radionics d4112 help

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Old 10-11-03, 12:49 PM
chuck samson
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radionics d4112 help

I purchased a home with a Radionics Omegalarm D4112 alarm system. The previous owner who owned the house for two years did not receive the activation codes or have the system activated from the alarm company. The alarm company that installed the system originally is no longer in business. I do not want to have the system monitored. But I do want to use the system locally. Can anyone help me discover the activation codes or tell me how to set the system to the factory defaults? Failing that is there a way for me to access the service side of the system with a laptop or some other method. I work in industrial maintenance and I'm pretty savy on those things. Any help is appreciated and I am in no pressing time constraint. Thanks in advance for any effort that is forthcoming.
 
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Old 10-11-03, 01:14 PM
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The problem with the Radionics panels is that they are extremely difficult to get in to - they require special programmers and a special installer code. Without those 2 things, you're out of luck. Radionics is also very particular about who they sell to or provide support to - only registered Radionics dealers. So, there's not much chance of you getting your hands on a programmer - and without the codes, it wouldn't really matter anyway. Not to mention, the programmers are about as expensive as a new system would be anyway.

So, that being said, I highly recommend you just replace the system with something like an ITI Concord Express or Ademco Vista or DSC Power system. They are much easier to program, and you'll be able to use any devices and contacts already installed (with the exception of the keypads.) I prefer the Concord Express system - mainly for the ease of programming (much easier than the Ademco and DSC systems) and it comes with a 16-zone wireless receiver built-in.

Let me know if you need any more help.

Good luck!
 
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Old 10-11-03, 03:01 PM
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Chuck,

I just stumbled across this web-site looking for some air-conditioning advice, and found this section. Based on the model number of your unit it was most likely installed in the late 80's to early 90's. I am from the Houston area as well ( Atascocita ) It might have been installed by Security Link or National Guardian which are now ADT. I have read the replies of " SafeWatch" and this guy is definetly a man with knowlege in this industry, his responses are right on the money. As he has stated the Radionics systems are prioritary to authorized dealers and are not in anyway end user freindly, unless you have access to a programmer ( and even if you did they are very tough to navigate)
I would take safewatch advice. I personnally like the DSC systems but once again they are all great product's. The problem you will encounter is that most reputible distributors will not sell to the general public, only licensed contractors. I have several customers of mine in the Houston Area that have Radionic's programmers that would come out and copy your panel ( providing it is not locked out ) to reprogram your system at a fair cost) Or possibly up-grade your system to a system that would suit your need and still be a local system.

I would be more then happy to help you locate a dealer to assist you.

* Edited - Sorry, Kenny, no advertising - this is border-line and against the site's TOS *

Best of Luck!!

Kenny Stetz
 
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Old 10-11-03, 03:12 PM
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Hello Kenny,
and welcome to the DIY.com forums.

First of all, let me say that I really find nothing wrong with your posts, but DIY doesn't want ads (and contact numbers are considered ads.)

So, Chuck, if you want to contact Kenny, use his e-mail address or send him a PM.

I agree with Kenny about the DSC systems - they are very good and reliable systems. However, in today's industry and with DIY'ing becoming so popular, I really prefer the ITI equipment over the DSC equipment. Mainly because of the programming, but also because the DSC equipment does not come with built-in wireless (very important in the DIY market.) It is available as an add-on, but this is an expensive option to add (and, DSC's wireless is lacking when it comes to reliability and ease of installation - I've had too many problems, I simply don't use DSC's wireless products anymore.)

That's just my .02 on the DSC. I would say do your research and find a system that provides the features you are looking for, and take a look at some manuals for each system - make some comparisons.

If you have any questions, we'll be more than happy to help!
 
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Old 10-11-03, 03:28 PM
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Hey Brandon,
Thanks for the welcome, hope I didn't offend anyone on my last post , not looking to gain anything except help some people out, and I agree the ITI is great gear for the Do it yourselfer, I was checking out some of your other post's and your web site, it appears that you and I have similar backgrounds, you have offered some great advice!!

Kenny
 
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Old 10-11-03, 03:35 PM
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I forgot to mention....

Brandon is 100% correct on DSC lacking of their wirless equipment, it has a long way to go, in fact they have contracted with an outside vendor to manufacture their wireless equipment in the future to take over the wirless side of things.
Wireless technology has come a long way and ITI is by far in my oppinion " leading the pact", but for us old schoolers" there is nothing better then a hardwired system! " we cant troubleshoot what we cant see!" But for a DIY it is by far the most practical, dependenable, and cost effective route to go.
Now if I could just figure out whats wrong with ny 2nd floor air handler......

Kenny
 
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