How do I flash upgrade my 2GIG GC3 alarm system?
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hey DIYs I'm Jorge from alarm grid today we're gonna be going over how to flash upgrade your gc3 so right here I have a dc-3 it is on the second revision so I'm actually you guys are actually gonna be able to be seeing me upgraded to the newest firmware right now so just recently to get released a new firmware update for the GC 3 that actually allows partitioning so this will be one of the first wireless all-in-one systems that you can do partitions with so that's something exciting to know and again that's on the latest firmware version that's three-point 2.0 and then a couple of other numbers after that and I'm gonna show you guys how to get to that in just a moment right so the first thing you want to do is make sure you have your gc3 powered on you're going to need an empty USB drive right doesn't matter the size cuz the file that you're putting on this is very small so you just have to make sure that it's completely empty and you need a computer or a tablet so well actually you do need a computer because you need to be able to transfer it from your computer to your USB Drive today I'm gonna be showing you how to get to that from a tablet that way you guys can know how to navigate to the file to download for the gc3 so the first thing you want to go ahead and do is I'm gonna go ahead and get my tablet you're gonna want to go to our website alarmgrid comm so let me go ahead and start setting this up for you guys so you can use any web browser I'm gonna be using Safari I'm gonna go to our website alarm grid dot-com it's gonna take you to our main landing page now if you're doing this on a computer you're gonna see the blue navigation bar at the very top and to the right hand side you should see a search option all I'm gonna do since I'm on a tablet I actually have to hit the little menu sign and I'm gonna go to the search and I'm gonna type in something simple gc3 firmware update once I hit search it's gonna take me to my gc3 firmware page this is gonna be where you're gonna download the file from so you can transfer it onto the USB now the file download is gonna be directly from a Dropbox link that we provide for you guys so you guys can download it so give me a moment so you're gonna scroll past the little Google results could be two or three links for me it's those top two and I'm gonna do the how do I flash upgrade my 2gig gc3 alarm system well I'm sorry that is not the one you want you're gonna want to go to the 2gig gc3 firmware updates so right there it's gonna have a little release notes that's gonna have all the instructions everything you need to do and the very at the very top you're gonna see a green button that says download current firmware now again this is all free as long as you have a USB stick and as long as you have a computer you can flash upgrade your gc3 for free now if you guys don't have a computer don't have a USB stick but your gc3 is being monitored with an alarm comm set of your module we can push it down remotely however there is a fee for that right alarm comm charges for that so we also have to charge you it's not a big fee maybe like $3.00 somewhere around that area but again that's only if you don't have a computer or a USB stick and you really want to get that firmware update we can do it remotely it would just have a small little fee but if you're looking for free it's all done through the website and a USB stick so now that you're there on that on the gc3 firmware update page all you do is hit the green button that says download current firmware it's gonna take you to our dropbox link as soon as you get to the dropbox link give it a second well I'm doing it on tablet so I'm gonna do continue to website and usually if you're doing this in a browser you will have a download button if you're not seeing the download button on your browser there should be three dots on the top right on the top right corner of your web Paige if you just tap on those three dots do direct download direct download is gonna save that file onto your computer now after you've saved it onto your computer all you have to do since it it since it is just say it's just a simple file and it doesn't need any unzipping or anything like that you're just gonna click drag click it drag and drop it into your USB so make sure your USB is plugged into your computer you click and rip you click and drag the file you drop it into USB eject the USB don't just pull it out because you don't want anything to get corrupted through the eject option you pull the USB out now we're gonna get to the actual plugging in the USB to the gc3 so the GC threes USB slot is actually at the very top right here in the center there's a little rubber socket that's keeping it closed I'm gonna go ahead and show you guys real quick this little rubber socket right here you can use your fingers just to take it out and if you can't take it out with your finger if you don't have any nails you can try getting a little flathead and just putting it there and just popping it right out it comes right off that's the USB slot that you're looking for all you're gonna do is insert it now see I'm at the home screen once I insert it it's gonna ask me if I want to upgrade the firmware update you'll see so I plug it in go here hold on let me put this here good I'm not that tall so I can't see sorry guys I'm taking it off so accidentally press the button on the screen which pulled up a little menu but as you saw as soon as I lose on correctly you'll see as soon as I plug it in you get the option firmware update available from USB Drive hit update it's gonna ask you to enter in your code to access the settings I'm just gonna enter in my master code 1 1 1 1 it's gonna say updating please wait yeah now your master code I use 1 1 1 1 cuz that's my default master code for the system yours could be different yours could be the code that you use to arm and disarm the system normally yeah so make sure you guys use the master code I think you should also be able to use the installer code which that by default is 1 5 6 1 as well so master code or installer code and it's gonna start decoding the firmware update formatting the partitions and yeah it's just gonna take you to through the whole landing screen through the whole loading and update screen here once the grey bars once the grey bar is full obviously that means that the firmware update is done and it should let you know alright so once the panel update has completed it'll actually say rebooting so that panel it just told me it's gonna start rebooting and now we're just waiting for it to power on and it should power on with the newest firmware update to confirm I'll show you where to check for that it's very easy to check I should just wait till it completes you completely powers on and then I'll show you where to go so this is some rebooted backup it's in a ready to arm state I can go ahead and remove the USB stick place the little plastic connector piece back on and now just to confirm that we are on the latest firmware version we're gonna go ahead and go to system settings entering your master code or installer code I'm gonna use the installer code one five six one I'm gonna go down so let me see actually sorry it's a lot easier than that you honestly just have to go to system info and usage to check the firmware update hit system info and right there shows you one firmware version 3.2.40 want firmware version 3.1 point something right so like I said this new firmware version a lot of new exciting news to come with it especially because now it has partitions that was just a quick video on how to flash upgrade the gc3 firmware remember you need a USB stick or you need an alarm comm cell module that's activated and we can push it down remotely but there's a fee for that one the USB stick is free if you guys found this video helpful make sure you hit like underneath subscribe to youtube channel and enable notifications that way when we upload new content you guys do get notified I'm George I'll see you guys next time