Honeywell Six Motion Detectors
The Honeywell SiX Motion Detectors are part of the Honeywell SiX Series lineup of wireless sensors. These sensors are designed exclusively for use with the Honeywell Lyric Controller Security System. What makes these sensors special is that they are fully protected against any hacking or spoofing attempts. This is thanks to 128-bit AES encryption. Any time that one of these sensors sends out a communication signal to the system, the panel must send an appropriate response back to the sensor for the command to go through. This is widely referred to as a "digital handshake", and it plays a major role in keeping these sensors secure and protected at all times. Another unique aspect of the SiX Series Sensors is that they can receive automatic firmware updates from the Lyric Controller.
One Honeywell SiX Motion Detector is the Honeywell SiXPIR. This is a passive infrared (PIR) motion sensor that looks for changes in infrared energy to detect the presence of motion. If a new source of infrared energy comes into view, the sensor will activate and send an alert to the security system. This infrared energy can the result of an intruder, a large moving object or flowing air. With that in mind, users should be very careful about where they install their Honeywell SiXPIR Sensor. Placing it an a poor location could cause false alarms on the system, or it might fail to properly detect any intruders that are present.
For best results, the Honeywell SiXPIR should be mounted at a height of 7 to 9 feet off the ground. It will provide a detection area of roughly 40 feet by 56 feet. This coverage area is perfectly adequate for most living rooms and other areas inside the house. The SiXPIR also features a pet immunity option that will prevent pets from accidentally setting off the sensor and causing a false alarm. This pet immunity applies to small animals up to 80 pounds. But remember, pets will still be able to set off the motion sensor if they are able to get on top or furniture, or if the SiXPIR Sensor is mounted in a poor location.
The SiXPIR Sensor users a single CR123A battery, and the battery will need to be replaced roughly ever three to five years. The Honeywell Lyric Controller will let the user know when the battery is low and in need of replacement. The device also features a walk test mode that can be used to determine if the sensor was mounted in an ideal location. A user can put the device in its walk test mode using the Lyric Controller. In its walk test mode, the SiXPIR Sensor will illuminate every time that motion is detected. The device will exit is walk test mode automatically after 10 minutes. Additionally, the SiXPIR has a tamper cover that will let the system know if anyone tries to disable the device. Overall, this is an outstanding PIR motion sensor for anyone with a Honeywell Lyric Controller.