Frequently Asked Questions

Who Makes the Best Home Security Systems?
It is a subjective opinion as to which company makes the best security systems. However, Honeywell has a proven track record, having produced several excellent security systems through the years. Qolsys has also had recent success with their IQ Panel 2. Learn more about security system companies.
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How Do I Reset My SkyBell?
There are two different types of resets for a SkyBell Doorbell. These are soft resets and hard resets. Both involve pressing and holding the main button on the device for a certain period of time. The color of the LED light will indicate the reset. Learn more about resetting a SkyBell Doorbell.
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What is the Best Home Security Company?
The best home security company is Alarm Grid. Our customers often save thousands of dollars thanks to our DIY approach that eliminates the need for field technicians. Instead, we offer industry-leading support for monitored customers both online and over the phone. Learn more about Alarm Grid.
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Why Is My Wireless ADT Motion Sensor Flashing Red?
A motion sensor that is flashing red has recently been powered on. For the first 10 minutes, the device will flash red whenever motion is detected. Then the flashing will stop. This is done for testing purposes so that the motion can be placed in a good location. Learn more about motion sensors.
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Which Siren is Compatible w/ a Qolsys IQ Panel 2?
The IQ Panel 2 comes included with a built-in 85dB sounder. Those who want a louder sounder will need to purchase a separate siren. The 105 dB IQ Siren is generally the easiest option for upgrading the sounder on the IQ Panel 2. Learn more about using external sirens with the Qolsys IQ Panel 2.
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What Kind of Wire Should I Use to Power My Honeywell Home Security Panel?
Most installations for a Honeywel alarm system involve using 18-gauge 2-conductor wire. The wire will run from a plug-in transformer to the panel itself. An excellent wire to use for this type of application is the Honeywell LT-Cable. Learn more about wiring a Honeywell control panel.
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What is the Best Home Security System?
Most users would consider either the Qolsys IQ Panel 2 or the Honeywell Lyric Controller to be the best home security system. Both are excellent all-in-one panels that offer tremendous functionality and a great end user experience. Learn more about the Qolsys IQ Panel 2 and the Lyric Controller.
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What Type of Battery Does My Honeywell Wireless Door Sensor Use?
Honeywell wireless door sensors generally use one of three battery types. These are CR123A lithium batteries, CR2032 coin batteries and AAA batteries. A door sensor will typically require a new battery every three to five years. Learn which battery type is right for your wireless door sensor.
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How Does a Motion Detector Work?
Generally, a motion detector will function using one of two technologies. These technologies are passive infrared sensing and microwave doppler radar. Some motion sensors are dual-tech and utilize both of these technologies for detecting motion. Learn more about how motion detectors work.
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How Do I Set Dip Switches on a 5883H Wireless Receiver?
The dip switches for a Honeywell 5883 Wireless receiver are set based upon the receiver and transmitter addresses. Learn how the dip switches on the Honeywell 5883H transceiver are used to set the device address, check or delete encrypted keys and enable the built-in transceiver module.​
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