If you’re looking for a way to bypass a zone on your Texecom alarm system, then you’ve come to the right place. In this blog post, we’ll show you how to do it quickly and easily.
- 1 Introduction
- 2 Preparation
- 3 Bypassing a Zone
- 4 Testing the System
- 5 Conclusion
A zone bypass is used in Texecom alarm systems to temporarily disarm an individual zone or zones of an alarm system to allow someone access to a protected area. This can be used as an alternative to completely disabling the alarm system. It also provides enhanced protection by only allowing access to the areas that require it and not allowing any other areas of the building or premises to become vulnerable. In this guide, we will discuss how you can bypass a zone on your Texecom alarm system using the main keypad of your system.
Before you attempt to bypass a zone on your Texecom alarm system, you should make sure you have the required tools and materials on hand. You’ll also need to have access to the alarm system’s programming menus and make sure your alarm is deactivated. Be sure to read through your manufacturer’s instructions and understand how the bypass feature works before attempting it. Let’s look at some of the steps you should take to successfully bypass a zone.
Ensure all doors and windows are securely closed
Before you attempt to bypass a zone on your Texecom Alarm System, ensure all windows and doors are securely closed. This is important to ensure that no unauthorized person can access the premises easily without setting off the alarm. If a window or door is left open, the alarm will still be triggered even if a zone has been bypassed.
It is also important to ensure any movement sensors or vibration sensing pads are in good working order as these will still detect any movements even if you have attempted to bypass their zone. Additionally, double-check that your internal door contact has been correctly adjusted so it will close properly when the alarm system is armed and do not forget about any external contacts that may need attention too.
Disconnect the main power supply
Before you start bypassing a zone on your Texecom alarm system, it is important to ensure that you disconnect the main power supply. To do this, locate the main power supply box then open its cover and use the provided keys to disconnect it. Make sure to wear protective gear such as gloves and a face mask to avoid accidental electrocution and ensure your safety. After successfully disconnecting the power supply, proceed with bypassing your Zone as described below.
Bypassing a Zone
Bypassing a zone allows you to deactivate certain areas of your security system. It is a useful way to temporarily disable the alarm in certain areas of your home, such as when you are doing home renovations or if you are expecting visitors. In this article, we will cover how to bypass a zone on your Texecom alarm system.
Enter the engineer’s code
After manually activating the keypad, you must enter the engineer code in order to proceed through the bypassing procedure. A 4-7 digit code, which will be supplied by your installer, needs to be entered in order for you to activate and bypass a zone. After entering the engineer code at the keypad, you must then enter section 8 of programming where you can begin setting up your alarm system.
Once you have accessed Section 8, using either a PC upload from your installer or a handheld programmer device, check your system’s information and look for any existing messages or errors before proceeding with programming any zones on your Texecom Alarm System. Once this is done, if there are no existing errors or messages displayed that could affect Bypassing a Zone, then make sure that Zone 200 is enabled at Installer Section 1/12 first – only Zone 200 can be used to Bypass Zones.
It is important to keep in mind that when the Alarm system experiences an activation or alarm on any zone other than Zone 200 then bypassed zones will then appear as active and this may cause further activation of other zones by mistake unless they are also set up as ‘BYPASS.’ It is advisable to always reset all activated zones which are found ‘active’ back to their respective control panel sections after detecting any alarm event.
Select the zone you wish to bypass
Before you bypass a zone on your Texecom alarm system, it is important to understand how alarms contact the control panel. Most commonly, hard-wired contacts are issued around windows and doors of the perimeter of your home or property. They include magnetic reed switches, movement detectors and glass breakage sensors.
To bypass a zone, first you need to locate and select the required zone on the control panel display. Generally this can be achieved by pressing the area or zone button until a selected symbol appears or flashes next to it.
Once you have identified the area , you will be required to provide confirmation that it is safe to bypass by entering either a PIN or passcode depending on whether your properties alarm is connected with Veritas 8CE or R8 respectively. You may be asked additional questions regarding whether you wish to activate other features such as Part Set Mode prior to confirming your actions, so ensure you have carefully read each question before providing an answer.
Enter the engineer’s code again
When you need to bypass (disable) a zone on your Texecom Alarm System, the process is slightly different than just removing it from your armed zones – although you do need to remove it from your system’s armed zones before being able to enter the engineer’s code.
To bypass/disable a zone, begin by removing it from your system’s armed zones so that when setting the system you’d like it to ignore for now, it doesn’t set itself off. This can be done in the ‘Settings’ menu of your alarm control panel.
Once done, press and hold both the red “Emergency” button (to the left of the ‘A’ key) and 9 together on your alarm keypad at least 3 seconds. You will see “Code” appear which requires you to enter in four digits; this is known as an engineer’s code, which you will have been given when first installing your alarm – if not please contact your installer or Texecom direct to obtain one.
Once entered correctly enter any three digits – this isn’t actually programmed as a code so doesn’t matter what these digits are; this will then prompt the display with “Zone X Bypassed” where “X” is a number depending on which zone was bypassed (e.g Zone 2). If more than one zone needs disabling in succession repeat steps above until all required are Bypassed before pressing ‘^’.
Testing the System
Before you attempt to bypass a zone on your Texecom alarm system, it is important to first test the zone to make sure it is functioning properly. Testing the zone will allow you to identify any issues that may be causing the failure, such as disconnected wires or a faulty sensor. With the system tested, you can then proceed to bypassing the zone and restoring your alarm system to full working order.
Reconnect the main power supply
Reconnecting the main power supply is necessary for bypassing a zone system on your Texecom alarm. First, ensure that the main power switch is in the OFF position. Then locate the main circuit board and unplug the mains wire attaching it to a small white plug. Finally, restore power to the system by reconnecting the black and blue wire connectors to the small terminal on the circuit board. Once this is done, all zones should be reset in unset mode and ready to be set again. Additionally, if you are using an automatic reset system, remember to turn it off before proceeding. Following these steps will help you succeed in bypassing a zone on your Texecom alarm system without any trouble.
Set the alarm and check that the bypassed zone is not activated
Once the specific zone is bypassed, reset the alarm system. To do so, turn off the switch on the control unit. This switch will be labeled either “ALARM” or “ARM” depending on the model of your Texecom system. Once switched off, press either the “RESET” button on the keypad or select an appropriate code. Finally, switch the ALARM / ARM switch back to ‘ON’ and wait to see if any LEDs are illuminated that are not supposed to be illuminated in normal operation, indicating that a fault was not detected due to bypassing a sensor or other device connected in that zone.
If any fault indications are displayed, turn off the ALARM / ARM switch and unplug all devices from that zone before proceeding with testing the system further – this will ensure you do not create any false alarms or security breaches when testing your system further. Once all selected devices have been disconnected from their respective zones, restart the testing process by resetting and switching on the alarm system as outlined above. If no fault indications are visible after this stage is complete, test each of your bypassed zones for proper operation by reinstalling connected devices and monitoring for false alarms in these locations
Congratulations! You now know how to bypass a zone on your Texecom alarm system. This can be done within a few easy steps, ensuring that you can safely bypass the affected zones until a more suitable solution is found. Remember that bypassing a zone may not always be the best solution for any security or other issues, so be sure to investigate further should the same issue happen again.
Nonetheless, this has been a guide on how to bypass zones on your Texecom alarm system and we hope it was useful for you in understanding this multi-step process. Stay safe!
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