The Honeywell 5828 Wireless Keypad: Can't Be Used With a 2GIG GC3e
In this video, Jarrett from Alarm Grid explains why you cannot use a Honeywell 5828 Keypad with a 2GIG GC3e Security System. Some users are surprised by this lack of compatibility, due to the fact that the 2GIG GC3e accepts the 345 MHz frequency, which is the wireless frequency used by the Honeywell 5828 Keypad.
However, it's important to note that the Honeywell 5828 uses bi-directional (two-way) communication, and it enrolls using a House ID Setting. This House ID Setting is only found on Honeywell LYNX Touch Systems and Honeywell VISTA Systems that have a wireless transceiver module set up. You match the Honeywell 5828 House ID with the House ID on the compatible LYNX Touch or VISTA Alarm Panel, and they can then communicate with one another. This is important, as the keypad not only needs to be able to send arming and disarming commands to the panel, it must also receive status update commands from the panel. This is the only way for the keypad to know the current status of the system at all times.
Fortunately, there are some other options for the GC3e if a user is look for a secondary keypad. The most basic option, and arguably the one closest in performance and function to the Honeywell 5828 is the 2GIG PAD1-345. This is a no-frills numeric touchpad keypad that is really only useful for arming and disarming the system. Most users who were considering the Honeywell 5828, only to find out that it isn't compatible, will usually turn to the PAD1-345 instead, as they never really wanted a fancy or advanced keypad. Keep in mind that a big limitation of the PAD1-345 is that you will only be able to use it to control one single partition on the GC3e System.
But if you do want arguably the "best" keypad for the 2GIG GC3e, then you should strongly consider the 2GIG SP1 Keypad. The SP1 offers full touchscreen control, and the ability to perform both security and automation functions, much like you would be able to do from the panel. Additionally, the SP1 can be used to control any system partition, as long as a user has an appropriate access code. It is the only keypad for the GC3e that can control any partition at any time, provided that the user has a code to prove their authority.
Hey, DIY-ers, Jarrett here from AlarmGrid. Today, we're going to be going over if you can use a Honeywell 5828 keypad with the GC3e. The answer is no. Unfortunately, you can't use that keypad with the GC3e for a few reasons, one of them being the house ID setting that the 5828 keypad needs. That is not a feature that is built into the GC3e. You can not set any devices to a specific house ID on this panel. So that keypad will not be compatible with this system. Now, we know that the GC3e can use Honeywell 5800 series sensors. Now, those are basically sensors that are communicating in one way or one direction. The 5828 keypad not only uses the house ID setting, but it is also a bi-directional device, which means that it's communicating to the panel, and then the panel's communicating to that keypad. So they're both in constant communication together. The GC3e does not support those type of Honeywell devices. If it's a bi-directional device, it is not going to be able to be used with this panel. So unfortunately, the 5828 keypad is just not going to be compatible with the GC3e. Now, if you wanted something that is going to be similar to the 5828 keypad, then you can use the 2GIG PAD1-345 keypad. It's also a touch screen keypad-- or not touchscreen. It is a touch-pad keypad. It has the push buttons and everything, just kind of like the 5828. It doesn't look the same, but, if you want to choose basic functionality as in arming and disarming the system from a different part of the house, really nothing more than that-- it's in controlling automation or changing certain settings-- then that keypad is going to be the best one to use. It's a simple keypad and it just basically allows you to arm and disarm the GC3e. Now, if you didn't want to use just that basic keypad, then you can use a touchscreen keypad with the GC3e. There are two available, actually. You have the 2GIG SP1, and then you have the 2GIG SP2. The SP1 is going to be more of a feature-rich touchscreen keypad than the SP2. Well, basically because it comes with the voice enunciation feature, if any of the doors or windows were to be opened. You can control certain automation settings, and you can go ahead and control other certain settings within the panel as well. You're not going be able to do full programming within those keypads, but it does give you a little bit of functionality, a little bit more functionality. Now, the SP2 keypad, it's not going to be as feature-rich as the SP1. You can't really control any of those automation devices through it, and it doesn't have the voice enunciation. You will still have the chime feature, so that if the door opens at least you can hear the chime, but you won't be able to know exactly which door, which window is being opened, unless you were using the SP1. So, those are the other keypads you can use with the GC3e. Now, some other things you want to keep in mind, though, about the 5828 keypad is that it looks like this. This is a 6150 keypad. But this is essentially what the 5828 keypad looks like. Now, this keypad is mainly used with Honeywell alarm systems that are able to use the house ID setting, and then can communicate bi-directionally with this type of device. Now, the system that it can be used with are the Honeywell LYNX Touch panels and then a Honeywell VISTA panel that's using a certain transceiver so that it can go ahead and communicate with it. And then this is the question of whether you can use a 5828 keypad with the 2GIG GC3e. If you have any further questions about the 2GIG GC3e or alarm systems in general, please reach us at firstname.lastname@example.org or go to our website, alarmgrid.com. If you found this video helpful, please like and subscribe. If you want notifications of future videos, please click the bell icon. This is Jarrett with AlarmGrid, you have a great day.