Product Highlight: Honeywell 5816ODPosted By Michael Goris
Hi DIYers! Today, we're taking a quick look at the Honeywell 5816OD Wireless Outdoor Contact. This is an extremely versatile and useful sensor that allows a user to monitor virtually any door located outside. It offers superb protection to keep it safe from nearly any outdoor elements.
The Honeywell 5816OD takes its name from two places. The "5816" portion is a direct reference to Honeywell's most popular wireless sensor, the Honeywell 5816. The "OD" portion simply refers to "outdoors". Simply put, this is an outdoor version of a 5816. But the 5816OD has some added features built-in. Perhaps the most notable is the extra large magnet spacing gap that the 5816OD can utilize. Unlike the half-inch maximum spacing gap used by the 5816, the 5816OD can work properly with a maximum spacing gap of 1.5 inches. This gives the user great flexibility in choosing a location for the sensor and its included magnet.
As a wireless contact, the Honeywell 5816OD is fairly standard in terms of its operation. The device consists of a sensor and magnet. The sensor should be placed on the stationary portion of the door, fence or gate. The magnet should be placed on the moving portion of the door, fence or gate, within an inch and a half of the sensor. When the structure is opened, the magnet will separate from the sensor. This will cause a reed switch inside the sensor to activate. The sensor will then alert the system to let it know that the structure has been opened.
For weather protection, the 5816OD is waterproof, and it meets NEMA4X water protection. It can withstand temperatures ranging from -40° to 150° F, making it suitable for virtually any environment on this planet. It can be mounted on flat or curved surfaces. Alarm Grid recommends using strap ties or cable ties if you are installing it on a round surface, such as a fence or gate post. The sensor can even be painted so that it blends-in better with the structure. If you do this, remember to use a paint that is safe for plastic!
The 5816OD operates at a wireless frequency of 345 MHz. This makes it compatible with most Honeywell Systems and all 2GIG Systems. It will also work with the Qolsys IQ Panel 2 Plus with 345 MHz Daughtercard. If your system is connected with an interactive service like Total Connect 2.0 or Alarm.com, you can even receive remote alerts through your iOS or Android smartphone to let you know when the 5816OD has been activated.
You can purchase the Honeywell 5816OD from Alarm Grid right now. Get yours to protect your outdoor fence, gate or door!