What are the advantages of firmware version 3.0.1 on my 2GIG GC3?
The Go!Control series panels are equipped with a 345MHz receiver from the factory. These will support "most" 2GIG 345MHz sensors. The GC2 (the predecessor to the GC3) supports all these devices. The original 3.0.0 firmware released with the GC3 supported all these 345MHz based sensors except for the 2GIG-FT1-345 flood sensor and the 2GIG-TILT1-345 garage tilt sensor. Unfortunately, that is still the case for the 3.0.1 release but we hope that they will soon be supported. In the meantime feel free to install the Honeywell 5821 temperature sensor along with the FP280 flood probe for flood protection and the Honeywell 5822T garage tilt sensor. These products are fully supported on any GC3 panel including 3.0.0.
The 2GIG GC panels also support bi-directional RF devices that operate on a 900MHz frequency. The GC2 used the XCVR2-345 900MHz transceiver to support the TS1 wireless touchscreen keypad, the Go!Bridge IP communicator and the IMAGE-1 image sensor. The first generation GC3 (V3.0.0) does not support these devices because it does not support any transceiver. However 2GIG released new products called the 2GIG XCVR3-GC3 and the IMAGE2 each replacing their GC2 compatible counterparts: XCVR2 and IMAGE1. Similar to the XCVR2, the XCVR3 replaces the existing 345MHz received inside the keypad. Simply remove the receiver and swap in the transceiver. The XCVR3 still supports any compatible 345 devices and adds support for compatible 900 devices. On the current firmware release of V3.0.1 that is only the IMAGE2.
The IMAGE2 is a very cool product that offers snapshots when the integrated PIR motion detector is tripped. Along with Alarm.com service alarm owners can view these snapshots from the Alarm.com website or mobile app. They can also be downloaded and sent over to local authorities as a method of assisting them in catching an intruder. In daylight the camera is fully colored and at night it switches to a black and white night vision with IR illuminators.
The release of 3.0.1 also added support to a wider range of Z-Wave devices. When the GC3 was first released customers complained about the limited support of Z-Wave peripherals such as lights, locks and thermostats. The GC3 will now support the Alarm.com T2000 thermostat as well as the Linear GD00Z-4 garage door controller. The GC3 now supports the GC-TBZ48, CT100 and the T2000 thermostats. It will not support the Honeywell TH8320 also known as the ZWSTAT. The GC3 also supports the Kwikset 910 and 912 but not the 914 and 916, the Yale YRD210, 220, YRL220, YRD110, and YRD120. The GC3 on V3.0.1 will not support any Schlage locks!
With the release of the XCVR3 we expect to see a new version to the TS1 (most likely the TS2) and possibly a new IP communicator like the Go!Bridge. We will post more FAQs like this one to keep our growing community of DIYers up to speed.
For more details see our GC3 flash upgrade.
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- Frank Longo