2GIG Edge: Programming a Zone
In this video, Jorge from Alarm Grid shows you how to program a zone on the 2GIG Edge. Programming a zone is the act of assigning a sensor to the system. There are 100 wireless zones on the 2GIG Edge. Each wireless sensor will use at least one wireless zone, and there are even some sensors that will take up multiple zones for the purposes of performing multiple functions on the system. Programming zones is one of the most important steps for setting up the security system. Not only will you assign the sensor to a system zone, you will also configure various settings so that the system responds in the appropriate manner when the sensor is faulted. This response can certainly vary depending on the type of sensor that is involved. For example, a faulted smoke detector will result in a very different system response than a faulted door and window sensor.
There are many things that go into programming a zone. A wireless sensor will have a TXID or Serial Number that is unique to that sensor. This allows the system to identify that sensor. You will also need to set the Sensor Type for the zone. Some examples of Sensor Types include doors, windows, motions, smokes, CO detectors, shock sensors, temperature sensors, and others. The Response Type is very important, as this tells the system what action to take when the sensor is faulted. There are also smaller settings, such as whether or not the system will produce a chime when the sensor is faulted, and if a chime is set to emit, what chime sound will be made. You will also provide a name for the sensor and set whether or not the system will report out if the zone causes an alarm. Supervision settings are also configured when programming a zone.
Hey DIYers, Jorge here from AlarmGrid. Today I'm going to show you guys how to program in a wireless zone into your 2GIG edge system. So you guys just got a 2GIG edge, you power it on, you have a whole bunch of sensors and you don't know where to start. If you already Dwyer this video will be super helpful because I'm going to show you guys how to program in one sensor and with that you guys can pretty much do the rest on your own. So the system actually holds up to 100 different zones. So that could be hundreds different sensors. And it actually works with the new 2GIG encrypted series of sensors, it is backwards compatible with Honeywell 5800 series sensors and it's also compatible with the normal 2GIG sensors as well. 2GIG has the encrypted ones and the non encrypted ones. Honeywell has the 5,800. If you have Honeywell Six series or Pro-six series sensors, those one will not work with the system. Only the Honeywell 5,800 will work with the 2GIG edge. So couple of things you need to know before programming in the zone, you're going to need to know the installer code. So if you guys just bought the system it's coming right out of box. The installer code will always be defaulted to that 1561. If you guys have had the system for a while now and are being monitored by another company and you guys try to enter in 1561 and it doesn't work in the video as you're following along in the video, then it could be that the code may have been changed. So you want to make sure you guys have that installer code as it's super necessary for a lot of Dwyers out there so that you guys can program in your own devices. So just I'm going to go ahead and light up my screen real fast and I'm going to get started. I'll be working with this normal door window sensor today and I'll be pretty much just going through all of the options in a zone description and the different things you can add into that zone field. So we need to get into programming. To do that we're going to hit the little gear icon in the bottom right hand corner. It's going to ask you to answer in the code. This is where you're installer code comes in handy. You're going to enter in 1561. Again, if it doesn't work, you need to get it if you're going to add in your own devices. From here you're going to scroll down to installer toolbox and we need to go into panel programming because we're programming in a sensor. So panel programming. What are we programming in? We are doing a wireless zone. As you see here there's different ones. The system has built in sensors, . I think it has a built in glass break, you can add in key fobs, key pads, image sensors and you can also do some other advanced stuff, but today we're learning in this door window sensor. So you go to wireless zones. Now from here it shows you all your zones available. They're all grid already right now because I don't have anything programmed in. And so it takes me to my first one, which is wireless zone 001 or zone one. You see all the zone information here. We're going to go to Edit zone. After I hit Edit zone, we're going to start off with the equipment code. This is going to be the type of sensor you have. Now if you guys are doing the encrypted 2GIG sensors you need to make sure you use the correct equipment code. If you click on this little menu icon right here on the right side it's the hamburger sign, it'll open up a list of different sensors to choose from. So as you see there's a lot of 2GIG, there's a lot of E-series 2GIG sensors. You want to make sure you use the correct equipment code because if you don't, it could cause some unusual behavior on the system after you guys save the programming and back out to the home screen and everything. So for this I'm just going to leave this blank on my end as this is not an encrypted sensor. I'm just going to leave it as other. Some Honeywell you'll see here as I scroll through it actually, you'll see some normal 2GIG, encrypted 2GIG and I think at the bottom, you'll see HSW, which stands for Honeywell. I'm just going to leave mindsets to zero zero for now because I actually don't need it for this sensor. The sensor type again, gives you the Menu icon. You can look through the different options. This is going to be how your system responds whenever the sensor is tripped. Since this is a door window it can be I guess programmed in as different options. It can be programmed in as an entry exit, it can be programmed in as a perimeter, it can be programmed in as interior follower, as a panic, day zone many different options. You want to make sure you're looking at the manual or if you have any questions on if you need help figuring out what to do you contact your company or if you're monitored with us, you give us a call. We'll give you some suggestions to use. Since I'm going to use it as a door window I can either use entry-exit or perimeter. For the sake of the video I want to show you guys after what it go, what it does when it set off and when and what an alarm sounds like. So I'm going to leave it as perimeter. That means there's no entry delay no exit delay as soon as the system arms and the sensor is opened the alarm will go off right away. The TXID. That is the serial number on the sensor. Most sensors have it right on the back here underneath the barcode. Sometimes it's on the inside of the sensor. So it all depends what sensor you're using. However, instead of manually typing it in, which I can do if I want to. I actually I'm going to hit the LEARN button. When you hit LEARN, the panel is going to go into listening mode. And that's where you're going to grab your sensor and trip it. I literally tripped that one time and it brings up the TXID number. You can match that up with what's on the sensor 0514623. That's exactly what's on the sensor right here 051-4623. I'm going to go ahead and hit ACCEPT. And it learns in my serial number for me. Now if you guys do the LEARN button very important things to watch out for. If you guys have installed motion detectors and somebody just happens to walk by it that motion will send out a signal and then the system may pick up on it if it's in listening mode. So be careful with that. If you're doing the auto run make sure the serial number matches up with the serial number on the sensor you have in hand trying to program in. The next option is the sensor loop. The loops in sensors sometimes offer different functionality. So you want to make sure you're looking at the sensor manual or you contact your company and have them help you. An example of a sensor that has different loops can be like a Honeywell 5816. Loop one is typically used for the internal read and loop two, I'm sorry, yeah, the internal terminal so you can Dwyer contact to it. And loop two is used for the actual sensor acting as a normal door window sensor itself. So there are different loops have different functions on some sensors. So this one I'm just going to leave it as loop one. The voice descriptor. Voice descriptor. You can add in a voice description. So if you actually want the system say front door, back door, side door, garage motion, kitchen motion, kitchen smoke. You can actually add in. If you hit Edit voice descriptor it will start giving you some different options up here. But for this I'm going to type in living room because again I'm going to make this my window. So as I start typing li it starts give me some options living. And then I'll type in room after and it gives me the option for a room. So living room, I'll hit Done. The sensor chime. This is basically whenever you trip the sensor, the system will make different times. It can go it can do different options here. You can do voice only, you can do like a doorbell ding dong, you can include the voice name as well. So if you just want to hear the chime, if you want to hear the voice description. For this I'm going to do chime number one and I also I want to hear the voice name. So I hear I get the chime and the voice at the same time. Smart Areas. The system has four. Smart Areas are what's known as partitions. If you're familiar with Honeywell systems they call it partition. A partition is basically an area that you can independently arm from the rest of your system. An example could be if you have a guest house, if you have a detached garage, if you have an office in your home. If you're working from home right now and you want to arm your office and keep the rest of the house disarmed, you can actually set all the sensors in that area as a separate partition. That way you can keep one area armed and keep the rest disarmed. I'm not going to do any separate partitions today. Again, this is only my first sensor. This may come in handy for you. You can play around with it. So I'm going to leave it as smart area number one. Smart area a.k.a. partition. Transmission delay. This is pretty much how long the system holds on to the signal, the alarm signal coming from the panel before it sends it out to the alarm.com cloud service. Now typically the default transmission delay on most alarm.com systems like this one are 30 seconds. Now you don't want to have or we don't recommend to have a transmission delay. We like to know as soon as the alarm goes off. We like to get that signal right then and there. If you guys have the transmission delay enabled your system will wait that amount of whatever your system is programmed to wait at before it sends a signal out. That's why that gives if somebody is breaking in it gives them that couple of seconds to go in and do what they need to do and then get out. So that's why we like to keep it disabled. That way there is no delay it gets sent right away as soon as it goes off. So I'm going to disable my transmission delay. Again, I don't know what if you guys are using a different company if that's going to affect you guys. Keep that in mind. Sensor reports, sorry wrong option, sensor reports. This is basically the sensor reporting to either the alarm.com cloud or sending it to the central monitoring station. You typically want to have sensor reports enabled unless there's an area that you don't want the panel to send out alarm signals on. Something like this maybe like maybe a temperature sensor. Maybe if you guys have a temperature sensor you necessarily may not want that to dispatch any authorities or go to the central station. So you can always disable the sensor reports and you can use disable the sensor reports and use that zone. So that you monitor it locally only. It'll still go off locally at the system it just won't send any signals to the central monitoring station. We like to keep it enabled just because if you're being monitored we'd like to give you guys a call at least and let you know there's something going on. Sensor supervised. We also like to keep this enabled. Sensor supervision is basically checking to make sure that the sensor has checked in with the system. If the sensor is not supervised and let's say the battery runs out or it's too far away and it's not able to communicate with the system, the system if this is disabled the system is going to care if the sensor is checking in periodically or not. So sensor supervision enabled will actually have the system notify you if the sensor hasn't checked in. So if you have a sensor that's too far away or a sensor that's run out of battery and the system hasn't got an opinion from the sensor, the system will let you know hey, there's something going on with the sensor. And that way you can go and check it. It might need a new battery. It might be too far away, somebody may have tampered with the sensor, somebody may have removed it, it may have gotten knocked off or something. You want to make sure you keep that enabled just so that you're aware of what's going on with your system and devices. After you're done with that, that's literally the last option. If you have more senses to program in you can hit Next zone. I don't I'm just doing that's one zone. So I'm going to hit the back arrow key in the top right corner. So I'm only learning in that one sensor for right now. So I'm going to go ahead and back us out to the main screen just to show you guys how this device will basically make the system act whenever I trip it, Yeah. So I'm going to go ahead and hit the back key all the way out to the my main screen. System disarmed, ready to arm. So right now it's ready to arm because I have the sensor closed. Once I move the magnet away from the sensor, remember I enabled the chime and I also added on the voice with it as well. So the system should do chime number one and it should also do the voice description once I move the magnet away and it should go into not ready to arm. So here we go. [ALARM SOUND] Living room. You guys probably didn't hear that. It said living room very quietly. I'm sure there's a voice setting in here I can make higher, but basically did chime number one and then it said living room. And then if I close it up it goes back into normal. Now remember this is set up a perimeter, which means there's no entry delay. This was just showing you what happens whenever the system is disarmed and you open up a window the system will actually let you know and it'll chime and do voice. Now let's go ahead and arm it away real quick. Since this is a perimeter if you open a perimeter sensor while the system is arming or after it's armed there is no delay. The alarm goes off right away, watch. [ALARM SOUND] Alarm living room. This is what an alarm would sound like if somebody were to break in or open up a door sensor while your system is armed. You're going to enter in your code. Mine should be defaulted. It'll say alarm report already transmitted. Remember my delay was zero. But since this system right now is not active it's going to basically the transmission will fail I'm just going to hit OK for now. And then once you hit OK, you need to clear the alarm history that way your system goes back into not ready to arm, you close the sensor back up. And boom you're ready to leave the house and arm away or stay if you're going to bed. So you're pretty much going to do those same programming for this sensor on every kind of sensor you have. Whether it's a window, whether it's a door, smoke, a CEO detector or motion detector, glass break detector, flood detector whatever it may be you're going to generally just follow the same steps I just walked you guys through in that video. There was a lot of different settings you can play with. If you guys have any questions, please don't be afraid to reach out our email is email@example.com. If you go to alarmgrid.com and look at the number at the top of the website, you can also contact us there. If you find the video hopeful make sure you hit Like underneath, subscribe to the YouTube channel, and hit the little bell icon so when we upload new content, you guys get notified. I'm Jorge and I'll see you guys next time.