All About Access Codes

Programming Your Panel

BY JASON STEVENS

December 16, 2020

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If you’re looking for information on the types of access codes your system uses and how to program them, you’ve come to the right place. Below are step-by-step instructions on how to program your home security system with ease.

You can find the access codes in your panel by getting to the System Programming submenu.

To get to System Programming mode:

  1. Enter the system menu.

  2. Scroll up/down to System Programming, then press OK.

  3. Once the panel displays Enter code, input your master code.

  4. Press OK.

Now you are in the System Programming submenu. At this level, you can access:

  • Access codes.

  • Timers.

  • Siren options.

  • Light control.

  • System tests.

Types of codes

Your Simon XT panel has three different types of access codes:

  1. Master code.

  2. User codes.

  3. Duress code.

Below is a more detailed look at what each of these codes does.

Master code

The master code is your most powerful code, used for all user operations, including programming. The master code is 1234.

To change the master code:

  1. Enter the System Programming menu.

  2. Scroll up/down to Access codes, then press OK.

  3. Scroll up/down to Master code, then press OK.

  4. Watch for the current value of the code to flash.

  5. Enter a new code (use correct length), then press OK.

  6. Press Status repeatedly to exit.

User codes

There are eight user codes, which can be used for many user operations, but not disarming, programming, or bypassing sensors. You can delete a user code by pressing Disarm while the code is being changed.

To change a user code:

  1. Enter the System Programming menu.

  2. Scroll up/down to Access codes, then press OK.

  3. Scroll up/down to the user code you want to change, then press OK.

  4. Watch for the current value of the code to flash.

  5. Enter a new code (use correct length), then press OK.

  6. Press Status repeatedly to exit. Initially, all user codes are blank.

Duress code

When used in place of another user code, the duress code generates a silent duress alarm, which is reported to the central monitoring station. Initially, the duress code is blank. You can delete the duress code by pressing Disarm while the code is being changed.

To change the duress code:

  1. Enter the System Programming menu.

  2. Scroll up/down to Access codes, then press OK.

  3. Scroll up/down to Duress code, then press OK.

  4. Wait for the current value of the code to flash.

  5. Enter a new code (use correct length), then press OK.

  6. Press Status repeatedly to exit.

For more information about your system or to find a comprehensive home security system, contact Brinks Home™.

Jason Stevens is a senior writer for Brinks Home. He is a "tech guy" who enjoys sharing home security and automation tips with others.

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