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 How to Wire the IGSMV4G to the Honeywell Vista 21IP Hardwired Security System

Before attempting to install the Honeywell IGSMV4G Dual path communicator into your Vista 21IP hardwired system please make sure to power down the system including your backup battery and your transformer. Once this has been completed make sure that you have watched our previous video which will show you how to move the jumper on your 21IP system to the proper position in order to allow for external communicators. The first thing your going to want to do is run the 22 gauge by 4 wire through the back of the panel and begin wiring up the panel first. Take the black wire which will be the ground wire and make sure that goes into terminal 4. The second wire will be the power wire which of course is red place this in terminal 5. The yellow wire will go to terminal 7 and green will go to terminal 6 these two are your data in and data out terminals. Now that these are in place lets take the opposite side of the 22 gauge by 4 wire and begin to wire up the IGSMV4G dual path communicator.

Continuing on lets start by wiring in the ground or the black wire which will go into terminal 4. Next will be the red wire or “power” which will go into terminal 3. Terminal 5 you will want to wire in the yellow wire and lastly 6 will be your green wire again both of these are data in and data out. With this being wired up now you are ready to plug in your K14138LF wire which is what connects the communicator to the backup battery. Just a fun fact terminal one and two are for you ac transformer if you decide to wire in that way. Also, keep in mind you should always follow along with your instructions while working with your alarm panel.

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 How will the 2G Cellular Sunset Affect my Security System?



Some may be asking how will the 2G sunset affect my security system and why are they getting rid of it? What exactly is 2g technology? 2G stands for second generation wireless cellular technology. This mode of communication has been around for quite some time since 1991 actually and has been used in security systems for years. 2G was a huge innovation for its time it replaced the old 1G format which was analog signals. There was a huge difference between 1g and 2g in two different manors. The first being 1g analog signals were much slower as far as getting the information from one point to another. Second, the signals from 1g were not encrypted so data could be intercepted much easier. 2G signals marked the first digital cellular signals meaning information could be processed at a much higher rate of speed and the data it sends will be encrypted making it significantly more difficult for someone to steal the information.

It has been a long time since the release of the 2g cellular equipment and as we all now technology has become leaps and bounds better than it once was. Now that the 2g radios have seen their last day that means 3g/4g cellular towers are taking the top position. Some of the benefits of the cellular companies doing away with the 2g services as follows. 2G radios even though in their day were thought to be very fast, they have become outdated and 3g/4g towers will be able to get their information across much swifter. Which means the signals from your security system will send to our central alarm monitoring station even quicker! You can also sleep a bit easier knowing that the 3g/4g  encryption factor has added many more layers of encryption to make it much more difficult to steal the information. Lastly, once upgrading your security system to newer 3g/4g communicator you can feel confident that you are going to get longevity out because that technology will be around for quite some time.

The time is nearing that the 2g cellular services will be sun-setting “eliminated” by the major communication networks by Jan 2017. The process has already begun and many areas have already been affected. What this means to you is that if your security system communicates to the central monitoring station with a 2g cellular communicator/radio your service may end at any time between now and 2017. GEOARM strongly recommend for you to upgrade now to one of the 3g/4g cellular communicators that way you don’t see any interruption in services leaving you vulnerable.

If you are unsure if your security system has a 2g cellular alarm communicator contact GEOARM Security so we can provide you with an array of options that would suit you best. Contact us at 1-877-443-6276 option 3 for assistance.



 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.







 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.


 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.