Upgrading a Honeywell LynxTouch to Use LTE


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hi-dee-hi wires I'm George from alarm grid today I'm gonna be going over how to upgrade your lynx touch alarm system so that you can actually use an LTE communication device on it so first things we need to go ahead and go over is a lot of you guys that are out there that have an existing system or that have moved into a house that has an existing system this is probably gonna be the best video and FAQ for you the reason why is a lot of these older systems that are already pre-installed most of them have cellular communicators but the only thing is that they have the older versions now what does this mean for you now as you all know AT&T and Verizon they have their LTE communication paths and then like AT&T just released their 5g so some of you guys you look at your cell phone if you look at the cellular if you look at the son of your bars some of you may be seeing 5g on there when before you used to say LTE and then before that you guys used to see 3G and 4G now something happened in June of 2019 even a couple of months before then but basically AT&T announced that they were going to be shutting down their 18t 3G 4G set of your towers right so what does that mean for you guys out there now they're not doing this until it's estimated February of 2022 but when these metal arm manufacturers heard of this what they ended up saying is that they're gonna stop allowing any new activations of 3G 4G cellular cards that are out there in June of 2019 um for those of you that have Verizon the CDMA towers have also been estimated to shut down I believe it's a year before that so it'd be in 2021 so this is just something so that you guys can start thinking about right so you guys are currently active right now and you have an active CDMA or 3G 4G communicator you are eventually going to have to replace it and this is probably why you're looking at this video or FAQ now the 3G 4G is like I said you guys still have some time on them but it's inevitable that you guys are gonna have to replace them now you guys we're letting you know way in advance so you guys don't have to rush to do it last minute and there's nothing wrong with jumping the gun and doing it right now so the only thing with LTE communication devices is that they do require a new firmware update now the new firmware update for the l5210 s and the l7000 s can actually be done with this it's a it's an update er tool that Honeywell made for their lynx touch systems now something to keep in mind that's very important only the l5210 and the l7000 s will work with the new LTE communicators what does that mean for you guys out there if you have an L 5,000 and L 5100 and L 5200 that's a specific case I'm gonna get to that in a second but basically any L 5100 that you have out there that used to use the GSM vlp v 4g it's a 3G 4G cellular communicator on AT&T you will not be able to upgrade that to cellular because it's too old of the panel and Honeywell is not making LTE communicators for that system so basically you if you want you would still be able to run it on Wi-Fi but if you're looking for cellular you are gonna have to upgrade the panel to a new panel l5210 and l7000 a lyric there's a whole different amount variety of panels you guys can upgrade to now the special case with the l 5200 so this firmware updater tool you see here says supports l 5200 family LTE upgrade that's a sticker on the updater tool and what this sticker means if you have this it means that you are gonna be able to turn your L 5200 into an l5210 that's on the latest firmware that will then work with an LTE communicator so for those of you that still have an L 5200 you guys are in luck yeah you guys just need to get this tool now going with the firmware up with the firmware on your panel right you first if you're gonna be upgrading to LT you you need to make sure you're on the newest firmware update the newest firmware update is version 9.0 0.21 and point 209 209 is the latest and that's the one that you're more than likely gonna get when you guys get this firmware updater tool and I'm going to show you guys how to check this in a second so that that way if you guys are interested in buying your LTE communication device you guys will actually before you buy it you'll know if you need this little tool or not all right so the first thing we need to go ahead and do is if you have your alarm system pulled up this is the main screen we're gonna go ahead and go to the security once you're at security you're gonna hit more you're gonna go to tools and here you're just gonna use the master code this is the code that you use to arm and disarm with it's the code that you use to make other codes with so I'm - defaulted at one-two-three-four so if you use the correct code you'll be taken to the screen users events test keypad date/time reminders slideshow this is the master code menu now to check the firmware update very easy you go to test and the revision number is right up there now for those of you guys who are using the LTE AT&T or the LTE Verizon they're both the same price on our website they monitoring cost the exact same a lot of you guys work how do I know which one I use you know my cell phones I use AT&T or on my cell phones I use Verizon it doesn't matter for the alarm system because you are not gonna be the one that's contacting these set of your companies and saying hey I need to add on another line that registration of the SIM card is actually done by the alarm company when they activate your alarm system so you do not need to contact AT&T or Verizon for any reason at all to get your system or to get your SIM card activated that's in the alarm system it's completely independent from your cell phones and your study their plans all right so the AT&T one will actually require revision zero 9.00 usually there's another decimal right there in the middle but if you guys don't have it that's fine it'll be zero zero two zero one for AT&T so if you have two zero one for AT&T I'm sorry if you have zero zero two zero one as your revision then that's perfect for the AT&T communicator if you guys are planning on using the Verizon LTE communicator you guys need to have zero zero two zero nine if it says zero zero to Z one you guys will not be able to use the Verizon LTE communicator you'll still need to get this firmware updater tool to get it up to this 2:09 alright and really whenever you're choosing a teen to your prising you just want to make sure that you guys are using the correct or the communicator that has the best set of your signal in your area all right so if you guys have anything lower than zero nine point zero zero two zero one or two zero nine then you guys do want to make sure you go out and you buy this lynx touch updater tool so most of you guys out there that have a 3G 4G or even a Verizon CDMA communicator you're going to notice that your firmware version is probably on zero seven or zero eight those are too old you need to upgrade to own your firmware updater tool alright so make sure you check your revision on the system your software your software revision and that'll let you know whether or not when you buy the updater tool whether or not you'll need this alright so let me just hit the back arrow key back out to the main screen now after you guys have confirmed your firmware version let's say you guys do need the updater tool we actually have a bundle that comes with the updater tool and the LT communicator it we have the tool the kit or the little bundle with the ATT and a bundle with the Verizon communicator so make sure you guys look at those that way you knock out two birds with one stone and just real quick just so you guys we actually have an FAQ on how to update your links panel on the updater - it doesn't matter if you're using an elf 5200 and l5210 or an elf 7000 that video it's the same process for whatever panel you're using so you'll need this you'll need that that video or that FAQ to walk you through it and the LTE communicator just so you guys can see here you guys need to pop the panel open so there's two tabs at the top that you just push down to unlock the cover one second once you push down the two top the two the two tabs here and here the cover will swing open and the LTE communicator is going to go right into this these this little slot right here it'll come with a little female connector piece and it goes on the left hand side the Wi-Fi module goes on this side which is right underneath the ringer and then as you see we have a z-wave module as well in this l7000 now the circuit board is going to look the same whether or not you have the l5210 the l7000 or the el 5200 if you look at this little sticker right here it'll actually let you know the the model of the system that you have so this is an SI 7000 that's just letting me know that I have an L 7000 if you have it 52:10 it'll say 5 to10 450 210 and if you have a 5200 it'll say 5 2 0 0 4 5,200 yes make sure that when you guys are installing these communicators you unplug the backup battery which is right here if you guys have an LT cable you can remove well actually if you guys have the LT cable you have this little piece right here and my other piece just fell behind the wall but that basically just powers on the system or if you guys have the little adapter piece you can plug it directly into here now some systems are not going to have this barrel connector so you may need to use these this uh the positive and negative for the DC power yeah so my system actually just lost AC power so will be powered down but yeah make sure whenever you guys are doing the updater tool and the the installation of the side of your communicator that is pretty much how you power down your l7000 you just unplug the backup battery you unplug it from the from the LT cable if you have it if you're not using the LT cable just unplug the power supply from the wall I don't recommend if you have the splice cables going into the terminals to unplug those because all their live wires if you touch anything you might fry your short-circuit the system yeah so yeah that after you've confirmed the firmware the firmware revision on your system the saw for software revision and if after you've confirmed what which communicator works better in your area whether it's Verizon or AT&T you just have to make sure you buy the correct devices you need and then you go ahead and do that now when you're upgrading your system to LTE and if you're planning on getting and monitored for those of you guys who are moving into a house that needs this update and the set of your communicator you need to make sure that the plans you're going with that they are actually cellular plans so Honeywell they have internet Wi-Fi plans they also have set of your plans we usually recommend cellular as they are a lot more reliable Wi-Fi is sometimes can be a little unreliable what I mean by that is you know your power may go out if your power goes out you lose connection to your Wi-Fi if a burglar cuts the internet line that's going into the house your panel loses Internet if your canoe devices just connect or if your router decides to a call finicky you know we're all not calm you we're not strangers to having to go to the router power it off for 30 seconds power back on and then reconnect all the devices or I'm sure one of you guys out there have done that throughout your whole home throughout having Wi-Fi in your house at least one one time in in your lifetime yeah so rebooting your router reconnecting all the devices we're not strangers if you guys have a set of your communicator and your Wi-Fi goes out you don't have to worry because you know your system is still being monitored so cellular is always going to be a lot more reliable and we usually recommend doing that just make sure you sign up for the correct plans according to what communication paths you're using if you guys have any other questions about upgrading your elf 5200 yeah l5210 your l7000 feel free to contact us at support at alarm grid comm if you found the video helpful make sure you get like underneath subscribe to the YouTube channel and hit the little bell icon so that whenever we upload new content you guys get notified I'm Jorge and I'll see you guys next time