Using a WIFI Communicator with a Honeywell Alarm System

Using a WIFI Communicator with a Honeywell Alarm System


Hey, DIYers. I’m Jorge from Alarm Grid. Today we’re going
to be discussing how you can use a Wi-Fi
communicator with a Honeywell alarm system. Now, we have different
kinds of Honeywell systems. And each one is
unique in its own. So I’m going to go over
wireless systems first. And I’m going to go over
wired systems at the end. But typically speaking,
there are Wi-Fi communicators or internet IP
communicators that you can buy for your system. So I first want to talk
about the wireless systems. Now, most wireless
systems, as long as they have a Wi-Fi
card installed, will work through a
Wi-Fi path, if that’s what you’re looking at using
for your monitoring service. Obviously, cellular is
always recommended as Wi-Fi. We’re not strangers to
having Wi-Fi issues. Wi-Fi can go down. The power can go out. The panels may just need to
be relearned to the router. Whatever it is, we’re not
strangers to Wi-Fi issues. So it’s always recommended
to do cellular. But this video is
solely about Wi-Fi. So yes, there are Wi-Fi
cards that you can get. For instance, the
Lyric alarm system, which I have right
here, actually comes with Wi-Fi
already built in. The new Honeywell Alarm
Pro Series panels– or now Honeywell is
referred to as Resideo. The new Resideo panels
that are coming out also are more than likely– actually, for sure, are going to
have the Wi-Fi card also built in, as well. Now, for my older Lynx
panels that are out there– the L7000, the
L5210, the L5100– these panels, they needed
you to actually buy the Wi-Fi card separately, which
was called the L5100 Wi-Fi. Now, there are some exceptions
to the older Honeywell panels, such as the L3000 and the L5000. These didn’t have Wi-Fi modules. They actually had
hard-wired internet modules, which means you had to connect
them with a CAT 5 or CAT 6 cable to the module,
which was the ILP5, and then connect it
back to your router. So there are some exceptions
to wireless panels. But the wireless all-in-one
systems, typically– I’d say about 90% of them– you can add Wi-Fi
modules to them. Or some of them, like
the Lyric and the newer ones that are coming out, will
have Wi-Fi already installed. Now, for those of
you out there who have the L7000, the
L5210, or the L5100, you do have to be careful when
you’re buying the new L5100 Wi-Fi modules. Most of the new ones– actually, all of the new
ones that are being sold now, if they are
brand-new, they will come with a MAC prefix of
Bravo 82 Charlie Alpha 0. And they will have a yellow
sticker on the actual cover or on the box that they come in. Now, this is very important
for you guys to know, because if you guys do
not have a panel that’s on the correct firmware, the
firmware version has to be 8. So if your L7000, your L5210, or
your L5200 is not on firmware 8 and you get a new
Wi-Fi module that starts with Bravo
82 Charlie Alpha 0, you will experience problems. And they will not be compatible. The first thing you have to
do is update the firmware. So for the L5210 and the
L7000, updating the firmware is very easy. There is a Lynx updater
tool that we actually have on our site. Honeywell makes it. And you can buy that. And it’ll actually bring
your panel up to speed, which, as of right
now, August 2019– or I’m sorry, September 2019– the firmware is up to
firmware version 9. So all you have to
do is have it on 8. But if you get the
updater tool, it will put your panel on 9, which
is perfectly fine as well. Now, for the L5200,
updating the firmware is a little bit trickier. Right now the updater
tool only works for the L5210 or the L7000. Honeywell has said that the
firmware updater tool will work with the L5200 in the future. There’s no ETA on it yet. But we’re hoping
it’s coming out soon. That way, you can update
your L5200, as well, if you have one. As of right now, the only
way to update the firmware on the L5200 is if you already
have it currently active, your company needs to send it
down from alarm net servers. Now, what happens
if you have an L5100 or if you just don’t
have the updater tool, you don’t want to spend
money on the updater tool, but you need to
get a Wi-Fi module? Well, you need to get one of
the older style Wi-Fi modules. Now, when you buy from a
Honeywell certified dealer, you’re going to get the
newer Wi-Fi modules. So what you want to do is
go ahead and go online, try to see if you can find an
older style L5100 Wi-Fi module. And the MAC prefix, the easiest
way to tell that it’s old– you can message the vendor or
get into contact with them. But the MAC will start
with 00 delta 02 delta. That is how you know it is
an older style Wi-Fi module. And if it is, then
you can actually use those on your L5100,
L5210, L5200, L7000, no matter what the
firmware version is. So if you can get your hands
on an old Wi-Fi communicator, perfect. Now, let’s go in and get ahead
and get into the wired alarm systems. So the way I like
to think about it, wireless alarm systems can
do Wi-Fi, no cable needed. It’s wireless. Wireless systems can
do Wi-Fi, as long as they have a Wi-Fi card. Wired systems need to
have wired internet, which means you’re going to
need a CAT 5 or CAT 6 cable to go from your internet
module or your internet device that’s wired into
your system or that’s integrated into the
system, and it’s going to need to
go to the router. So for some people,
that’s very easy. Your router is right next
to your alarm box, which is where the communicator goes. And all you have to do
is just run it there. But for some people, you
have the Wi-Fi router on the complete different
end of the house and the alarm system on
a complete other end. So what do you do in that case? I’m going to get into a
couple of different options. But first, I want to talk
about the VISTA systems. They do have internet
communicators. Some of them are solely
internet, like the 7847I. That will work for your
VISTA 20P, VISTA 15P. And the VISTA 21IP has
the internet communicator already built in. So if you have a
VISTA 21IP, you just connect to ethernet cable
to the port on the 21IP and then back to the router. And then if you have the VISTA
20P or VISTA 15P or a VISTA 128BPT, you need to get
an internet communicator. They also have the
dual path communicators that come in AT&T and internet
or Verizon and internet. That’s for those
of you out there who want to have cellular as a
backup on top of the internet. Now I’m just going
to briefly touch over the what
happens if you have the router on one
end of the house and the system on the other end. For those, first, if
you can get a handy man to run an internet cable from
one end to the other end, that’s perfect. If you cannot do that, one of
the other options that we also recommend that you can do is
just get a Wi-Fi to ethernet adapter. Now, what this is is simply,
I’d say, like a Wi-Fi expander or extender, Wi-Fi adapter. You can plug in. You can pair it to your
router via WPS button. And then on that bridge or on
that adapter, on that extender, whatever it is you get– you can
find them online everywhere– you’ll see an ethernet
out– an ethernet out that you can go ahead and
connect the cable to and then connect it to your panel. So that would be one way
of not having to run wire all the way across the house. But we’re actually going to
be making a video on that pretty soon that’s going
to go more into depth. So if you guys have
any other questions about using Wi-Fi or internet on
your Honeywell or Resideo alarm systems, feel free to contact
us at [email protected] If you guys have any
questions, again, the email is [email protected] If you find the
video helpful, make sure you hit Like
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