The Honeywell GSMX4G is an AlarmNet cellular alarm monitoring communicator that is just like the original Honeywell GSMX in every way except for one very important upgrade. The GSMX4G is designed to used with Honeywell Vista-Series of control panels. While the older GSMX was a 2G cellular alarm communicator, the GSMX4G is a newer 3/4G cellular alarm communicator. Now that Honeywell has released the GSMX4G and the GSMV4G, you can upgrade a VISTA-Series alarm control panel with the latest and greatest 3/4G cellular alarm communicator.
Ever since digital cellular alarm communicators were first developed as an answer to the FCC AMPS sunset clause, only 2G cellular communicators were available. The AMPS sunset clause, which took effect on February 18th, 2008, marked the official end of analog cellular services. Since that time, all cellular alarm communicators have used digital cellular GSM technology to reliably and effectively transmit alarm data from an alarm control panel to a central station without the need for a phone line. However, cell phone technology has advanced a tremendous amount since 2008. The days of simply placing calls and sending text messages are over. Today's cell phones are used to send pictures, stream videos and even make video conferences. All of these great technological advances require large amount of data and that data must be sent quickly for a good user experience. The old 2G cellular technology is not fast enough to support today's data needs.
Therefore, all of the major cellular carriers have been working on new cellular technology that will be able to handle the increased data and increased speeds. While cellular alarm communicators don't necessarily need the same speeds as a cell phone, and certainly don't send as much data, they do need to keep pace with the cellular networks that they operate on. Cellular carriers are realizing that they need to abandon the older 2G cellular networks to free up space needed for all the 3/4G modern cellular traffic. Unfortunately, if the 2G networks die out, the 2G cellular alarm communicators that use the 2G networks are also going to die out too. Just as all alarm users that had analog cellular alarm communicators were required to upgrade to digital cellular alarm communicators, everyone that now has a 2G cellular alarm communicator will need to upgrade to a 3G or 4G cellular alarm communicator. In fact, AT&T, which is the cellular carrier used by all AlarmNet cellular communicators, has announced that they will officially expire the 2G network by December 31st, 2016. By purchasing an Alarmnet GSMX4G today from AlarmClub, you are preparing for the foreseeable future.
The GSM4G Cellular Communicator transmits signals to the AlarmNet Control Center (via a GSM cellular network), which in turn routes those signals to the AlarmClub central station. AlarmNet's 4G communicators are backwards compatible with 2G and 3G service. The IntelliPath™ feature enables the communicator to auto-select the optimum GSM path whether it is 2G, 3G, or 4G.
Basic features of the GSMX4G include:
1) Full Contact ID reporting using ECP mode with Honeywell control panels (or when used along with a DCID-EXT)
2) Dual-Path Technology uses HSPA+/UMTS/EDGE/GPRS (primary GSM path) and SMS (secondary or backup GSM path)
3) Upload/download of compatible Honeywell control panels via ECP ONLY
4) Web-based programming using the AlarmNet Direct website
5) Remote services capability; optional Total Connect remote services
6) Two-way voice transport provides two-way voice over GSM (see note below)
7) Powered off the control panel. No transformer. NOTE: Two-way voice via Alarmnet 3/4G communicators require the AVS base station to be at revision 1.7 or higher. Two-way voice transport provides two-way voice over GSM via AlarmNet services when used with Honeywell's Audio Verification System (AVS). Your panel must support the AVS module in addressable mode for two-way voice over GSM.
The Honeywell GSMX4G cellular alarm communicator is typically used with a VISTA-Series alarm control panel but it can also be used with a Honeywell L3000 LYNX Plus wireless alarm control panel. Unlike the GSMV4G which requires a power supply, the GSMX4G was designed with a very low current draw so that it can be powered from a Honeywell control panel's ECP terminals. The GSMX4G even has a plastic threaded adapter so you can screw it into the top of a VISTA Series alarm cabinet. Simply remove one of the knockouts from the top right of your alarm cabinet and screw the GSMX4G into place. Of course, as the Honeywell GSMX4G is one of the most advanced AlarmNet cellular alarm communicators available today, it is fully compatible with AlarmNet's advanced Total Connect 2.0 service offered by AlarmClub Security.
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•Automatic selection of the best available GSM network
•4G capable using HSPA+ protocol
•Full Contact ID or ADEMCO® High-Speed Reporting -Contact ID reporting using ECP mode with compatible Honeywell control panels or combined with optional dialer capture for non-ECP capable control panels.
•256-bit AES Encryption -Advanced encryption standard used for secure communications.
•Upload/Download -Available with select Honeywell control panels. Requires Compass version 188.8.131.52a or higher.
•Integration -Quick and easy installation of 3/4G GSM for VISTA-Series wireless control panels.
•Dynamic Signaling with Certain Honeywell Control Panels -Provides management of control panel dialer and digital cellular communicator. Programmable priority and delays determine signal path.
•Diagnostic LEDs -Provide signal strength and status indications.
•QOS -Quality of Service diagnostics via AlarmNet supply vital information including when a message was received, battery voltage, input voltage, signal strength and message path.
•Web-Based Programming -Allows complete interactive programming from AlarmNet Direct. Login
•Intelligent Supervision -Any message generated serves as a supervision message per optional 24 hour or 30 day intervals. This feature effectively limits required messages to be sent.
•Remote Services Capability* -Optional Honeywell Total Connect™ Remote Services value-added web-based or SMS system control as well as e-mail notification of system events.
•Two-way Voice Transport -GSM voice channel capable to allow two-way voice session in conjunction with an audio verification system (GSMX4G/iGSMV4G/GSMV4G/ VISTA-GSM4G).