Lyric Security System: Program Guest Code


Hi DIYers. Sterling with alarm grid here and
today we’re going to show you how to use and set up the guest code for the Honeywell Lyric
system. If you’re familiar with Honeywell security systems, whether its the older…well
not older, but the traditional Vista security systems, or the Lynx Plus or Lynx Touch systems,
you may already know or have heard about a babysitter code. The Lynx Touch panels changed
the name from babysitter to guest, but it’s all the same idea. It’s a special user code that can arm and
disarm the system, however it can only disarm the system if that particular code was used
to arm it, alright? I like the phrasing “babysitter” better than “guest”, because a lot of people
will enable the guest code for their neighbor, that they want to have access to arm and disarm
no matter what. And when they do that, they find out that there’s some limitations with
the guest code. So it used to be better to be calling it the babysitter code because
it made a little more sense. But just keep in mind that the guest user slot is the babysitter
code or it’s the special guest code. And again, it can arm and disarm, but it can only disarm
if that particular code was used to arm. So, the reason I like “babysitter” as a better
phrase is because of this scenario. You and the Mrs. invite the babysitter over. You’re
going to go on a date and leave the kids behind. You give the babysitter the babysitter or
the guest code, okay? It’s a special four digit code unique, separate from your installer
code, or your master code, or any sub-user codes. You tell the babysitter code what that code
is, and then you guys go to dinner. You leave the system disarmed because the babysitter’s
there with the kids. If the babysitter wants to take the kids out for ice cream, they can
leave and they can arm with the guest code, alright? Now the system is secure when they
leave. You would, of course, encourage your babysitter to do that so your house is secure
while they take the kids out for an errand. When they come back, because they used their
code, because they don’t know any other codes, they’ll be able to disarm with that code and
the system will disarm and they’ll be back in the house, they can rearm it to stay mode.
And when you guys come home, you can disarm with your master code. A master code can disarm a guest or babysitter
code arming, alright? Now, tomorrow, you guys go to work, you arm it to the master code
user, because that’s what you guys used to arm and disarm. And now you don’t have to
wonder if that babysitter comes back tomorrow and says, “Man, they had a lot of nice stuff
in that house. They gave me a code that I can use to arm and disarm their system and
now that they trust me because I’m their babysitter, I’m going to come in and break in and use
my code and they’re never going to even know.” If they try to do that, and you’ve armed it
with the master code, their babysitter code or guest code will not disarm the system and
the alarm will go off, and police will go out, and you’ll be protected. So that scenario
of a babysitter situation to me makes a lot of sense for why to use this guest code, and
that’s why I like the phrasing “the babysitter”. But basically, in this panel it’s called “guest”.
And again, it’s just a special code that can arm and disarm, but can only disarm if that
particular code was used to arm. So if you gave it to your housekeeper, as
long as you have your master code that you’re using on a day-to-day basis, on the day when
the cleaning lady comes, you’re going to arm it instead with the guest code. And because
you’ve armed it with the guest code, you can give the house cleaner that code. And the
system, having been armed with that code, they can then come and disarm with that code
and they’ll have access to the house, they clean, they do their thing. You tell them,
“On your way out, you arm with that same code.” And again, they’ll be able to leave, of course
they’d be able to come back. But, once you guys come back, you can disarm with the master,
or a sub-user, or the guest code. The system will disarm and again, once you arm it back
with the master code, the guest code will no longer allow the system to disarm. So, now that we’ve explained the guest code
and alternatively called the babysitter code and how it works, let’s show you how to set
it up. The thing you’ll need to set it up is your existing master code and by default
that master code is one, two, three, four. So you type that in and you’re on this master
level programming screen, and from this screen you can hit “users”, and then if you highlight
“guest” and hit “edit”, you’ll see out of the box “default”, this guest box is here.
You cannot delete this box. You can hit “delete”, but nothing happens. This is because it’s
a hard coded special user, alright? So there’s no four digit code assigned yet,
but it’s there, it can’t be removed. And when you hit “edit”, you can see as guest it’s
slot 47, and if you hit the user code, you can type any code you want. In this case we’re
going to do nine, eight, seven, six. When we hit “done”, we can now see we have four
asterisks letting us visually see that a guest code has been enabled and making sure we hit
“save”. If we hit this return arrow, we’ve just undone everything we did. But hitting
“save” locks it in. And now all of these three codes are set up because we have asterisks. So we have our master, we have our guest,
we have our duress, alright? You can add new sub-users and we have a video on how to do
that. Those sub-users could arm or disarm, no matter who armed the system. With the guest
code, they’re only disarming if the guest was used. So we’re going to show you that
now. So we’ve gone over in detail how it works
and why it works, and now we’re going to show it to you. So the master code is one, two,
three, four. We arm with one, two, three, four, and if we try to disarm with the guest,
it doesn’t work. It still says, “Armed away, exit now.” We’re still on our countdown. It
didn’t give us an error message, it just didn’t work. It would be the same thing as if we
tried a code that wasn’t programmed at all. So when the master is used to arm, the guest
code doesn’t do anything at all, alright? But if we then disarm with the master, systems’s
disarmed, ready to arm. We’re good to go. So, if we arm it now with the guest, nine,
eight, seven, six. Same idea, system arms. If we try to disarm with one, two, three,
four, it would disarm because that’s a master. And if we’re the guest or the babysitter and
we’re coming back from an errand with the kids, because we armed it with nine, eight,
seven, six…or, if I’m the cleaning lady, because the homeowner armed it when they left
for work with this code knowing I’m coming, hitting nine, eight, seven, six will disarm
the system. And if you look in the event log of the panel, which is master level programming,
you can see that when we armed it with the master code, it reported it as user two. When
we disarmed, it reported as master user two and then when we armed it with the guest,
it reported it as user 47. And because the guest code was used to arm, that same guest
code was then able to disarm the system, which also reported as user 47. So it’s a unique code that allows you to give
limited access to people that should only have access to the home at various times.
So you can’t tell the system to use this code between these hours. But based on the code
that you used to arm the system last, you can allow certain people that wouldn’t otherwise
have access to the home to be able to come in and disarm the system without the alarm
going off. So we hope you’ve enjoyed that explanation of the guest code. Again, alternatively
it’s called the babysitter code in other systems. And you now know how to enable a guest code
and how you would use a guest code to help you use your Lyric system better. So, we hope
you’ve enjoyed that, if you have any questions on setting up a guest code please let us know,
we’re happy to help. And we invite you to subscribe to our channel so that you’re updated
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