Will an Encore FireFighter FF345 Work w/ a CO?
Yes, an Encore FireFighter FF345 will work with a CO. The FF345 listens for the unique temporal sound of an activated smoke detector or carbon monoxide detector. This listening device is great for integrating existing hardwired or conventional life-safety sensors with a new wireless system.
The Encore FireFighter provides a unique solution in integrating an existing hardwired or conventional life-safety sensor with a wireless system. Most wired to wireless converter modules will not support life-safety sensors. This often meant that a user had to buy all new smoke detectors and carbon monoxide sensors when they made an upgrade to a newer wireless panel. This all changed with the FireFighter. Rather than integrating these existing sensors directly with the system, the FireFighter module acts as a sort of middleman between the sensor and the system.
As a life-safety sensor takeover module, the FireFighter can work with either a smoke detector or a carbon monoxide sensor. Both temporal sounds will activate the sensor and cause it to alert the system. When programming an Encore FireFighter, you should treat it no differently than a typical wireless smoke or CO detector. The zone will need to be set with the correct Loop Number (Loop 2 for 1st generation models and Loop 1 for newer models). It must also have the appropriate Device Type and Response Type set. For best results, the FF345 should be installed within six inches of the smoke or CO that it is monitoring. Also the sounder on the smoke or CO should be facing the listening vent on the FF345.
If the user has an existing network of interconnected hardwired smokes or CO detectors, then a single FF345 can potentially takeover the entire system. This is possible if the smokes or CO sensors operate on a one-go-all-go basis. This means that when one sensor activates, all of the other sensors will activate as well. That way, the FF345 will be able to detect the alarm sound regardless of which sensor was originally activated. This can be a quick and convenient way to quickly integrate a robust network of life-safety sensors with a new system.
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