Where should I place LYNX 7000?

The Honeywell L7000 LYNX Touch is a self-contained alarm system. What that means is that the brains of the panel are built into the 7" graphic touchscreen display keypad. The L7000 is a robust, wireless alarm panel but placement of the system is very important for several reasons. The most common question surrounding a self-contained alarm system is protection against the panel being destroyed before issuing signals. We call this "smash and grab" in the alarm industry. Ultimately, placement of your L7000 comes down to a combination of convenience, AC power placement and "smash and grab" protection. There are a few different approaches and it all depends on your specific situation. 

First and foremost, the Honeywell LYNX Touch panels employ a proprietary technology known as APL (Advanced Protection Logic) that protects the panel from a "smash and grab." This technology requires the use of a Central Station monitoring the panel which are available with our no contract Basic and Plus+ Monitoring plans. During a potential break in, the entry delay zones send a ping to the Central Station. If they do not receive a subsequent disarm or alarm after the delay period expires the APL technology flags the system. At this point, the Central will call to verify the alarm and dispatch if unable to reach the verification contacts. With this in mind, it is still important to do what you can to protect your system and avoid the fail-safe protection of APL. 

If possible placing the L7000 in the master bedroom is beneficial. Having the panel close to you at night gives you the ability to see what is going on in the event a home invasion at night. Furthermore, the built-in siren will wake you up in the event of an emergency. It is also more secure to have the panel further from any entry points so a potential intruder has less time to damage the system before signals are sent. 

In some cases, you are limited on placing the system where you have existing wire runs and or convenient locations to arm and disarm at entry point in your secured premise. If there are these limitations then there are ways to optimize the system so that you are not sacrificing the integrity of the system for the convenience of these realities. The first example is setting all your zones to perimeter which eliminates the possibility of an intruder destroying the panel before signals are sent. 

If you decide to take this route you have a few options. First, you can utilize a wireless security key fob like the Honeywell 5834-4 to arm and disarm while you are outside the premise. The range on a key fob is about 200 feet from the panel. Second, you can setup a Z-wave door lock that will automatically disarm the system when a proper code is entered. You will need the L5100-ZWAVE in order to enroll any Z-wave devices with your panel. Lastly, you can sign up for the Total Connect 2.0 service and arm/disarm from the app. We offer Total Connect in our no contract Self-monitoring and Monitoring Plus+ plans.

All in all, placement of your security system is subjective to each premise. It is up to you as the end user to balance convenience and security. 

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