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How to Set the Time on Your Paradox Alarm System

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Setting the time on your Paradox alarm system is a simple process that only takes a few minutes to complete. Follow the steps in this blog post and you’ll have your system up and running in no time.


If you’re the proud owner of a Paradox alarm system, congratulations! You now have access to security that helps protect your home or business from burglary and other threats. One of the first tasks you will need to do when setting up your alarm system is to set the correct time and date. Although it may seem like an easy task, setting up the time can be a bit tricky if you’re not familiar with how the system works.

To simplify this process, we’ve created this article that explains everything you need to know about how to set the time on your Paradox Alarm System. We’ll discuss some general tips for setting up your alarm clock as well as provide detailed instructions on how to use specific keypads and LCD cameras. By following our step-by-step guide, you should be able to get your alarm system configured in no time.

Gather Necessary Materials

When setting the time for your Paradox alarm system, the first step is to gather the necessary materials. You’ll need a Phillips screwdriver, the Paradox alarm system’s instruction manual, and a ladder if your alarm system is installed high up on the wall. Additionally, make sure you know the current local time and time zone, as you’ll need to enter it in the manual setting mode of the Paradox system. With all the necessary materials in place, you can begin setting the time for your Paradox alarm.

User Manual

When setting up and programming a Paradox Alarm System, it’s important that you have access to the user manual. The user manual will provide detailed instructions on how to program and use your system. It’s important to read through the entire manual before attempting any programming on your system so that you understand the basic functions, capabilities, and limitations of the alarm system.

The user manual can be downloaded from the manufacturer’s website or obtained by contacting customer service for a physical copy of the manual. It is essential that you read all instructions thoroughly before proceeding in order to ensure proper operation of your Paradox Alarm System.


Before attempting to set the time on your Paradox alarm system, make sure you have all necessary materials at hand. This includes a pen or pencil to mark down any changes you make. As some systems may require both zone numbers and city names, having these readily available can save time while programming. It is also recommended that you keep a record of the updated settings so that if you ever come back to the system in the future, it can be easily recognized which city and zone setting reflects which alarm clock modes (e.g., daylight savings). Additionally, some systems may require you to write down a certain default setting for resetting a newly programmed time in case of connection problems (or errors). Having this information stored on paper ensures that it will be accessible should your Paradox system fail to properly accept new programming information.

Alarm System

Before attempting to set the time on your Paradox alarm system, you must gather the necessary materials. Your Paradox Alarm System will require a 12V DC power supply, either a battery or an AC transformer, depending on your system’s model number. Most Paradox systems come with the power supply already installed, however, if you are replacing a power supply or installing a new one be sure to use one approved by Paradox Security Systems. This can be determined by reading the specifications of the unit printed on its back, or in its user manual and checking against any AC transformers labeled with the “Paradox Approved” logo.

In addition to an approved 12V DC Power Supply and necessary tools such as pliers and screwdrivers, some Paradox systems may also require an accessory device such as a tablet or personal computer with software specific to your system model in order to access certain features or settings of your alarm system . Lastly, make sure read up on all applicable safety guidelines before attempting to handle installation materials for your Paradox alarm system.

Setting the Time

Setting the time on your Paradox Alarm System is relatively simple. It takes just a few simple steps and you’ll be done in no time. Knowing how to properly set the time on your Paradox Alarm system will allow you to automate your daily functions and ensure the safety of your home. So let’s dive right in and get the time set up.

Access the Programming Menu

To access the programming menu in many Paradox Alarm System systems, press and hold down the “Program” button while simultaneously pressing the “#” key. Once you do this, you will be presented with an 4-digit system program code which you should enter by pressing each of the four digits on the system keypad. Once this is done, you will now be able to access the Programming Menu. Here, you are free to select any of a number of system programming functions to customize your Paradox Alarm System according to your needs and preferences.

One of these functions is setting the time on your Paradox Alarm System. To do this, select “Function 6: Time Programming” from within the Programming Menu and enter a 4-digit time into your system using either its 24-hour or 12-hour time format selection to set both its current time as well as its automatic daylight savings adjustment for future dates clock changes. Then save this change by pressing *9 twice in succession from within whatever menu option has been selected at that point and return back to installation programming mode by pressing # again during entry into any programmed field from within any menu option before finally returning back to normal operational mode by entering Program twice in succession upon which all prior changes made shall have taken effect.

Choose the Time Setting Option

After the display shows “Ready,” follow the next steps to select the time setting options.

1. Using the arrow buttons on your keypad, press “next” or “previous” until you reach the Time Setting Option. The option can be labeled differently depending on which model of alarm you’re using.
2. Press and hold down the “On” button for around three seconds until you’ve selected that option and it is highlighted in yellow color in the display, then release it.
3. Now once more press either “previous” or “next” button to get to ‘Day-Time’ setting (often labeled ‘HH-MM’).
4. Press and hold down for around two seconds the “On” button again until this section is highlighted yellow in the display, then release it again. This will activate a blinking cursor near ‘hh.’
5. Press either “next” or “previous’ briefly (only once) to toggle through each of hour & minute unit as shown: HH: MM -[ 12h AM/PM-1]. The hours will numerically count up till 24h at which point they will default back to zero and move automatically into minutes portion of time setting mode [MM].
6. Once you’ve reached your desired hour & minute time settings, press & hold again for 2 seconds the On button to save this data into Paradox Alarm System’s setup – which should already show up on display [12hAM/PM 01 : 00].

Enter the Current Time

The Paradox alarm system allows you to easily customize the clock and date settings. Setting the correct date and time is essential to ensure that your alarm system operates correctly. To do this, you will need to enter the correct information into the alarm panel.

Entering in the current date and time is simple. First, you need to select the “clock setup” menu from the main menu. Once in this section, you will be presented with several different options, one of them being “set time”. Selecting this option allows you to start entering in the current time into your system.

When setting your time, make sure that it is accurate according to your local time zone. When entering in dates, make sure to use a two-digit month format (i.e., 03 for March). Then set the year by entering four digits (i.e., 2021). Finally, enter in the hour and minutes using 24-hour clock format (i.e., 14:00 for 2pm). Press enter or accept when done or press cancel if there are any mistakes that need correcting. That’s it! Your Paradox Alarm System should now be running on the correct date and time settings!

Testing the System

The first step to setting the time on your Paradox alarm system is to make sure that the system is working correctly. To do this, you must test the system. This will involve connecting the alarm panel to a power source, testing the sensors, and ensuring that all of the components are functioning properly. After the system is tested, you can then proceed to setting the time.

Activate the System

Activating the alarm system is an essential first step to ensure correct time settings. On the Paradox SP6000 system, use the V-key followed by your user code to quickly activate and deactivate alarms. Before setting the time, make sure that an AC power source is connected to your alarm and that a fresh battery is installed. You are now ready to begin setup.

You can view the current settings from any keypad linked to the alarm panel. By pressing * and 3 at the same time, you will enter Engineers Mode where all settings can be adjusted using simple menu commands:

1. To set a daytime event (e.g., 6am), press *, then 1, followed by 5-digit programming codes until desired times are reached (default passwords are 9999 and 1111).
2. To toggle individual functions on/off, press * followed by 2; enter password (default 1111).
3. To change day/night mode settings, press * then 3; follow onscreen instructions carefully as changing these parameters may require a longer setup procedure than expected (default password is 9999)
4. Finally, press *.99#* before saving any changed settings to ensure that all changes are activated correctly and fully protected against tampering or power failure.

Monitor the System

Once the alarm system is installed and the programming is complete, it is important to monitor it for proper operation. Testing must be done in order to make sure all zones are working correctly. This can be done by placing the control panel into a test mode that will simulate an active alarm once set properly. It is crucial to check sensors, sirens, phone lines, and power sources regularly in order to ensure smooth running and reliable performance of your system.

In order to activate the testing sequence, follow these simple steps:
1. Press and hold down CTRL+Menu buttons on the main control panel keypad simultaneously for a few seconds until the display shows “Test” or the message “SYS TEST” appears on-screen
2. Enter your user code (the default code is 1234) followed by # sign
3. Your system should briefly sound a siren to indicate that it has successfully entered test mode; use this time to check all sensors, detectors, relays and/or other alarmed devices respond when activated/opened. If not, replace any defective components right away
4. Make further adjustments as needed – such as changing or setting delay times or sensor sensitivity levels – if you don’t already feel comfortable doing this online
5. Once you are happy with your system’s performance after testing manually, press CTRL+# buttons simultaneously on control panel keypad again until “Sys End” appears on screen (on some systems you’ll need to enter your user code before pressing # sign at end). This will take you back out of test mode and restore your equipment back into normal operating condition

Troubleshoot if Necessary

When testing the system, you may experience issues and errors. If you are having difficulty getting the system to read in the correct time, there are several steps you can take to troubleshoot and rectify the problem.

Check Connections: Check all connections from your control panel to make sure everything is securely connected. Make sure each contact is firmly seated in its port.

Check Power Source(s): All Paradox systems use both AC power and a backup battery (normally an 8AA battery pack) for time keeping and power backup when AC power fails. Make sure both sources are providing enough voltage to keep the system running within specifications.

Check the Date & Time Settings: The clock must be manually set if it has never been set before or if it has been reset due to a power outage or reset of the system. You can also check that your date & time settings are accurate by checking in your panel’s programming menu.

Update Firmware: Check with Paradox’s website or customer service team for updates/upgrades available for your alarm model as this often fixes minor problems with date & time setting functions.

Manual Setting: Entering in a manual date and time setting manually can sometimes bypass software conflicts that may cause interference with automatic clock updates on some models such as those found in EVO, Maxsys, and Spectra series panels. Instructions on how to do this will be found in your owner’s manual for that particular model of alarm panel


In conclusion, setting the time on your Paradox alarm system is a relatively simple process that should only take a few minutes. The exact process may vary depending on the type of alarm system that you have, but the steps outlined above are generally applicable to most models. If you ever have any issues or questions about setting the time on your Paradox alarm system, please consult a professional as soon as possible in order to ensure proper functioning of your home’s security system. Additionally, for more detailed instructions, you can refer to the User Manual Gather for your Paradox alarm system.

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