After some trial and error, here’s what I found when using Siri on my iPhone, iPad, Apple Watch, and HomePod. Some users are not affected while others are. From within the Home app, a press on the Lyric Controller’s accessory button exposes three options for the alarm: Home, Away, and Off—along with a Details button. If your thermostat does not show START SETUP, please contact Honeywell support. Here’s one example of how HomeKit makes it easier to use our alarm system. Announced back in May and launched in June, the Sensi Touch offers a horizontal design with […] In contrast, the Lyric Controller can only hear commands spoken in a normal voice from about 10 feet away, and background noise can be a problem. The scene worked correctly even if the Lyric Controller was already set for stay and the front door was already locked. We were OK during hurricane Sandy, but we knew quite a few people who had no power at all for weeks. There’s something soothing about being able to know the answer to the question “Did you set the alarm?”, whether you’ve asked it upstairs just before bedtime or 500 miles from home—and employ the Home app or Siri to do something about it if need be. Finally, as you return home, you can easily disable the security system with one of these Siri commands, which is vastly easier than typing in a security code on the panel. The Honeywell Lyric Controller can be used with Apple's HomeKit system for remote arming/disarming and notification of system events. The HomeKit approach, which shows the status of named accessories, makes this problem much easier to correct. A Prairie HomeKit Companion: The Elgato Eve Room, https://disqus.com/home/discussion/alarmgrid/honeywell_lyric_controller_finally_homekit_compatible/#comment-3891657667, Open the Home app and hold your iOS device near the Lyric Controller until the panel is shown as an available accessory. Particularly after an alarm has been triggered. If not, the code will be displayed on the thermostat during the configuration with Apple HomeKit. That’s because the Lyric Controller automatically acts as a bridge for those devices. And…the hardware came as a package (Lyric with X number of sensors). This is the step by step guide on how to do a Homekit Reset on Honeywell Smart & Lyric Round Models. I've also got a Lyric T5 and I've yet to see it loose connection to HomeKit after close to a year of use. As part of the installation process, our installer named every door and window sensor that he installed. Our old alarm system couldn’t reliably tell us when the battery in a door or window sensor was dead, and although the Lyric Controller can show the battery status of all of the sensors, the Home app does not show battery status for these accessories. Setup or change Wi-Fi settings IDLE BRIGHTNESS Set the backlight brightness for the idle screen TEMPERATURE OFFSET Offsets the measured temperature CLOCK Set time and date HOMEKIT RESET Resets Homekit data to allow for new HomeKit pairing CLEAN SCREEN Disables screen for 30 seconds in order to clean it LOCK Restricts access to thermostat interface But Apple fans, and consequently HomeKit fans, are a stubborn bunch. Return to the thermostat. At this point, you can fill holes and paint any areas that might be visible after the Lyric is installed. Time Tracking Honeywell tells me that the Lyric system is now officially certified for use with HomeKit, and that existing users should expect to see a software update by the end of December. The Lyric Controller has been rock solid and does everything I hoped it would. This step-by-step guide will show you how to set up Honeywell's $280 Lyric smart thermostat in a flash. On the Lyric Controller, enter the master code (which is in its documentation) and the HomeKit setup code appears on its screen. Controlling the alarm in the Home app on my Apple Watch (the original model) is fast, easy, and reliable. If the prospect of installing your own thermostat feels overwhelming, don't despair. 05-00333 | PM | 02/16 This would also be a good time to create small labels for each wire if they aren't already marked. Alarms are meant to serve as a deterrent to potential burglars while also providing peace of mind to homeowners. Although the Lyric Controller has its own voice-command capabilities, Siri offers a few distinct advantages: Like other companies that sell HomeKit-enabled accessories, Honeywell offers its own app—Total Connect 2.0—for the Lyric Security and Home Control System. The app aims to help you visualize the setup based on your wiring. Use this guide to reset your device back to its original settings. Check the wires you have and the app will show you a diagram of how they should look on the Lyric (although, for some reason, the app left the Rh wire off my installation diagram). Unfortunately, the names were utterly generic, such as “Kitchen left” and “Kitchen right.” Fortunately, in the Home app, you can change the names and types of these sensors so you can identify them more easily. • Receive alerts (such as boiler failure) from the Thermostat, App, and email. Apparently Honeywell is working on an updated firmware for the Lyric to address the issue. HomeKit uses a single common language to control all your products and apps. So if you have cats or dogs in the house while you’re out, it’s better to put the alarm in Stay mode (which prevents motion detectors from triggering the alarm) rather than in Away mode. It is not just a transient communications problem. Another way to tell if your Lyric Controller is HomeKit-capable is the presence of a Reset HomeKit button in Tools > Advanced, which is accessible after entering the master password (which is different from the installer password). Went with Honeywell Lyric for a HomeKit integrated security solution and it is awesome! You're almost done. We delete comments that violate our policy, which we encourage you to read. Be respectful, keep it civil and stay on topic. The Honeywell Home Lyric Controller serves as the central hub for security and lifestyle management including: lights, locks, thermostats and more. Because Honeywell’s Lyric system is meant to be a professionally installed and monitored security solution, it is not a do-it-yourself home alarm system. With HomeKit comes support for Siri. A twirl of the digital crown selects the status and any change occurs immediately. In addition to arming and disarming the alarm, you can use the Lyric Controller to control Lyric-compatible thermostats, cameras, lights, and locks with its touchscreen, an app, or your voice. Switch off the power at your circuit breaker. If Honeywell did HomeKit right it would make our alarm system much more capable and easier to use. The T6 Pro Smart Thermostat can give you home comfort control from anywhere. Feed the wires through the Lyric's baseplate and its thermostat base. The code to activate Apple HomeKit would be on a sticker either in the box with the unit or on the unit itself. Similar to other alarm systems such as Honeywell's LYNX Touch series or 2GIG's Go!Control series, the Lyric Controller is a self-contained system that integrates everything it needs into the keypad. Do the T5/T6 Pro Wi-Fi model thermostats require a "C" wire? That was like unboxing a new Mac and learning that it needed an update to the latest version of macOS. Tapping the button for the Lyric Controller exposes the three choices for the alarm (Home, Away, Off). We inherited the control panel and remote sensors when we moved in 15 years ago. Happily, the installer left me with the task of getting the Lyric Controller up and running with HomeKit. If it does, continue to “Setup with Lyric App” on page 15. • Get automatic upgrades. Since Verizon replaced my OID power unit with a 10 year old one I’ve removed the non-working backup battery, which would only provide phone service for 4 hours without power anyway. The Honeywell Lyric T5 works with Amazon Alexa and Apple HomeKit, so you get a couple of options. Total Connect displays who has armed or disarmed the alarm based on the access code entered on the Lyric Controller. Control Your Comfort. Monthly monitoring was not included in that. Not sure about this one. Using the thermostats allows you to turn the temperatures up or down with your voice, or entirely off if you need it. ALL RIGHTS RESERVED. We’re saying “goodbye” to the Honeywell Lyric app and “hello” to the Honeywell Home app, to make room for big improvements.The Home app has more features, like the usability upgrades you’ve asked for, one-touch dashboard and improved geofence. That will help you keep them sorted, which is particularly important when the color of the wire doesn't correspond to its label -- for example, my Y, or yellow, wire is actually light blue. Mount them to the wall and use the built-in level to make sure everything looks straight. So we disabled most of Total Connect’s notifications. Company Name Number Apple® HomeKit™ Setup Code The Lyric T6 Pro Wi-Fi supports Apple HomeKit. Here’s where we hit our first speed bump—the Lyric Controller arrived without the firmware necessary (version 1.04 or later) for HomeKit support. Like, Lyric only, Lyric plus sensors, etc? Using Siri to control the Lyric Controller is fairly straightforward, but there are some inconsistencies. Setup time and date Low Load Control ON 0= Off, 1 = On Temperature offset 0.0 -1.5°C to 1.5 °C Bind - Bind, check RF and clear bind. ... digit HomeKit setup code then appears on the Lyric touch screen. It worked beautifully with the Home app in iOS and on the Apple Watch, and Siri handled it without a problem. Speaking of scenes, I edited my HomeKit Good Night scene to turn off the lights downstairs, lock the front door, and set the Lyric alarm to Stay mode. It works well with HomeKit and provides capabilities that go well beyond those of our last-century alarm system. Alarm monitoring companies have told me that the most common false positive trigger for motion detectors is a household pet. After roughly a two-week wait for all the system parts to arrive, the installer spent all day programming the Lyric Controller to communicate with the satellite devices and installing them. Achieve greater comfort and efficiency in your home with the Honeywell Home T5 Lyric Round Wi-Fi Thermostat. When prompted by the Lyric app, scan the code on the last page (back cover) of this guide. At the heart of the Lyric Security and Home Control System is the Lyric Controller, a full-featured security panel that has just about every bell and whistle you can think of. Volume Discount Pricing is a great way for customers to save big on large, bulk orders of most items available in our store. This command puts the Lyric Controller in Stay mode, where the alarm is on, but because you’re assumed to be home, the motion detectors are disabled. al. ... A Honeywell HomeKit compatible thermostat … TidBITS is copyright © 2020 TidBITS Publishing Inc. Discuss: Install the Honeywell Lyric Thermostat like a pro. So it knows when you're on your way home and makes sure your home is exactly how you like it … We wanted to keep our HomeKit setup as simple as possible and use Apple’s Home app to control our devices and send us notifications. “Arm/Set/Turn on/Activate the Lyric to away.”. I’ve been reading that one benefit to Verizon with FiOS is that they can cut back on being able to provide power for landline phones. If Honeywell did HomeKit right it would make our alarm system much more capable and easier to use. The Lyric Controller is Honeywell's premier security and automation control panel in the form of a 7.0 inch graphic touchscreen keypad. This is by design. This HomeKit-enabled device is part of the Lyric connected platform that helps you manage home comfort, security and awareness by controlling a range of connected home products with a … On the iOS device, use the camera window in the app to capture the setup … You’ll be wishing you hadn’t dropped the landline when there is a massive power failure that disables your WiFi and the cell towers. Your costs may vary depending on where you live. What mobile devices can I use with my Lyric thermostat? I know I’ve seen the “No response” status message for several HomeKit devices, so it’s not uncommon. The Honeywell Lyric App is now the Honeywell Home App. Here’s how to view it: After adding the Lyric Controller, the Home app displayed all the Lyric sensors as HomeKit accessories. You may discover some other words that will work. I put a bigger UPS in front of the little FIOS UPS, and that solved all but the biggest (many days) power outages. Setup. On the right are the details after I renamed it Nook Window and changed its type from Contact Sensor to Window. Connect to the app to view and change temperature settings, program a 7-day schedule or just let the T6 respond automatically — it's designed to work with the heating stages of your existing system. I could probably have done this myself, but my alarm monitoring company wanted to send a technician to my house to handle it at no extra cost. And about that landline? Unlike Nest, Lyric doesn't have a dedicated Rh port, but you can attach the Rh wire to the Lyric's R port. It’s gone. Same Account. You can add dozens of users, each with their own access code. Tracking down the open contact sensor was not easy because the LED screen on the panel listed only a number. I recently took at look at Honeywell’s Lyric Round thermostat with HomeKit support, and today I’m following up with Emerson’s latest HomeKit model, the Sensi Touch. Apple and Honeywell have reproduced the problem but I don’t believe it is fixed as of now. All are controlled wirelessly from a dynamic, 7-inch display or remotely on smart devices. Of course, you can do this on the thermostat’s touchscreen LCD or the Smartphone App. © 2020 CNET, A RED VENTURES COMPANY. Need help? You have now completed your reset; Homekit Reset. Apple HomeKit is one of the major smart home platforms, but it’s by far the least popular due to the relatively narrow range of compatible devices and the complicated setup required to control it remotely. Honeywell doesn’t publish a list of specific Siri commands that can be used with the Lyric Controller as it does for the Lyric Thermostat. Download the Lyric app on your Android or iOS device. And that in case of them losing power it is now less likely that they will have enough backup power to keep phones running on copper working. When you’re going out, these Siri commands put the Lyric Controller in Away mode, which arms both the alarm and the motion detectors. It would be good if this terminology was consistent between Siri and the Home app. (See the screenshot above in the “Controlling the Lyric Controller from the Home App” section.) Another thing to keep in mind: the word “alarm” means something specific to the HomePod—namely, a clock-based alarm. As you would expect, you can arm and disarm the alarm using Total Connect. In this video Jorge from Alarm Grid shows you how to pair your Honeywell Lyric Panel with Apple HomeKit. Install the Honeywell Lyric Thermostat like a pro. The Lyric Controller. The Lyric T5 is fully compatible with Amazon Alexa, Apple HomeKit, Google Assistant, IFTTT, Cortana and other ecosystems. It was often easier to wander around the house and check every sensor than to dig out the manual where we might be able to find a list of numbered sensors. After adding the Lyric Controller, the Home app displayed all the Lyric sensors as HomeKit … Non-VOIP landlines will still work because they don’t use AC power but their own DC power. Design, Installation, HomeKit Setup. Honeywell's Lyric T5 Wi-Fi thermostat lets you control your home environment using an app on your iPhone or iPad. By pressing a button in the Tools area of the Lyric Controller—protected by an installer password—you can download and install firmware updates. The phrase “Arm/Set/Turn on/Activate the Lyric to home” won’t work. You add most HomeKit accessories by scanning or entering a setup code that appears on either the accessory’s box, in its manual, or on the accessory itself. I've got a large number of HomeKit devices and use a couple of airport extremes for my wifi. We now have a few switches, a door lock, smoke and carbon monoxide alarms, a couple of thermostats, a garage door opener, and a HomePod that all work with HomeKit. The disarming commands work fine when issued from an iPhone, iPad, or Apple Watch—but not from a HomePod. Probably the biggest downside to Honeywell Lyric (both T5 and T6 Pro), is the rather outdated, cheap-looking design. Every week you’ll get tech tips, in-depth reviews, and insightful news analysis for discerning Apple users. The reason is because everyone I know that did complained about extra charges above and beyond the government taxes that kept materializing on their bills. The only remaining hurdle is our alarm system, which is monitored by a third-party company. Once I had the Lyric Round mounted to my wall and the power turned back on, setup was simple. He also installed three door sensors, eight window sensors, a motion detector, two glass break detectors, a pair of smoke alarms, a siren, and a key fob. Homekit returns “No response” when trying to contact the Lyric. A month ago, it was reported that alarm dealers would not be able to activate Homekit integration until the issue was resolved. After a few minutes time to download and reboot the Lyric Controller, the firmware had been updated to 1.04.07178.491. I’ve been following the Lyric for about 6 months. This straightforward, do-it-yourself setup will have you on your way to smart heating and cooling in no time. This complete control will really show what your smart devices can do. Apparently there are acknowledged problems with Lyric maintaining connectivity with Homekit in some situations. Confirm the screen shows START SETUP. Page 15: Setup With Lyric App 4. Improved performance. So there’s no issue if you have a Honeywell Thermostat and lights made by another manufacturer – they all work in perfect harmony with just one app controlling all your products. With our old alarm system, if we tried to set the alarm with a window open, we’d get an audible announcement that the system was not ready to arm. Scroll down until you reach the Setup option, and then select it; Congratulations! You can also create a scene that includes setting the Lyric alarm for Stay or Away and then invokes that scene with Siri. Just as HomeKit has scenes, you can create Smart Scenes on the Lyric Controller that can execute several actions at once, such as arming the security system, turning off the lights, locking the doors, and setting the thermostats. You must use the word “stay” in this command, even though both the iOS and watchOS Home apps instead use the word “home”. Here are the before and after details of a sensor on one of our kitchen windows. HomeKit-compatible security accessories (such as alarm systems and locks) can be locked or armed—but not unlocked or disarmed—using a HomePod. He added the Lyric Controller to my Wi-Fi network and tested the cellular connection from the controller to the alarm monitoring office. The app also has a long list of notifications it can provide, but many of them duplicate the notifications that Apple’s Home app will send. For example, Apple’s Home app will notify us when the alarm is armed or disarmed. Take a photo of your existing setup so you have a wiring reference point if you start to get confused. Total Connect does offer some additional detail that we can access if we need it. Uses geofencing technology to keep track of your smart phone's location. Honeywell Lyric T5+ Wi-Fi Smart Thermostat - RCHT8612WF Video If you are interested in ordering a large quantity of items you may qualify for volume pricing discounts. https://disqus.com/home/discussion/alarmgrid/honeywell_lyric_controller_finally_homekit_compatible/#comment-3891657667 Now I don’t have to get paranoid about it, just hope Apple et. So if you’re getting ready to leave your house with an armful of stuff, saying “Hey Siri, turn on the alarm” won’t work, but “Hey Siri, turn on the Lyric alarm” engages the alarm in Away mode. That may sound like a lot, but the Lyric Controller can handle more than 100 satellite devices. If you want Google home, you’ll need to go with the Lyric T5+ model . Google Home and Amazon Alexa configuration was also straightforward. BTDTGT. Those experiencing this problem have to reset their Homekit configuration and then set up again from scratch. Registration confirmation will be emailed to you. Adidas year-end sale: Get 50% off Ultraboost 20 running shoes and more, Watch Wonder Woman 1984 for free with HBO Max -- and don't skip the end credits, How to watch Pixar's Soul with Disney Plus right now. It is compatible with Google Assistant, Alexa, and Apple homekit to enable you to make your home cooler or warmer and save temperature as part of your routine just by saying so. Just snap the faceplate on the thermostat, turn power back on at your circuit breaker and your thermostat should power on. Interestingly, I had only occasional success using the word “set” with this second command. All the others worked every time, but “set” rarely worked, even though it works with other commands, and I have no idea why. They are definitely not the option to look for if you’re into the sleek new designs of the other smart thermostats. [Note: comments are not strictly chronological.]. I went DIY and got everything setup and integrated with HomeKit the other day, working with the support staff from Alarm Grid (they were super helpful). • ®The free Honeywell Lyric App is available for Apple iPhone® and iPad® devices at iTunes ® or at Google Play for all Android™ devices. Unless the lines to you are physically damaged, you’ll still have phone service. Tap Enter Code on the iPhone and key in the HomeKit setup code. For this reason, Honeywell engineered the Lyric with a 7-day schedule function. On the Lyric Controller, enter the master code (which is in its documentation) and the HomeKit setup code appears on its screen. New Capabilities. This is a better solution than the battery provided by Verizon because that only provides power for phone and does nothing for Internet or TV access. The hardware, set-up, and installation came in around $850. This straightforward, do-it-yourself setup will have you on your way to smart heating and cooling in no time. Adv Reset - Factory, schedule, Wi-Fi and Homekit reset Failsafe OFF 0= Off, 1 = On Specific Applications Setting What do you need to change? Tado Smart AC Control At the heart of the Lyric Security and Home Control System is the Lyric Controller, a full-featured security panel that has just about every bell and whistle you can think of. You can ask Siri about the status of the alarm (“Hey Siri, is the Lyric on/armed?”; “Hey Siri, what’s the status of the Lyric?”). I don’t specifically recall seeing it for the Lyric yet, but that doesn’t mean is hasn’t happened or won’t happen in the future. Detach the wires from the old thermostat and unscrew and remove the base of the thermostat and the baseplate, if applicable. Over the past few years, we’ve also been gradually adding HomeKit accessories. The Home app doesn’t solve every problem. On the left are the details about the window sensor, originally named “Kitchen Left” by our installer. get it figured out. I would love to hear from someone currently working in this area. The only difference I see between my setup and yours is that I have a … Lyric App). I have not seen a clear description of the conditions that lead to the problem. Discussion threads can be closed at any time at our discretion. However, this information is visible in other third-party apps that can show details about your HomeKit devices—even those made by other manufacturers (Elgato Eve and iDevices Connected to name two—to learn more about the Elgato Eve app, see “A Prairie HomeKit Companion: The Elgato Eve Room,” 19 June 2017). Though I’ve been a happy Verizon wireless customer for about 10 years, I never signed up for Verizon FIOS. The Lyric Controller can even exclude certain devices from the alarm system—for instance, you could leave a sensor-monitored upstairs window open, but still enable the alarm while you are out. Cycle/ Hour Minimum ON time (in minutes) Note : a. Usability: The Honeywell Lyric app is initially easy to understand and to use. We added a couple of things to it. Plus, ecosystem integration with Apple ® HomeKit™ and Samsung® SmartThings™ gives your customers an even greater connected home experience. So my interest was piqued when Honeywell announced support for HomeKit in its Lyric Security and Home Control System. I'm having trouble with the Honeywell Home App on my iPhone IOS 14.2 How do I setup and configure my thermostat to work with Apple HomeKit? A tap on the Details button provides the usual HomeKit options, including the settings for status and notifications. IMHO, there’s a risk of suspended service due to disasters with everything, and if there’s no power, unfortunately you’re out of luck. and Setup The second generation of the Honeywell Lyric Round™ Wi-Fi Thermostat delivers easy installation and setup at the thermostat or through the Lyric app. Everyone in my family is now old enough to have a mobile phone, which makes our house’s landline nearly superfluous. This is among the areas Honeywell beats Ecobee. As with most smart thermostats, the Lyric may be beautiful, but its real power and appeal comes from its ability to accurately build up a pattern of when the heating should and should not be activated in order to save energy, and ultimately money. But security technology has improved—alarms can now notify monitoring companies through a cellular rather than landline connection, and the systems are much easier to manage and operate. 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