Honeywell ASC-SS1 - Glass Break Shock Sensor Reviews
Submitted on 09/17/2020 Alarm Grid
The Honeywell ASC-SS1 is a hardwired shock sensor that is used to monitor glass windows for breakages. When a window is broken, the resulting shockwaves will activate the Honeywell ASC-SS1 and tell it to alert the security system. As such, shock sensors like the Honeywell ASC-SS1 are sometimes used in-place of glass break detection sensors. A somewhat unique aspect of the Honeywell ASC-SS1 is that it is actually designed to be mounted on the glass it is monitoring. It should be placed at least one inch away from the window frame, as the frame can disrupt the shockwaves and prevent them from reaching the sensor. While the Honeywell ASC-SS1 is a rather dated product, it still works quite well for its intended use. We give the Honeywell ASC-SS1 a 5-Star rating.
There are many things to like about the Honeywell ASC-SS1. For one, it is quite easy to install, though you will need to run wires from the panel to the sensor. The device uses a 2-wire connection. Although the sensor does technically draw power from the panel, it is a miniscule amount of less than 1mA. That is how this sensor gets away with using a 2-wire connection, with the wires simply going to the zone terminals. Like most Honeywell products, the ASC-SS1 has a good build quality.
There are not many downsides regarding the Honeywell ASC-SS1. One issue is that shock sensors like this device tend to be a bit more prone to false alarm than glass break sensors that use finely tuned microphones to detect glass break events. There is also the fact that the sensor will be noticeable on the window, as you actually mount it directly on the glass. And as a wired sensor, you will need to run wires, which can be a bit inconvenient. But overall, we like the Honeywell ASC-SS1, and it gets a 5-Star score.
Good: Easy to Install, Miniscule Power Draw, Good Build Quality
Bad: Rattling May Cause False Alarms, Noticeable On Window, Must Run Wires
Bottom Line: 5 Stars