The Frontpoint alarm system can be used in many ways and easily adjusts to your lifestyle and home security needs. One way it adapts is through different arming modes. Each mode arms specific sensors, giving you different options depending on what you need or what you’re doing.
The biggest advantage of having multiple arming options is that you’ll get convenience, without sacrificing security.
Let’s take a look at the different arming modes and how sensors work in each mode, as well as a few situations where you might want to use each mode.
Arming in Away mode is the traditional arming method. In this mode, all of your sensors are armed.
When you use this mode, you are telling your system that no one will be home, and any presence should be treated as an attempted intrusion. Whenever no one will be home, you should arm in Away mode. All your sensors will be armed, so your home will be fully protected.
The Arm Stay mode signals to your system that someone will be home, but the home still needs to be protected. This mode secures the exterior of your home, while leaving you free to roam inside.
A very popular, and most common, use for Arm stay is at night when everyone goes to bed. This allows you or your kids to get up and walk around to the bathroom or kitchen without fear of setting off the alarm. It’s also perfect for the weekend when you’re lounging around home or doing housework, and won’t be coming in and out of your house.
In Stay mode, Door and Window and Glass Break Sensors are armed, but not Motion and Image Sensors.
What if you want to arm your entire system, but just want a single, specific sensor be “ignored”? You can do this by bypassing a sensor, which leaves that sensor in a disarmed state. Bypassing a sensor is really easy to do:
- While the system is armed, press the Bypass button
- Enter your Master Code
- Scroll to the desired sensor and press OK
You’ll need to repeat this process if you want to bypass other sensors. This is perfect for when you want to crack open a window with a Door and Window Sensor, or if you’re going to be opening and closing your patio door often for a barbecue.
Environmental Protection is Constant
Environmental sensors – Smoke and Heat, Water and Flood, and Carbon Monoxide Sensors – can never be disarmed or bypassed, no matter what method you use to arm or disarm your system. The sensors always remain armed to ensure that you’re protected from potential disasters at all times.
If you have any questions about the different arming methods, ask us below in the comments – we’ll be happy to answer.