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DSC Power Series PC1616, PC1832, PC1864 Quickstart

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DSC programming for the Power Series 1616, 1832, and 1864


WE DO NOT RECOMMEND BEING IN ANY SECTION OF YOUR SYSTEM UNLESS IT IS ON THIS QUICK START GUIDE.  Doing so may cause problems in the function of your alarm system.


Default Master Code: 1234

Default Installer Code: 5555


NOTE: This quick start guide will assume you have PK5500 or similar keypad. If using an LED or PK5501 keypad, the programming sections and steps will still apply, but any information on what the screen will display may be completely different. You will not see a display or any numbers during your programming other than toggle options. You have to listen for the beeps.  A quick triple beep means the system accepted your entry.  If you get a long beep, the system did not like what you entered.  If at anytime you get lost, STOP, and hit # # #, and then start over.


Your system should come with factory defaults. But if you have done any programming before now or if you would like to make sure you are starting with a clean slate for any other reason: see Appendix A for instructions on restoring defaults to the panel.


This guide is for a single partition system, which is what most people will need. Check the installation manual for information on setting up multiple partitions.


Step 1: Wiring and Planning

We recommend getting all your hardwired components in place and wired to the main board before programming. For wireless sensors, it is useful to have them laid out nearby for enrollment purposes. It is also extremely helpful to have all your zones written out and in front of you during programming so that you can easily reference it. We recommend, in most cases, using the first zones for hardwired devices and leaving any zones that have hardwired terminals available reserved for hardwired devices. Then start wireless zones after that. This will help ensure that you have hardwired zones available for expansion without needing to reprogram anything.


Step 2: Assign Zone Definitions [001, 002, 003, 004]

The next step to programming the system is to tell it how each zone should function by assigning zone types. This is where having your zone list will be very useful. We will be using sections 001-004 for this step. Each section is a continuous set of 16 zones. 001 is zones 1-16, 002 is zones 17-32, et cetera. You will enter a 2 digit zone definition for each zone, in order, in that section. If at any point you think you may have made a mistake it is always best to start over to check your work.


Here is a list of the most common Zone Definitions numbers (See the full installation manual for a complete list with descriptions):

01 = Delay 1 (ie: door with a certain time of delay)

02 = Delay 2 (ie: door with a different delay time)

03 = Instant (ie: window sensors or doors that do not need a delay)

05 = Interior Stay/Away (This setting is usually for motions.  The motion is bypassed if a delay zone is triggered, giving you the ability to walk in front of the motion to get to a keypad.  This will also bypass your motion if you are staying “stay” home.)  

08 = Standard 24hr Fire


  • First, go down your zone list and determine how you want each zone to function and what zone type to use.

  • Next, enter programming using *8 Installer Code. The screen will display Enter Section with 3 dashes.

  • We will now enter 001 to go to zone definitions for zones 1-16. The screen will display Enter Data with 2 numbers below it.

  • Enter the 2 digit zone definition code for the first zone. You will hear a couple beeps and then the keypad will display the 2 digit code for zone 2. Enter the 2 digit code for zone 2 and you will hear a couple beeps and zone 3 will be displayed. Continue this process until you have entered the zone information for all of your zones in that section. If you needed to enter for less than 16 zones, push # to back out. If you reach zone 16, you will hear 3 beeps and the system will automatically take you out.

  • If you have more zones than 16, repeat this process for sections 002, 003, and 004 as needed.


Step 3: Turning On/Off Zones [202 – 209]

Each section, 202 through 209, corresponds to 8 zones: 202 is 1-8, 203 is 9-16, etc. The system uses toggle options in these sections to know which zones are in use. The screen will display numbers 1 through 8 or dashes in place of the numbers. A number being displayed means that option is on while a dash means that option is off. For example if you go to section 203 and see the following: 1 - - 4 - - - 8. That means that zone 9, 12, and 16 are on while zones 10, 11, 13, 14, and 15 are off.

  • Enter 202 to view the first 8 zones.

  • Confirm that the numbers corresponding to the zones 1-8 are on or off as needed. If not, push the number to toggle that zone on or off.

  • Push # when the correct toggle options are displayed.

  • If you have more than 8 zones, go to 203 and turn on the toggle options as needed for zones 9-16 then push #. Do the same for sections 204-209 as needed until you have turned on all zones that you will be using.


Step 4: Wireless Enrollment [898 or 804]

There are 2 options to enroll wireless devices. The best and easiest way is auto-enroll with section 898. This is not available with all configurations however. The easiest way to tell if it is available is to try going to 898. If you get a long beep and the screen still says enter section, you will have to use section 804.


A: Wireless Enrollment Mode [898]

  • Enter section 898. The screen should display Wireless Enrollment Mode. If it does not, skip to part B.

  • You will now trip the first wireless device that you want to add. You can do this by opening and closing the contact or tampering the device. This will cause the ESN of the device to broadcast to the receiver. The screen should display the 6 digit ESN followed by Confirm ESN.

  • Check that the ESN on the device and the keypad match and then press *.

  • You will now need to enter a zone number.

  • Then the system will ask for a zone type. Since you have already input the zone type that you want to use in Step 2, you can just press *. Or if you need to change it, enter the 2 digit zone definition code.

  • After that the screen will display Wireless Enrollment Mode again. Repeat these steps for the rest of the wireless security devices.

  • Push # when finished.


B: Manual Wireless ESN Entry [804 and 101-164]

  • Enter section 804.

  • The system will then want the zone number that you want the wireless device to go on.

  • The screen should display 6 zeroes unless there is an ESN programmed for that zone, in which case it will display that ESN. You will need the ESN from the device you are programming. It will display as a 6 digit combination of letters and numbers. Pressing * on this screen toggles between letters and numbers. Example ESN: 4AD64C

  • You would enter the following series of buttons: 4*14*64*3

  • After entering 6 digits, the keypad will beep 3 times and then you would enter a new zone number and repeat for all wireless devices.

  • Push # when all ESNs are entered.

  • Then for each wireless zone you will need to tell the alarm system to look for a wireless zone instead of hardwired. To do this you will go to the section that is 100 + zone number. For example if you had a wireless device on zone 9 you would go to section 109. 100+9=109.

  • Once you go to that section you will see various toggle options on or off. The option that you should be concerned with is option 8. Make sure that option 8 is on.

  • Press # to go back.

  • Repeat for all wireless zones.



Step 5: Entry/Exit Delays [005]

The system has 3 timers that you can set: entry delay 1, entry delay 2, and exit delay. The entry delays need to be between 30 seconds and 255 seconds. The exit delay must be between 45 seconds and 255 seconds.

  • Enter 005.

  • The system will then want a two digit partition number. Enter 01.

  • First, enter the 3 digit entry delay 1 in seconds.

  • Then, the 3 digit entry delay 2 in seconds.

  • Finally, the 3 digit exit delay in seconds.




Step 6: Changing Installer and Master Code [006 and 007]

You will now want to go through and change your installer and master codes so that they are not on the default. This is especially recommended for the master code so someone doesn’t walk in and try 1234 to disarm your alarm system. If you change the installer code, make sure that you remember it. Otherwise you will have no way to get back into programming.

  • Go to section 006 to change the installer code.

  • Enter a unique 4 digit code. The system should beep 3 times and exit back out.

  • Enter 007 to change the master code.

  • Enter a unique 4 digit code. The system should beep 3 times and exit back out.


Step 7: Resistor Use [013]

By default, single end of line resistor use is turned on. We recommend keeping this setup. Many people choose not to use resistors however and this is where you would tell the system not to look for them. For more information on resistors, check our video on YouTube.

  • To disable end of line resistor use, enter 013.

  • Press 1 to turn toggle option 1 on.

  • Press # to exit back out.


Step 8: Audible Panic and Telephone Line Monitoring [015]

This is another optional step. But most people will want their panic alarms to be audible. Also, many people will not have a telephone line attached to the system and will want to turn off TLM so that they do not have a constant trouble condition on the alarm system.

  • Enter section 015.

  • Turn on option 2 to make panics audible.

  • Turn off option 7 to disable TLM.

  • Press # twice when finished to exit out of programming.


Step 9: Set Date and Time

  • Press *6 and enter your master code then press 1.

  • You will enter the four digit time in 24 hour format (military time) then enter the six digit date: HH:MM MM/DD/YY.

  • Press #.


Step 10: Add User Codes

  • Press *5 and your master code.

  • Enter a 2 digit user number: 01 to 32.

  • Enter a unique 4 digit access code.

  • Repeat for each user code.

  • Press # to exit.


Appendix A: Defaulting to Factory Presets [999]

  • Enter programming: *8 and the installer code.

  • Enter section 999.

  • You will then be asked to enter Installer code.

  • The keypad should beep and then ask you for ‘Section’ again. Enter 999 again to default the system.


Appendix B: Smoke Detector PGM Programming [009]

Generally smoke detectors will be connected to PGM 2 on the panel which is what we will reference in this section. For 4-wire smoke detectors, you will also need to program the zone(s) that they are connected to. 2 wire smoke detectors will automatically reset when disarming. 4 wire smokes need to be reset using *72 if they are ever triggered.

  • Enter programming: *8 and the installer code.

  • Go to section 009.

  • Press ‘>’ twice to skip past PGM-1.

  • If using 2 wire smoke detectors, press 04. If using 4 wire smoke detectors, press 03 for sensor reset.

  • Then press # twice to exit out of programming.


Appendix C: Label Each Zone


Enter Keypad Programming be entering *8-5555 and then press (*) NOTE: Make sure the keypad says Enter LCD Section before trying to label your zones. You will need to enter each zone (001) edit label, (002) edit label, etc. The letters of the alphabet are divided up among the number keys 1-9 on the keypad as described:


[1] A B C 1

[2] D E F 2

[3] G H I 3


[4] J K L 4


[5] M N O 5


[6] P Q R 6


[7] S T U 7


[8] V W X 8


[9] Y Z 9 0


[0] SPACE


[*] SELECT


[#] ESCAPE



“*” is to select and save


You select the letter you want by continuously pressing the same button until your desired letter or number appears. Then you can you the left and right arrows to move to the next location or simply press the next number which corresponds to your next character.


When you complete each word, you will hit “ * “ (if using v4.5 or older you would hit * to “save”, if using 4.6 or newer then you would scroll to the word “save” and then hit *).  Version 4.6 and newer has a word vocabulary that you may use to select words quicker.  Refer to the manual for the pre-defined word list.


Appendix D: Making a DSC Alarm call your phone


You will want to enter programming by entering:

* 8 5 5 5 5, enter program section 301 and then enter the telephone number for the system to call (Make sure the “D” remains and make sure to include the area code, if needed from that number)).  (Note: The panel should read D1234567890EEEEEEEEFFFFFFF)

Enter Section 320 and enter (11 sixteen times) 11 11 11 11 11 11 11 11 11 11 11 11 11 11 11 11 and then the system will beep 3 times.

Enter section 350 and enter 05 05, system will beep 3 times

Enter section 311 and enter 1 2 3 4, system will beep 3 times

Now hit # # #