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How to Bypass a Zone on a Paradox Alarm System

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Contributors: Muhammad Baballe Ahmad, Mehmet Cavas, Sudhir Chitnis, and Zhen-ya Liu.

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You can bypass a zone on your Paradox alarm system by following these simple steps.


Bypassing a zone on a Paradox alarm system is a two-step process. First, you’ll need to create an “Enter” or “Entry/Exit” zone in the programming menu, then you will need to actually bypass the existing zone. This can be done easily using the appropriate menus. Bypassing a zone is often necessary when performing maintenance or repairs on equipment connected to the Paradox alarm system. It’s important to be familiar with proper procedures so that your security is not compromised in any way.

This guide will provide an overview of how to properly bypass a Paradox alarm system. It will explain the function of each type of zone, discuss different programming options, and walk through the process step by step. Following these instructions will ensure that your security system remains fully functional and secure at all times.

Preparing to Bypass the Zone

Before attempting to bypass a zone on a Paradox alarm system, it is important to be prepared. First, you should make sure that the Paradox system is properly armed so that the zone you are bypassing will be activated. Then, you will need to locate the zone wiring, which should be connected to the Paradox panel. Finally, you’ll need to make sure you have the necessary tools, such as a wire stripper, screwdriver, and the Paradox system’s manual. Once you are prepared, you can begin bypassing the zone.

Locate the alarm panel

Locating the alarm panel is the first step in preparing to bypass a zone on a Paradox alarm system. The alarm panel is the “brain” of your security system and will be located near the main entrance of your home, office or building. It is typically mounted on a wall and has several wires running to various elements of your security system, such as sensors and other control devices.

Before attempting to bypass a zone, it’s important to make sure that all power sources have been secured in an off position and that you have disconnected any telephone line that may still be connected. Once these steps have been achieved, find a suitable Phillips screwdriver and use it to remove the cover of your alarm panel. Inside you will see several components, such as switches, panels with microprocessors, LEDs indicating programming status lights and some larger printed circuit boards with wiring blocks.

Identify the module containing your board’s programming switches, which is generally found toward the bottom part of your panel. This will allow you to access all zones within your home or business as well as give access to any removed or replaced circuits that are no longer active or monitored by Paradox alarm systems. You must then locate the particular zone you wish to bypass and use the toggle switch assigned for this purpose in order to complete this task successfully.

Identify the zone to be bypassed

Before attempting to bypass any zone on a Paradox alarm system, it is essential to identify the zone that needs to be bypassed and then confirm the parameters of that zone. A comprehensive understanding of the zone is necessary in order to ensure a successful bypass procedure. Begin by reviewing the panel’s Programming Guide under ‘Zone Programming’. For example, make sure that the zone type, loop type and sensors used are all appropriate for the needs of your alarm system.

Once you have confirmed that the zone is properly configured, you will need to identify where it is in your Paradox programming interface. In many cases this can be found by looking at an existing label for a specific Zone on the panel itself. Otherwise, look for Zone references in one of two places: ‘System Zoning’ or ‘User Codes & Zones Assignment’ sections of your programming interface. If you are unsure about which particular Zone reference belongs to a given area of your property then check with installation diagrams or contact an authorized Paradox dealer for assistance.

Verifying this information can help save significant time when attempting any bypass procedure as it allows you to determine which zones should not be manipulated when completing operations such as adding zones or creating an access code assignment schedule for users. Knowing what each zone does and also which sensors have been assigned will enable technicians to ensure they are making changes selectively so as not to compromise any other areas of their system’s integrity or security posture.

Gather the necessary tools

Before attempting to bypass a zone on your Paradox alarm system, it is essential to make sure you have the necessary tools on hand. These tools include the Paradox K32LED Keypad, a pen or small screwdriver, a pair of non-metallic tweezers or needlenose pliers and a fully charged 9-Volt battery. Once you’ve ensured that you have all of the proper tools in place and ready to use, you can commence with the bypassing procedure. Note that both metal-based and plastic-based devices are most easily bypassed using this system, so take care when making your selection. Additionally, for metal devices always remember to use non-metallic tools for successful zone bypasses!

Bypassing the Zone

Bypassing a zone on your Paradox alarm system can be a great way to temporarily disable an alarm in an area with less activity. Doing this will allow you to avoid false alarms, which can help save time and money. While bypassing a zone may seem complex, it can actually be quite simple once you understand the basics. Here, we’ll take a look at how to bypass a zone on a Paradox alarm system.

Access the alarm panel

Before you can bypass any zones on your Paradox alarm system, you must first access the control panel. Depending on your system, this may require a key to unlock the keypad panel or simply pressing a button on the main control unit. Once inside, carefully read and follow the instructions specific to your Paradox unit in the user’s manual.

In general, you will be required to input a user access code in order for the system to identify you and allow programming changes. Your installer should have provided you with at least one master code; if none was supplied during installation, contact the original installer for assistance or contact Paradox technical support for more information.

Once authenticated by entering your master code, proceed to menu-drive programming as described in your user’s manual. Depending on which model of Paradox security system you own and its version of software, each step of bypassing a zone will differ slightly; consult your user’s manual for specific entry details regarding how to bypass any given zone.

Locate the zone to be bypassed

Locating the zone to be bypassed on a Paradox Alarm System is essential for successfully bypassing the zone. The component that needs to be bypassed may be the panel, or it could be an area such as a sensor, motion detector, or glass break detector. All zones are piggybacked off of other devices, each one having its own address. Identifying the correct address to use is important because this will determine how to configure and program the device into Paradox’s system.

The easiest way to identify which component to bypass and its address is by consulting the installation manual for your alarm system. It should contain detailed diagrams showing all of the components used in your alarm system and their corresponding addresses. If your manual is not available or if the diagram is confusing, you may need to consult a professional technician who can help you locate the component and address at issue. Once you have identified all of your components and assigned an address, you can move forward with properly configuring and programming them into your Paradox Alarm System so that you can effectively bypass that zone in order to make any necessary repairs or adjustments without activating or alerting your alarms.

Follow the instructions to bypass the zone

Bypassing a zone on a Paradox alarm system is a simple procedure that can be done by the homeowner or an experienced security technician. Before bypassing any zone, confirm that it’s necessary to do so. If the zone has triggered and been silenced, bypassing the zone should not be necessary.

Follow these steps to properly bypass the zone:

1. Access your Paradox Alarm System’s keypad, either by entering in your code or using special codes if you are an alarm technician with access to those keys.
2. Once at the keypad, enter * 2 9 4 and press the [#] key to access design mode.
3. Enter in your code (normally 8 0 0 0) and press [#]. You can choose to either cancel part of or all of the alarm if it is still sounding.
4. Different versions on Paradox systems may require different numbers when prompted for Design Mode number (must look in user guide). However, typically you will enter the Design Mode number based on how many zones are active on your system (i.e.: 4 zones = Design Mode number 4).
5 Turns zones off/on by pressing [0] for OFF or [1] for ON indicate which zones need bypassing before pressing [*]. The keypad will then display “CODE*” indicating all the required information has been entered and accepted by Paradox system and waiting for confirmation code which should normally 8 0 0 0 again (*you may have changed this if needed be in prior steps*)
6 Now press [*] again to confirm change in Zone status
7 Exit out of Design Mode pressing [*] twice
8 Lastly check switches off/on to make sure change has been made successfully before exiting out keypad

Following these instructions should help you properly bypass a zone on a Paradox alarm system efficiently and safely

Testing the Bypass

Bypassing a zone on a Paradox alarm system is an important step in testing the security of the system. To be sure that the system is working properly, you need to test the bypass feature. This will ensure that your system is capable of detecting intrusions and preventing unauthorized access. In this article, we’ll discuss the steps to properly test the Paradox alarm system bypass.

Activate the alarm

Before testing the bypass on your Paradox Alarm System, you must first activate the alarm. To do so, you will need to have access to the alarm system’s main control panel. Turn on the alarm system by pressing the “Alarm” or “Arm” button. Depending on your system, this may be done from either a keypad or a panel located near an entry door; if you do not know how to arm your system, refer to your system manual for assistance.

Now that the alarm is armed, it will sound if motion is detected in any of its activated zones. When this happens, the paradox sensors installed in each zone will detect motion and send an alert signal via radio waves back to the main control console where a designated indicator light will illuminate signifying which zone is active.

Trigger the bypassed zone

Once a zone has been bypassed, it will need to be triggered in order to activate the corresponding alarm. To trigger the bypassed zone, place an object in front of the corresponding detector and wait for it to detect movement. Depending on the settings configured on your Paradox Alarm System, this may cause an audible sound, but in the case of a bypassed zone, there should not be any. If you do hear an audible sound or alarming chime, it could indicate that you have either not completed the bypass process correctly or that you have other unrelated problems with your alarm system.

In order to ensure consistency and reliability when testing bypassed zones, we recommend following these steps:
-Trigger each detected zone one by one.
-Check for signs of activation throughout your alarm system and all trained professionals monitoring from their respective locations.
-Repeat this process for each zone on your Paradox Alarm System until you are satisfied that all zones have been properly and securely bypassed.

Check the alarm panel to verify the bypass

Before testing the bypass to make sure it is working properly, it is important to double-check your keypad’s settings with the alarm panel. Open the panel and locate the appropriate zone settings. The LED light should be off for the zone that was bypassed; if it is illuminated, then the bypass did not register with the system. Check any additional settings that may be necessary such as delay length and area of coverage before exiting out of this menu.

Once you have confirmed with the alarm panel that the bypass has been successfully set up, it’s time to test it out. Turn off all external alarms and leave enough time for a full reset of your security system (usually 24 hours). Test each of your zones one by one, making sure that each one works as expected and does not activate an alarm when triggered. If an alarm does go off, investigate immediately and make any necessary changes to ensure that your bypass remains intact going forward.


Bypassing a zone on a Paradox alarm system is a simple process once you understand the system’s workings. To bypass a zone, you will need to enter your code, hold down the “bypass” key while using the keyboard to select the zone you wish to bypass and then enter your code again when asked. Once complete, the selected zone will be bypassed and you will no longer receive alarms for that specific area. It is important to remember that bypassing an area could leave your property unprotected against intrusions or fire/flood damage, so it is recommended that all and any areas should only be bypassed when strictly necessary.

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