Do Honeywell WIFI thermostats work w/ Total Connect?
Up until April 2016, Honeywell's WIFI thermostats were limited to being used with the Total Connect Comfort app for remote status and control. This meant that customers with WIFI thermostats had to use the Total Connect 2.0 app for security and automation and Total Connect Comfort for HVAC. Although the TC comfort app is free and only requires WIFI (not Z-Wave) the inability of these WIFI thermostats to integrate with TC 2.0 was frustrating. In the form of an update to the TC 2.0 app, Honeywell announced that all TC Comfort (TCC) compatible WIFI and RedLink thermostats can now be controlled via TC 2.0!
Traditionally, if you wanted to integrate a thermostat with your Total Connect 2.0 service, you would need a Z-Wave thermostat like the Honeywell ZWSTAT. Check out our informative FAQ: What is the best Z-wave thermostat? for more information on the ZWSTAT. Since the latest TC 2.0 update, TCC thermostats are now compatible with TC 2.0! Any Honeywell system that supports TC automation can now support these WIFI thermostats. Including, but not limited to, the VISTA-20P and VISTA-21iP with the Tuxedo Touch or VAM, a Lynx Touch L5210 and L7000 with the L5100-ZWAVE module and the Lyric Controller and Gateway systems.
Since it requires enrollment in TC automation services through your alarm company, you will need to provide the MAC and MAC CRC for your Tuxedo or VAM if you have a VISTA panel. For Lynx Touch and Lyric systems you just need to have your dealer enable TC automation for you. We bundle automation into any of our silver or higher level no contract monitoring plans. Here are some screenshots from the iPhone app to display exactly how the TCC WiFi thermostats integrate:
First click on the 3 horizontal bars on the top right of the automation section. Then you will see the following:
Then click on the "Add/Remove TCC Thermostat" in order to link your TCC login to TC 2.0. The last screenshot shows the login field for linking the two apps.
Total Connect 2.0 is an interactive service that provides remote security system controls and instant text and email notifications. The service has available add-ons like remote Z-Wave control and video surveillance. You can access the service from a web browser or from an app on your smartphone or tablet. Still not sure exactly what this Total Connect 2.0 app is? Feel free to log into a live Total Connect 2.0 account at www.totalconnect2.com. Use 'alarmgrid' for the username and 'totalconnect' for the password.
Please note: In order to control your ZWSTAT you will need a Z-wave controller. If you have a Lynx Touch L5100, L5200, L5210 or L7000, check out the affordable L5100-zwave module. Simply slide this module into your panel, have your dealer enable the automation service, and you are good to go. Lyric Controller and Gateway come with a built-in Z-Wave controller.
Also, the Lyric systems now integrate with the Honeywell Lyric WIFI thermostat as well.
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