Security Cameras Compatible with LYNX Touch Security Systems

Security Cameras Compatible with LYNX Touch Security Systems


Hi DIYers. Joey from Alarm Grid. And today, we’re going
to talk about which cameras are compatible with
the LYNX Touch security system. Now today, we have
an L7000 set up. And I have two IP cams on the
network that it will work with. We have the PT2
and we have the WL. Now, these are
legacy IP cameras. And these are
currently the only two that we offer on our web site. The rest of them have
been discontinued, or at least we list
them as discontinued. You will be able to find them
if you search the internet. But if you are in the
market for IP cameras, it’s probably better to
go with the new models. We’re going to go
over that in a second. But let me show you the
older IP cams to begin with. So right here, we
have the IP Cam WL. This is one of the
legacy IP cameras. It has a 640 by 480
picture resolution, which isn’t that great. It is kind of
dated at this time. The camera can only work
directly with a LYNX security system by connecting it
to it over its Wi-Fi, or it can work with a
Total Connect 2.0 account. You will need
monitoring for that. And you’ll have to send
the IP or the MAC address of the camera to
your security company so that they can punch it into
your Total Connect 2.0 account. We also have the IP Cam PT. This is a pan, tilt,
and zoom camera. You are able to control
it from Total Connect 2.0 or from the panel itself. It also has a 640 by
480 maximum resolution, which isn’t that great. It’s going to look a
little grainy nowadays. And it won’t have that kind
of high-def feel to it. But it is a fully
functional camera. You can set up positional
set points on it so that you could have the
camera lens point this way for one way. You can have it look up this way
for another way, which makes it so that you can just
log onto your app, hit 1, 2, 3, or 4, because you
can have four preset points, and you can have the
camera just zoom around and look at a whole
bunch of different stuff. It also has a light
on it, a little LED that you can turn on or off. You can take pictures with
it too through the app. And it is a good functional
pan, tilt, zoom camera. But again, as it’s one
of the older IP cams, it’s not really
recommended to use, as you have some newer
high-definition options. Now, if we look at
our system, I had to just unplug the IP
Cam WL, so that’s not going to be on the network. You will be able to see the
IP cameras from the system as long as they’re on
the same Wi-Fi network. This is only going to work
with the legacy IP cameras too, so this is only going to
work with the WL or the PT2, the ones that I just saw. If you do have some of the
other legacy IP cameras, they will also be able to be
seen on the system display. So you’ll notice on the
main screen, it says Video. So if we click Video,
as I’ve already searched for and connected to
the cameras with the system, this is the first menu
that you’re going to see. If you want to see
your camera list, you click the little
Camera button down here. And these are the two cameras
that are on the network currently. It’s our PT2 and our IP Cam WL. If you click the
Scan button, this will search the network
for other IP cameras. So if you added new ones
onto your Wi-Fi network, you’ll want to click that. And then you’ll see them pop up. If you want to view a
camera, all you have to do is click the camera itself to
highlight it, turn it green, and then click the Back button. This is going to connect to
the camera from the system. And as you can see, as this is
our pan, tilt, and zoom camera, we have all of our different
controls right here. And we have the real-time
display right on the screen. I pick it up. You’ll see that the resolution– as I said before, it doesn’t
have that hi-def look to it. It is a little grainy. But it’s fully functional
and it will definitely let you see who an intruder
is if he’s in the house. These little controls right
here, these turn the camera and have it move around. I’m going to try to
hold it up here so you can see what that looks like. So as you can see, you
can make the camera move. And if I hit one of
these preset points, it can make it
move a great deal. It also has a full 180 spin. If we click that again,
it’ll go all the way around. And then it also has
that little LED light right on the front of it. So it’s a pretty
cool little camera. You’ll also have these controls
through Total Connect 2.0 if you do have it
monitored, or if you do have your system
remotely monitored with the video option. Another thing with the
IP cams is that if you do have it connected through– or if you do have a
Total Connect 2.0 account and you have them
linked up to it, you’ll have seven-day
cloud storage. So any motion clips that
the cameras pick up, they’ll record it
and they’ll send it right up into Total
Connect for you to get. The cameras can be viewed live
through Total Connect also. And you can also download
those recorded clips right from the app. Now, the new cameras
that are out, those are called the Honeywell
C1, the C2, and the OC1. Those are
high-definition cameras. And they’re not currently
compatible with any Honeywell alarm system directly. What I mean by
that is you’re not going to be able to view
them through the panel screen like you are with
the older IP cameras. We do hope that
in the future they unlock the ability
for the Lyric to be able to view the new cameras
through the panel screen. We have heard rumblings of that. We don’t have a timetable on
when that firmware is going to be released yet though. So if you do have an older
system or even a newer system, and you are looking for
cameras, the new high-definition cameras, they can
connect to Total Connect. And they also have 30-day
cloud storage, as opposed to the older IP cams, which only
have that 7-day cloud storage. The new cameras
also have a free app that you can use to watch live
video right out of the box. And the free app
allows you to save recorded clips for 24 hours. Another nice benefit
to the new IP cams is that you can plug in an SD
card right into the camera. What that does is, if the
camera loses Wi-Fi connection, it’ll continue to record
clips, save it to the SD card. And then as soon as it gets
its Wi-Fi connection back, it sends them all
up into the cloud and lets you download them. So even without a Wi-Fi
connection or a network connection, it’s
still going to record and it’s still going to
get you those clips, which is a great feature. Right here, I don’t have this
one plugged in right now, but this is the most basic
or this is the lowest level of the new IP cams. This is called the IP Cam C1. It’s a 720p
high-definition camera. It has two-way audio and some
other cool features on it, such as noise recognition. It can pick up whether an object
is a fan or an actual alarm, some other cool
features such as that. And it’s also fully compatible
with Total Connect 2.0. But again, this camera and any
of the new cameras, they’re not going to be
able to be viewed on the system like
the older IP cameras. If you are in a
situation where you have to be able to see the
cameras through your LYNX panel or through your
Lyric panel, you will need to use the older
IP cameras at this time. Next, we’re going
to show you what the two new cameras look like. We actually have them
installed at the office, so we’re going to take
a walk and show you what they look like in action. So we’re up here in the corner. And we have our
C2 that’s mounted. As you can see, you can
wall-mount this camera. And the mounting base
allows you to manipulate it so that you can pretty
much point it in whatever direction you need it to be. So we’ve just flush-mounted
it right on the wall. We’ve run power back
to its transformer. And as you can
see, it’s connected by this little micro-USB plug. It will get all of its
power right from that. After you get it powered
up, it connects via Wi-Fi to your network, and
you’re good to go. So I’m going to pop it off
its base to re-plug it in. But as you can see,
the camera, it’s got a nice clean look to it. This camera actually has two-way
audio, so not only can you hear what it’s hearing,
but you can talk through it to anybody that’s in the room. It also has voice recognition. And like the C1, it has
those cool features, where it will be able to
pick up if a fan is spinning or if a door is opening. So I’d definitely recommend
going online and checking out all the different things
that this camera can offer. If you are going to
get an indoor camera, the C2 is recommended
over the C1, because it’s a 1080p version as
opposed to the 720p, and it’s not that
much more expensive. That’s the C2. Next we’re going to
take a look at the OC1. So we’re at the front
of the building. I’m up on a ladder. And this is one of the OC1
cameras that we have installed. We’ve extended the power
back to its transformer. And we have it coming
down through the wall. And we’ve also put an
outdoor-rated plastic box. This is holding all
of its connections, and it’s keeping
everything nice and secure. And in fact, around the box,
around the hole that it’s coming through the
wall through, we’ve taken some silicone,
just to make sure that it’s fully waterproof. The front of the box
has a gasket in it so no water is getting in. And then we’ve drilled the
camera right onto the top of it to give it that nice look. As you can see, the OC1 does
have rugged construction. It’s made of heavy-duty metal. It’s outdoor rated,
so it’s not going to get affected by the elements. And the top of it
has this shield that you can move to adjust so
that it doesn’t get completely washed out in the daytime
if the sun’s facing it. It’s a great, great
working camera. This is the one to use if you’re
looking for an outdoor camera. And it’s far superior
to the older IP cam that’s rated for outdoors. Again, as it is a
new version camera, it’s going to have that
30-day cloud reporting. It has all of the
other triggers, as far as motion and visual,
that the C1 and the C2 have. And it’s a great camera to use. Thanks for watching. If you did enjoy the video,
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and have a great day.

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