How to Program a DSC PC1616 / PC1832 / PC1864
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Unlike some other brands of alarm panels a DSC system can be programmed from any keypad in the system. DSC programming is easier with a custom alpha keypad, but the basic fixed alpha will do just fine. While in programming mode the red armed L.E.D. indicates that the panel is waiting on you to enter the three digit programming location you'd like to program. The green ready L.E.D. indicates that you're in the designated programming location and the panel is waiting for you to edit it's current programming.
The zone indicators will show the programming status of the current program location.
The # (pound) button will back you out of a given programming location once you're through changing it's settings.
The police button will advance you through the individual segments of a particular programming location without making changes.
To summarize the keypad programming procedure of a DSC system, the armed and ready L.E.D.'s show whether you're in a programming location or the system is waiting for you to enter the three digit programming location you'd like to program. The police button will allow you to step through a programming location without making changes, and the # key will back you out of a given location on the first press and back you completely out of programming mode on the second consecutive press. Finally, the zone indicators across the top of the screen will show the current programming status of a given program location (see the diagram below.)


How to read the current programming status using the zone indicators at the top of the keypad screen:
1 2 3   5   7
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Numerical Data
1 2 3 4
In a toggle location where you select or de-select certain features a selected feature will show a corresponding number lit on the display. In this case options 1, 2, 3, 5, and 7 are enabled. Pressing the 1 key on the keypad will de-select option 1, pressing the 6 key will select option 6 and so-forth. When you're through selecting or de-selecting options press the # key to back out of the location.
Numerical data is shown using binary. It sounds complicated but it's really not. Binary as it applies to DSC programming uses four digits, one through four.

1 = 1
2 = 2
3 = 4
4 = 8

Simply add the values together to get the current value of a program location. If no numbers are lit, the value is zero. If all numbers are lit, it's value is 15. Once you get the hang of it, reading binary is very simple
DSC PC 1616 / 1832 / 1864 Easy Programming Guide

By following this guide you'll be able to program your new DSC system in just six simple steps. As you step through the programming process the keypad programming information above will remain at the top of each page for quick reference.
Wireless device programming is discussed here.
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