FAQs

After An Alarm Occurs:

Enter your [User code] and push the [#] key.

  • This will silence the bell/siren and disarm the system.
  • The red ZONE lights on the keypad will flash fast to help you remember where the violations occurred.

Clear the alarm memory and red ZONE lights by pushing the [*] key, entering the digit [1], then pushing the [#] key.

TO ARM THE SYSTEM / AUTO HOME ARMING:

  1. Make sure the green READY light is on.
    • Faulted zones must be cleared or bypassed before the system can be armed.
    • If programmed, the red ZONE lights will automatically turn off after five minutes (as a security measure). Pressing any key on the keypad will turn the ZONE lights back on.
  2. Enter your [User Code] and push the [#] key.
    • Your User code is four digits long.
    • Don’t pause for more than 5 seconds while entering the digits or the control panel will reject your User code.
    • If you make a mistake while entering your User code, the keypad will beep five times. After the fifth beep, enter your User code again.
  3. Make sure the red ARM light comes on.
    • The keypad will beep twice to confirm that the system is armed.
  4. Exit through any TIME DELAY DOOR within EXIT DELAY.
    • The exit delay time can be programmed from 10 seconds to 150 seconds.
    • If the EXIT PRE-ALARM option is installed, the keypad will beep slowly until 10 seconds before the delay time expires, then rapidly for the last 10 seconds.
    • Once the exit delay time has expired, the keypad will beep twice to confirm that the system is armed.

AUTO HOME ARMING:

The AUTO HOME ARMING option enables the system to automatically bypass interior zones if you arm the system but do not leave the premises.

The perimeter zones will be armed and the entry delay will remain intact.

With this option installed, arm the system (enter your [User Code] and push the [#] key).

  • If you do not exit before the exit delay time expires, the system will automatically arm perimeter zones and bypass interior zones.
  • If you exit through an exit delay door, the system will automatically arm interior and perimeter zones.

The rest of the ARMING THE SYSTEM section explains how to bypass zones before arming the system, as well as certain arming options our installer can install. However, it’s important for you to remember that no matter how your system is programmed, you will always disarm it in the same way: enter your [User Code], then push the [#] key.

INSTANT ARMING:

Instant Arming converts all time delayed zones to INSTANT zones.

  1. Make sure the green READY light is on.
  2. Enter your [User code] (if required), push the [*] key, enter the digit [7], then push the [#] key.
    • The keypad will beep twice to confirm that the system is armed.
    • The red ARM light will flash while the system is Instant Armed.

CAUTION: When the system is Instant Armed, you will not be able to enter through any perimeter door or walk through any protected area without setting off an alarm.

Home Arming or bypassing interior zones will allow you to move about freely inside the premises while the system is armed. Refer to the next three sections: HOME ARMING, INSTANT HOME ARMING, and BYPASSING ZONES.

HOME ARMING:

Home Arming arms perimeter zones, while bypassing interior zones.

  1. Make sure the green READY light is on.
  2. Enter your [User code] (if required), push the [*] key, enter the digit [4], then push the [#] key.
    • The keypad will beep twice to confirm that the system is armed.
    • The red ARM light will be on while the system is armed.
    • Home Arming allows you to move about freely inside the premises while the system is armed.
    • The red ZONE light (s) of bypassed zones will flash slowly.
    • You can enter the premises without setting off an alarm through any time delay entry.

(Don’t forget to disarm the system after entering!)

INSTANT HOME ARMING:

Instant Home Arming arms the perimeter zones and bypasses interior zones. Entry time delays are converted to INSTANT.

  1. Make sure the green READY light is on.
  2. Enter your [User code] (if required), push the [*] key, enter the digit [7], the digit [4], then push the [#] key.
    • The keypad will beep twice to confirm that the system is armed.
    • The red ARM light will flash while the perimeter zones are Instant Armed.
    • The red ZONE light (s) of bypassed zones will flash slowly.

CAUTION: When the system is Instant Home Armed, you will not be able to enter through any perimeter door without setting off an alarm.

BYPASSING ZONES:

This procedure allows you to bypass one or more zones while your system is DISARMED.

NOTE: System programming determines which User codes can bypass zones, also which zones can be bypassed.

Enter your [User code] (if required) Push the [*] key, enter the digit [2], enter the zone to be bypassed, then push the [#] key.

OR

Push the (Home) Key, enter the zone to be bypassed, then push the [#] key.

  • To indicate that zones are bypassed, the zone LED for the bypassed zone will flash slowly.

NOTE: Zones can be also be bypassed by remote programming. When remote programming is used, the system can either be armed or disarmed.

  • The procedures for adding a bypass and removing a bypass are identical.

TO REMOVE A BYPASS:

Enter your [User code], push the [*] key, enter the digit [2], enter the zone from which the bypass is to be removed, then push the [#] key.

OR

Push the (Home) Key, enter the zone from which the bypass is to be removed, then push the [#] key.

NOTE: Disarming your alarm system REMOVES all bypasses.

NOTE: Your alarm system has been programmed for one of the following two arming types:

GOOF-PROOF ARMING:

If any zone other than a 24-hour zone is faulted (open window, malfunctioning sensor, etc.), your system will not arm. You will not be able to arm the system until the faulted zone is cleared or manually bypassed.

FORCE ARMING:

Any zone (except for 24-hour zones) that is violated during the EXIT DELAY time will automatically be bypassed until the system is disarmed.

Warning: bypassed zones are not protected.

EXIT DELAY DISABLE:

If this option is installed, the exit delay will be eliminated when arming your system using Instant Arming, Home Arming, or Instant Home Arming.

TO DISARM THE SYSTEM:

  1. Enter only through a TIME DELAY door.If the ENTRY PRE-ALARM option is installed, the keypad will sound constantly until 10 seconds before the delay time expires (or the panel is disarmed), then beep rapidly for the last 10 seconds.
  2. Enter your [User Code] within the entry delay and push the [#] key.
  3. Make sure the red ARM light on the keypad goes off.
    • If the ARM light does not go off, wait for the keypad to beep five times, then enter your User code again.
    • The keypad will beep twice to confirm that the system has been disarmed.
    • All bypasses are removed.

When this option is installed, the keypad will beep for two seconds each time a designated zone is faulted.

To turn the door chime on and off (for all keypads installed):

Push the [*] key, enter the digit [5],then push the [#] key.

Changing a System 236i User Code:

User 1 (master code) can use his code to change the code of Users 1 – 6.

  1. Enter your [Master Code], push the [*] key, enter the digit [0], then push the [#] key.
    • The READY, SERVICE, and ARM lights will flash slowly.
  2. Enter the User number (1 – 6), and push the [#] key.
  3. Enter the new [User Code] and push the [#] key.
    • The new code must be four digits long.
  4. Enter the new [User code] again and push the [#] key.
    • If the new code is accepted, the keypad will beep twice.
    • If you make a mistake while programming, or if the system rejects the new code, the keypad will beep five times. Try again.
    • If no key is pressed for 5 minutes, the system will automatically exit the programming mode.
  5. Exit the programming mode by pushing the [*] key, then the [#] key.
  6. Make sure the new code works.

After leaving the programming mode, Arm and Disarm your system to ensure that the new User code functions properly.

Deleting a System 236i User Pin:

User 1 can use his [Master Code] to delete the code of Users (2 – 6). Follow steps 1 through 4 for Changing a User Code. In steps 3 and 4 enter [0] [0] [0] [0] in place of a new Code.

POLICE/PANIC KEY:

When this option is installed, holding down the Police key for three seconds will trigger an alarm. The keypad will beep twice to confirm the alarm condition.

DURESS ALARM(optional – if programmed):

Should an intruder force you to turn your security system on or off, you can send a silent DURESS signal to our central station by entering [User Code 6] – a code designated exclusively for a DURESS signal. Your system will appear to be operating normally. There is no indication of an alarm condition. (Available on Systems 236i ONLY)

When a smoke detector is triggered, the red ZONE light of the zone where it’s located will come on, and the bell/siren will sound.

Push the [*] key, enter the digit [6], the digit [2], and push the [#] key.

Local System Test:

This option allows on-site testing of each zone in your system.

Enter your [User code] (if required), push the [*] [6] [0] [#]

  • Once the keypad lights go out, the system will be ready for testing.
  • Walk through the areas protected by motion sensors; open and close protected doors and windows.
  • Each time a zone is faulted, its corresponding red ZONE light on the keypad will begin flashing, and the keypad will chime.

To exit the system test, push any key.

WARNING: Your alarm system will not report alarms during the LOCAL SYSTEM TEST.

Stand-By Battery Test:

Your alarm system can be programmed to automatically test its standby battery every 24 hours. During the test, AC power is turned off in order to monitor the battery under load.

To manually test the standby battery, push the [*] [6] [4] [#]

  • The standby battery test takes 2 minutes. During the test, the POWER light will be off.
  • If the battery is okay, the keypad will beep twice.
  • If the battery is low or dead, the POWER light will flash slowly, the SERVICE light will be on steady, and the keypad will beep five times.

Bell/Siren Test:

To test the bells/sirens in your security system:

Enter your [User code] (if required), push the [*] [6] [3] [#]

  • The bell/siren and keypads will sound for 3 seconds.
  • If the test message was successfully transmitted to the central station, the keypad will beep twice.

Central Station Test:

This option tests the reporting capability of your system by sending a test message to the central station. Weekends are the best time for the CENTRAL STATION TEST. To schedule one, call our central station at:

Enter your [User code] (if required), push the [*] [6] [1] [#]

  • If the test message was not successfully transmitted to the central station, the keypad will beep five times, and the SERVICE light will flash fast.

Trouble Indicators:

Power lightReady lightArmed lightService lightZone lightsRemarks
AC FailureOffOn steadyPower Fail, System on Battery
System Is Ready (All zones normal)On SteadyReady to arm
Faulted Zone while disarmedOffOn steadyOne or more zones are faulted
System is armed (all protection on)OffOn steadyReady light will be on until system is armed
System is disarmed (all protection off)OnOffReady light is on if all zones are normal
System is armed with delay zones converted to instantOffSlow flashArmed with *7#
Perimeter armed with delays intactSlow flashOn steadySlow flashArmed with *4# Flashing zones are bypassed
Perimeter armed with delay zones converted to instantSlow flashSlow flashSlow flashArmed with *7# Flashing zones are bypassed
Zone troubleSlow flashSlow flashService and zone in trouble flash at the same rate
Zone(s) is or was in alarmSlow flashOnFast flashAn alarm has occured on this zone, armed light is on if system is armed
Zone bypassedSlow flashSlow flashReady and bypassed zone flash at same rate
Low batterySlow flashOn steadyCall for Service
Bell fuse failureOn steadyCall for Service
Watchdog resetSlow flashPanel has reset itself. System OK. To reset the service light, Press *1#
Communications FailureFast flashCall for Service
Programming ModeSlow flashSlow flashSlow flashSystem is in programming mode

Keypad Beeps:

SOUNDMEANING
2 beeps (confirmation tones)System armed or disarmed.
Successful Central Station test or battery test
5 beeps (error tones)Wrong PIN number entered
Invalid function
Unauthorized command attempted
Error changing PIN number
Continuous tone, beeping fast for last ten seconds entry delay timeEntry Delay Time
Continuous beeping, speeding up for last ten seconds exit delay timeExit delay time
2 second beepDoor chime
Zone faulted during walk-test
Chirping (1 second on, 4 seconds off)Zone programmed for chirping bell or siren is in alarm
Continuous toneZone programmed for steady bell or siren is in alarm
Circuit malfunction(trouble on supervised loops only)
Pulsed tone (2 seconds on,2 seconds off)Zone programmed for pulsed bell or siren is in alarm

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