Does The FF345 Have A Camera In It?

No, the Encore Firefighter FF345 does not have a camera but does have a microphone that acts like an ear to existing hardwired smoke, CO, or combination detectors.

The Encore Firefighter is compatible with Honeywell wireless systems, 2GIG, and Qolsys wireless systems.

Honeywell, 2GIG, and Qolsys wireless systems are not compatible with hardwired smoke detectors and in many cases, users would need to install wireless detectors in order for the alarm system to report smoke and CO signals to the monitoring station. Installing an Encore Firefighter has changed that. The Encore Firefighter FF345 utilizes existing wired smoke, CO, and combination detectors by listening for the unique sounds they make when they activate an alarm. When an existing hardwired smoke or CO detector indicates an alarm, the FF345 will pick up the sound and trigger an alarm to the alarm panel. The panel will then forward that signal to a central monitoring station where trained operators will notify authorities, if needed.

The Encore Firefighter FF345 requires one 3V lithium battery CR123A and has a battery life of approximately 5 years. The FF345 operating temperature is 32 degrees F to 120 degrees F.

The Encore Firefighter FF345 comes with its own mounting bracket and can be mounted on a wall or ceiling but needs to be within 6 inches of the existing smoke, carbon monoxide, or combo detectors.

The FF345 has its own 7-digit serial number and is enrolled the same way as any Honeywell or 2GIG RF sensor with a response type of Fire or Fire with Verification and/or Carbon Monoxide. Please refer to the FF345 and the panel’s install and programming guide for complete instructions.

The Encore Firefighter FF345 is not a smoke or CO detector, nor is it meant to replace either of these types of detectors. It has a microphone that picks up the sound of existing hardwired smoke or CO detectors and is programmed to forward a fire or CO message to the alarm panel. It’s a good idea to test the FF345 to make sure it communicates. To test follow the instructions to test the actual smoke or CO detector. Please call the central monitoring station before sending any test signals to place the system on test to prevent any false alarms. To make things easier, you can place the FF345 into its own test mode by powering it down and back up. This will put it into test mode for one (1) hour. While in test mode, it will only need to hear one round of the Temporal 3 (Fire) or Temporal 4 (CO) sound before transmitting to the panel.

Not all FF345 devices support listening for CO Alarms:

  • Version 1.0:
    • Always Rectangular
    • Uses Loop 2
    • Does not support CO Listening
  • Version 1.5+:
    • Can be rectangular or round
    • Uses Serial Number 1 (on sticker) with Loop 1 for Fire listening
    • Uses 2nd Serial Number (1-digit higher than SN on sticker) with Loop 1 for CO listening

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