How to Program Home Security System / Burglar Alarm
Source: Finseen Group Company Limited | Date: 04/23/2013
Every alarm system is different, but there are some basic premises that are consistent for all systems. This guide will focus those areas that are common to all systems.
The first thing to realize is that the manual that a security company gives the homeowner is not the full installers programming manual. The installer programming manuals are much more complicated and involve setup that the homeowner is not expected to perform. If you are setting up an alarm system on your own, expect to do lots of reading and re-reading. Most installation manuals assume you already know what you are doing and they are nothing more than reference guides.
Programming is done from a keypad that is connected to the main panel. At least one of your keypads should be an LCD display. Programming on a keypad with a LCD display is much easier than using one with only lights. With the full LCD screen, you are able to visually verify what mode you are in and what you are typing. With the cheaper keypads, you have to depend on a bunch of green lights to tell you what is going on.
The heart of an alarm system is the main panel which is basically a very simple computer. Like all computers, it stores data and software in bits which are nothing more than zeroes and ones. Such as Finseen GSM Alarm zone number as follow:
Finseen Group GSM Alarm System Zone Number
Number Sensor Type Zone
Type Applicable sensor names Notes
00、01 Wireless sensors —— Wireless remote & Wireless Keypad Each zone support up to 4 sensors
02 ~ 10 Emergency zone Wireless Smoke Alarm,
Wireless Gas Alarm& Panic button etc.
11 ~ 20 Perimeter zone Wireless Door/Window Sensor &
Wireless Curtain PIR etc.
21 ~ 30 Motion zone Wireless Wide-Angle PIR Motion Sensor etc.
31 ~ 38 Wired sensor —— 31,32,33 are Perimeter zone
34,35 are Motion zone
36,37,38 are Emergency zone See Table 4: Wireless/wired sensor code
All configuration information in the alarm panel is saved in non-volatile memory, meaning that the data is not lost when the device loses power. Think of it as a USB flash drive. This memory is identified by an address or location. To program the alarm panel, you specify the address or section that you want to change and then provide a new value for that address.
Codes - There are several important things to mention here.
1) All system codes / passwords should be changed on installation. The default codes are well known and should not be used.
2) There are multiple codes per system (master, installer, maintenance, and user codes) and they should all be changed.
3) Write down the master & installer codes in the provided booklet and lock them up in the alarm cabinet. After 20 years you might forget them.
The Master Code is the primary code used by the home owner to activate and deactivate the alarm system. This code can be used to create other codes for other people in the home. The other codes are for programming/maintenance and should not be distributed.
Date/Time - This can be changed with the Master Code meaning a home owner can do it. Read your manual for the instructions.
Zone Names - Having real names for each zone (requires LCD keypad) makes it much easier to know what is wrong with your system.
Door Chimes - Should the system beep when this zone is faulted?
24 Hour Zones - These are zones (like Fire, Carbon Monoxide, Water Leak or maybe Glass Break Sensors) that should be be active 24 hours a day, whether the system is armed or not.
Immediate Violation - These are zones (like Glass Break Sensors) that should set off the alarm without any delay. After entering your house, you typically get 30 seconds to enter the alarm code. Some zones should not wait 30 seconds to set off the alarm.
NO vs. NC - Are the sensors in this zone wired NO (Normally Open) or NC (Normally Closed).
Resistors - Are the sensors in this zone wired with Resistors: EOLR (Single End of Line Resistor) or DEOLR (Double End of Line Resistor) or no Resistor.
Wireless - If supported by your alarm panel, indicate that this is a wireless sensor.
Bypass - Should users be able to bypass this zone when activating the alarm. For example, you might want to keep the 2nd floor windows open on a hot summer night.
Phone Numbers - What is the phone number(s) of the security company to call when the alarm goes off. Might also need to program the format of the data that is sent to the monitoring company.
Change the entry/exit delays - Give you more time to leave the house or enter the code after entering the home.
Testing - This is covered in the Alarm Programming page.
Look up recent alarms - This can usually be done by pressing the arrow keys on the LCD keypad.
Manual alarms - The alarm keypads should have buttons right on them to signal a Fire or Security Emergency.
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