2GIG GC3: Enter & Exit Programming Mode

Learn how to enter Programming Mode where you can access security system features, program sensors and use other optimization tools.

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If your system is professionally installed, you can operate the day-to-day functions without much concern for the setup of the system. But do-it-yourselfers typically prefer to understand all the details of their alarm system. Our video shows you how to access all the features of your 2GIG GC3 system by using Programming Mode.

Programming Mode is where you’ll find the brains for your alarm system. Entering programming mode lets you access features, adjust settings and program sensors. It’s also where you can add users, set up a Duress Code and more.

There are two ways to enter Programming Mode. You can either use the system’s Master Code or the Installer Code. The differences can be a little confusing, so the video provides additional detail.

Both codes let you adjust a variety of settings. However, only the Installer Code gives you access to the Installation Toolbox. The Installation Toolbox lets you access a variety of features including System Configuration settings, the ability to Restore Defaults and more.

The Master Code is designed for the end user. The Master Code lets you arm and disarm the system. You can also use the Master Code to add users, adjust entry/exit times and perform many other functions. The Master Code gives you access to most of the system features but only the Installer Code unlocks all functionality.

In some situations, the installer code will only be used during alarm installation. The end user will only be given the Master Code. This is rarely a situation which applies to homeowners, although there might be a professional situation where this setup is necessary.

As explained in the video, the system will have a default Master Code and a default Installer Code. The default Master Code is 1111. The default Installer Code is 1561. We recommend changing both of those codes as soon as possible, but you will need to use them during initial setup.

The video shows a variety of ways to enter Programming Mode. You can use either the System Setting button in the lower right or the 2GIG button in the upper right. Most do-it-yourselfers prefer using the 2GIG button and inputting the Installer Code. This gives you access to all programming features.

We detail quite a few scenarios involving when and why the Installer Code is needed. If you use the Master Code to enter the System Settings, you’ll need to enter the Installer Code to access the Installation Toolkit. If you enter System Settings by originally using the Installer Code, you’ll be able to access the Toolkit without any additional steps.

Programming Mode lets you customize your system for convenience and security. Our video guide on how to enter and exit the Programming Mode is a great resource for learning how to get the most out of your 2GIG GC3 home security system.


Hi DIYers. This is Frank at Alarm Grid here today with the GC3. This is the new 2GIG self-contained panel. It's a fully wireless system self-contained. It'll have cellular communications for alarm.com on it. What I want to show you here today is how to enter and exit Programming mode to enable or disable certain features, settings, even program sensors.

We'll show you the details on those deeper level or specifics in programming in another video, or in other videos. But for now, I just want to show you the two ways to enter programming. So the default installer code is 1561. This is the code that allows you to get into the installer toolbox.

There's two ways to get to the toolbox. Generally, you want to use the 2GIG symbol on the top right and then use the default installer code, which is 1561. That will get you into this main menu of your installer programming. And then you can hit System Config, followed by Panel Programming.

Once that launches, you're in your question-based programming here and you can make changes to these questions. The other way to get in here, if we back all the way out to the Home screen, is System Settings. So System Settings is generally used for a master user.

Now, as a DIYer, the master user and installer code can get confused fairly easily. On this panel, the default master is 1111. So that's four 1's. The default installer, like I said earlier, is 1561.

When you hit the 2GIG up top like I did before, that requires the installer code, which is 1561 by default. It will not take the master code. If you hit System Settings, because this is a different menu, you can actually use your master code here. Technically, you can use the master or the installer. You can use the 1561 as well.

But once you're in this menu, you'll see it's a little bit different than the installer programming where we hit 2GIG on the top. This is designed for an end user if you didn't install the system yourself. Maybe you had a professional installer put it in. Sometimes the installer may not offer you the installer code.

We don't usually do things like that here at Alarm Grid, but if that was the case, this is why the panel's designed this way. So we have Users here, Sounds. We can adjust date and time. We can do a lot of different things here.

But if you scroll down, you'll see the Installer Toolbox again. Once you're in here using the master code, this is where you hit System Configuration again. And then lastly, we'll hit Panel Programming. In this here, we're now back into the questions. And we, this time, used the 1111.

So the only limitation to that is if you go into System Settings using the master code, which is 1111, and then go into Installer Toolbox, it's going to prompt you for a code again. If you try the master code again, or any other sub-user, you'll notice it says invalid code. That's because you cannot get into the question-based programming of the Installer Toolbox using any code except for the installer.

So the menus are very similar, so it can be confusing. But if you get into the habit of using the 2GIG on the top right with the installer code, which, by default, is 1561, then it won't ask you twice. It'll just ask that one time. Since we used the master to get into the programing earlier, when we hit the Installer Toolbox here, we now have to enter the 1561, or your installer code if it's been changed.

If you enter the master or any other code, you won't get in. So again, now we're back in System Configuration, Panel Programming. And now we're back in. So we can then make our adjustments here to any of our questions and programming and save.

I'll show you the details on each of these questions in some other videos. And for now, we'll just always-- we always want to back out, hitting return to System Config using the back out button here, and return back to the Home screen. So that's how you enter and exit programming on your 2GIG GC3 panel. If you have any questions on programming your system, you can email us at support@alarmgrid.com. And don't forget to subscribe to our channel.