How do I use my new ADT TSSC System?

TSSC base unit door open

How do I use my new ADT TSSC System?

How do I use my new ADT TSSC System?

ADT Pulse TSSC User Manual

If you just got an ADT Monitored Security System installed in your home and you have ADT Pulse Cameras or Automation (Thermostat, Deadbolt, Garage Door, or Lights) there is a good chance you have the new ADT TSSC System.

The TSSC System is made by Honeywell and has many of the same features as other Honeywell Control Panels like the Vista or Lynx, but there are also a few things that are different. Hence the reason we have this little helpful blog post.

TSSC Base Station

The first part of your TSSC System is the Base Station. This is what it looks like with the door open/removed.

TSSC base unit door open

It has 5 lights on the bottom that give the status. If they are all flashing alternating its because its in programming. Also during sleep mode only the battery led is active.

  1. Power – If it is green its powered properly with AC Power. If it is not green then its not plugged in.
  2. Battery – Green is normal, Amber is charging, Red is Low Battery or missing battery. (order a new one ASAP)
  3. Status – Solid green means ready to arm, flashing green means there is a trouble with a device, off means it is not ready to arm (a door/window is open?). If it is Red it is armed. If it is flashing red its in alarm or the alarm needs to be cleared. If it is Amber there is a system trouble, if it is flashing Amber it means there is a trouble with a device and it cannot arm.
  4. Network – You also want this to be green because that means it is connect to ethernet. If it is off it means it is not configured. If it is red there is no ethernet. Amber is link but not connect to central station (it will stay amber until a signal is sent successfully).
  5. Cellular – Green is good signal. Red means no connection or low signal. If it is off it is not configured. If flashing amber it means there is cell but no data. If flashing red there is a sim error.

TSSC Alpha Keypad

The TSSC Keypad is wireless and needs to maintain a connection to power even though it has a back up battery inside. It has 3 LEDs on the top right. Like the base station they will all flash if its being programmed. If its in battery mode only the power LED is active.

adt pulse tssc keypadPower – Green means its connect to AC power. Amber means its charging. Red is low or missing battery. If its flashing green it means its using the battery and there is no AC power connected. Flashing red means that the AC power is not connected and the battery is low.

Trouble – If flashing its a device if its a solid Amber light it is the system that has a trouble.

Status – Solid green is ready to Arm, if there is no light it is not ready to arm, and if it is Red it is Armed.  If its flashing red it was in an alarm state and needs to be cleared still. (disarm again)

How do I mount my ADT TSSC Keypad on the wall?



Keys on the TSSC Base Station and the TSSC Keypad

OFF – Disarms the system, silences alarms and troubles, and helps clear troubles. (you need to type your code in first then push 1(OFF).

AWAY – Arms perimeter and interior burglary protection. (The motion detector is on when you arm this way) If you arm this way and do not open a door it will switch to stay mode.

STAY – Arms the perimeter and not the motion detector. (usually)

NIGHT STAY – Additional mode for staying in the premises. You can create a third way of arming with this without having a delay like usual if you wanted.

MAX – Arms in Away mode but eliminates the entry delay.

TEST – (Keypad only) Tests the system and the siren if disarmed.

BYPASS – (Keypad only) Lets you arm the system without arming selected zones. If you have a zone that is not working properly you can still arm it if you bypass it. Also if you want to leave a window open for a night you can bypass it.

INSTANT – Arms like stay mode but eliminates the entry delay. Alarm will sound immediately if someone opens an entry zone.

CODE  – (Keypad only) Lets you assign user codes or change the master code

CHIME – (Keypad only) Lets you turn the chime on and off.

READY – (Keypad Only) This displays all open zones. Also if you hold it zone for 5 seconds it will display all zone descriptions.

# – (Keypad only) – Lets you arm the system without using a security code. (push # stay or # away for example)

Police, Fire, and other special function keys – (keypad only) – Push these panic buttons if there is an emergency. You can program the other two for custom operations.

General Operation

How to get the system status of your TSSC System. – press the * key. If a customer calls in with an issue the first thing we have them do is go to the keypad and push the * button so they can tell us what they see.

How do I arm my ADT TSSC System? You can arm the system in AWAY, STAY, INSTANT, or MAX mode just by typing in your 4-digit code and pressing the corresponding button. If your quick arm is enabled you can press # and then one of the arming modes above.

How do I DISARM the system? To disarm the system enter your code and press OFF. (OFF is the 1 key)

How do I Bypass a zone? You can either bypass one zone at a time or up to five at a time. You just need to enter your code, then press 6 (the BYPASS key), and then the 3 digit number of the zone you want bypassed. Examples: user code + 6 + 002. Or usercode + 6 + 003 004 005 006 007. If your forced bypass is enabled you can also bypass all faulted zones by typing in your user code + 6 + # + 0.

How do I change the master code? The installer will sometimes leave the default user code in the system and he might tell you how to change it but then after he leaves you forget. It is easy. You just need to type in the master code + 801+ new user code twice.

How do I add a user? This is the best thing to do if multiple people use the alarm or if you don’t want to give out your master code to someone. Just type in your master code + 8 + 2 digit user number (02-96) + 4 digit new user’s code.

How do I delete a user? Enter the mastercode + 8 + 2 digit user number you want to delete + # + 0.

Authority Levels – You can also add users and secondary codes but not give them the same authority. There are 4 levels you can give them.

0 – Standard user – Can perform security functions but not the ones reserved for the master user.

1 – Arm Only user – Can only arm the system, cannot disarm.

2 – Guest – Can arm, bypass zones, but can only disarm if they are the one that armed the system. (example: for a babysitter or cleaner where they only need to arm or disarm at certain times.

3 – Duress Code – This is intended to be used if a person is forced to disarm the system under threat. When used the system will act normally but silently send a notification to the ADT Monitoring Station of the situation. (this feature may not be activated if you did not specifically ask for it)

To assign authority you type in the master code + 8 + 2 digit user number + # + 1 + single digit authority level.

Chime Mode – This feature allows you to turn on or off the alert sound if a door or window is opened.  You can activate it while it is disarmed by typing your code and pushing the CHIME key (9).  You can turn it off by doing the same steps.

My Alarm/Keypad keeps beeping? If it is really the keypad beeping (and not a non-ADT smoke detector, etc…) then pushing * will tell you why and also stop the beeping.

Host Check-In – If you see “Download Com/Upload completed” it is because the system is checking in with the ADT Central Station. It can do this every 200 seconds. (if the interval is set to 200 seconds)

Test Mode – Use test mode to check each protection point for proper operation. Testing is recommended to be done weekly. These are the steps to test. The keypad will beep every 60 seconds as a reminder that you are in test mode. Alarm messages are not sent to ADT while you are in the test mode. If you have a problem with any of the zones please call ADT for service immediately. (1-800-238-2727). If you leave it in test mode it will automatically exit test mode after 30 minutes.

  1. Disarm the system and close all doors and windows
  2. Enter the master code + 5 (that is the test button) + then press 1.
  3. Listen. The siren should sound for 1 second then turn off.
  4. Fault all zones in turn and listen for three beeps from the keypad. (Fault means for you to open each one) Each time you open a window or door the zone number and description should appear on the keypad. The display clears when a zone is closed. If you are testing a wireless motion detector there is a 3 minute delay between activations to conserve battery power.
  5. Test all smoke and CO detectors following the manufacturers instructions and check the display
  6. When all zones have been checked and are intact (closed), there should be no zone identification numbers on the keypad
  7. Exit test mode by typing your code + OFF (the 1 key).

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TSSC Keypad Battery replacement instructions are below.

TSSC Keypad battery replacement

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