Frequently Asked Questions

What's the Best Place to Install a Smoke Detector?
When choosing a location for a smoke detector, there are some things to remember. For example, it should be placed away from any vents or ducts that might affect its performance. It should also be at least 10 feet away from any kitchen appliances. Learn more about where to place a smoke detector.
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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 R903 "Complete FW"?
A Honeywell VISTA Panel will report the R903 "Complete FW" message after the firmware update process for the AlarmNet communicator has been completed. This message indicates that the process was completed successfully. Learn more about the R903 Complete FW message and what it means.
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What's the Difference Between ADT Key Fobs & Honeywell 5834-4
An ADT Key Fob is basically the same device as a Honeywell 5834-4. It is ADT's rebranded version of the same key fob. Many users bring these fobs to new alarm companies and use them like a 5834-4. There's no need to "take over" one, since they work with multiple panels. Learn more about key fobs.
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Is My ADC-V721W Camera Upside Down?
To tell whether or not a ADC-V721W Camera is upside down, check the sticker on the back of the device. If the text on the sticker is upside down, then the device is indeed upside down. An upside down camera will still function properly. Learn more about the ADC-V721W Alarm.com Camera.
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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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What Is the Best Alarm Contact?
There is no single best alarm contact. Many different types of door and window contacts are available, and the best one depends on the needs of the user. There are several questions to ask when looking for an alarm contact so that you can obtain the perfect one. Learn more about alarm contacts.
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Which Systems Can Alarm Grid Take Over?
Alarm Grid will support any alarm system that we can take over. To take over a system, the user may need to know the panel's Installer Code and/or Master Code. In some situations, the user will need to replace the system's communicator. Learn more about what systems we can take over.
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Which Glass Break Sensors Work w/ ADT Security Systems?
ADT equipment is often comparable to that of Honeywell. In fact, many ADT sensors are simply re-branded Honeywell sensors. For that reason, Honeywell glass break sensors will often work with ADT alarm systems. Learn more about which glass break sensors are compatible with ADT security panels.
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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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