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April 26, 2017

How to Install the Qolsys IQ Panel 2 Security System

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Here you will learn how to install the Qolsys IQ Panel 2 wireless security system. The first step to installing the IQ Panel 2 is to open the box and remove the contents such as the installation manual, IQ Panel 2, S-Line Motion sensor, power supply, table stand and 3 S-Line mini door/window sensors. Now that you have removed all of the products out of the manufactures box you want to make sure that you organize all of your parts together so you don’t misplace any of them.

The second part of the IQ Panel 2 installation is to locate the touchscreen and remove the back plate where you will now see the insides of the panel. Inside the panel, you will want to locate the female end where the power supply cable will plug right in. After you have completed plugging in the power transformer you can replace the back panel plate and install the Qolsys IQ panel 2 table stand which simply slides into place. Now that you have completed all of the above steps its time to plug in the power transformer so the IQ panel to can power up. The thirds step after powering up the Qolsys IQ panel 2 is to run a cellular test.

The thirds step after powering up the Qolsys IQ panel 2 is to run a cellular test. To run a cellular test on the IQ panel 2 simply slide your finger down hit settings > Advanced Settings > enter default Qolsys installer codes “1111” > system tests > Cellular tests > Start. The cellular test is one of the most important aspects of your IQ panel 2 installations because without good cellular signal strength you run the risk of your system giving you communication failures. During the cellular signal strength test, your technician will work with you remotely to make sure that you install the IQ panel 2 in a location that will allow for good communications. After you have found a good location for either table or wall mounting its time to move onto the next step of installation.

The fourth step in the Qolsys IQ Panel 2 installation process is to connect your panel to Wi-Fi network. To connect the panel to the Wi-Fi network from the IQ panel 2 touchscreen scroll down > select settings > Advanced Settings > enter you installer code “1111” > Wi-Fi > check the box in the top right of screen > Select your Wi-Fi network. Connecting to Wi-Fi is not always necessary because the Qolsys IQ panel 2 can function on cellular only but, it does offer some key advantages such as, dual-path communications which gives end users a much more reliable means to communicate alarm signals to the central station. In addition, Wi-Fi offers end-users a much easier means of connecting the secondary keypad called the IQ remote because the remote is connected primarily via Wi-Fi network. When using Wi-Fi a wifi connection end users will use less data whenever they remotely arm/disarm with application and or attempt to update the IQ panel to firmware updates. Even if you don’t have a Wi-Fi connection you can still connect the IQ remote to the IQ panel 2 unlike the IQ Panel ( 1st generation) because the IQ panel 2 has a built-in router. If you have both Wi-FI and cellular connection activated the system by default will use Wi-Fi as the primary mode of communication and the cellular as the backup to conserve data. In the past Wi-Fi connections have been a bit quicker but now with the IQ panel 2 adding 4G LTE communications that is not so much the case anymore.

The fifth step in the installation process will be to check for remote firmware updates to make sure your panel is running on the latest firmware. To check for firmware updates from the home screen slide down > Select Settings > Advanced Settings > enter installer code “1111” > upgrade software > upgrade using network. Just like any kind of technology making sure your IQ panel has the latest firmware update is a necessity and with the snapdragon Android 5+ platform, it has never been easier.

The sixth step in the IQ Panel 2 installation process is to install you encrypted security sensors and z-wave home automation devices. Qolsys has made the programming of these sensors easier than ever and has a very detailed diagram that will be included in this document. In the future, we will be creating how-to videos to show you exactly how this process is done. The IQ panel 2 allows for up to 128 S-Line encrypted sensors and or older non-encrypted sensors which are perfect for upgrades. The same goes for Z-wave home automation devices the IQ Panel 2 can handle up to 128 z-wave plus devices & sensors.

In conclusion, the Qolsys IQ Panel 2 is an extremely innovative wireless security system that has opened the door for easy DIY installation applications. This can be seen with their true all-in-one design. All of the necessary communicators and modules have been built into the panel so in reality, the only thing that a DIYer needs to do is plug in the DC Power supply giving power to the main IQ Panel 2. After the end-user supplies power to the panel, everything else can be supported remotely with instructions from an offsite technician. Since Qolsys teamed up with interactive monitoring services this opens up a huge advantage to the DIY market. Once the panel has power technicians can remotely access the IQ Panel 2 programming menu to assist in programming security sensors and changing the way the end user wants them to react in the event of a triggered alarm, assist in changing user codes, resetting the panel and much more.

Qolsys IQ Panel 2 Installation

Qolsys IQ Panel 2 Installation

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April 6, 2017

Announcing the Release of the Honeywell 5800COMBO

Honeywell 5800COMBO

Honeywell 5800COMBO

The Honeywell 5800COMBO is a wireless Smoke and Carbon Monoxide (CO) combination detector intended for use with wireless alarm systems that support 5800 series devices.

Honeywell 5800COMBO Review

• Multi-Criteria Sensing uses four sensing elements to react faster while minimizing false alarms. The photoelectric smoke sensor detects airborne smoke particles and the Carbon Monoxide (CO) sensor detects smoldering fires. The Infrared (IR) sensor measures ambient light and flame signatures, such as flame flicker. Lastly, the Thermal detection monitors for a dangerous rise in temperature.

• Low-Temperature sensing: senses ambient temperature and reports if the temperature goes below 41°F (5°C). • CO Detector End-of-Life reporting (detector needs replacing)

• Smoke detector maintenance reporting (detector needs cleaning)

• Low Battery Detection – If a low battery is detected, the transmitter sends a low battery signal to the control panel. In addition, the status LED will blink amber every 10 seconds. This condition will exist for a minimum of 7 days, and then the detector’s horn will “chirp” about every 45 seconds. Pressing the test switch during this time will initiate Voice instructions. The battery should be replaced BEFORE the chirps begin. Be sure to replace all of the batteries. The 5800combo uses Four 3-volt CR123A Lithium Batteries which are included replace with Panasonic CR123A ONLY. Use of another battery may present a risk of fire or explosion.

• Voice Status of Smoke/CO/Battery Life

• Listed to UL standard 2075

• Supervised

• The 5800COMBO has a wireless range of 200ft nominal

• LED Indicator’s – The 5800COMBO has a multi-color top LED. LEDs provide multicolor visible distinctive annunciation of detector states. Green = Supervisory indication; blinks during power on, reset, and during normal operation, Amber = Signal maintenance and trouble events Red = Alarm condition (either Smoke or CO) Side LED windows to indicate alarms: red = smoke blue = CO

•Test/Hush buttons • Surface mount to wall or ceiling

•Optional drywall anchors included

•The 5800COMBO contains an 85dB piezoelectric horn which generates the ANSI S3.41 temporal 4 patterns for CO alarm and temporal 3 patterns for smoke/thermal alarm.

•Drift Compensation -The Built-in Drift compensation automatically adjusts the sensitivity of the detector so that normal accumulation of dust in the chamber will not cause a sensitivity trouble signal. Once the detector reaches its limit of compensation, it transmits a maintenance signal to the panel.

•Auto Enroll Mode – The serial number of the 5800combo can be enrolled by removing the unit from its base and press the corresponding Smoke and/or CO TEST buttons for one second until loop 1 is enrolled. The unit will send 2 signals automatically so it is unnecessary to trip the test button twice. The smoke and CO have separate serial numbers. The CO serial number will be one digit higher than the smoke serial number. The sticker on the unit will show the first s/n.

NOTE: If the last digit of Serial Number 1 is a 9, Serial Number 2 will be one digit higher than the last two numbers of Serial Number 1, for example, if the last 2 digits of the SN are 39, Serial Number 2 will end with 40.

•This detector is manufactured with a long-life electrochemical carbon monoxide sensor. Over time the sensor will lose sensitivity and will need to be replaced with a new carbon monoxide detector. This detector’s lifespan is approximately ten years from the date of manufacture. The user should periodically check the detector’s replacement date. Remove the detector from its base and check the replacement date label on the underside of the detector. The sticker indicates the date that the detector should be replaced. When the Detector senses it has reached the end of life the LED will Double Blink Amber every 3 seconds. After 30 days, the sounder will also chirp every 45 seconds. Residential Panels (ie:20P, Lynx Touch, Lyric) will show Trouble in the zone and report CID E380, Commercial V-Plex Controls will not indicate End of Life unless Loop 2 is programmed as a Trouble/Aux EOL Supervision zone.


March 16, 2017

ADC-SEM-100-CDMA / ADC-SEM-100-LTE: Installation to Honeywell Vista Systems

Here you will learn how to install the ADC-SEM-100-CDMA / ADC-SEM-100-LTE cellular communicator into Honeywell Vista security systems. Compatible Vista panels are as follows Vista 10p/10psia, 15p/15psia, 20p/20psia and 21ip wired systems. In the past typically Honeywell Vista panels would achieve interactive alarm monitoring services by using their own Total Connect application. Now, customers have another option to add to the list.

The ADC-SEM-100-CDMA / ADC-SEM-100-LTE uses for reporting of alarms and other system events using the CDMA/LTE networks. The SEM is meant to be used as the primary communication path for all alarm signals to our central monitoring station. Once installed and activated the SEM module allows for remote operation by the customer from their smart devices. They will have the ability to access the system at any time from any location. Additional features include viewing system and sensor status/ history, remote arming/disarming, setting up and managing user codes, creating customized email and text notifications for any type of alarm or none- alarm activity at their property. The SEM cellular communicator also supports home automation services due to its built in z-wave receiver.

Tools and Supplies needed to complete the SEM installation

• Wire and fuse – Included

• 3 screws for mounting – Included

• Wall Anchors for mounting – Included

• Small flathead and Phillips screwdriver

• Drill and bits – optional

• Four-conductor 22-guage or larger stranded wire

Honeywell Alpha programming keypad  – Recommended for installation SEM (System Enhancement Module) Monitoring services SEM Cellular CDMA Communicator for Vista Panels SEM Cellular CDMA Communicator


November 12, 2016

Benefits of Honeywell SiX Series Sensors

Honeywell SiX Series Sensors

                                                Honeywell SiX Series Sensors

The Honeywell Lyric Security System has added a whole new product line of wireless sensors called SiX Series. The SiX line includes a suite of next-generation devices that include a SiXPIR, SiXCT contact, SiXSMOKE detector, SiXGB, two-way SiXFOB and wireless SiXSIREN with LED indicator lights. SiX devices provide key advantages over the previous Honeywell 5800 devices.

The most popular and important advancement to SiX Sensors is its secure encryption. These devices send their supervised signals back to a supported control panel such as the Honeywell Lyric Controller by introducing secure 128 bit encrypted AES signals for a higher level of security. This is accomplished with direct sequence, spread spectrum DSSS, two-way radio utilizing the 2.4GHz RF band. In the 2.4GHz frequency there are 16 channels available for SiX devices and when it registers with a supported alarm control panel, it will automatically determine which frequency channel the panel is operating on. This creates a fluctuation in the reporting signals which enables the encryption.

SiX devices allow for easier DIY installations and maintenance with its easy pull battery tabs, auto enrollment, and no touch adjustment capabilities. SiX is easier to maintain with its addition of the system health check feature. This feature lets the end users monitor their devices signal strength so they know the location of the sensors is sufficient, battery life so one can prepare themselves to replace batteries before they go into a trouble condition, sensor settings to make self-adjustments to the way sensors react.  All of these additions can also be remotely monitored and adjusted by Alarmclub if you are a monitored client.

Lastly, a feature called Lyric Lock has been introduced. Honeywell Lyric Lock works when a SiX device is programmed to a Lyric Controller it can only communicate with that dedicated system until it has been deprogrammed. This is one feature to be cautious about because alarm companies can remotely turn Lyric Lock on to prevent account takeovers by competitors or self-programming. AlarmClub never locks their customers out of the system programming and gives them the option to how they want sensors to be programmed with their systems.



November 11, 2016

AlarmClub Announces the Release of the Honeywell SiXSMOKE

Honeywell Lyric SiXSMOKE Wireless Smoke Detector

Honeywell Lyric SiXSMOKE Wireless Smoke Detector

The Honeywell Lyric SiXSMOKE has finally been released and is available for shipping within the USA and Canada. The SiXSMOKE was announced at the same time as all of the other SiX Series sensors and where available for ordering but, these sensors were delayed for a few months. The Lyric smoke detector is compatible with the Honeywell Lyric Controller and other systems that can utilize SiX sensor. Once the SiXSMOKE is enrolled into the panel, it cannot be used with another control panel until it has been deleted first because of the Lyric Lock feature. Each Lyric smoke detector has a unique MAC number located on the sticker on the unit.

The wireless SiXSMOKE has a maximum coverage area of 50′ X 50′ and detects smoke/heat in two ways Fixed =135° F Heat Sensing and Rate-of-Rise Sensing of =15° F within 1 minute. One of the coolest features of the Lyric SiXSMOKE, when paired with a Lyric Controller is the fact that if you have more than one detector you can set up the One Go All Go feature which will activate all SiXSMOKE’s if one is triggered. You can place the Lyric SiXSMOKE within 300 feet of the alarm control panel which allows you to install in those back areas. The SiXSMOKE works on a a Direct Sequence, Spread Spectrum (DSSS), two-way radio utilizing the 2.4GHz RF band. In the 2.4GHz band, there are 16 channels available for SiX™. When the device registers with the control panel, it will automatically determine which frequency channel the panel is operating on.

When the SiXSMOKE photoelectric beam detects the presence of smoke, it will go into alarm and send the alarm signal to the Lyric Controller. The Lyric SiXSMOKE works best when you have professional alarm monitoring for your Lyric Security System. Once our central alarm monitoring station receives these signals we can dispatch the exact fire department for your area. During an alarm condition, pressing the detectors test switch will silence the piezoelectric horn for 5 minutes. When programmed in one-go-all-go mode, the detector can only be silenced from the controller. When the battery of the Lyric SiXSMOKE is no longer working you will need to replace it with One 3V lithium battery. Duracell DL123 and DL123A, Panasonic CR123A, Honeywell 466. Remove batteries for at least 10 seconds, before installing new ones.

Note: Do not mix old and new batteries, battery types or manufacturers. 

Honeywell SiXSMOKE Frequently Asked Questions

Honeywell SiXSMOKE Product Manuals

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