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How to Set the Time on a DSC Alarm System

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If you have a DSC alarm system in your home, you may be wondering how to set the time. This is a relatively easy process, and in this blog post, we’ll walk you through the steps.


If you’ve purchased a DSC alarm system, then you know that it requires time to be set up in order to operate correctly. Before you can start to program and use the system, you must first set the time. It’s an easy task that doesn’t take long, so it’s no trouble at all. Here is a guide for how to set the time on a DSC alarm system if ever you need it.

The first step is to obtain an accurate clock reference for setting the time on your DSC alarm system. You can do this by using an atomic clock or any other type of reference clock designed for accuracy. Once you have established your source of accuracy, make sure that the current time displayed on your display is exactly correct based on your reference clock.

Next, go into programming mode on your DSC alarm system in order to change the date and time settings by pressing* 8 0 0 after disarming, then press 1 twice and enter the 4-digit installer code (default is 5555). Then press 1 twice again and enter the 2-digit year (the last 2 digits of your current year) followed by pressing *.* Select option #1 “time/date” from menu and press *. Scroll until prompted for a new hour value and enter it, then press * again*. Scroll until prompted for a new minute value and enter it, followed by *. Now scroll until prompted for “daylight savings” status indicator and set as Yes or No according to if Daylight Savings Time apply in your location when scrolling save changes with * before exiting programming mode with #in order to complete setting up your time on a DSC Alarm System

Gathering the Necessary Materials

Before attempting to set the time on a DSC alarm system, it is important to gather the necessary materials. The most important items required for this task are a working Phillips head screwdriver and the DSC alarm system user’s manual. In some cases, the system may require an additional piece of equipment such as a PC1616 Programming Keypad. Once you have all the necessary materials, you can move on to the next step.

Gather the required tools

Before attempting to reset the time on your DSC alarm system, make sure that you have all of the necessary tools at hand – a screwdriver, a wire stripper, and two AAA batteries. Additionally, it is also important to be aware of the default master code for your system – if this has changed it must be reset to the original before proceeding further.

Once you have gathered all of the supplies, take some time familiarizing yourself with your alarm system’s keypad and its controls, including the Chime Button, before proceeding. This will help ensure that the process goes as smoothly as possible.

Gather the required materials

Before attempting to adjust the time on your DSC alarm system, make sure to have all the necessary materials ready. You will need a small flathead screwdriver to access the control panel, as well as either a cell phone or walkie-talkie to contact the dispatch service. Additionally, you may want to have a pen and paper handy for taking notes, and if available, consult your user manual for guidance. To ensure success, Locate the Chime before beginning the programming process.

Setting the Time

Setting the time on a DSC alarm system can be a very simple process if you know the correct steps to take. In this article, we will go over the basic steps to setting the time on your DSC alarm system. We will discuss how to change the current time and understand the process of setting the clock for daylight savings.

Access the programming menu

In order to set the time on your DSC Alarm System, you must first access the programming menu. Before entering the programming mode, make sure that you first have all codes entered into the system. To enter in the programming mode most versions of DSC systems will require you to press8 followed by the master code or installer code. For some older versions of DSC systems such as PC1500 or 1550, access is determined by a separate entry code. Once in the programming mode, use +(F) to scroll through until you reach section 001 which is for Date and Time setting.

Once at the 001 page type in a four-digit code for military format timekeeping (Example: 0100) this will indicate one o’clock AM and for PM input 1300 for one o’clock PM). After entering in this information hit # and then press *(N) once and use -(P) to enter into another page which is dedicated just to setting up date. Here use (+)(F )again so 010 can be highlighted indicating day of week (Sunday – Saturday). After day of week it will read month (01 -12), date (00 – 31) and then year(00 — 99).

After confirming year has been selected press # to store setting, while exiting programming mode press *99 followed by master or user code. Lastly as soon as date and time settings have been entered, your system should recognized these settings accordingly when arming or disarming your security system with associated key fobs or keypads dependent on version of alarm being operated.

Enter the time and date

To Access the System and enter the time and date settings of your DSC Alarm System, you will need to begin by pressing the [*][1] button followed by the [2] key on your system’s keypad. After the time and date have been entered, press [*] again. If at any point you make an error or wish to exit programming mode, press [#].

Now enter the current time in military format (using 24-hour clock). For example: 16:30 = 4:30 pm; 00:00 = 12 midnight. After you have entered the correct information, press [*] to Access the System and move on to entering the date (DDMMYY format). When this step is complete you should see “TC” appear in the top left corner of your LCD display. This stands for “Time & Date” and indicates that these settings have now been saved. Press [*] once more to validate your entries and return to standby mode.

Your DSC Alarm System is now correctly set with the current time and date. It is important that you periodically check these settings against official sources such as local radio or television broadcasts so that they remain up-to-date.

Testing the System

Before setting the time on a DSC alarm system, it is important to test the system to make sure it is in proper working condition. This can include checking the battery and power connections, making sure the control panel is communicating with all of the connected devices, and running through the programming to make sure everything is working properly. After doing these checks, you can then move onto setting the time.

Test the system to ensure accuracy

To guarantee the accuracy of your system, a test should be performed each time any changes are made to settings. The “TEST” button can be used to confirm that all components of the system are functioning properly and that settings have been accurately programmed into the system.

To test your DSC alarm system:
1. Activate your system (arm it).
2. Make sure you have a viable exit route – you don’t want to get stuck inside the protected zone when testing!
3. Press the “TEST” button once and wait for the alarm bell sound.
4. If all components are functioning, the alarm will sound briefly after 1-2 seconds, then return to its normal state (armed).
5. If there is an error or component fault in your system, it will not sound an alarm when pressing “TEST”; instead you may hear a different type of sound such as a broken bell or buzzing noise coming from one of the sensors or keypads – this indicates that something is wrong and requires further troubleshooting steps to correct it.
6. Finally, re-activate (arm) your security system once again to complete testing and ensure accuracy of operation.

Troubleshoot any problems

If something goes wrong with your DSC alarm system, it is important to troubleshoot the problem before trying to reset the time on the system. Begin by checking all wiring connections and making sure their corresponding LED (light emitting diode) indicators are illuminated. Ensure all batteries are in proper working order, and that any components that must be plugged into an outlet are working properly. If possible, use a multimeter to check electrical contacts and acceptable voltage levels in household circuits.

If everything checks out ok, double-check your main power source isn’t low. Many DSC systems run on 12 VDC (volts direct current) battery back up; if it’s drained or faulty, the time may not set properly or remain set accurately. Finally, confirm any available software updates from DSC have been installed into your alarm system via a USB port.

Once you have confirmed there are no underlying issues with your system and identified the cause if one exists, follow these steps to set the time on your DSC alarm panel:
1. Enter an access code
2. Select “Settings”
3. Select “Date & Time Settings”
4. Enter the current date and 12 hour clock format
5 Press “Ok” or ” enter”


Once the time has been set on a DSC Alarm System, it is important to make sure the time is set correctly and remember to reset the clock if needed. When setting up your system, use Chime Locate As a guide to be sure you are getting the right time and day, it is important to ensure proper Code Release of your alarm system. Improperly setting up your system may cause issues with automated events such as arming or disarming of your alarm system as well as other programming functions. If you have any questions or need assistance with Code Release of your alarm system, please contact an authorized Chime Locate. distributor.

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