How to Program a DSC PC1616 / PC1832 / PC1864
The DSC line of alarm control panels are typical of professional security systems in that they have literally hundreds of programming options. Luckily for the DIY installer, most options can be left at their factory settings. I've designed this program guide to allow the typical do-it-yourselfer to program their system in just a few minutes.
Open the following factory installation manual to follow along:
DSC PC1616 / PC1832 Installation Manual (programming info starts on page 8)
The DSC PC1616 is the main panel I use when friends and family want a system installed in their homes. By following this guide your system will be programmed exactly as I would program personal use PC1616 systems.
Six Simple Steps to Programming Your DSC System
1) Enter Programming Mode
2) Change Zone Definitions
3) Change Master Code
4) Turn Off EOL Resistors
5) Turn Off Telephone Line Supervision
6) Disable Dialer
Wireless device programming is discussed here.
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