Many consider Lifeshield the pioneer of the wireless home security business. All their equipment is proprietary and is not compatible with other sensors, consoles, or cameras. The system pricing is competitive and like all home security companies, they offer various monitoring packages that provide more equipment and features as you go up in the monthly price. There are a reasonable number of accessories you can purchase to enhance the efficacy of your system.
The console acts as the command center for the system while the base is the communicator. The console is a backup for the base also. It is small, compact and the functions simple to input. Lifeshield allows you to add up to four consoles per system. The online portal, keychain and the mobile app for IOS and Android devices let the user enter commands to the system in the same way you enter them on the console. For an overview of the entirety of LifeShield, read our LifeShield review.
KPC 1000 Console Advantages
The uncomplicated console provides users with several advantageous features when compared to the competition:
- Size – The unit is small and compact. It uses a small, rechargeable battery as well as AC power. There is a channel in the back for the cord to keep the unit’s profile as unobtrusive as possible.
- Ease of Use – Easy to operate, it is basically plug-and-play right out of the box. The only thing a user needs to do is insert the battery, charge it by plugging it into an AC outlet, and it is ready to operate. You can also power it directly from the household current if you have a plug near the location of the console.
- Mounting – There is no need to mount to the wall though it comes with the hardware necessary should you choose to do this. It has a folding stand so that you can set it on a shelf or countertop virtually anywhere.
- Wireless – The entire system is wireless. There is no wired option. The console communicates with sensors, cameras and the central monitoring station by broadband, landline, and cellular signals.
- Integration – The console integrates very well with the rest of the system, including all cameras, sensors, online portal, app and other parts of the home security system.
KPC 1000 Console Has No Drawbacks
The Lifeshield console is as good, if not better than any other similar units used by competitors. User ratings are consistently high for reliability. The rechargeable battery and communication with the other parts of the systems performs consistently as designed according to user reviews and comments.
Console Price Packaging
Lifeshield offers four packages, and a console is included with each package. Extra consoles, which a user may want to place by a secondary door, bedside or elsewhere can be purchased for about $149 through Lifeshield. The consoles, as well as the rest of the Lifeshield equipment, are only available through Lifeshield or DIRECTV.
The console is only one of several methods that can be used to activate, disarm, add additional sensors or cameras, and set the parameters. There is a menu key, which you use to scroll through and follow the onscreen commands. You will be prompted to enter the Master Code each time you use the system. The Master Code is found inside the lid of the component box. You can change the Master Code at any time and from any device, console, smartphone app, PC or key chain remote once you enter it for the first time.
There are four components to the console: the console, battery, AC adaptor unit and wall-mounting bracket and screws. The first step in the setup is to locate the battery door on the side of the console. The cover slides off. The rechargeable battery has a two-wire cord that must be inserted into the receptacle then the battery door can be snapped back into place.
The AC power cord connects in the back of the console. If you are mounting it on the wall, you can run the power adaptor cord through the channel in the mounting plate.
There are three ways you can install the console. The built-in stand allows it to sit on any flat surface anywhere in the home or business.
You can use the wall-mounting bracket to mount the console flush with a wall. The bracket comes with screws and drywall anchors. You will need to drill 3/16inch holes to mount the bracket. The bracket plate can be used as a template in the area where you want to install it.
A third possible way to mount the unit is attaching it to a phone outlet. The back of the unit has holes located in the appropriate places to that it can fit a standard phone mounting plate. The unit can be connected to the landline phone system as a backup to the control panel.
Adding another Console
The console that comes with the system is preregistered and does not require any input from the user for the system to recognize it. Additional consoles can be added by going through certain screen steps on the existing console:
- Install the battery and turn on the new console.
- On the existing console, scroll to Menu/Setup/GCs and press ADD NEW.
- On the new console, press the Search button on the front.
- Once the system finds the new console, you will hear an audio tone and the console will display System Found, Please Wait 60 Seconds.
- After 60 seconds, the system will display Console Added then Press OK
- The screen will say Edit Name Console 2 (Console 3 or Console 4 depending on the number of consoles you have), and the user is given the option to edit the name.
Arming the System with the Console
There are several different ways to arm the system through the console. Each requires very few steps. All need the Master Code entered first.
Arming While at Home
This allows you to have the system activated but tells it to turn off or ignore individual sensors, for example, a motion detector. You can program whatever sensors you want to be ignored. To arm the rest takes only one-step: Press STAY and enter the Master Code. There will be a silent exit delay, the length of which you can set according to your needs.
Arming While Away
This is another one-step method to arm the entire system from the console or another device. You press AWAY and enter the Master Code. There is a beep that will sound, increasing in frequency that allows you to exit. Once the audio goes silent, the system is armed.
In the evenings or late at night, when no one is expected to come or go, there is an Instant key that lets you arm the system. There is no exit or entry delay. Once the key is pressed, the system is immediately active.
On the console, you press INSTANT and enter your Master Code.
The disarming process also only requires one-step. The user presses CANCEL/OFF and enters the Master Code.
Panicking Alarm Function
The panic alarm setting on the console will send an immediate signal to the monitoring center, who will call appropriate emergency responders. The user presses PANIC and holds the button in for two seconds, then selects police, fire or medical. If no selection is made, the police are the default selection the monitors will use to send help.
The sensors that come with the system are already preprogrammed and do not have to be added to the system to be recognized before installation. Additional sensors, however, must be added through the console.
You will need the sensor and bracket with you by the console. The first step is to take the new sensor and remove the insulating tab to activate the battery. Follow these steps in order:
- At the console, press MENU, scroll to Security Setup and enter the Master Code.
- Scroll to Sensors, select On/Add New and press SELECT.
- Scroll to Type of Sensor, Open/Close, and press SELECT.
- Wait five seconds and then clip the sensor to the bracket. The console will beep when it finds the sensor.
- Once the beep sounds, at the console press OK, then edit the sensor name if you desire (you can also edit it later).
- Scroll to Door or Window, depending upon where you are placing the sensor, and press OK.
- Scroll to Stay & Away, Away Only or Convenience and press OK. This will set the type of sensor and use. For example, if it were a convenience sensor, like a flood or freeze warning, you would select convenience.
Sensors should be tested after installation by opening and closing the door or window. This will generate a chime noise on the console panel.
Changing Pre-Programmed Sensors
You can change the pre-programmed sensors that come with the system at the console also. These are the steps:
- Press MENU.
- Scroll to the Security Setup and press SELECT, then enter your Master Code.
- Scroll to Sensors and then press SELECT when you find the sensor you want to reprogram.
You can use the menu to change any specific settings you have set for the sensor.
Adding a Key Chain
Each person who has a key chain or remote is assigned his or her own user code, which is different from the Master Code. The Master Code must be used to change any system setting. The user codes can arm and disarm the system. You can have up to seven users, not including the Master Code user.
- Press Menu, scroll to Security Setup, press SELECT and enter the Master Code.
- Scroll to Users and press SELECT. Delete the default name, “User 1” and key in the name of the user, the press OK.
- Create a unique 4-digit user code and press OK.
- The console will ask you to confirm the new user, press OK
Adding a Fire Safety Sensor
One of the key features that distinguish the Lifeshield system from all others is the fire safety sensor. This sensor can be used with most smoke and fire detectors (and carbon monoxide detectors also). Adding this to the console requires different steps from those used to add standard sensors. You will need to access the console, fire safety sensor, and the smoke or fire detector.
- Press MENU, then scroll to the Security Setup, press SELECT and enter the Master Code.
- Scroll to Sensors and press SELECT
- Scroll to Fire Safety Sensor and press SELECT.
- Wait five seconds, go to the fire safety sensor and press the button on the sensor and the console should detect the sensor by indicating Found on the screen.
Now you must test the system. At the smoke or fire detector, press the test button and be sure that the console displays Fire Safety Sensor Added when you do so. This may take several attempts. If the system does not show this, then the test has failed, and Lifeshield will not be able to detect this particular detector. You will have to replace the detector in order to have fire safety coverage through Lifeshield.
Once the sensor and detector are functioning in tandem, the next step is to name the particular type of detector. This will ensure that the monitoring station will send the appropriate help if an emergency occurs:
- Scroll down to one of the following three choices, Smoke/Fire, Carbon Monoxide and Both. Make the appropriate selection and press SELECT then OK.
Adding a Camera
Adding and indoor or outdoor camera and connecting them to your home or office wireless network is relatively simple but requires extra caution to ensure that the camera’s signal is being picked up by the router. You will need to use a direct Ethernet connection first then go through a few steps to make sure the camera works wirelessly as well. It is important that these steps be done in the exact order listed for the system to function properly.
- Plug the Ethernet cord from the router into the indoor or outdoor camera. Ensure that the power light on the camera stays shines steadily. This may take a few seconds.
- At the console, scroll down to Cameras and press SELECT and enter your Master Code
- Scroll down to Add New, and press SELECT
- After the screen says, Use Auto Search, navigate to Yes and press SELECT
- The screen will say, Connect all Cameras to Power and Ethernet, then SELECT OK
Next you will need to login at LifeView. LifeView is the portal through which you can view your camera system as well as make changes, set parameters, etc.
- Log in to LifeView using the username and password provided by Lifeshield and select, Camera, Settings, and Edit
- Enter the SSID or wireless network name, connection type, and network password.
- Wait two minutes then unplug the A/C power to the camera, and then unplug the Ethernet cable.
- After two more minutes, plug the camera back into the wall but leave the Ethernet cable unplugged. Once the power light stops flickering, the camera images should be visible.
The user must ensure that the same router used for the Ethernet cable is the same router used for the wireless system.
Lifeshield is currently wholly owned by DIRECTV. DIRECTV bought Lifeshield in 2013. Prior to that, the company was privately held and had been since 2004. The company was called Ingrid Inc. A man name Louis Stilp, a major player in the wireless world, began the company. He remained CEO until Mike Hagan, a former NutriSystem executive, took over in 2009. Mike expanded operations to all fifty states and four years later sold the company to DIRECTV.
DIRECTV or through Lifeshield direct is the only way to purchase the system.
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The console setup used by Lifeshield is as good as any used in the marketplace today. The portability, simple-to-use menu options, and reliable technology make the Lifeshield console one that ranks among the best wireless systems sold.