Reviews

2GIG BATT2X - GC2 & GC2e Extended Battery Pack

Great 24-Hour Backup Battery
Submitted on 06/12/2020 Alarm Grid

The 2GIG BATT2X is the backup battery for the 2GIG Go!Control GC2 Security System and the 2GIG GC2e System. It provides up to 24 hours of backup power, and it will reliably keep the GC2 or GC2e powered on during an electrical outage. It conveniently attaches to the panel using a simple connector. However, like any battery, the unit will slowly begin to lose its ability to hold a charge over time, and it will eventually need to be replaced. But all things considered, this is a great backup battery device, and we give it a 5-Star rating.

There are many positive aspects regarding the 2GIG BATT2X. The unit keeps the system powered on during a power outage. This is important, because the system usually runs on AC power, which will be unavailable during an electrical outage. This ensures that your home or business always stays monitored and protected. The battery provides up to 24 hours of backup power, which is some of the best in the industry. If you ever suffer from extended power outages, this is the unit for you. The convenient plug-in connector is nice, as it lets you easily install the backup battery. The battery also meets UL985 standards, meaning it is good for a system that needs to conform with certain fire code requirements

There are not many major downsides regarding the 2GIG BATT2X. The biggest issue is that over time, the battery will slowly lose its ability to store a charge. Once the charge drops too low, you will get a low battery warning on the system. If the battery is unable to store a new charge, then you will need to replace it. This only needs to be done once every few years in most cases, but it is something to keep in mind. There is also the fact that the 2GIG BATT2X is for 2GIG GC2 and GC2e Systems only. It cannot be used with other systems. But overall, these downsides are very minor, and they do not stop us from giving the 2GIG BATT2X a 5-Star rating.

Good: Keeps GC2 Powered On During Electrical Outages, 24 Hours of Backup Power, Convenient Plug-In, UL985 Certified

Bad: Limited Product Life, For GC2 and GC2e Only

Bottom Line: 5 Stars

Linear WO15Z-1 - Z-Wave AC Wall Outlet

Get Z-Wave Plus Instead!
Submitted on 06/12/2020 Alarm Grid

The Linear WO15Z-1 is a Z-Wave outlet that is designed to replace an existing in-wall outlet. Installing this unit will allow you to control your connected devices remotely using an interactive platform like Total Connect 2.0 or Alarm.com. The WO15Z-1 has both a controlled outlet and a pass-through outlet that is always on and does not have Z-Wave functionality. The device is very versatile, and it will work nicely with almost any Z-Wave controller. However, it has since been discontinued in favor of newer and more advanced models. And since this model isn't Z-Wave Plus, we really can't recommend it for most users. It isn't bad by any means, but it only gets a 4-Star rating from us.

There are many things to like about Linear WO15Z-1. For one, it allows for remote operation through an interactive service platform. The pass-through outlet is a nice touch, as you can still have a device connected for traditional, non-Z-Wave control. The fact that the WO15Z-1 can be used with pretty much any Z-Wave controller is a nice aspect, as it really gives you great freedom and flexibility in adding it to your network.

But the downsides to the Linear WO15Z-1 should not be ignored. The sensor is discontinued, and you will be unlikely to find it new. But if you find a used model, then it should still work well. The Linear WO15Z-1 uses classic Z-Wave technology, rather than newer and better Z-Wave Plus communication. This isn't a big deal if your network already has a lot of classic Z-Wave devices or your automation hub is only standard Z-Wave, but if you are mostly using Z-Wave Plus devices with a Z-Wave Plus controller, then it's often best to just add exclusively Z-Wave Plus devices if you can. Not to mention that Z-Wave Plus offers better wireless range. With these downsides in mind, we give the Linear WO15Z-1 a 4-Star rating. It is good, but you are usually better off finding a Z-Wave Plus device.

Good: Remote Operation, Pass-Through Outlet, Versatile

Bad: Discontinued, Classic Z-Wave

Bottom Line: 4 Stars

Honeywell IS216T-CUR - Curtain PIR Motion Detector

Nice Curtain Motion Sensor!
Submitted on 06/12/2020 Alarm Grid

The Honeywell IS216-T-CUR is a hardwired curtain motion detector that detects movement across a single plane, rather than an entire area. This is useful if you want to be able to have occupants move around freely on one side of the room, while still having your system alerted if someone walks across a specific line. It allows for many types of mounting options, as you can mount the sensor horizontally, vertically, or on the ceiling based on your needs. Its coverage pattern is 33' x 5'5 when mounted vertically, and 28' x 20' when mounted horizontally. We have found that this is a great wired curtain motion sensor, and we give it a 5-Star score.

There are many aspects we like about the Honeywell IS216-T-CUR Curtain Motion Sensor. For one, its unique coverage area may be better suited for your area than a traditional motion sensor. These sensors are often used to determine when a person walks up to, or through, a door. Having multiple mounting options to adjust the detection area is a nice touch. It really makes the IS216-T-CUR more versatile. As a Honeywell Sensor, the IS216-T-CUR is very reliable, and it has a great build quality.

There are some downsides to the Honeywell IS216-T-CUR that should be kept in mind. For one, it is a wired motion sensor, and you will need to run a wire from the sensor to the panel. This may be tough for a DIY user who isn't used to running wires. Due to the sensor's adjustable detection area, the placement of the sensor is finicky, and you must really get it right to ensure you don't get a false alarm from movement in a nearby area. We strongly recommend testing your motion sensor regularly to make sure that it gives you the results you want. But really, these downsides are pretty minor, so we still give the IS216-T-CUR a 5-Star rating.

Good: Unique Coverage Area, Versatile, Reliable, Good Build Quality

Bad: Requires Running a Wire, Finicky Placement

Bottom Line: 5 Stars

DSC BV-500GB - Bravo® 5 360 Degrees Ceiling-Mount PIR Motion & Glassbreak Detector

Nice Two-In-One Sensor!
Submitted on 06/09/2020 Alarm Grid

The DSC BV-500GB is a ceiling-mounted hardwired two-in-one sensor that offers both glass break detection and motion detection. While it is a single sensor with dual functions, the DSC BV-500GB will need to be used with two (2) different hardwired zones on the system in order to provide both functions. Still, it can be convenient to have both of these functions included in a single device. Both the glass break sensor and the motion have some nice features that make them very good in their own right. Overall, we think this is a great device, and we give it a perfect 5 Star rating.

There are many positive aspects regarding the DSC BV-500GB. The fact that it is two-in-one is in itself a positive aspect. The motion sensor is a quad-element PIR and uses multi-level signal processing capabilities. This basically means that it is super accurate and not prone to causing false alarms. The motion sensor also offers temperature compensation and allows for sensitivity adjustments. Meanwhile, the glass break sensor uses dynamic signal processing and works with multiple types of glass. It is truly an effective glass break sensor that you can count on.

There are some downsides to the DSC BV-500GB that should be taken into consideration. In order for the sensor to work as both a ceiling-mounted motion sensor and as a glass break detector, you will need to position it very carefully. It should be able to detect the movement that occurs below, and it should have a direct line of sight to any glass being monitored. The motion sensor is Form A, meaning that it must use a Normally Closed (NC) wiring configuration. And remember that two separate zones are required for motion detection and glass break detection. But overall, these downsides are relatively minor, and they do not stop us from giving the DSC BV-500GB a 5 Star rating.

Good: Two-In-One, Quad-Element PIR, Multi-Level Signal Processing, Temperature Compensation, Sensitivity Adjustments, Dynamic Signal Processing, Compatible w/ Multiple Types of Glass

Bad: Must be Positioned Carefully, Motion is Form A, Requires Two Separate Zones

Bottom Line: 5 Stars

DSC AMA-100 - Acuity Addressable Glassbreak Detector

Great Option For Addressable DSC Panels!
Submitted on 06/09/2020 Alarm Grid

The DSC AMA-100 Acuity Glass Break Sensor is an addressable glass break detector for compatible DSC Addressable Loop Systems. It actively listens for the sound of glass breaking and will alert the system during such an event. Since this sensor is for compatible DSC Hardwired Systems only, it has very limited compatibility. That being said, it can be used nicely with multiple types of glass, and it offers very reliable performance. We would recommend it for anyone needing an addressable glass break detector for a compatible DSC Panel. For that reason, it gets a 5 Star rating.

There are many things to like about the DSC AMA-100 Acuity Glass Break Sensor. For one, it works with multiple types of glass. The types of glass compatible with the DSC AMA-100 include plate glass, float glass, tempered glass, wired glass, and laminated glass. The sensor has a nice detection range, as it can hear a window or protective glass casing being broken from up to 25 feet away. We also like the fact that the DSC AMA-100 has an omni-directional microphone, and it can hear glass being broken from any direction.

There are not many downsides regarding the DSC AMA-100 Acuity Glass Break Sensor. One issue is that the sensor has a very limited compatibility selection, as it can only be used with DSC Addressable Loop Panels which support the PC5100 Zone Expander. Like most glass break sensors, the AMA-100 must have a direct line of sight to the glass that is being monitored. Blockages such as blinds and curtains can prevent the device from working properly. But overall, these downsides are relatively minor, and they do not stop us from giving the DSC AMA-100 Acuity Glass Break Sensor a 5 Star rating.

Good: Works w/ Multiple Types of Glass, 25-Foot Detection Range, Omni-Directional Microphone

Bad: For DSC Addressable Loop Panels Only, Requires Direct Line of Sight

Bottom Line: 5 Stars

Interlogix NX-458 - Recessed Micro Door/Window Sensor

Not The Best Recessed Sensor
Submitted on 06/09/2020 Alarm Grid

The Interlogix NX-458 is a wireless recessed door and window sensor that operates at a frequency of 319.5 MHz. This makes it compatible with a variety of systems, including the Interlogix Simon Panels and the 319.5 MHz Qolsys IQ Panel 2 Plus. As a recessed contact sensor, it will remain hidden and out of view when the door or window is closed. Really, this is a fairly standard sensor, with nothing too remarkable about it. However, it's important to note that the wireless range for this sensor is rather small. That's a major downside, and it causes us to only give the Interlogix NX-458 a 4-Star rating.

There are positive aspects regarding the Interlogix NX-458. For one, its 319.5 MHz operating frequency makes it compatible with a nice selection of security systems. Since this is a recessed sensor, it will remain hidden when the door or window is closed. The sensor is reliable, and it has a good build quality.

However, the downsides regarding the Interlogix NX-458 should not be ignored. The biggest downside is the fact that the wireless range for the system is very limited. Interlogix recommends installing the sensor within 100 feet of the alarm panel. This can be a major issue in a larger home or business. Since this is a recessed sensor, holes will need to be drilled in the door or window frame, as well as in the door or window itself. Finally, there is the fact that the Interlogix NX-458 is discontinued, and it can no longer be purchased new. If you find a used model somewhere, then it should still work alright. But because of these downsides, we only give the Interlogix NX-458 a 4-Star score.

Good: Compatible w/ Many Systems, Hidden When Door/Window is Closed, Reliable, Good Build Quality

Bad: Limited Wireless Range, Requires Drilling Holes, Discontinued

Bottom Line: 4 Stars

Yale YRD226 - Assure Lock Z-Wave Touchscreen Deadbolt

Excellent Lock!
Submitted on 06/09/2020 Alarm Grid

The Yale YRD226 is a Z-Wave Plus touchscreen deadbolt lock that allows a user to lock and unlock their door remotely by using an automation platform. The lock is universally compatible with nearly any Z-Wave controller, making it a very versatile and useful device. It also includes some nice features like a weather protection gasket, single-touch locking functionality, backlit numbers, a privacy button, and a tamper-resistant back cover. We think the Yale YRD226 is a fantastic product, and we give it a 5 Star rating.

There are many things to like about the Yale YRD226. For one, it has an attractive design that will fit in nicely with nearly any modern home. The lock retains a traditional key slot, so you can still use a key if desired, or if the touchscreen isn't working. The lock stores up to 250 codes, so it's highly unlikely that you will run out of slots. Three (3) different finishing options are available, which is a nice personalized touch. The lock uses Z-Wave Plus technology, which helps extend wireless range and battery life when paired with a Z-Wave Plus controller. The lock meets Grade 2 Deadbolt Operational and Security Standards, thereby making it extremely secure. And as we mentioned earlier, the lock is loaded with great features.

There are not many downsides regarding the Yale YRD226. Like any door lock, it will need to be physically installed on the door. Most DIY users should be able to accomplish this though. Also, make sure to consider the fact that Z-Wave door locks like the Yale YRD226 do not repeat Z-Wave signals. But overall, these downsides are relatively minor, and they do not stop us from giving the Yale YRD226 a 5 Star rating.

Good: Attractive Design, Traditional Key Slot Option, Up to 250 Codes, 3 Finishing Options, Z-Wave Plus, Very Secure, Lots of Features

Bad: Must be Installed, Won't Repeat Z-Wave Signals

Bottom Line: 5 Stars

Honeywell 5193SD - Addressable Photoelectric Smoke Detector

Great Addressable Smoke Detector!
Submitted on 06/09/2020 Alarm Grid

The Honeywell 5193SD is an addressable 2-wire smoke detector for Honeywell Polling Loop Systems. Compatible systems include the Honeywell VISTA-128BPT and the Honeywell VISTA-250BPT. The Honeywell 5193SD can be used at any polling loop zone, though it is recommended that the sensor be used on Partition 1 for proper reset logic. The device has some nice features like an optical sensing chamber, an advanced microprocessor, and drift compensation. But it is also lacking in other areas, such as not having an integrated sounder. But all things considered, we think the Honeywell 5193SD is a very good device, and we give it a 5 Star rating.

There are many things to like about the Honeywell 5193SD. For one, it is a photoelectric smoke detector, and we find these to be the most reliable type of smoke detectors. As we mentioned before, features like the optical sensing chamber, advanced microprocessor, and drift compensation help to improve the performance of the device. The sensor has LED lights to provide indication of current status. No relay or other extra equipment is required, as the panel will have the logic to reset the sensor, as long as it is used on Partition 1.

There are some downsides to the Honeywell 5193SD that should also be taken into consideration. Since the sensor is for Honeywell Polling Loop Panels only, it has a very limited compatibility list. Also, the Honeywell 5193SD has no integrated sounder. You will need to have an external siren set up with your Honeywell VISTA System so that building occupants can be notified during a fire. But these downsides are relatively minor, and they do not stop us from giving the Honeywell 5193SD a 5 Star score.

Good: Photoelectric, Advanced Features, LED Lights, No Relay Required

Bad: For Honeywell Polling Loop Panels Only, No Sounder

Bottom Line: 5 Stars

2GIG Batt1X - Go!Control Standard Battery Pack

Better Battery Options Available
Submitted on 06/08/2020 Alarm Grid

The 2GIG BATT1X is the standard backup battery used with the 2GIG Go!Control GC2 Security Panel. The 2GIG GC2 has been around for quite some time, and this backup battery has also been available for awhile. Except, it is no longer available anymore, as it has been discontinued. The unit has been replaced by a newer backup battery called the 2GIG BATT2X. That battery is superior in virtually ever possible aspect, so this was a nice change. As for the 2GIG BATT1X, it does its job decently. It will keep the GC2 System running during a power outage, just like it's supposed to. But it isn't able to keep it running for very long, only a few hours. Couple that with the fact that you probably won't find this model anymore, and we only give it a 3 Star rating.

There are positive aspects regarding the 2GIG BATT1X. For one, it reliably keeps a 2GIG GC2 running when the electricity goes out. The battery features a convenient plug-in connector that connects with a port on the GC2 System. This makes it very easy to install. The battery has a long product life, and you should be able to go several years without replacing it.

But the downsides to the 2GIG BATT1X should not be ignored. The battery can only keep a GC2 System running for four (4) to six (6) hours at a time. Meanwhile, the 2GIG BATT2X can keep the same system operational for up to 24 hours! In other words, the BATT2X crushed the BATT1X in terms of performance. Another downside to the BATT1X is that it is discontinued. And since batteries have a limited useful product life, you probably won't even be able to find a used 2GIG BATT1X that is worth purchasing. That limited useful product life is also a downside, as it means you will eventually need to replace a 2GIG BATT1X with a new backup battery for the system. These downsides are pretty significant, so we can only give the 2GIG BATT1X a 3 Star score.

Good: Reliably Keeps Panel Running, Convenient Plug-In Connector, Long Product Life

Bad: 4 to 6 Hours of Power, Discontinued, Limited Useful Product Life

Bottom Line: 3 Stars

Honeywell MPS70WG - 3/4” Diameter Steel Door Recessed Contact with Leads

Great Recessed Contact!
Submitted on 06/08/2020 Alarm Grid

The Honeywell MPS70WG is a hardwired recessed door contact built for use in steel doors. However, you can still use it nicely in a wooden door frame if the situation calls for it. The fact that it is built for steel doors just refers to the fact that the magnet is a little bit stronger than average. In the case of the MPS70WG, the sensor has a 3/4" diameter, so you will need to drill the holes accordingly. The sensor is fairly unique in that it uses leads instead of screw terminals for connecting wires. Overall, the Honeywell MPS70WG is a very good sensor. We give it a 5 Star rating.

There are many things to like about the Honeywell MPS70WG. For one, it comes in two (2) different color options, these being white and brown. Although the color doesn't really matter for a recessed door contact, as you will never really see it unless you look at the side of the door frame with the door opened, it's still nice that a color option is available. The sensor and magnet allow for a decently large magnet spacing gap. This spacing gap is 5/8" in a steel door, or 1 1/4" in a non-steel door. The magnet is very strong and will ensure reliable and effective performance when installed properly.

There are not many downsides associated with the Honeywell MPS70WG. Like any recessed contact, holes will need to be drilled in the door and its frame. And since this is a wired sensor, a wire will need to be run from the panel to the sensor. This can be difficult for a DIY user, especially if they are not used to running wires. There is also the fact that this sensor is discontinued, and you cannot purchase it new. But if you find a used model, it should still work fine. All things considered, these downsides are relatively minor, and they do not stop us from giving the Honeywell MPS70WG a 5 Star rating.

Good: Two Color Options, Large Magnet Spacing Gap, Strong Magnet, Reliable

Bad: Holes Must be drilled, Running wires, Discontinued

Bottom Line: 5 Stars