"What we have here................... is a FAILURE .... to communicate!!!"
I am sure that all the moderators and tech here are wondering how I am going to dig myself out of this hole that I am in............................................
Well here goes, this may get long but I will do the best I can.
Ok Ok so there seems to be many versions of documentation. Actually, I should say translations of documentation.
I have said it for years that the programmer should never ever be allowed to write the documentation, period.
Alright class let us all go back in time ................ back to BWS time.
BWS stands for Before Wireless Stuff. This was when life was simple, when men were men and women.................... well you get the idea. It was sometime during the last millenium.
In the hardwired world of old a ZONE was considered as a what ever you connected to two terminals on the mother board. Such as zone 1 was terminals 1 and 2 -- Zone 2 was terminals 2 and 3 -- Zone 3 was terminals 4 and 5 Zone 4 was terminals 5 and 6.
Now you may say; Well that's dumb and does not make sense. Reading it the way I typed it can be confusing but if you knew that terminals 2 - 3 - 5 were ground or common terminals and you only need to have 3 terminals for two zones then it should make some sense.
Now the zones could have whatever connected to it such as door contact, motion detector, glassbreak, photo beam, smoke detector, heat detector, high water, low water, tamper, water flow, low air pressure, high water pressure, etc. etc. etc.
So if the front door contact was connected to zone 1 terminals then zone 1 was considered the front door. If the installer decided to wire the front door and the side door in series and connect to zone 1 then those two doors were considered to be on zone 1.
If eight smoke detectors were daisy chained to zone 2 then those smokes were considered the smoke "loop" and were on zone 2. Or zone 2 was the smoke loop.
Now the zones can be programmed to have a difference response based upon how or what the device is. If the desire is to have zone 1 to be connected to the front door and the front door is to be the entry/exit then that zone would be programmed as a delay zone giving the user enough time to get to the keypad and disarm the system after opening the door. This is just reversed when arming so that you can get out the door before the system is fully armed.
The response on a perimeter door would be instant not delayed. A motion detector would be programmed to be instant if triggered first and delayed if a delay door is triggered first. A holdup button would be programmed as a 24 hour zone and not ever be disarmed. A smoke detector would be program as a fire zone so that it would trigger the fire siren not the burg siren. And so on and so on.
We are working on hardwired here and hardwired system were here first and wireless came second in chronological history.
So now we get into the wireless stuff. To keep it simple if you have a single transmitter that does one function such as send a signal when the front door opens it is programmed into or learned into the system on a particular zone. How that zone is responded to is consider the TYPE or GROUP. This depends on the manufacture/programmer as to what they want to call it but it boils down to what kind of response you would want for a particular sensor. You are telling the system what you want to happen at the time it is tripped by the device that is protecting that point.
Having a room with 4 windows, 2 doors, 1 glassbreak and one motion detector can easily be done. The windows could be perimeter zones, the doors could be delay doors, the glassbreak could be interior instant, and the motion could follow the action of the doors but be instant if a door is not opened or tripped first.
Now with the Simon XT the terminology may be a nuts. I never installed one and it is unlikely I ever will. For what it is worth I am looking at the install manual 600-1054-95R which it the same ID as what you have but it is in a .pdf format. All the zone references are there when I did a search of the word zone.
Ok so does everyone have a better idea of what a zone is or should be as it relates to the alarm world??
I truly hope so.