Door & Window Alarm Sensors Frequently Asked Questions

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 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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Honeywell 5800MINI vs Honeywell 5819S
The Honeywell 5800MINI and the Honeywell 5819S are two different wireless sensors. They are both Honeywell 5800 Series sensors, and they are designed for use with the same alarm panels. However, the 5800MINI is smaller, while the 5819S has more features. Learn more about these two sensors.
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Honeywell 5800MINI vs Honeywell 5817CB
The 5800MINI and the 5817CB are both wireless door and window contacts from Honeywell. The 5817CB doubles as a wireless transmitter, but the 5800MINI doesn't. The 5800MINI comes with a magnet, but the 5817CB doesn't. The 5800MINI is more compact than the 5817CB. Learn more about these two devices.
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Honeywell 5800MINI vs 2GIG DW20R
The 5800MINI and the DW20 are both door and window contacts. They both communicate wirelessly at a frequency of 345 MHz. However, the 5800MINI is a surface-mount contact, while the DW20R is a recessed contact. They are also made by different companies. Learn more about these two contacts.
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Honeywell 5800MINI vs Honeywell SiXCT
The Honeywell 5800MINI and the Honeywell SiXCT are both surface-mount door and window contacts from Honeywell. They operate in roughly the same manner. However, the two sensors use different communication methods, and they are compatible with different panels. Learn more about these two sensors.
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