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DSC Neo Installation Series - Hardwire Zones Wiring and Programming Tutorial Part 2

DSC NEO zone wiring and programming

In this video we wire up 2 door/window contacts and a motion sensor, then show you how to program them on the DSC NEO.



Hey, guys. Hayden here again from Alarm System Store. And today we're getting into part two of our Neo programming guide. So when we hop over to the table, I'm gonna show you how to do normally closed loops on all your circuits for your sensors and then we're gonna do zone definitions, zone attributes, a little bit into partitioning. I don't wanna go too far into that because we are gonna have a separate video that covers all of that in depth. And it's not something that should be messed with unless you know what you're doing. Then we're also gonna do entry and exit delay, and master and user codes.

So let's hop over to the table and I'll get started on setting up our zones so that we can keep them from scrolling like they have been. All right, so now we're moving on to programming our zones. So, first thing we're gonna do is hop over to the panel and I'm gonna hook up the wires to the board, and then we'll connect them to the devices here, and then we'll get to programming.

So, on zone one, we just have a regular door contact. So we're gonna be using zone one terminal and the common associated with it. And for every pair of zones, you have a common terminal. So zone two is gonna use the zone two terminal and the common that we used with zone one. Now, for zone three, we're gonna be hooking up a motion detector. So we're gonna use the zone three and the common for it. And then we're gonna be hooking the power wires to the aux plus and aux minus terminals on the left side of the board.

So now that we have the wires hooked to the board, we're gonna take the other end of our wires and connect them to the sensors. And I'll go ahead and speed through this part. I'm just gonna be hooking these wires in. So I went ahead and hooked our wires to the sensors and powered the system back up.

So, as you can see, the zones are still scrolling through here, and that's because this system comes default to look for resistors, but we're not using them since we have such a simple little setup here. The best practice is to use resistors, but you don't have to. It's really just a more comprehensive troubleshooting method. So it's gonna let you know where shorts are at in your wiring.

So, since we don't have resistors on this system, what we're gonna do is make all of our loops normally closed rather than look for an end-of-the-line resistor. So, we're gonna go into programming, *8 5555, and we're gonna go to section 013. This very first option in these system options is normally closed loops. So all we're gonna do is hit * and turn that on. And so now the system knows not to look for resistors at the end of the line on these sensors.

So, as you can see, one through three is no longer scrolling through. It's just doing four through eight. Now, if you are using some resistors, there is a way to set each zone up individually to either use a resistor or a normally closed loop, and I'll show you that in a minute. But first we need to fix the zone definitions for the rest of these so that they stop scrolling through like that.

So we're gonna go back into programming, *8 5555, and scroll over one time to 001, zone definitions. Now, these first eight come with definitions programmed into them. And zone one, if we hit *, is gonna be delay one. Now, there's two types of delays. There's delay one and delay two. And this is talking about your entry delay. And here in a little bit we're gonna go over how to set your entry and exit delays, but just keep in mind there are two entry delays and one exit delay.

So if you have one door that you would like to be on 30 seconds and one you would like to be on 60 seconds for entry, then you can set your delay one up to 30 seconds and your delay two up to 60, and then you can choose which one that sensor is gonna use whenever it's opened. So, for now, we're just gonna use delay one, hit *, and it's gonna scroll to zone two. Now, from here on out, everything's either gonna be instant or interior by default.

So, for this door, we're just gonna pretend it's a back door and we're not gonna come in that way. So we do want this as an instant door. So we're gonna leave that at 003, hit * and it's gonna go to zone three, which is our motion sensor. Now, you don't want an instant definition for a motion sensor. So, for interior stay away, it actually allows your system to arm in both stay or away mode and tells the system whether or not this zone needs to be bypassed. For interior, it's going to arm no matter what mode you're in.

So we're gonna set this to interior stay away, because we want the stay function available on our system. Now, real quick, I'll go over the delay stay away. This is exactly like the door sensors that I was talking about, but it's gonna use delay one every time for these. So let's say you have a motion right inside after your front door and you still need that delayed so that you can walk by it to get to your keypad. Then you wanna set that very first motion as a delay stay away so that when it's tripped, it activates the entry delay and doesn't instantly alarm.

So we're gonna set this one for interior stay away and now we're just gonna scroll to zone four. Now, we don't have anything hooked up for zones four onward. So, to get rid of these, we're gonna type 000 and make them a null zone. And basically all that does is turn them off in programming. So now that we've done that, if we back out, none of our zones are scrolling anymore and we have our green check mark. So we're good to go. We can arm the system now. We can either do it in stay or away, but we're gonna go into a little bit more programming options just you guys can see them and we're gonna start over here on the touch screen.

So we're gonna go into keypad mode, which just brings up this on the touch screen and we're gonna hit *8 and then 5555. Same as you would over there. We're gonna scroll over and here's zone definitions. We're gonna scroll over one more time to 002. And this is zone attributes. Now, most of these, you wanna leave the same. You have to select your zone first. But these first few options are up to the user. So, for bell audible, all that means is that whenever that sensor is tripped and it's put into alarm, then the system is gonna sound the siren. If you turn it off, the siren will not sound. If you do bell steady, if that's on, then the siren is gonna make a steady siren output noise. If you turn it off, it's gonna be a pulsing sound.

So chime function means that if your chime is turned on on your key pad, whenever that door is opened or that motion sensor is walked in front of, the keypad's gonna beep a few times to let you know that somebody either walked in or somebody's walking past the motion, whatever it may be. And then bypass enable just allows you to bypass the zone if you need to, which basically just means you turn it off for an arming period.

So the rest of these options like force arm, swing shut down, the rest of these, we're gonna leave the same. These are default on, and those are for police coding purposes and zoning, things like that. So, unless you know what you're doing, don't mess with them, but all the definitions for those are in the manuals if you wanna check that stuff. But what we wanna look for is the more options under zone attributes. If we hit * on it, this is where you turn each sensor individually to either a normally closed loop or an end-of-the-line resistor loop. There are double EOLs and other things, but we're not gonna go into that in this video.

So let's say these two had resistors on them, but this very first one didn't. We could manually change this first zone to a normally closed loop and leave the others set up for resistor usage. Now, since we've already set everything to normally closed loops, then we're just gonna leave it as it is. But I just wanted to show you where those options were in case you need them.

All right. So now that we've got our zones fixed up, the next thing I'm gonna do is go into a little bit about partitioning, and partitioning is just a way to section out your system. And basically you create little mini systems within your one larger system. I'm just gonna show you how to turn it on and how to turn on and off zones while in partitioning. But we are gonna put out another video where we go very hard in-depth on this. I'm actually gonna set up multiple partitions on a system with multiple keypads and go into all the details on that. But if you're gonna do this, make sure you read the manual, do some homework, know what you're doing prior to doing it.

Okay. So, a little bit about partitioning. So, with partitions, like I said, you can separate your system into multiple mini systems, basically. And to turn this on, we're gonna go into programming, *8 5555, then we're gonna go to section 200. Now, this is where you can turn partition masking on. So, by default, partition one is where everything goes. So partition one is gonna be on.

Now, if we wanted to turn on multiple partitions, which we won't do in this video, but I wanted to show you where it was. You would do it here. Now, as you can see, there's up to eight partitions total that you can have. Now, if we wanna talk about specific zones, then we go to 201 for partition one zone masking, or 202 partition two zone masking, and so on. Now, like I said in that other video that we're gonna be doing, we're gonna be hooking up a whole other partition, which goes a lot more in-depth into this. We're gonna set up different keypads for the partition, but this is where you would change those settings if you needed to.

All right. So, now that we've kind of covered partitioning, I wanna go into entry and exit delays. Entry and exit delays are obviously time you have on entry to disarm the system and time you have after arming the system to exit the house. Then there's also one called settle delay. Now, settle delay is a false alarm prevention timer. And basically it just gives you an additional 10 seconds if you need it. Where the sensors are turned off after the system is armed to make sure that you don't set off any false alarms.

Now we're gonna go into entry and exit delay times. So, to do that, we're gonna go into programming, *8 5555, and we're gonna scroll over or type in 005 for system times. Now, if we hit * on system times, it's gonna bring up 000, which is system area. Now, this has a lot of different timer options. The first of which is the bell cutoff timer, which is how long the siren sounds after the system has been in alarm. It's gonna go to bell delay timer, which is gonna delay your siren output after the alarm has gone off. We scroll through that.

Then there's a bunch of other timers. Now, these are all in your manual. We're not gonna cover them in this video. But this is where all of your system area times are. But what we're looking for is partition one. That's gonna bring up our entry and exit delay timers four partition one, which, like I said, is where all of our stuff is set up. Now, this first entry delay is the main entry delay. Any zone definition that says delay, except for the one that says delay two, uses this delay.

Now, this is how much time you have after you enter your home to get to your panel and shut the alarm off before where it goes into alarm state. So I usually set mine at about 45 seconds. So, 045, and now it's gonna go to entry delay two. Now, this is for delay two definition, and this is for like a back door or some other sort of entry that you're gonna be coming your home and you wanna give yourself a different amount of time. So, if you wanted to set this one, the minimum for entry delays is 30 seconds.

You can set it up to 255 seconds if you want. If I do use a delay two, it depends on where it's at in the home, but I typically set up 120 seconds, that's two minutes. And then it's gonna bring us to exit delay. Now, this is how much time you have to leave your home after the system is armed. So the first thing you have to take into account is that this is where 90% of false alarms come from. Any time you forget something or have to go back into your home, you wanna make sure you've given yourself enough time on your exit delay so that you don't accidentally set off an alarm reentering your home.

I always set mine for at least 90 seconds. That way, I have plenty of time. And if I forget something, then I can come back and turn the alarm off before I go grab it and then reset it, whatever the case may be. But you don't wanna be limiting yourself on the way out the door, because then you'll feel rushed and that's when a lot of false alarms happen. That's gonna bring us to settle delay.

Now, settle delay is another type of false alarm prevention timer. Basically, what this does is it gives you an additional 10 seconds if you want it that after the system is armed, the sensors will still be off. So leaving it at zero is gonna turn off the settle delay basically, but you can set it for up to 10 seconds so that after your system is armed, your sensors will not set off the alarm for another 10 seconds.

Now that we've got the system times done, I wanted to go into master and user codes. There's 95 total codes that can be put into the system. The first one is always the master code. So, the master code plus 94 additional users can be added to the Neo system. I'm also gonna show how to add a prox tag, and that way, if you have a keypad that is prox tag compatible, you can add that and use it as a user.

Now, for master and user codes. Now, real quick, I wanted to go over the codes that are in the programming sections. So we're gonna open up *8 5555, and go to section 006. Now, this is the installer code section. Now, this first one is the installer code, which is the 5555 that we've been using to enter programming. You can change that here. You can change the master code here also. And it's also got a maintenance and guard code. And what these are are codes you can give to maintenance or guard personnel so that they can disarm your system and arm it without being able to change any settings on your system.

If we back all the way out of here, now, for master and user codes, we're just gonna enter *5 and then our current master code, the default is 1234. And user one is the master code. It will always be the master code. You can't change it. You can't take supervisory power off of user one. But if we hit * on it, hit * on access code, then it brings up our current master code. If we wanted change it, we just type in a new number. So, I'm gonna change it to 1111, and that set the new master code.

If we hit #, it's gonna bring us to user two. There are a total of 95 user codes that you can add to this system, 94 if you don't count the master code. And if we wanted to add a secondary code, just hit * on it and it's gonna pop up with a bunch of A's and here was where you would enter your new code. So, let's say we wanted 2222. Then you can label this one whatever you want. If it's for a particular person, whatever, if you wanna assign it to a specific partition, as long as you're on user 2 through 95, you'll be able to assign partitions.

And then under user options, this first option is supervisor. Basically, what that does is it makes it a secondary master code. It allows them into the settings of the system and add user codes, do things like that. Anything that is in the *5 or *6 menu, it will allow them to do. So, real quick, I wanted to show you how to program prox tag as well. These come with the touch screen or any keypad that has a P in the title of it. And so, the touch screen is the only one we have here that's prox tag compatible.

So, we're gonna open up the access code menu on the touch screen, which under options hit access codes. And then we're gonna use our master code, so, 1111, and then we're gonna scroll to an open user and user three, hit Select on it. And on the touch screen, this is where you would change all of your user programming. So, you can set the access code, program a prox tag, user and partition attributes, and this is where you label it as well.

So we're gonna do a prox tag. So hit prox tag programming. It says present prox tag. So we're gonna swipe this here. Prox tag for user three enrolled. And that's how simple it is to program a prox tag. Now, if we wanted to set up an access code for it as well, and we can make it 3333. So now user three has both a code and a prox tag that is available to use for it.

All right. And that's gonna do it for our Neo programming guide. I know this was simple, but I just wanted to go over exactly what you needed to get your system up and running as a standalone system. In the future, we're gonna be putting out a lot of videos for different communicators and different modules, things like that. We're also gonna be doing a partitioning video, like I mentioned, and I believe the very next one that's coming out is for the COSMOD module.

It's a module that allows you to use combination CO, carbon monoxide, and smoke detectors through either a four-wire module or a two-wire module. So keep an eye out for that. And like and subscribe. And if you have any suggestions for videos, please leave them down in the comments and we will get to them as soon as we are able. And that's gonna be it for me. So, I'll talk to you guys later.