The Interlogix 80-922-1 is a wireless repeater designed for use with 319.5 MHz wireless sensors. This includes sensors from Interlogix/GE and Qolsys. This repeater will effectively double the wireless range of these compatible sensors by repeating their wireless signal out a second time.
When setting up wireless sensors, some users may encounter problems with signal range. Remember, signal range can be reduced due to the presence of walls and large metal obstacles. A wireless repeater can be used to effectively overcome this type of problem and help the signals be received by the system more reliably. This can be particularly important for larger properties and buildings.
Qolsys sensors offer a wireless range of up to 600 feet when used in open air. Meanwhile, Interlogix/GE sensors feature a typical range of 500 feet in open air. Using this repeater will effectively double these ranges to 1,200 feet and 1,000 feet respectively. Please note that while the encrypted Qolsys S-Line Sensors can be used with the repeater, they will lose any encryption functionality when used in this way. In other words, they will operate as though they are unencrypted.
The 80-922-1 comes with its own 12-volt DC transformer for power. Since this is DC power, you will need to observe polarity when wiring the transformer. But this transformer will not provide backup power in the event of an electrical outage. In order to get backup power, a user has two options. They can separately purchase a more powerful transformer, such as a Honeywell 1321, and a compatible backup battery, like an Ultratech 1240. Alternatively, they can use a 12-volt DC power supply, such as the AD12612, along with its own backup battery.
Note: The transformer that comes with the Interlogix Repeater may read "AC ADATPOR", even though the module uses DC power. Additionally, you may find that the connected wires aren't properly labeled as positive (+) and negative (-). If that is the case, rest assured that the transformer will still work with the repeater. However, if you find that the repeater does not power on upon properly connecting the transformer, then you should try swapping the wires. It is likely that you have the polarity mixed up. By switching the wires on the repeater power terminals, you should find that the module successfully powers on. An easy way to determine polarity is by knowing that the wire with the grey dashes is positive (+), and the wire without the grey dashes is negative (-). The dashes may be difficult to see, so you may need to look very closely. For more information on this issue, please see this FAQ.