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  1. We have over 200 selfmon users using home assistant with galaxy. Keypad, logging, zones, outputs and control. No messing with relays or crappy slow apps.
  2. Take a look at the Honeywell Dimension and Flex too. We have a few hundred customers integrating their systems with the SelfMon vmod. The vmod is a virtualisation module that also provides MQTT connectivity to gain control and status of the panels. It's about moving the complex logic into the HA system and away from the vendor lock-in of the control panel firmware, while keeping the robust 24x7 security of the panel. I would definitely recommend using MQTT as your main HA protocol going forwards, as it's open and really easy to use.
  3. I think that means the Belden shield tied to the panel earth points at one end. Is this happening on multiple busses ? Any comm's device on bus 1 ? Are all the devices in 61.1.X sitting constantly at 100% ? It does sound very much like induced voltages messing with the bus traffic. You would expect to see the diagnostics showing a drop as the checksums get messed up though.
  4. James, I think you're thinking about CAN 005 added to the G3 series V5.55 May 2007: Miscellaneous High Resistance Due to a customer request, an investigation was carried out regarding the High Resistance feature on the Galaxy 3 Series. After exhaustive testing, results confirmed that the panel is correctly reporting zone resistance problems as per the panel specification. This has highlighted problems elsewhere on the installations due to either wiring or detector/contact issues. High Resistance is a feature on the Galaxy that gives early indication of a potential problem with a zone.It is now thought by some of our customers that in some installations, this alert is simply not required. As this Fault condition is not required for compliance with any of the European Standards, we are releasing this new version of G3 software. It will suppress the audio and visual alert condition connected with the High Resistance event and will only log this in the event log, viewable by the engineer only.
  5. I really wouldn't bother with the GT40. A better option would be to add GPRS backed failover to your router (a few suppliers are offering this unbreakable broadband type deal). Then add a UPS and ensure the area it's located in is protected by an instant alarm. If you add a UPS to your GSM backed broadband MODEM/router, then that combined with regular IP path polling provides decent coverage of any attempt at tampering. There are still some benefits of having a tampered self contained GSM communicator, but nothing is 100% infallible. If you're getting to the point where the value and risk are very high, then you really need to start thinking about professional installation with manned monitoring and high frequency polling.
  6. SelfMon provides automated polled path checks, so that gives peace of mind that things are always being checked in the background. It also has several messaging methods to contact you depending on how you configure reporting. For example, you can set up Push Notification, SMS, Voice Messaging or Email. Combinations of these can be configured. I don't use the GX app personally, as it's too much of a hassle to log in. The latest release does seem to be stable enough though. The new SelfMon vmod also supports a keypad over MQTT, so with programs like home assistant, you have instant access to the keypad without all the login and connection issues. The Dimension does have a supported option for GSM (GT40), but it was really poor.
  7. No, that's the MAX reader number printed on the black fob. The number scanned by the keyprox is correct. You need to configure the users menu to link the MAX tag to the setting function if you want to use to set the system - you then need to hold the tag to the reader until the setting countdown shows on the display.
  8. Your panel has specific firmware loaded for ADT. This includes a set of pre-configured options for their ARC telephone numbers and various other ADT specific settings. Option 1 is their commercial settings and 2 is for residential. Whatever option you select, you should enter all menus and ensure that they are specific to your install. Better still, use a non - ADT panel.
  9. The Dimension panels will accept the C079 based modules, but you need to ensure the firmware is at the latest. As above, for external gates Etc, you can use the D0DT800 contact and place it in a waterproof enclosure, then wire it to some sort of waterproof sensor. I protect external gates this way, but only include them in a log type zone, so that a trigger will only alert apps and not cause a full alarm. You could easily connect the wireless sensor to a Takex beam, but would need to supply it power.
  10. What's the security like on Orisec as far as Ethernet, app and alarm reporting goes ? Looking through the manuals, the word 'encryption' is never mentioned. Anyone have any info ?
  11. Sorry James, only just seen your post. The SelfMon vmod provides a hardware gateway for MQTT on Galaxy (G2, G3, Dimension Flex and even the older Classic). This offers very low latency zone and output status, along with virtualised peripherals all available via MQTT. The module implements multiple virtualised devices including: Virtualised keypad - providing control via MQTT or HTTP Virtualised printer - providing MQTT status of any printed output like alarm triggers Etc. Virtualised RIO modules - providing virtual zones on the control panel to enable MQTT based zone status change and reading of 'linked' outputs Virtualised RF portals - enables mimic of fobs and other RF devices. Providing full/part/night and unsetting via MQTT All zone reading and group status in MQTT available via SIA4 connection to Honeywell Ethernet module Virtualised E080 module - for Dimension, Flex V1, G3, G2 and Classic control panels - supports Honeywell's RSS and GX app encryption along with SelfMon apps (note GX app is only compatible with Dimension and Flex V1) SelfMon encrypted reporting - secure transmisison on a separate MQTT channel An overview is available here: http://www.selfmon.uk/manuals/LCE-K3/LCE-K3-OVERVIEW.pdf
  12. Yes, all G2 panels can be brought up to 1.56. This requires a flash lead or the same can be achieved with a low cost USB TTY lead and a jumper wire.
  13. All sounds fine. 1.56 is the latest firmware, with 1.53 being suggested minimum for SelfMon. You may need to disable the RF portal virtual RIO if it ends up grabbing RIO address 2 that you set on the c072. You can disable the rf portal virtual RIO in menu 51.60
  14. With zones set to NC, you then consume two zones to cover zone and tamper circuits. This is a bit of a waste of zones when you can cover the tamper open/short circuits with the addition of resistors.
  15. You can set the Galaxy zones to N/C like your old system. Each zone can be programmed individually on Dimension and Flex. I would recommend reconfiguring with new sensors or the addition of resistors (I've never had a problem adding 2x 1k resistors in existing sensors for double balanced zones). It may be worthwhile changing the PIR's anyway, as they're very cheap and the pyroelectric element in the sensors do deteriorate over time reducing their sensitivity.
  16. I only have FX100+ PCB's at £90 + £5 delivery. PM me to arrange if you want. Otherwise, the boards aren't sold separately and you'll need a complete panel.
  17. One ISP is my broadband and the other is the mobile provider, so yes not the same provider for me.
  18. On my own system, with dual path IP at the router level, it just doesn't go down, so there aren't any annoying Comms messages. I only worry when I get an intrusion signal or polling failure which means both paths are down and I really need to take action. Hasn't happened yet. Touch wood. Any messages for one of the paths going down would just be extra nuisance due to ISP reboots, temporary mast issues and the like. I see installers moaning about this sort of thing all the time on FB installer forums. I'd much rather have a multi failover IP path that then relies on very short poll intervals. As long as there's a good link between the panel and ARC with secure comm's, then I don't really care what path that link is. With today's network capabilities, we'll probably move to 'always connected' ARC's anyway.
  19. My thoughts on this are to have a battery backed GPRS capable router in a secured location. This offers better future proofing, as it's not just the alarm that needs to keep communications up if there's a broadband / phone line issue. There's CCTV, HA and more. It's more efficient to have an unlimited data SIM, rather than 3 separate SIM's to track and pay for. It's also easier to keep up with the latest tech. I'm already 5G capable - just waiting on my area being upgraded. If your hone network has its own failover, then all you need is polled monitoring with a decent polling interval to alert you of a missing heartbeat.
  20. It doesn't perform set/unset with Galaxy programming. It only performs silent pa. The Selfmon solution is part of home automation integration, so requires mqtt broker etc.
  21. Where do Honeywell say that? Not for Galaxy anyway... Perhaps Domonial. The only way to do it with the flex is with the Selfmon vmod and an automation platform like home assistant / node red etc. The vmod reads any button press to mqtt, so you can then map it back to set the system.
  22. No reboot is required when changing 51.82. Change 51.82 to DC. Using menu 53 program output *99 to something like strobe. Leave at the default which should be L (Latching) POS (positive). Using test option 32, test the strobe output. Measure with your meter on +12V and OP3. The voltage on OP3 should drop to 0V resulting in the meter reading +12V. If this does not happen, then OP3 is faulty - replace the PCB or add a RIO to gain 4 outputs.
  23. Did you change menu 51.82 to change OP3 to: 2 (DC Output) ? The default for OP3 is as an audio output. The trigger module consumes OP1 and OP2, using these signals to multiplex several outputs. Those outputs include new OP1 and OP2 and the 8 trigger outputs. The trigger outputs are low current, but capable of driving a dialler.
  24. I would agree with this. If you don't keep your phone up to date, or buy the latest model and the app isn't kept up to date, then the chances of issues are high. If you have a look at a few apps reviews, you'll soon see posts of unhappy users where phones and OS versions no longer work. As a an app developer myself, I am often forced to update the app in order to keep provisioning on the stores. Some of these forced updates end up dropping support for older devices, leaving users with very old devices none too pleased.
  25. Personal experience. What aspect ?
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