Honeywell 5800MINI vs 2GIG DW20R
The Honeywell 5800MINI and the 2GIG DW20R are two types of door and window contacts. They both communicate at a wireless frequency of 345 MHz. However, the 5800MINI is a surface-mounted sensor, while the DW20R is a recessed sensor. Also, they are designed for use with different panels.
Both the 5800MINI and the DW20R consist of a sensor and a magnet. When the magnet is separated from the sensor, an internal reed switch inside the sensor will activate. When this happens, the sensor will send a signal to the security system to let it know that the door or window has been opened. Both devices communicate using 345 MHz RF signals.
But beyond that, the sensors are actually quite different. For starters, they are manufactured by different companies. The 5800MINI is produced by Honeywell. It is part of the Honeywell 5800 Series. The DW20R is produced by 2GIG. It is considered to be a part of the 2GIG 345 MHz sensor family.
The 5800MINI will work with any Honeywell or 2GIG System. This includes any Honeywell VISTA, any Honeywell LYNX Touch, the Honeywell Lyric Controller, the 2GIG GC3 and the 2GIG GC2. Meanwhile, the DW20R will only work with 2GIG Panels and with the Honeywell Lyric Controller.
However, the biggest difference between the two sensors concerns their placement. The 5800MINI is a surface-mount sensor. This means that it is placed on the outside of a door or window. The sensor should be placed on the frame of the door or window. The magnet should be placed on the door or window itself, within about a half inch of the sensor. The sensor and magnet for the 5800MINI can be installed with screws or with double-sided sticky tape. This makes the installation very easy. But some users may not like the fact that the sensor will be visible from the outside of the door or window.
The DW20R is a recessed sensor. Its sensor is placed inside the door frame or window frame. It magnet is placed inside the door or window. Two holes will need to be drilled. One hole will be for the sensor, and the other will be for the magnet. After the installation is complete, the sensor will not be visible from the outside. This makes for a very clean installation. However, the need to drill holes can make the installation slightly more difficult.
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