DSC AMB-300 - Installation Manual
Addressable PIR Detector
The AMB-300 is a general purpose PIR detector designed to provide reliable motion
detection for residential and commercial applications.
Exceptional design care and factory testing ensure years of trouble free performance.
The detectors provide immunity against false alarms from RF, static, electrical tran
sient and white light.
Multi-level signal processing*, temperature compensation and a large multi-beam
lens design means that the human target will not slip by unnoticed—even on a hot
Four interchangeable lenses, wall or corner mounting and vertical adjustment provide
application versatility. Your client will appreciate the small size and elegant simplicity
of the case design.
The AMB-300 uses a 2-wire connection for power and to communicate with the con
trol panel. This simplifies wiring and reduces installation cost. The AMB-300’s low cur
rent draw also maximizes the number of devices that can be attached to an
• Current rating: 0.75 mA (standby); 3 mA (test mode)
• Operating environment: 32°F-120°F / 0°C-49°C; 5%-93% RH, non-condensing
• Radiated RF immunity: 10 V/m with 80% AM over range, 80MHz to 1.0GHz**
• Conducted RF immunity: 10V with 80% AM over range 150kHz to 100MHz**
• Static immunity: 15 kV
• Transient immunity: 2.4 kV @ 1.2 joules
• White light immunity: 20,000 Lux @ device
• Walk detection speed: 0.5-10'/s (0.15-3m/s)
• Coverage angle (BV-L1): 90° minimum
• Vertical adjustment: +5° to -10°
• Mounting heights: 6-10'/2-3m (nom. 7.5'/2.3m); 4-5'/1.2-1.5m (pet alley only)
• Tamper switch contact rating: 0.1A @ 24V
Control Panel Compatibllity
• PC4010/4020 v3.x
• PC5010/PC5015/PC5020 v2.x with
PC5100 interface module
Protected by one or more
of the following patents:
Canada 2099971, US 5444432
** RF immunity and white light not verified by UL Beam Patterns for Lenses BV-L1 to BV-L4
Locating the Detector
Select a detector location that will provide the coverage required keeping in mind the
following potential problems.
• Do not aim the detector at
such as mirrors or windows as this
may distort the coverage pattern or reflect sunlight directly onto the detector.
• Avoid locations that are subject to direct high
such as near an air duct out
• Do not locate the detector near sources of
(steam or oil).
• Do not aim the detector such that it will receive direct or reflected (mirror)
• Do not limit the coverage by large
within the detection area such as
plants or filing cabinets.
• When using BV-L4 (Pet Alley lens): Do not aim the detector at a stairway which a pet
has access to. Do not place furniture or objects higher than 3 ft/0.9 m, which a pet
can climb onto (e.g. a cat on a couch), closer than 6 ft/1.8 m to the detector.
To connect the AMB-300, consult the wiring diagram below: Mounting
To open the case, use a small flat blade screwdriver and gently push in the tab at the
bottom of the case and pull the cover straight out at the bottom. Loosen the printed
circuit board screw, and push the board up as far as it will go. Using a small screw
driver, remove the appropriate knockouts for the mounting screws. Remove the
desired wiring entrance knockouts located at the top or bottom of the backplate.
Mount the backplate.
Locate mounting screws diagonally opposite each other to prevent the case from
The serial number located on the back of the device must be enrolled into the alarm
control panel via Installer’s Programming ([
]  [Installer’s Code]). This procedure is
outlined for the PC4010/4020 in the control panel Installation Manual and for the
Power panels in the PC5100 Installation Manual.
WARNING: Connect only DSC Addressable
Series devices to the addressable
loop connections. Connection of ANY other type of device will impair operation.
Any devices other than Addressable Series devices which require power to oper
ate must be powered separately.
Range and dead zones may vary due to settings.
Using the figures listed below, set the vertical adjustment to get the desired coverage.
Ensure that the PCB retaining screw is tightened just enough to prevent board movement.
Moving the circuit board down will increase the far range and bring the near beams closer
to the mounting wall. Moving the circuit board UP will reduce the far range and move the
near beams farther out from the mounting wall. Moving the circuit board UP too much will
cause the far beams to “look” above the target; as a result, the range may appear shorter.
Jumper J1 selects between harsh and normal environments. For a typical environ
ment or one containing a small pet (height less than 1.2 ft/0.36 m), set the unit as nor
mal (J1 ON). For a large pet and multiple pets, the jumper J1 should be removed.
Once the detector has been set up, walk test the entire area where coverage is
desired. Should the coverage be incomplete, readjust or relocate the detector to
obtain full coverage.
IMPORTANT NOTE: Upon installation, the unit should be thoroughly tested to
verify proper operation. The end user sh
ould be instructed on how to perform
walk tests, and should walk
test the detector weekly. DM-C and DM-W: Detector Mounting Brackets
Use the optional DM-W Wall Mount and DM-C Ceiling Mount brackets to solve difficult
placement problems. The DM-W and DM-C mount to either the wall or ceiling and
allow for full vertical and horizontal positioning of the motion detector - the detector
can be tilted up or down and rotated through 90° to obtain the best position for opti
FCC COMPLIANCE STATEMENT
: Changes or modifications not expr
essly approved by Digital Security
Controls could void your author
ity to use this equipment.
This equipment generates and uses radi
o frequency energy and if not installed
and used properly, in strict accor
dance with the manufacturer’s instructions, may cause interfe
rence to radio and television
reception. It has been type
tested and found to comply with the limi
ts for Class B device in accordance with the specifications in Subpart “B” of
Part 15 of FCC Rules, which are designed to provide reas
onable protection against such
interference in any residen
tial installation. However, there is no guarantee that interference will not occur in a particular installation. If this
equipment does cause interference to tele
vision or radio reception, which can
be determined by turning the equip
ment off and on, the user is encouraged to try to correct
the interference by one or more of the following measures:
Re-orient the receiving antenna
Relocate the alarm control with respect to the receiver
Move the alarm control away from the receiver
Connect the alarm control into a different outlet so th
at alarm control and receiver are on different circuits.
If necessary, the user should consult the dealer or an e
xperienced radio/television technician for additional sugges
tions. The user may find the following booklet prepared by the FCC helpful: “How to Identify and Resolve Radio/
Television Interference Problems”. This
booklet is available from the U.S. Government Printing Office, Washing
ton, D.C. 20402, Stock # 004-000-00345-4.
Digital Security Controls warrants that
for a period of twelve months from the
date of purchase, th
e product shall be
free of defects in materials and workmanship under normal use
and that in fulfilment of any breach of such warranty,
Digital Security Controls shall, at its option, repair or
replace the defective equipment
upon return of the equipment
to its repair depot. This wa
rranty applies only to
defects in parts and workmanship
and not to damage incurred in
shipping or handling, or damage due to
causes beyond the control of Digital Security Controls such as lightning,
excessive voltage, mechanical shock, wate
r damage, or damage arising out of a
buse, alteration or
tion of the equipment.
The foregoing warranty shall apply only to the original buyer
, and is and shall be in lie
u of any and all other warran
ties, whether expressed or implied and of all other obligations
or liabilities on the part of Digital Security Controls.
Digital Security Controls neither assumes, nor authorizes
any other person purporting to act on its behalf to modify
or to change this warranty, nor to assume for it any
other warranty or liability concerning this product.
In no event shall Digital Security Contro
ls be liable for any direct, indirect or
consequential damages, loss of antici
pated profits, loss of time or any othe
r losses incurred by the buyer in connect
ion with the purchase, installation or
operation or failure of this product.
Motion detectors can only detect motion within the designate
d areas as shown in their respective installation instruc
tions. They cannot discriminate betwee
n intruders and intended occupants.
Motion detectors do not provide volu
metric area protection. They have multi
ple beams of detection and motion can
only be detected in unobstructed
areas covered by these beams. They ca
nnot detect motion which occurs behind
walls, ceilings, floor, closed doors,
glass partitions, glass doors or windows. Any type of ta
mpering whether intentional or
unintentional such as mask
ing, painting, or spraying of any materi
al on the lenses, mirrors, windows or any other part of the detection system
will impair its proper operation.
Passive infrared motion detectors operate
by sensing changes in temperature.
However their effectiveness can be
reduced when the ambient temperature rises near or above
body temperature or if there are intentional or uninten
tional sources of heat in or near the de
tection area. Some of these heat sources could be heaters, radiators, stoves,
barbeques, fireplaces, sunlight,
steam vents, lighting and so on.
Warning: Digital Security Controls recommends that th
e entire system be completely tested on a regular
basis. However, despite frequent testing, and due to, but
not limited to, criminal tampering or electrical dis
ruption, it is possible for this pro
duct to fail to perform as expected.
Important Information: Changes or modifications not ex
pressly approved by Digital
Security Controls could
void the user’s authority to
operate this equipment.
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