Door Alarm Sensors Frequently Asked Questions

What Are Door Contacts?
Sensors that are used to monitor whether a door is opened or closed are often called door contacts. Learn about door contacts and how they are used with alarm systems.
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GE Door/Window Contacts vs. Honeywell 5800 Door/Window Contacts
The door and window contact sensors from GE and Interlogix operate at 319.5 MHz. The Honeywell 5800 door and window contact sensors operate at 345 MHz. Learn about these sensors.
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What Is the Difference Between a Door and Window "Contact" and a "Sensor"?
A door and window "contact" might also be referred to as a "sensor". The two terms are generally used interchangeably. But "sensor" is a broader term. Learn about contact sensors.
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How Do I Remove an Alarm Sensor from My Door?
Alarm door sensors are very easy to remove. You just have to delete the zone programming, disconnect the wires and remove the sensor and magnet. Learn to remove door sensors.
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How Do I Remove an Alarm Sensor from a Door or Window?
Many users will want to remove an alarm sensor from a door or window to use it in a new location. This process is fairly easy. Find out how to remove door and window contacts.
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Are Door and Window Contacts Tamper Proof?
Most door and window contacts have protections put in place to prevent intruders or other people from tampering with them. Find out how door and window contacts are tamper proof.
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What Is the Max Number of Door/Window Sensors I Can Add to a Wireless Alarm System?
Each door and window sensor takes up a zone on a system. If you run out of zones, then you cannot add a new sensor. Find out how many sensors you can add to your system.
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Where Can I Buy Door Contacts for My Alarm System?
Alarm Grid sells all the door contacts you need for your alarm system. We offer hardwired and wireless contacts in surface-mount and recessed varieties. Learn about door contacts.
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Do Alarm System Door Contacts Need a Power Supply?
Door contacts operate using a built-in reed switch and magnet. No power supply is needed. But wireless contacts use power to communicate with the panel. Learn about door contacts.
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Where Do I Install a Sensor Contact on a Door?
The best place to install a contact is on a door frame. The magnet should be installed on the moving part of the door, within a half-inch of the sensor. Learn about door contacts.
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