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Honeywell l5200pk 5811 base system with 5811 sensors and no comm

Honeywell L5200PK-5811 - Basic Wireless Home Security Kit with Wafer Thin Sensors

Old System Kit
Submitted on 12/30/2019 Alarm Grid

The Honeywell L5200PK-5811 is an Alarm Grid system kit that includes a Honeywell L5200 System, three (3) Honeywell 5811 Door/Window Contacts, one (1) Honeywell 5800PIR-RES Motion Sensor, and one (1) Honeywell 5834-4 Key Fob. The Honeywell L5200 is a relatively old system that does not support the more advanced features offered from most of the newer panels. The kit also does not include a power cable, nor does it include a communicator. Still, the L5200 is a decent system, and it can be upgraded to support dual-path connectivity and standard Z-Wave. If you already have an L5200, then it can still be used nicely without total replacement. All things considered, we give the Honeywell L5200PK-5811 a 4 Star rating.

There are some key things we like about the L5200PK-5811. The L5200 is a touchscreen system, and it is relatively easy to use. The Honeywell 5811 Door/Window Sensors are quite thin and unobtrusive, making them great for use in the home. The Honeywell 5800PIR-RES works quite well as a motion sensor, and it offers pet immunity. The Honeywell 5834-4 is a convenient key fob that makes it easy to control the system. You can upgrade the L5200 with various accessories, and the LYNXTOUCH-MSD Firmware Updater tool can be used to get the panel on the latest firmware.

However, there are some major downsides to this system kit. Although a power transformer is included, there is no wiring or cabling. You must provide your own wiring or compatible cable, such as a Honeywell LT-Cable. The kit also lacks a communicator. You will need to add a Honeywell L5100-WIFI and/or an LTE communicator (LTE-L57A or LTE-L57V) to get the system connected with AlarmNet360 for use with Total Connect 2.0. And if you want to use Z-Wave, then an L5100-ZWAVE module is needed. This is also an older system, and many users may want something newer and more robust. Some examples of more robust systems include the Qolsys IQ Panel 2 Plus and the Honeywell Lyric Controller. Finally, this system kit is discontinued, and it can no longer be purchased.

The Honeywell L5200PK-5811 was a fine system kit for its time. But today, it is pretty outdated, and there are better options available. It gets 4 Stars from Alarm Grid.

Good: Touchscreen System, Nice Sensors, Convenient Key Fob, Can Receive Firmware Updates

Bad: No Wiring/Cabling Included, No Communicator, Requires Added Accessories for Some Functions, Some Accessories Need Firmware Updates, Discontinued

Bottom Line: 4 Stars

Linear WD500Z-1 - 500 Watt Z-wave Dimmer

Not Z-Wave Plus
Submitted on 12/30/2019 Alarm Grid

The Linear WD500Z-1 is a 500 watt in-wall Z-Wave dimmer switch. It is for use with dimmable bulbs only, and it has a load limit of 500 watts. The module can fit nicely into a single-gang bracket, which helps to ensure a neat installation. The device can be paired with nearly any Z-Wave controller or hub, making it quite versatile. However, this device only uses standard Z-Wave communication, as opposed to Z-Wave Plus. It has also been discontinued in favor of more advanced dimming modules. Overall, the Linear WD500Z-1 is a fine device, but it has some flaws that must be considered. We give it 4 Stars.

There are many things we like about the Linear WD500Z-1. For one, it is really easy to pair with a network. Only minor wiring is needed to install the device, so it works great for DIY users. Since the module fits into a single-gang bracket, you can rest assured that the end result will look aesthetically pleasing. And the dimming feature is nice, as you can set the lights to the perfect level for the mood or situation at hand.

However, the downsides to the Linear WD500Z-1 must also be discussed. The module cannot be used with non-dimmable bulbs. These include compact fluorescent (CFL) bulbs and LED lights. The 500 Watt load limit is suitable for most residential situations, but it does present restrictions on how the device can be used. The WD500Z-1 only speaks standard Z-Wave, and you cannot take advantage of Z-Wave Plus with this module. The module has been discontinued, so you can no longer purchase it new. However, if you already have one, then it will still work fine.

The Linear WD500Z-1 is a decent in-wall dimmer, but there are better options available. It gets a 4 Star rating.

Good: Easy to Enroll, Only Requires Minor Wiring, Fits In Single Gang Bracket, Dims the Lights

Bad: For Dimmable Bulbs Only, 500 Watt Limit, Standard Z-Wave, Discontinued

Bottom Line: 4 Stars

System sensor 5621 135 degrees f fixed temp slash rate of rise heat detector

System Sensor 5621 - 135°F Fixed Temp / Rate of Rise Heat Detector

Great Wired Heat Detector!
Submitted on 12/26/2019 Alarm Grid

The System Sensor 5621 is a hardwired heat detector. Like all wired heat sensors, it uses a 2-wire connection with the panel. It should be installed at any open wired zone on the panel. Because of the unique way that heat sensors operate, the fixed temperature portion of the System Sensor 5621 is a one-and-done device. In other words, once the fixed temperature portion of the device activates, it must be discarded and replaced with a new one. But as far as wired heat sensors are concerned, the System Sensor 5621 is a great option. We give it 5 Stars.

There are many things to like about the System Sensor 5621. For one, the sensor offers both fixed temperature detection (135°F or higher) and rate-of-rise (RoR) detection (increase of 15°F or higher in a single minute). This makes it more likely that the sensor will respond quickly to a fire. Since the sensor doesn't respond to smoke, you can use it in an area where smoke may otherwise be present, such as a kitchen or designated smoking areas. The System Sensor 5621 is also great for use in areas like bathrooms and garages where high humidity may cause problems for conventional smoke detectors. As the fixed portion of the sensor is one-and-done, while the ROR portion will restore automatically, no reset function is needed. This makes it super easy to set up for use with an alarm system. The sensor has a large coverage area of 50 sqft with a ceiling height of up to 10 feet.

However, there are some downsides to the System Sensor 5621 that you should consider. The biggest downside is that it is a one-and-done device. You will need to replace it after just one fixed temperature activation. The sensor is designed for indoor use only, so you cannot use it to monitor for outdoor areas. Also the device does not have a sounder, so you cannot use it as a standalone heat sensor. You will also need to make sure your wired system has an adequate sounder. Fortunately, these downsides are rather minor, and they do not stop us from giving the System Sensor 5621 a 5 Star rating.

Good: Fixed Temp. & RoR Detection, Not Prone to False Alarms, No Reset Function Required, Large Coverage Area

Bad: One-And-Done, No Sounder, Indoor Use Only

Bottom Line: 5 Stars

Qolsys iq flood flood sensor for the qolsys iq and iq panel 2 qs

Qolsys IQ Flood - Flood sensor for the Qolsys IQ and IQ Panel 2

Excellent Flood Sensor
Submitted on 12/26/2019 Alarm Grid

The Qolsys IQ Flood is a wireless flood sensor that operates at 319.5 MHz. The sensor has an attached probe for detecting water leaks. Only a small amount of liquid is needed to activate the sensor. By using a flood sensor like the Qolsys IQ Flood, you can have your system alert you to a flood before any serious water damage occurs. The Qolsys IQ Flood works very well, and it has very few downsides. With that in mind, we give it a 5 Star rating.

There are many things to like about the Qolsys IQ Flood. For one, it activates with only a small amount of water. This means that your system will be notified before any serious water damage occurs. This will give you time to take action before the flood gets any worse. The sensor has a wireless range of up to 600 feet in open air. You should have no problem using the sensor in an average sized home or a smaller business. The sensor has an impressive battery life, as it only needs a battery change about every five (5) years with average use. The sensor uses two (2) lithium CR2032 coin batteries for power.

However, there are some downsides about the Qolsys IQ Flood that should be considered as well. The fact that the sensor is attached to a probe means that you will need to find a good spot for both the sensor and the probe. Fortunately, the probe wire is 6 feet long, so you should be able to find a good mounting spot for both. Some ideal locations include behind toilets, underneath sinks, and underneath water heaters. The sensor is not part of the Qolsys S-Line Series, and it does not offer any encryption. All things considered, these are very minor downsides, and they do not stop us from giving the IQ Flood 5 Stars.

Good: Activates w/ Small Amount of Liquid, Great Wireless Range, Long Battery Life

Bad: Must Position Both Probe & Sensor, No Encryption

Bottom Line: 5 Stars

Honeywell 6165ex alphanumeric slimline alarm keypad

Honeywell 6165EX - Alphanumeric Slimline Alarm Keypad

Get a 6160 Instead!
Submitted on 12/20/2019 Alarm Grid

The Honeywell 6165EX is a slim-line Alphanumeric Kepyad for Honeywell VISTA Security Systems. It is basically the same as a standard Honeywell 6160 Keypad, except the Honeywell 6165EX is smaller, more expensive and has a much dimmer LED backlight. There is very little reason to choose this keypad over a Honeywell 6160. You will just be spending more money on a keypad that will give you a headache if you try to use it in the dark. However, the Honeywell 6165EX does work well, and it does have a strong build-quality. We give it a 3 Star rating.

There are some good aspects about the Honeywell 6165EX. Many users appreciate its slim profile, and its compact design is often preferred over the 6160. Since it is an Alphanumeric Keypad, you can use it for deep-level programming, which is quite nice. In fact, this keypad is the equivalent of a Honeywell 6160, so you are getting all the features. The keypad also features four (4) programmable function keys, which is nice if you ever quickly need to perform a system action. We also like the relatively low power draw of the 6165EX, as it uses just 150 mA of power when the system is in alarm mode.

But the downsides of the Honeywell 6165EX should not be ignored. This keypad costs more than a Honeywell 6160, and there's not much reason to spend the extra money. While the keypad might have a slim and compact design that is appreciated by many, it isn't exactly an "aesthetically pleasing" keypad. Most of our technicians agreed as a matter of personal opinion that the keypad is quite ugly. It's not exactly a keypad that looks great on the wall. But the biggest downfall of the Honeywell 6165EX is its terrible backlight. We have had customers report that it is difficult to use this keypad in the dark. Once they switched to a 6160 Keypad, these issues were fixed.

We are not big fans of the Honeywell 6165EX. We think it is a much better idea to get a Honeywell 6160 instead. Or if you want to start using wireless sensors, spring for a little bit more and get a Honeywell 6160RF. While the Honeywell 6165EX is built well and performs its duties as described, we cannot recommend it. This keypad gets 3 Stars out of 5.

Good: Compact Design, Deep-Level Programming, 4 Function Keys, Low Power Draw

Bad: Weak Backlight, More Expensive Than 6160, Ugly

Bottom Line: 3 Stars

Leviton vre06 1lz z wave electronic low voltage dimmer

Leviton VRE06-1LZ - Electronic Low Voltage Z-Wave Dimmer

Great Z-Wave ELV Dimmer!
Submitted on 12/20/2019 Alarm Grid

The Leviton VRE06-1LZ is a Z-Wave dimmer designed for use with electronic low voltage (ELV) lights. It can support an ELV lighting load of up to 600 mA, and it can be configured for use with single-pole, 3-way, and multi-pole applications. The best feature of this Z-Wave dimmer is that it does not require a traveler wire for a 3-way wiring configuration if used with a Leviton VRCZ1-1L. That is a huge plus, and it allows us to give this device a perfect 5 Star rating.

There are many things we like about the Leviton VRE06-1LZ. The biggest is that it doesn't need a traveler wire for use in a 3-way wiring configuration if it is used with Leviton's VRCZ1-1LZ 1-Button Zone Dimming Controller. This is great, as having to run a traveler wire through the walls can be a difficult hurdle for many DIY users to overcome. But you can avoid that step entirely with the VRE06-1LZ when used with the corresponding controller. And being able to use the device in single-pole, 3-way, or multi-pole wiring configurations really improves the versatility of the device. We also like the fact that the VRE06-1LZ pairs with a Z-Wave controller quite easily. Another benefit is that the device comes with interchangeable outer casings to match a home's decor.

There are some downsides to the Leviton VRE06-1LZ that should be considered. For one, it is only standard Z-Wave, not Z-Wave Plus. Users looking for a certified Z-Wave Plus device have better options to choose from. Since the Leviton VRE06-1LZ is discontinued, you can no longer buy it new. But if you come across a used model, then it should still work just fine. The VRE06-1LZ is for ELV lights only, and it cannot be used with other lighting loads. All of these negatives are fairly minor, and the positives for the device outweigh the negatives. We give the Leviton VRE06-1LZ 5 Stars.

Good: No Traveler for 3-Way Wiring if Used w/ Leviton VRCZ1-1ZL, Multiple Wiring Configuration Options, Enrolls Easily, Interchangeable Outer Casings

Bad: Standard Z-Wave, ELV Lights Only

Bottom Line: 5 Stars

Qolsys iq glass s encrypted glass break sensor for iq panel 2

Qolsys IQ Glass-S - Encrypted Glass Break Sensor for IQ Panel 2

Wonderful Glass Break Sensor!
Submitted on 12/19/2019 Alarm Grid

The Qolsys IQ Glass-S is a wireless 319.5 MHz glass break sensor. It actively listens for the sound of breaking glass, and it will alert the system upon detecting this type of sound. The sensor is specifically configured to ignore other similar high-pitched sounds and only respond to true glass break events. This is done in part by requiring the sensor to detect both the high-pitched sound of the glass shattering and the low-pitched "thud" of an object striking against the glass. We believe that this is a fantastic sensor, and we give it a perfect 5 Star rating.

There are many things we like about the Qolsys IQ Glass-S. For one, it utilizes Qolsys S-Line Encryption when paired with a Qolsys IQ Panel 2 or a compatible 319.5 MHz Qolsys IQ Panel 2 Plus. This rolling code encryption makes it extremely difficult for a potential intruder to hack or takeover this device. The sensor offers a great coverage area, as it can detect glass break events from up to 25 feet away. By strategically placing this sensor, there is no reason why it cannot monitor every window in a small to medium sized room. When compared with other glass break sensors, this is actually a great coverage area. And the fact that it is designed to prevent false alarms should also be mentioned.

There aren't many downsides to the Qolsys IQ Glass-S. One issue we see with the device is that it has an admittedly ugly design. And since you really need to have this sensor out in the open with nothing blocking its path to the windows, it's not like you can easily hide it. But if you don't care about that type of thing, then it is a non-issue. Also remember that as a wireless sensor, you will need to replace the batteries from time to time. But overall, these are minor flaws. The benefits of this product greatly outweigh the negatives. We give the IQ Glass-S 5 Stars.

Good: S-Line Encryption, Great Coverage Area, Prevents False Alarms

Bad: Ugly Design, Need to Replace Batteries Occasionally

Bottom Line: 5 Stars

Dsc pg9935 powerg 915mhz wireless shock detector

DSC PG9935 - PowerG 915MHz Wireless Shock Detector

Excellent Shock Sensor!
Submitted on 12/19/2019 Alarm Grid

The DSC PG9935 is a PowerG Shock Sensor designed for use with security systems that support wireless PowerG Sensors. The sensor responds to intense shock waves caused by someone smashing a window or breaking down a door. It is a good sensor for monitoring forced entry. The sensor also includes an internal reed switch and an auxiliary input to add to its versatility. This is a great sensor, and we have no problem giving it a perfect 5 Star rating.

There are many things we like about the DSC PG9935. For one, it has the excellent range of a PowerG Sensor. It can communicate with a panel from up to 2 km away depending on the system it is used with. The sensor also utilizes 128-bit AES encryption for enhanced wireless security and protection. The device offers a load of different features. In addition to being used as a shock sensor, it also offers two (2) other main functions. It has an auxiliary input so that you can connect a hardwired contact sensor and have it communicate with the system wirelessly. The auxiliary input allows for Normally Open, Normally Closed, and Single End-of-Line contacts. The PG9935 also has a built-in reed switch. If you add a magnet, then it can operate as a conventional door/window contact in its own right.

There aren't really many downsides to the DSC PG9935. The biggest concern is that as a shock sensor, it is somewhat prone to false alarms. Although the sensor is designed to only respond to intense vibrations, it's possible that any significant shock wave could set it off. This could include something falling or even a relatively minor earthquake. We find that listening glass break sensors are usually less prone to false alarms than shock sensors. But if you understand that risk, then the PG9935 is a great overall device. We rate it at 5 Stars.

Good: PowerG Range, 128-Bit AES Encryption, Auxiliary Inpuit, Built-In Reed Switch

Bad: Possability of False Alarms

Bottom Line: 5 Stars

Gri 2600 wired flood sensor

GRI 2600 - Wired Flood Sensor

Good Wired Flood Sensor!
Submitted on 12/19/2019 Alarm Grid

The GRI 2600 is a hardwired flood sensor that is designed for use with wired security systems. It can be mounted anywhere that is prone to a water leak or a flood, as long as you can run a wire back to the main panel. The sensor uses a 4-wire connection, with two (2) wires for the zone and two (2) wires for power. The sensor was introduced at a time when there were not many hardwired flood sensors available. However, it still holds up quite well today. It is a great choice if you are looking for a hardwired flood sensor. We give this product 5 Stars.

There are many things to like about the GRI 2600. It uses two (2) metal probes for detecting any liquid. The sensor responds to leaks quite reliably when it is mounted in a good location. This makes it a trustworthy and reliable flood sensor that you can count on if you need your security system to know quickly about a water leak or potential flood. Remember, responding to leaks quickly is crucial if you want to make sure that no costly flood damage occurs. The sensor is also quite compact, and it doesn't take up much space. This give you great flexibility in choosing a mounting location.

There are not many downsides to the GRI 2600. The most obvious is that it needs to be wired back to the panel. Fishing wires through walls can be a tough task for many DIYers, and many users will prefer to make things easier by using wireless sensors. But if you don't mind the wiring process, and you can find a good location for the sensor, then the GRI 2600 is an outstanding wired flood sensor. The GRI 2600 gets 5 Stars from Alarm Grid.

Good: Quickly Detects Leaks Using 2 Metal Probes, Compact Design

Bad: Needs to be Wired

Bottom Line: 5 Stars

Dsc pg9938 powerg 915mhz wireless panic key

DSC PG9938 - PowerG 915MHz Wireless Panic Key

Nice Emergency Button!
Submitted on 12/19/2019 Alarm Grid

The DSC PG9938 is a single button panic key that works with alarm panels that support PowerG. This includes all versions of the Qolsys IQ Panel 2 Plus, any DSC PowerSeries NEO with an added wireless transceiver, and any DSC Iotega System. The PG9938 is noted for its great wireless range, outstanding wireless security, and its large central button. It is a great panic button, and we have no issue giving it a 5 Star rating.

There are many things to like about the DSC PG9938. For starters, it is a PowerG Sensor. That means its offers a wireless range of up to 2 km in open air depending on the system it is being used with. It also utilizes 128-bit AES encryption in all its wireless communications. This makes it virtually impossible to hack or takeover wirelessly. And with the signal frequency hopping of PowerG, you will not need to worry about RF jamming attacks with this sensor. The device is built for use as a panic button, but you can really program it to function as a medical alert button, or even as a fire alarm button. Many users will use this device as a medical alert button, as it has a multi-function clip that allows you to clip it to a belt. You can also mount it on a wall using this clip. The device also has an LED light to let you know when wireless signals have been transmitted. Users typically like the fact that the fob has one large central button. This makes it easy to activate in an emergency. And accidental false alarms are prevented because the button needs to be held down for a second before it will activate.

There aren't really many downsides to the DSC PG9938. The biggest is that it only has one (1) button. This limits the way you can use the device. Many users prefer to get a key fob with more buttons so that they can perform more actions. But if you just need a simple fob with a big button, then this is for you. We give it 5 Stars.

Good: Great Wireless Range, 128-Bit AES Encryption, Signal Frequency Hopping, Multi-Function Clip, LED Light, Large Central Button, Requires Minimum Button Hold

Bad: Only 1 Button

Bottom Line: 5 Stars