Telguard AT&T Cell Communicator for Go!Control

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The 2GIG GC3GA-T is an AT&T (HSPA) Cellular Communicator. It is designed to report alarm signals via the AT&T 3G network to the T...

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The 2GIG GC3GA-T is an AT&T (HSPA) Cellular Communicator. It is designed to report alarm signals via the AT&T 3G network to the Telguard server. The Go!Control panel must have firmware revision 1.10.1 or higher in order to support the 3G communications. Telguard is a third party server host that offers a universal cellular platform for alarm reporting to a central station and/or Telguard interactive services. This is a completely different platform than Alarm.com.

There is an included AT&T SIM card which can be activated (if not pre-activated) and registered on the Telguard server by your alarm company. This module supports state of the art firmware updates for the Go!Control panel without any other local hardware required. For central station monitoring, the GC3GA-T will report any configured alarm events to a central station for emergency dispatching of the local authorities.

Just like the other 2GIG cellular radios there are two screws with two locking washers designed to hold the unit in place inside the control panel. The installation is simple and can be seen in detail in the installation guide. There is an included cellular antenna which can be used to acquire a better signal from the AT&T cellular towers. The included 2GIG ANT3X is an in-wall antenna that has a 10 inch cable. If you require a longer cable for better reception in a higher point on the premise you can purchase the 2GIG ANT2X separately. The ANT2X has a 10 foot cable and is designed to be placed in an attic space.

After the snap-in module is installed it is recommended that the cellular signal is tested before moving forward with monitoring. Go into the Installer Toolbox by pressing the logo on the lower right of the keypad. Enter your installer code and click the 'Radio Status' icon. The minimum signal requirement is 7 out of 31 (7/31) or higher. If the signal is below this reading you will need to relocate the panel somewhere higher in the home or closer to an exterior wall.

Brand: 2GIG

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Poor Choice
Submitted on 05/19/2020 Alarm Grid

The 2GIG GC3GA-T is an AT&T 3G Communicator that allows a 2GIG GC3 System to connect with the Telguard platform. Alarm Grid generally steers customers towards either Total Connect 2.0 or Alarm.com rather than Telguard. And the only time we will really recommend Telguard is with a Telguard TG-1 Express, which is used with panels that use a traditional phone dialer. The 2GIG GC3 is a more advanced wireless panel that does not use a phone dialer, so there really isn't much reason to use the 2GIG GC3GA-T. Making matters worse is that the 2GIG GC3GA-T can no longer be activated for monitoring service, due to the AT&T 3G Sunset. All of this does not bode very well for the 2GIG GC3GA-T. We do not recommend it, and we only give it a 2 Star rating.

There are a few of positive aspects regarding the 2GIG GC3GA-T. For one, the communicator can continue to be used for monitoring service until AT&T shuts down their 3G network. This is expected to occur in 2022. After that, the communicator will no longer work. Although the Telguard platform is usually less preferred than Alarm.com, it still offers a user a method for controlling their system remotely. And since cellular communication is used, you can expect reliable monitoring service.

But the downsides for the 2GIG GC3GA-T are pretty severe. The communicator cannot be activated, as AT&T 3G activations are no longer allowed. Alarm.com is preferred by more users than Telguard HomeControl Flex, so there is very little reason to choose this communicator over an Alarm.com model. Once AT&T shuts down their 3G network, the communicator will stop working entirely. Any user looking for a new cellular communicator should make sure to get an LTE communicator for that reason. There's also the matter that the 2GIG GC3GA-T has been discontinued, and it can no longer be purchased new. All of these downsides lead us to only give the 2GIG GC3GA-T a 2 Star rating.

Good: Can be Used Until Network Shut Down, Allows for Remote System Operation, Reliable

Bad: Can No Longer be Activated, AT&T 3G Network Being Shut Down, Discontinued

Bottom Line: 2 Stars

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