How Do I Install a 2GIG Motion Sensor?

You can install a 2GIG Motion Sensor by programming it to the panel, mounting it to the wall and testing the device. These sensors operate at 345 MHz, which makes them compatible with most Honeywell and 2GIG Alarm Systems. The sensor will alert the system when movement is in the area.

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Choosing a proper location is very important for motion sensors. You need to make sure the sensor is in a location where it can properly detect movement, while not being activated by false sources. Some of the most common sources of false alarms for motion sensors include sunlight, airflow, ceiling fans, curtains and pets. You should review your device's installation manual for more advice on where to mount.

Complete the following steps to install a 2GIG Motion Sensor:

1. Program to panel. 2GIG manufactures motion sensors that operate at 345 MHz. This makes them compatible with most Honeywell and 2GIG Systems that have wireless receivers installed. Programming a 2GIG Motion Sensor is easy in most cases. The process generally involves putting the panel into its wireless enrollment mode and then activating the motion sensor to auto-enroll it. From there, you must go through and configure the settings when you finish. You must make sure to save your changes after you have finished configuring the zone. More information about programming can be found in your system's installation manual.

2. Install the motion sensor. Next, you should install the motion sensor in its final location. You can do this using screws or with double-sided foam tape. The mounting equipment should come included with the sensor, or you can purchase it separately. The advantage to using double-sided foam tape is that no holes need to be drilled, and no tools are required. But using screws is necessary for corner-mounting, which can provide a better detection area.

Most motion sensors are mounted from an area of 7 to 9 feet high. Corner-mounting is a good practice, as it will allow the sensor to more effectively detect motion throughout the room. You will want to avoid placing the sensor near any vents or ducts that could release air flow that will activate the sensor. The sensor should also not be facing any windows, ceiling fans curtain or stairways that could result in false alarms. If possible, try temporarily mounting the sensor and then permanently mounting it after you have properly tested it in the following step.

3. Test the motion sensor. If necessary, put your system on test mode with the central station. Perform a walk test to make sure your system responds properly. We have FAQs for walk testing a 2GIG GC2 and walk testing a 2GIG GC3 System. Remember, the motion should be able to accurately respond to motion based on its specifications, without causing false system alarms.

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