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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


June 18, 2015

Honeywell ZWSTAT – Remote Thermostat Control for Honeywell LYNX and Vista Control Panels

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The Honeywell ZWSTAT aka TH8320ZW1000 is a z-wave enabled home or business thermostat. The ZWSTAT is compatible with all z-wave enabled systems. This product is also, compatible with certain Honeywell Vista wired security systems “as long as it has a VAM module and a 5800ZBRIDGE attached to it”. The ZWSTAT will also be compatible with the LYNX Plus L3000 wireless security system “as long as it has the 5800ZBRIDGE attached”. Along with the previous systems this thermostat works best with the all new LYNX Touch L5100, L5200 , and L7000 wireless security system’s by simply adding the L5100 z-wave module to the control panel.

Once your system is set up to utilize this ZWSTAT thermostat the features are extremely useful.  When you integrate the ZWSTAT to your alarm system it will be able to provide automatic energy management.  For example lets say on a typical day you are  leaving the house and you arm your alarm system. The ZWSTAT thermostat along with your alarm system will be smart enough to know that you are leaving so it will turn the air conditioning or heater off to conserve energy . The same goes for when you arrive home, when you disarm the system it will understand you have arrived home and will set the air conditioning or heater back on bringing your home back to a comfortable level.

Yet another cool feature of this ZWSTAT is the adaptive intelligent recovery feature. The thermostat is able to learn exactly how long it takes your air conditioning or heater unit to cool or heat your house to the programmed temperature.In other words let say you want your home to be at 76 degrees at 6pm. The air conditioning unit will turn on at the appropriate time to get the houses temperature to 76 degrees by that time.

Have you ever been in a situation where employees or roommates place the resting temperature either way to high or low? The ZWSTAT can solve that problem by simply allowing the end user to set a maximum or minimum temperature. This is an excellent feature because it never allows your system to over work itself and of course it will save you alot of money on your electric bill. The ZWSTAT even has a feature that can remind you when it is time to change your air filter to allow your system to run at optimum efficiency. Lastly the air circulation feature will basically move air tthroughoutyour home or business anytime your ac or heater is not in use to save energy to prevent hot and cold spots.

The ZWSTAT is easily programmed using the touchscreen display. This is where you can set up all the different features we have introduced you to today. With the systems I listed above you can use 4 thermostats on either the 5800ZBRIDGE or the L5100 Z-WAVE controller.







June 15, 2015

Honeywell’s AlarmNet Vista-Series Wireless 4G Cellular Alarm Communicator

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The Honeywell GSMX4G cellular alarm communicator is usually used in conjunction with the Honeywell Vista series wired alarm systems but, it can also be used with the Honeywell LYNX Plus L3000 wireless security system. Many people wonder what the main differences are between the GSMX4G vs the GSMV4G. The main differences between these two cellular communicators is the fact that the GSMX4G does not require its own power supply aka “transformer” as contrary to the GSMV4G which will require its own transformer for power. Though there is a way to wire the GSMV4G to your existing control panel’s transformer we would recommend using the GSMX4G if this is how you would like configure your system. The GSMX4G was created with a low current draw so it can be powered through the ecp terminals.

The GSMX4G comes with a threaded adapter so you can screw it into the top of the vista series alarm control can. All you would have to do is remove one of the knockouts located on the top right of the can and screw the GSMX4G into the designated area. This communicator is also compatible with multi-gsm platforms including 2g,3g,and 4g applications. This device will automatically select the best gsm network in your area. Best of all this communicator will still offer you all of the same features you have come to love from Honeywell’s total connect 2.o interactive alarm monitoring services.


March 30, 2015

How to Locate the MAC and MAC CRC on a GSMV4G Cellular Communicator?

This is a Honeywell GSMV4G. Today we will be locating your MAC and MAC CRC. These are the serial numbers you will want to locate when you are activating your alarm monitoring services. These numbers can be located on the manufacturer box which your wireless cellular communicator came in or inside the device as shown above. It is always recommend that you get these numbers from the inside of the actual device itself to make sure you are getting the most accurate information. For assistance activating your GSMV4G wireless cellular communicator contact GEOARM at 1-877-443-6276.

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