Alarm.com Temperature Sensor (ADC-S2000-T) - User Guide



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Alarm.com Temperature Sensor - User Guide
What is needed to get started:

One or more Alarm.com Temperature Sensors
(ADC-S2000-T or ADC-S2000-T-RB).

A service package or add-on including thermostat
control.

A security panel that is compatible with Alarm.com
Temperature Sensors. For more information,
see
Which panels/modules are compatible with the
Alarm.com Temperature Sensor?
.
Note
: If using the Alarm.com Temperature Sensor with
an
Alarm.com Smart Thermostat (T3000 or T2000),
thermostat firmware version 1.20+ is required.
For
information about how to find the thermostat firmware,
see
Find the firmware of an Alarm.com Smart
Thermostat
.
For more information about the Alarm.com Temperature
Sensor and how it can be used with a Smart Thermostat,
see
What is the Alarm.com Temperature Sensor?
.
Adding the Temperature Sensor to the network
Before adding
the Alarm.com Temperature Sensor to the Z-Wave network, be sure to first add all other Z-Wave devices
and run a Network Rediscovery. This is important because the Temperature Sensor does not respond to Network
Rediscovery after it is added to the network.
Note
: When attempting to run a Network Rediscovery after adding a Temperature Sensor, there may be a “successful”
test result, but the Temperature Sensor is not able to determine the optimal path to transmit signals to the module.
For more information about adding a Temperature Sensor to a Z-Wave network, see
Alarm.com Temperature Sensor -
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1 Installation Guide
.
Temperature Sensors on the
Thermostat
page
Get precision comfort with remote temperature sensing. By default, the HVAC system keeps
the thermostat’s internal
thermometer at a selected target temperature. With Temperature Sensors placed in different rooms around the home,
the system is also able to detect the temperature in these other areas, such as an upstairs bedroom or downstairs den.
View Temperature Sensors
Note
: If the thermostat is in
Off
mode,
does not display.
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2 Direct Control: Using Temperature Sensors without thermostat schedules
Select one or more Temperature Sensors to directly control your HVAC system when there’s no thermostat schedule
set.
When clicking
, a window
appears. From here, one or more Temperature Sensors can be selected. The HVAC
system
monitors the average temperature reported by the selected sensors
and keep the average steady at the target
temperature. For example, if the nighttime target temperature is 70 degrees, and all bedroom Temperature Sensors are
selected, then the average of temperature across the bedrooms are
maintained at 70 degrees.
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3 Adding Temperature Sensors to thermostat schedules
Make thermostat schedules even more precise by assigning one or more Temperature Sensors to the Temperature
Presets. For example, match the bedroom Temperature Sensor to the Sleep Preset, or the family room Temperature
Sensor to the Home Preset. That way, the system is able to cool the right rooms
in the house to the target temperature
at the times they are in use.
To get started, click
on the
Thermostat
card and then click
Schedules
. Schedules can then be edited from this
page.
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4 Frequently asked
questions
Temperature Sensors and wakeup devices
The Temperature Sensor is a wake-up device, which means it communicates less frequently than other Z-Wave devices
in order to conserve battery power and increase longevity.
This means that:
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Temperature Sensors won’t respond to any polling. Alarm.com only knows the temperature if the sensor tells us.
The Temperature Sensor is programmed to let Alarm.com know if the temperature changes by
a full degree, and
initiates and checks in with the panel at least once every four hours.

Alarm.com can hold pending
commands for the Temperature Sensor until it wakes up and is able to receive
information. That means commands like battery level checks and Link Quality Indicator tests can be stored by the
module until such time when the Temperature Sensor is able to receive and carry out the commands.

Since the Temperature Sensor is dormant most of the time, it does not generally take part in Network
Rediscoveries. That’s why it’s important to install all of your devices and run a Rediscovery before adding the
Temperature Sensor. This way, it can determine the best path for transmitting signals to the module when during
enrollment.
General questions
Can the Temperature Sensors be used in auto mode?
Yes. The Temperature Sensors have built-in safeguards to prevent the system from running too frequently or trying to
switch back and forth between Heat and Cool too rapidly. However, it’s a good idea to verify that users have their Heat
and Cool schedules configured to ensure a safe gap between Heat and Cool target temperatures at any given time.
There should be at least a four-degree difference between the Heat and Cool target temperatures at all times to ensure
the system is not cycling too frequently between them.
Note
: When in Auto Mode, the Temperature Sensor settings follow those specified on the Heat Mode schedule.
Why does the Temperature Sensor show a malfunction?
If the Temperature Sensor doesn’t communicate with the Alarm.com module for 24 hours, it displays a
Malfunction
. It
can be woken up manually by pressing the Pairing button on the side. If it still doesn’t respond:

Repeaters may need to be added to the network.

The Temperature Sensor may need to be deleted/re-added.

A more favorable location for mounting the Temperature Sensor may be needed.
Can multiple Temperature Sensors be used with a multi-thermostat system?
Yes, but things can get complicated quickly with multiple Temperature Sensors and multiple thermostats. The user
experience is designed to be as simple and easy as possible, but when working with three thermostats and five
Temperature Sensors placed around a house, managing all of them while trying to maximize the HVAC system’s energy
efficiency can be challenging. Safeguards have been added to prevent Temperature Sensors from being used for
multiple devices at the same time and to prevent systems from contradicting each other (and running Heat and Cool
simultaneously, for instance). In general, it is recommended to start simple and build out as the user gets more
experienced.
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6 Why is
N/A
showing on the
Temperatures
card?
Until Alarm.com has received a temperature report from a Temperature Sensor, the Customer Website won't have
anything to show on that card. To prompt a temperature report, change the temperature of the Temperature Sensor by a
degree or press the button on the side of the Temperature Sensor. Shortly after that’s done, a temperature displays on
the Customer Website.
Can a Remote Temperature Sensor be used with any Z-Wave thermostat or is
the Alarm.com Smart Thermostat required?
Without the Alarm.com Smart Thermostat, it is still possible to see the current temperature in your Temperature
Sensor’s location and use that to inform your decision when selecting a target temperature. However, for full
functionality, including pairing Temperature Sensors for direct control, temperature averaging, and scheduled
automation, an Alarm.com Smart Thermostat is required.
How can discomfort or high energy costs incurred as a result of a failed or unresponsive Temperature Sensor be
prevented?
The Temperature Sensor was carefully developed
to build in multiple fail-safes to prevent that from happening. These
include close sensor supervision and checks for the thermostat’s observed temperature differing by too much from that
of the Temperature Sensor.
How many Temperature Sensors can be used on one system?
A maximum of 10 Temperature Sensors can be used on one system. Each Temperature Sensor can only be used to
control one thermostat at a time.
What notifications are available for the Temperature Sensor?
With the
Alarm.com Temperature Sensor, the user can receive notifications for
Temperature Alerts and System Event
alerts when the device is in malfunction or has a low battery. For more information, see
What notifications are available
with the Alarm.com Temperature Sensor?
.
What is the battery life of the Temperature Sensor, and what type of battery does it use?
The
battery life is up to three
years and it
uses a 3-volt Lithum CR123A series battery.
What is the recommended operating temperature for the Temperature Sensor?
The Temperature Sensor is designed for indoor use, and it is recommended that it not be used in environments likely to
be outside the range of 32-95°F (0-35°C).
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7 Why doesn't the Remote Temperature Sensor remain selected to control the HVAC system?
If a schedule is enabled
for the thermostat, the settings for that interval will be used when the next scheduled
interval
occurs. To set the remote temperature to stay selected while using a schedule, see
Adding Temperature Sensors to
thermostat schedules
.
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