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Leave the wiring in place while pulling the...

Leave the wiring in place while pulling the control panel, keypads, and/or sensors. Number, label, and document the wire runs (from and to locations, routing, cable type, comments). Print out the...
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Thanks, Ron. I'll play with it a bit. So the...

Thanks, Ron. I'll play with it a bit. So the keypad handles the comm with the transmitters, but the zone mapping is a panel function? My alarm guy put the transmitters in, so I'm not real sure just...
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Upgrade from NX-6V2 to NX-8E

Any advice on moving my existing NX-6V2 configuration to a factory-fresh NX-8E panel? It's a pretty plain Jane setup with 6 hardwired zones and 5 wireless ones (#9-13) handled by an NX-148E-RF...
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Did you say you had a good battery? If not, get...

Did you say you had a good battery? If not, get one and install it.

Punch in a good user code to arm and disarm the system. That should reset your service light.
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I'm in the same boat as you. My installer's...

I'm in the same boat as you. My installer's coming over on Tuesday to give things a look-see and give (well, not exactly give) me the benefit of his wireless experience so I don't do anything stupid...
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@pearljammer You might need some language that...

@pearljammer You might need some language that puts the onus on him to disclose the system's existence to future owners, else you could still be on the hook.
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I've dealt with UL testing and certifications all...

I've dealt with UL testing and certifications all my professional life. Massive bureaucracy concerned exclusively with promulgating mountains of standards, regulations, and procedures which are then...
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@MrRonFL Yup, whenever there's a massive...

@MrRonFL Yup, whenever there's a massive market/tech FUBAR, you can always find a regulatory agency responsible. Europeans have the new high-beams on their cars that detect oncoming vehicles and...
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@MrRonFL Agree with "glacial pace" of alarm tech....

@MrRonFL Agree with "glacial pace" of alarm tech.

@Pjmax Wow! "Compressed and digitized," huh? So "no longer CLEAN and 100% usable"? Reminds me of the crappy CDs that came after vinyl LPs. I'm...
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"Alarm signals are not reliable when connected...

"Alarm signals are not reliable when connected using VOIP."

Is this accurate?

AT&T is replacing ALL its copper with VOIP on fiber. They often still make the connection "look like" copper, but...
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Thanks, Ron. Looks like I've probably got to pack...

Thanks, Ron. Looks like I've probably got to pack up my bag of tricks and head over there. No hope using DL900 to dial into the NX-8 panel remotely? We're almost 2 hours away from each other by car....
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A list of passwords you mean. One for every user....

A list of passwords you mean. One for every user. Wouldn't each password have to be associated with each user? And how would the central station keep track of all the passwords, by user number? So...
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Out of the frying pan, into the fire...

Hey Gents,

On a recent visit to my brother-in-law's, I mentioned my recent travails and victory over my GE NetworX system (NX-6V2). No sooner had I said 'GE' than my BIL's eyes lit up and he said...
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You're right. The board must be feeding back some...

You're right. The board must be feeding back some switching noise. The waveform looks fine when disconnected from the board. Good call.
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Great idea. If I end up with an extra keypad (I'm...

Great idea. If I end up with an extra keypad (I'm looking for a replacement for the diode that fried), I'll be sure to mount it in the panel, just in case. Better there than stuffed in a box...
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Final Update on Blown GE/Interlogix NX-6V2 Panel

Hi Gents,

At long last, I've got my system back up and running. All the codes are now under MY control, no longer that of the installer (long out of business) or the monitoring service who took...
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Sorry, PN. I thought the discussion was generally...

Sorry, PN. I thought the discussion was generally about 12V lead acid batteries for alarm system backup.

You had a battery problem; I had a battery problem. The experts on batteries were on hand...
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Thanks for the info, CO. I'll do the checks you...

Thanks for the info, CO. I'll do the checks you suggest and post back the results for anyone interested. My external charger wasn't heating up the battery at all. And I wouldn't let the panel charge...
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Hmm. My "smart" charger shows the battery...

Hmm.

My "smart" charger shows the battery charges up A-OK. But it's still pulling REAL hard on the board, close to an amp when first connected, then dropping quickly to around half an amp, then...
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What's a reasonable charging current going from...

What's a reasonable charging current going from the panel to the battery during normal AC-powered operation of a typical alarm system? I was seeing from 400-500 mA with my NX-6V2. Seems a bit high...
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For reasons that should be obvious to you, the...

For reasons that should be obvious to you, the companies installing such systems tend to "lock" them down with special settings and codes only they know to prevent people doing precisely what you're...
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If you're leery of a long-term contract with the...

If you're leery of a long-term contract with the monitoring company, you can always explain to them that you're a renter and subject to, say, job relocation at any time. See if they'll give you a...
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At the risk of repeating myself, you call up the...

At the risk of repeating myself, you call up the management company and try sweet-talking the nice lady there. I'd mention how anxious my wife is in a totally new environment and how much the...
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Transformers are AC, ground terminal not needed...

Transformers are AC, ground terminal not needed to supply power. Look carefully in the door jambs and on the door edges for small (dime-sized) circular patches. Those'll be your proximity detectors...
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I'm getting sloppy. You are, of course, correct....

I'm getting sloppy. You are, of course, correct. The gizmos I have are the stripped down ATW MS-32 speaker only units. They're in the same case, so I grabbed the first one I saw off the website. My...
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