Frequently Asked Questions

Are Glass Break Sensors Effective?
Glass break sensors are very effective in detecting the sound of breaking glass. These devices are very reliable when it comes to monitoring windows and protective glass casings. The dual-frequency detection process also prevents false alarms. Learn more about glass break sensors and how they work.
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What Is the Tamper On My Alarm System For?
The tamper switch is a very important feature on an alarm system. This feature tells the system to produce an instant alarm if someone tries to physically break into the panel while the system is armed. This prevents an intruder from powering down the panel. Learn more about tamper switches.
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How Do I Wire a POTS Line to My Security System?
To wire a POTS line to a security system, the incoming phone line will connect to an RJ jack. The RJ jack is then connected with the alarm panel and the on-site landline phones. Check the terminals when wiring. The panel must support POTS service to do this. Learn more about wiring a POTS line.
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Honeywell L5210 vs Qolsys IQ Panel 2
The Honeywell L5210 and the Qolsys IQ Panel 2 are both wireless all-in-one alarm systems. Both are great panels that offer easy user accessibility. But the Qolsys IQ Panel 2 is the more robust of the two systems, and it provides more capabilities out of the box. Learn more about these two panels.
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Honeywell 5800MINI vs Honeywell 5819WHS
The 5800MINI and the 5819WHS are both sensors from the Honeywell 5800 Series. The 5819WHS can function as a shock sensor, wireless transmitter and alarm contact. The 5800MINI can only be used as a door and window sensor, but it is more compact than the 5819WHS. Learn more about these devices.
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What Is a Monitored Alarm System?
Any alarm system that receives active monitoring service is said to be a "monitored system". This is true whether the monitoring plan includes central station monitoring or self-monitoring only. The benefit of a monitored system is that it can send outbound signals. Learn more about alarm systems.
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Honeywell 5800MINI vs Honeywell 5820L
The Honeywell 5800MINI and the Honeywell 5820L are both wireless door and window contacts. They both operate at a wireless frequency of 345 MHz, making them compatible with the same alarm systems. Their biggest difference is their shape. Learn more about these two Honeywell alarm contacts.
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Honeywell 5800MINI vs Honeywell 5814
Two wireless surface-mount door and window contacts from Honeywell are the 5800MINI and the 5814. Both sensors communicate at a wireless frequency of 345 MHz, making them compatible with the same systems. However, the 5800MINI has a farther range than the 5814. Learn more about these sensors.
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How Does a Glass Break Sensor Work?
A glass break sensor actively listens for the sound of breaking glass. These security devices will activate upon hearing the low-pitch "thud" of an object striking against glass, while simultaneously hearing the high-pitch "shattering" of the glass itself. Learn more about glass break sensors.
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How Do I Add a 2-Wire Smoke Detector to My Wireless Alarm System?
Adding a 2-wire smoke detector to a wireless alarm system is not possible. A 2-wire smoke detector can only be added to Zone 1 of a wired alarm system. This is because that particular zone contains specific logic needed for a 2-wire smoke to function properly. Learn more about 2-wire smokes.
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