Lyric Gateway vs 2GIG GC3

The Honeywell Lyric Gateway and the 2GIG GC3 are different all-in-one systems. The Gateway doesn't have integrated digital display and must be monitored by a Honeywell dealer. The 2GIG's programming can be accessed by the user, and it's compatible with more Z-Wave devices than the Gateway.

The GC3 is a full touch screen, all-in-one panel. The system has a bright, responsive 7" touchscreen display with a smooth, easy to use interface, and it is fully compatible with the Alarm.com app. The app allows users to remotely program and edit users, program scenes for Z-Wave devices, arm and disarm the system, and set scheduled events. The GC3 is compatible with a wide array of third party Z-Wave devices, and supports these devices with its built in Z-Wave Plus controller. To enable remote communication, a user needs to install a compatible AT&T or Verizon cellular communicator. At this time, the GC3 only supports cellular communication.

At first glance, the user will notice that the biggest difference between the Lyric Gateway and the GC3 is that the Gateway does not have integrated digital display. However, the front of the Gateway's housing has soft touch keys, an LED indicator signifying the armed state of the system, and clearly labeled panic and function keys. All of the keys are backlit, and their brightness can be adjusted. It also has a built-in Z-Wave plus controller, and integrated Ethernet jack and WIFI controller. Either the Ethernet jack or WIFI can be used as the system's communication path. Additionally, a Verizon or AT&T cellular communicator can be installed in the top of the system in its hidden expansion bay.

As stated above, the Lyric Gateway must be monitored by a Honeywell dealer in order for its system programming to be updated. Unfortunately, the system has no user access for system programming. In fact, the alarm company monitoring the unit will need to login to the system to perform any requested programming updates. This includes basic actions, such as adding security devices or updating a zone's English description. This, in addition to its lack of a touchscreen, makes the Lyric Gateway difficult to recommend for a DIY installation. For users debating purchasing a Lyric Gateway or GC3, it is highly recommended to go with the GC3, as the GC3 doesn’t require monitoring to operate as a local security system, and its programming can be accessed by a user. It has a bright, easy to use touchscreen display, and is compatible with more Z-Wave devices than the Gateway.

Feature

GC3

Lyric Gateway

Touchscreen Display

7" 800x480 Capacitive touch display

Capacitive touch interface with Advanced Voice Guidance

Size and Weight

8.9”H x 5.25”W x 1.25”D.

8.82”H x 6.97”W x 1.4”D. 2.2 lbs

External Buttons

Emergency, (Fire, Police, Medical). Home


Emergency, (Fire, Police, Medical). Away, Home, Disarmed, Alert, Cancel

I/O Connectors

Speaker, Microphone, Sounder with 85dB intensity, Cellular Module Tray*, Internal Battery*

*All User Replaceable

Speaker, Microphone, Sounder with 85dB intensity, Cellular Module Tray*, Internal Battery*

*All User Replaceable

Supported Communications

Built-in: None

Can be added: Verizon CDMAV-A-GC3 or AT&T 3GA-A-GC3

Built-in: Wi-Fi (802.11 b/g/n); 2.4GHz, Ethernet port,

Can be added: Verizon CDMA-1XRTT (800, 1900MHz) or AT&T GSM-3G HSPA (850, 1900 MHz)

Z-Wave

Built-in Z-Wave Plus; Network Wide Inclusion supported. Up to 230 Z-Wave

Built-in Z-Wave Plus; Network Wide Inclusion supported. Up to 76 Z-Wave Plus (500 Chipset) devices total

Users

Up to 100 System Users, including Installer

Up to 48 System Users, including Installer

Duress Code

Programmable User Code

User 48

Wireless Keys (Fobs)

32 wireless keys with up to 4 actions each

8 wireless keys with up to 8 actions each

Wireless Sensors

100 Wireless Zones (5800 & 2GIG 345MHz)

64 Wireless Zones (SIX Series & 5800)

Hardwired Zones

2 Wired Zones

No

Wireless Keypads

Up to 4 keypads

Supports 8 LKP500

Lyric WIFI Thermostats

Not supported

Supports up to 4

Z-Wave Switches

Not listed. 232 total Z-Wave devices (100 or less is ideal)

Up to 60

Z-Wave Thermostats

Not listed. 232 total Z-Wave devices (100 or less is ideal)

Up to 6

Z-Wave Door Locks

Not listed. 232 total Z-Wave devices (100 or less is ideal)

Up to 6

Z-Wave Garage Doors

Up to 4 (Linear GD00Z Only)

Up to 4 (Linear GD00Z Only)

Connected Apps

Alarm.com

Total Connect 2.0 (local or remote control), MyHome Gateway app (local control only, Ethernet or WIFI required, this is a free app)

Programming

Can be done at panel screen, or through Alarm.com dealers access

Only the alarm company monitoring the panel can make programming changes

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