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Paul Lewinski

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  1. Thanks Matthew and GalaxyGuy, cleared the errors and all is good, you two have been great the past few weeks with my questions. I do have some other questions to ask you (a bit later when I get some time) but just wanted to say thanks. It is a shame though about the same old swipes in every thread about the guy down the pub vs professional reputable engineer though, it effects the whole experience using forums, I've read this in nearly every thread. Maybe give the end user a choice rather than forcing an opinion on the end user. Personally I am happy with my system, how it is installed and how I am learning.
  2. point taken. I want to learn it myself though and not rely on him anyway, that's why I'm asking, thanks.
  3. he set it up fine, it was me that messed it up.
  4. thanks how do I enable this please? actually I have been looking for an option 48 but cant find it? I type the 4 digit user code then press > what do I press next to find option 48 pls?
  5. hello please help! I had installed a galaxy g2 and I am having difficulty with it (it is not connected to a monitoring agency, it is standalone). I was playing with it (trying to learn it) and I triggered the intruder alarm and then tampered with the pir so I now have 2 error messages on the keypad.(intruder and tamper). I use my 4 digit user passcode and press '>' and I can scroll through the errors. I cannot clear them. When I scroll to the intruder message I get 'reset required', when I scroll to the tamper message I get 'ent to continue' when I press 'ent' I get 'engineers code required' I have a 6 digit engineer code and when I type that in I get 'Additional code required'. What is this code? as I only have 2 codes (4 digit user and 6 digit engineers) I also have a keytag that I saw the installer using but I have tried swiping it and it just beep and still doesn't allow me to enter into engineers mode. I would ask my friend who is the installer but he is away and presently the system is not allowing me to set the alarm when the faults are showing. Can you please help me clear these messages, as I do not even seem to be able to get into engineers mode. Thanks Paul
  6. Meant to also say, would be good if I could switch the alarm on or off whilst out if needed, e.g. If I forgot to switch it on or in times where the wife asks have you put the alarm on and with my OCD have to re-check that it is switched on. That kind of thing. Also I would like to be notified on my phone to say if the alarm has been set off. You mention an app, is there a particular app you are referring to?
  7. I would like to control the alarm settings from a computer if possible, but be able to monitor activity from work or from abroad on holiday for example - to check up that things are ok a home. Sorry was using your example from earlier but I shouldn't have as I have misled you by doing that. Can you explain what a radio phob is and what a normal phob you hold to the keypad is please? in basic terms again is fine just so I can understand the basic functionality. Thanks
  8. Thank you very much for your help. I notice that there is the G2-20 and G2-44. Is there a reason why you steered me toward the G2 rather than the Flex that I was originally looking at? The Flex doesn't seem to cost that much more. Also I am presuming that the G2-20 would be sufficient for a 3 bed semi and G2-40 would be more suitable to bigger properties? I have been looking at Honeywells 'G2 chart' and I have some further questions if you would be so kind to oblige: - What are the dimensions of each box stated above? I was thinking to install it above my front door next to the consumer unit so am wondering if any of the above would fit in the space available. Is it wise to install the panel there or should I be looking to 'hide' in an obscure place? - I see there are two connector methods to the panel RS485 Bus and ECP Bus. Is this something I need to bear in mind before I buy? I believe this is something to do with the type of cabling used (or wiring at the main panel) . I presume you can have both connections to the main panel if needed? - If I would like to monitor the system over a laptop in the kitchen (this was actually the type of self-sufficient monitoring I was hoping to have), which modules would I need to get? I see there is Ethernet module, GPRS, RF Portal, ECP expander - Im not really sure what any of these do. Please could you explain the basic function of each? - I have noticed that there are systems being sold with 'ASK proximity reader'- Again, please could you explain what this does? - The sites state 'The G2 panel can be set with/unset with a two-way keyfob'. Does this mean that to switch the alarm on and off you just swipe the keyfob against the keyprox? (or does this refer to access as in the door unlocks and locks when you swipe like in a modern office) Thanks so much, these websites state what these accessories are but don't really state what these do, thank goodness you helpful advisers are here to help. Paul
  9. So do I understand this correctly, the Galaxy G2 can be used as a 'stand-alone' alarm, or it can be used in conjunction with taking out a monthly contract with a monitoring company? I was actually trying to avoid paying a monthly fee which is why I was originally looking to monitor it myself. Are there any options for self monitoring out there that work well? I think I need to keep it as a simple system for now. It will be wired to the consumer unit and would have 4 PIR sensors (two downstairs, two upstairs), two door sensors (front and back). Would need aa keypad and at least a couple of phobs. Then later on I could expand it and add features. With this in mind, do you think the Galaxy G2 would be suitable for this, or would it be overkill?
  10. Thank you very much for the very detailed answers. I admit this is very new territory for me so I am thankful for your advice. Please could you tell me what you mean by a monitoring station? By this do you mean a monthly payment monitoring scheme or like a PC somewhere that I would monitor myself? When you say monitoring station I picture a security guard sitting back on a chair with their feet on the table keeping an eye on a grid of monitors eating crisps - or it just could be that I watch too many films ) Sorry for these simplistic questions, just trying to get my head around it all, its a minefield with all the options available.
  11. No he does not really fit alarms as far as im aware but I understand, thank you. I am happy to get a security engineer to install it if need be, I didn't realise an electrician wouldn't be recommended to install it.
  12. Hello I really need some advice about a burglar alarm. I would like to purchase a burglar alarm and my sparky friend to install it for me. I have been researching different types and one that I came across that is very highly recommended is the Honeywell Galaxy range. I am looking at the Flex 20 which even though seems to be in the low end of Galaxy range, I think it would be more than adequate for my 3 bed semi. I like the concept of the system of how easily expandable it is, should I wish to add features to it at a later date. Additionally, I still have the cables in place from an old Accenta alarm so the Galaxy will have wired sensors/security lights connected to it, as well as a keypad. I have emailed Honeywell for advice but have not had a response so am turning to this forum as I need to purchase a system soon so I can continue my housing project. Please can you answer my questions? - One thing I definitely want is a speech (and text if possible) dialler. With the Galaxy Flex 20 does this come integrated? (I cannot see any other Honeywell speech diallers on the net other than the 'informa') or is there a specific module that I would need to purchase in addition to the alarm panel to get a speech dialler? - This is probably a bit of a random question...I like the idea of the PIR camera, how do these work please? Is there special software I would need to purchase for a PC or smart phone to see whats happening in the property? Does it pick up audio from the camera too? Can the footage be recorded from this? - So I was thinking to set up a system as follows: Galaxy Flex 20 control panel, keypad, 4 phobs for different members of the family, 3 PIR camera sensors, speech dialler module(if one is required separately? unless it is integrated) - Where would the best and cheapest place be to buy this from online? - Does this sound like a good setup? I have recently renovated my property in a big and high quality way so I believe my hard work deserves a decent burglar alarm system to protect it. If I can monitor it then even better. Thanks for your advice and your time. Paul
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