2GIG Panic1-345: Program to GC3

Here is a detailed video explanation on how to program the 2GIG Panic1-345 wireless panic button to the 2GIG GC3 wireless security system.


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Description

Program the 2GIG Panic1-345 wireless panic button to work alongside the 2GIG GC3 wireless security system by going to the “Installer Tool Box” and following the steps laid out in our video.

The 2GIG Panic1-345 is a single-button panic switch. Press and hold the large button on the front of the device for two seconds to activate the alarm as shown in our video.

Once configured to the 2GIG GC3, pressing the panic switch instantly sends a signal to the security system. An alarm is then sent to police, medical, or fire dispatching depending upon the situation and settings chosen.

Our video tutorial shows you not only how to activate and enroll the device, but also how to toggle between settings. The main settings to choose from include “Silent Panic” and “Audible Panic.”

“Silent Panic” sends a silent alert to central station. Or you can set it up to directly alert a specific type of dispatching, such as your medical team or the police.

“Audible Panic” sends an audible alert to central station. It also sets off a loud siren in your home. The siren helps avoid false alarms because you can contact dispatching if it’s tripped by mistake. The noise also helps scare off intruders.

Another setting that our video walks you through is “Transmission Delay.” We recommend disabling this setting (as explained in the video).

When activated, “Transmission Delay” doesn’t send an immediate signal. Instead, the system waits for a set period of time to send a signal. Turn this setting off and a signal is sent immediately to central station. An immediate alarm is vital for medical emergency and home burglary situations.

The process of enabling a voice descriptor for your wireless panic button is easy by following the steps laid out in the video. This will ensure that the touchscreen clearly enunciates the name and location of the device when needed.

“Sensors Supervised” is an additional feature that prevents the device from going offline. The connection is monitored and you’re alerted if the device disconnects.

Though we recommend keeping “Sensors Supervised” on for most uses, our video tutorial also shows you how to disable it. Taking the device out of range without disabling the setting leads to false alarms. Turn it off and you don’t have to take the button off each time you leave the house.

The 2GIG Panic1-345 comes with a lanyard for the neck, a cinched band for the wrist or ankle, and a clip for wall mounting for easier access. The battery lasts for up to two years and is water-resistant.

That’s the value of pairing the 2GIG Panic1-345 wireless panic button to the 2GIG GC3 wireless security system – it allows loved ones to quickly contact medical, police, or fire dispatching in emergency situations.


Transcript

Hi, DIYers. This is Frank at Alarm Grid. We're back in the Alarm Grid lab working with the 2GIG GC3 panel today. We will be showing you the 2GIG-PANIC1-345.

This is the single button panic switch. There is an included lanyard as well as a-- this actually can be used as a wrist, little cinched wrist or ankle band. There's a few clips here that come with it where you can clip these into a wall mount. There's even this lanyard here, which can go around your neck.

So this is generally designed as, again, as a panic button. We have the sensor right here and a few pieces that it comes in in the box. We have the front button here. And the back then, you can see where the battery will go in.

We'll take the plus symbol facing up and snap that right into the battery compartment. And we can close this puppy right up. OK, we have that snapped shut. And now we have a panic button.

So what we're going to show you here today is how to program this to your GC3. So similar to other wireless zone programming, we'll go into the Installer Tool Box From the Home screen. We can go into the 2GIG symbol in the top right, enter the installer code. We still have our installer on default, which is 1561. If you've changed it, then you want to use that.

We then go into System Configuration, Wireless Zones, and then we can go down to the next open slot here. We can even-- we'll just go to Wireless Zone 3. We've already done a door and a motion here that you can see.

Once we click on 3, you'll have your list of all the different settings for that zone. So we'll click into Sensor Type. That will move those selections over here to the left. And then we can start programing.

So when you program a panic button, there's a few different types of response types you can set. So either this would be set as a silent panic or an audible panic. A silent panic would send a signal to the central station informing them that there is a situation of duress.

Now, this generally is used as a medical panic. So you can set that up with your alarm company to specify that you'd like them to send the medical team. You can also use this as a police panic or fire panic if you like as well, depending on the situation. Silent versus audible is simply what determines when you press this button, does it trigger the local alarm, the local siren, or is it completely silent? So there's a few advantages to both.

Obviously a silent alarm has its advantage of keeping things quiet locally. So if it is a police panic or if you just prefer to not have the noise, maybe this is for an older person who-- or maybe just someone who's unhealthy and potentially would have the need to dispatch a medical team very quickly. So maybe you don't want the alarm going off because they're potentially in pain waiting for the medical team.

A reason to not do silent is to avoid false alarms. If you ever accidentally press this, then that's where the audible is helpful. So you actually know, you hear the siren. Generally this panel won't be in the same room. Hopefully not. But setting it to audible is nice just so that you know that it was tripped. That way, if it was a false alarm, you can come to the keypad and disarm.

You can also use an audible panic to scare off an intruder. If someone is approaching the home and you press this, maybe pressing it will scare them away. That's another benefit to setting it's audible.

So when you talk about this sensor type here, we'll hit that little icon on the top right, on the right-hand side of the sensor types and scroll down. And you'll see the few different types, few different settings here. We have 24 hour silent on Type 6. And then we have a 24 hour audible on 7. So again, whether you want it to be audible or silent is up to you.

There's actually even an auxiliary alarm, which, in most cases, is very similar to the audible. It will trigger a keypad alarm. And in this case, since this is a self-contained system, it will alarm out of here. Where that might come in handy is you can set it up on other auxiliary keypads and have those keypads alarm as well.

So for today's purpose, I'm going to set it as an audible alarm so that we know and we can get the authorities out. The equipment type, we'll go to the next field here, we'll set this as Emergency. So as soon as you put the sensor type as a 24 hour audible, it will give you only two selections. And we'll use Emergency here.

The equipment code is the next selection. And we'll click into here. You can either document which equipment code the panic button is in advance by looking it up in the installation guide. In this case, we can scroll through and see 2GIG panic button is 0868. So you can just keep that in mind in the future or you can just simply scroll down and view 2GIG panic button. This is the only panic button that 2GIG has as of right now.

So we could then select that as the equipment code. We'll go into the serial number. Once we're in the serial number, you can either manually enter in the serial that's listed on the back of the panic button where it says TXID. There's a seven digit number after that. Or you can learn it.

At Alarm Grid, we're always a fan of learning these in. The reason why is it basically eliminates user error. So we'll go ahead and hit Learn on the bottom right. It'll say listening. We can press and hold this for three full seconds. And then it'll say Sensor Received and shows 0871471. We can look right here on the back of the sensor and it matches.

So whenever you're learning something in, be cognisant if you're in a room with motion detectors. Here in the lab, we have a couple. So it's just something that you always want to cautionary of to make sure that, once you learn that in, you can cross-check on the back of the unit. Make sure that it actually was this that sent the signal in, not a potential motion detector that picked you up at the same time.

So we'll hit Accept and then move down to Equipment Age. This is a new sensor, so we'll keep it on new.

The Sensor Loop. So this is pretty important. When you learn these in, it should auto-enroll. But you'll see that this is on loop 1. This PRI1-- excuse me. This PANIC1-345 is loop 1.

So most of the 2GIG sensors it will be loop 1. The DW10, when using the magnet and the reed switch, that actually uses loop 2. But that kind of is one of the few exceptions to the rule, which is most of the 2GIG sensors are loop 1 by default. So we have loop 1 here.

Transmission delay, so this is very important. You always want to disable the transmission delay, especially on panic's. We even do it on burglary alarms because we want to receive an alarm from a sensor immediately. But for panic specifically, you want, as soon as this is pressed and as soon as this panic situation is sent to the system here, we want that to send out to the central station.

Now, this is assuming that you have central station monitoring. If you do, then you don't want the panel to hold that and delay the transmission of that signal. There is a separate setting in programming that says how long that transmission delay is. By disabling this, it'll circumvent that delay and send the signal out immediately.

If you are worried about false alarms and you want to have a window of time where you can disarm at the panel, clear out the panic and have it not send, then you can do that. You would just enable the transmission delay here. For today's purposes, we'll keep it disabled so that it goes out immediately.

We can then go to Edit Voice Descriptor. So this is a way for us to label this. So depending on where this is in the home or however you want to set this up, you can label this here so that you know on the alarm.com app via text, email, or push notification, or just when you get the phone call from the central station, that you know exactly which zone this is, especially if you have more than one of these. So for today, we'll just set it up as a medical panic. So I'll put in medical and then panic.

You'll notice that as I start typing the words, there's a white bar here with the fixed-- or with the existing library of words. So this library's important to choose from. If it's not-- if you make your own custom word, that's fine. It will show in alarm.com and will report to the central station. However, it will not voice enunciate.

So if you ever want it to enunciate on the panel, you'll lose that. With the panic button, it might not be as big of a deal because this won't be tripping a lot. But for other devices that you do want to receive chiming and voice annunciation on faults, that's where you would want to use that library. I just like being in the habit of that.

So we have Medical Panic. We'll hit Done. And we'll move down to the next field here.

We have Sensor Reports. This is a global setting that tells the system to either send the signal out and report to the central station or not. Again, whether you have reporting or not, I always recommend keeping this enabled. That way, if you do ever set up central station monitoring in the future, then you don't have to go back and change all your zones. So we can leave that on default.

Same thing with Sensor Supervised. Always keep this enabled. There's one caveat to this. Sensor supervision basically means the panel will look for this device.

So if this device is going to stay site and either be wall mounted or stuck on a bedside table somewhere where it can be accessed to push and trigger a panic, you want to enable supervision so that the system knows when this goes offline. Or if it ever has-- if there's any RF interference or something that would prevent this from signaling to the system, we want to know about it. If you set this to disabled, it won't-- it will not look for this device.

Now, the one benefit of disabling supervision on this device specifically and key fobs is that this unit might be on a lanyard like we showed you earlier or the little wrist wrap here. And if it's on one of these and the individual that is wearing this accidentally leaves the house with it or maybe purposely just has it with them at all times, if they leave the home and it's supervised, after the supervisory period where the system is then going to ping this and look for it, if it doesn't check in, it'll create a supervision trouble that will then basically report to the panel and then send out to the central station.

So to avoid any unnecessary troubles any time this leaves the premise, you can just disable supervision. And that will prevent the system from looking for this unit. So just keep that in mind. I'll plan on keeping this within the lab here, so we'll keep it enabled for now. This would be similar to a situation where you could just keep this by the night table in your home.

So we'll bump down the last feature here, which is Sensor Chime. I don't really think we need to have this on chime mode. Any time this trips, it's going to trip a panic situation because it is a 24 hour zone type. So we can just keep the sensor chime disabled for now. And we can return to System Config. We'll back out.

We have our Summary screen here with the zone number, the type as a zone-- a sensor type 7/24 hour audible, an emergency button, 2GIG panic button with the serial number loop. You can verify everything here at the end before you exit and then hit Save. And then you're back at the Home screen.

Now, if I was to press and hold this for three seconds, it would trigger a loud audible alarm. To avoid blowing my eardrums out right here, we won't test right now. But I do recommend when you program these, step away from the system and do a press and hold on this.

Make sure that you-- that your system is in test mode. If you already have central station monitoring, you want to call the central station, place your system on test in advance, and then you can test this unit. Also you want to update your alarm company if you ever do add sensors on your own. But assuming you don't have the central station monitoring service activated yet, you can just step in the other room, press and hold for three seconds, and then disarm. You can use a key fob in the other room or you can come back to the system and just disarm it.

So if you have any other questions regarding programming your 2GIG-PIR1-345, you can email us at support@alarmgrid.com. And don't forget to subscribe to our channel.


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