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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


October 2, 2015

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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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.


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


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