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    Smoke Alarms

    I'm not sure if this is the correct forum for this, but here goes.

    I was thinking I should change the batteries in my smoke detector but I assume that will set off my alarm. Do I need to call the central monitoring station or do something else before changing the batteries?

    Also, what do I need to do to add smoke alarms to the 2GIG system (Vivint customer)?

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    You can get the (2X lithium CR123A) batteries for the smkt2 at any drug store, the smkt3 use 3X AAA lithium I think...get those anywhere.

    The panel will go into trouble, should not alarm, but its a good idea to call central station and place system on a test.

    For adding new sensors/smokes, you will need programming access, then after you install, call Vivint ask for data entry and give them the new zone and descriptor (I.e., Zone 22 'third floor smoke detector')

    Programming is easy...

    Download the cheat sheet for descriptor codes (name of sensor):
    http://2gig.com/pdf/product-info/Che...et(Z-WAVE).pdf

    On piece of paper, write down the codes that spell out what you want the descriptor to be for the new zone ( for example, 'third floor smoke detector' is 228, 088, 208, 052).

    Then...


    How to install smoke detectors:
    Access system configuration (logo>installer code> system configuration)
    Use right arrow to find an empty/unused zone
    Down arrow
    Change unused to (09) 24-hour fire
    Down arrow
    Enter (1058) for smkt3, or (0895) for smkt2
    Down arrow
    Learn serial by shift then learn and tampering smoke det
    Down arrow
    Equip age (0) new
    Down arrow
    Loop 1(1)
    Down arrow
    Enter descriptor (insert, then code for each word as shown on cheat sheet)
    Down arrow
    Reports enabled (1)
    Down arrow
    Supervised enabled (1)
    Down arrow
    Chime disabled (00)
    Down arrow
    Summary screen (check it carefully, make sure programming is right)
    Then 'skip', 'end', 'exit'
    Panel reboots

    Smkt2 are heat and photo smokes on same zone, smkt3 on the other hand, have 3 separate zones to be programmed (smoke/heat/freeze)

    The above instructions are for both on smoke, but for a smkt3, you now have to program the heat zone...

    In system config use right arrow to find next empty zone
    Only three things will be different...equipment age becomes (2) 'Existing', loop is loop2 (2), and descriptor will be for heat (example, 'third floor smoke detector' on the loop1 zone becomes 'third floor heat detector' on loop2 zone)

    If you decide to do freeze, process is same, for setting up heat zone, but instead of loop2, it is loop3 (3) zone, and descriptor is for example 'third floor freeze detector'

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    I'm genuinely impressed by how much you know about this stuff.

    I have the smkt3. I just looked at the manuals located here.

    It says "insert 3 AAA Energizer E92." Those are just regular alkaline batteries.

    I have two already, in addition to the ones that came in every room of the house. I may pick up another if I see a good deal so thanks for the installation instructions. Last time I got the two for $20 on Amazon and then Vivint installed them for free. Doubtful I could get them to do that again.

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    I replaced my 3 AAA with coppertops and it immediately shows low battery! Guess I need to get LI's.

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    Use E92 (or equivalent) 1100 mAh 1.5v AAA

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