Setting up your alarm system can seem like a major ordeal, but by following the steps below, you can significantly cut down on both the time and hassle involved in this process.
The first thing you will need to do is to mount the sensors for your new system. It is critical to have your sensors mounted correctly, otherwise they will not function properly and may give error messages. Here are a couple of links to help you insure your sensors are mounted correctly.
1) General Sensor Mounting
2) Mounting a Sensor on a Door That Opens to the Outside
3) If you have a sensor on a sliding and the door is recessed in from the frame, click here.
4) Mounting A Motion Sensor
Now you will need to power on the system. It is important to connect the two red wires in the back of the panel first and then plug the unit into the wall. If you do not do this, the panel will beep for up to 24 hours while the battery charges. If you have already plugged the panel in, follow this link to cycle the power and clear the beeping.
Second, if you have cellular monitoring, you will need to find a location that gets strong cell coverage and has no sources of wireless interference (such as a wireless internet router) within 15 feet of the panel. Ideally, you will want 2 bars of signal strength. This link will help you determine the best location for strong signal strength on your alarm panel.
Next, you will want to place the alarm panel at the final location. Since the Simon XT unit normally comes with a desk mount attached, you will need to remove it if you want to mount the panel on the wall. Please see the links below for the easiest way to do this.
Once the panel is mounted, it may beep periodically. This means that your panel has detected an issue that needs your attention. To check the messages on your panel, press the "Status" button followed immediately by the "Disarm" button. Then press "Status" again. The panel will now give you the current issues it is experiencing. Some of the most common issues are that the time is not set, or there is a sensor failure or tamper. Follow the links below to fix these issues.
Once you have taken care of any issues on the panel, there is one final step to verify that everything is working properly. We will need to do a sensor test to confirm that all the sensors are communicating with the panel. Please refer to the link below.
Once you have successfully completed the sensor test, you should be ready for your activation appointment!