Napco Gemini GEM-RP8 Remote Arming/Disarming Issues With Home Assistant Integration

Hoping someone here might have a solution to my problem.

I was successfully able to interface the Konnected Alarm Panel Pro with my old Napco Gemini GEM-RP8 Alarm System. I've connected it to Home Assistant and I can see when my sensors are triggered. (Yay!)

The issue I am running into is setting up the Keyswitch to trigger arming/disarming the alarm remotely. The alarm manuals say that a keyswitch can be connected to zone 6 to arm and disarm it. I've connected zone 6 to the relays and then to the Alarm Panel Pro. I think I was able to program the keypad to turn on Keyswitch as well.

For some reason, when I activate the alarm via Home Assistant, it just beeps and shows Zone 6. Now from my understanding, this means the alarm system thinks the zone is open, but if the keyswitch is on, shouldn't it trigger arming? Not sure if I am missing something during programming. I can't figure out if Zone 6 has to be designated as a keyswitch or it does it automatically.

Any help would be much appreciated!

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  • Just to keep this thread updated for others who might be in my situation. I was able to get the system to arm remotely!


    Here is all the documentation on how to program the Napco Gemini GEM-RP8:

    You will want to make sure you enable the Momentary Keyswitch in program 26 on the Napco Alarm Panel. Wire the relay on the Konnected integration board to zone 6. 


    Once you set up Home Assistant, you will want to set Output 2 to switchable output. To get it to arm the system, you have to set the pulse duration to 1000ms and duration between pulses to 1000ms. This triggers the arming.


    If you want to be able to arm a "Home" mode, you will need to program your motion sensors as a delay zone in program 01.


    Still trying to figure out how to monitor the alarm status using the programmable outputs. Will update with more info if I figure it out.

  • "You will want to make sure you enable the Momentary Keyswitch in program 26 on the Napco Alarm Panel. Wire the relay on the Konnected integration board to zone 6. "


    Can you explain how you did this?  I have the 1632 panel also with the RP1 keypad.  Looked through the instructions with no luck.


    "Once you set up Home Assistant, you will want to set Output 2 to switchable output. To get it to arm the system, you have to set the pulse duration to 1000ms and duration between pulses to 1000ms. This triggers the arming."


    I did all this successfully but hitting the switch doesnt arm, I think I need to figure out that programming part you did above...can you provide any further details?

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