Honeywell FG1608 - Glass Break Detector with Integrated Door/Window Contact Reviews

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Great Combination Sensor!
Submitted on 12/13/2019 Alarm Grid

The Honeywell FG1608 is a hardwired combination glass break sensor and door/window contact. By using this device, you can add a glass break detector and a door/window contact to your system with just one single device. However, the sensor will still need to be wired to two (2) separate zones for full functionality. Overall, this is a high-quality sensor that will last for a long time if cared for properly. You really can't go wrong with the great build quality from Honeywell. And it's nice that the sensor offers dual functionality to increase its versatility. We give this sensor a Five Star rating.

The biggest thing to like about the Honeywell FG1608 is the fact that it includes both glass break detection and a door/window contact all in one device. This means that it will take up less space than if you had to use two separate devices. Everything you need for the device comes already bundled in. This includes a magnet for using the device as a door or window contact sensor. The internal reed switch allows for a maximum magnet spacing gap of 0.9 inches, which gives you good flexibility in positioning the sensor and magnet. The device also includes the option to wire for tamper monitoring that will let the system know if someone opens it up. We also like the sensor's strong build quality.

There are some downsides to the Honeywell FG1608. For one, you need to connect to two (2) separate zones if you want to achieve full device functionality. One zone will be for glass break detection, and the other is for the reed switch that allows the device to operate as a door/window contact. This means you need to wire and program the device twice if you intend to use it for both functions. But if you only want to use the FG1608 for one purpose, then only one zone is required, and you only need to wire it to one on-board zone. You should also keep in mind that the device's microphone is only designed to listen from up to 8 feet away. This limits where you can position the device if you want to use it as a glass break sensor.

Overall, we really like the Honeywell FG1608. It gets 5 Stars from Alarm Grid.

Good: Combines Door/Window Contact and Glass Break into One Device, Magnet Included, Wide Magnet Spacing Gap, Tamper Wiring Possible, Great Build Quality

Bad: Needs 2 Zones for Full Functionality, Can Only Monitor Windows from Up to 8 Feet Away

Bottom Line: 5 Stars