Where should I place my LYNX Touch 5200?

There are varying philosophies on placement of a security system. Traditionally, wired system are located in a basement, attic or utility closet mainly because the system can be hidden since there are separate keypads used to control the system near the entry doors. Now with self-contained wireless alarm systems, like the Honeywell L5200 LYNX Touch, the alarm system circuitry is built into a touchscreen display keypad. Having the "brains" installed near an entry/exit delay door can be convenient for arming/disarming but also exposes a system to a possible "smash and grab" situation.

"Smash and grab" is an alarm industry term that refers to a situation where an intruder enters an armed premise and "smashes" or destroys the panel before the system is able to transmit signals to central station. There are a few different approaches to protecting your system from the danger of your system being compromised like this. The L5200, in particular, has a built-in technology called Advanced Protection Logic or APL. When paired with central station monitoring in our Basic Monitoring or Monitoring Plus+ plans, the L5200 will send a ping to the central station when the system is armed and an entry delay zone is faulted. The central station will hold that ping until the delay period expires. If they do not receive an alarm event or a disarm signal they know through the implementation of APL that the system has been compromised in some way. At this point, they will call and verify the alarm and dispatch the authorities if necessary. With this said, APL is a fail-safe solution that is best executed when paired with ideal placement of the the alarm panel.

There are several ways to arm your L5200. For example, you can use a wireless security key fob that are included in our security system kits. You may also have the Total Connect 2.0 service from which you can arm using a smartphone, tablet and/or computer. Lastly you can arm locally via the L5200 or an auxiliary keypad like the Honeywell 5828 or 5828V wireless keypad. Depending on your method of arming, the placement of the system will vary. Although across the board we recommend placing the L5200 in your master bedroom.

There are several reasons for installing the LYNX Touch in your bedroom. First, the L5200 siren should be within earshot in case of a break-in in the middle of the night or a fire alarm. The other reason relates back to our earlier points regarding protection against the "smash and grab." Having the system located further away from an entry/exit delay doors will give an intruder less time to locate and destroy the system.

Again, placement of your alarm system does hinge on the method of arming you chose. Our recommendation to place the system in the master bed is based on the assumption that you have entry delay zones. If you arm your system using a key fob or Total Connect and have all your zones set to perimeter the placement of the system is much more flexible. In fact, if you arm this way you can place the system where ever it is most convenient. Lastly, there is a desk mount option that makes it easy to move your system around as needed.

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Haha, I'll add it to the "to do" list! Happy to have helped.
Thanks yet again! Bypassing the zone did allow the panel to timeout and it was nice having it off. I hadn't thought of doing that. The idea of adding an additional magnet did cross my mind but I didn't know there was a name for it (venting). We're fortunate to live in an area where there isn't much risk in not having the alarm on at night but I'll probably add additional magnets to all of our sliders. You'd think our sales rep would have asked us if we ever left the sliders open at night. You should write a book..."Honeywell Alarms for Dummies"
Yes, that is correct. The back light timeout won't kick on with a zone in fault. However, if you bypass that zone, the system won't see the fault and therefore, you'll be able to have the back light timeout with the window open. Another good option is to "vent" the slider. If you install the window sensor so that it's on the top frame and have it be 6" from the corner, and then install two magnets (one at the corner and one 6" from the corner, you would be able to have the slider open without the system showing a fault. You would then be able to arm stay and if someone ever opened the door further, a full alarm would go off. You'd be more secure and the back light timeout would work.
Thanks again for your help Sterling. I did have the back light time out activated. It works great with one caveat. When you have a fault in the system, i.e. an open door etc, the screen doesn't dim after 30 sec. We live in a coastal area and like to leave the bedroom slider open at night to hear the ocean and night sounds when it's mild out and the screen remains on warning you of the "fault". I understand that from a security point of view but wish it could be overridden. Nothing a wash cloth can't fix however. I also have my dealer working on my Total Connect issues. Thanks for your forum. It's hard to find good info on these systems.
Sterling: Thanks for the great info and videos. I'm deciding what to do next. Thanks!
That's going to be a hard one for us to troubleshoot as it depends on how they have the account setup with Honeywell. Have you asked them to reach out to Honeywell for support if they don't know how to provide that service to you?
Thanks for the offer. We signed a one year contract for monitoring so we'd need to wait until that expires. The company is ok, it's been in business for years and it has an excellent reputation in the community. It's big enough to own it's monitoring service which I see as a plus. I don't think however many of their customers ask for many of the more advanced functions on the L5200. I also subscribed to Total Connect and while the remote arming/disarming and notifications work fine it's not pushing the 5 day weather forecast to my L5200 panel as I understand it should. Now admittedly I bought an alarm system and not a weather station but still I'd like to have that work as I feel I'm paying for it. They don't seem to have a clue about that. Any suggestions on that? Thanks for your responses.
Hi Steve, The Tux should work with your 20P as long as it's version 3.0 or higher. You can find your version by looking at the PROM chip in the center of the green circuit board. If you are version 3.0 or higher, I'm not sure that you'd benefit from a board upgrade. As for adding wireless sensors, you would need a wireless receiver as the Tux is only wireless to Z-Wave devices, not RF Honeywell wireless sensors.
Julia: Thanks. I currently have 5 wired zones on the old 20p. Can I replace the board with a more modern version and have it work with the Tux? Does the tux also work with wireless sensors like the L5200, should I decide to add additional wired zones? Thanks.
I'm glad to hear the videos were helpful. If your company is not helpful, please consider switching to us. We have no-contract monitoring plans available online at https://www.alarmgrid.com/monitoring . Yes, the Backlight Timeout would darken the screen and the touch buttons. Any system activity or screen tap would wake it back up.
Thanks so much. I watched a number of your Youtube videos before purchasing our system. If I'm understanding you if this option is enabled the touch screen as well as the panic and home buttons will go out leaving just the green LED on? It's those two buttons that generate more light than you'd think in a dark room! I assume the screen lights again if it's touched? Our system was installed by a dealer and they were pretty vague on programing and various program options. I find the user level documentation somewhat lacking also. I downloaded the 88 page PDF owners manual and I can't the above even mentioned. Thanks
Just so you know, from the panel's System Settings option in programming, you can set the Backlight Timeout option to 30 Seconds. With this enabled, the screen will go dark after 30 seconds of inactivity. The panic light on the hard touch panic will also go out at that time. The only light you'd still have on at that point is the horizontal LED above the home button.
Just had a system installed with the L5200 placed in the master bedroom. Folks considering this may want to know this unit is fairly bright. While the touch screen can be dimmed, the "home" button and the "!" button don't dim with the touch screen and are surprisingly bright in a dark room . We're going to give it a few days but we may end up paying to have it relocated. Just something to consider from a newbie owner.
Steve181, depending on how old your Safewatch 3000 panel is, you may be able to chip upgrade it to support use of the TuxWIFI graphical touchscreen keypad (or it may support it already) which would give you the ability to control ZWave devices, if you wanted to do so, in addition to having the touchscreen interface for the alarm control. If you wanted to integrate to Total Connect 2.0, you'd need to get your panel up to a revision 9.12 or later, then if you did have any ZWave automation devices, you could sync and control those via a SmartPhone app as well as locally via the touchscreen. The look would be very similar to the L5200 screen, but you'd still be able to utilize your existing hardwired devices.
Thanks for the terrific website and FAQs!! I have an old ADT Vista 20p in a steel cabinet with wired sensors. I want to replace it with something like an L5200 because I like the user interface. I will have to use a 5800C2W to pick up the wired sensors. But it strikes me that what I would really want is the graphic user interface part of the L5200 in my home, but the control and wired interface part in the cabinet. (I will use a new central alarm co,) Is there any panel and graphic controller that allows this kind of architecture? For me, that's a better solution for smash and grab than the bedroom. Thanks,
I have a 5828, not the voice version. the settings are as follows: 1=**(house id), 2=2, 3=0 (matches the lynx setting), 4=(not used), 5=2, 6=1. I get a door chime when a door is opened, but I don't get the entry/exit delay notification (beeping for 45seconds).
If it is powered by a K0991 and it's not giving you the entry beeps, I imagine you must have one of the programming settings off. Can you provide us with the parameters for each question in programming for the 5828V that you are set to now?
Yes, the 5828 is powered by a K0991 transformer. The 5828 is configured for chimes when a door is opened, but doesn't give me the exit/entry delay warning when the system is armed. It seems my only option is to move the main unit to an area closer to the entry points so we can hear the exit/entry delays when armed. Does the 5800WAVE provide for exit/entry delays warning?
Do you have your 5828 powered by a K0991 transformer? If not, it will go to sleep and you won't hear the entry beeps.
I've placed my Lynx 5200 in my upstairs bedroom and installed a 5828 keypad downstairs. I can't hear my lynx 5200 from downstairs for entry delay notification. Is there a honeywell device that can provide the same noise for entry delay? The 5828 only chimes when a door is open, but doesn't give me the entry delay notification (count down if you will).

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