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How to Set Up a Honeywell House Alarm

Honeywell manufactures a large variety of user-friendly home and commercial alarm systems. Setting up your alarm system depends on the model you have installed in your home. Three of Honeywell's popular systems are the Honeywell 6460, the LYNX plus and the Honeywell Symphony. As long as you remember your security code, setting up the alarm for each of these models is as easy as pressing a few buttons on the keypad.

Honeywell 6460

Set Up a Honeywell House Alarm
  1. Arm the system to "Away" when you are leaving your home. Enter your security code by pressing the numbers in sequence. Press the "Away" key to arm the system. To use "Quick Mode," press and hold the "Away" key for a minimum of two seconds.

  2. Arm the system to "Stay" mode when you want to keep the alarm on but you will be in your home, e.g., before you go to bed. Enter your security code by pressing the numbers in sequence and then pressing the "Stay" key. Use "Quick Mode" by pressing the "Stay" key for two seconds.

  3. Disarm your system by entering your security code in sequence and then pressing the "Off" button.

LYNX Plus

  1. Arm the system to "Away" mode by entering your security code and then pressing the "Away" key. Use "Quick Mode" by pressing the "Away" button for at least two seconds.

  2. Arm the system to "Stay" mode by entering in your security code and pressing "Stay." Use "Quick Mode" by holding the "Stay" key for a minimum of two seconds.

  3. Check the status of your alarm by pressing the "Function" key followed by the "Status" key. This will tell you the setting that your alarm is using.

  4. Turn on lights by pressing the "Function" key and then pressing the "Lights On" key, which is the numeral "4" key. Turn off the lights by pressing the "Function" key again and then pressing the "Lights Off" button.

Symphony

  1. Initiate a panic alarm by pressing the blue crest in the lower right-hand corner of the screen. Select from a list of alarms and press and hold the key for a minimum of two seconds.

  2. Select the "Security" button to enter the security alarm settings.

  3. Press "Away" to set the alarm for when you leave the house. Wait the allotted 15 seconds until the alarm has set. A lock will appear next to the setting once the mode has been activated.

  4. Press "Stay" to set the alarm while you are in the house. Wait the allotted 15 seconds until the alarm sets itself. The red lock will appear next to the button when the alarm has been activated.

  5. Disarm the alarm by selecting the "Disarm" button and entering in your security code. The alarm is disarmed when the "Security" screen comes back and displays the message "ready to arm."

  6. Select the "Lights" button to control the lights in your home. Choose from a list of existing lights and select "On" or "Off."

About the Author

Elyse James began writing professionally in 2006 after deciding to pursue a career in journalism. She has written for "The Algonquin Times" as a general assignment reporter and published blogs and articles on Webcitybeat. James holds a Bachelor of Journalism from the University of Ottawa.