Wired Smoke Detectors Frequently Asked Questions

When Is It Better to Use a Heat Detector Instead of a Smoke Detector?
There are a few situations in which it is better to use a heat detector instead of a smoke detector. This most includes rooms where smoke may be occasionally present. Heat detectors are also used in dusty areas where fine particles may prevent a smoke detector from function properly. Learn more about heat detectors.
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How Do I Wire a 4-Wire Smoke Detector to My Wired Alarm System?
Connecting a 4-wire smoke detector to a wired alarm system is a slightly more complicated process than setting up most other hardwired zones. Several wired connections will need to be made. The setup will also require an end of line resistor and a relay module. Learn more about 4-wire smokes.
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What's the Best Place to Install a Smoke Detector?
When choosing a location for a smoke detector, there are some things to remember. For example, it should be placed away from any vents or ducts that might affect its performance. It should also be at least 10 feet away from any kitchen appliances. Learn more about where to place a smoke detector.
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How Do I Add a 2-Wire Smoke Detector to My Wireless Alarm System?
Adding a 2-wire smoke detector to a wireless alarm system is not possible. A 2-wire smoke detector can only be added to Zone 1 of a wired alarm system. This is because that particular zone contains specific logic needed for a 2-wire smoke to function properly. Learn more about 2-wire smokes.
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How Do I Add a 4-Wire Smoke Detector to My Wireless Alarm System?
In order to use a 4-wire smoke detector with a wireless alarm system, a special type of wireless transmitter is needed. The transmitter must be capable of supporting normally open life-safety devices with an end of line resistor. Learn more about using a 4-wire smoke with a wireless system.
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Will a Smoke Detector Detect Heat?
Not all smoke detectors are designed to detect the presence of high heat. These sensors will only detect high heat if that is a specific function of the device. Otherwise, a smoke detector will only detect smoke, and nothing more. Learn more about smoke detectors and their functionality.
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How Do I Wire a 2W-B?
The 2W-B is a two wire, photoelectric smoke detector which can be wired in parallel to zone 1 on most Honeywell Vista panels. Because the 2W-B is a normally open, life safety device, an end of line resistor is required for proper operation and supervision. Learn how to wire the 2W-B here.
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Can I Monitor My Existing Smoke Detectors Remotely?
Smoke detectors for a security system can be monitored through Total Connect or Alarm.com. The platform that is used will depend on the type of panel you have.
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How Do I Wire a 2-Wire Smoke Detector to My Wired Alarm System?
A 2-wire smoke detector connects directly to a hard-wired zone on a wired alarm system. Learn how to interface a 2-wire smoke with your wired alarm system.
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How Do I Test My 521BXT Smoke Detector for Proper Function?
To test a 521BXT Smoke Detector for proper function, use canned smoke to test the device's smoke detection and a hair dryer to test its heat detection.
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