Reviews

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

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

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

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

2GIG SP1-GC3 - Wireless Touchscreen Keypad for GC3 and GC3e

Outstanding Keypad
Submitted on 12/19/2019 Alarm Grid

The 2GIG SP1-GC3 is a touchscreen keypad for a 2GIG GC3 or 2GIG GC3e System. This is the most robust and complete keypad option for the GC3 and GC3e, as it offers a plethora of outstanding features and capabilities. For those looking to operate a GC3 or GC3e from a second on-site location, the SP1 is second to none. It has loads of benefits and very few downsides. We think this is an excellent keypad, and we wholeheartedly recommend it to anyone with a compatible system. It gets an easy 5 Star rating from us.

The biggest benefit to the SP1 is its many features. The keypad can arm/disarm, display current status, bypass zones, produce audible chime and voice annunciations, and even perform home automation functions for controlling smart home devices. This includes running entire Z-Wave smart scenes. You can also check the SP1 Keypad for a 5 day local weather forecast and to get the current date and time. The keypad features a beautiful 7-inch touchscreen controller, and it offers fast and responsive controls. It looks great when mounted, and it truly makes an excellent addition to any GC3 or GC3e Security Panel.

There aren't many downsides to the SP1, but there are some minor ones. A 2GIG GC3 System will need to be running a minimum firmware version to support the 2GIG SP1. Fortunately, updating the firmware on a GC3 System isn't too difficult, and you should generally try to keep the panel on the latest firmware anyway. The SP1 Keypad must be connected to a plug-in transformer for power, which requires some minor wiring. Finally, the backup battery pack for the SP1 is easy to replace, but it isn't readily available. You will likely need to contact Nortek if you need a replacement battery.

Overall, the strengths of the SP1 far outweigh its weaknesses. This keypad gets 5 Stars from Alarm Grid.

Good: Many Features, 7-Inch Touchscreen, Great Design

Bad: Minimum Firmware Requirements, Wire to Transformer, Battery Replacement Can Be Tough to Find

Bottom Line: 5 Stars

Qolsys IQ Motion-S - Encrypted Motion Sensor for IQ Panel 2

Great Motion Sensor
Submitted on 12/19/2019 Alarm Grid

The Qolsys IQ Motion-S is a motion detection sensor for compatible wireless security systems. The sensor operates at a wireless frequency of 319.5 MHz, and it uses Qolsys S-Line rolling code encryption when paired with a Qolsys IQ Panel 2 or compatible Qolsys IQ Panel 2 Plus. The IQ Motion-S has since been discontinued in favor of a slightly upgraded and refined model. However, these updates were fairly minimal, and the IQ Motion-S still works great if you happen to come across one. And if you already have one you are using, then there is virtually no reason to replace it with a newer model. This is a trustworthy and reliable motion sensor that you can count on. We give it a 5 Star rating.

There are many things to like about the IQ Motion-S. For one, it is super easy to program and configure. It supports both corner and flat mounting to give you some different installation options. The sensor offers pet immunity for small animals weighing up to 40 pounds. This is very good if you have a smaller dog or a cat in your household. The wireless range of the Qolsys S-Line Sensors is pretty good, and you should have no communication issues in a typical home. Finally, the S-Line Encryption provides strong security if you are using the sensor with an IQ2 or compatible IQ2+.

The downsides to the IQ Motion-S are fairly minor. As mentioned earlier, the sensor is discontinued, and it can no longer be purchased new. But if you can find a used model somewhere, it should still wrok nicely. Some might consider the coverage area to be small at just 35 feet by 50 feet. However, this is still perfectly adequate for most homes. As a wireless sensor, you will need to replace its batteries periodically. But since the sensor uses just two (2) AAA batteries, it shouldn't be too hard to find some replacements. Use lithium AAA batteries for the best results.

We love the IQ Motion-S, and we think it is a great option for nearly any residential user with a 319.5 MHz system. We give it 5 Stars.

Good: Easy to Program, Corner & Flat Mounting, Pet Immunity, Good Wireless Range, S-Line Encryption

Bad: Discontinued, Somewhat Small Coverage Area, Batteries Must Be Replaced Occasionally

Bottom Line: 5 Stars

DSC PG9985 - PowerG 915MHz Wireless Flood Detector

Great Flood Sensor!
Submitted on 12/19/2019 Alarm Grid

The DSC PG9985 is a PowerG Flood Sensor that works with a variety of systems, including any IQ Panel 2 Plus, any DSC PowerSeries NEO System with an added wireless transceiver, and the DSC Iotega. The device consists of a main sensor that is connected with a probe using a six (6) foot long cord. The probe itself detects leaks or floods. Only a small amount of water is needed to activate the probe, which means that the user will have more time to take action before serious water damage occurs. We think this is a great flood sensor, and we give it a 5 Star rating.

There are many reasons to like the DSC PG9985. As a PowerG Sensor, it has some of the best range and wireless security in the industry. The sensor will operate from up to 2 km away in an open air environment depending on the system it is being used with. It communicates using 128-bit AES encryption for enhanced wireless security. The probe is designed to activate upon only detecting a small amount of water, which gives the user more time to take action if a leak occurs. We must also say that the sensor has an outstanding battery life, as you will only need to change the battery every eight (8) years on average.

There aren't many downsides to the DSC PG9985. The biggest is that you need to find a good position for both the probe and sensor. The sensor is connected with the probe using its 6-foot cord, and some users may have trouble finding a good spot for both. There are other all-in-one flood sensors that have a built-in probe, and some users are known to prefer those instead. But if you want a sensor with a probe attached with a cord, then the DSC PG9985 works great. It gets 5 Stars from us.

Good: Great Wireless Range, Strong Encryption Security, Activates w/ Small Amount of Liquid, Outstanding Battery Life

Bad: Must Mount and Position Both Sensor and Probe

Bottom Line: 5 Stars

Alarm.com ADC-V720W - Outdoor POE & WIFI Camera with Night Vision

Good Older-Style ADC Camera
Submitted on 12/19/2019 Alarm Grid

The Alarm.com ADC-V720W is a discontinued outdoor security camera for use with the Alarm.com platform. It was quite innovative for its time, as it offered 720P recording capabilities, PoE and WIFI connectivity options, and IR night vision, all jammed into a compact, weather-resistant design. And if you happen to come across one of these cameras today, it can certainly be activated for use with Alarm.com. While there are definitely better camera options available today, the ADC-V720W was excellent back when it hit the scene. We give it a 5 Star rating.

There are several things to like about the Alarm.com ADC-V720W. Its compact design is pretty neat, and many users are surprised at just how small this mini bullet camera is. The device measures 6.1 inches long, and it is 2.4 inches thick. It only weighs 1.8 pounds. Having both PoE and WIFI connectivity options is great. If you can run an ethernet cable from an IP router that supports PoE, then you will cover both power and network requirements. If you prefer to use WIFI connectivity, then you can connect an AC power adapter to the camera instead. By using this camera, you can check its live feed from the Alarm.com website or mobile app at any time. The camera offers great night vision of up to 39 feet in the dark.

It is important to understand that there are some downsides to the ADC-V720W. The most glaring weakness is that it is discontinued and can no longer be purchased new. The camera is not compatible with Alarm.com Video Analytics, which were released after this camera. You will be disappointed if you get an ADC-V720W and expect it to work with the robust and powerful features presented by Alarm.com Video Analytics. The camera is only 720P, which while this is fine for most users, it isn't as nice as the newer cameras that offer 1080p and High Dynamic Range. The ADC-V720W has a fairly narrow field of view at just 77 degrees horizontal.

The ADC-V720W was very nice when it was first released. And if you already have one, it should continue to work great. But users looking for a new camera have better options. Still, we give the ADC-V720W 5 Stars.

Good: Compact Design, Weather Resistant, PoE & WIFI, View from ADC Website or App, IR Night Vision

Bad: Discontinued, Not Compatible w/ ADC Video Analytics, 720P Recording Quality, Narrow Field of View

Bottom Line: 5 Stars

Danalock DLOV3DPADBT - Danapad V3 with Bluetooth

Good Keypad For Z-Wave Danalock
Submitted on 12/19/2019 Alarm Grid

Danalock users who want to control their Z-Wave Danalock device with a numeric keypad can benefit from the Danalock DLOV3DPADBT, which is more commonly referred to as the Danapad. This isn't a lock itself, but rather just a keypad for controlling an existing Danalock device. As a result, the Danapad really only fulfills the needs of an extremely selective group of end users. Nonetheless, it is still a good product that performs its intended task quite well. If you want a keypad for your Z-Wave Danalock device, then the Danapad is for you. We give it 5 Stars.

There are several positive aspects to the Danalock DLOV3DPPADBT. For one, there are multiple ways to push codes to the Danapad device. Arguably the most popular method is to us the Danalock App, which will require the use of the Danabridge V3 Hub. By using the Danabridge, you can get your Danalock and Danapad devices onto a local WIFI network for seamless inter-connectivity. You can then take advantage of the convenience of the Danalock App. But using the Danabridge isn't mandatory. You can also push codes to the Danapad using a Z-Wave security system. To do this, you must pair your Danapad to your system as a Z-Wave device. Then you can push codes from certain alarm panels or using an interactive platform like Total Connect 2.0. By setting up the Danapad, you can conveniently unlock your Danalock device from a second area of the home. We also must say that we like the design of the Danapad, and it is weather-resistant so that it can be used out doors. It is also quite easy to mount. And since it uses 256-bit AES encryption, it is extremely secure.

There are some downsides to the Danapad. The biggest is that it is for the Z-Wave Danalock only. This makes it extremely limited in potential usage. It won't even work with the HomeKit version of the Danalock, which can be inconvenient. The device uses four (4) AAA batteries, and you will need to replace them periodically with regular usage. If you aren't using the Danapad and Danalock with the Danabridge, then you must rely on Bluetooth connectivity between the two devices. This is fine, but you should be aware that Bluetooth range can be fairly limited. While the Danapad isn't a perfect product, its benefits do outweigh its negatives. If you are looking for a keypad controller for a Danalock Z-Wave Door Lock, then the Danapad is far and away the best option. It gets a 5 Star rating.

Good: Multiple Ways to Push Codes, Lock & Unlock Door from 2nd On-Site Location, Weather-Resistant, Modern Design, Easy to Install, Encrypted

Bad: For Z-Wave Danalock Only, Extremely Limited Usage, Batteries Need Replacing, Limited Bluetooth Range

Bottom Line: 5 Stars

Honeywell DT8035 - Dual Tec Motion Sensor

Great Wired Dual-Tech Motion!
Submitted on 12/19/2019 Alarm Grid

The Honeywell DT8035 is a hardwired dual tech motion sensor that uses both PIR and microwave sensing. It is built for residential use, and it features a large coverage area and pet-immunity for small animals. This sensor has few weaknesses, and it help to set the standard for what an end user can expect out of a good dual tech motion sensor. We think this is a great sensor, and we are particularly impressed with the excellent build quality from Honeywell. The Honeywell DT8035 gets a 5 Star rating from Alarm Grid.

There are many things we like about the Honeywell DT8035. As a dual tech motion sensor, it is less prone to false alarms than conventional PIR-only motion sensors. This can be extremely beneficial for users who may have had trouble with false alarms from other motion detectors. The sensor has a large coverage area of 40 feet by 56 feet, which is great for larger residential rooms. The sensor can work great in a spacious indoor area like a big living room, family room, or man cave. The sensor offers pet immunity for small animals weighing up to 100 pounds. This can be particularly important for households with larger dog breeds that may set off other motion sensors. There is a look down zone on the sensor, which helps it detect movement that occurs directly below (not used when pet immunity is desired). And we also appreciate the sensor's adjustable pulse count, which is good for adjusting the device sensitivity to meet the needs of the household.

The only real downside to this sensor is that it needs to be wired back to the panel. In addition to hard-mounting, this will also likely involve fishing wires through the walls. Most DIYers prefer to go the wireless route because installation is simply much easier. But if you are prepared to perform a proper setup and installation, then you will be rewarded with a reliable motion sensor that can serve your household for many years to come. This is an outstanding dual tech motion, and we give it 5 Stars.

Good: Less Prone to False Alarms, Large Coverage Area, 100 Pounds Pet Immunity, Look Down Zone, Adjustable Pulse Count

Bad: Must Be Wired & Mounted

Bottom Line: 5 Stars