Honeywell Total Connect 2.0 Tested

Author: Brian Rhodes, Published on Aug 22, 2017

Honeywell is one of the biggest brands in security, with Total Connect 2.0 being the company's remote security and smarthome platform.

We bought and tested the system to see how well it actually works. For this test, we connected a Honeywell alarm panel, Total Connect cameras, and several Z-Wave devices together to see how well they integrate.

Our system included:

This joins our previous Alarm.com Test in our ongoing series. Also, look next week for Honeywell vs Alarm.com.

Inside, we detail our findings on how well the system operates, where it is weak, and how it compares to other connected systems.

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  • ** **** ************* ******: ***** *** ****** ** ********* *********, ***** ** *** need ** ********* ** **-********* ******* ** ********* *******. **** added, ******* **** ***** **** ** *********** ********* ** *****, unlike ***** '********* ***' *******.
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*******, *** **** ****** ******** ********** **** ***** ** *** problems *** *********** *********:

  • **** ***** ***********: *** ** *** ******* ********** ** ***** ******* *.* is ****, *** ********** ***** ******* *** * *** ******* that **** *** **** **** *****.
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  • ******* *-**** ********** *******: ****** *-**** ******* ** *** ********/***** ** ********* ********, but *** ******* ********* **** *** *** **** **** *** process ****** ******** ******* ****** *******, ******* ** *********** *** confusion. *** ******* ***** *** ***** ********** **** ******* *** generic, *** ***** ******* ******* *********** ****** ********.
  • ****** *******: *** ***** ** ****** ****** ********* ** ***** ******* 2.0 ** ******* ** * *** ***** ***** **** ******* VGA ********** *** ***** ***** ******. **** ***** ***** '***' systems **** ******* ****** **********, ****** ********** *******.

Total ******* *.* ********

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Uses **** ********* ******

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*** **** **** **** *-**** *** **** **** ************ ****** plugged **** **** ****** *** ******* ** *** *****. **** the ***** ******* ******, *** ***** ***** ** ******* **** or ********** ** ***** '***** ******* *.*' *******:

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Other ********* ********* ******

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*************, *************** ****** ************ *** ********* ** ** *** *** **** ******. ***** these ********** ****** *** ******** *** ***** ********** *******, ***** Connect **** *** ******* **** ** *** ******* ********** ******** like ************,******* ***********, ********* ********** *******.

****** ********* ********* ********** ****, ** ******** ******* ** ******* *** ***-********* ****** are *******.

Total ******* ***** ********

*** ** ***.*'* *** ******** ** ****** ***** ****** ******, allowing ***** ** *** ****** ********* '** ****' **** *** same *** *********** ***** ********* ******. *******, *** ******* ***** video ************ ** *** ** *** ******* ***** ** *** offering, *** ****** **** **** ***** *** ****. ** **** at ***** *******'* ***** ** *** ***** *****:

** ***** ** ***** **********, ********* ****** *** **** ***** in *** *** ********* *** ** **** ***** ***** *** available. ****** **********, ******* ** ** ****** *****, *** ** triggered *** ****** ** *** '******' *** *** *** *** otherwise ********* ** **********.

********* ***** **** **** ** **** ******* ***** ** * development *****. *** ******* **** ******* ** ***** ***** ******* website ** ******* ** ******* *** ****** *******. *******, ***** then, **** ***** ********* ** *** *********.

****'* ** ******* ****, **** *** ******* ********** *** **** light *********** ** *** ******:

Limited ****** *********

*** ******** ***** **** ************* ******* ******* **** ******* *** ********, ***** ****** **** **** ** ************ ** ******* ***********.

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HD ******* ******

***** *******'* **** ***** ***** ** *********, *******. ** ***** in * ****** ********** '*** *********'* ***** ******* ******* *** ****?', *** ******* *** ********* * *** ** **** ** cameras ******* ** ** '****** ****'.

********* ***** ** *** *** *** *** **** **** **** include ****** ********** ** ** *****/ *** ** ** ***. IPVM **** **** *** ******* ***** *** ****** **** *** become *********.

App **. *******

* ******** ** ***** ******* ** *** ********** ** ******** and ********** ** **** *** *** *** *** *** ******. Essentially ** * **** ** ******** **** *** *********, **** will **** ***** ******** *** ****, ******* *********** ****** **********. Screen ***** ** **** *** ******** *****, ***** *** ***** app:

**** ************ *** ****** ******** ** *** *** *** *** same ** *** *** ******:

**** *** ***, ***** ************* *** ****** ** *** *** regardless ** **** ***** ******** *** **** ** **********, ** even ** *** ***** ** ****. *** **** ***** ***** shows *** **** ************* **** **** *** **** ******, *** how ********* ***** ****** ******. ** *** ****, *** ***** events ************ **** ************* *** ** ****** **** ******:

*** ****** ****, ** ***** *** ******** * ************* ****** in * ****** ** *** **** ********* ******. ***** ****** can ** **********, ** ***** ****** ********* ** *********:

Z-Wave & ********** ***********

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Price *** ********** *********

**** * ********* **** ***********, ***** ******* *.* ******** *** about ***** ** *********** *********.***, **** * ******* ******* **** ** $** - $** per ***** ********* **** ********** *** ***.* *******.

*** **** ********** *** ******* *****, *** ******* **** **** be ******* *** ***** ** *** ** $**/*****, ***** ******** connecting ******** ****** *** ** $**/***** ** ****. ** *******, features **** ***** ***** *** ******** ******* *** ** ***** plans, *** *** **** ** *** ********* ********* ****** *** also **** * ****** ** *** ***** ******* ****.

******** ************ ** ***** ******* *.* ******* *** ****** *******:

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**** ***, **** ******** **** * ****** ** *********, ********* the **** **** *** ****** ******, *** ******** **** **** of *** **** *******, *-**** *******, *** ******* *******. **** ADC, **** **** ******** * ********** *** ***** *******, ** aggressive ****** *** ******* *******, *** **** ***** *********** ************ not ********* **** *** **** **** *** ******.

*******, ** ***** ** ******** ***********, *** *** * **** established ******** **** *** *********** ** *********** ******* ****** ******* new ***********, ******* **** **** ********** ** ******* ******* *** may ****** **** ********* ********* *** *******.

Upcoming *****.*** ** ***** ******* ********

* ****** ****** **** ************ ******* *** ******** ***** ******* 2.0 **** *****.***, **** **** *********** *** ********/******* ************. **** for **** **** ** *** ****** *****.

Comments (14)

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*'** ****** ******** **** *** ********* ** ******* *** *** they **** *** **** **** ****** ******.

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**'* *** ********** ** ********* ** ***, *** ** ****** the ******* ******** ***** ****** ** *** **** ** ******* the *******, *** ** ** ** ************ ****'** ****. *'** heard *********** **** **** ******** ***'* ******* ***-********* ** ********.

**** **** *********.

** ******** ** **** #* *****. ******** *** **** ******* network ************ ** *** **** * ****** **** **** **. For ******* **** ****, ** *** *** * *** (****), You *** *** * **!****** ************ ** ** ****. *** now **** *** *** *** ******** ******, ** **** **** this ** ****.

** ******** **** **** ************ ** ***** *** ******* (***) will ****** ********* "******" ** ******** *** ******** ******* ******** and ******* ********.

**** *** ********* ******* ******* **** ***** ********* *** ***** device *********** **** *** **** * **** **** ****** ** the ******* ****.

******, ****, *** *** **** ****. **'* **** ** **** options *** ***** **** ****** ** ** *** ********.

********* ** ******* *** *********** ********* ****** **** *** ******** radios, *** ****** ***** ****** ** ********** **** ***** ******* 2.0.

*** ****** ********* *****, *****-***, ******* ** ** ********** **** both ***** ******* *.* *** ******* *.*. *** ********* ** Total ******* *.* ** **** **** **** **** *** *********, whether **'* * *****-*** ** *****-******, ** *************. *'** **** asking ***** *****-********* ******** ** ***** ******* *** * ** 4 ***** *** **** ***** **** ** **** **** **** will ******. *** *** *** *** "****** ****" ** ***** Connect *.* ** ******** ****** ** ******* ********* ** ******* that *********, *** ****** *** ************* **** **** **** ********* 1.

**** ** *********** ** *** * ********** ** *****.***. **** is * ****** *** **** *****.*** *** ********* ************.

****** *** ******** **** **. *'** **** *** **** ***** to ******* ****. ** **** *****, *** ***** '********* ****' software ******** ** ****, *** **** ************* ******** *** ******** those ***** **** ***** *** ********. *** ********** ******* ** proprietary ** ****.

*******, *** **** *** ***** ******* ** '******' ********, *** do ********* ******** '*****.***' **** ****. ********, * **** ****** sells **** **** ********* *** *** *** ***** ** **** TC2.0 ** ***.

**, * ********* ******, ** *****.*** ******, *** * **** ****** *** ************* ******* for *** **** ******** *** ********* ***** *** *********.

** ***** **** *** ** ******* **** "*****" ******* *** over.

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