Door Alarm Sensors Frequently Asked Questions

How Do I Install a Wireless Door Sensor on a Sliding Patio Door?
On a sliding door, the magnet and sensor should be aligned so that they separate whenever the door is slid opened. Learn how to install a door sensor on a sliding door.
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What is a Magnetic Contact?
Most door and window contacts operate using an internal reed switch in conjunction with a magnet. Learn about door and window sensors and how they operate.
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Can I Use Door/Window Sensors on a Qolsys IQ Panel 2?
The standard daughterboard for the IQ Panel 2 will accept sensors that communicate at the 319.5 MHz frequency. This includes any door and window sensors. If a different daughterboard is added, the sensors will need to operate at a different frequency. Learn more about the Qolsys IQ Panel 2.
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Do Door/Window Sensors Work w/ the Interlogix Simon XTi or XTi-5?
A compatible door and window sensor can be enrolled with a Simon XTi or XTi-5 System in basically the same way as any other compatible sensor. The sensor will be assigned a group number appropriate for a door or window. Learn more about using door and window sensors with the Simon XTi and XTi-5.
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What Is the Best Alarm Contact?
There is no single best alarm contact. Many different types of door and window contacts are available, and the best one depends on the needs of the user. There are several questions to ask when looking for an alarm contact so that you can obtain the perfect one. Learn more about alarm contacts.
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How Does a Door/Window Alarm Sensor Actually Work?
Most door and window sensors work in the same manner. These devices consist of both a sensor and a magnet. When the door or window opens, the magnet will become separated from the sensor. This will cause the sensor to send a signal to the security system. Learn more about door and window sensors.
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Honeywell 5800MINI vs Honeywell 5819WHS
The 5800MINI and the 5819WHS are both sensors from the Honeywell 5800 Series. The 5819WHS can function as a shock sensor, wireless transmitter and alarm contact. The 5800MINI can only be used as a door and window sensor, but it is more compact than the 5819WHS. Learn more about these devices.
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Honeywell 5800MINI vs Honeywell 5814
Two wireless surface-mount door and window contacts from Honeywell are the 5800MINI and the 5814. Both sensors communicate at a wireless frequency of 345 MHz, making them compatible with the same systems. However, the 5800MINI has a farther range than the 5814. Learn more about these sensors.
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Honeywell 5800MINI vs Honeywell 5800RPS
The 5800MINI and the 5800RPS are both wireless door and window sensors from Honeywell. The Honeywell 5800MINI is a surface-mount contact that consists of a sensor and a magnet. The Honeywell 5800RPS is a recessed sensor with a plunger switch. Learn more about these two door and window sensors.
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Honeywell 5800MINI vs Qolsys IQ Mini
The 5800MINI and the IQ Mini are both door and window contacts. They are both surface-mount sensors that are relatively small in size. However, they operate at different wireless frequencies, and they are designed for use with different systems. Learn more about the 5800MINI and the IQ MINI.
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