Is there a Peripheral Keypad for the Interlogix Simon XTi or XTi-5?
Yes, there is a peripheral keypad for the Interlogix Simon XTi or XTi-5. This device is the Interlogix Two-Way Talking Touch Screen. It is an external touchscreen controller for the Interlogix Simon Alarm System. Its main function is to serve as a secondary access point for these systems.
The Interlogix Two-Way Talking Touch Screen can be learned-in with a Simon XTi or XTi-5 in mostly the same manner as any typical wireless security sensor. The device must be enrolled with the system through programming and will use one of the 40 available zones. The keypad is assigned a Sensor Group that is typically associated with a panic switch or an auxiliary button. Some appropriate Sensor Groups for the keypad include 00, 01, 04, 05, 06 and 07. Make sure to assign an appropriate Sensor Group so that the device functions properly.
After Interlogix Two-Way Talking Touch Screen has been set up and programmed, it will provide a secondary point of access for the XTi or XTi-5 System. The touch screen keypad can arm and disarm the system. It can also operate any programmed Z-Wave devices. It is common for users to install the external keypad near the secondary entryways inside their homes. Some appropriate locations include near back doors and near the doorway to the garage.
In order to use Z-Wave home automation with a Simon XTi or XTi-5, it is necessary to install and activate a cellular communicator. Z-Wave home automation can help save a user money on their energy bills by managing a schedule for compatible devices. This feature also makes it more convenient for a user to control various devices inside their home. In addition to providing Z-Wave functionality, a cellular communicator offers other benefits for these systems. Cellular communication is vastly superior to traditional phone line connectivity, both in terms of reliability and speed. For that reason, we strongly encourage Simon XTi and XTi-5 users to upgrade to cellular.
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