Cameras that Work w/ the Lyric and Total Connect
In this video, Jarrett from Alarm Grid discusses which security cameras can be used with the Honeywell Lyric Alarm System and Total Connect 2.0. Only Honeywell IP Cameras can be used in this way. There are two (2) types of Honeywell IP Cameras. There are newer Honeywell HD Cameras that are still being manufactured and sold as of late 2020. There are also legacy Honeywell Cameras that are no longer being manufactured, but old existing models can still be used. Understanding the differences between these two main camera categories is very important for getting the most out of them.
There are three (3) Honeywell HD Camera models. These include the Honeywell IPCAM-WIC1, the Honeywell IPCAM-WIC2, and the Honeywell IPCAM-WOC1. The IPCAM-WIC1 and IPCAM-WIC2 are for indoor use only, while the IPCAM-WOC1 can be used indoors or outdoors. These cameras can all interface with Total Connect 2.0 for streaming through a web browser or the TC2 Mobile App. However, none of these cameras can be streamed locally from the Lyric. These cameras all stream in high-definition, with the IPCAM-WIC1 being 720p, and the IPCAM-WIC2 and IPCAM-WOC1 being 1080p. By accessing these cameras from Total Connect 2.0, you can stream them from pretty much anywhere in the world. The SkyBell HD Video Doorbell camera is also incapable of being viewed on the Lyric Alarm Panel.
The legacy Honeywell IP Cameras are no longer being manufactured, and they can only be used with TC2 if they were online to receive a critical firmware update when it was pushed down. For this reason, be careful when purchasing used cameras. Legacy cameras that were not online to receive this update are bricked, and they cannot be used. Also, these cameras only stream in standard definition (SD). But the good thing about the legacy Honeywell IP Cameras is that if you can manage to get them online with TC2, they can also be live-streamed directly from the Lyric Alarm Panel. This a big advantage of the legacy Honeywell IP Cameras, as they are the only ones that can be streamed locally from the Lyric.
[AUDIO LOGO] Hey, DIYers. It's Jarrett here from Alarm Grid. Today we're going to be going over which cameras are going to work with the Honeywell Lyric system and Total Connect 2.0. Now, there are two different types of cameras that can work with either one of them, and that would be the Honeywell HD cameras or the Honeywell Legacy cameras. Now as I said, they're both going to be able to work. Now, there's a few differences between the two. Now, the HD cameras are comprised of the Honeywell IPCAM-WIC1, the Honeywell IPCAM-WIC2, and then the IPCAM-WOC1. And we have the WOC1 right here. This is the outdoor camera that they have. And this is an HD camera. Records at 1080p. And it also does have night vision. Actually, all the Honeywell IP cameras have night vision built in, so. But this is the outdoor camera. As you can see, this is the little antenna right here. This is so the camera can connect to the Wi-Fi, and it does need to connect to power so that you can go ahead and use this camera. Now, we also have the WIC1. This is also a high definition camera. However, this one actually records at 720p. It doesn't record at 1080p. But this is an indoor camera, so not meant for outdoor and it does connect to your local Wi-Fi. Now, we don't necessarily have the WIC2 at the moment. But I will be showing you a picture of that in a bit, so at least you can have an idea of what it looks like. But that is also an indoor camera, and it does connect to your local Wi-Fi as well. It needs that power source in order to be powered up, but other than that it is a very useful camera. Now, the HD cameras are very good, especially if you want some good quality picture, but there's a few things I want to keep in mind. You will not be able to view the cameras on the main panel itself. That goes for all three of those cameras that I named off. And they can only be viewed within Total Connect 2.0. Now, if they do pick up any motion detection or if they start recording, it will send you notification through Total Connect, but you will only be able to pull up the live feed or video feed through Total Connect 2.0, not the main panel. Now, there are the Legacy cameras which are comprised of the IPCAM-PT2. You have the IPCAM-PT. You have the WI2, WL, and WO. They all start with IPCAM, so I just abbreviated it. But basically, we have the IPCAM-WL right here. This is an indoor camera as well. You can use an ethernet cable with it if you wanted to. But this is not meant for outdoors, so you want to keep that in mind. The other one is the IPCAM-WO. This is actually an outdoor camera. It has a little antenna here to connect to your Wi-Fi. You see you have like a metal backing right here to protect against the weather. This is a pretty useful camera as well. And you have the WI2. This is an indoor camera. It has the antenna for the Wi-Fi and everything. Basically, this is just another standard Honeywell IP camera. And then you have the IPCAM-PT. This is also another indoor camera. It connects to your Wi-Fi. Now, we don't exactly have the IPCAM-PT2. However, to give you a general idea of what it looks like, it looks exactly like this. Really not much of a difference between two cameras. They both really look similar, but I will also be pulling a picture of that too to give you an idea of what it does look like, even though you already do. So basically, the Legacy cameras are not high definition though. You want to keep that in mind. They're actually standard definition. I mean, you're going to have some pretty good video feed, but they're not going to be quite as high quality or good as the HD cameras. Now, one good thing about the Legacy cameras though, is that they can be streamed on the panel itself. So if you wanted to pull up a live stream or anything right there at the panel, you can go ahead and do that. They can also be viewed via Total Connect 2.0 as well. If they start recording or pick up motion, it's going to be the same thing. You get a notification from Total Connect and you can go ahead and pull up that video feed if you need to. One very important thing about those Legacy cameras though that you really want to keep in mind, is they will only work with Total Connect 2.0 and with the Lyric panel if they received an over the air update that was pushed out a little while ago. This update was the last update that Honeywell pushed out to these cameras so that they can work with Total Connect 2.0. If they have not received this update, then they will not be able to work. They're not going to connect to the system, not going to work with Total Connect 2.0. At that point, you would probably have to swap them out with either the HD cameras or another type of camera. So the other cameras that are basically not going be able to be used are like any DVR cameras or NVR cameras. The Arlo cameras are also included with that list. Basically, if they're not Honeywell or if they're not the Skybell cameras, then they're not going to be able to work with the Honeywell Lyric. Now, there are other types of Honeywell cameras out there that are available, but the only ones that can work with the Lyric or Total Connect 2.0 are going to be the ones that I named off. Whether it be the Legacy ones or the HD camera ones. If you get like a Honeywell DVR type system, those are not going to be able to work either, unfortunately. So you want to keep that in mind when you're setting up cameras to try to use with the system. We do see a lot of people though set up their own cameras and they use Total Connect and also the other application. But whichever one you choose, by all means, you could definitely do it. If you did want to set the Honeywell cameras with your system, then you would need to look at a monitoring plan that does include the cloud storage for those cameras to be set up. So for instance, if you're a Alarm Grid customer or a person looking to monitor with Alarm Grid, then basically the Platinum Plans or the Self-Platinum Plans would be the ones that you can go ahead and choose, because those do include that setup for those HD cameras. And you can set up about eight cameras on that account. It also does include the five Skybell cameras as well, if you did want to set that up. And the last thing, though, that I want to add about the Legacy cameras and their update. If you wanted to see or read a little more information about that update that I had mentioned, just follow the link in the description below and that should be able to take you to the FAQ that we have that explains everything. OK. So as I mentioned, I'm going to show you a picture of the Honeywell IPCAM-PT2. This is basically the camera right here. It does look exactly like the IPCAM-PT. It basically connects to the Wi-Fi. It is still an indoor camera. But this is also a good option if you wanted to have a camera that can pan and tilt so that you can get some different views and different angles for where you're looking at. All right. And lastly, this is the Honeywell IPCAM-WIC2. This is the HD indoor camera that you can go ahead and use with the Honeywell Lyric or actually Total Connect 2.0. But again, you want to keep in mind this will not be able to be viewed directly on the Honeywell Lyric. It can only be viewed within Total Connect 2.0. And that is which cameras work with the Honeywell Lyric and Total Connect 2.0. If you have any further questions about the Honeywell IP cameras or alarm systems in general, please reach us at email@example.com or go to our website, alarmgrid.com. If you found this video helpful, please like and subscribe. 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