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gavagai 2:04pm on Monday, July 12th, 2010 
does all that i wont it to do very easy to follow and use. very clear good size screen light weight have one way system of Sandwich kent CT13 and tells you to turn in no entry road.
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ive got one and wouldnt be without it i have never liked sat navs but push came to shove due to pressure of timed deliveries this baby is brilliant i ...
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The pictures are great for my work. Lots of maps and the user interface is helpful and well laid out. Linking with mobile is also good.
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For proper intrusion coverage, sensors should be located at every possible point of entry to a home or commercial premises. This would include any skylights that may be present, and the upper windows in a multi-level building. In addition, we recommend that radio backup be used in a security system so that alarm signals can still be sent to the Central Monitoring Station in the event that the telephone lines are out of order (alarm signals are normally sent over the phone lines).
Early warning fire detection is important in a home. Smoke and heat detectors have played a key role in reducing fire deaths in the United States. With regard to the number and placement of smoke/heat detectors, we subscribe to the recommendations contained in the National Fire Protection Association's National Fire Alarm Code (NFPA 72). These recommendations can be found on page 43 of this manual.


This manual is a step-by-step guide that will acquaint you with the system's features and benefits. It defines the components and their functions, describes their operation, and provides clear step-by-step instructions for normal and emergency procedures. Keep this manual in a convenient place so that you can refer to it as necessary.


System Overview.... 5 Introduction.... 5 System Basics.... 5 About The Keypads.... 8 General Information.... 8 Functions of the Keypads.... 10 Entry/Exit Delays..... 12 Exit Delay.... 12 Entry Delay.... 12 Exit Alarms.... 13 Checking For Open Zones... 13 Using the [] Key.... 13 Arming the System.... 14 Stay Mode: Arms Perimeter Only, Entry Delay On.. 14 Night-Stay Mode: Arms Perimeter Only, Plus Selected Zones.. 14 Instant Mode: Arms Perimeter Only, Entry Delay Off.. 14 Away Mode: Arms Entire System, Entry Delay On.. 14 Arming Commands.... 15 Single Button Arming.... 16 Single-Button Step Arming... 16 Using the Keyswitch...17 Using the Keyswitch.... 17 Disarming and Silencing Alarms... 18 Using the [OFF] key.... 18 Bypassing Protection Zones.... 19 Using the BYPASS Key.... 19 Quick Bypass..... 20 Chime Mode..... 20 Viewing Current Date and Time... 21 Viewing the Current Date and Time... 21 Setting the Date and Time.... 21 Panic Keys.... 22 Using Panic Keys.... 22 3
Macro Key Programming & Usage... 23 About Macro Keys.... 23 Example of Macro Programming.... 24 Using a Programmed Macro Key.... 24 Using Device Commands.... 25 Paging Feature.... 26 About Automatic Paging.... 26 Single Button Paging.... 27 Latch Key Paging.... 27 Security Codes & Authority Levels.... 28 About Security Codes.... 28 Authority Level Definitions.... 28 To assign User Codes and Attributes... 29 Accessing Other Partitions (GOTO Command and Multi-Partition Arming). 30 About Accessing Partitions... 30 Using the GoTo Command.... 31 Multi-Partition Arming.... 31 Common Zone Operation.... 32 Scheduling..... 33 About Scheduling.... 33 Creating Schedules.... 33 Event Logging Procedures.... 35 About Event Logging.... 35 Viewing the Event Log... 35 Testing the System (To Be Conducted Weekly).. 36 Trouble Conditions.... 37 Maintaining Your System.... 40 Fire Alarm System (If Installed).... 41 Quick Guide to Basic System Functions.. 45 Summary of Audible/Visual Notifications... 46 Regulatory Statements and Warnings... 48 Charts of Your System's Features... 50


Congratulations on your ownership of a First Alert Professional Security System. You've made a wise decision in choosing it, for it represents the latest in security protection technology today. This system provides: Three forms of protection: burglary, fire* and emergency At least one keypad which provides control of system and displays system status Various sensors for perimeter and interior burglary protection Smoke or combustion detectors* designed to provide early warning in case of fire. Your system may also have been programmed to automatically send alarm or status messages over the phone lines to a Central Monitoring Station. * Commercial installations and some residential systems may not include fire protection check with your installer. NOTE: The features and procedures described in this manual apply to both the FA168C and FA148CP security systems. Differences are noted where applicable.


Burglary Protection Several modes of burglary protection: Stay, Night-Stay, Away, Instant, Maximum. STAY: arms perimeter zones only and entry delay is on INSTANT: same as STAY, except entry delay is off NIGHT-STAY: arms perimeter zones and selected interior zones; entry delay on AWAY: arms perimeter and all interior zones, entry delay is on MAXIMUM: same as AWAY, except entry delay is off You can BYPASS selected zones while leaving the rest of the system armed. CHIME mode alerts you to the opening of protected doors and windows while the system is disarmed. Fire Protection Fire protection is always active (if installed) and an alarm sounds if a fire condition is detected If necessary, you can manually initiate a fire alarm using the keypad (if programmed). Refer to the Fire Alarm System section for information regarding fire protection, smoke detectors and planning emergency exit routes. Security Codes You were assigned a 4-digit security code during system installation. Use your security code when arming and disarming the system, and when performing other system functions. Other users can be assigned different security codes, each with different authority levels, which define the system functions a particular user can perform.
Zones and Partitions The system sensing devices have been assigned to various zones, which are specific areas of protection (e.g., front door, kitchen window, etc.). Zone numbers are displayed at the keypad when an alarm or trouble condition occurs on a sensor. Partitions (FA168C) provide two independent areas of protection, with each partition containing a group of zones that can be armed and disarmed without affecting other zones or users. Partitioned systems (FA168C) can include a common zone area, which is an area shared by users of both partitions (such as a lobby in a building). Arming, Step-Arming and Disarming Burglary Protection The system must be armed before the burglary protection can sense intrusions. To arm your system, enter your user code followed by the desired arming key. If programmed, the [#] key can be pressed instead of entering the security code when arming the system. You can also use the step-arming key, if programmed, to arm the system, which lets you use a function key to arm the system in one of three modes by simply pressing the key repeatedly. To disarm the system, enter your user code then press the [OFF] key. Alarms When an alarm occurs, both the keypad and external sounders will sound, and the keypad will display the zone(s) causing the alarm. If your system is connected to a Central Monitoring Station, an alarm message will also be sent. To stop the alarm sounding, simply disarm the system. Memory of Alarm When an alarm condition occurs, the keypad displays the number(s) of the zone(s) that caused the problem, and displays the type of alarm. The message remains displayed even after disarming the system, but can be cleared with another off sequence.










AWAY: STAY: All burglary zones, interior and perimeter, are armed. Perimeter burglary zones, such as protected windows and doors, are armed. Entry delay is turned off: Lit with STAY = Instant mode Lit with AWAY = Maximum mode






This appears when one or more burglary protection zones have been bypassed. Appears when burglary portion of the system is not ready for arming (due to open protection zones). The system is ready to arm when this message disappears and the READY indicator light comes on. Appears when AC power has been cut off. System is operating on backup battery power. Appears when AC power is present. Appears when the CHIME feature is activated. Low battery condition in a wireless sensor (if zone number displayed) or low system battery (if no zone number displayed). Appears when an intrusion has been detected and the system is armed (also appears during a fire alarm or audible emergency alarm). Accompanied by the protection zone in alarm. Appears when a malfunction is discovered in the system at any time or if an open is detected in a FIRE zone at any time or a fault in a DAY/NIGHT burglary zone during a disarmed period. Accompanied by a display of zone number in trouble. Appears when a fire alarm is present. Accompanied by a display of the zone in alarm. A FIRE display also appears when a fire alarm is manually activated, accompanied by a display of emergency key zone number programmed for fire.


1. DISPLAY WINDOW. Alpha Display Keypads: 2-line, 32character Liquid Crystal Display (LCD) keypads that display protection point identification, system status, and messages. Fixed-Word Display Keypads: Display protection zone ID and system status messages using pre-designated words in the LCD display. 2.


Used to assign additional user
codes for other users of the system. 10. KEYS 09: Used to enter your security code(s) and to perform their associated system functions after the security code has been entered. 11.

7 INSTANT Arms in manner similar to the
Disarms burglary portion of the 12.
STAY mode, but without the entry delay feature. Entering via an entry/exit door will cause an alarm.
system, silences alarms and audible trouble indicators, and clears visual display after problem's correction. 3. Arms the entire burglary system, perimeter and interior.


Used to display all open protection
zones. 13. FUNCTION KEYS: Keys A, B, C, D may have been programmed for a variety of functions, including panic (emergency) functions. For details, see the Function Keys section. 14.


Arms perimeter portion of burglary
system only. Interior protection is not armed, allowing movement within premises without causing an alarm. 5.

Arms the entire burglary

Tests the system and alarm
sounder if disarmed. Refer to Testing The System section for test procedures. 6.
6 BYPASS Removes individual protection
system, perimeter and interior, but without entry delay feature. Entering via an entry/exit door will cause an alarm. 15. INTERNAL SOUNDER: The built-in sounder mimics the alarm sounder during alarms, and will also "beep" during certain system functions. 16. READY INDICATOR: (GREEN) Lit when the system is ready to be armed (no faults present). While the system is disarmed, this indicator will go on and off as protection zones are closed and opened. 17. ARMED INDICATOR: (RED) Lit when the system has been armed.
zones from being monitored by the system. 7.


Turns CHIME mode on and off.
When on, the opening of windows or doors while the system is disarmed will sound 3 beeps at the keypad(s). 8.
This key can be used for "Quick
Arming" of the system without use of a security code (if programmed).


(Keypad shown without swing-down front door)
(Keypads shown with typical function key labels) IMPORTANT! When entering codes and commands, sequential key depressions must be made within 4-5 seconds of one another. If 4-5 seconds elapse without a key depression, the entry will be aborted and must be repeated from its beginning. Be sure to observe this precaution when performing any of the procedures in this manual. If you make a mistake while entering a security code, stop, press the [] key, and then start over. If you stop in the middle while entering a code, and then immediately start the entry over, an erroneous code might be entered.




The OFF key is used to disarm the system, silence alarm and trouble sounds, and clear alarm memories.
IMPORTANT: If you return and the main burglary sounder is on, DO NOT ENTER, but CONTACT THE POLICE from a nearby safe location. If you return after an alarm has occurred and the main sounder has shut itself off, the keypad will beep rapidly upon your entering, indicating that an alarm has occurred during your absence. LEAVE AT ONCE, and CONTACT THE POLICE from a nearby safe location.

(Security Code)

The READY indicator light will be lit if all zones are secure, and the keypad will emit a single tone to confirm that the system is disarmed.
2. To Silence a Burglary Alarm and Clear a Memory of Alarm Enter your security code and press the OFF key to silence the alarm (or warning tones of a Memory of Alarm). Note the zone in alarm on the keypad display, and make that zone intact (close door, window, etc.). Now enter the security code plus OFF sequence again to clear the keypads Memory of Alarm display. 3. To Silence a Fire Alarm and Clear Memory of Alarm Simply press the OFF key to silence the alarm. Then enter the security code plus OFF sequence to clear the keypad's Memory of Alarm display. See the Fire Alarm System section.


Use this key when you want to arm your system with one or more zones intentionally unprotected.
Vent Zones: Your system may have certain windows set as vent zones, which are automatically bypassed if left open when arming the system (you do not need to manually bypass them). However, if a vent zone window is closed after arming, it becomes protected and will cause an alarm if opened again while the system is armed. When bypassing zones: The system must be disarmed before you can bypass zones. Bypassed zones are unprotected and will not cause an alarm if violated. The system will not allow fire zones to be bypassed. Zones are automatically unbypassed when the system is disarmed. 1.

The system lets you view its time and date setting on alpha keypad. +[#] + [6] [3]
OR, press the function key (A, B, C, or D) for viewing current date and time, if programmed. A typical time/date display is shown. The display will remain on for about 30 seconds.
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If one of the above keys has been programmed for the date/time display feature, place a check mark in the box beneath that key.


You can set the time and date by doing the following: 1.

+[#] + [6] [3]

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Current time display

2. Press [] when the time/date is displayed. A cursor appears under the first digit of the hour. To move cursor ahead, press []. To go back, press [#]. Enter the 2-digit hour setting. Enter the 2-digit minute setting. Press [1] for PM or [2] for AM. Enter the last two digits of the current year. Enter the 2-digit month setting. Enter the 2-digit day setting. 3. To exit, press [] when cursor is at the last digit, or wait 10 seconds.

8-1)(%8) 7%8 4

Time/date editing display


Your system may have been programmed to use special keys to manually activate emergency (panic) functions as follows: This Function Silent Alarm With This Sounding no audible alarm or any visual display indicating that a silent alarm has been initiated. Audible Alarm audible alarm a loud, steady alarm at keypad(s) and at any external sounders that may be connected. Personal Alarm auxiliary alarm steady alarm sound at keypad(s), but not at external bells or sirens. Fire Alarm fire alarm temporal (pulsing) sound at external bells and sirens. *All panic functions send signals to the Central Monitoring Station, if connected. To active a Panic Function: Press and hold down for at least 2 seconds whichever lettered key on the keypad has been programmed for the desired emergency function. OR Press both keys of the assigned key pair at the same time.
Sends this signal* silent alarm
Fixed-Word Display: READY Typical Panic Alpha Display:


Fixed-Word Display: 99 and ALARM







Lettered Panic Keys

Panic Key Pairs
See your installer and use the chart provided in the Features Programmed in Your System section to note the functions that have been programmed for your system.

English Display: READY

Pager Display


You can program a schedule that causes a pager report to be sent if the system is not DISARMED by the scheduled time (see Scheduling section, event 03). For example, a working parent might want a message to be sent to a pager if their child did not arrive home from school and disarm the system by a certain time. If programmed, the message that is sent is:

7 7777.



Your installer assigned a master code that is used to perform all system functions. In addition, you can assign different security codes for use by other users (FA168C provides 46 additional codes; FA148CP provides 30 additional codes). Only the System Master and Partition Master can assign user codes to users. Users are identified by 2-digit user numbers and are pre-assigned to either partition 1 or partition 2 (FA168C). Only the Installer or System Master can change user partitions. In addition to a security code, each user is assigned various system attributes. User codes can be used interchangeably within a partition when performing system functions (a system armed with one user's code can be disarmed by another user's code), with the exception of the guest code described below. User code programming involves these steps: 1. Choose a user number from the set of users assigned to the partition in which the user will be operating, and assign a 4-digit security code. 2. Assign an authority level to that user. 3. Assign other attributes as necessary (see attributes on the next page). NOTE: The factory settings are designed to meet most normal user situations. Therefore, the only step you usually need to do when adding users is assign a user number (from the partitions pre-assigned user numbers) and a security code.
Authority levels define the system functions a particular user can/cannot perform.

Level Title

N/A System Master


Reserved for user 02; Can perform all system functions and assign codes in both partitions; can change its own code as follows: Master code + [8] + 02 + new master code + new master code again Can only perform security functions in assigned partition. Cannot perform other system functions. Can only arm the system. Cannot disarm or do other functions. Can arm the system in assigned partitions, but cannot disarm the system unless the system was armed with this code. This code is typically assigned to someone (e.g., babysitter or cleaner) who has a need to arm/disarm the system only at certain times. The user of this code should not use the Quick Arming feature. Intended for use when you are forced to disarm or arm the system under threat. When used, the system will act normally, but can silently notify the Central Monitoring Station of your situation, if that service has been provided. (FA168C) Can do everything a standard user can do, and can assign user codes to users in their partition.

Pager On/Off:
Factory Assignments: users 01-04 = 0 (off) users 05-49 = 1 (on)


Each keypad is assigned a default partition for display purposes, and will show only that partition's information. If the user is authorized, a keypad in one partition can be used to perform system functions in the other partition by using the GOTO command. Refer to the GOTO section. If the user is authorized, that user can arm other partitions. Refer to the MultiPartition Arming section. The following table shows the relationship of the keypads in each partition when system is armed and disarmed.


Arming State Keypad Status Partition 1 Only


Arming State Disarmed Armed Keypad Status Partition 2 Only Partition 2 Only
Arming State Disarmed Disarmed Keypad Status Common Zone Only Common Zone Only Common Zone Only Common Zone Only
Condition 1 Condition 2 Condition 3 Condition 4


Disarmed Partition 1 and Common Zone Armed Armed Partition 1 Only Partition 1 Only
Disarmed Partition 2 and Disarmed Common Zone Armed Partition 2 Only Armed
When both partitions are disarmed, the keypad in each partition displays zone status for its partition only. The common zone keypad shows the status in that zone only. See Condition 1 above. When partition 1 is disarmed and partition 2 is armed, the keypad in partition 1 shows the status of partition 1 and the common zone. Partition 2 will display the status of partition 2 only. See Condition 2 above. When partition 1 is armed and partition 2 is disarmed, the keypad in partition 1 shows the status of partition 1 only. Partition 2 will display the status of partition 2 and the common zone. See Condition 3 above. As long as any one of the two partitions is disarmed, the common zone will always be disarmed. The common zone will be armed only when both partition 1 and 2 are armed. See Condition 4 above.


If the user is authorized, a keypad in one partition can be used to perform system functions in the other partition by using the GOTO command. You must use an Alpha keypad to access another partition. Keypads automatically return to their original partition after 2 minutes with no keypad activity. 1.

Silencing Low Battery Warning Tones at the Keypad
Replacing Batteries in Wireless Sensors
Wireless sensors may not have been used in your security system IMPORTANT: Use only batteries recommended by your installer as replacement.
Routine Care Treat the components of your security system as you would any other
electrical equipment. Do not slam sensor-protected doors or windows. Keep dust from accumulating on the keypad and all protective sensors, particularly on motion sensors and smoke detectors. The keypad and sensors should be cleaned carefully with a dry soft cloth. Do not spray water or any other fluid on the units.


Your fire alarm system (if installed) is on 24 hours a day, for continuous protection. In the event of an emergency, the strategically located smoke and heat detectors will sound their alarms and automatically send signals to your system, triggering a loud, interrupted pulsed sound* from the Keypad(s) and any external sounders. A FIRE message will appear at your Keypad and remain on until you silence the alarm (see below for silencing fire alarms). * Temporal pulse sounding is produced for Fire alarms, as follows: 3 pulsespause3 pulsespause3 pulsespause. , repeated.

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Silencing Fire Alarms and Clearing Memory of Alarm
You can silence the alarm at any time by pressing the OFF key (the security code is not needed to silence fire alarms). To clear the display, enter your code and press the OFF key again (to clear Memory of Alarm).
2. If the Keypad's FIRE display does not clear after the second OFF sequence, smoke detectors may still be responding to smoke or heat producing objects in their vicinity. Investigate, and should this be the case, eliminate the source of heat or smoke. 3. If this does not remedy the problem, there may still be smoke in the detector. Clear it by fanning the detector for about 30 seconds. When the problem has been corrected, clear the display by entering your code and pressing the OFF key.
Smoke Detector Depending on the type of smoke detectors in your system, it may be Reset necessary to "reset" the smoke detectors after a fire alarm has been
turned off. Check with your installer. This "reset" is accomplished at a keypad, as follows: Enter User Code*, then press the [1] key (* except arm only user).

Quick Arm (if programmed) Bypass Zone(s)
Arms system in mode selected, quickly and without use of a code. Bypassed zones are unprotected and will not cause an alarm if violated. Bypasses all faulted zones automatically. Also disarms system. Memory of alarm remains until cleared. Memory of Alarm remains until cleared. Determine cause. Also silences sounders. Memory of alarm remains until cleared. Keypad beeps rapidly on entry if alarm has occurred while absent. Alarm display will remain upon disarming until cleared. Performs desired action and sends silent alarm to Central Station. See the Panic Keys section for emergency functions programmed for your system. Note: Keys A, B, and C may have been programmed for other functions. The keypad will sound if doors or windows are violated while system is disarmed and chime mode is ON.
Quick Bypass (if programmed) Silence Sounders Burglary: Fire: "Check": Disarm System Clear Alarm Memory
Enter code. Press OFF key. Press OFF key. Press any key. Enter code. Press OFF key. After disarming, enter code again. Press OFF key again.
Duress (if active and connected to Central Station) Panic Alarms (as programmed)
Arm or disarm "normally", but use your 4-digit Duress code to do so. Press key [A], [B], or [C] for at least 2 seconds.

Chime Mode

To turn ON or OFF: Enter code. Press CHIME key.
Test Mode Phone Access if applicable
To turn ON: Enter code. Press TEST key. Tests alarm sounder and allows sensors To turn OFF: Enter code. Press OFF key. to be tested. Consult Phone Access User's Guide that accompanies the Phone Module. Permits system access remotely, via Touch-tone phone.


SOUND LOUD, INTERRUPTED* Keypad & Ext. LOUD, CONTINUOUS* Keypad & Ext. ONE SHORT BEEP (not repeated) Keypad only BURGLARY/AUDIBLE EMERGENCY ALARM a. SYSTEM DISARM b. SYSTEM ARMING ATTEMPT WITH AN OPEN ZONE. c. BYPASS VERIFY CAUSE FIRE ALARM DISPLAY FIRE is displayed; zone number of zone in alarm is displayed. If a fire alarm is manually activated, zone number 95 will be displayed. ALARM is displayed. Zone number of zone in alarm is also displayed. a. READY indicator light comes on. b. Number of the open protection zone displayed. c. Zone numbers of the bypassed protection zones are displayed (one beep is heard for each zone displayed). Subsequently, BYPASS is displayed. a. Opened zone numbers will appear. b. BAT displayed with zone number of transmitter. AWAY is displayed. Red ARMED indicator is lit. a. STAY or INSTANT is displayed. Red ARMED indicator is lit. b. CHIME displayed; zone number of open protection zone will be displayed if the [] key is pressed. a. CHECK displayed. Zone number of troubled protection zone is displayed. b. FIRE or ALARM is displayed; zone number of zone in alarm is displayed

A = [1] / [] B = [] / [#]
Comments Part. 1: Part. 1: Part. 1: Zones: yes yes yes Arm AWAY: Arm STAY: A B C no no no steady steady D users: flash flash Part. 2: Part. 2: Part. 2:



C = [3] / [#]

User Setup
The following chart will help keep track of system users. Copies should be distributed to the partition 1 and partition 2 (if applicable) masters for their records. To program a user attribute: Enter system/partition master code + [8] + user no. + # command listed in column heading
User No. User Name Users Part(s).

(system master only)

[#] [3] + part(s) + [#]

Security Code

enter new code

Auth. Level

[#] [1] + level

Access Group

[#] [2] + group

RF Zone Number

[#] [4] + zone no.

Pager on/off

[#] [5] + 0/1
installer system master partition 1 master
(all) (all) (1) (1) (1) (1) (1) (1) (1) (1) (1) (1) (1) (1) (1) (1) (1) (1) (1) (1) (1) (1) (1) (1) (1) (1) (1) (1) (1) (1) (1) (1)
installer master (4) (0) (0) (0) (0) (0) (0) (0) (0) (0) (0) (0) (0) (0) (0) (0) (0) (0) (0) (0) (0) (0) (0) (0) (0) (0) (0) (0) (0) (0)
(0) (0) (0) (0) (1) (1) (1) (1) (1) (1) (1) (1) (1) (1) (1) (1) (1) (1) (1) (1) (1) (1) (1) (1) (1) (1) (1) (1) (1) (1) (1) (1)
Partitions apply to the FA168C only.

User Setup (continued)

Enter system/partition master code + [8] + user no. + # command listed in column heading

partition 2 master

(2) (2) (2) (2) (2) (2) (2) (2) (2) (2) (2) (2) (2) (2) (2) (2) (2)
(4) (0) (0) (0) (0) (0) (0) (0) (0) (0) (0) (0) (0) (0) (0) (0) (0)
(1) (1) (1) (1) (1) (1) (1) (1) (1) (1) (1) (1) (1) (1) (1) (1) (1)
Authority Levels: 0 = standard user 1 = arm only 2 = guest 3 = duress 4 = partition master
Partitions:0 = clears partition 1 and partition 2 assignments 1 = partition 1 and common 2 = partition 2 and common 3 = common partition only Paging: 0 = no paging 1 = allow paging Users 34-49 apply to FA168C only; user 33 is partition 2 master for FA168C, and the last user for FA148CP.

Paging Setup

Pager 3 4
Pagers 3 and 4 apply to FA168C.
Pager Phone Number\ Prefix Characters
Automatically Reports Upon open/close alarm/trouble zone list p1 p2 p1 p2 p1 p2

Sched. Func. Key

Schedules: master code + [#] + [6] [4]. (FA168C can use schedules 01-16; FA148CP can only use schedules 01-04.)

No. Event

(see list below)

Device No.

for 01 events:

Group No.

for 04-06 events: enter 1, 2, or 3
for 02 events: (see device list below) enter 1-8

Start Time/ Day

Stop Time/ Day




Events: 01 = device on/off 02 = user access 03 = latch key report 04 = forced STAY arm 05 = forced AWAY arm 06 = auto disarm 07 = display reminder Partitions apply to the FA168C only.

Pittway Corporation, and its divisions, subsidiaries and affiliates ("Seller"), 165 Eileen Way, Syosset, New York 11791, warrants its First Alert Professional security equipment (the "product") to be free from defects in materials and workmanship for one year from date of original purchase, under normal use and service. Seller's obligation is limited to repairing or replacing, at its option, free of charge for parts, labor, or transportation, any product proven to be defective in materials or workmanship under normal use and service. Seller shall have no obligation under this warranty or otherwise if the product is altered or improperly repaired or serviced by anyone other than the Seller. In case of defect, contact the security professional who installed and maintains your security equipment or the Seller for product repair. This one year Limited Warranty is in lieu of all other express warranties, obligations or liabilities. THERE ARE NO EXPRESS WARRANTIES, WHICH EXTEND BEYOND THE FACE HEREOF. ANY IMPLIED WARRANTIES, OBLIGATIONS OR LIABILITIES MADE BY SELLER IN CONNECTION WITH THIS PRODUCT, INCLUDING ANY IMPLIED WARRANTY OF MERCHANTABILITY, OR FITNESS FOR A PARTICULAR PURPOSE OR OTHERWISE, ARE LIMITED IN DURATION TO A PERIOD OF ONE YEAR FROM THE DATE OF ORIGINAL PURCHASE. ANY ACTION FOR BREACH OF ANY WARRANTY, INCLUDING BUT NOT LIMITED TO ANY IMPLIED WARRANTY OF MERCHANTABILITY, MUST BE BROUGHT WITHIN 12 MONTHS FROM DATE OF ORIGINAL PURCHASE. IN NO CASE SHALL SELLER BE LIABLE TO ANYONE FOR ANY CONSEQUENTIAL OR INCIDENTAL DAMAGES FOR BREACH OF THIS OR ANY OTHER WARRANTY, EXPRESS OR IMPLIED, OR UPON ANY OTHER BASIS OF LIABILITY WHATSOEVER, EVEN IF THE LOSS OR DAMAGE IS CAUSED BY THE SELLER'S OWN NEGLIGENCE OR FAULT. Some states do not allow limitation on how long an implied warranty lasts or the exclusion or limitation of incidental or consequential damages, so the above limitation or exclusion may not apply to you. Seller does not represent that the product may not be compromised or circumvented; that the product will prevent any personal injury or property loss by burglary, robbery, fire or otherwise; or that the product will in all cases provide adequate warning or protection. Buyer understands that a properly installed and maintained alarm may only reduce the risk of a burglary, robbery, fire or other events occurring without providing an alarm, but it is not insurance or a guarantee that such will not occur or that there will be no personal injury or property loss as a result. CONSEQUENTLY, SELLER SHALL HAVE NO LIABILITY FOR ANY PERSONAL INJURY, PROPERTY DAMAGE OR OTHER LOSS BASED ON A CLAIM THE PRODUCT FAILED TO GIVE WARNING. HOWEVER, IF SELLER IS HELD LIABLE, WHETHER DIRECTLY OR INDIRECTLY, FOR ANY LOSS OR DAMAGE ARISING UNDER THIS LIMITED WARRANTY OR OTHERWISE, REGARDLESS OF CAUSE OR ORIGIN, SELLER'S MAXIMUM LIABILITY SHALL NOT IN ANY CASE EXCEED THE PURCHASE PRICE OF THE PRODUCT, WHICH SHALL BE THE COMPLETE AND EXCLUSIVE REMEDY AGAINST SELLER. This warranty gives you specific legal rights, and you may also have other rights which vary from state to state. No increase or alteration, written or verbal, to this warranty is authorized.


First Alert Professional offers the finest security, fire and personal emergency protection for your home by incorporating advanced technology with simple operation.

How it works.

The FA168C is the communication center of your security system the brains. All the sensors from around your home are connected to the FA168C. When your system is armed and a sensor detects a problem, it sends a signal to the control panel that then sends a signal to the central station. To alert anyone inside the home, it can also sound a siren.

Feel at ease

with a First Alert Professional Security System
Your First Alert Professional authorized dealer will work with you to create a security system that meets your needs. Youll receive expert installation and exceptional service from their highly trained technicians. With the FA168C, your home and family will be protected from the threat of intrusion and fire. And you will have the peace of mind youve been looking for.
Protecting vulnerable locations.
Sensors are usually placed at entry points to your home such as doors and windows, which are most vulnerable to intrusion. These include magnetic contacts and glassbreak sensors. Inside the home, Passive Infrared Detectors sense motion through body heat. Smoke and fire detectors are also protecting your home and theyre working even when the system isnt armed. Home or away, your system can react to fire emergencies at any time.


At the heart of your security system is the keypad the piece of equipment that puts control right at your fingertips. In Standard, Deluxe or Alphanumeric models, these keypads offer simple operation combined with the latest, most advanced technology.

Want more control?

There are many options available that give you even greater control of your security system. You can choose to add an option which lets you use any touchtone phone as a keypad, so even if youre not at home, you can operate your system. There is also a selection of portable, wireless remotes that allow you to control your system with just the press of a button. Arm or disarm your system, or even operate lights without having to remember a code! Imagine that!
The FA168C: Convenient, Versatile, Simple
The FA168C from First Alert Professional puts high-tech enhanced security to work in your home and convenient options right at your fingertips.
Advanced technology is at work, protecting your home 24 hours a day!
In the event of fire or intrusion, the central station is contacted via the telephone line. Its important that the line is always operating properly, so the system continually checks it for proper voltage. If the phone line is out of service, an alert will be sounded and visually displayed on the keypad. PARTITIONS The FA168C has two partitions, allowing it to function as two systems in one. This is ideal for a mother/daughter home, or if you have a professional office in your home. Partitioning gives you two completely independent areas of protection. ZONES By assigning certain devices or areas of the home to specific zones, the system can better pinpoint the exact location where an unauthorized entry occurs or where a fire may be starting. The system comes standard with 8 supervised zones that support a wide variety of alarm devices. Up to 40 expansion zones can be added depending upon the number of devices needed to properly secure your home. 40 expansion zones may be used for either hardwired or wireless devices, which is particularly helpful if you choose to take advantage of the convenience of our advanced 5800 series of wireless accessories. These zoning features allow for maximum flexibility and expansion of the system. If you decide to enlarge your home, you have a system that can grow with you, simply and easily. ACCESS The FA168C features a master code and can be programmed for up to 48 secondary user codes in each partition. The secondary user codes can be assigned to different family members, and you can have a babysitter code programmed as well as a duress code. When used to arm or disarm the system, the duress code sends a silent message to the central station. This is important should you ever come face to face with an intruder who forces you to disarm the system. By entering the duress code, you have silently summoned for help while keeping your master code private. PANIC The FA168C has three programmable panic keys that can be used at the keypad or with wireless devices. They can be programmed for 24 hour silent, audible, personal or fire emergencies. One touch of a panic key and help is on the way.

POWER The FA168C comes with a battery back-up which meets standard UL requirements. In the event of a power outage, this allows for uninterrupted system operation, keeping your home and family secure. In the event of a power failure the power indicator on the keypad will be off, indicating that the system is operating on battery power. CONVENIENCE With this system, youve got it! The FA168C can be set up so that if you want to operate the garage door, unlock entryways, or control lights or appliances, you can do so through your keypad or choose from a variety of wireless remote devices. With wireless remotes, arm your system with just the press of a button. Or, arming your system can be as easy as 1, 2! "Quick Arm" allows you to just press the "#" key and "arm" rather than your code and thats it your system is armed! Its a simple and quick way to leave your home and still arm your system. The FA168C has a paging feature available which will send signals to your pager to alert you about certain system conditions. The pager would display a code number that corresponds to a specific system condition, alerting you immediately if, for example, your home was experiencing a break in. The paging feature is especially helpful if you have latch-key children. The system can be programmed so that when youre at work, the pager will notify you when your son or daughter arrives home from school because they have been assigned their own user codes. The FA168C can also page you if your child has not arrived home by a pre-programmed time. PREVENT FALSE ALARMSThe FA168C has features that can help you prevent false alarms which are recommended by the Security Industry Association (SIA). After all, you want to avoid unnecessary visits from the police and fire departments. Consider these scenarios. Have you ever run out the door, forgot something, and had to rush back inside? With this system, you can re-enter your home within a pre-programmed amount of time and you dont have to worry about setting off the alarm. Or, youre getting ready to leave the house, youve set the alarm by pressing the "AWAY" button, but you havent left within the time allowed what happens? This system is so smart it knows you havent left yet, goes back into STAY mode, and avoids setting off a false alarm!

The FA168C from First Alert ProfessionalWeve thought of everything, so you dont have to.
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