Lyric Security System: Join Lyric to WIFI Network

Lyric Security System: Join Lyric to WIFI Network

Hi DIYers. Sterling with AlarmGrid here, and
today we’re going to show you how to join your Lyric Security System to your WiFi network. So there is no WiFi module installation video
for the Lyric because the beauty of the Lyric is, they’ve built WiFi right into the box.
So there’s no extra module to get. It’s built into the control panel and you just have to
join to your network. And the reason you would join to the network is for any kind of communications
to alarm monitoring services and/or Total Connect 2.0 services, if you want remote arming,
disarming or alerts, texts or emails from the system. It does support cellular communications
as well. So if you didn’t want to rely on just WiFi internet, you can back it up with
a cell module that fits into the side, and we’ll show you that in a later video. There
is no hardwired internet option, so if you were concerned about the reliability of WiFi,
the solution is to use cellular. But if you want to do internet only, then WiFi is what
you’re going to use. There’s two ways to join to the network. One,
is through the master programming and two, is through the installer level programming.
So just like on the LYNX Touch, you have two different security codes out of the box by
default. From the home screen, we have security, automation, video, smart scenes, notices and
settings. So when we hit “settings,” we can see brightness and volume. When we hit “security,”
we’re into our deeper level field, very similar to anyone that’s ever used the LYNX Touch.
We’re going to hit “tools,” slightly different screens but kind of similar functionality,
similar programming. If we use our master code, by default it’s
“1234.” We’re into our master level programming. So Honeywell has not yet fully embraced the
do-it-yourselfer to be the installer. They’re still restricting you to your master level
programming with the master code. And your programming or installer code gets you into
the deeper level programming. The idea is that if you have a local company to install
this, they’re going to give you your master code so you can get in here and you can set
up users. You can check your event log. You can do some more advanced stuff like changing
batteries, adding cellular communicators, you have your date and time selection, your
reminder so you can put reminders for yourself and you can do voice command setup as well.
So this panel, you can talk to it and have it interact with you through your voice. And
then, “WiFi config” is another thing that Honeywell assumes an end-user can do. So on this screen, you have a few options.
You can scan for access points and the panel will actually look and say what WiFi networks
do I see? And you can join to any network that it sees, that you have a password for.
You have a manual configure access point. So if you had one without an SSID broadcast,
you can manually config and connect that way. And then finally, it does WPS encryption.
So if there was a digit or character in your security password for your router that this
system doesn’t support, instead of typing in the security key, could do WPS encryption,
which normally entails pressing a button on the router, pressing a button on the panel
and then they talk to each other without having to type in a key. We’ll show you that in a
separate video. But for now we’re going to show you the standard scan access points way
to connect. So we hit scan access points. Sometimes it
takes longer than others but eventually you should see all wireless networks in range
of the panel. If you hit the down arrow, you can see we have quite a few networks. We are
in a town home complex, which makes sense, the houses are closer together and we’re picking
up quite a few WiFi networks. So in our case, we’re going to grab this second
network down, that’s our network name. And you highlight the network you want and at
the bottom you hit “edit.” If you didn’t see any networks you could hit “scan.” So if your
router was powered down when you first scanned and you powered your router up, hitting “scan”
would rescan for networks. But you do not have to hit “scan” because just hitting “scan
access points” does the scanning and shows you your list. So as long as your network
shows up here, you don’t have to hit the “scan” separately. So you highlight your network and you hit
“edit.” Now, you can see the SSID name at the top, which we have blurred for security
reasons. You can see that the security level that the router is using is displayed here.
This is a selectable option, however, it should grab whatever network security the router
is using by default. So you really should never change that. And one thing we’ve noticed
and talked to Honeywell about is that WEP security, which is an older security protocol
for routers, is an option. If your router does WEP and it pops up WEP, it’s because
your router is set that way. We do not recommend using WEP encryption at
this time, okay? We are still in beta, things can change by the time this panel’s released
and perhaps WEP will be supported later, but for now we’ve seen some bugs and some sluggish
panel behavior when you’re using WEP encryption or security. And therefore, we’re recommending
that you use WPA2, which is by far the most popular standard. If you did have a really
old router popping up WEP, we suggest looking at the router and seeing if you could switch
it to WPA or WPA2. And if you can’t, we really do urge you to look at possibly updating your
router to one that supports WPA. It’s going to work a lot better when your security is
not set WEP, all right? So WPA2 just means we have a security password
to join to our network. To type our password in we hit this “key” box, and you can see
we have this touchscreen keypad now. I have my WiFi complicated network password here
as a picture and I’m going to type it in now. So you can see it’s got four little asterisks.
When we hit “clear,” it wipes it out back to a default code ready to accept. So you hit “clear” first, you have this button
that’ll toggle between letters and numbers. When you’re on letters, you also have this
button that toggles between uppercase and lowercase. And we’re going to use this keypad
to type our network security. All right. Now we have our nice secure password, which we’re
obstructing and not showing you what we’re typing in here for customer security reasons.
We are also going to recommend they change their password. But we now have our password
and if we hit “save” followed by “join,” as long as we’ve typed in the right password,
this should connect to our router. You can see the WiFi indicator at the top
left, that it’s thinking, processing, working. And we now have a nice successful “device
has been successfully added to the network.” If we hit “OK” and we come back out we can
see on our network we now have a checkmark next to our nice four solid green bars of
strong WiFi connectivity. If we hit the back arrow all the way to the home screen, we now
have a WiFi indicator at the top left of the panel, which would alert you. Or you could
visually see how strong the WiFi signal strength is from this panel to the router, all right? So we told you, you can do that from the master
code programming if you were to do “tools.” And instead of “1234,” which is the default
master, if you do “4112,” which is the default installer, you have this “save” screen. We
going to just ignore. This is a screen that ties the panel to a dealer or a Honeywell
provider or a Lyric certified dealer. It wants to associate to Honeywell’s dealer website.
In this case we’re just going to say “no” for now, and we’re now in programming. So if we hit “program,” you can go into “comm
diagnostics” and “configure WiFi.” And you have the same exact screens that we showed
you through the master code programming. And doing “scan access points,” you’ll see our
network with the green check that we’re already joined. But this is the other way. If you’re
in the installer level programming, it’s under “comm diagnostics,” “configure WiFi” and then
you have the same ability to join to a network using the installer code instead of the master
code. So, we exit out of programming and we are
connected to our WiFi. And so that is how you connect a Lyric all-in-one security system
to your WiFi network using the built-in WiFi capabilities of the panel and the security
key method of scanning for access points. We hope you’ve enjoyed this video. If you
have any questions on connecting your Lyric system to your router, please let us know.
And also we invite you to subscribe to our channel so you are up-to-date on all of the
new Lyric videos that we’ll be releasing throughout this beta program.

5 Replies to “Lyric Security System: Join Lyric to WIFI Network”

  1. will this work on wifi only? can you receive alerts and have automation without an alarm contract like vivint or frontpoint etc?

  2. Hey sterling. I have three questions for you. 1. What module does the lyric need for z-wave? 2. Does the lyric support the Honeywell 5809 wireless Heat Detector? 3. Can the lyric support the Honeywell total connect cameras for video feed?

  3. How do you get the weather forecast on the Lyric? Can you get it with only a WiFi connection? Worked fine on the Lynx but I can't get it on the Lyric.

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