Qolsys IQ Panel - Adding Hardwired Sensors To The GE Translator

The GE Wireless Translator is used to convert hardwired sensors into compatible wireless signals.

This allows you to take your existing hardwired sensors with a system, like the Vista 20p or DSC panels, and convert these sensors to a new IQ panel.

 1. Open the front of your "Project Box" and remove the case off its hinges.


2. Next we will need to power your current system down. Start by removing the black and red wires from the battery.


3. Unplug the system by removing the AC transformer from the outlet. Sometimes your system might be plugged in at a different part of the house, like your basement.


4. If you are unable to find the AC transformer AC, carefully disconnect one of two AC wires on the inside of the project box. These terminals should be located on the far left side. Unscrew the terminal and remove the wire. Be aware that if the AC wire touches any wires around it, it may blow your transformer.4.png

5. Take the Translator AC wire and route it through one of the openings through the project box.


6. Connect the Translator AC wires to the powered AUX terminals. On a Vista, this will be terminals four and five.You will need to unscrew the terminals and connect the black wire to 4 and the red wire to 5 and screw the terminal back into place.

Remember to keep all of your existing wires connected to those terminals since they will be powering other devices like your keypads or motion detectors.


7. Open the Translator by pressing the tab in at the bottom of the cover.


8. You will need to remove the individual wiring for each sensor on the inside of your hardwired Project Box. You will only want to remove 1 set of a sensor wires at a time.

The translator is only compatible with 4.7k ohm resistors. 4.7k ohm resistors have a color pattern of, Yellow, Purple, Red, and Brown. If you don’t see this pattern you need to replace the resistor with the 4.7k ohm.

If you originally never had a resistor connected to your sensors wiring, then this setup is not correct for you. You will need to purchase wireless GE sensors.

Take the first pair of wires and route them through the opening of the Translator.

Loosen the screws to the terminals and connect both wires.

Continue the same process with your hardwired sensors connecting the rest of the paired loops.

Note: The translator isn't compatible for Smoke Detectors or Carbon Monoxide Detectors.  


9. Once you have completed the wiring, remove the battery tag from the Translator.


10. Drill a screw into the wall next to your Hardwired Project Box and mount the Translator next to the box. 


11. Reconnect the AC power by plugging in the AC Transformer into the outlet or re-connect the AC wire to the proper terminal.

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12. Reconnect the black and red wires to the battery.


13. To program your sensors, you must prepare your panel. Start by selecting "Settings"


Enter your "Installer Code". The default code is "1111"


Select "Installation"


Select "Security Sensors"


Select "Auto Learn Sensor"




14. With your system saying “Trip New Sensor”, you’ll need to trip each sensor coming into the Translator. To trip the first sensor, place a wire or a pair of needle nose-pliers between the terminal screws. 

When you hear the panel beep, select "OK" on the pop message...


15. Here you will need to program the proper information for this device.

  • Sensor DL ID: Don't touch this option.
  • Sensor Type: Select the appropriate Sensor Type.
  • Sensor Name: Select an appropriate name or create a "Custom Description"
  • Chime Type: This allows you to apply a specific sound to your device when it’s used.
  • Sensor Group: This is used to change the behavior of the device. For door/window sensor choose “10” if you want an entry delay applied or choose “13” if you want no entry delay applied. For other devices, leave this option alone.
  • Voice Prompts: This allows you turn on or off the vocal chime.


16.  From here, learn all of the rest of your devices and make sure the translator is also set properly with the device you are adding.

17. Reconnect the cover on the Translator. You have completed the setup!


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