Product Highlight: DSC PG9312 PowerG Outdoor Contact Sensor

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Hi DIYers! Today, we're taking a look at one of our favorite PowerG Sensors, the DSC PG9312. This is an outdoor contact that is perfect for use on any gates, fences, barn doors, patio doors, and more. It is truly a versatile and effective PowerG Sensor. We are sure you will be impressed!


Many users want some way of monitoring outdoor openings and structures. After all, you don't want a stranger opening your fence and lurking around your backyard! That is why alarm manufacturers started making outdoor contacts. These sensors are just like regular door and window sensors, except they have weather-resistant exteriors that prevent dust and moisture from getting inside. They also have larger magnet spacing gap allowances to accommodate for the various fences and gates that they are commonly used with.

With the DSC PG9312, users with PowerG Systems finally have the outdoor door and window contact sensor they have been looking for. This sensor boasts all of the fantastic capabilities that PowerG Sensors are known for. It has a wireless communication range of up to 2km depending on the system when used in an open air environment. All of its communications utilize military-grade encryption that prevents any wireless hacking or takeover attempts. This also makes the sensor immune to any RF jamming techniques.

There are also some excellent features exclusive to the PG9312. Its magnet spacing gap is up to 1.75 inches when installed on non-metal surfaces. This increases the versatility of the sensor and allows you to use it on virtually any outdoor structure. Its magnet spacing gap when mounted on metal surfaces is still 1.25 inches, which is impressive in its own right. You can mount it to a round pole if needed using straps (not included). The sensor can also operate as a wireless transmitter for NC and NO contacts. You will want to use a 5.6k Ohm 1/2 watt resistor (Green, Blue, Red, Gold) if doing this.

There are some important notes about compatibility with this sensor. If you are planning to use the sensor with an IQ Panel 2 Plus, the system will need to be running Firmware Version 2.4.0 or higher. Older IQ2+ Firmware had an issue that made this particular sensor incompatible. Fortunately, it was fixed in version 2.4.0. Additionally, you can only choose one function for the sensor on an IQ2+ (contact reed switch, NC transmitter, NO transmitter). This selection is determined in zone programming. Other compatible systems like the DSC PowerSeries NEO and Iotega will let you use multiple functions with one sensor.

We made an FAQ to answer any additional questions you might have about using the PG9312 with an IQ Panel 2 Plus. You can check that out right here. We also have a guide to help you enroll it with an IQ2+. Otherwise, if you have any further questions about the PG9312, then please reach out us! The best way to contact us is through email at support@alarmgrid.com. We will check your email at our earliest convenience and reply back as soon as possible. We look forward to hearing from you!

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