Programming a Zone to a 2GIG GC3e
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In this video, Michael from Alarm Grid shows you how to program a zone to a 2GIG GC3e Security System. This is a very important step for setting up the system. Every sensor will take up at least one zone on the system. You need to make sure that you configure all system zones correctly, or else the system will not respond in the appropriate manner when a sensor is faulted. This is determined by the Sensor Type for the zone, which may also be referred to as the Response Type. Different sensors will use different Sensor Types, so understanding them is important when programming zones.
Other than Sensor Types, there are many other configurations that go into programming a zone. For example, as most zones on a 2GIG GC3e are wireless, you will need to program the Serial Number for the sensor to the zone. The 2GIG GC3e allows you to auto-enroll wireless sensors. This is recommended so that you do not make a mistake when entering the Serial Number. Auto-enrolling also helps ensure that the sensor communicates with the system properly. Most 345 MHz sensors will work with the 2GIG GC3e. You can also use the encrypted 2GIG eSeries Sensors with the system.
Another aspect of programming a zone is setting things like the Voice Descriptor, which is what the panel will speak out when the sensor is faulted. You can also set whether the panel will chime, speak out the Voice Descriptor, or do both voice and chime. There are also other miscellaneous settings, such as whether or not the panel should report out if the associated sensor triggers a system alarm, as well as whether or not the system should monitor the sensor for RF supervision. All of these settings will need to be adjusted accordingly when setting up the zone.
hi-dee-hi wires this is Michael from alarm grid and today I'm going to show you how to program a wireless zone into your 2gig gc3 security system now we have our 2gig gc3 II right here this system supports 345 megahertz wireless sensors such as those from the Honeywell 5800 series and the 2gig 345 megahertz series and what this panel supports the gc3 II supports over its predecessor the gc3 just the regular gc3 it can support the 2gig eseries encrypted sensors which use wireless encryption for added protection the only panels that can support the 2gig eseries sensors are the GC 3e here and the 2gig gc3 so those those are some nice sensors to use if you have one of these systems but I'm just going to get into it all the sensors are programmed this in the same way by the way whether using encrypted or non-encrypted sensors if you're using a Honeywell 50 and hard series sensors just a reminder you can only use the one-way communication sensors you can't use the bi-directional sensors they'll only work with the Lynx touch but we have a sensor here I believe it's a Honeywell 5800 mini might be a versa to gig but either way they're programmed in the same way so we're gonna do an auto enrollment with the system so that way it auto enroll is the serial number so that way you don't have to manually enter it but that aside let's just get right into it we have the gc3 here we're at the main screen we're gonna start by choosing the 2gig logo in the upper right corner and then we're gonna be prompted for a code we're gonna enter in our installer code which we have our default one five six one and then we're gonna choose system configuration and we're gonna choose wireless zones and we're gonna wait like five seconds because the gc3 likes to do that when you go into wireless zones and after waiting we have gotten two wireless zones you can see we don't have any sensors enrolled with our system right now we don't have any zone setup so that nothing's bold over here if you have a like say you had a sensor set up in zone four then zone four would be bolded and if you scroll down you can see all 100 zones here so you can program to whichever one you'd like you can also use the go to zone button at the bottom but I find it's easier just to scroll through it we're just gonna use number one just because we're programming first sensor for the system we don't really need to do anything with our sensor right now we're just gonna be working on the right side screens actually gonna take us to a different menu once I choose an option here we're gonna go down from the top so we're gonna start with sensor type and now this is pretty much setting the response type it's officially referred to as the sensor site but it's it's like a response type on a lyric or a lynx touch system so this setting determines how the system will respond when the sensor is faulted or in this case when the the door is opened when the magnet separates from the sensor so it's very important that you get a proper response type in there or else the system is not going to work the way you want it to we have an FAQ that explains all the response types in more detail so I'm not gonna go over them here but I'm gonna just gonna choose entry eggs at 1 which in this case if we had our system armed stay or armed away and we faulted the sensor then we would be able to disarm the system within an entry entry delay period or else if we didn't disarm within the entry delay period then an alarm would occur so we're just going to keep it at entry exit 1 and then for equipment code you can click the button here and you can scroll through a list of different sensor models that are used with the system you'll see a lot of two big ones in here just see a few Honeywell ones too in our case we have a 5800 mini and I don't believe this ones in here so we can just choose an equivalent they have an option for existing door and window contact that's usually what I do and that works that works pretty well you could also just choose like a 5816 I guess or something really just any dorm window contact would give you the same result so just make sure you're choosing that one if you're using a motion choose the if you can find the sensor in there that's great choose it but otherwise just choose an equivalent so then we're going into serial number now this is for programming the unique serial number for the wireless sensor each wireless sensor has its own serial number and that's how the system differentiates between different sensors so in our case we're gonna auto-enroll it which that's pretty much always recommended so you see this learn button down here in the bottom right corner we're gonna click on that and now it's listening so we have our sensor we're just gonna fault it let's see you can see that alright there we go and currently have it enrolled with the IQ too but that's okay this is a non encrypted sensor so it will it has a capability to be enrolled with multiple systems so even though it's set up with our good friend the closest IQ panel - that's okay in our example here so we have this this gyro number displayed on the screen you can confirm that it's correct but usually if it appears on the screen then that means it's the one you want to use because you just faulted it so we're gonna choose accept and now the serial numbers are old so we can go to the next one and we have smart areas assignment now this is for a smart area partitioning and it so that that's a way to separate the system so you are different parts of the system at different times while other parts remain disarmed in our case we're not using partitions so if you're not using partitions you can just keep it at s1 otherwise just choose the partition you want to use you have four available so we're going to go to equipment age now and this setting actually does absolutely nothing so we'll just keep bars at new because we don't really care about that then you have sensor loop so a sensor can be programmed to multiple zones if it uses multiple loop numbers an example is the 5800 combo which if you want you get all the functionality out of it you have to program it to multiple systems owns with each zone using a different loop number and in our case we're gonna keep ours at Luke 2 because it's that that's the one that activated when we did the auto enrolment so that's fine for us but it refer to the manual for your sensor if you're not sure which Luke to use it'll tell you based on the function you want so then we have transmission delay in most cases you want to just have this disabled what this does actually if the sense if the zone causes an alarm on the system then if you have transmission delay enabled it will wait a little bit before sending out an alarm - alarm comm assuming you have the system monitored and set up with that service and really if an alarm occurs on your system you want to receive help as quickly as possible so usually you would just keep this disabled that's what we're gonna do here then we have a voice descriptor this is what the panel will speak out when the zone is faulted when the sensor faulted you can click Edit don't voice descriptor here to set it up we'll do door and we'll call it a hallway yeah they're high so you enter in the letter and then you can choose it's pretty intuitive once you get the way you want we have door hallway I guess rather than hallway door whatever we're just gonna choose done you know surprise that delete button there if you want to delete stuff for the clear button but we're happy with the hallway so we'll go with that sensor reports so again normally you'd want this to be enabled but if you don't want the zone to be able to cause an alarm maybe you just want to have it you know monitored but you don't want to trigger a false alarm by chance on the sensor you're worried about that you can disable it but in our case we want to have our hallway door protected so we're gonna keep it enabled and now since we're supervised again you want to normally keep this disabled you want to keep it enabled for a sensor supervised so sensor supervised that's that's pretty much RF transmission check in so occasionally the panel will be checking in periodically with the sensor and if it doesn't receive a notification that it's around then a trouble condition will appear on your system you would disable this for something like a key fob that you bring away from the system or maybe you have someone wearing a medical alert button and you have him weird at all times and they might go out and about they might go on a walk or something and they might be far away from the system and you don't want to receive that trouble notification so in that case you could just choose disabled but most the time you'd want to have it enabled so that way you know that your sensor is communicating properly and checking in with your system then so lastly we have sensor chime you can choose different options here this is also how you would disable the voice descriptor if you didn't really want to use one you'll see various options have voice setup other ones don't we'll choose dingdong with voice I guess and that will give us a chime plus the voice descriptor and so once we've done everything then we can choose return to system configuration in the upper right and you'll see that wireless zones is highlighted indicating that there are changes there if we press the return arrow and then it'll allow us to confirm the changes and we can choose save and it'll it will apply the changes to the panel and we've successfully enrolled our zone and it's gonna we're gonna hear a notification on the iq2 but you also see when I fault this that we have our door hallway open here on the system and we've successfully enrolled the sensor when we close it see it's closed now we don't have the message anymore and do it again see it's properly enrolled with the system we configured the wireless zone so that's how you would 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