honeywell L5100PK lynx touch self-contained alarm kitstars4Rating: 4.1 Reviewed by Paul

 

The Honeywell L5100PK Lynx Touch is a home security kit that you can install yourself. It includes equipment to protect 3 entry points, a motion sensor to cover a room, a remote key fob and the Lynx Touch control panel for controlling it all.

It is a wireless system so there is no need to run wires through the walls for the devices to                      buy5._V192207739_                        communicate. Installation can be a bit more involved than other kits as it is not plug and play and you need to get the control panel to “learn” the sensors and remote. But most find this doable it just takes time and patience. Also, you do need to separately buy a cable to run between the transformer andthe control panel.

To monitor this system it needs to be connected to your landline or it can work with some VOIP such as Vonage.  There are additional components that can be bought separately and installed   inside the control panel to communicate over the internet or over the AlarmNet cellular network.

To self-monitor you are most likely going to need to pay a monthly fee but because you have installed yourself you have a choice of providers you can work with to get the best price and service with some offering the service on a month by month basis.

Installation

This is something the customer reviews disagree on. Some saying it is easy and others are frustrated about what is involved. There is a cable missing that needs to be bought separataly and the included instruction documentation is not very friendly for the non-technician. It will take a few hours to install and you do need to have some basic technical aptitude and some DIY skills if you don’t want to have a cable hanging down from the control panel to the transformer to plug into the house supply.

The missing cable is to connect the control panel to the included transformer . This needs to be bought separately. You can either buy Honeywell LT-cable (8 feet long and costs under $20) which has a DC plug to connect it to the power supply input in the control panel  or you can use regular alarm wire (2 connector) which you can buy from your local hardware store or online (you can check the required gauge with them – most people recommend 18 gauge). Most people run the cable behind the wall between the control panel and transformer as this is a tidier solution but does require fishing the end out from behind the wall, however you don’t have to but it is a tidier solution.

Even though it doesn’t come with that important cable it does include the mounting hardware of screws and double back tape for installing the sensors and control panel.

Before installing the system it is a good idea lay out the system on a table and go through the process of setting up the sensors with the control panel, as this is not a plug and play so the sensors and key fob need to be set up. You will also need the installer code that comes with the standard guide to access the zones to assign the sensor to. It is straightforward but it takes time it just isn’t clear in the instructions.

The internet is not needed to set this system up but it can come in handy as a resource in helping clarify some of the mysteries presented by the installation guide.

Alarm Grid has a number of very good installation videos on You Tube. They do an excellent in showing you what to do to set up and install the system.  (They also provide an affordable monitoring service without a contract.) See an example video below on installing the control panel and running the cable.

Do take the time to go through the installation and programming guides even though they can be confusing and watch the YouTube videos if you want additional information and instruction on setting the system up.

Contract

There is no requirement to sign a contract when you buy this equipment. It will work as a standalone system that sounds the alarm when a sensor is triggered. You can set it up to call 2 phone numbers by wiring in your landline and setting it up as per the instructions in the manual. (Thanks to tridfx.com for pointing this out.)

A number of the services you may want from this service such as z-wave (for home automation), WiFi internet service and cellular network require signing up for a monitoring service and additional modules to be bought.

Buying this starter pack and other components through Amazon does mean you have the choice of who you want to monitor the system if that is something you want.  Even if you want to self-monitor and use the interactive services you do need to access Honeywell’s AlarmNet services – here again you do have a choice of who you use and there are services that charge by the month and don’t require a contract to be signed or you can sign up for a yearly subscription deals with suppliers

Support

Honeywell itself is not responsive to the end customer requests for help and information. It is their expectation that these types of questions are dealt with by the re-sellers, dealers and the installers. Unfortunately, they don’t see themselves as being in the business of selling to and supporting their ultimate customer.  The monitoring companies appear to be very helpful but you need to subscribe to their services to get support.

The manufacturer states that there is a 2 year warranty on their products.

Cameras

This package does not include a camera.  However, Honeywell does offer 3 different cameras. Strictly speaking the cameras do not integrate with the system but with your Total Connect Account (see remote monitoring section for details) which you can get if you sign up for a monitoring package – either self or third party monitoring but it does cost extra.

You do not need a Honeywell security system for these cameras to work but you do need an Alarmnet video service. If you have a security system you can add this to the same Total Connect account so you can control and monitor them from the same account using the App or internet account.

Controlling the cameras all through one account makes life easier. But you need to pay extra to have the service. You can have 10 second videos taken every time a movement is sensed by the camera and have them sent to your email account and stored on your Total Connect account.
Before installing it is worth checking out whether your internet connection is fast enough otherwise you will end up with very choppy and/or poor quality video. The three cameras communicate wirelessly with your router but require to be plugged in for power.

The image quality seems to be acceptable but you can only record a maximum of 10 seconds video at a time and there is no audio capability. You are limited to 6 cameras per Alarmnet account.

The cameras seem durable, the resolution is SD and the picture quality is okay – you can see what is happening but it is hard to see someone’s face clearly.

You can stream them all over your internet connection at the same time in separate windows but the quality will depend on your connection speed.

The 3 different cameras available are: an outdoor camera (Honeywell IPCAM-WO), fixed indoor camera (Honeywell IPCAM-WI2) and pan/tilt camera (Honeywell IPCAM-PT).

Video Storage

This system does not control the cameras but you can add them to your Alarmnet account.
The video captured is stored on your Total Connect Account and the limit is 100 Mb which is the equivalent of 100 5 to 10 second clips – the oldest ones will be overwritten when your storage limit is reached.

Alarms

There is an internal alarm housed within the control panel. It is 85 decibels loud. This is like listening to busy city traffic. It should be loud enough to let people within the house know that the alarm has been sounded but it is unlikely anyone outside the house will notice it. When it detects a break in or the panic button is pressed it is a constant siren. If it is because carbon monoxide gas or smoke is detected the alarm siren pulses.

The siren will sound for 15 seconds and then there is a voice announcement of the zone triggered. It then starts up again and this cycle will continue until it is disarmed or until it reaches the designated timeout length and it then resets itself. The timeout length can be set to 4,8,12 or 16 minutes long with 4 minutes being the standard length. The zones that triggered the alarm remain displayed on the control panel until cleared by the user.

You can add 5800WAVE wireless siren to the system that plugs directly into a power socket to have a siren in other parts of the home. It is 95 decibels loud.

Notification

Honeywell Ademco GSMVLP5-4GThis system has the ability to phone up to 2 phones and inform them of the zone triggered. There is no capability to send text messages or to record a message. For more notification options you need to purchase internet or cellular connectors modules and subscribe to an Alarmnet account through a third party monitoring service.  You do have a choice of services and these include ones where you only have to pay by the month without a contract and no upfront activation fee.

Remote Monitoring

The Honeywell L5100PK kit as it comes does not give scope for remote monitoring. You can get a phone call over the landline if you connect to your landline or VOIP as discussed above (it is designed to be monitored by a third party) otherwise you can have it phone a monitoring service if you have subscribed to it.

To get more remote monitoring functions you need to install an alarmnet communicator – either an internet (WiFi or cable) or cellular module. Alarmnet is Honeywell’s own network for communicating with remote services without using a landline. These communicators need to be bought separately.

You then need to have them activated by a dealer (and you need to pay a monthly fee) you can then access AlarmNet’s Total Control Account which gives you the ability to monitor your system from your smartphone or computer. You also can receive text/email notifications of incidents.

Honeywell L5100-ZWAVE - Z-Wave Control Communication ModuleYou have the choice to self-monitor or have the system monitored by a third party – either way you are required to pay a monthly fee. Self-monitoring is a cheaper option but it does mean if you miss the call from the system no action will be taken as a result.

With Total Connect 2.0 you can control and monitor your system remotely with your smartphone (there are free apps to download for most phone and mobile devices) and by using a computer connected to the internet. It gives you the ability to arm/disarm the system if you want to give someone access while you are away or if you forgot to arm when you left.

You can add and delete users from one screen and more. There is a lot of flexibility with this account to receive notifications when someone comes home, a door is opened or isn’t opened when expected – such as when your children don’t arrive home as expected or when someone has accessed the liquor cabinet.

You can set it up to schedule events such as arming the system.

If you have purchased the z-wave module (available separately) ,which gives you home automation capability, you can control this through your Total Connect Account giving you the ability to control the thermostats and turn lights on/off if you have the devices (bought separately). If you have bought surveillance cameras you also control these through the account. This can all be done remotely from anywhere in the world. You can schedule the lights turning on and off at certain times during the day to give the appearance that someone is home.

It is easy to use and gives you a lot ability to control and monitor your system remotely. You can have this functionality and self-monitor for a monthly fee or you can add third party monitoring for an additional fee.

Battery

The control panel is powered by the house supply with a battery backup that lasts up to 4 hours when there is a power outage. The other devices are powered by battery and these are supplied when you buy.

The backup battery should be replaced every 4 years – the control panel will alert you when the battery needs replacing – the low battery message will show without a zone number to let you know when it needs replacing.  The battery should be replaced by using Honeywell’s 4 hour battery backup (part no. LYNXRCHKIT-SC) it is currently available on Amazon – priced below $20. Or you can replace using the LYNXRCHKIT-SHA which gives 24 hour backup power – it is also currently available on Amazon priced below $30. If you wanted you could upgrade to the 24 hour battery backup at anytime to provide additional backup time in the event of a power outage.

The door/window transmitters and motion sensors both use a CR123 battery. The expected life of the battery is up to 7 years. The batteries are simple to replace and can be bought online and at hardware stores.  The current price on Amazon for 6 is just under $12. The control panel will let you know when the batteries in the sensors need replacing in the next 30 days by displaying low battery and zone number and by beeping.

The remote control requires a CR2032 or DL2032 battery. These are readily available. The cost is under $3 for 2 on Amazon currently. The battery should last up to 5 years depending on use.  The LED light comes on when the battery is low and is ready to be replaced. It is easy to access and replace the battery.

5800PIR-RES Wireless Motion DetectorSensors/Detection

You get one motion sensor in this package. The motion sensor is a PIR sensor meaning that it detects movement by sensing changes in body heat. It has a range of 35 by 40 feet with a horizontal viewing angle of 90 degrees. This sensor is usually mounted on a corner so that it can cover an entire room.

If you have pets this sensor won’t pick them up if they weigh under 80 lbs. This is great if you have pets because when you leave for the day you can set the alarm in away mode so the sensor is armed and your pet can move around the house without setting the alarm off.
The effectiveness of the system decreases when the air temperature rises is close to 90 to 105 degree Fahrenheit.

Door/Window Contacts

Three door/window transmitters come in this kit. They come in two parts – one is a magnet and the other is the transmitter/sensor. These detect the opening of a door or window when the two parts are separated.

They are installed using the double sided tape or screws included – one part is on the door or window and the other is placed on the frame. They need to be placed less than a half inch apart when door or window is closed otherwise the system will “sense” it is open and won’t be able to be armed.

These transmitter or sensors can be used on most types of doors or windows that open whether they slide open, open from the bottom, the top or the side.

The system can be set so it chimes when a door or window is opened and announces it when it is disarmed so you know when people are accessing areas they shouldn’t be or maybe when the kids are trying to sneak out on a school night (if you have upgraded to a Total Connect Account you could have a notification sent to your phone).

Panic Button/Duress Codes

When the system is being monitored by a third party you can set one of the pin codes to be a duress code that when entered it turns the alarm off but lets the monitoring center that you have been forced to do so and they can dispatch emergency services. You do need to check with the monitoring service to confirm they offer this service.

There is a panic key on the control panel and when pressed for 4 seconds the panic icons appear on the touch screen for police, fire or medical and emergency, when pressed this alerts the monitoring service which emergency service to dispatch.

You may need to enter your code if that is the way system has been set up. You will need to discuss with your monitoring service to set this up.

The remote key fob has 4 buttons on it and you can assign one of those buttons (normally the one with the red asterisk) as a panic button. The button needs to be pressed 3 seconds to activate the panic alarm.

Setting The Alarm

You can arm and disarm in 2 ways using the control panel and the remote key fob (if you have WiFi or cellular network modules installed and upgrade to a Total Connect Account you can do this using a mobile device or computer).

To set the alarm using the control panel you press the Arm Stay (if staying) or Arm Away (if leaving) icon on the display followed by your pin code. To disarm the system you press either the Off Key or the Disarm icon followed by your code.

If using your remote key fob you press the button you set up for a few seconds to arm in stay or away or mode or to disarm. You can assign which button does what when you are setting the key fob up in the system. The buttons have symbols that help you decide which one to assign to each function.

When you have a Total Connect Account you can also use your smartphone to do this from anywhere in the world you can access your account. If you are at  work and you forgot to arm the system you can arm it without returning or you could disarm it if you want to give someone access while you are away.

You can set the system to be automatically armed at a scheduled time each day so you don’t have to remember to do it – great for during the week and you won’t be last out of the house the system you can have it armat the time you know everyone has left for the day – there is no need to rely on people remembering to do this especially if they are forgetful.

If you want to set the alarm with your bedroom window open (if it has sensor on it) you can do this by pressing the zones button and telling the system to ignore it by using the bypass function.

Control Panel

Lynx Touch Wireless Alarm Control PanelThe Lynx Touch Panel is an easy to use panel for programming, arming/disarming and adding/deleting users. The touch screen is in color and 4.7 inches diagonally across with icons that are easy to see and to press on to take you to the next screen or complete your action. This is also where you can see what has happened with your system in your absence. (If you have a Total Control Account a lot of the functionality can also be done from your smartphone.) Although it looks a bit dated now it is designed to be easy to use. As stated previously if you are struggling with something there are number of good videos on YouTube by AlarmGrid that should give you the information you need.

The front of the control panel has the LCD touch screen where you press the icons to do most of your day to day activities. Below the screen you have 4 keys: – home key for exiting a screen or returning to the home screen, disarm key to use to disarm, away key for arming system in away mode and panic key for initiating panic sequence.

Also on the front is the speaker for listening to the instructions and confirmations from the system. The voice is pleasant and gives you instructions to disarm now, leave now etc. It can be turned off if you don’t like it. Also, there is a microphone in the left side speaker for recording personal messages and using the two-way voice and speaker phone operation to speak with the person(s) monitoring the system.
Between the keys and the LCD touch screen are two indicator lights. The right light lets you know if the system is ready to be armed or is armed, there is a fault if blinking or the speaker phone is active. The left light lets you know if system is armed or disarmed or if blinking there is a fault as one of the sensors is open or not working.

The LCD Touch screen in home mode gives the times, messages (such as notifications of events and weather) and icons for arming, programming and setting up the system to take you further into the system.  This screen gives you access to the functionality of the system. It is here you can set up users, add sensors, set up zones and control your home automation features (if you have added this module– it needs to be bought separately).

Depending on functions and modules you have the dashboard screen will display, date & time, weather forecasts,  and icons for security system, zwave home automation, news updates, traffic updates and notices to give you access to information and functionality. With this system kit you have access to security section of the system. (To receive weather, news and traffic updates there is a monthly charge)

The security menu (accessed by pushing security icon) is where you can arm/disarm the system in home or away mode and set to delay or instant, access information on zones and more.

The more icon gives you access to additional icons – to let you know the system status, tools for user programming menus and settings.

The settings icon allows you to adjust the settings of the panel – brightness of the display, contrast, volume, voice, chime and ringer.

The tools menu gives the ability when you enter the master code to add users. You can see a log of security events, add and remove reminders, test the system out and more.

The system gives you the option to add up to 16 user codes with 4 of them used by installer code, babysitter code, master code and duress code.  The remaining user codes can be set to arm/disarm the system.

The babysitter code is for assigning to a babysitter or someone you want to give access to your house. With this code they can only disarm the system if the code was used to arm the system. This prevents the person with the babysitter code from accessing your home when they are not supposed to be there.

If you have Total Connect Account linked to your system you can assign up to a maximum of 15 smartphone users to control your system remotely as they need to have a user code to work the system. The number may reduce to use to 13 if you have assigned a duress code and babysitter code.

Timers

5816WMWH Door-Window TransmittersWhen arming the system in stay or away mode there is a delay time of 60 seconds as default. There is a countdown displayed on the control panel letting you know how much time to leave. It also announces that the system is armed and to leave now. The delay can be changed to a range between 45 seconds and 2 minutes.

When there is less than 10 seconds to leave before the system is armed the control panel emits fast beeps to remind you to leave. You can press the Restart Icon to restart the Exit delay to give you more time to leave.

If you have set the alarm to away mode the system has a good feature where it will change to stay mode if no one leaves – so you can move around the house without triggering the alarm. When you are ready to leave you need to disarm and then arm in away mode.

When you enter your home you have 30 seconds as standard to disarm the system before the alarm is sounded.  It beeps and talks to you to let you know you need to disarm it during this time.  And to help you to know how much time you have left there is a countdown on the display screen.

The entry delay can be changed from no delay to a maximum of 4 minutes. In addition you can have different delay times for 2 entrances. So, if you have the panel near the front door and if you also use the back door or garage as an entry you can give your self time to walk over to the control panel.

There is also a burglary abort window that can be programmed into the system – this is the time between when the alarm sounds and when the notifications sent to the monitoring company or to your phone. The default setting is 30 seconds but this can be changed to none to 45 seconds.

If you have professional monitoring you should check with them before making the changes to ensure you are complying with any monitoring regulations.

What protection is there to stop it being disarmed by a criminal

Where third party monitoring is being use the system has smash and grab functionality called Advanced Protection Logic (APL). When a sensor detects a movement or a door/window has been opened a signal is sent to the monitoring center letting it know. The monitoring center is then on notice awaiting a further signal when the system is correctly disarmed. If it does not receive this, the monitoring center after the entrance delay time has elapsed treats it as a security event and starts emergency dispatch procedures.

Coverage

The sensors can be installed up to 200 feet away from the control panel giving good coverage for most houses. This range can be extended by a further 200 ft with the purchase of the Honeywell 5800RPWireless Repeater. It requires a Honeywell 1332 transformer that needs to be bought separately to power it. It does have a backup battery that will power it for up to 6 hours in the event of a power outage. As well as extending the range it can be used to boost a signal if you are having issues with the signal dropping out due to interference from the structure of building such as if you have metal barn.

Wireless or Wired

This is a wireless system. The sensors communicate with the control panel using wireless transmitters using 345 mhz frequency and are powered by batteries.

The control panel needs to be plugged in to the house supply for power. To get a notification out to you or the monitoring company the control panel also needs to be plugged into the landline or VOIP with the cord provided. You can buy extra modules separately (i) to upgrade it to communicate over WiFi with your router to get the message out over the internet or (ii) to upgrade the system to communicate with a monitoring company using the alarmnet cellular network.

Zones

There are 64 zones with 16 reserved for the remote control , 1 hard wired and 47 available as programmable zones for 5800 series sensors and 16 reserved for the remote key fobs.

Zone 1 is for the hard wired zone, zones 2 to 48 are reserved for sensors and 49 to 64 are for remote key fobs. In addition to these zones there are also 6 temperature zones (80 – 85) which you can use if you have installed the L5100-ZWAVE controller and Z-wave compatible thermostats.

For most sensors set up there is a one to one relationship between a sensor and zone.  Some sensors can be set to detect different things using a different Loop (which tell the system how to act when the sensor is triggered).

The sensors normally will be set to Loop 1 however the 5816 window/door transmitter is set to Loop 2 to let you know when the door or window it is attached to has been opened.  When set to Loop 1 this sensor it will transmit wirelessly a hardwired zone attached to internal terminals. All this is to say take care when adding a 5816 sensor to the system.

The key fob remote controls each take up 4 zones to program the keys for arm stay, arm away, disarm and panic, so if you want this functionality on your key fobs you can have up to 4 key fobs in zones 49 to 64, but you can use zones 2 – 48 for more key fobs if the key fob zones 49 to are in use.

A zone is where you can choose the action taken by the system when the sensor attached to is triggered depending on whether the system is armed or not.  It does come with a lot of flexibility in this regard to customize it how you want.

Here is a list of some of the functions or response types you can set the zones up to do depending on the sensor type. The system helps when setting up to limit the display of the system responses available for that sensor.

For the zone to have exit or entry delay when arming with a choice of 2 delays

Set the perimeter and the motion sensor to be activated instantly when armed

Delay on a motion sensor that you must pass through to get to your control panel to disarm it after entry. However, it will sound the alarm instantly if the door sensor has not detected it being opened

Chime and announce when door is opened when system is not armed

There are a number of other functions for silent alarms, notifications when internal doors are opened, for responses to panic alarms, 24 hour alarms for fire and CO2 whether system is armed or not and more.
When setting up the zones you can name them using the available database of words giving you the choice of two words to describe each sensor as well as sensor type to give you a description like patio right door or living room motion sensor and so on. There looks to be a big selection of words which will help in knowing which sensor was tripped and you do not have to struggle with remembering what location the zone number referred to.

Dimensions

Lynx Touch 5100 Wireless Control Panel – 6.1 by 8.5 by 1.8 inches

5800PIR-RES Wireless Pet Immune Motion Detector  – 2.4 by 3.4 by 1.5 inches

5834 Wireless Key Remote – 2.25 by 1.25 by 0.5 inches

5816 Door / Window Transmitters – 3-1/16 by 1-9/16 by 1-3/16 inches

Honeywell L5100PK Features

With this model you get the following components as standard:

1 X L5100 Lynx Touch Wireless Control Panel – this is the brains of the system and communicates wirelessly with the sensors, sounds the alarm when sensors are triggered and is where the system is programmed 3 X 5816 Door / Window Transmitters – these detect if a window or door is being opened. They are in two parts with one part a magnet and the other a sensor/transmitter

1 X 5800PIR-RES Wireless Pet Immune Motion Detector – this detects movement inside the house in an area of up to 35 by 40 ft

1 X 5834 Wireless Key Remote  -this has four buttons and it can be programmed to perform  up to 8 functions. The buttons are recessed to prevent them being pressed by accident and causing a false alarm. You can arm the system in stay or away, disarm or press a panic button to sound the alarm and notify the monitoring services instantly.

Other – RJ31 jack and cord set, transformer, instructions, mounting hardware

Note: As mentioned earlier this kit does not include the cable needed to run power from the transformer to the control panel and needs to be bought separately.

Accessories

There is a wide range of accessories available for this system and you may need to pay a monthly fee to use them such as the camera, wifi, zwave and cellular network. The system can manage up to 64 sensors and key fobs in total. A selection of the components available are:

Honeywell L5100-ZWAVE – this module slides into the Lynx Touch panel to enable you to use the panel as a home automation controller and is compatible with many z-wave devices. It is installed inside the panel.  This module gives you the ability to control up to 3 thermostats, 40 Z-Wave door locks and 40 Z-Wave light switches.  You can set 20 scenes, 20 rules and 20 schedule – these allow you to get z-wave device(s) to take a certain action when something happens or at a certain time automatically by programming it in. When you have a Total Connect Account 2.0 it gives you access to 20 more scenes. This may sound a lot but it can be quite limiting as you get more used to the functionality and install more home automation products to give you much more options to automate your home. The devices that have been tested and are compatible with this module can be found here:  http://library.ademconet.com/MWT/fs2/L5100/L5100-Z-Wave-Compatibility-Chart.PDF

Honeywell L5100-WIFIHoneywell L5100-WIFI – this fits inside the Lynx Touch panel and easy to install. It gives the ability to communicate with your router using WiFi and then over the internet to your monitoring service (monthly fee payable) and gives you the option with a Total Connect Account to control and monitor your service with a computer or smartphone. If the internet goes down or there is power outage and your router goes off the link with monitoring center and your smartphone etc is lost.  This WIFi module continues to work in a power outage as there is a backup battery with the Lynx touch panel (an UPS for the router would help to keep the internet connection up during an outage). You might also consider a cellular communicator to provide further backup. The module works with WiFi working on the IEEE 802.11 B/G/N radio. A list of the routers that Honeywell has tested compatibility can be found here: http://library.ademconet.com/MWT/fs2/L5100/L5100-FAQs.PDF

Honeywell GSMVLP5-4G – this is a cellular communicator that also fits inside the Lynx touch panel to enable it to communicate using Alarm Grid network. It will communicate over 2G/3G/4G cellular networks to ensure the notifications get out.  This works well as a backup for WIFI or on its own and is great if you don’t have a landline. You will be charged a monthly fee to use the cellular network. It can connect with your Total connect 2.0 account. Honeywell 5800WAVE Wireless Siren – is a wireless siren that is 95 decibels loud. It is powered by an AC outlet and has a backup battery that lasts up to 12 hours. It plugs directly into the outlet. It can be set up so it doesn’t take up one of the zones. Additional Keypads – You can add wireless keypads for arming/disarming system from other locations in your house than from the control panel, they are battery powered.

Environmental Sensors – there are a number of environmental sensors that can be added to the system including C02 detectors, temperature sensor, water sensor, smoke detector and heat detector, There are also sensors that can perform two functions –  such as the temperature and water sensor, and the smoke and heat detector.

Security Sensors – there are a number of different motion sensors, door/window transmitters that can be added as well as glass break detectors and shock or vibration detectors.

Panic buttons – there are 3 different wireless panic buttons that can be added to the system for sounding the alarm instantly in an emergency

24 Hour Back Up Battery – You can upgrade to a 24 hour back up battery for the control panel from the 4 hour back up that comes with the system.

There is a wide range of sensors available to give you full protection coverage of your home and valuables.

Pros

System can be installed by home owner

You can add to the system when you want and as your budget allows

The system is wireless so there is no requirement to run cables through the walls except for connecting the control panel power to house supply.

The system is portable and can be taken with you when you move

Zwave compatible but you need to purchase Honeywell L5100-ZWAVE separately to use the functionality

2 year manufacturer’s warranty per the installation guide

Cellular connection available but required to buy Honeywell GSMVLP5-4G separately, install and set up

Can use internet via WiFi for more feature rich monitoring and control but you need to buy Honeywell L5100-WIFI and install it

The system works with a number of monitoring companies so you can choose the one you want including ones that charge by the month and don’t require a contract. There are some cheap deals available.

Up to 15 users can be assigned to arm/disarm the system

It has a wide range of accessories available to give  full security coverage

Home and away settings

Home insurance discount available with professional monitoring

Customizable set up – you can have a silent alarm, change the time before the alarm is sounded or set the system just to notify you when certain sensors are triggered

Comes with tape and hardware for installing sensors and control panel except for power cable

Motion sensor is pet friendly and won’t detect pets weighing under 80 lbs

All mounting hardware is included

You can give the zone names so you don’t have to remember what location the zone number is for

Cons

Does not include the cable needed to power the control panel – needs to be bought separately

Customer service for the home owner is limited from Honeywell but is good from a number of monitoring companies

To access features like WiFi, Z-wave, cellular you need to install, set up and purchase the components in addition to the kit and pay a monthly fee even if you just want to self monitor.

Z-wave only has 20 scenes (automation routines) which is limiting once you start to automate your lights, locks and thermostats

It is not plug and play and you need to tell the control panel to find the sensors when setting and installing. You need to study the instructions and videos on YouTube if you have a problem

Instructions are not user friendly and require some time to understand however there are very good YouTube videos you can watch

Only a 4 Hour battery backup if there is a power outage

Difficult to add an outdoor siren to the system and need to buy additional components

Honeywell L5100PK Consumer Ratings

honeywell l5100pk lynx touch self-contained alarm kit reviewI’ve read through most of the customer reviews I can find on this system. On the whole they are positive.

There are 2 areas that are of concern to customers. One is to do with the installation of the system. As noted above you do not get the cable needed to connect the control panel to the transformer to supply power to it. The installation and set up guide included with the system is not written with the end user in mind and is written more for professional installers.  However, there are some very good YouTube videos online that are very helpful in setting the system up especially those by Alarm Grid.

The other area mentioned in their review is the customer support. Honeywell don’t really want to talk with the end customer and this is reflected in their lack of responses to them. If you choose to use a monitoring company to monitor your system they can be very helpful. The two mentioned most are Alarm Grid and Alarm Relay.

One review did mention that it did feel like they kept on adding more cost on as you learned of new functionality, so it is important to know what you want up front and go from that angle, but that customer was still very pleased with the system quality, ease of use and reliability

Once you get over the issues of installation and customer support the feedback is positive. They like the system and the ability it gives them to cover their home. It is easy to use and can be expanded for home automation.

Honeywell L5100PK Price

The system is reasonably priced but is one of the higher priced DIY install systems. It is includes a control panel , 3 door/window transmitters, a motion sensor and a remote fob.

This kit is suitable for a small apartments but for anything larger to be fully protected you are going to want to add more window/door contact transmitters and motion sensors so plan on spending more. If you want to cover all the entry points you are looking to pay over $1000.

Also if you want to be able to self monitor you need to add the WiFi board and pay a monthly fee. If you want cellular backup you need to pay for the communication board and activate plus pay a monthly fee. You can add z-wave too but that needs to be paid for separately. So, when comparing prices with other systems make sure to add these costs.

So, the costs can add up but this is a very flexible system that provides good quality protection at a reasonable price and you can choose the best monitoring company to monitor or self-monitor the system through. It qualifies for free shipping on Amazon. You can check out the Honeywell L5100PK discounted price here.

Summary

This is a quality home security system that comes with a lot of functionality. It is harder to install than many other systems on the market as it is not plug and play and it doesn’t come with the necessary cable to connect the control panel to the transformer for power.  For most home owners and renters this is doable but takes more time.

You do have to pay extra to unlock many features to add the functionality for things such as z-wave home automation, cellular communication and WiFi for internet access. Plus you have to pay a monthly fee to be able to self monitor remotely.

The big benefits are you can install it yourself saving on installation, it has lots of accessories to customize the system to suit you and your family circumstances and you are not tied to one monitoring company and can change when you want or cancel depending on who you go with.

It is very good system but be prepared to pay extra for any additional functionality. It can make a good starting point if you are on a budget and can afford a small monthly fee to reliably protect your home, family and valuables.

 

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