Frequently Asked Questions

What Does an Alarm Do?
An alarm tells the system to send out a distress signal to a central monitoring station and/or the end user. This allows for emergency help to be requested as quickly as possible. The type of alarm that occurs depends on the Response Type for the zone. Learn more about the function of alarms.
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Can I Add a Wired Siren to the Qolsys IQ Panel 2?
A wired siren can be added to a Qolsys IQ Panel 2 system. The device connects to the siren outputs on the back of the IQ Panel 2. The siren is powered using any 12VDC plug-in transformer. Once installed, it will function automatically. Learn more about using a wired siren with an IQ Panel 2.
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How Do I Install an Alarm.com Camera?
Most Alarm.com Cameras are installed in a very similar manner. These cameras come with a mounting plate and screws. After drilling some holes, the mounting plate can be screwed into the wall. The camera can then be attached to the mounting plate. Learn more about installing an Alarm.com Camera.
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How Do I Wire a 4-Wire Smoke Detector to My Wired Alarm System?
Connecting a 4-wire smoke detector to a wired alarm system is a slightly more complicated process than setting up most other hardwired zones. Several wired connections will need to be made. The setup will also require an end of line resistor and a relay module. Learn more about 4-wire smokes.
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Why Did My Panel Report Code E339 "Power on Reset"?
A Honeywell Panel will report the message E339 "Power on Reset" when its communicator has been reset. The communicator for a Honeywell System will reset whenever programming changes are sent to the module or when the module is powered off and then back on. Learn more about the E339 message.
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How Do I Put the 2GIG GC2 Into Learn Mode?
Learn mode for the 2GIG GC2 is accessed through the system configurations menu. This mode is used to auto-enroll wireless sensors with the GC2 panel. By activating a sensor while the panel is in this mode, it can be learned-in automatically. Discover more about learn mode for a 2GIG GC2.
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How Do I Use the Microphone on the IPCAM-WO?
A microphone is not included on the IPCAM-WO Total Connect Camera. There is also no way to add a microphone to the device. In other words, the device has no audio recording capabilities. But there are some other Honeywell Cameras that have audio capabilities. Learn more about TC Cameras.
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Honeywell 5800COMBO vs Honeywell 5809
The 5800COMBO and the 5809 are both wireless fire sensors from Honeywell. The 5809 is for heat detection only, while the 5800COMBO is used for heat, smoke and carbon monoxide detection. Both sensors will interface with the same alarm systems. Learn more about these life-safety sensors.
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How Does a Door/Window Alarm Sensor Actually Work?
Most door and window sensors work in the same manner. These devices consist of both a sensor and a magnet. When the door or window opens, the magnet will become separated from the sensor. This will cause the sensor to send a signal to the security system. Learn more about door and window sensors.
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Are Glass Break Sensors Effective?
Glass break sensors are very effective in detecting the sound of breaking glass. These devices are very reliable when it comes to monitoring windows and protective glass casings. The dual-frequency detection process also prevents false alarms. Learn more about glass break sensors and how they work.
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