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How to Bypass an Alarm Sensor

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January 2, 2014
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How to Bypass an Alarm Sensor

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.

To bypass a sensor while the system is armed/arming:

  1. Press the Bypass button and enter your Master Code.
  2. Use the arrow buttons to scroll to the sensor you wished to bypass.
    1. On the first line, the display will show the sensor number and name (ex: SN 1 Front Door).
  3. Press “OK” to bypass (deactivate) the sensor.
    1. 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 desired door or window 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.

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November 21, 2016 at 6:13 AM
My sensor keeps going into bypass mode. How do I turn it off? Says closed but when I attempt to alarm the system it puts the sensor in bypass mode.
Katie Rynex
November 22, 2016 at 7:32 PM
Taylor, thank you for reaching out! Because we want to make sure your system is working as best as possible, we will have one of our Support Specialist reach out to you. At this time however, we are having trouble locating your account based on the information here. Please send an email with the name on the account to and we will reach out as soon as we can. Thanks again and we look forward to hearing from you soon.
November 29, 2016 at 1:15 AM
I need to bypass a sensor for quite some time (for a renovation). Do the methods listed above keep the sensor bypassed indefinitely, or do you have to keep doing them again every time you arm the system?
Katie Rynex
December 14, 2016 at 1:37 PM
Sharon, great question! You can always give our Support Team a call and they would be more than happy to move that sensor into a non reporting group during your renovations. This will allow you to arm your system and not have to worry about that sensor arming. Thanks for reaching out and please let us know if you have any other questions going forward!
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