How to Add a Two Way Talking Touch-Screen Sensor to a GE Simon XT Alarm

How to Add a Two Way Talking Touch-screen Sensor to a GE Simon XT Alarm
How to Add a Two Way Talking Touch-screen Sensor to a GE Simon XT Alarm
If you upgrade from a GE Simon 3 alarm to a GE Simon XT and have a talking touch pad you will not be able to use your talking touch pad anymore with you new Simon XT.  You will need to upgrade your touchpad  to a Talking TouchScreen.  I’ll show you How to Add a Two Way Talking Touch-Screen Sensor to a GE Simon XT Alarm and here’s how…

How to Add a Two Way Talking Touch-Screen Sensor to a GE Simon XT Alarm

Hardware:

GE Simon XT Alarm Panel

Step 1: Use the up/down arrows (above and below the OK button) to scroll to “System Programming” and press the “OK” button.

Simon XT System Programming Menu Option

Step 2: Enter the installer code.

You will need to ask for this code from your alarm company or the place you purchased the GE Simon XT alarm panel.  It is four digits.

Simon XT Installer Code Prompt

Step 3: Use the up/down arrows to scroll to “Sensors” and press the “OK” button.

Simon XT Sensors Menu Option

Step 4: Use the up/down arrows to scroll to “Learn Sensor” and press the “OK” button.

The panel will display “Trip sensor ##”, with the number signs flashing.  The number listed will be the next available (un-programmed) sensor spot.

Simon XT Learn Sensor Menu Option
This is what you’ll see on the display when you are ready to trip the sensor you are adding:

Simon XT Trip Sensor # Menu

Step 5: On the TouchScreen tap the settings button.

After pressing the settings button this is what you’ll then see:

Touchpad Settings Display

Step 6:  Tap the down arrow (twice) until you see the “Clear & Enroll” option.

Tap on “Clear & Enroll.”  The Simon XT panel should chirp to indicated that it detected the touchpad.

Touchpad > Settings > Clear & Enroll Button

Step 7: On the Simon XT Alarm Panel enter the sensor group.

Enter 07 on the numerical keypad of the XT.

Step 8: Select the Sensor name.

By default it will say “Touchpad.”  Press the “Ok” button on the XT to accept.

Step 9: IMPORTANT–WAIT: Do not press any buttons for a bit.

You will see the four main buttons on the Simon XT panel (Doors+Windows, Motion, Disarm, and Status) rapidly flash.  This signifies that the XT panel is communicating with the touchpad.  DO NOT press the Status button to get out of programming mode.  Allow the XT Panel to communicate and sync up with the touchpad.  Once the 4 buttons remain lit and not flashing you are done.

Note: On the Simon XT pressing the “Status” button takes you back one level on whatever menu you are on.

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