DSC AMB-500 - Installation Manual
Addressable PIR Detector
The AMB-500 is a ceiling mount detector designed to provide reliable motion detec-
tion for residential and commercial applications. The AMB-500 uses a special Fresnel
lens made for 360° detection in conjunction with a quad element PIR sensor opti-
mized for uniform detection all around its field of view. Special attention is given to
false alarm immunity against RF, static, electrical transient to ensure trouble free oper-
ation for many years.
The AMB-500 uses a 2-wire connection for power and to communicate with the con-
trol panel. This simplifies wiring and reduces installation cost. The AMB-500’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
• Maximum detection range (diameter)
Detector placed 8 ft./ 2.4 m from floor: 24 ft./ 7.3 m
Detector placed 10 ft./ 3.0 m from floor: 30 ft./ 9.2 m
Detector placed 12 ft./ 3.6 m from floor: 40 ft./ 12.2 m
• Walk detection speed: 0.5-10'/s (0.15-3m/s)
• 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
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.
To connect the AMB-500, consult the wiring diagram below: Mounting
To open the case, remove screw and gently twist the top cover counter-clockwise and
lift it up from the bottom cover. Use a small screwdriver to remove the appropriate
knockouts for wiring. Mount the bottom cover.
To close the case, use the locating line on the bottom cover to align the tab on the top
cover. Once the top cover is engaged, twist the top cover clockwise to lock it in place.
Use screw to attach top cover to the bottom cover.
Since no adjustment is necessary for the circuit board, it is not recommended
that the installer remove the circuit board from the case.
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.
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 should be instructed on how to perform
walk tests, and should walk test the detector weekly.
Changing the Sensitivity
AMB-500 features Fast and Slow detection modes, which are set on jumperJ1.
Jumper J1 is set at the factory for the Fast detection mode. In a normal operating
environment, this setting provides the best detection.
In certain environments where rapid air movement, heaters and other variables
present problems, use Slow detection mode to stabilize the detection.
To change the setting from Fast to Slow, take the jumper off the header. FCC COMPLIANCE STATEMENT
: Changes or modifications not expressly approved by Digital Security Controls Ltd. could void your
authority to use this equipment.
This equipment generates and uses radio frequency energy and if not installed and used properly, in strict accor-
dance with the manufacturer’s instructions, may cause interference to radio and television reception. It has been type
tested and found to comply with the limits for Class B device in accordance with the specifications in Subpart “B” of
Part 15 of FCC Rules, which are designed to provide reasonable 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 television 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 that alarm control and receiver are on different circuits.
If necessary, the user should consult the dealer or an experienced 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 Ltd. warrants that for a period of twelve months from the date of purchase, the 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 Ltd. shall, at its option, repair or replace the defective equipment upon return of
the equipment to its repair depot. This warranty 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 Ltd. such
as lightning, excessive voltage, mechanical shock, water damage, or damage arising out of abuse, alteration or
improper application of the equipment.
The foregoing warranty shall apply only to the original buyer, and is and shall be in lieu 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
Ltd. Digital Security Controls Ltd. 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 Controls Ltd. be liable for any direct, indirect or consequential damages, loss of
anticipated profits, loss of time or any other losses incurred by the buyer in connection with the purchase, installa-
tion or operation or failure of this product.
Motion detectors can only detect motion within the designated areas as shown in their respective installation instruc-
tions. They cannot discriminate between intruders and intended occupants. Motion detectors do not provide volu-
metric area protection. They have multiple beams of detection and motion can only be detected in unobstructed
areas covered by these beams. They cannot detect motion which occurs behind walls, ceilings, floor, closed doors,
glass partitions, glass doors or windows. Any type of tampering whether intentional or unintentional such as mask-
ing, painting, or spraying of any material 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 detection area. Some of these heat sources could be heaters, radiators, stoves,
barbeques, fireplaces, sunlight, steam vents, lighting and so on.
Warning: Digital Security Controls Ltd. recommends that the 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 product to fail to perform as expected.
Important Information: Changes or modifications not expressly approved by Digital Security Controls Ltd.
could void the user’s authority to operate this equipment.
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