Reviews

Telguard GDC1 - Z-Wave Garage Door Controller and Switch

Decent Z-Wave Garage Door Controller
Submitted on 04/23/2020 Alarm Grid

The Telguard GDC1 is a Z-Wave garage door controller. It includes a tilt sensor so that the module knows whether the garage door is opened or closed. The tilt sensor doesn't actually speak with your panel or your Z-Wave controller. It is only used for relaying status to the main GDC1 unit. This main GDC1 unit must be wired to your garage door motor, and it requires its own transformer. This device works really well when paired with a compatible garage door motor. But unfortunately, not every garage door motor is compatible, including the Chamberlain MyQ Series of motors. There can also be compatibility issues with certain Z-Wave controllers. Due to these compatibility issues, the Telguard GDC1 only receives a 4 Star rating from Alarm Grid.

There are many things to like about Z-Wave garage door controllers like the Telguard GDC1. These devices allow you to integrate your garage door with the rest of your Z-Wave network so that you can control it remotely and have it activate automatically with smart scenes. For example, you might have your garage door close automatically whenever you Arm Stay and plan to go to sleep for the night. A good Z-Wave garage door controller can really make your life more convenient. Also, the Telguard GDC1 isn't too difficult to set up, as only minor wiring is required. The module has been known to pair nicely with Honeywell Security Systems that supprot Z-Wave automation.

But the downsides for the Telguard GDC1 must be considered. You need to make sure that the garage door motor you are using is compatible with this module. Many garage door motors are not. The Telguard GDC1 will need its transformer, which means finding an available wall outlet. And also be aware that some of the older Z-Wave automation hubs may have trouble interfacing with this unit. Although Z-Wave is typically universal, some older controllers may have trouble identifying a garage door controller. With these downsides in mind, we give the Telguard GDC1 a 4 Star rating.

Good: Integrate Compatible Garage Door Motor w/ Z-Wave Network, Easy to Set Up, Pairs w/ Honeywell Systems Nicely

Bad: Compatibility Issues, Needs Own Transformer & Outlet

Bottom Line: 4 Stars

Qolsys IQ Panel 2 Verizon LTE - 7" Security Panel w/ Z-Wave-ready, Verizon Cell Communicator

Great Panel!
Submitted on 04/23/2020 Alarm Grid

The Qolsys IQ Panel 2 with Verizon LTE Communicator is an outstanding security system. Although it has been discontinued in favor of the newer Qolsys IQ Panel 2 Plus, the original IQ Panel 2 can still be used reliably and activated for monitoring service. And it offers even more advanced features and functions than most other security systems on the market. It is an extremely versatile system that can be used nicely in a small to medium sized business or residentially in a household. The system is very easy to set up, which is highly appreciated by DIY users. You really can't go wrong with this system, which is why it gets a 5 Star rating.

There is so much to like about the Qolsys IQ Panel 2. Its Verizon LTE Communicator provides effective and reliable monitoring service. With a good cellular connection, your panel should always remain connected and monitored, which is extremely important for keeping you safe. The system offers some nice features like optional automatic Bluetooth disarming, support for four (4) partitions, the ability to live-stream compatible Alarm.com Cameras, and so much more. The panel has a sleek and modern design that fits in nicely with almost any home or business. It is a system that you feel proud to display mounted on a wall or kept upright using its included stand.

As mentioned earlier, the original IQ Panel 2 has been discontinued. And there are some minor drawbacks, such as the panel being difficult to close and the communicator not being replaceable if it becomes damaged. But otherwise, this is an excellent alarm panel, and we can certainly recommend it if you find a used model somewhere (as long as the LTE communicator is released). It receives a 5 Star rating from Alarm Grid.

Good: Lots of Features, Modern Design, Compact Panel, LTE Communicator

Bad: Discontinued, Panel is Difficult to Close, Communicator Cannot Be Replaced

Bottom Line: 5 Stars

DSC BV-502GB - Bravo® 5, 360 Degrees Ceiling-Mount PIR Motion & Glassbreak Detector w/ Tamper

Nice Combination Motion & Glass Break!
Submitted on 04/22/2020 Alarm Grid

The DSC BV-502GB is a hardwired glass break detector and ceiling-mount PIR motion sensor with 360-degrees of coverage. In order to get full use out of this sensor, you must wire it to two (2) separate hardwired zones on your system. One zone is for glass break detection, and the other is for motion detection. The terminals are appropriately labeled so that you can easily tell which is which. This is an example of a wired combination sensor done right, and while having two completely different functions in one is a bit unorthodox, it still works very well when set up correctly. For that reason, we give the DSC BV-502GB a 5 Star rating.

There are many things we like about the DSC BV-502GB. For one, it combines two sensors into one, which can save you from having to make an additional purchase. The two functions are wired individually and set up with different zones. If you don't want to utilize one of the functions, then you can just leave the corresponding terminal unwired, and you won't need to program for that function at the panel. In other words, you can use the device as a standalone glass break, a standalone motion, or both a glass break and motion. The device is Form C, allowing for both NC and NO wiring. The PIR sensor features multi-level signal processing, and it is quad-element. This helps ensure that the sensor responds reliably to motion, while also not prone to false alarms.

There are a few downsides regarding the DSC BV-502GB. If you really intend on using it as both a ceiling-mount motion AND as a glass break detector, you will need to choose a location very carefully. It must be able to detect the sound of glass breaking and detect movement that occurs below. Make sure to test both functions accordingly. And you will still need two (2) zones on the panel for full functionality. Make sure you have enough zones available. Also consider obstacles that can prevent the device from working properly. It should have a direct line of sight to the windows and the area below. Overall, this is a good sensor, but you need to make some key considerations when using it. We give it 5 Stars, at fulfills its role very nicely when used properly.

Good: Two Sensors In One, Wire/Program Glass Break & Motion Individually, Form C, Multi-Level Signal Processing, Quad-Element PIR, Not Prone To False Alarms When Used Correctly

Bad: Location Must Be Selected Very Carefully If Both Motion & Glass Break Are Being Used, Requires Two (2) Zones For Full Functionality, Obstacles Can Interfere w/ Device

Bottom Line: 5 Stars

Honeywell MPS51C - Overhead Door Contact

Excellent Industrial Contact!
Submitted on 04/22/2020 Alarm Grid

The Honeywell MPS51C is an overhead door contact that has since been discontinued. However, if you come across a used model somewhere, don't be afraid to give it a shot. These are high-quality, long-lasting contact sensors that are specifically designed to withstand the rigors of industrial use. You can expect this sensor to withstand repeated use, even in the most demanding of settings. It is great for use on overhead doors, garage doors, and more. We really like this sensor, and we give it a perfect 5 Star rating.

Hardwired door contacts like the Honeywell MPS51C are extremely simple and effective devices. They are very easy to wire, and they can be readily used with wireless transmitters if needed. Remember, a wired contact is a purely mechanical device that does not require any electricity. This makes them very straightforward and easy to set up. For added durability, the wire leads are encased in 24" armored cable. This is a Form C contact, meaning that a NO or a NC wiring configuration can be used. We also appreciate the fact that this contact allows for a large magnet spacing gap of two (2) inches. This makes it suitable for more industrial applications, including for use on overhead doors and garage doors.

There are not many downsides to the Honeywell MPS51C. One issue is that it is discontinued, and it can no longer be purchased new. You will likely only find used models elsewhere. There are plenty of newer models available. But with this being an extremely simple device, don't expect the newer models to really offer any flashy upgrades. We must also admit that the design of the Honeywell MPS51C is somewhat dated and ugly. But for industrial use, that isn't very important. Overall, this an outstanding industrial grade contact, and you will not be disappointed with its performance. It gets 5 Stars from Alarm Grid.

Good: Simple & Effective, Does Not Use Electricity, 24" Armored Cable, Form C, Built to Last

Bad: Discontinued, Ugly Design

Bottom Line: 5 Stars

Alarm.com ADC-T2000 - Smart Thermostat

Simple, Effective Z-Wave Thermostat
Submitted on 04/22/2020 Alarm Grid

The Alarm.com ADC-T2000 Z-Wave Thermostat was once the flagship smart thermostat for use with the Alarm.com Platform. It has since been replaced by the Alarm.com ADC-T3000 Thermostat, which is a bit sleeker, more advanced, and utilizes the more reliable Z-Wave Plus technology. That's not to say that the ADC-T2000 Thermostat isn't a great product. These devices have worked reliably for years, and they continue to be purchased and added to security systems as of mid-2020. In fact, we still regularly recommend the ADC-T2000 Thermostat to customers looking for a no-frills Z-Wave thermostat option. Whether you are using the device with Alarm.com or a different interactive service platform like Samsung SmartThings or Total Connect 2.0, the Alarm.com ADC-T2000 should not let you down. We give it a 5 Star rating.

While there are more advanced thermostat options available, there are still a lot of things we appreciate about the Alarm.com ADC-T2000. The thermostat offers customized scheduling and temperature presets. This is important, as it helps the user save money, while also keeping their home or business comfortable. Like all Z-Wave devices, you can integrate the Alarm.com ADC-T2000 in with your smart scenes for automatic operation and control. You can have smart scenes trigger based upon a schedule, with certain system events, or both. The ADC-T2000 also integrates nicely with the ADC-S2000 Temperature Sensor if you need to detect temperature across a larger building.

As we said earlier, the ADC-T2000 is an older model, and you should get the ADC-T3000 if you want the latest Z-Wave thermostat from Alarm.com. The ADC-T2000 is a standard Z-Wave thermostat, meaning that you may get better results with a Z-Wave Plus model if you have a certified Z-Wave Plus controller or hub. Some users do find the ADC-T2000 to be "too simple" of a device. But if you are just looking for a basic no-frills thermostat, then the ADC-T2000 is still a great option. It gets 5 Stars from us.

Good: Customized Scheduling, Temperature Presets, Easily Integrates w/ Z-Wave Network, Pair w/ ADC-S2000 Temperature Sensor

Bad: Not Z-Wave Plus, Very Basic

Bottom Line: 5 Stars

Honeywell CR2032 - 3 Volt Lithium Battery

Great CR2032 Battery!
Submitted on 04/22/2020 Alarm Grid

The Honeywell CR2032 is a lithium 3V coin battery that can be used with a variety of different devices, including many security devices. As a CR2032 coin battery, you will usually find this size of battery inside smaller electronic devices, like handheld flashlights, key fobs, compct door and window sensors and more. It is a fairly common coin battery size, and you can likely find it in most pharmacies irf you need to pick up a quick replacement. But if you prefer to buy one online, then we have you covered here. Really, this is a great battery, and as a lithium battery, you can expect it to last a very long time in your compatible electronic device or security sensor. We give the Honeywell CR2032 Lithium Coin Battery a perfect 5 Star rating.

There are many things we like about the Honeywell CR2032. It is easy to install and replace when needed. You don't need to call out a professional installer or a handyman to replace a CR2032 coin battery. This is something that you can do yourself quite easily. We also appreciate the fact that the Honeywell CR2032 is very long lasting. This is due to the fact that it is a lithium battery, which typically last longer than their alkaline counterparts. We have found that we have had to make battery replacements less frequently with the Honeywell CR2032, which has saved our company money in the long run. Not a lot of money, sure, but those little bits add up! And you can save money too with a longer lasting battery.

There isn't much to dislike about the CR2032. The size can be easily confused with the CR2025 battery size. The CR2025 size is a little bit thinner. Sometimes, a user might get away with jamming a CR2032 battery in a CR2025 slot or using a loose CR2025 battery in a CR2032 slot. But really, your best bet is just use to use the proper size. And when you need a CR2032 battery, the Honeywell CR2032 will not let you down. We give this battery 5 Stars.

Good: Easy to Replace, Long Lasting, Lithium Battery, Saves You Money in Long Run

Bad: Easily Confused with CR2025

Bottom Line: 5 Stars

Interlogix 600-1048-XT-LTE-VZ - Verizon LTE Cellular Communicator for Simon XT, XTi & XTi-5

Good LTE Communicator
Submitted on 04/22/2020 Alarm Grid

The Interlogix 600-1048-XT-LTE-VZ is a Verizon LTE Communicator and Z-Wave controller for an Interlogix Simon Series Alarm Panel. The module works with most Simon XT, Simon XTi, Simon XTi-5, and Simon XTi-5i Systems, though there are some firmware requirements to keep in mind. By installing and activating this communicator, your Interlogix Simon Series Panel will be able to communicate with the Alarm.com Servers for monitoring service. Just be aware that you will need a monitoring plan that includes cellular service and access to Alarm.com in order to activate this communicator. Overall, this is a great no-frills cellular communicator for the compatible Interlogix Simon Systems. We give it a 5 Star rating.

There are many things to like about the Interlogix 600-1048-XT-LTE-VZ. For one, it provides reliable cellular connectivity through the Verizon LTE Network. Cellular connectivity almost never goes down or becomes unavailable, making it arguably the single best communication path for an alarm system. And as an LTE communicator, you can expect this module to keep your system monitored well into the very distant future. We also appreciate the fact that a Z-Wave controller is built-in, as it will open up many home automation possibilities for your Interlogix Security System.

There are some downsides to keep in mind when using the Interlogix 600-1048-XT-LTE-VZ. The most glaring is that there are certain firmware requirements to use the module. If you have a Simon XT, it must be at least firmware version 1.3. Updating older firmware can be difficult or impossible, so make sure to check the firmware first if you have a Simon XT. You should also be aware that older versions of the Interlogix 600-1048-XT-LTE-VZ may have trouble interfacing with Simon XTi-5i Systems. Fortunately, any new model you purchase on our site will not have this issue and will work with Simon XTi-5i Systems. But this is something to keep in mind if you come across an older model somewhere else. Finally, you should be aware that there are newer and more advanced Interlogix Simon Communicators that offer dual-path connectivity (LTE & IP) and Z-Wave Plus functionality. The Interlogix 600-1040-XT-LTE-VZ is much less advanced and more of a "no-frills" option.

The Interlogix 600-1048-XT-LTE-VZ is good for what it is. It will provide your Simon System with reliable monitoring service, and for some people, that's enough. For that reason, we give it 5 Stars.

Good: Reliable Connectivity, Verizon LTE Network, Built-In Z-Wave Controller

Bad: Firmware Requirements, Older Models Cannot Interface w/ Simon XTi5i, More Advanced Communicators Available

Bottom Line: 5 Stars

Honeywell 5815 - Wireless Aesthetic Door Sensor and Window Sensor

Fantastic Door/Window Sensor!
Submitted on 04/22/2020 Alarm Grid

The Honeywell 5815 is designed to be an aesthetic improvement over the classic Honeywell 5816 Door and Window Contact, and it certainly fits that bill. With its rounded edges, the Honeywell 5815 Door and Window Sensor presents a friendlier, more inviting appearance when compared with the older 5816 model. Meanwhile, the 5815 still manages to retain the nominal wireless communication range of the 5816 at 200 feet. Also returning is the ability to connect a hardwired Normally Closed (NC) contact to the 5815 so its operates as a wireless transmitter. This further increases the versatility and effectiveness of the sensor. Overall, the Honeywell 5815 is a great sensor with relatively few downsides. We give a 5 Star rating.

The main thing to like about the Honeywell 5815 is its aesthetic design. It looks very nice in a modern home, and the magnet can be oriented along two different sides. The 200-foot nominal range is suitable for most homes, though you should make sure to test the sensor after installing and programming. The lithium battery lasts a long time, as you shouldn't expect to make any replacements for roughly three to five years. The sensor is very easy to install and program, making it perfect for DIY users.

There are not many downsides to the Honeywell 5815. Its magnet spacing gap is somewhat small at just 0.5 inches. This is another reason why it is important to test the sensor after installing. Although the sensor offers an aesthetically pleasing appearance, there are even smaller sensors like the Honeywell 5800MINI available. Still, this is a very nice sensor that you should expect to last for a very long time. That is why we rate the Honeywell 5815 a perfect 5 Stars.

Good: Pleasing Design, 200-Foot Nominal Range, Wireless Transmitter Capability

Bad: Small Magnet Spacing Gap, Smaller Contacts Available

Bottom Line: 5 Stars

Honeywell 5800CO - Wireless Carbon Monoxide Detector

Simple, Effective CO Detector
Submitted on 04/22/2020 Alarm Grid

The Honeywell 5800CO is a 345 MHz wireless carbon monoxide (CO) sensor. The device was built with the LYNX Touch Panels in mind, but it will also work great with the Honeywell Lyric, Honeywell LYNX Plus, a Honeywell VISTA System with an added 345 MHz wireless receiver, the 2GIG Wireless Panels, and the 345 MHz Qolsys IQ Panel 2 Plus. This is an extremely versatile sensor, and it makes for a great addition to any compatible security system. We give it a 5 Star rating.

Adding a CO detector to your home or business can prove to be life-saving. Hundreds of people die every year in the United States alone due to carbon monoxide poisoning. The gas is both odorless and tasteless, and it often isn't discovered until it's too late. The best way to prevent loss of life due to a CO outbreak is with a reliable CO detector like the Honeywell 5800CO. We recommend having at least one CO detector on each floor of your home or business.

The downsides to the 5800CO are relatively minor. Like all CO detectors, the 5800CO has a limited product life. In this case, the sensor is good for ten (10) years. That's pretty long for a CO detector, and end of product life is something you will have to deal with on pretty much any device. The device uses a lithium CR123A battery, and you will likely need to replace it at least once before the end of life is reached. Also keep in mind that some users may prefer using combination devices, such as the 5800COMBO or the SiXCOMBO instead of just a standalone CO detector like the 5800CO.

The Honeywell 5800CO is a versatile and reliable 345 MHz CO detector that makes a nice addition to any compatible system. It gets 5 Stars from Alarm Grid.

Good: Life-Saving, Versatile, Easy to Install

Bad: Limited Product Life, Battery Will Require Replacing, Some Users Might Prefer a "Combo" Sensor

Bottom Line: 5 Stars

Yale YRD256 - Assure Lock SL Key Free Touchscreen Deadbolt with Z-Wave Plus

Great Touchscreen Door Lock!
Submitted on 04/22/2020 Alarm Grid

The Yale YRD256 is a Z-Wave Plus touchscreen door lock that can interface with virtually any Z-Wave controller. Yale and Assa Abbloy are known for their high-quality door locks, and the YRD256 Assure SL continues that trend. This lock offers a BHMA Grade 2 rating, which is excellent for residential use. It includes some nice features, such as auto re-lock, the ability to store and remember 25 unique user codes, a rubber gasket to protect the door's finish, and an emergency charge battery port at the bottom. The lock is completely key-free, meaning you will no longer need to carry around a set of keys to get in and out. Users also appreciate the three (3) beautiful finishing options available for the lock, and it really looks nice once installed. We have plenty of nice things to say about the YRD256, and we have no problem giving it a 5 Star rating.

We have found that the Yale YRD256 offers excellent reliability, and it provides all of the features you would expect out of a high-quality Z-Wave Plus door lock. It will work great on just about any residential door, and you will be extremely pleased with its fashionable appearance and design. There aren't many downsides for the lock, but you should keep a couple in mind. For one, like any touch screen, there is the possibility that it could fail or become damaged. In that sense, the lock is technically less reliable than a more traditional push-button device. Also the lock will need to be installed and replace your existing door lock. The process can be completed using a screwdriver, but it is still something you have trouble with if you are not good with tools.

Overall, there are many great things we appreciate about the YRD256. It gets a 5 Star rating.

Good: Great Build-Quality, Beautiful Design w/ 3 Finishing Options, Auto Re-Lock Feature, 25 User Codes, Rubber Gasket, Key-Free, Reliable Touchscreen, Z-Wave Plus, Extremely Secure

Bad: Small Possibility of Touchscreen Failure, Must Be Installed

Bottom Line: 5 Stars