Honeywell Home PROA7PLUS: Using with Total Connect 2 0
Hi DIYers, George here from Alarm Grid. Today I'm going to be going over whether or not you can use the Honeywell Home PROA7PLUS with Total Connect 2.0. So the quick and easy answer for that is, yes. The Honeywell PROA7PLUS actually comes with a Wi-Fi and a Z-Wave communicator built into the panel itself. That allows you to choose whatever company you like to get monitored with and to get Total Connect access from. So once you have the alarm system monitored you'll be able to log into your Total Connect account. As long as your company has created that for you. So make sure you're signing up for the correct plan. And once that account is being created you guys can log into Total Connect. And Total Connect is what's going to allow you to use your phone, a website, a tablet to arm and disarm your system from wherever in the world. You can also set up email, text message alerts from Total Connect any time an alarm goes off. Sensor event notifications, if you guys want to know every time your front door is opened. You guys can create notifications for that. You guys can control Z-Wave devices. So if you guys add in door lock, a light, thermostat and outlet, a Z-Wave plugin module, a garage door controller, a thermostat, blinds, a Z-Wave water valve. Again, Z-Wave you can automate stuff endlessly in the house, so just make sure you're looking for the correct products. The Honeywell Home PROA7PLUS actually has the Z-Wave built into it. So once you guys have that monitored on and with an alarm company and you guys have Total Connect you can control all these devices as well. You can create scenes and rules, whenever such and such happens to trigger these other devices. Now the thing with the Honeywell PROA7PLUS that panel comes with built in Wi-Fi Z-Wave, so it allows you to do all that. But if you guys buy the base panel just the PROA7, meaning there is no plus. That is a standalone panel that doesn't come with Wi-Fi or Z-Wave built in so you have to buy the modules separately. Not many people are buying that panel just because everybody nowadays has Wi-Fi. And they have home automation that they're adding. Now the other cool thing with the PROA7PLUS is if you buy the panel standalone the only communication part of your system is going to be using is Wi-Fi. So that means if Wi-Fi fails, so if there's a power outage and you guys are away from the house and you're trying to make sure that the thermostat is fine, or that your doors are locked or that the system is still armed. If there's a power outage and you guys only have Wi-Fi on the system, then you guys won't be able to use the app. Because the system doesn't have a communication path to work through. The Wi-Fi is down, the power is out. The system will still act as a sound maker, you just don't have any remote control of the system from Total Connect 2.0. This is why a lot of people opt to add in a cellular communicator. And now the cellular communicators come in either Verizon or AT&T. Now before you start all well I don't like Verizon I don't like AT&T, customer service this and that. You guys actually just have to make sure whichever communication path you decide to add as a backup, that has good cellular signal in the area. The monitoring company or the alarm company that you guys go with are actually the ones that take on those cellular fees. They're the ones that are activating that communicator that's in the panel. So you don't have to go out and contact AT&T and Verizon and say, hey, I have a Sim card and I need you guys to add it to my plan. That's actually the alarm company does that and then they usually, that's why the cellular plans if you're looking at them they're usually a little bit higher. If you guys are monitored or interested in monitoring with Alarm Grid, we have our Wi-Fi plans bronze silver, self bronze, self silver. And then we have our cellular monitoring plans, where you can use Wi-Fi but their cellular based. Meaning they cover the cellular fees and those would be gold platinum, self gold, self platinum If you guys are interested, if you guys have a PROA7PLUS and want to add cellular as a backup. Gives you more redundancy in the event of a power outage or if the internet line outside the house is snipped, you'll still have that backup redundant path that allows the system to keep on working. As far as Total Connect, that pretty much usually is included in most monitoring plans. Again, you just want to make sure you're reaching out to the company that you decide to go with and that they're going to include that for you. Another cool thing you can do with Total Connect and the PROA7PLUS are video cameras. We do believe that there is going to be a new line of video cameras coming out. So hopefully, we'll start seeing some of these new generation video cameras there from Total Connect you'll be able to view those cameras. You'll be able to view live streams, you'll be able to view motion clips. They're motion based cameras so when they detect motion they record 32 second minute long clip. They'll send it to the Total Connect app. And then I believe on the new generation cameras you should also be able to enable stream video to panel. Which means your video camera footage will actually show up on the Honeywell PROA7PLUS systems screen. And then if you guys have the Honeywell touch screen keypads, which are the I guess you can say secondary or slave keypads to the main panel. You guys should also be able to view video camera footage through there as well, once that feature becomes available. If you guys have any questions whatsoever about Total Connect, about the PROA7PLUS any of the advanced features, please send us an email to firstname.lastname@example.org. If you find the video hopefully, make sure you guys hit like underneath. Subscribe to the YouTube channel, and hit the little bell icon. So whenever we upload new content, you guys get notified. I'm George and I'll see you guys next time.