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How do I default the panel if I don’t have the installer code?
How do I turn off end-of-line (EOL) resistor use?
How do I program for a 2-wire smoke detector?
How do I program for a 4-wire smoke detector?
How do I program a hardwired zone?
How do I program a wireless zone?
How do I change the master code?
How do I change the installer code?
How do I set the date and time?
How do I change delay times?






How do I default the panel if I don’t have the installer code?

It is not uncommon to run into a case where someone has either accidentally changed their installer code, forgotten what they changed it to, or are trying to takeover a panel that was installed by an alarm company that changed the installer code. Luckily in just a few minutes any PowerSeries alarm system can be restored back to factory defaults using the hardware reset following these simple steps:

  1. Power down the system. You will need to unplug the transformer from the wall outlet as well as disconnecting the wires from the backup battery terminals.
  2. Remove all wires from the PGM1 and Z1 terminals. It is a good idea to label the wires before doing this so you know where they go.
  3. Using a short piece of wire, connect to both PGM1 and Z1.
  4. Power the system back on by plugging the power transformer back in. You can leave the battery disconnected for now. Wait 1 minute.
  5. After the minute is up, unplug the alarm from the AC source again.
  6. Remove the jumper wire from PGM1 and Z1. Then replace the wires that you removed in step 2.
  7. Power back up with both the AC and battery connected. The panel should be fully defaulted.

This process does not default the keypads or wireless receivers. You will still have the previous zone labels saved as well as the serial numbers for the wireless devices. - Back To Top




How do I turn off end-of-line (EOL) resistor use?

We do not recommend turning off the use of resistors, but many people choose not to use them and telling the alarm panel that you are not using them is a quick process.

  1. Enter programming with *8 then the installer code.
  2. Next enter section 013.
  3. Turn option 1 on. This tells the system to look for normally closed loops.
  4. Press # # to exit programming.

For more information on resistors, check out our informational resistor video. - Back To Top




How do I program for a 2-wire smoke detector?

Since 2 wire smoke detectors are only connected to PGM 2, the programming for them is very straightforward.

  1. Enter programming with *8 followed by the installer code.
  2. Enter section 009.
  3. The first 2 numbers that appear here are for PGM 1. We don’t need to change these so you can push the right arrow key twice to scroll to PGM 2.
  4. Here we’ll enter 04 for the 2 wire smoke PGM definition.
  5. Press # to exit out of programming.

Keep in mind that all 2 wire smoke detectors must be wired in parallel to PGM 2 and Aux +. - Back To Top





How do I program for a 4-wire smoke detector?

The programming steps for a 4 wire smoke detector zone can some extra steps, at least for the first such zone, since it requires you to do the regular zone programming as well as setting up a PGM for sensor reset. The sensor reset is needed to power down the smoke detectors for 5 seconds in case they go off whether from testing or in a real emergency or even from severely burnt popcorn. This is because the detectors have a latching circuit that stays in the alarm state until powered off and back on. Sensor reset functions by entering *72 on the keypad.

To program the PGM follow these steps:

  1. Enter programming by typing in *8 and the installer code on a keypad.
  2. Go to programming section 009.
  3. Generally PGM 2 will be used to power smoke detectors since it can provide more current than PGM 1, 3, or 4. So use the right arrow key to scroll past the first 2 digits that appear. These are for PGM 1 which we don’t need to change.
  4. The next 2 digits are for PGM 2. These need to be set to 03 for sensor reset.
  5. Press # to exit programming.

Because 4 wire smoke detectors have separate power and initiating, in addition to wiring to the PGM, they can be wired to any regular hardwired zone. Multiple smokes can be wired in parallel to the same zone or each one can be wired to separate zones or any combination. All zones that the smokes are connected to need to be programmed and activated in the appropriate partition as normal using zone type 08 most commonly. - Back To Top




How do I program a hardwired zone?

There’s 2 main steps for programming a hardwired zone: inputting the zone definition and turning the zone on in the zone mask. We will only reference programming for a single partition system, but a multi-partition system will be very similar.

Zone Definition:

  1. Enter programming. *8-installer code
  2. Enter the appropriate section for the zone(s) you’re programming. 001 is for zones 1-16. 002 for zones 17-32. 003 for zones 33-48. And 004 is for zones 49-64.
  3. Once in that programming section each zone, in order, will have a 2-digit zone definition. On an LCD full message keypad, you can use the scroll arrow to scroll to the zone(s) that you are programming. You will have to count the number of the zone as it will not be displayed. On a fixed message LCD keypad, you will have to reenter all the data for that section until you get to the zone(s) that you are programming.
  4. Once you reach the correct zone you will enter the 2-digit zone definition for that zone. Refer to the programming manual for a full list of zone definitions.
  5. Once you are finished in that section press # to go back to enter a new programming section. If you reach the last zone in that section, you will automatically exit back out.

Zone Mask:

  1. Enter the appropriate section for the zone(s) that you are programming. 202 is for zones 1-8. 203 is for zones 9-16. 204 is for zones 17-24. Etc.
  2. You will now use numbers 1-8 to turn on/off the corresponding zone(s). If the number is on the screen it is on and vice versa. So if you are wanting to turn on zone 15 you would enter section 203. In that section, 7 corresponds to zone 15. So if there is no 7 on the screen you would push 7 to turn it on. Press # to exit.
  3. Repeat steps 7-8 as needed.
  4. Press # to exit out of programming. - Back To Top




How do I program a wireless zone?

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]

  1. Enter section 898. The screen should display Wireless Enrollment Mode. If it does not, skip to part B.
  2. 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.
  3. Check that the ESN on the device and the keypad match and then press *.
  4. You will now need to enter a zone number.
  5. 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.
  6. After that the screen will display Wireless Enrollment Mode again. Repeat these steps for the rest of the wireless security devices.
  7. Push # when finished.

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

  1. Enter section 804.
  2. The system will then want the zone number that you want the wireless device to go on.
  3. 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
  4. 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.
  5. Push # when all ESNs are entered.
  6. 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.
  7. 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.
  8. Press # to go back.
  9. Repeat for all wireless zones. - Back To Top




How do I change the master code?

The master code is used to make day to day changes such as managing access codes or changing the time and date. It can also be used to arm and disarm any partition. Many people will only use the master code on their system. To change it you must have access to programming mode.

  1. Enter *8-installer code.
  2. Enter 007 to change the master code.
  3. Enter a unique 4 digit code. The system should beep 3 times and exit back out.
  4. Press # to exit programming mode. - Back To Top




How do I change the installer code?

You will probably want to go through and change your installer code so that is not the default. This is especially true for the master code so someone doesn’t walk in and try 1234 to disarm your alarm system, but it is always good to change the installer code as well. If you change the installer code, make sure that you remember it. Otherwise you will have no way to get back into programming without a full system default.

  1. Enter programming with *8-installer code (default is 5555).
  2. Go to section 006 to change the installer code.
  3. Enter a unique 4 digit code. The system should beep 3 times and exit back out.
  4. Press # to exit programming mode. - Back To Top




How do I set the date and time?

To set the date and time on a DSC 1616, 1832 or 1864 you will go to your keypad and type *6 + 4-digit Master Code. You will then press 1 to get to the date and time entrance section. At this point you will first enter the time in Military (24 Hour) Format. For instance if it’s 2:30 PM you enter 1430. You will then enter the date in 6 digit format i.e. 06042017. After doing these things you’ll hit # to exit - Back To Top.




How do I change delay times?

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.

  1. Press *8-installer code to go into programming.
  2. Enter 005.
  3. The system will then want a two digit partition number. Enter 01.
  4. First, enter the 3 digit entry delay 1 in seconds.
  5. Then, the 3 digit entry delay 2 in seconds.
  6. Finally, the 3 digit exit delay in seconds.
  7. Press # twice to exit programming. - Back To Top