Is the 2GIG DW10 a Z-Wave Device?

No, the 2GIG DW10 is not a Z-Wave device. The DW10 door and window sensor uses RF communication to speak with the security panel. In open air, the sensor has a maximum range of about 350 feet before RF supervision loss occurs. The sensor works with both the 2GIG GC2 and GC3 panels.

Although Z-Wave is a form of RF communication, not all RF signals utilize Z-Wave technology. While Z-Wave can be a great communication method for many home automation devices, it is not considered to be as secure as other wireless communication methods. This makes it unsuitable for most home security devices, such as door and window contacts. Instead, Z-Wave communication is better utilized in home automation devices, like light switches and thermostats that do not require the same level of security. The RF communication used by the DW10 can be jammed, but the alarm panel has an RF Jamming notification feature, which can alert you to this type of activity.

The sensor functions using a built-in reed switch that is designed to recognize the presence of a magnet. If the DW10 sensor is separated from its magnet, its reed switch will be tripped. When this happens, an RF signal is sent to the security panel as a way of letting the user know that the door or window has been opened.

Using its RF signal that operates at a frequency of 345MHz, the DW10 door and window sensor will function at a maximum distance of 350 feet away from the security panel. However, this maximum distance assumes open air, and it can be reduced due to the presence of obstructions, especially metal ones. To extend this range, users can add a wireless repeater, like the 2GIG RPTR1-345.

When installing a DW10 door and window sensor, there are some tips that should be considered in order to achieve the best possible results. If the sensor is being placed on a door or metal window, it should be padded with thick foam adhesive tape to prevent its RF signal from being weakened. Users should make sure to place the sensor within about half an inch of its magnet so that the sensor does not trigger when the door or window is closed. We also recommend placing the sensor itself on the stationary part of the door or window and the magnet on the moving part to prevent the sensor from being damaged when the door or window is opened or closed.

The below video explains how to program a DW10 to a 2GIG GC3 panel.

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