are actually two versions of the Encore FireFighter FF345. The older model is rectangular and can only listen for the temporal sound of an activated smoke detector. The newer model is circular and can be used with both smoke detectors and carbon monoxide detectors. You can see the newer style of the FF345 in the picture above. Please note that you will need to program the FF345 to two separate system zones if you use it for both fire and carbon monoxide detection.

Both versions of the FF345 operate in the same manner. When a life-safety sensor is activated, it will emit a loud temporal sound. The FF345 listens for this unique sound. The sensor will alert the GC3 System when it detects this sound by sending a 345 MHz signal to the panel. The system will then respond as if a smoke detector or carbon monoxide sensor that is actually paired with the system was activated. The advantage to using the FF345 is that it will allow you to integrate many wired smoke detectors and CO detectors with your GC3 System that otherwise wouldn't be compatible.

For best results, the FF345 should be installed no more than six inches away from the smoke detector or CO detector it is monitoring. The listening vents on the FF345 should be facing the sounder on the smoke detector or CO detector. This will give the FF345 the best opportunity to hear the unique temporal sound of an activated sensor.

Additionally, if you have an existing network of one-go-all-go smoke detectors or CO detectors, you can use one single FF345 to monitor the entire building. As soon as one smoke detector or carbon monoxide detector activates, all the others will activate as well. No matter which sensor caused the alarm, your FF345 device will be there to hear the sound!

Remember, if you are using a second generation FF345 and you intend on using the device for both fire and CO detection, you will need to program for two unique system zones. If you would like to program an Encore FireFighter FF345 to a zone on a 2GIG GC3, complete the following steps:

1. Enter zone programming. Begin from the main screen of the 2GIG GC3. Click the 2GIG logo in the upper-right. Enter in the Installer Code. This code is 1561 by default. Choose Panel Programming, then Wireless Zones. You will enter zone programming.

2. Enroll the sensor. Choose an available zone on the left side of the screen. It can be any zone that isn't already in use. You will auto-enroll the sensor after picking a zone. On the right side of the screen, choose the Serial Number field. This is the third option from the top. Then press the Learn button in the bottom-right corner to put the panel into its wireless enrollment mode. You must then activate the learn button for the sensor to auto-enroll it.

Start by opening up the sensor. This will require pressing in a tab and removing the device's cover. Then locate the learn button on the sensor. The learn button is a small rectangular button that is directly next to the device's tamper switch. It appears the same on both generations of the Encore FireFighter FF345.

If you are using a first generation FF345, you will simply press and release the learn button. The GC3 Panel should recognize the transmission and ask you to confirm the Serial Number. Confirm the Serial Number by checking the white sticker on the device. Press the green Accept button once have confirmed that the Serial Number is correct. Remember, you can only enroll a first generation FF345 for fire detection.

If you are using a second generation FF345, you can enroll for fire detection or CO detection. To enroll for fire detection, simply press and release the learn button as though you were enrolling a first generation model. To enroll for CO detection, press and hold the learn button for at least two seconds before releasing. The panel should recognize the sensor and ask you to confirm the Serial Number. Make sure it is correct by checking the white sticker on the sensor's board. Press the green Accept button to confirm the Serial Number.

Keep in mind that the sticker displays the Serial Number for fire detection. If you are using a second generation model, the Serial Number for CO detection will be exactly one digit higher. For example, if the Serial Number shown on the sticker is "1234567", then the Serial Number to check for fire detection is "1234567". The Serial Number to check for CO detection in that case would be "1234568". Remember, the Serial Number is exactly seven (7) digits, with a dash (-) after the third digit.

Please note that while you can technically auto-enroll the FF345 using the tamper switch, that practice is discouraged. It is recommended that you use the learn button for enrollment. You can see a picture of the test button, the tamper switch, and the Serial Number sticker on a first generation FF345 in the following picture:


3. Configure the settings. You should now go through an configure the settings for the zone. Each setting can be configured as follows:

  • Sensor Type: Set to "09 - 24-Hour Fire", "14 - 24-Hour Carbon Monoxide", or "16 - 24-Hour Fire Verification".
  • Equipment Code: If you have a first generation model, set to "0637 - HW D/W '5816'". If you have a second generation model, set to "1058 - 2GIG Smoke Detector" for smoke detection or "1026 - 2GIG CO Detector" for CO detection.
  • Serial Number: You should have already set the Serial Number in Step 2. This will be the same code as the one listed on the white sticker inside the sensor for fire detection. It will be one digit higher for CO detection. Remember that CO detection is only available on the second generation (round) FF345.
  • Equipment Age: Set to New or Existing. This will not affect the performance of the device.
  • Sensor Loop: Set to Loop 2 on a first generation FF345 (rectangular version). Both the Smoke and CO zone will be set to Loop 1 on a second generation FF345 (round version). Be careful not to mix this one up!
  • Voice Descriptor: This is used to name the sensor. Pick a name that is easy to remember. You might choose something like "Living Room Smoke" or "Basement Carbon Monoxide".
  • Sensor Reports: Set to Enabled.
  • Sensor Supervised: Set to Enabled.
  • Sensor Chime: Set to Disabled.

4. Save your changes. Click the Return to System Configuration option in the upper-right corner. The option for Wireless Zones should be highlighted. This indicates that you have made changes to the system's wireless zone settings. Then press the return arrow on the left. You will be taken to a zone summary screen. Review the changes, and make sure they are correct. Press the green Save button to confirm the changes. You will be taken back to the main screen, and the changes will be applied.

5. Test the sensor. If your system is monitored, make sure to put your system on test mode with the central station. This is usually done by contacting the central station or your monitoring company. Alarm Grid customers can also put their system on test mode themselves by using MyAlarms.com. Do not attempt to test the FF345 before doing this.

The FF345 must also be in its own test mode when testing. The sensor automatically enters test mode upon powering up, and it stays in this mode for an hour. To put the device back in test mode, simply remove the cover, take out the battery, reapply the battery, and reapply the cover. The FF345 will now be in its test mode for the next hour.

When the FF345 is in its test mode, it only needs to hear one round of the temporal 3 sound for a triggered smoke detector or one round of the temporal 4 sound for a triggered CO detector. The FF345 needs to hear two rounds in its normal mode. Keep this in mind if there ever is a real fire or carbon monoxide outbreak.

Once your system is in its test mode and the FF345 is also in its test mode, you can conduct the actual test. You will need to activate your smoke detector or CO detector and trigger its sounder. How you do this will depend on the smoke detector or CO detector. Some devices will have a test button for this purpose. Others may require you to use canned smoke or canned carbon monoxide gas. Upon activating the smoke detector or CO detector, its sounder should activate. This will activate the FF345 and cause an alarm on the system.

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