Honeywell 5853

Wireless Glass Break Detector

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The Honeywell 5853 is a wireless glass break detector that is enhanced with the FlexGuard® feature. All FlexGuard glass break detectors "...
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The Honeywell 5853 is a wireless glass break detector that is enhanced with the FlexGuard® feature. All FlexGuard glass break detectors "listen" for not only the high frequencies produced by shattered glass, but also lower frequencies created when an object impacts the glass prior to the glass actually shattering. The 5853 wireless glass break detector also utilizes the FlexCore™ signal processor which processes sound data in parallel rather than sequentially allowing for 50% faster processing. Faster processing allows the Honeywell 5853 to perform Multiple Domain Signal Analysis in which time, frequency and amplitude are all evaluated to determine real alarms from false alarms. The unique combination of FlexGuard technology and FlexCore processing makes the 5853 wireless glass break detector an industry leader in false alarm reduction without sacrificing the detection of a real glass break event.

The 5853 wireless glass break detector has a 25' detection range and should be mounted on a wall opposite the glass being protected. You may also mount the glass break detector on the ceiling but make sure to orient the microphone end (the end with the hole) towards the glass. Optimal detection requires mounting the glass break detector within clear view of the protected glass, at least 6.5' from the floor and at least 3.3' from forced air ducts or sirens/bells. Also if the glass has heavy curtains, you must install the device on the actual frame of the glass between the curtain and the glass.

The Honeywell 5853 has (4) different sensitivity settings, selectable by (2) dip switches. With both dip switches in the off position, the glass break will have maximum sensitivity and the full 25' range. With SENS1 dip switch on and SENS2 dip switch off, the detector will have medium sensitivity and only a 15' range. With SENS1 dip switch off and SENS2 dip switch on, the 5853 will have low sensitivity and only 10' range. If you are experiencing false alarm problems, you can set both dip switches to on and the sensor will then have the lowest sensitivity and only a 5' detection range. As each room has its own specific acoustics, we recommend testing true range with a FlexGuard FG-701 glass break simulator/tester.

Honeywell 5853 Compatible Glass Types:

Glass TypeNominal Thickness
Plate2mm (3/32 in.)10mm (3/8 in.)
Tempered3mm (1/8 in.)10mm (3/8 in.)
Laminated3mm (1/8 in.)14mm (9/16 in.)
Wired6mm (1/4 in.)6mm (1/4 in.)
Coated3mm (1/8 in.)6mm (1/4 in.)
Sealed Insulating3mm (1/8 in.) [13mm (1/2 in.) overall]6mm (1/4 in.) [19mm (3/4 in.) overall]

Brand: Honeywell

Having existing wireless would for sure confirm. It will not confirm how many wireless zones that receiver will support. You want to locate the wireless receiver to note how many zones it will support. Next you can run the transmitter sniffer test to see how many zones are programmed as wireless. That will tell you how many more wireless zones you can add.
Thanks. I already have wireless motion detectors connected to my Vista, so think I can assume there is wireless receiver. Wonder if there is any way of checking this for sure on my Vista?
Your 15p/20p WILL need a connected wireless receiver to talk to wireless sensors. These can be external or built into a keypad.
Will this sensor work directly with my VISTA15P/20P? Reason I ask is that your smoke detector suggested needs a wireless receiver on the VISTA panel.
The SiXGB is only compatible with the all-in-one wireless Honeywell Lyric systems so you'd want to use this 5853 if you want a wireless glass break for your VISTA-20P.
I have a Vista 20p panel and am looking to add some additional sensors. What is the difference between this sensor and the SIXGB? Which one do you recommend? Or is there any other one you recommend? I am looking for wireless options. Thanks.
It's a bit odd. Seems like the sensor was fine. Didn't send another tamper signal until I tried prying it open. Then I closed it, moved it about a bit, and nothing. Then about 20 minutes later, it does it again, on its own. Edit: tinkered a bit more, making sure the cover is tight. It's quiet now. There is no tamper screw installed for the back. I'll bypass it for tonight (for our own sake!), then rearm it in the morning to see if it has problems.
Thanks! I'll take a look. That sensor has been there for years without incident.
I checked your account and it does in fact look like it's a tamper alarm and not an actual glass break alarm. I would advise you to double check the cover on your 5853 glass break as it may be installed in a way that the cover isn't holding down the tamper switch properly.
Total Connect is calling it a "sensor alarm," which triggered the siren. I presume I'd need to look at the panel itself in order to differentiate? Thanks!
Do you know if it was a tamper alarm or a regular zone fault that caused the alarm? You'll have to check the panel's event log as a tamper when armed, shows up with a different Contact ID code than a regular alarm.
I have one of these, and it just faulted, triggering an alarm. Neighbor just verified it's nothing, but I am unable to clear the fault remotely. Any idea as to what might cause one of these to fault wrongly, and if it might be time for a replacement?
Hi Jeff. It is expected that the 5853 would only indicate alarm when glass is actually breaking, if not in the test mode. The 5853 is a flex guard glass break sensor, that means it requires both the low frequency sound of glass flexing after you strike it, followed by the high frequency sound of glass actually breaking. The timing of these sounds is also a factor. It is by design that they are difficult to trip when not in the test mode, this is what keeps them from producing false alarms.
Is it expected that the glass break simulator FG-701 will not trigger an alarm if system is armed and sensors are not in test mode? I bought the FG-701 simulator to test the 5853 sensors. If I activate the sensors in test mode, the green LED on the 5853 will flash quickly upon the simulated glass breaking sound as expected (tends to be more sensitive). However, once I arm the system and click the red button of the FG-701 to play the glass breaking audio, the sensors (no longer in test mode) will not trigger an alarm. If I tap on the sensor directly, it will trigger an alarm. Is it supposed to behave like this? Is breaking a glass the only way to test it with the system armed?
Only if you have a wireless receiver connected to the VISTA-21iP. This is an RF wireless device and the Tuxedo only works wirelessly with Z-Wave devices. You can add an RF wireless receiver ( ) to the panel though.
Will this work with Tuxedo and Vista 21ip?
It should not trigger the glass break. However I heard of that happening on really high end speaker systems. Keep in mind, that the glass breaks are only active when the system is armed. So the question is do you plan on activating the system when you are watching a movie at home. If so, you can set these glass breaks to interior follower then they will be disabled during arm stay and activate during arm away only.
Are there any problems with using these types of glass break sensors in a room with a surround sound system? For example, if we're watching a movie with a scene where glass shatters, is it going to trigger the alarm?
I'm not exactly sure if thermal windows would fall under the categories of the glass types listed above. Can you ask your window manufacturer if the window glass woudl shatter if broken? The 5853 is an audio microphone that listens fro the frequency of broken glass. If the glass won't shatter or the shattering would be muffled, you may be better off with a different type of protection (motion, window contact, etc).
I have double hung casement windows, thermal 2-pane. Will this sensor detect a glass break for these?
Yes, the 5853 is compatible with the LYNX Touch.
Will this work with the Lynx Touch 5100?
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