How to Bypass an Alarm Sensor

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Alarm systems can do amazing things these days. The technology leaders (including FrontPoint) have added remote arm/disarm, event notifications by text or email, on-line history, mobile apps, video services, and now home automation (think lights, locks, and even thermostats). We’ve entered a new era of expanded home security, where more people than ever appreciate the convergence of protection, convenience, and control. But with all the new and advanced features and functions, there are still some basic aspects of how alarm systems work that people ask about on a regular basis. One of these functions is arming your system with one of the sensors “bypassed,” usually a door/window sensor, or a motion sensor.

Bypassing a Sensor – What It Means

Let’s say you want to use your alarm system, but you have a door or window, or general area that you want to treat differently, and still arm the rest of the system. There are numerous reasons why you might want to do this, such as the following:

  • You want to be able to open and close a specific window during the night, while your system is armed.
  • You want to bypass a certain motion sensor so that a person or pet can move through an area without creating an alarm event.
  • While you are making repairs or renovations to your home, a sensor may be temporarily displaced – and you still want to use your system to protect the rest of the house.

How to Bypass a Sensor with a FrontPoint System

Bypassing a sensor on a FrontPoint system is remarkably easy – thanks to the fact that we use GE Security components, the best wireless alarm equipment in the industry. They also have the easiest “user interface,” which results in fewer false alarms.

Other Helpful Information from FrontPoint

I’ve written often on the best ways to get the most out of your home security, and here are links to several of those posts:

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  1. TK

    Useless article; does not even explain how to by-pass. This reads more like shameless self-promotion and self-back-patting propaganda. I expect more from frontpoint (the leader, using the best, with amazing features). I get it, I am already a customer; just came here to get more info.

    • Peter M. Rogers

      TK – Thanks for your comment, and sorry for not being more specific. And thank you for being a FrontPoint customer! As for the Bypass instructions, here is the information.

      Bypassing a sensor allows the system to remain armed while leaving a specific sensor (or sensors) in a disarmed status. For example, if an individual wants to arm their doors and windows but leave a kitchen window open, that sensor can be bypassed.
      To Bypass a Sensor (With the system armed/arming):
      1. Press the Bypass button and enter you Master Code.
      2. Use the arrow buttons to scroll to the sensor you wished to be bypassed
      a. On the first line, the display will show the sensor type, ex: SN 1 Front Door.
      3. Press “OK” to bypass (deactivate) the sensor.
      a. When a sensor is bypassed, the display shows Bypassed on the second line.

      To Bypass a Door/Window Sensor prior to arming:
      1. Before arming the system, open the door or window desired to be bypassed.
      2. Arm your system accordingly.
      3. The panel will notify you that the sensor is reporting “Open.”
      4. Press the Bypass button.
      5. The system will now arm all of the sensors except the one(s) reporting open.

    • James Milla

      I agree completely. Thought it would explain the directions on how to do it.

      • Peter M. Rogers

        James – see my reply the other comments for the actual instructions, and thanks for your comment.

  2. TK

    Useless article; does not even explain how to by-pass. This reads more like shameless self-promotion and self-back-patting propaganda. I expect more from frontpoint (the leader, using the best, with amazing features). I get it, I am already a customer; just came here to get more info.

    • Peter M. Rogers

      TK – Thanks for your comment, and sorry for not being more specific. And thank you for being a FrontPoint customer! As for the Bypass instructions, here is the information.

      Bypassing a sensor allows the system to remain armed while leaving a specific sensor (or sensors) in a disarmed status. For example, if an individual wants to arm their doors and windows but leave a kitchen window open, that sensor can be bypassed.
      To Bypass a Sensor (With the system armed/arming):
      1. Press the Bypass button and enter you Master Code.
      2. Use the arrow buttons to scroll to the sensor you wished to be bypassed
      a. On the first line, the display will show the sensor type, ex: SN 1 Front Door.
      3. Press “OK” to bypass (deactivate) the sensor.
      a. When a sensor is bypassed, the display shows Bypassed on the second line.

      To Bypass a Door/Window Sensor prior to arming:
      1. Before arming the system, open the door or window desired to be bypassed.
      2. Arm your system accordingly.
      3. The panel will notify you that the sensor is reporting “Open.”
      4. Press the Bypass button.
      5. The system will now arm all of the sensors except the one(s) reporting open.

    • James Milla

      I agree completely. Thought it would explain the directions on how to do it.

      • Peter M. Rogers

        James – see my reply the other comments for the actual instructions, and thanks for your comment.

  3. Andy

    Maybe I am missing something. But how do you by-pass? This is how it looks on my computer:

    “How to Bypass a Sensor with a FrontPoint System

    Bypassing a sensor on a FrontPoint system is remarkably easy – thanks to the fact that we use GE Security components, the best wireless alarm equipment in the industry. They also have the easiest “user interface,” which results in fewer false alarms.”

    • Peter M. Rogers

      Andy – Thanks for your question, and here is the information.

      Bypassing a sensor allows the system to remain armed while leaving a specific sensor (or sensors) in a disarmed status. For example, if an individual wants to arm their doors and windows but leave a kitchen window open, that sensor can be bypassed.
      To Bypass a Sensor (With the system armed/arming):
      1. Press the Bypass button and enter you Master Code.
      2. Use the arrow buttons to scroll to the sensor you wished to be bypassed
      a. On the first line, the display will show the sensor type, ex: SN 1 Front Door.
      3. Press “OK” to bypass (deactivate) the sensor.
      a. When a sensor is bypassed, the display shows Bypassed on the second line.

      To Bypass a Door/Window Sensor prior to arming:
      1. Before arming the system, open the door or window desired to be bypassed.
      2. Arm your system accordingly.
      3. The panel will notify you that the sensor is reporting “Open.”
      4. Press the Bypass button.
      5. The system will now arm all of the sensors except the one(s) reporting open.

  4. Andy

    Maybe I am missing something. But how do you by-pass? This is how it looks on my computer:

    “How to Bypass a Sensor with a FrontPoint System

    Bypassing a sensor on a FrontPoint system is remarkably easy – thanks to the fact that we use GE Security components, the best wireless alarm equipment in the industry. They also have the easiest “user interface,” which results in fewer false alarms.”

    • Peter M. Rogers

      Andy – Thanks for your question, and here is the information.

      Bypassing a sensor allows the system to remain armed while leaving a specific sensor (or sensors) in a disarmed status. For example, if an individual wants to arm their doors and windows but leave a kitchen window open, that sensor can be bypassed.
      To Bypass a Sensor (With the system armed/arming):
      1. Press the Bypass button and enter you Master Code.
      2. Use the arrow buttons to scroll to the sensor you wished to be bypassed
      a. On the first line, the display will show the sensor type, ex: SN 1 Front Door.
      3. Press “OK” to bypass (deactivate) the sensor.
      a. When a sensor is bypassed, the display shows Bypassed on the second line.

      To Bypass a Door/Window Sensor prior to arming:
      1. Before arming the system, open the door or window desired to be bypassed.
      2. Arm your system accordingly.
      3. The panel will notify you that the sensor is reporting “Open.”
      4. Press the Bypass button.
      5. The system will now arm all of the sensors except the one(s) reporting open.

  5. Joe

    Your tips teel us that we can bypass a sensor (supposedly because GE equipment is amazing, as if no other equipment on the market includes this function), but the title of your posting is erroneous since nowhere in your text do your tell us the steps to take and the exact buttons to push to bypass a specific door or window. Please give us information and not sales pitches, unless you are directing us back to the Users Manual for every function.

    • Peter M. Rogers

      Joe – Here you go, and thanks for your comment. Here is the information.

      Bypassing a sensor allows the system to remain armed while leaving a specific sensor (or sensors) in a disarmed status. For example, if an individual wants to arm their doors and windows but leave a kitchen window open, that sensor can be bypassed.
      To Bypass a Sensor (With the system armed/arming):
      1. Press the Bypass button and enter you Master Code.
      2. Use the arrow buttons to scroll to the sensor you wished to be bypassed
      a. On the first line, the display will show the sensor type, ex: SN 1 Front Door.
      3. Press “OK” to bypass (deactivate) the sensor.
      a. When a sensor is bypassed, the display shows Bypassed on the second line.

      To Bypass a Door/Window Sensor prior to arming:
      1. Before arming the system, open the door or window desired to be bypassed.
      2. Arm your system accordingly.
      3. The panel will notify you that the sensor is reporting “Open.”
      4. Press the Bypass button.
      5. The system will now arm all of the sensors except the one(s) reporting open.

  6. Joe

    Your tips teel us that we can bypass a sensor (supposedly because GE equipment is amazing, as if no other equipment on the market includes this function), but the title of your posting is erroneous since nowhere in your text do your tell us the steps to take and the exact buttons to push to bypass a specific door or window. Please give us information and not sales pitches, unless you are directing us back to the Users Manual for every function.

    • Peter M. Rogers

      Joe – Here you go, and thanks for your comment. Here is the information.

      Bypassing a sensor allows the system to remain armed while leaving a specific sensor (or sensors) in a disarmed status. For example, if an individual wants to arm their doors and windows but leave a kitchen window open, that sensor can be bypassed.
      To Bypass a Sensor (With the system armed/arming):
      1. Press the Bypass button and enter you Master Code.
      2. Use the arrow buttons to scroll to the sensor you wished to be bypassed
      a. On the first line, the display will show the sensor type, ex: SN 1 Front Door.
      3. Press “OK” to bypass (deactivate) the sensor.
      a. When a sensor is bypassed, the display shows Bypassed on the second line.

      To Bypass a Door/Window Sensor prior to arming:
      1. Before arming the system, open the door or window desired to be bypassed.
      2. Arm your system accordingly.
      3. The panel will notify you that the sensor is reporting “Open.”
      4. Press the Bypass button.
      5. The system will now arm all of the sensors except the one(s) reporting open.

  7. Victor

    I found about this feature way back. Very helpful to use this feature when I have visitors in the house or If I want people to move around freely in certain areas of the house while everything is armed. I use this feature very often

    • Peter M. Rogers

      Victor – thanks! Nice to hear from you.

  8. Victor

    I found about this feature way back. Very helpful to use this feature when I have visitors in the house or If I want people to move around freely in certain areas of the house while everything is armed. I use this feature very often

    • Peter M. Rogers

      Victor – thanks! Nice to hear from you.

  9. Brent Simpson

    Is there a way to bypass a sensor indefinitely so you don’t have to repeat this process every time you arm the system? Like a garage door sensor. I want to know if it’s open or closed but i don’t want it to set off the alarm if i just pull into the garage and don’t get out immediately.

    • Peter M. Rogers

      Brent – Thanks for your excellent question. Yes, there is a way to do what you want – and it involves moving a sensor from one sensor “group” to another, so that different reporting properties kick in. I have asked our highly-regarded Customer Service folks to contact you on this matter, so they should be in touch soon. And please feel free to call them directly any time you have a question about your FrontPoint system. Thanks again!

  10. Brent Simpson

    Is there a way to bypass a sensor indefinitely so you don’t have to repeat this process every time you arm the system? Like a garage door sensor. I want to know if it’s open or closed but i don’t want it to set off the alarm if i just pull into the garage and don’t get out immediately.

    • Peter M. Rogers

      Brent – Thanks for your excellent question. Yes, there is a way to do what you want – and it involves moving a sensor from one sensor “group” to another, so that different reporting properties kick in. I have asked our highly-regarded Customer Service folks to contact you on this matter, so they should be in touch soon. And please feel free to call them directly any time you have a question about your FrontPoint system. Thanks again!

  11. Kartik

    Is there a mobile version of bypassing a sensor?

    • Peter M. Rogers

      Kartik – thanks for your excellent question. There is no manual bypass function for mobile devices or on myfrontpoint.com. However, arming remotely through the website or the mobile app will automatically bypass any sensors reporting open or trouble conditions (tamper, malfunction, etc.). Please let us know if you need any additional information and thanks again.

      • Erin

        Hello – Does arming the system in stay mode via my mobile app also bypass any sensors reporting open so that as long as I arm my system to stay via my mobile app and not the control panel, I can leave certain windows open at night without the alarm being triggered? Thank you.

        • Peter M. Rogers

          Thanks for the question, Erin-

          Please bear with me as this is a little difficult to explain.If arming the system remotely via the app in the stay or away mode, the system will automatically bypass any open sensors. However, the panel will beep and indicate any open sensor(s) for 5 minutes before the system will actually arm. Additionally, if arming the system remotely with no entry delay, open sensors will bypass immediately. Please let us know if this isn’t clear enough, or you would like further explanation, and we will gladly help. And of course, please feel free to call our Support team – they are very good at these questions. Thanks again.

  12. Kartik

    Is there a mobile version of bypassing a sensor?

    • Peter M. Rogers

      Kartik – thanks for your excellent question. There is no manual bypass function for mobile devices or on myfrontpoint.com. However, arming remotely through the website or the mobile app will automatically bypass any sensors reporting open or trouble conditions (tamper, malfunction, etc.). Please let us know if you need any additional information and thanks again.

      • Erin

        Hello – Does arming the system in stay mode via my mobile app also bypass any sensors reporting open so that as long as I arm my system to stay via my mobile app and not the control panel, I can leave certain windows open at night without the alarm being triggered? Thank you.

        • Peter M. Rogers

          Thanks for the question, Erin-

          Please bear with me as this is a little difficult to explain.If arming the system remotely via the app in the stay or away mode, the system will automatically bypass any open sensors. However, the panel will beep and indicate any open sensor(s) for 5 minutes before the system will actually arm. Additionally, if arming the system remotely with no entry delay, open sensors will bypass immediately. Please let us know if this isn’t clear enough, or you would like further explanation, and we will gladly help. And of course, please feel free to call our Support team – they are very good at these questions. Thanks again.

  13. Alan Draper

    This is great. I wasn’t aware of this method of bypassing sensors. I will have to try soon. Thanks!

    • Peter M. Rogers

      You are most welcome, Alan. And of course, you know you can call the FrontPoint Support team with any questions. They are a great group of highly trained and professional folks who are known throughout the industry for giving excellent support on all our products and services. In fact, we seldom have any interactions with the tech people at GE Security or Alarm.com, because our knowledge base is so strong. Of course, since we are supporting customers across the entire US and Canada, we need to be good, and provide the solutions quickly and accurately.

  14. Alan Draper

    This is great. I wasn’t aware of this method of bypassing sensors. I will have to try soon. Thanks!

    • Peter M. Rogers

      You are most welcome, Alan. And of course, you know you can call the FrontPoint Support team with any questions. They are a great group of highly trained and professional folks who are known throughout the industry for giving excellent support on all our products and services. In fact, we seldom have any interactions with the tech people at GE Security or Alarm.com, because our knowledge base is so strong. Of course, since we are supporting customers across the entire US and Canada, we need to be good, and provide the solutions quickly and accurately.

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