What is the Range of a Honeywell 5800C2W?
The range of a Honeywell 5800C2W is 300 feet. That is "nominal range, so really it will communicator a bit further in a true open air environment. However, the wireless range may be reduced due to obstacles such as large metal objects and thick walls. But 300 feet is the expected range.
The Honeywell 5800C2W is a wired to wireless converter. Hardwired sensors connect with the module at one of its nine (9) available zones. The 5800C2W then sends out a 345 MHz signal on the behalf of the connected sensors. The wireless alarm panel accepts the incoming signal and treats the hardwired sensors like wireless sensors. This is a great way to bring over your existing sensors if you are upgrading from an older hardwired system. Most users will install the 5800C2W in the same location as their old hardwired panel so that they can conveniently connect the wired sensors.
In terms of range, the Honeywell 5800C2W can be placed approximately 300 feet from the system. This is nominal range, so the range is really a bit further. On the other hand, the range can be reduced to less than 300 feet due to interference and blockage from obstacles. These obstacles can include thick walls, large metal objects, and anything else that prevents the 345 MHz wireless signal from reaching the panel. Keep in mind that most Honeywell 5800 Sensors have a range of 200 nominal feet. The 5800C2W range is 50% further thanks to its larger antenna.
If you need to increase the range for the Honeywell 5800C2W, then a wireless repeater is an option. This device will take the wireless signal sent out from the 5800C2W and send it out a second time. This will increase the maximum range to 600 feet. The recommended wireless repeater for use with the Honeywell 5800C2W is the Honeywell 5800RP. Please note that it is not possible to use multiple repeaters to repeat the signal more than once. Wireless signals from the Honeywell 5800C2W can only be repeated once.
Since the Honeywell 5800C2W operates at 345 MHz, it can only be used with wireless systems that support that frequency. Some popular examples include the Honeywell Lyric Controller, the Honeywell LYNX Touch Panels, and the 345 MHz version of the Qolsys IQ Panel 2 Plus. If you are looking for a wired to wireless converter for a 319.5 MHz system, then the Qolsys IQ Hardwire 16-F is a good option.
For power, the Honeywell 5800C2W uses the Honeywell 300-07052 Transformer. This is a 15.5 VDC transformer that conveniently connects with the 5800C2W module. The transformer not only powers the communication between the 5800C2W and the transformer, it also powers any connected devices that use electricity for basic operation. This includes devices like motion detection sensors and glass break sensors.
We strongly recommend adding a backup battery so that the 5800C2W can remain powered in the event of an electrical outage. Although a battery harness comes included with the module, an actual battery does not come included. We recommend using the UltraTech 1240 with the 5800C2W. This is a 12V 4.5Ah sealed lead acid battery, and it must be replaced about every three (3) to five (5) years with regular use.
Please note that you cannot use life-safety sensors with the Honeywell 5800C2W. This includes any smoke detectors and carbon monoxide sensors. It is also not possible to use zone-doubling with the Honeywell 5800C2W. Remember that the 5800C2W module has nine (9) zone terminals for supporting a maximum of 9 wired sensors. If you need to add more than 9 wired sensors, then you can use multiple 5800C2W units, as long as you do not exceed the total number of wireless zones on your security system.
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