How Do I Install a 5816OD?

You can install a 5816OD by securing the mounting plate to the stationary part of a fence, gate or door. Then secure the sensor with attached sealing cover to the mounting plate, and secure using a screw. The included magnet will be mounted on the moving portion of the fence, gate or door.

Honeywell 5816od wireless outdoor door and window sensor topThe Honeywell 5816OD is a wireless outdoor door alarm sensor that operates at 345 MHz. It has a nominal range of 200 feet, but this can be extended to a maximum of 400 nominal feet with the use of a Honeywell 5800RP Wireless Repeater. The device works using a sensor and a magnet. The sensor is mounted to the stationary portion of the fence, gate or door. The magnet is mounted to the moving portion of the fence, gate or door, ideally within a half-inch or direct contact of the sensor. When the structure is opened, the magnet will separate from the sensor. This will release a reed switch found inside the sensor. The sensor will then alert the panel to let it know that the door has been opened.

The sensor has a mounting plate that can be secured to a flat surface or a curved post for virtually any outdoor application. If you are mounting to a curved gate post, you will need to use to use two stainless steel strap ties to complete the installation process. On the other hand, mounting to a flat surface will require two tamper screws. The sensor itself is secured to its mounting plate using a screw that comes included with the device. Meanwhile, the included magnet has a magnet spacer that snaps directly onto the magnet. The magnet can then be secured using two mounting screws and/or stainless steel strap ties.

Before beginning the installation process, note the following product components:

Complete the following steps to install at Honeywell 5816OD Wireless Outdoor Door Alarm Sensor:

1. Prepare the sensor. Before mounting the 5816OD, you will want to prepare both the sensor and its magnet. Remove the cover screw from the sensor and the two mounting screws from the magnet. You will need these screws later when you are securing the sensor and magnet to their respective bases. To prevent moisture from accessing the inside of the sensor, you must apply silicone caulk around the rubber seal on its sealing cover. This can be seen in the diagram below:

2. Secure the sensor plate. The sensor mounting plate should be secured to the stationary portion of the fence, gate or door. This will represent the final location of the 5816OD sensor, so make sure to choose a good spot. If the sensor is being mounted to a flat surface, then two tamper screws will be secured to the mounting plate. You must prepare two holes in the fence post, gate post, or door frame for this purpose.

If the sensor is being mounted to a curved surface, such as a pole, then you will wrap two stainless steel strap ties around surface and slide the ends through the appropriate slots on the mounting plate. Make sure the mounting plate is secured tightly to the curved surface. Please note that you can also use screws in added to the stainless steel strap ties for added security.

Note: When mounting the sensor plate, make sure that the sensor, once applied, will be positioned so that its internal reed switch will ultimately be facing the magnet. In other words, the side with the ridges should be facing the magnet at the end of the installation. You can see this in the picture below:


The two diagrams below show the process for mounting to both flat surfaces and curved surfaces:

3. Secure the sensor. Before attempting to secure the sensor to its mounting plate, make sure the sealing cover is secured inside the sensor. Align the sensor against the mounting plate, and hold it steady. Then apply the cover screw, and secure it with a screwdriver. Make sure the cover is secure. This can be seen in the diagram below:


4. Secure the magnet. Make sure the magnet is connected with its magnet spacer. Then secure the magnet to the moving portion of the gate, fence, or door as close to the sensor as possible. Ideally, the sensor and magnet should be in direct contact with the sensor when the structure is closed. The sensor has a maximum magnet spacing gap of 1.25" on metal surfaces and 1.75" on non-metal surfaces. The magnet will be secured to the flat or curved surface in a similar manner as the sensor. Remember, holes will need to be drilled for the screws if mounting to a flat surface.

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