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    Just as it takes two to tango, wireless operation requires two items: a radio transmitter to send signals and a receiver to collect those signals, interpret them, and relay them to the alarm system control. Your DSC wireless setup will include either a stand-alone receiver or one that's built into a keypad. In either case, it will be programmed as a 5132 receiver. That programming is done in section 804 (your receiver or keypad/receiver should have come with a manual which includes a Programming Worksheet). Almost all the programming will involve identifying, or "enrolling" the wireless devices so that the receiver will recognize them and accept their signals.

    Programming section 804 has two-digit subsections, or slots, for each of the devices. Subsections 01 through 32 are reserved for zones 1-32, to which wireless sensors can be assigned. Slots 33 through 36 are for handheld keypads, and 41 through 56 are for key fobs.

    Censors??!! I thought this was a public forum!!

    No, sensors. We'll begin by enrolling them. Each sensor has a unique Electronic Serial Number (ESN), which must be registered with the system. Almost every ESN contains letters as well as numbers. Since keypads have no letters, the letters must be entered as "HEX" digits. Here's how it works:

    In HEX programming,


    "But how," you ask, "does the system know it's an A and not a 1?" Good question! HEX entries have a * before and after. So "A" is entered as *1*. BC would be *23*.
              The ESN 297F35 would be entered  297 *6* 35
              The ESN 4B32E7 would be entered  4 *2* 32 *5* 7
              The ESN 2C1FD6 would be 2 *3* 1 *64* 6
    Remember, the " * " tells the system that you are beginning to enter HEX digits and that you are finished entering HEX digits.
    So now we're ready to go.

    As we said earlier, wireless sensors are enrolled in slots 01 (for zone 1) through slot 32 (for zone 32). So to enroll a window transmitter with ESN 2A45B6 as zone 12, you would enter:

    Installer's Code
    804 (the section for wireless programming)
    12  (the subsection for zone 12)
    2 *1* 45 *2* 6  (the ESN)
    ##  (exit programming)

    For the zones to work, you must do a couple of other things. If the zone number is to be higher than 8, you need to go into section 203 (for zones 9-16), 204 (for zones 17-24), 205 (for zones 25-32), and so on, and toggle that zone on so that it will be assigned to Partition 1 (for simplicity, we will assume you are using only one partition). Each one of those sections has 8 toggle options (one for each zone), so in section 203, option 1 will represent zone 9, option 2 will be zone 10, etc. In section 204, option 1 will be zone 17, and so on.

    The zones must then be defined, just as all zones are, in section 001, 002, etc., depending on the zone number and your particular system.

    Finally, you must go into section 1XX (where XX is the zone number) and turn ON option 8 (the wireless attribute). You must do this for every zone that is to be wireless. Be sure to do so after you've defined the zones, since in section 1XX you are altering the default attributes for that definition.

    You look fob-ulous, dahling!!

    Key fobs (DSC calls them "wireless keys") are enrolled in slots 41 through 56. If you have two fobs, you may as well put them in slots 41 and 42. You would do that like this:

    Installer's Code
    804 (the section for wireless programming)
    41  (the slot for the first keyfob)
    XXXXXX  (the Electronic Serial Number of fob #1)
    42  (the slot for the second keyfob)
    XXXXXX  (the Electronic Serial Number of fob #2)
    ##  (Exit programming)

    One more item for the key fobs: check the manual that came with the fobs; if they come with default values for the four function keys, great! If not, you must program them in section 804, subsection 59. The fobs will not work unless the function keys are defined, either by default or by you. The functions are listed in the manual. So once you enter section 804, subsection 59, the first two digits will become the definition for function key #1, the next two digits will define key #2, etc. Enter all eight digits without interruption, just as you have done in entering zone definitions.

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