Honeywell 5800MINI vs Honeywell 5800RPS

The Honeywell 5800MINI and the Honeywell 5800RPS are both wireless door and window sensors. They are both compatible with Honeywell and 2GIG Alarm Systems. Both communicate at a frequency of 345 MHz. However, the 5800MINI is a surface-mount sensor, while the 5800RPS is a recessed sensor.


The 5800MINI and the 5800RPS are both wireless door and window sensors from the Honeywell 5800 Series of sensors. Both devices will function with any Honeywell VISTA Panel (with a wireless receiver), any Honeywell LYNX Touch Panel and the Honeywell Lyric Controller. Both sensor will send an signal to the security system whenever its door or window is opened. The system will then perform the response that is programmed for that wireless zone. Some common responses include requiring a system disarm within the system's entry delay period or setting off a siren.

However, the two devices operate in very different manners. The 5800MINI is a surface-mount sensor that consists of a sensor and a magnet. The sensor is installed on the frame of the door or window. The magnet is placed on the door or window itself, within about half an inch of the sensor. When the door or window is opened, the magnet will separate from the sensor. When this happens, the internal reed switch inside the sensor will activate. This will cause the sensor to send a signal to the alarm system to perform the programmed response. As a surface-mount sensor, the 5800MINI will be visible from the outside of the door or window. But this will make the installation very easy, with only screws or double-sided foam tape being required.

On the other hand, the 5800RPS is a recessed sensor. This means that it is inserted into a hole that is drilled into the door or window frame. The device has plunger switch that remains pressed inward when the door or window is closed. When the door or window is opened, the switch will be released, and a signal will be sent to the alarm system to perform the programmed response. The good thing about this sensor is that the device will not be visible from the outside of the door or window. The downside is that the installation process is a little more lengthy, since a hole will need to be drilled.

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