Using the Lyric Alarm System as a Secondary Z Wave Controller

Using the Lyric Alarm System as a Secondary Z Wave Controller


[LOCK CLOSING] Hi, DIYers. Joe here from Alarm Grid. And today we’re going to talk
about how to interface a Lyric security system as a secondary
controller on a Z-Wave network. Now what that means is
that, for example, today, actually, we have
a Samsung Smart Things right here that we’re
going to be talking about. Let’s say that you have the
Lyric and the Smart Things both installed in your home. If you have multiple
lights around the house, as an example, it’s going
to be a kind of messy if you have to include some
into the Smart Things and some into the Lyric. When you set the Lyric
as a secondary controller on the Z-Wave network, they’ll
both be able to see the lights. They’ll both be able
to activate them. And they’re both going
to know the light status. Another benefit that you
can use with this setup is that the Lyric
is a robust system. But its Z-Wave
programming doesn’t include if/then conditions. Whereas Smart Things and
many other Z-Wave controllers can do that. When you have a Lyric set
up as a secondary controller on the network for any of those
if/then programming conditions or any other more advanced
scheduling or rules that you can set up on
other Z-Wave controllers, they’ll actually be able to
do that and operate the lights or other Z-Wave devices. The Lyric will be able
to see what’s going on. And this way, you can have them
work exactly the way that you want in the house. Another benefit
is that the Lyric isn’t compatible with
certain Z-Wave devices that are compatible with
other Z-Wave controllers. When you have the Lyric set
up as a secondary controller on the network, they won’t
be able to necessarily see the devices or activate them. But, at very least, the
programming that you do on the primary controller that
controls those non-compatible devices– you can mix those into
other devices that are compatible with the
Lyric to get the most out of your Z-Wave system. If you do program it
with the Smart Things, one caveat is that you
can interface or enroll the Z-Wave devices on either the
Smart Things or on the Lyric. Most situations
when Lyric is set up as a secondary controller,
it can’t include or exclude devices. Normally, only the primary
controller on a Z-Wave network is able to do that. Now let’s take a
look at actually how to interface it with
the Smart Things as a secondary controller. On the Lyric itself, we’re
going to click on automation. Want to click the down arrow. Then we’re going to click
on Tools, Advanced Tools, and enter your installer code. The button that we’re
going to use to learn it in as a secondary controller
is the Learn button right down here. One thing that
you’re going to want to do before you
do this action is remove any Z-Wave devices
that are on the Lyric from the system. You want it to be totally
fresh when you enroll it over. We’ve seen that it
can cause some issues if you do have devices on it. And if you find that the
joining process of joining the Lyric to the
Smart Things fails, that’s one thing
to double check on. Now, on the Smart
Things if we load it up, you can see that we do have a
bulb programmed into the Smart Things. When we join the Lyric
as a secondary controller to this system, it’s actually
going to pass that bulb information over to the Lyric. And the Lyric will also be
able to control the bulb. It will also know the
status of the bulb. This will only work
with devices that are compatible with the Lyric. Devices that are not
compatible with the Lyric, you’ll be able to program
them into scenes and rules on the Smart Things. And you’ll be able to integrate
them in scenes and rules with devices that are
compatible with the Lyric. So it’s still going to
track the status of anything that it can see. On this menu, you see
we have Add a thing. So if we click that– now it’s in the Learn mode. So with this loaded up, we’re
going to go with the Lyric. And we’re going
to click on Learn. So you can see it
started the process. In a moment this should
show up on the screen and join to the system. But it can take up to 15 minutes
for the network to settle, and for them to pass all
the information needed over to each other. During this time,
it’s best to just let them sit and do their
thing to make sure that nothing goes wrong. After that completes,
then you should be able to control the
devices from your system and do whatever program
that you’re interested in. As you can see, it
did find the Lyric. So if you click here,
we can rename the device if we want to. Click Done– click Save. And then OK. The Lyric also says done. Now if we head back over
to the Lyric system, it will press the back arrow. We click on switches. As you can see, it’s actually
seen as a failed node right now. It’s still passing
information back and forth between the two systems. As I said before, give
it 15 minutes for it to completely settle,
and you should be OK. But as you can see, it
does see the light switch that is programmed
into the Smart Things. As you go forward
using Smart Things, you can program devices,
either to the Smart Things or to the Lyric. Most case scenarios,
you can only enroll them on the primary
controller, though. That’s another thing
to keep in mind. That’s how to set up
your Lyric security system as a secondary
controller on a Z-Wave network. If you have any questions,
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3 Replies to “Using the Lyric Alarm System as a Secondary Z Wave Controller”

  1. Have you tried registering a Yale YRD256 on a network with a SmartThings primary controller and Lyric secondary controller?

  2. If WiFi goes..can the lyric control light via secondary controller..the SmartThings light since the SmartThings is WiFi base…my question..how does the lyric connect to the SmartThings..is it locally or via WiFi..if via WiFi..then it wold be better to run the lyric as the primary and get compatible z wave device…makes life easier

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