Wired Door & Window Alarm Contacts Frequently Asked Questions

How Do I Incorporate a Wired Contact Sensor with a Wireless Alarm System?
There are a few different ways that a wired alarm contact can be used with a wireless system. The most common way is to use a converter. Learn about wired alarm contacts.
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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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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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What is the Best Wired Door/Window Alarm Contact?
There is not a single "best" hardwired door and window contact. Each type of door and window contact will work better in certain situations and installations than in others. There is usually a perfect hardwired contact for every type of situation. Learn more about wired door and window contacts.
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What is the Best Door/Window Sensor for the VISTA-P Security System?
There are many excellent door and window sensors that work well with a VISTA P-Series security system. Hardwired contacts can be used with no additional add-ons. A wireless contact will require a wireless receiver to be added. Learn more about door and window contacts for a VISTA system.
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How Do I Remove a Wired Recessed Sensor?
A wired recessed sensor can easily be removed from a door or window. Simply pull out the sensor from the frame and disconnect the wiring. Then fish out the wire from the other end. The hole can be covered up or left for a new sensor. Learn more about removing a hardwired recessed sensor.
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What is the Best Door/Window Sensor for the VISTA 21iP?
The best door and window sensor for a VISTA 21iP depends upon the needs of the end user. The user will need to decide if they want their sensor to be hardwired or wireless. They will also need to choose between recessed and surface-mounted contacts. Learn more about door and window sensors.
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How Do I Install a Honeywell 951WG in a Door?
Installing a Honeywell 951WG involves drilling holes into both the door and its frame. The sensor and its magnet will be inserted into these holes for a discreet installation. A 2 conductor wire must be run from the alarm system to the sensor. Learn more about installing the 951WG contact.
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What Is a Security Door Contact?
When attached to a door, a security contact will let the system know when the door has been opened. Both wireless and wired door contacts are available.
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