2GIG GC3: Adjust Entry Exit Delay Periods

Delay periods allow you to enter and exit the house without disrupting the alarm system. Here’s how to select entry/exit delay periods.

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A secure home doesn’t need to be a hassle to live in. Nobody wants to race between the door and the alarm panel. Fortunately, adjusting the entry/exit delay period is easy. Our video has everything you need to know.

When a door opens in the house, an alarm code must be entered into the system within a set amount of time. This delay period doesn’t need to be so short that you feel like you’re racing against the clock, but you also don’t want to leave your house needlessly unguarded.

The exact delay period for your household will vary based on the location of your doorways in relation to your control panel. Aside from the external doors of your house, you can also attach a sensor to a garage door.

The GC3 has three delay periods you’ll want to set: Entry Delay 1, Entry Delay 2 and Exit Delay. Each entry delay is associated with a separate door, such as a front door and a side door. The exit delay is a global setting which affects both doors.

The exit times can be set between 45 and 120 seconds. This is usually more than enough time to arm the system and then walk out the door. The default time is set at 60 seconds. The video shows you how to increase or decrease the time.

Entry times for either door can be set between 30 and 240 seconds (which is four minutes). If the control panel is near your door, a short entry time will probably be all you need. Longer times are necessary if the control panel is far away from one or more doors. Note you don’t have to set both entry times for the same duration.

Keep in mind you want entry delay periods to be as short as comfortably possible. If an intruder enters your home, you don’t want to provide enough time for them to potentially tamper with the control panel.

The default time is 30 seconds, which we recommend for the main entry point. Entry Delay 2 might need to be longer, especially if this entry point is in a garage where you have to account for exiting a vehicle.

The video walks you through the steps for setting each delay period. You’ll hit the 2GIG logo in the upper right corner of the home screen. After entering your Installer Code, you’ll be taken to the Installer Toolbox. As the tutorial shows, you’ll adjust delay times through Q4, Q5 and Q6 in the Panel Programming section.

Any changes to delay periods need to be saved before they’ll be implemented. Our tutorial will guide you through the saving process. Plus, we’ll show you how to confirm your delay settings for each zone.

The right delay period keeps your house secure while still letting you comfortably walk in and out of the door.


Hi DIYers. This is Frank at Alarm Grid again and we're back in the Alarm Grid lab working on the 2GIG GC3 panel. Today, we're going to be discussing the entry and exit delays on your 2GIG GC3. So entry and exit delays are mapped to sensors, generally, entry/exit doors, whether it be a garage overhead door, entry doors to the home, like a front and back entry.

These are basically periods in time that you have, on the entry, would map to the amount of time you have to come to the system and disarm it before the alarm is triggered. So the exit delay would be on the way out. So after you arm at the panel or on the app or on your key fob, this is the amount of time you have to physically leave the premise, open and close that door that's programmed to entry/exit 1 or entry/exit 2.

So there's three questions that are used to program entry delay 1, entry delay 2, and then your exit delay. The exit delay is a global setting to basically it's the amount of time you have on the way out on any zone program to either entry/exit 1 or entry/exit 2. I'll show you what that looks like on a zone at the end of the video.

But for now, basically, I'll just show you how to set these times. So we'll hit the 2GIG button on the top right. That'll bump you right into your Installer Toolbox. We'll enter 1561 and System Configuration and then Panel Programming.

Once that launches you in, we can come down. You'll see questions 4, 5, and 6, which is your exit delay, your entry delay 1, and entry delay 2. So these selections are set by the number of seconds.

So you'll see the default, we have-- we'll go back up here. The default is 60 seconds on the exit delay. So that means you have one minute to leave your home by default. If you think you need more or less than that, you can adjust that here, just by typing in-- just hitting clear and then typing in the number of seconds.

Just a brief discussion around exit delays-- the entry delays are the most important thing when it comes to lowering those and keeping those as low as possible. The entry delay would be the amount of time an intruder has to get into the home and potentially compromise the system before it sends out an alarm signal. The exit delay, on the other hand, is just the amount of time you have to leave. So it's very rare that there is a break-in or intrusion during that period.

Generally, you're still getting in your car right outside the house during this period. With that said, if you're somebody that wants to minimize this time, you can bring it as far down as 45 seconds. That means you have 45 seconds to leave the house or business.

It can go all the way up to 120 seconds, which is two minutes. And that would give you a little bit longer time. Maybe the keypad is located a little further from the door. Or it may just take you some more time to get out of the house than the average user, so you could just hit this, bump this up to 120, and then and then go down to the next field here.

You don't actually need to do anything to lock these changes in. You can simply just bump to the next field or back out. That's question 4 for exit delay. And that will, again, map to any zone programmed to entry 1 or entry 2.

So as far as entry delay 1, this is generally your front door or main entry points to the home, your exterior zones, which are your primary entry points. Usually 30 seconds is recommended. If you have it right at the door and 15 seconds is something that would work, great. But on this panel, for security measures or for false alarm, rather, as far as the amount of time you have to come in and disarm the panel, it actually, the lowest is 30 seconds.

So I usually recommend keeping it there. That is the default, so you shouldn't have to adjust this. If you need a longer period of time, if the panel is further away from the entry point, you can bump that up to anywhere up to 240 seconds, which is four minutes.

On entry exit 1, we can usually keep that at 30 for any doors that are close to the keypad. And then you can map other zones to entry exit 2-- which I'll show you in a moment here-- such as maybe a garage overhead door. Maybe you have a tilt sensor and your garage overhead door is going to take you a few minutes to get into the house to disarm on that one.

So you can come down to entry delay 2, which is question 6. And let's say we want to bump this all the way to four minutes. We can put 240 in there. And then that means you have two minutes to come in and disarm the panel after the garage door is opened.

So you can get out of your vehicle, pull the grocery bags into the house. And you have four minutes to do that. If you have a garage entry point to the house, and that's on entry exit 1, you'll still only have the 30 seconds when you open that door. So the house will still be secure.

So don't worry about the four minutes unless you have valuables in the garage, which you want to be cognizant of that as well. With all that said, we now have our 30 second entry 1, four minute entry 2, and then our global exit delay for both of those at two minutes. So at this point, we can back out. Hit return to System Config.

We'll then hit the back key. When we hit that back key, that's when it'll ask for us to confirm changes. This is where we always want to save, assuming that we made the proper changes. The panel will take a second to restart the security process. It should say Ready to Arm. And then that's how you would reset your entry and exit delays.

Just to show you quickly on zone programming, we'll go back in. I just want to show you these entry and exit delay zone types. So we'll go into System Config. I'll set up a wireless zone. I just want to show you here.

On the right here, we have a few different things. But the type, the sensor type here, you can choose which basically response type you want. There's a few common types for doors, either entry/exit 1, which again, would mean that that door has the entry period mapped to the entry/exit 1 which we just set on question 5.

Entry/exit 2 would mean that it maps to entry delay 2 on question 6. Both of these will have the global exit delay, whatever you set that at on question 3. So if you set a wireless zone or wired zone to this setting, then it'll map to that delay period that we just programmed.

So we can just back out here, back out again. We're actually going to discard these changes because we didn't do any programming there. But that is how you would adjust your entry and exit delay periods on the 2GIG GC3. If you have any other questions regarding programming on the GC3, you can email us at support@alarmgrid.com. And don't forget to subscribe to our channel.