Reviews

Honeywell LyricC2WPK - Hybrid Wired Alarm System Takeover Kit for HomeKit

Excellent Converter Kit!
Submitted on 05/27/2020 Alarm Grid

The Honeywell LyricC2WPK is a wireless system kit that includes a Honeywell Lyric Alarm System and a Honeywell 5800C2W Wired to Wireless Converter. This kit was built for existing wired system users who are looking to upgrade to a newer and more advanced Honeywell Lyric Alarm System. The Honeywell 5800C2W should be installed in-place of the old wired panel. All of the existing sensors will connect with one or more 5800C2W units. The 5800C2W will then allow these hardwired sensors to communicate wirelessly with the Lyric System. This is a very convenient kit that can make it easy to upgrade to a new wireless alarm system. That is why we give the Honeywell LyricC2WPK a 5 Star rating.

There are many things we like about the Honeywell LyricC2WPK. For one, the Lyric is a great system. It is extremely easy to use and set up, and it offers awesome features like built-in Z-Wave, integrated WIFI, and HomeKit functionality. The Honeywell 5800C2W can then support up to nine (9) hardwired sensors so that they can be used with the Lyric. Each sensor will require its own wireless zone on the Lyric System. If you need additional sensors, you can get another 5800C2W to support additional wired sensors. Or you can just add Honeywell 5800 Sensors or Honeywell SiX Sensors for use with the Lyric System. Another thing we like about the LyricC2WPK is that it includes a backup battery for use with the Honeywell 5800C2W.

There are not many downsides regarding the Honeywell LyricC2WPK. The most pressing issue is that it really isn't needed if you don't already have existing hardwired sensors that you are hoping to add to the Lyric System. And remember that the Honeywell 5800C2W can only support up to 9 hardwired sensors. If you need to add more, then you must purchase another Honeywell 5800C2W unit. But these downsides are relatively minor, and they do not stop us from giving the Honeywell LyricC2WPK 5 Stars.

Good: Lyric System, Use Wired Sensors, Includes Battery

Bad: Only Needed If You Have wired Sensors, Limited Number of Zones on 5800C2W

Bottom Line: 5 Stars

Qolsys IQ Mini - Small Door & Window Sensor Compatible w/ the Qolsys IQ and IQ Panel 2

Awesome Door/Window Sensor
Submitted on 05/27/2020 Alarm Grid

The Qolsys IQ Mini is a wireless door and window that operates at 319.5 MHz. It was designed for use with the original IQ Panel, but it also works with the IQ Panel 2, the 319.5 MHz IQ Panel 2 Plus, and Interlogix Simon Security Systems. This is a compact and effective door and window sensor that works very well for its intended function. However, the sensor has been discontinued, and it can no longer be purchased new. But if you find a used model somewhere, then it should still work quite well. We are very pleased with the Qolsys IQ Mini, and we give it a 5 Star rating.

There are many things we like about the Qolsys IQ Mini. As you can probably guess from its name, it is a compact sensor, and it will hardly be noticeable on the outside of your door or window. It only measures 2.25": x 1"W x 0.5"D. The sensor is extremely easy to use and install, as it operates pretty much like any other sensor of this type. The sensor also offers tamper detection to let the system know if anyone tries to open up or disable that sensor. And it has a nice wireless range of 600 feet in open air.

There are not many downsides regarding the Qolsys IQ Mini. The biggest issue is that the sensor has been discontinued. You will be unlikely to find a brand new IQ Mini model. That being said, a used model should still work great if you have a 319.5 MHz system. And the IQ Mini doesn't offer any fancy features like wireless encryption or an auxiliary input. But really, these downsides are extremely minor. There is no way that we cannot award the Qolsys IQ Mini a perfect 5 Star rating.

Good: Compact, Easy to Use & Install, Tamper Detection, 600-Foot Range

Bad: Discontinued, Not Encrypted, No Auxiliary Input

Bottom Line: 5 Stars

Honeywell IS280CM - Ceiling Mount PIR Motion Detector

Great Ceiling-Mount Motion!
Submitted on 05/27/2020 Alarm Grid

The Honeywell IS280CM is a hardwired ceiling-mount motion sensor. Like most motion sensors, it uses passive infrared (PIR) technology to detect movement. It is designed to be installed on the ceiling so that it can detect the movement that occurs below. When mounted at a height of 10 feet, the Honeywell IS280CM will provide a coverage area of 45 feet across. Overall, the Honeywell IS280CM is a great option for those needing a wired ceiling-mount motion sensor. That is why we give it a 5 Star rating.

There are many things to like about the Honeywell IS280CM. For one, it includes many features such as RF signal protection, a bug guard, and an adjustable pulse count for increasing or decreasing device sensitivity. The low-profile housing of the Honeywell IS280CM makes it virtually unnoticeable on the ceiling. Like most ceiling-mount motion sensors, the IS280CM offers a 360-degree coverage area to detect movement from all directions. The sensor uses an advanced microprocessor for state-of-the-art motion detection and excellent reliability. We also like the fact that the Honeywell IS280CM has easy wiring knock-outs, which makes the installation process painless for installers. Other features include a sealed optics chamber and tamper cover detection.

There are some downsides regarding the Honeywell IS280CM that should be kept in mind. Since you can't easily adjust the height of your ceiling, you can't really adjust the coverage area of the sensor. The higher you mount it, the large the coverage area will become. But if you mount it too high, then it won't be able to detect the movement below. Make sure your ceiling is of a proper height. Another restriction for mounting the sensor is the fact that the device should not be mounted towards any direct sunlight or heating and cooling elements. And like any hardwired motion sensor, the Honeywell IS280CM will draw some power from the panel. But these downsides are fairly minor, and they do not stop us from rating the IS280CM 5 Stars.

Good: RF Signal Protection, Bug Guard, Adjustable Pulse Count, Low-Profile Housing, 360-Degree Coverage Area, Advanced Microprocessor, Easy Wiring Knock-Outs, Sealed Optics Chamber, Tamper Cover Detection

Bad: Coverage Area Based On Ceiling Height, Should Not be Mounted Towards Sunlight or Heating/Cooling Elements, Draws Some Power

Bottom Line: 5 Stars

DSC PG9911B - PowerG 915MHz Outdoor Siren Blue LED W/Batt

Fantastic Siren!
Submitted on 05/27/2020 Alarm Grid

The DSC PG9911B is a wireless outdoor siren and strobe light that communicates at 915 MHz. It can be used with any system that supports the 915 MHz PowerG protocol. This includes all versions of the Qolsys IQ Panel 2 Plus, any DSC PowerSeries NEO Panel with an added wireless transceiver, and the DSC Iotega. It produces sounds of up to 110 dB, thereby making it one of the loudest wireless sirens available. In most cases, 110 dB will be a bit overkill for a residential location, and a quieter siren would be more practical. But for users who really need a loud siren, the DSC PG9911B certainly gets the job done. For its ease of use and overall effectiveness, we give the DSC PG9911B a 5 Star rating.

There are many things we like about the DSC PG9911B. For one, it is super loud. The 110 dB sound rating is nothing to scoff at. This is borderline loud enough for industrial and commercial locations. And for a residential location, it will be extremely loud. We also like the fact that this siren includes a built-in strobe light to provide a visual indication of an alarm. As a PowerG device, the DSC PG9911B offers a great wireless range, and it is protected by 128-bit AES encryption. This is military grade encryption, and the device is virtually impossible for others to hack or take over wirelessly.

There are not many downsides regarding the DSC PG9911B. One issue is that it can only be used with systems that support PowerG. If your system does not support PowerG, then this siren is not for you. Also, there is no way to adjust the siren volume. If you find that 110 dB is too loud, then there isn't much you can do to quiet the siren. But these downsides are extremely minor, and they do not stop us from giving the DSC PG9911B a 5 Star rating.

Good: Extremely Loud, Strobe Light, Great Range, Encryption

Bad: PowerG Systems Only, Cannot Adjust Volume

Bottom Line: 5 Stars

Genesis WG-11191101 - 18 gauge 4 conductor (18/4) unshielded stranded cabling, 1000 foot box

Excellent Alarm Wire!
Submitted on 05/27/2020 Alarm Grid

The Genesis WG-11191101 is a 1,000 foot box of 18-4 (18-AWG, 4-Conductor) stranded alarm cable. This cable is used for setting up hardwired security equipment, including wired sensors, keypads, and more. This type of cable is best-suited for 4-wire devices, such as motion sensors and keypads. However, it can also be used with 2-wire devices by just leaving two of the inner wires unconnected. This type of cabling is very versatile and easy to work with. That is why we give it a 5 Star rating.

There are many things we like about the Genesis WG-11191101. For one, it is stranded, which makes it more flexible and more forgiving when making tight connections. This is important, because many DIY users will not have much experience performing their own wiring. Most professional installers also prefer stranded cabling, due to the simple fact that it is easier to work with. The four (4) inner wires are color-coded so that you can easily observe polarity when making the connections. The 18-gauge size is considered ideal for alarm products. This size allows for long wire runs, while still remaining flexible and easy to work with.

There are some downsides regarding the Genesis WG-11191101 that should be discussed as well. Like any alarm cabling, the wire must be prepared prior to use. This means cutting the wire into the desired length and then stripping the wire so that the inner copper is revealed. You only need to reveal the very top of the copper, as stripping too much is considered poor practice. This will mean obtaining a wire-stripping tool to complete the process. Another downside is that 1,000 feet of wire will be considered overkill for most installations. You can always save the extra wire for later. And if you really have a massive wiring project, or you use wire frequently, then this is a non-issue. But these downsides are relatively minor, and they do not stop us from giving this product 5 Stars.

Good: Stranded Wire, Color-Coded, 18-Gauge

Bad: Must be Prepared, 1,000 Feet is Often Overkill

Bottom Line: 5 Stars

DSC Iotega - Homekit Compatible Wireless Security System, Integrated Verizon LTE Communicator

No End User Programming
Submitted on 05/20/2020 Alarm Grid

The DSC Iotega is a wireless all-in-one security system with no local end user programming. DSC packed a bunch of features into this panel, but leaving out end user programming makes it a poor option overall for DIY users. The wireless system doesn't even have a touchscreen display, which is fairly standard for wireless security systems as of 2020. We do not recommend using the DSC Iotega, as there are many options out there that are better-suited for DIY users. The only reason that we even give this system 2 Stars is because it is indeed loaded with features.

And those features make up what is good about the DSC Iotega. It supports PowerG Sensors, which are widely regarded as some of the best in the industry due to their incredible wireless range and military grade encryption. The system features built-in Z-Wave Plus, which is great for building an automation network. Just keep in mind that since there is no touchscreen, you must control your Z-Wave devices remotely through Alarm.com. Speaking of ADC, we like the fact that you can operate the Iotega remotely through that service.

But the downsides to the DSC Iotega are severe. The system does not support local end user programming, and all programming must be done remotely by your alarm monitoring company. This is incredibly inconvenient, and it makes us unable to recommend this system. If DSC had put local programming into the Iotega, we would like the system a lot more. Another downside is that there is no touchscreen for the system. There is just an LCD numeric keypad. Most users will find this to be unfriendly and not very inviting. Because of these major downsides, we only give the DSC Iotega a 2 Star rating.

Good: PowerG Sensor Support, Built-In Z-Wave Plus, Alarm.com

Bad: No End User Programming, No Touchscreen

Bottom Line: 2 Stars

Alarm.com ADC-SEM210-PS-AT - AT&T LTE Dual-Path Communicator for DSC PowerSeries

Great Communicator!
Submitted on 05/20/2020 Alarm Grid

The Alarm.com ADC-SEM210-PS-AT is a dual-path communicator for compatible DSC PowerSeries Systems. By installing and activating this communicator, your DSC PowerSeries System will be able to communicate with Alarm.com through both the internet and the AT&T LTE Network. Internet service is provided in the form of a hardwired ethernet connection. This communicator also doubles as a Z-Wave Plus controller, thereby allowing you to set up a smart home automation network around the Alarm.com platform. We think the Alarm.com ADC-SEM210-PS-AT is an outstanding product, and we give a 5 Star rating.

There are many things to like about the Alarm.com ADC-SEM210-PS-AT. For one, it is a dual-path communicator, so your PowerSeries System will stay connected with Alarm.com even if one communication path goes down or becomes unavailable. The fact that the cellular portion of the communication uses LTE connectivity should not be overlooked. LTE stands for long-term evolution, and these networks are expected to be kept operational and in service well into the very distant future. In other words, the ADC-SEM210-PS-AT provides a long-term solution for keeping your system monitored. We also like the built-in Z-Wave Plus functionality, as it is a great way to get started with home automation. We also like the fact that the communicator allows for remote operation through Alarm.com.

There are some downsides regarding the Alarm.com ADC-SEM210-PS-AT. For one, it is for compatible DSC PowerSeries Systems only. This does not include the PowerSeries NEO Systems, which have their own Alarm.com Communicators. While the Z-Wave functionality is nice, you should keep in mind that it will not allow for local Z-Wave control. All Z-Wave operations will need to be performed remotely from Alarm.com. And like any PowerSeries Communicator, the module will need to be physically installed on the panel. But overall, these downsides are relatively minor, and they do not stop us from giving the Alarm.com ADC-SEM210-PS-AT a 5 Star rating.

Good: Dual-Path, AT&T LTE Network, Z-Wave Plus, Alarm.com

Bad: For DSC PowerSeries Systems Only, Local Z-Wave Control Not Possible, Must be Installed

Bottom Line: 5 Stars

Honeywell 11 - Vibration Contact

Nice Product!
Submitted on 05/19/2020 Alarm Grid

The Honeywell 11 is a hardwired shock sensor that detects the vibrations and shockwaves of an object being broken. The Honeywell is typically placed on a door or window. If someone smashes the window or physically breaks down the door, then the resulting shockwaves and vibrations will cause the Honeywell 11 will activate. From there, the programmed Response Type on the system will be triggered. We think the Honeywell 11 is a great product, and it gets a 5 Star rating from Alarm Grid.

There are many things we like about the Honeywell 11 Wired Shock Sensor. For one, the device has a great build quality, and it provides long-lasting use and performance. The sensor is available in both white and brown colors, so you can choose the color that matches your decor the best. One potential use for the sensor is to use it to detect earthquakes. This is typically done by users who live in areas where earthquakes are relatively common. The device is small and compact, allowing you to fit it into tight spaces if needed. The Honeywell 11 does not draw much power from the panel, and it only plays a minor role in the load calculation for the system. And we like the fact that the sensor can have its sensitivity adjusted.

But there are some downsides to the Honeywell 11 Shock Sensor that should be kept in mind as well. The device has a somewhat dated design, and there are certainly more attractive sensors available. But given that the sensor is rather small and inconspicuous, this really isn't a big deal. Shock sensors like the Honeywell 11 are known to be somewhat prone to false alarms. Using a motion sensor in conjunction with door and window contacts will make a false alarm less likely to occur. Like any wired sensor, you will need to run a wire from the panel to the sensor. But these downsides are relatively minor, and they do not stop us from giving the Honeywell 11 a 5 Star rating.

Good: Great Build Quality, Long-Lasting, Color Options, Detects Earthquakes, Small & Compact, Does Not Draw Much Power, Sensitivity Adjustments

Bad: Dated Design, Can Cause False Alarms, Requires Wiring

Bottom Line: 5 Stars

Leviton VRI10-1LZ - 1000W Incandescent Z-Wave Dimmer

Decent, but Better Options Exist
Submitted on 05/19/2020 Alarm Grid

The Leviton VRI10-1LZ is a Z-Wave dimmer switch that is capable of supporting a 1000W incandescent load. It is similar to that of the Leviton VRI06-1LZ, except that the Leviton VRI10-1LZ increases the load limit to 1000W incandescent, up from 600W incandescent for the VRI06-1LZ. The Leviton VRI10-1LZ is reliable and easy to use, but it has been discontinued, and there are more advanced Z-Wave Plus models available. For that reason, we only give the Leviton VRI10-1LZ a 4 Star rating.

There are some aspects for the Leviton VRI10-1LZ that we appreciate. It can pair nicely with nearly any Z-Wave controller or hub, making it quite versatile. The device has an LED light, which is useful for checking status and troubleshooting. If paired with other Leviton Vizia RF+ devices, a 3-way or multi-pole wiring configuration is possible. Many users with existing Leviton Vizia RF+ devices will add the Leviton VRI10-1LZ to expand their networks. We also appreciate the interchangeable faceplates for the Leviton VRI10-1LZ, as they give the product a nice personalized touch.

But the downsides for the Leviton VRI10-1LZ should not be ignored. The Leviton VRI10-1LZ has been discontinued, so you are unlikely to find it new. If you find a used model, then it should still work fine. But remember that if you are building around a Z-Wave Plus controller or hub, then you will probably want to get a Z-Wave Plus dimmer switch instead. While you can use standard Z-Wave devices like the Leviton VRI10-1LZ with Z-Wave Plus controllers, it is usually better to use Z-Wave Plus devices whenever you can, as they more effectively strengthen the network. And although we appreciate the potential for 3-way and multi-pole wiring, the fact that you are restricted to using Leviton Vizia RF+ devices is rather limiting. Because of these downsides, we can only give the Leviton VRI10-1LZ a 4 Star rating.

Good: Pairs w/ Almost Any Z-Wave Controller, LED Light, Use w/ Other Leviton Vizia RF+ Devices, Interchangeable Faceplates

Bad: Discontinued, Standard Z-Wave, 3-Way & Multi-Pole Requires Other Leviton Vizia RF+ Devices

Bottom Line: 4 Stars

Honeywell 1332 - AC Transformer 9VAC, 15VA

Excellent Transformer!
Submitted on 05/19/2020 Alarm Grid

The Honeywell 1332 is a long-standing electrical transformer used with a variety of electrical equipment. This includes many security systems and power supplies. The Honeywell 1332 has a power rating of 9VAC, 15VA. This makes it suitable for powering a VISTA-10P, 15P, or 20P System that is used without a cellular or dual-path communicator. If you have an added cellular or dual-path communicator, you will need a more powerful Honeywell 1361 if you want to power both the panel and the communicator using a single transformer. As the Honeywell 1332 is a fairly weak transformer, and most electrical equipment nowadays requires something stronger, the device has been discontinued. Alarm Grid now recommends the Honeywell K10145WH, which can do everything the Honeywell 1332 can and more. But still, if you have an existing Honeywell 1332 and a device that requires a 9VAC, 15VA transformer, then the Honeywell 1332 should work very well. That is why we give it 5 Stars.

There are some things to like about the Honeywell 1332. For one, its connector terminals are very easy to work with. The screw at the top of the transformer allows you to secure it to an outlet so that it does not come loose or is easily removed.The transformer is very reliable and has a great build quality. It can power a compatible device for the duration of its useful life.

There are not many downsides regarding the Honeywell 1332. One issue is that it is discontinued. However, you should still be able to come across unopened Honeywell 1332 Transformers if you look around on the internet. As mentioned earlier, the Honeywell K10145WH has basically the same specifications, but is more powerful and can power a greater number of devices. But these downsides are relatively minor, and they do not stop us from giving the Honeywell 1332 a 5 Star rating.

Good: Easy to Use, Top Screw, Reliable, Great Build Quality, Long-Lasting

Bad: Discontinued, Honeywell K10145WH Provides More Power

Bottom Line: 5 Stars