Upgrading the 2GIG GC2 to LTE

Upgrading the 2GIG GC2 to LTE


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hi diy-ers this is michael from alarm grid and today i'm going to be showing you how to upgrade your 2gig go control gc2 system to lte now you've likely heard about the 3g sunset or also called the cdma sunset 3g and cdma cdma towers are being shut down in favor of newer technology like lte and if your system is running an old communicator then it will soon stop working once the tower is shut down so what you're going to want to do is you're going to want to replace that communicator with an lte communicator so that way your system can continue to be monitored and your home or business can stay protected so with the 2gig gc2 there are a few communicator options available we're working with the 2gig dash lte a gc2 today this is an atnt lte communicator if you're using a verizon lte communicator it's the same process and also this process is the same if you're just adding a communicator for the first time the only difference is you won't be taking out a communicator like we are here and once you have the communicator installed then you can activate it for monitoring service and you'll be good to go uh one thing i do want to point out here the imei number is on the communicator so you're going to want to take that and write that down or take a picture of it so that way you have it ready for when you go and activate the system for monitoring you will need the imei numbers so make sure to take that down it's also on the product packaging so if you find it there that works as well but make sure you have it um as it will save you a lot of trouble later on so um what we're going to do today we're going to open up our gc2 we're going to power it down we're going to take out our old communicator or old communicator that's no longer being used and we're going to install our new lte communicator so this is the process you would do if you're upgrading a gc2 to lte so let's get started uh the first thing we're going to do we're going to take our system and it's going to take it off the back plate here just um kind of lift up and now we have our system open and what we're going to do is we're going to take this third hand actually i'm just going to unplug the barrel connector right away just so it's out of the way here and we're going to take our third hand and so we're going to just hang it there on this circle part this white strap on the circle part it's called the third hand and now our hands are free um and i you did see already i did take out the um the power that's to shut power down from the system i will also take out the backup battery so now our system's completely powered down just to stress that point you really do want to power down your system if you're using the terminal block then you might instead um unplug at the outlet the transformer or you can cut power the breaker do whatever it takes but power down your system completely and you just see our screen is blank so that way we do have ours completely powered down so also don't forget the backup battery make sure you get that part too so um what i'm going to do is i'm going to take off this side slot here just to show you that there is an antenna hiding inside and so this is our communicator right here and we're actually going to have another antenna running through in the same spot but just for demonstration purposes i did want to take that out so i'm going to take out the antenna first so i'm just to get it out of the way you can see it runs through this little hole right here so we're going to just put that aside and now we're going to be taking out our communicator our old communicator which we have two screws there and they use a phillips head so we have our phillips head screwdriver here so let's get the first screw and i'm just gonna grab it with my hands this time and careful not to drop it and there we go so we have our screws removed and we can just take the communicator out from its port and i do want to show you a communicator has this port that it plugs into right there our new communicator is going to have the same thing so we're going to set that aside here and now our new communicator does have two antennas but we'll get to that um we're going to first plug in the port here you see it plugs in the prongs there make sure it's aligned and then ours is not aligned right now and let's see there we go we got it you'll have a nice little click as it gets into place so now that's in place now we can take our screws and we'll put them into the same spots as before you can use these the same screws you were using before it doesn't matter or you can use your new communicator screws if you prefer so we're just going to take that and screw it down make sure the washer is there too don't forget about the washer and then we're going to take our other screw with its washer which it's still there and we're going to just take it and we're going to put it in and then we're going to tighten it down thanks so much right there and there there we go good all right so now we have our two screws in place and we're going to do our two antennas this time we'll start with the main antenna see there's a div antenna and there's a main antenna div is for diversity diversity antenna and the main antenna the main antenna is going to be the one that goes in the side port right here so what i like to do is i like to take it and just run the connector through the hole first so that way it's we can make it nice and secure in a bit and this is going to go into the main right here and you just want to take it align it and then it snaps right into place like that there so i just want to get this guy to where it's not giving any issues worry about that in a second now we're going to take our second antenna and we're going to plug it into the diversity one and we're going to run it through the back um the back plate over there so we're going to take it and just click it into place like before like so there and then we can just run it through the back it's out of the way and now i do want to cover up this um part right here um i was trying to get it to stay down earlier but it wasn't giving me much cooperation but i'm going to hop over to the other side here and we're going to take it we're going to take our thing make sure the cover is aligned properly and we got ours and there we go it snaps into place and it's secured so that's the the cover for the uh the main antenna so we have everything we need um it's all connected it's all good um we do want to power on our system before we go and close our system so we're gonna connect the backup battery first plug it into its port and then we're gonna reapply ac power in our case we use the the transformer um we use the um the barrel connector if you did do a transformer then do that at the wall outlet return power at your breaker do whatever it takes um and we're gonna just close our system we're just gonna get on the top first and then the bottom so and then it will take a few moments for the gc2 to power back up so just be patient for that but now is when you would activate the the communicator for monitoring service um so if you signed up for service with alarm grid then we'll be contacting you at your scheduled activation point make sure you have your um the imei number ready um so that way we can complete the activation because you will need that imei number remember you will need a monitoring plan that includes cellular communication such as an alarm grid gold plan or our platinum plans if you're using cameras and now you can see our gc2 did come back on so now we would be ready to go and activate it for monitoring so that is how you upgrade a 2gig gc2 go control to lte if you have any questions about the gc2 or about alarm monitoring services send an email to support alarmgrid.com if you found this video helpful make sure to give it a thumbs up below to like the video and remember to subscribe to our channel for updates on future videos we hope you 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