The Lyric-CDMA is Honeywell's first CDMA-ready cellular communicator which means your alarm system can report alarm signals using the Verizon network! For many years, Honeywell cellular communicators have only supported the AT&T network. This was fine for the areas with decent AT&T reception. However the Verizon network has outstanding coverage throughout the country. Where the Verizon network seems to really shine is in remote areas where other carrier's signal strength is poor or non-existent. Honeywell has been guaranteed CDMA-1x coverage from Verizon until 2022. Currently the LYRICLTE-A is the only LTE cellular option is for AT&T but Honeywell has plans on releasing a Verizon LTE communicator at some point. For those with unreliable or unavailable internet and phone connections, the Lyric-CDMA is here to save the day.
Cellular communicators are designed to transmit and receive signals from a server. In this case, the Lyric-CDMA is activated on the Verizon network by your monitoring company during the activation of your service. After the radio is active, the alarm company will have to register it on Honeywell's Alarmnet server. Once the module is registered, it can be used for self monitoring in the form of Total Connect 2.0, central station monitoring or both. In the event of a power outage, the Lyric-CDMA will be able to transfer signals on the panel's backup battery power. Since cellular communicators connect wirelessly to the nearest tower they do not rely on any local hardware except for the power to the panel.
Traditionally, alarm systems should be powered down when installing cellular modules. Well the Lyric Controller is the first control panel that offers a specialized way to install a cellular communicator without powering down the system. There are step by step instructions that can be found in the installation manual. You can enter installer programming and select "Test" or master user programming and select "Advanced." Then simply press "Install Cellular Module" and follow along with the prompts on the touchscreen. Please keep in mind that you will need to reach out to an alarm company that is an Alarmnet dealer to activate the radio. Always document the MAC and MAC CRC addresses and have them ready for activation.
Cellular communication gains it's popularity from the reliability it can offer in comparison to a phone line or internet connection. Generally both phone line and internet require a wired connection to the panel or modem. This line can be cut. Thus compromising the signal. Also, internet connections can simply drop out due to a myriad of local network issues such as IP conflicts or external issues such as line maintenance or extreme weather. The CDMA-based Verizon network is extremely reliable and the coverage throughout the country is why we are all so excited for the release of this device.