Help build binding for Paradox Alarm Panel with IP150

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(Tertius Hyman) #61

Unfortunately the current implementation has no control over the PGMs. Essentially everything you see on the ip module’s web page is what I can get a hold of.

I’m still very busy with the software port implementation, with which I already can control the PGMs. The only downside is the sheer amount of reverse engineering of everything required. I’m also going to need some help testing as I don’t know what’s unique and what common between the different panel types (MG5050 / EVO / etc) regarding the protocol… If you keen to help out with this.

(Tertius Hyman) #62

I’ve published a new version of the code that uses the software port. In addition to v1 of the script the new version supports just about all events the alarm can publish and can also control the PGMs. Currently the MG5050 V4 should work fine with it. The script is extendible to support other alarm type, see the intro-comment in the file.

(I’ve also did a quick test with an EVOHD which unfortunately doesn’t use the same registry mappings as the MG5050. The event maps should however work just fine for basic things. Again support can always be added by someone that has such or another alarm model.)

(trac starr) #63

Awesome! I’ve already taken a look. Right away I can say that the mapping don’t work for the Evo192 panel. Not surprised I guess. The login was successful though, just none of the mappings were correct and when it started polling for events nothing was registered. Looks like I’ll have to break out wireshark.

(Tertius Hyman) #64

In the interim you can disable the updating of labels in the config file. They will then have generic names (up to 32 as for MG5050). Or, change the MQTT messages to publish numeric values rather than names ones, so the script is less reliant on the dictionary (also in config file). Would like to know if this gets you going somewhat, knowing though that no controls will likely work until the correct registers are referenced.

(trac starr) #65

Yeah, disabled that and trying to get some response for zone status changes - so far nothing.

(Asso) #66

Kudos man, kudos. It works with Paradox SP65 control panel and IP150 module.

PS: :slight_smile: PEP-8 is something that you don’t like or you are not a Python guy:)

(Tertius Hyman) #67

Glad to hear!

On PEP-8: Lol, no I’m more of a utilitarian; so get it to work then make it work better. Had to google what PEP-8 is and kinda like it. (I’m not a programmer by day-job, but do enjoy some coding in my spare time.)

I must admit I still plan to clean up the code and add comments for others to know what’s going on, might as well fix the layout also. Out of curiosity is all the labels updating correctly and the alarms outputs and PGMs working? The MG and SP series share a manual to I suspect that why its also working for you.

(Tertius Hyman) #68

Tracstarr, if you set the debug mode to 2 you should see the raw data. Trigger some zones and see if you get anything. If you post the result here or pm me I will have a look.

(Bruce Jackson) #69

I found I couldn’t get any result appearing in OpenHab with the topic path: Paradox/Events. Once I changed it to Paradox/Evnts I started getting data in OpenHab.

(Tertius Hyman) #70

That’s weird, check your config file, the topic is configured with the Topic_Publish_Events setting.

(Bruce Jackson) #71

Yes. That’s where I changed the topic name. Once I made change data came through to OpenHab. I plan to do some more testing with the default topic and just confirm what I am seeing because it really surprised me.

(Tertius Hyman) #72

Quite odd.

On a side note I made a small change yesterday to control the alarm based on the MQTT payload, rather than topic name. The former still works though. This allows for better openhab integration by using a single item with Selections in your sitemap (using it in rotini now with a scene widget).

(Max) #73


Thanks for your nice script. I was able to make this working… and I’m a newbie :wink:
I connected my alarm system.
I’ m able to Arm / Disarm without problem.
My system is a SP6000 with IP150 module.

There is the 2 thing I need help with;

  • I would like to have the status of the Alarm system. I copied the following string
    String Alarm_State “House Status [%s]” {mqtt="<[mymosquitto:Paradox/AS/P1:state:default]"}
    But it do not working…

  • the toggle switch not showing the real state of the alarm system. Is persistence have something to do with this?
    For example, the light bulb (in the app) still on if I disarm using the KeyPad.

Thanks again for your nice work!



(Tertius Hyman) #74


Regarding your first question, the item you defined looks fine to me. I’d suggest you connect to your MQTT broker with another tool where you can subscribe to the topic and ensure the reply is actually sent. If it is then the problem is likely somewhere in your openhab setup.

On your 2nd question, how is the toggle switch defined, using regex to change to on/off based on the string reply?

Sorry I can’t be of any more help right now; my setup has been running without issues for quite some time so I kinda forgot how it’s all stitched together…

(Max) #75

Thanks for your help!

This is how my item is configured for my “switch”


Not sure what is regex…
Have a good evening,


(Max) #76

May I see you item config?



(Tertius Hyman) #77

This is what I use to control the alarm. There’s rules that update this string value with the values: arm, disarm, sleep, stay.

`String	Control_Paradox_Alarm_P1	"Alarm Partition 1 State [%s]"		<lock>	(Alarm, Control)		{mqtt=">[RaspberryPI:Paradox/C/P1:command:*:default]"}`

I thought I had more, but apparently I’m still using my old solution (which I still need to port over to use the new script). Perhaps cross-check again your config with the item definitions earlier in this thread, mkent shared all his.

(Bruce Jackson) #78

Here is an example on one item of mine using v2 of the script:

String Door_Front "Front Door [MAP(]" (gAlarm,gAlarmDoor) {mqtt="<[mqtt-pi75:Paradox/Events:state:REGEX(.*\\:(.*);.*):.*SubEvent.Zone 1]"}

My map file looks like this:
Zone\ OK=OK Zone\ open=OPEN Cold\ start\ wireless\ zone=COLD START Wireless\ smoke\ maintenance\ signal=SMOKE MAINT Delay\ zone\ alarm\ transmission=DELAY ALARM Zone\ signal\ strength\ weak\ 1\ \(Partition\ 1\)=WEAK 1 Zone\ signal\ strength\ weak\ 2\ \(Partition\ 1\)=WEAK 2 Zone\ signal\ strength\ weak\ 3\ \(Partition\ 1\)=WEAK 3 Zone\ signal\ strength\ weak\ 4\ \(Partition\ 1\)=WEAK 4 Fire\ Delay\ started=FIRE DELAY StayD\ pass\ acknowledged=STAYD Zone\ bypassed=BYPASS Zone\ in\ alarm=IN ALARM Fire\ alarm=FIRE Zone\ alarm\ restore=ALARM CLR Fire\ alarm\ restore=FIRE ALM CLR Zone\ shutdown=SHUTDOWN Zone\ tampered=TAMPER Zone\ tamper\ restore=TAMPER CLR Low\ battery\ on\ zone=BATT Low\ battery\ on\ zone\ restore=BATT CLR Zone\ supervision\ trouble=SUPER TBL Zone\ supervision\ restore=SUPER CLR Zone\ forced=FORCED Zone\ included=INCLUDED -=OK .=UNKNOWN

This approach ends up getting all the zone messages for an item.

The downside it doesn’t work well as just a sensor (Open/Closed). I am figuring I will create a new map and maybe a duplicate set of items to try and get a item that is just a binary (open/closed).

This is the idea:
String Sensor_Door_Front "Front Door [MAP(]" (gAlarm,gAlarmDoor) {mqtt="<[mqtt-pi75:Paradox/Events:state:REGEX(.*\\:(.*);.*):.*SubEvent.Zone 1]"}

The map would then be simplified to:
Zone\ OK=CLOSED Zone\ open=OPEN

I think for this to work I need to work on the filtering of the messages to just take the message for
Event:Zone OK:SubEvent: Zone 1 or Event:Zone open:SubEvent: Zone 1.

@speedmax: Looked at bit more closely at your question, I realized I didn’t really address your issue - Sorry. I haven’t looked at arming and disarming yet. I’ll still leave my notes, in case it helps someone else.

(Max) #79

Thanks every body! I will try that this weekend.



(Johan S.) #80

hi all,

great initiative.
Is there perhaps a step-by-step tutorial available to configure OpenHab with the Paradox binding?
I’m running OpenHab on a Rasperry Pi.