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February 20, 2014

Total Connect 2.0 Tips: Creating Scheduled Event Notifications

Filed under: "DIY",Cellular,Honeywell Kits,Security Cameras,Total Connect — admin @ 12:37 pm

If you want to receive an email and/or text message during certain times of the day, you would create a scheduled event notification.

In this example; when the “High Value Tool Room” is opened during the night shift, a notification will be sent to the “default group” of users. This type of notification might be used when you want to be notified of an event that might occur during a certain time schedule when the security system is disarmed. When this event occurs (during the scheduled time), each member of the “default group” will be notified.

1. On the Events, Rules & Notifications bar, click the Setup icon.

2. Pick the event category: Security, Video, Automation, Admin or Timed.

3. From the Security > Sensor Open/Close event category, choose the event “Sensor Open”, then “HV Tool Room”.

4. At the right, click “Notification”. The notification info window appears.

5. Enter a subject name for the notification. Then from the “Send To” drop-down menu, select the user group to notify (ensure the “Enabled” box is checked). From the “Sched/State” drop-down field, choose “Always” to cover every day.

6. Since this is a time dependent event, click the “Sched/State Edit” button to set up the schedule.

7. The schedule window appears


February 19, 2014

Total Connect 2.0 Tips: Adding, Deleting and Editing Users

Filed under: "DIY",Alarm Monitoring,Cellular,Honeywell Kits,Total Connect — admin @ 3:35 pm

From the master user’s dashboard, you can customize each user through a simple edit, add or delete feature.

You can manage security system user codes and gain access to multiple locations.

1. Select users from Honeywell Total Connect dashboard.

2. Check the appropriate boxes you desire. By checking “Administrator” you will give the user the ability to add/delete users, “prompt for user code” will force entering a user code after you arm or disarm, and “display user code” will display the actual four-digit code to the right. See help document in upper right corner of dashboard.

3. Add email and SMS notification information. See help document in upper right corner of dashboard.

4. Enter the control panel user number assigned for the user. This is for email and event logs when the system is armed/disarmed and will display the user’s first and last name. If the “Enable User Code Sync” is checked, the “Panel User” field will be grayed out and the “Panel User” number can not be changed (master user only).

5. Check the desired boxes to grant access to system devices.

6. Click Save to add a new user or exit. Click to synchronize user data between the panel and Honeywell

Total Connect Remote Services.

Note: The LYNX Plus (L3000) and the LYNX Touch (L5000) do not support synchronizing users


January 23, 2014

YELP: Are Your GEOARM Reviews Being Removed From Their Site?

Filed under: Social Impact — admin @ 2:49 pm
Yelp deletes GEOARM great alarm company reviews.

Yelp deletes GEOARM great alarm company reviews.

GEOARM Security does not pay YELP for their advertising services.

YELP has recently made headlines with news of a class-action lawsuit that alleges YELP controls its reviews to pander to its advertisers. YELP has purposely removed positive reviews from their site and left negative ones in order to push advertising packages on companies which would remove the negative reviews for a monthly fee. Many businesses have become the victims of a truly biased company review website. You will notice that companies that have positive reviews remain on YELP are most likely subscribing to their monthly advertising service in which they are promised that all negative reviews will be removed if you do sign on with them. All companies and potential customers should be aware that the reviews posted on the YELP website are filtered and only negative reviews remain on the website for an extended period of time.

If your GEOARM Security positive review was deleted by Yelp, please go here:



January 20, 2014

Total Connect 2.0 Tips: What You Can Do From Your System Dashboard

From your Total Connect 2.0 system dashboard you can remotely arm/disarm your system as well as check the status of your alarm system. Here is a list of other functions you can perform.

>> Intuitive prompts and graphic icons
>> Arm or disarm by a simple click
>> Access up to 100 locations
>> Control lighting and temperature
>> Control Z-Wave door locks and shades
>> Customize event notifications
>> View live video
>> Up to 40 Z-Wave devices, plus three Z-Wave thermostats, plus four Z-Wave door locks
>> Easy access to “System Sync”. This allows you to update new information and devices
>> View system in it’s entirety

With Honeywell Total Connect you are connected in REAL TIME!


January 17, 2014

Total Connect 2.0 Tips: Creating Event Notifications Through Email and Text Messaging

Filed under: "DIY",Alarm Monitoring,Honeywell Kits,Total Connect — admin @ 7:10 pm

>> Each user must first be assigned to a group. The master user is pre-defined as “default group”. You can rename the “default group” at any time. Each user can be their own group or you can assign multiple users to the same group name. This is a convenient feature to send the same notification to multiple users.

>> Within a particular group you can choose ALL members, NO members, or only certain members

>> The notification list can be enabled or disabled as needed.

1. Select from an existing group or click “Add Group”.
2. Enter a name for the group, the check “Enable This List”.
3. If desired, select only certain members within the group.
4. Click Save.

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