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October 30, 2014

The 5800C2W convert wired to wireless security system by Honeywell Security

The 5800C2W enables retrofitting existing security systems by; converting their wired sensors to Honeywell’s 5800 series wireless technology, and replacing the existing control panel with a LYNX Touch or LYNX Plus series control. The 5800C2W also works with residential VISTA control panels equipped with a wireless RF receiver and keypad. It saves on installation costs, time and materials since there is no need to replace wired devices with individual transmitters. The calibration feature on the 5800C2W solves a frustrating problem, When converting hardwire to wireless zones, the first thing you need to do is find all the resistors. Many times resistors can be in the walls or buried in the window frame. Tried digging those out? Talk about labor! The 5800C2W has a one button calibration. Press it and forget about resistor issues.  It will automatically calibrate the value from 2k to 9k. Now that’s a labor saver!

5800C2W Keep-in-Mind Guidelines:

  • Since the existing control panel is being replaced, its security functions will be performed by the new LYNX or VISTA control panel.
  • The existing control panel can remain for the purpose of housing the backup battery. Further, the existing control panel can be powered down and the transformer unplugged.
  • The 5800C2W module will charge the battery. This is also a good time to replace the existing battery if needed.
  • At the existing control panel, tag and remove the sensor wires as they will now go to the 5800C2W. Up to nine [9] hardwired zones can be handled by each 5800C2W module.
  • DO NOT mount inside the control panel or other metal enclosure.
  • The integral battery cable fuse MUST be positioned inside the control panel enclosure. The fuse is not replaceable.
  • Before mounting permanently, conduct Go/No Go tests (see control’s instructions) to verify adequate signal strength, relocate if necessary.
  • If necessary, affix the SOC label to the inside cover.


If you are interested in reading more on the Honeywell LYNX panels here are a few of our related topics:
Honeywell LYNX L5200
Honeywell LYNX L7000


October 28, 2014 Image Sensor (ADC-IS-200-LP) – GEOARM

The Image Sensor is a breakthrough product that combines a PIR (Passive Infrared) motion sensor, an integrated still camera, completely wireless communication, and Interactive Services. The Image Sensor offers an entirely new service that is designed to deliver better security through visual verification of alarms and increased engagement through on-demand property views.

The Image Sensor (model ADC-IS-200-LP) is compatible with Simon XTi panels (version 1.0 & up), Simon XT panels (version 1.3 & up), Concord 4.0 panels and requires an module (version 146 & up for XT, 151 & up for XTi, 177 & up for Concord CDMA, 173 & up for Concord HSPA) with an attached Image Sensor daughterboard.

Not only is the image sensor compatible with the wireless GE systems listed above but, it is also compatible with the 2gig go control panel. The only difference in installation is that the you will not need the daughterboard but, you will need to add the 900 mhz transceiver along with the image sensor itself and you will be ready to start capturing images!

  • ETL certified for UL 639 and ULC S306
  • 35 feet by 40 feet detection coverage area
  • Remotely configurable PIR sensitivity
  • Pet immunity, etc.
  • Easy installation
  • Simple panel enrollment
  • No broadband required; No router configuration
  • Tamper detection, walk test mode, supervision
  • Color images
  • Night vision
  • IR illumination
  • Black and white images
  • Wireless image transmission to panel
  • Wireless image transmission to via cellular networks

October 22, 2014

Its October that means its Crime Prevention Month!

Filed under: FAQ's,Home Security,Security Tips — Tags: , , , , — Brad @ 1:29 pm

Its October that means its Crime Prevention Month. With that being said from all of us here at GEOARM we would like to offer some advice on keeping your home safe when you are not home.

  • Keep the lights on – A burglar will tend to break into a house or apartment that is poorly lit as opposed to a house that is well lit.
  • Make sure to trim the hedges- A well kept yard will tell any possible burglars that someone is home to maintain the yard.
  • When you are not home make it seem as if you are home- This can be obtained by keeping some lights on and or a tv on to make it seem as if someone is still home. We would recommend doing this with a security system that offers the availability to do home automation. Through home automation you can now schedule certain lights and devices to be on while you are not. If you dont have a security system capable of doing this we would then recommend getting some timers to be set at times you will be away.
  • Place your security signs and stickers up- A burglar will think twice when they see you have a burglar alarm system with monitoring.
  • Tint your window and keep your blinds closed- Keep your valuable out of sight from any potential burglar by tinting your windows and keeping your blinds closed. We dont want to make it easy for a burglar to know what you have.
  • Social Media- This day and age social media is booming, that is a wonderful thing we have but, it should not be a feed to announce that you will not be home.


October 16, 2014

A new feature of the Honeywell LYNX L5200 and L7000 Wireless Security System

It has been a few weeks since we have said our goodbyes to the Honeywell LYNX L5100 system so we feel this is a good time to inform our readers about an awesome new feature that the 5200 and 7000 system’s bring to the table that the previous LYNX system’s couldn’t.

NIGHT-STAY Mode: Arms Perimeter Only, Plus Selected Zones

• Use NIGHT-STAY mode to provide increased security while staying inside.
• Arms same as STAY mode, but also arms pre selected interior sensors (programmed
by your installer), while other interior sensors are left disarmed.
• Persons entering later can enter through an entry/exit door but they must disarm
the system and must not violate any of the programmed interior zones to avoid
sounding an alarm.
• IMPORTANT: When NIGHT-STAY mode is on, the selected interior zones are
armed and cause an alarm if anyone enters those areas (e.g., waking in the middle
of the night). To avoid sounding an alarm, you must disarm the system before any
activity takes place in those interior zones.


October 9, 2014

GEOARM recommends testing your security system weekly!

Please call GEORM at (1-877-443-6276) to put your account on test prior to replacing any batteries on your security system devices. We perform this alarm monitoring signal test free of charge.

1. Call GeoArm.
2. Give the agent your name, address, account number (CSID) and false alarm password.
3. Ask us to place your security system on test mode for 1 hour.
4. For the next hour you can cause alarms without the police, fire, or other departments being notified.
5. Please arm your security system and wait for exit delay (15, 30, 45, 60, 75 or 90 seconds delay) to expire.
6. Open your door and windows.
7. Walk in front of your motion detectors.
8. If you have an emergency button such as a panic button, go and press it.
9. Repeat steps 7, 8 as many times as desired.
10. Disarm your system using your keypad or keyfob.
11. After doing a complete test, contact us back.
12. GEOARM will verify your alarm signals were received, and ask us to place your account off test mode.
In the event that your system is not working properly, please call us at 1(877)443-6276 to have an alarm technician set up a remote service call to solve the issue.

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