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How to Reset Your DSC Home Security System

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Here’s a step-by-step guide on how to reset your DSC home security system.


Before attempting to reset your DSC security full system, it is important to take a few precautions to ensure that you are not putting it at risk by incorrectly setting it. Make sure that your windows, doors and other entrances to the home are securely locked and that the home is secure before resetting. You may also want to back up the settings before doing so. This way, you have a record of the previous settings in case you need to make repairs or restore them.

Gather necessary tools and materials

Before you begin your Digital Life DSC Home Security System reset process, it’s important to gather all of the necessary tools and materials. Depending on your security system, you may need a Phillips head screwdriver, wire strippers, wire cutters and possibly a blank 2GIG or IntelliSense keyfob. It is also important that you have your alarm system’s master code and any other pertinent information handy. Additionally, you’ll want to ensure that you have a secure place to lay out materials as well as an uninterrupted power source or backup battery within reach so that your Digital Life alarm system remains functional during the reset process. Once all of these tools and materials are gathered, it is safe to proceed with the reset process.

Make sure you have the correct code

Before you attempt to reset your DSC security system, you should make sure that you have the correct code that is required to do so. The default programming code for a DSC system is “1234,” however, if this has been changed, it is important to ensure that you have the current code entered into the keypad before beginning the reset process. Without the correct code, it will not be possible to properly reset your system and will require assistance from an authorized service technician.

Resetting the System

Resetting a DSC home security system is an important step to take when you think something is wrong. This could be if the system is displaying an error message or not responding properly. Resetting the system will restore it to default settings and should help the system work correctly again. This guide will walk you through the steps to reset your DSC home security system.

Disarm the system

Once the new keypad has been connected to the system, you will need to disarm the system. To do this, press the “Disarm” button on your keypad and enter your 4-digit master code. After pressing “Enter/Return,” a continuous beep will sound throughout the house indicating that the system has been successfully disarmed and is now ready for resetting your Digital Habits. After hearing this beep, you can proceed with resetting your security system.

Remove the backup battery

Before you can reset your DSC home security system, it is important that the backup battery is removed. The backup battery maintains your alarm system and allows it to continue functioning in the event of a power failure or outage. Once you have removed the backup battery from the main control panel, make sure all of your windows and doors are closed before proceeding to the next step.

If any doors or windows are open, when you begin resetting your system it will not work properly and could cause issues with how it functions after the reset process. It is also suggested that you wait two minutes before proceeding to disable the alarm

To ensure any residual charge in the system can dissipate, Identify your system and follow these steps to successfully reset your alarm:
1. Turn off all power associated with the main control panel (including AC current coming into it), disconnecting wires if necessary by using a flat-head screwdriver.
2. Wait 30 seconds for any residual power to completely dissipate, then remove other sources of power (like telephone).
3. Re-connect all lines and turn back on AC current at both main control panel and associated components used for powering up your DSC home security system (like transformer).
4. Disable the alarm by pressing the reset button located on outside of main control panel; if no button can be found, contact a technician directly for information about alternative means of resetting DSC home security systems without one installed.

Restore power

Restore power to the DSC home security system by turning the main circuit breaker for the system’s circuit back on. Make sure that you allow adequate time for the system to power up and boot before attempting to Remove the system. Depending on how your system is configured, it may begin a self-test sequence and Locate the alarm. Before restoring power or performing additional actions with your system, check each zone of your security panel to ensure that all doors and windows are closed. This will help to avoid any open areas of protection. Disconnecting the Power must be done before you can locate the alarm. and cycle through any of the steps listed below.


Resetting a DSC home security system requires re-programming the control panel as well as the sensors. If you have a wireless system, you will also have to replace the battery in each sensor and re-sync them with the control panel. Re-programming your system is not a difficult process, but it is important to follow the steps carefully so that your system is secured properly. Below, we will show the steps you need to take to reset your DSC home security system.

Enter your master code

After you enter your master code into the keypad, the system will then enter a standby mode in preparation to be re-programmed. At this point, the screen will display “Standby” and all of the zones will be bypassed so they won’t receive an alarm signal. The zone lights remain illuminated on the system’s keypad, though they are not actively monitored until you reprogram them. Remember that if your security system is connected to a monitoring center, it’s very important to contact them before any type of changes are made.

Once you’ve entered your Master Code successfully, you can proceed with reprogramming the DSC Home Security System. To get started, press the [Star]key followed by 8 [Zero]. When prompted for “Number of loops for distress message”, enter in 0[Zero]1 – this ensures that no siren or external warning device is sounded when an alarm occurs. Afterward, press*99to exit programming mode and return to Standby Mode. From here you can begin re-programming each zone using the following steps:

1. Enter *02 to begin reprogramming zones
2. Enter and re-configure each zone using numbers 1-8
3. Enter *03 to exit programming modes
4. Reenter your master code and return back into Standby Mode

Set up new user codes

Setting up user codes is an important part of maintaining the security of your DSC Alarm. The DSC Alarm allows you to program up to eight user codes, each with a unique access level for particular areas of your home or business. These access levels can range from full control to limited access depending on your needs. To reset and add new user codes:

1. Enter the Installer code and then press [8] twice in the main programming menu.
2. Select option [002] for User Codes.
3. Enter the master code when prompted, then select [001].
4. Press [*] (enter), press [003], then enter the 4-digit User Number that you would like to use (user numbers are 1-8).
5. Enter a new 4-digit code using numbers 0-9, then press [*], followed by [001] (User Level). Multiple users can have various levels of authority – choose [001] for full control over all areas of the DSC Alarm System or select one of the other options if less control is appropriate; this could include only allowing authority over specific areas such as one door or window, etc.). Select any additional users and follow these same steps until all desired users have been programmed into your system before resuming its normal operations.

Change the exit and entry delay times

Exit and entry delay times on your DSC home security system will affect the length of time after an alarm has been triggered that you have to leave or enter the premises before a signal is sent to the central monitoring station. You may wish to adjust these times so that they fit with your daily routine. You can change them quickly and easily by doing the following:

Step 1: Use your four-digit security code to access the system’s programming menu.

Step 2: From within the programming menu, select option number “4” for “Delay Time for Your Alarm System.”

Step 3: Adjust each of the exit and entry delays according to your preferences using either one or two digits (you may choose 00 for no delay time).

Step 4: Press “*” when you are done making this adjustment. The central station will then receive a signal notifying it of any changes that have been made.

By taking only a few moments to change these settings, you can ensure that all areas of your home remain secure while not having too much of an impact on your daily routine.


Testing your DSC home security system is crucial for ensuring it is properly working. Testing involves making sure all sensors are communicating with the system and that the system is armed and unarmed correctly. Doing this regularly will also alert you to any sensors that may be malfunctioning. Let’s take a look at how you can test your DSC home security system.

Activate the system and test the sensors

Now that all of the settings have been entered, you can activate your system. To do this, press the “*” button on your keypad. This will turn on the system and set it to its default settings. Your keypad should beep to indicate that it has been activated successfully.

You should also test your sensors to make sure they are working properly. Do this by opening up a door or window and seeing if your control panel beeps when you do so. If everything is functioning properly, then you have successfully reset your DSC home security system!

Test the keypad

Once your home security system is reset, it is important to test the keypad to ensure that all of its functions are available and in proper working order. To begin, locate and select the status or program button on the security keypad, and follow the corresponding number sequence shown in its accompanying manual. This will typically be a four-digit code that you will enter into the keypad using either a few buttons or a numerical pad.

Once you’ve entered the correct sequence of numbers and pressed enter, wait for audible feedback (tones or alarms depending on your model) before proceeding further. If successful, your existing code should no longer be active; however, detailed instructions regarding how to create a new code will be given if needed.

When recreating a new code you might encounter additional prompts like entering an alphanumeric string or confirming that the exit delay time was programmed properly through indicators such as lights on the keypad. Once complete, it may be a good idea to verify that all other actionable elements associated with your system are correctly set up prior to leaving for extended periods of time-including window/door sensor status, home automation programming and pet friendly motion detectors.


Resetting your DSC Home Security system can be a quick and easy way to troubleshoot any issues that the alarm system user may be having with their system. Doing so can help resolve many problems, as well as ensure that the system is set up properly. The following steps will guide you through the reset process.

Check the power supply

Before trying any other troubleshooting steps, it’s important to make sure your DSC home security system is properly powered. Start by checking your system’s power supply and backup battery. The power supply should be plugged into a wall outlet and the backup battery should be securely connected to the control panel. If either of these is disconnected or appears damaged, contact your security provider for assistance.

Next, you’ll need to check any external devices connected to your system such as smoke detectors, CO2 detectors, window/door sensors and motion detectors. Make sure all batteries are fully charged and securely attached. If any of these devices appear damaged or have low batteries, contact your security provider for further instructions on how to replace them safely.

Finally, you’ll want to check if there are any tripped circuit breakers in the breaker box near the alarm system that could be affecting its performance. If so, switch them off and then back on again while keeping an eye on the alarm panel’s lights – they should change color or flicker momentarily when power is restored to the system.
If none of these steps have resolved the issue with your DSC home security system, contact a professional service team for further assistance and guidance in resetting it properly.

Check the backup battery

The backup battery is the power source that runs your alarm system when the AC power is disrupted. If you’re experiencing a problem with your system, one of the first steps to take in troubleshooting is to check the battery. In many cases, a weak or dead backup battery can cause issues like sudden alarms or false alarms.

To check your backup battery, locate the battery box near your control panel and locate a switch marked “off/on/test”. Move this switch to the “test” position and if there is any indication of a weak or dead battery, you’ll need to replace it with a new 9-volt alkaline model of similar capacity (usually written on existing battery).

Once you’ve replaced the backup battery, move the switch back from “test” position to “on” and wait for approximately 30 seconds for the control panel LED to become solid green. While you’re waiting, it may be necessary to perform any other troubleshooting steps recommended by your user manual before resetting your system successfully.

Check the wiring

Check that all wires connected to the alarm’s control panel are securely fastened, and ensure none of them are frayed or shorted. Follow the wires from each device to the control panel and make sure they are connected properly. Check through all external connections such as those made to an electrical outlet or a telephone/cellular connection. In some cases, resetting your system can be as simple as disconnecting a loose wire from one of these connections.

Next, Clean the Sensors for dirt, dust or debris build up that may be interfering with signals sent to the control panel. Wipe off any exposed contacts on your door/window sensors, motion detectors and glass break sensors with a damp cloth. Check that all of your smoke detectors are working properly and replace them if needed. Any necessary repairs should be completed before resetting your DSC home security system.

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