Installing a Cellular Communicator Into a 2GIG GC2e

Installing a Cellular Communicator Into a 2GIG GC2E

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hi diy-ers this is michael from alarm grid and today i'm going to be showing you how to install a cellular communicator inside of a 2gig gc2e security system uh the 2gig gc2e we have ours here um it does not have a communicator built in um it doesn't have wi-fi capabilities um you need to add a cellular communicator for this panel to communicate out that's the only way it's going to do so it's going to communicate with and then forwards um alerts to the end user directly via text end or email and or to a central station this is going to depend on the type of monitoring plan you have but you do need cellular connectivity per requirements and also that's really the only way that the system can send out signals so there are a couple communicator options they all use lte which is one of the latest cellular technologies you may have heard of 5g being rolled out lte is going to serve as a valuable backup to 5g so lte is going to be around for a very long time so once you put an lte communicator in this system and you take care of it it's going to be servicing you well serving you well for a very long time it's going to protect your home or business um but uh putting this communicator in uh when you do um have it connected with you know assuming it's um included in your monitoring plan you'll also be able to control your system remotely using an app on your phone or using a web browser whatever you prefer you can use both um but um and there are there are a couple of options like i was saying there's an att version and a verizon version uh we're going to be installing the 18t one today which is actually um the lta a gc2 the verizon model is installed in the exact same way so if you're using that it's the same process it pretty much looks the same and everything so just follow along and do what you got to do but i do want to point out on this communicator any communicative verizon or att are both going to have this and there's going to be an imei number on the the communicator and you're going to want to get that um you're going to want to either write it down or take a picture of the um the imei number because you will need it when you go to activate the system at the end activate the communicator at the end of this after you've installed it so just make sure you have that handy otherwise you will have trouble accessing later it's also found on the product box so if you did install it and you needed to find it last second then that could be an option but just a good idea to write it down but anyway so we have our system here so what i'm going to be doing today is i'm going to be um opening up the system and then i'm going to be powering it down so that way we can safely install the communicator i'm going to show you where the communicator goes i'm going to show you where the screws go i'm going to show you where the antennas go and we're going to close it back up turn it back on and um and i'll close it out so we have our 2gig gc2e system here and we're going to start by taking our fingernails and we're just going to kind of pop the top cover off you can also use a thin object if your fingernails aren't suited for the job um but you do just want to take off the cover here now you can see that our screws have already been released um i do want to just show you what would happen if they weren't released um these are already popped out but if i were to take it in and kind of screw it in a little bit it's called locking the the module um let me see if i can get it here there you see it it's locked it's not popped out if i tried to open it now then i would run into problems and that's that's how you first encounter the system a lot of the time so if you do see that yours are locked then you do want to take your flat head screwdriver and you just want to go counter-clockwise until it pops out like that so that's that's how you can get into it um but anyway for that for both of them ours were already opened i was just showing you just in case yours weren't some but um once you get them both released then you can do the two tabs we'll start up here just kind of pop it in there get that first one released and then the second one released you see we have a tamper on the system that's normal well that's okay even though we really won't have to worry about we are powering down the system but um now we can kind of fold it down and uh you see that there's a third hand option right here this um white strap and you can go on this circle part right here and then we have our hands free so that's that's nice um now i'm gonna start by powering down the system so first we're gonna just um we'll disconnect the backup battery here just unplug it and then we're gonna do ac power which is this white cord right here and now if you are using the wire terminals instead for ac power you might find it easier to unplug a transformer from the wall outlet or you can cut power at the breaker that's fine just make sure your system is completely powered down you see our screen is blank now that means it's powered down so we have our communicator here i'm going to start by plugging it in you see that there's a port for it right here and then we have our prongs that can go into it so we're just going to take it and connect it on that part right there just want to make sure it aligns and looks like we're good so we have that taken care of and now what we're going to do is we're going to do the two small screws that are right there and right there um and we have our screws and washers um right here they're small screws so just be a little bit careful with them i'm going to switch over to a phillips head screwdriver um ours is reversible so we'll do that and now let's do the first screw here we'll do the one a little bit far for me okay now we have both screws in place and um our communicator is set so now it's time to take a look at our antenna here we have two antennas and you see on the communicator there's one labeled main and then there's one labeled div for diversity so the antennas actually go in two different places um i'm going to do the main one first the main one goes inside the panel and you can just stick it into this little little slot right there you'll see i'm going to first connect it and you see when i get it into the hole and then i just pop it it's going to make a nice click you're going to hear it there we go so we got the click and then we can just take the antenna and just slide it into the port here and i'll worry about getting it out of the way in a little bit later because we will need to close the panel but i'll worry about that in a bit so we have our main antenna that's going into the the panel hanging out there now we're going to do our diversity antenna the div which is the next one and we're just going to take our antenna it connects the same way um i want to get it aligned here and when we do this click there that was kind of a quieter click but we still got it and we'll take it and we'll just slide it through the back area and it can just hang out over there so now we're going to turn our panel back on i'll do the backup battery first we just connect that there we go and now uh we need to reapply ac power which will power the system back on and um if you plug your if you took out your transformer earlier from the wall outlet you can just plug it back in or if you cut power the breaker return power breaker we we did the um the tran the belt on the barrel connection from a honeywell lt cable so we'll just go and uh we'll connect it back in good all right and now we can go and close the panel so we're just going to swing it upwards make sure the antenna is in place i'm going to kind of just get it out of the way here just so it's not the way anything and then we take our system and i want to get that right down and there we go got it back on now i'm going to do the locking screws just to kind of show you them again um they're optional really you don't have to lock them down but if you do want to make if you want to make your system extra secure then that is an option so let's do the first one we're just going to tighten it down a little bit and there we're good and then we're going to get ourselves ready to arm and you see our system did come back on and there we go so we got our two locking screws and then we can just take our front cover and we're just going to snap it into place and there we go so now our communicator is installed inside of our 2gig gc2e system so that is how you install a cellular communicator inside of a 2gig gc2e but you have one more step you do have to activate the communicator for monitoring service um so like i said you will need your imei number um if you sign with service with alarm grid such as an alarm gold plan or platinum plan then we'll be contacting you at your scheduled activation slot um make sure you do this before we contact you and you're on site ready to go and you know we'll take care of the rest um so just wait for that phone call at your scheduled time so and remember to have your imei number in hand uh you will need that um as part of the process but we'll walk you through everything else so that's how you install a cellular communicator inside of a 2gig gc2e if you have any questions about the 2gig gc2e or alarm monitoring services send an email to support if you found this video helpful make sure to give it a thumbs up below and remember to subscribe to our channel for updates on future videos we hope you enjoyed the video thank you