The Interlogix Simon XTi-5 is a wireless all-in-one alarm panel that serves as the primary controller for a standalone security system. The panel includes a built-in 5-inch LCD touchscreen display that makes it very easy for end users to navigate and program. This is the latest release of the Interlogix Simon panel lineup with the original push-button Simon XT and the smaller 3.5-inch touchscreen Simon XTi. Other than the panel display, the XTi-5 is essentially the same as the two earlier model Simon panels. Overall, the Simon XTi-5 is great for users who are looking for a basic control panel that can be easily upgraded to perform additional features. The relatively large LCD touchscreen display and the bright, easy to identify buttons of the XTi-5 are sure to provide a fantastic user experience.
The XTi-5 can readily communicate with sensors that operate at a wireless frequency of 319.5 MHz. This means the panel will support a wide array of legacy GE/Interlogix and Qolsys wireless sensors. The Qolsys S-line encrypted sensors are not supported. The legacy interlogix 319.5MHz protocol is a particularly diverse lineup of advanced burglary and life safety sensors. Up to 40 different zones can be programmed to the XTi-5 panel. This is plenty of zones for most homes and small businesses. While 38 of these zones are for wireless sensors only, the other two can potentially be used with normally closed hardwired contacts. These two zones can also interface with wireless sensors, just like the other 38 wireless zones, if unused by wired ones.
Out of the box, the Simon XTi-5 will only support a physical phone line (POTS) connection. In order to get the most out of the system, it is necessary to add cellular communications. This requires purchasing a separate cellular communicator module and inserting it into the XTi-5 keypad. Alarm Grid recommends the Alarm.com cellular communicators that operate on the Verizon, AT&T and Telus (Canada Only) networks. Choose the one that has best signal in your area. Once the XTi-5 panel has the cellular installed, the system can then sync with the Alarm.com interactive service.
The Alarm.com service allows users to arm and disarm their panel remotely, check the status of their security sensors and control automation devices. Alarm.com is also needed for interfacing the XTi-5 panel with interactive voice assistants like Google Home and Amazon Alexa. There are also tons of other cloud level integrations you can benefit from such as Liftmaster MyQ garage doors, Nest thermostats and Lutron Caseta lighting systems.
Alarm.com radios also include a Z-Wave controller to provide the panel with local Z-Wave functionality. After installing the cell module, the XTi-5 will be capable of supporting up to 232 total Z-Wave devices. These Z-Wave devices are considered separate from the 40 zones on the alarm system. Some popular Z-Wave devices to use with a Simon XTi-5 System include Z-Wave lights, locks and thermostats. These devices can then be controlled locally at the pane or remotely using the Alarm.com Mobile App.
The Simon XTi-5 provides support for up to eight different programmable user codes. While this isn't nearly as many as some more advanced systems, eight codes are plenty for many households and small businesses. However, if a large number of different users will be using the panel, we recommend choosing a more robust system like the GC3 or IQ2. Another useful feature of the Simon XTi-5 is its full spoken voice capability. This allows an end user to easily identify any programmed sensor that has experienced a fault or trouble condition. The panel also offers a chime function so a user can quickly tell when a door or window has been opened. Both the voice and chime functions can be toggled on or off if needed.
Please Note: The Interlogix Simon XTi-5 is simply a rebranded GE Simon XTi-5. Also any Alarm.com cellular module will occupy zone 40 so remember to keep it vacant.