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IP BAT WIFI installation tutorial for the DSC 1616, 1832, and 1864

A tutorial for the IP BAT WIFI for installation on the DSC 1616,1832, and 1864


Hi. My name is Jason. I'm with In today's video, I'm going to show you how to do the wiring and programming to connect a DSC PowerSeries panel to a ipDatatel BAT unit. So this is the DSC PowerSeries PC1616, PC1832, and PC1864. And the ipDatatel BAT units are the BAT-WIFI, BAT-CDMA, and BAT LTE. And it doesn't matter which combination you go with, they are all the same, just slightly different features for each one, of course, but the connections and programming are the same.

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All right. So here, I have my BAT-WIFI and my PC1832. Now, just a note, this process, again, applies for every ipDatatel BAT unit, so the BAT-WIFI, BAT LTE, BAT-CDMA, and every DSC PowerSeries board 1616, 1832, and 1864.

So, the first thing you're gonna wanna do is take your BAT unit, flip up to the bottom, you'll see these two latches here, and you just wanna take that screw driver, and gently pry those open. It doesn't take much force for that. And then, lift the front cover right off. So now, inside, you can see there's a terminal block 1 through 16, starting at the bottom going up. But it doesn't actually label what each terminal does. So, you will need to consult your manual to make sure that you're using the right terminals, or of course, you can watch the video and take notes, or pause the video as you do it, whatever you wanna do.

So, I do have the manual here just to show you as well. This is kinda what the wiring diagram looks like. So over here, you have your DSC control panel, and it just lists the pertinent terminals here. So red, black, yellow, green, which is your key bus, and ring and tip. And then, over here, we have BAT-WIFI, but again, same. It doesn't matter if this is a BAT-WIFI or a BAT LTE or whatever. And again, it lists green, yellow, negative, positive ring tip. Then you can follow the lines to see which terminal goes to what. It's pretty easy to follow, but it's kind of a quick explanation.

So, let's go ahead and start the wiring process here. So, I just got a four conductor wire here, red, black, yellow, green standard long wire. And I'm gonna go ahead and start on the PC1832 with the key bus. So, starting in the left here, we have red. So I'll take my red wire here, loosen this up, and I do have the system powered down. You will wanna make sure that you're powered down before you do any wiring. It is low voltage, so you're not in much danger specifically, but if you do short something, you can damage the equipment, and of course, there is, you know, some danger to it. So, you will wanna unplug it from both the backup battery and the AC before you do this.

So, I've connected the black wire to the yellow wire, and here's the last one, and then green. Okay. So then, other end, same colors. We're going to go over to the BAT unit. Now, you will generally wanna knock out this little punch here, for purposes of the video, I'm not. I'm just gonna come in from the side here. So, starting with the red wire, because it's what we started with over here, that's our positive, of course, on the key bus. Positive and negative and then our two data wires yellow green. So, if we go back to our wiring diagram, we can see that the positive wire goes to terminal three.

So, we'll slide that into terminal three. It looks like it's tightened down already for some reason, so we'll loosen that up, then terminal three, tighten it down snug. Black is negative, which goes to terminal four, just like that. Of course, this is a little easier if you're not holding it up while doing it, but... Yellow goes to terminal five and green will go to terminal six. All right. So, we got our key bus connection done. And the key bus is primarily for the virtual keypad that the BAT gives you access to. So, it allows the BAT unit to act like a keypad on your alarm system.

So now, we need to connect ring and tip for the communications portion. So, I'm gonna use another four-conductor wire or you can use a two-connector wire. Those will make a huge difference. And really, you can use whatever colors you want out of this, but you will want to make sure you use the same colors on both ends. So, I'm just gonna use red and black. I'll fold the other wires out of the way to make sure that I don't accidentally use them. So, I just have red and black both ends. And so, we need to kinda ring and tip. So again, you got ring here. I'm just using red on ring, black on tip. And then, we go back to our BAT WIFI. And so, we connect ring to ring, which the ring terminal is number two here, which I use red on ring, so red to number two, and then tip is number one here.

All right. So, that is all the wiring that's required for this. It's really pretty simple. And of course, since this is a Wi-Fi unit, you don't have to connect with Ethernet, so you can actually place this simply right next to your main panel, so you don't have to run wires through the house or anything if you don't need to. And then, one thing I do wanna note, we get a common question here. On the sticker here, this is the information that we need from this board. So, this is the Mac address, it's a 12 digit hexadecimal. So, it's in six sets of two digits, and they're numbers and letters. And then, the CRC, of course, CRC is labeled so that's easy to find. But this is the Mac address, this is the CRC, and we do need that to be able to get this activated for you.

All right. So then, you would just close this back up. There is a process to connect to Wi-Fi. For the purpose of this video, since we're making it general for everything, I'm not gonna go over that. But you will need to connect this to Wi-Fi, or, you know, connect through Ethernet to make sure that you have the internet connection to it. So, let's go ahead and go to the keypad, and we'll go over the programming steps.

All right. So I just powered the system up. As you can see, the date and times aren't set, that's normal after you shut down. That is not saved so you'd have to reset that. But you can find that information in the manual or a different video, or our quick start guide. We're just gonna worry about the programming for the BAT unit here. So now, we did the wiring for the telco connection so that's connected to ring and tip, as well as the key bus. So this is the recommended way to connect the units, and it also involves the least amount of programming.

So, let's go ahead and go into programming using *8, and then I'll install our code, which in this case is 5555, which is the default. And then, the first section you're going to go to is section 301. Now, as you can see, we have a D followed by a whole bunch of Fs. What we're entering here is actually a phone number. It doesn't need to be a real phone number, because we just need the system to dial out as if it's calling a phone because this is actually going to connect directly to the BAT unit, and the BAT will just capture. It'll answer the phone as if it's a real phone, things like that.

So, let's just enter a fake number here, 1-555-555-5555. And then, you can see well that's the D in the front, it automatically will start you right after the D, and then everything else you can leave on the F. So, unless you have that fake phone number entered, it doesn't have to be this one, but that's the one I always use. You just push Pound. And then, the next section is 310. And this is where you're going to enter an account number. Again, it doesn't need to be a real account number, especially if you're not being monitored, you can just enter whatever you want here. I usually enter 1234, and then you can see there's two Fs at the end, we'll wanna keep those by pushing *66. It'll beep three times.

If you go into 310 and make changes, enter 1234 and then just hit Pound, it does not save it, so you do need to enter all six digits. And then, finally, we need to go to section 350. And by default, it's on 04. We need to change this to 03 which corresponds to contact ID. This is just the format that the report codes are sent in. So, we'll enter 03 03. It'll beep three times, back out. And that's all there is that you need to do. So, you can hit pound again, and now the system is fully programmed for the BAT unit as long as you're using the telco connection.

All right, guys. So that's all there is to it. It's pretty easy. Now, that is the recommended way. There's a couple of other alternatives ways you can do it, but this is the simplest, and as long as this is your sole communicator, it's definitely the best way to do it. So if you found this video helpful, and you liked the video, make sure you hit the like button for us. And as always, thanks for watching and I'll see you in the next video.