2GIG Edge: Bypassing Zones
In this video, Michael from Alarm Grid shows you how to bypass a zone on the 2GIG Edge Security System. When you bypass a zone, you are telling the system to temporarily ignore that zone. Any bypassed zone still exists on the security system, but it is temporarily ignored by the system. In other words, if you fault, or activate, a bypassed sensor, then nothing will happen. The system will not make any response, because it is ignoring the sensor.
The great thing about bypassing a zone though is that you can easily un-bypass the zone so that it is active again. This usually beats the alternative of having to delete the sensor outright and then reprogram it from scratch. You can just bypass and un-bypass sensors as needed. There is a Bypass Sensors Menu that can easily be accessed using the system's Install Code (default 1561) or Master Code (default 1111, but usually changed). In the Bypass Sensors Menu, all programmed non-life-safety sensors will be listed so that they can be toggled for bypassed and non-bypassed. When the toggle button for a sensor is green, the sensor is bypassed, but when the toggle button is grey, then the sensor is not bypassed.
There is an important note regarding any life-safety sensors used on your 2GIG Edge System. This includes devices like smoke detectors and carbon monoxide sensors. For safety reasons, life-safety sensors cannot be bypassed on the 2GIG Edge. They will not appear in the Bypass Sensors Menu, thereby making them impossible to bypass on the 2GIG Edge Security System. Though if you were to change the programmed sensor type from a smoke detector or CO detector to something else, such as a door/window sensor, then the sensor would appear in the menu and be capable of bypassing. It's just a neat little theoretical trick you can perform.
Hi, DIYers. This is Michael from Alarm Grid, and today I'm going to be showing you how to bypass a zone on your 2GIG Edge security system. So first of all, what do I mean by bypassing a zone? So when you have a sensor that's enrolled with the system already, and you want it to be temporarily inactive for a particular arming session, you can bypass the sensor, so that way the system will ignore the sensor for that arming session. The sensor will still be enrolled with the system, but just for that one arming session, or whenever-- until you unbypass the sensor, it will be ignored by the system and not able to trigger an alarm or an entry delay countdown. It's basically telling the system, hey, I want to leave this door open, or I want to leave this window open, or this motion sensor, it doesn't matter if there's activity this particular arming session. It's going to ignore that sensor. So it's a good alternative to actually having to go and delete the entire sensor, and then reprogram it, which can be kind of inconvenient. So you have the option of bypassing a sensor. So we have a sensor that's enrolled with this system right here. It's just a simple door and window contact sensor. We open up the door or window. And you see that we can choose to bypass the sensors that are not ready, as in they're in a faulted state. They're not closed. So if they were not bypassed, then they would potentially trigger an alarm on the system. So we can go and Bypass All. And then we have to enter in a code, which we usually use our master code for this, which we have ours at the default of 1 1 1 1. And you see that we have bypassed our sensor right there. So I'm going to go ahead and click on this to cancel the bypass. And I have to enter in a code again. We'll use the master code again, 1 1 1 1. Now, that's a good way to bypass the sensor if this sensor is already faulted. Let's close our door and window-- door or window right there. So, we have our system in our ready to arm state. Now, what if we wanted to bypass the sensor when it's not faulted, like it is right now? Well, there's an easy way to do so. What we can do, we can click on the Settings icon in the bottom right corner there. And we can enter in either our installer code, which is the default 1 5 6 1, or we can use our master code again, which ours is at the default, 1 1 1 1. And then you see, we have an option for Bypass Sensors right here. And this will show any sensor that you can bypass on the system. You could also choose this Show Bypass Sensor button down here to isolate the sensors that are already bypassed. If you want to see what's bypassed, maybe if you have a lot of zones on your system, that can be pretty useful. But right now, we don't have any bypassed sensors. So I'm just going to tap that. And I can choose to bypass the sensor right there. And you see we get into our ready to arm bypass state. So right now, the sensor is bypassed. If I were to arm the system right now, then nothing would happen. So let's demonstrate that. Let's go ahead, and we'll Arm Stay. [BEEPS] Armed stay. And we'll wait for this countdown to expire. It's just going to take a minute or so, but we'll wait for that. OK, so now, our system is armed stay. But remember our sensor is bypassed, so when I fault it, nothing happens. It's ignored by the system entirely. So now let's try disarming the system, and then we'll try faulting the sensor while the sensor's-- we'll try faulting the sensor while it's not bypassed. So right now, the sensor is not bypassed. If I go into the Bypass menu here, remember, that's the Settings icon, and then 1 1 1 1, if your master code's at the default. You probably changed your master code, hopefully. Then we choose the bypass sensor. You see that it's not green. It's not toggled on. This sensor is not bypassed right now. So we know that our sensor is not bypassed. Let's try arming the system again, and then seeing what happens when we fault the sensor when it's not bypassed. You'll see that this time, when I do it it's going to trigger an entry delay countdown. We'll have to disarm within the entry delay period, or else we'll get a nasty alarm on our system. So we don't want that. So let's wait out this exit delay countdown period, although this is Armed Stay, so it's more of just a countdown period, because we can remain inside the building. But let's see what happens when we fault it after the system is fully armed. System armed stay. OK, we have our system armed. So let's try faulting our not bypassed entry/exit zone. [BEEPS] And you see, we get our countdown. We have to disarm before this countdown expires, or else an alarm will occur. So let's enter in our master code, 1 1 1 1. System disarmed. Ready to arm. And there, we have successfully disarmed our system. So that's to show you a little bit of the difference between a bypassed sensor and a non-bypassed sensor. You can bypass a sensor to have it temporarily ignored by the system. It's a good alternative to deleting the sensor outright, and then having to reprogram it entirely from scratch. Now, there is one last very important note that I really want to make sure I get in this. You cannot bypass life safety sensory zones. So that is like a smoke detector, carbon monoxide sensor. Those are 24-hour zones, and you cannot bypass them. They will not appear in the Bypass menu. So if you were to enroll one, and you would go and you'd see your list of sensors in there. I'll show you again, the Settings icon. Then you can use-- let's do our installer code, 1 5 6 1. That's the default installer code. We go into the Bypass Sensors menu. It's only going to show sensors that can be bypassed, zones that can be bypassed. It's not going to show any life safety zones. Those cannot be bypassed. So that's something to keep in mind. So you have a smoke detector, you have a carbon monoxide sensor, you're not going to able to bypass the sensor. So don't go looking for it. Anyway, so that should give you a pretty good overview of bypassing sensors on to 2GIG Edge security system. Great way for the system to temporarily ignore the sensor, so that way you don't have to delete it fully. If you have any questions about bypassing sensors on the 2GIG Edge, or about the 2GIG Edge in general, any questions about alarm monitoring services, send an email to email@example.com. If you found this video helpful, make sure to give it a thumbs up below to like the video. And remember to subscribe to our channel for updates on future videos. We hope you enjoyed the video. Thank you.