Reviews

Linear PS15Z-2 - Z-Wave Plug-in Appliance Module

Decent Plug-In Module
Submitted on 12/04/2019 Alarm Grid

The Linear PS15Z-2 is a Z-Wave plug-in module that allows a connected device to be controlled across a Z-Wave network. The device supports incandescent loads of up to 600 Watts, resistive loads of up to 1,800 Watts, or up to a 1/2 HP fan motor. This is an easy to use Z-Wave plug-in module, though it is a bit outdated by today's standards. We give it a strong 4 Star rating.

There are many things to like about the Linear PS15Z-2. For one, the device is easy to use. You just need to plug it in and enroll it with your Z-Wave network. Then connect any device within the load limit to use it with your Z-Wave network. There is a designated outlet on the Linear PS15Z-2 for Z-Wave control. The other outlet is a pass-through outlet, which can be used with any connected device for non-Z-Wave functionality. The pass-through outlet is a nice touch, as it means that the module will not hog the entire receptacle. Being able to use this device with a standard 120VAC outlet is very convenient!

But there are some downsides to consider with the Linear PS15Z-2. For one, it only uses standard Z-Wave. You will not be able to take advantage of the extended range of Z-Wave Plus with this device, even if you have a Z-Wave Plus controller. For that reason, the device is considered to be outdated by most standards. Additionally, the device uses a 3-prong connector. If you have an older outlet with 2-prongs, then you will need an adapter piece. This can mean a trip to the hardware store if you don't already have an adapter lying around somewhere. It should also be mentioned that this device has been discontinued by the manufacturer.

Overall, the Linear PS15Z-2 is fine if you already have one, but those in the market for a new Z-Wave plug-in module will want to consider something newer, preferably a module that supports Z-Wave Plus. We give the Linear PS15Z-2 4 Stars.

Good: Easy to Use, Pass-Through Outlet, Works w/ Standard 120VAC Outlets

Bad: Not Z-Wave Plus, 3-Prong Connector, Discontinued

Bottom Line: 4 Stars

Honeywell 4193SNP - Two Zone V-Plex Interface Module

Nice Polling Loop Expander!
Submitted on 12/04/2019 Alarm Grid

The Honeywell 4193SNP is a two (2) zone expander for Honeywell VISTA V-Plex Polling Loop Panels. Only VISTA Panels with a polling loop can support this module. The module adds both a single supervised zone and a single unsupervised zone to your VISTA Polling Loop Panel. This polling loop zone expander will connect with the V-Plex Polling Loop Bus. A conventional, non-polling loop device used with the module will be converted into an addressable polling loop device, and the VISTA System will automatically learn the Serial Number. This is a very convenient device that is perfect for users needing to add one or two zones to their polling loop panel. We give the Honeywell 4193SNP 5 Stars.

There are so many things to like about the Honeywell 4193SNP. The biggest advantage is that it expands the polling loop and allows additional conventional wired devices to be used with your hardwired system. Since the connected device will be converted into an addressable device, you can technically use non-polling loop devices with the 4193SNP. And since the system automatically learns-in the Serial Number, no DIP switch addressing is required. This makes it very easy to set up. And the small size is great, as it can fit nicely into your existing metal enclosure. We also love the fact that the Honeywell 4193SNP has a very low current draw at just 1.7mA.

There are some downsides to the Honeywell 4193SNP that should be considered. The most obvious is that the device is for VISTA Polling Loop Panels only. While the device provides two (2) additional zones, only Loop 1 is supervised using a 10k EOLR. You can only use Loop 2 if Loop 1 is already being used, and Loop 2 will not be supervised. As a further restriction, the device used with Loop 2 must have a Normally Closed (NC) input. You cannot use a Normally Open (NO) device with Loop 2. While these restrictions are important, they do not take away from the device's positive attributes. We give the Honeywell 4193SNP a 5 Star rating.

Good: Expands Polling Loop, Can Support Non-Polling Loop Devices, No DIP Switch Addressing, Small Size

Bad: Polling Loop Panels Only, Loop 2 Unsupervised, Loop 2 Can Only Be Used If Loop 1 is Used, Loop 2 Only Supports NC Input

Bottom Line: 5 Stars

Honeywell 5802MN2 - Wireless Dual Button Medical Alert

Good Medical Alert Button
Submitted on 12/04/2019 Alarm Grid

The Honeywell 5802MN2 is a dual-button medical alert button. It is designed to be kept on the user's person at all times using an included necklace or belt holder. The device is activated by pressing both buttons at the same time. Although this device is somewhat dated at the time of this review (December 2019), it is still an effective product, and it should continue to work well if you already have one. For those reasons, we give it 5 Stars.

There are many things to appreciate about the Honeywell 5802MN2. For one, the dual-button press requirement prevents false alarms. A red LED light will flicker when the device is activated. This can be very comforting to the user in knowing that the signal was successfully sent to the panel. Optional RF supervision allows the device to be programmed in such a manner that the system will not display a trouble condition if the user takes the button with them while they are out. The user just needs to be aware that the device can only be activated while it is within range of the panel. The device has a long battery life of about three (3) to five (5) years. It is water-resistant, and it can be taken in the shower. However, it should never be fully submerged in water.

There are some downsides to the 5802MN2. The device is discontinued, and new models are no longer available. Its design is fairly dated by most standards. If that is important to the end user, then you might want to go with something more modern. The range is also somewhat limited at just 50 feet nominal. Keep in mind though that this range was somewhat standard at the time when this sensor was released. Overall this is a reliable and trustworthy device. We can give it a 5 Star rating.

Good: Dual-Button Press, Red LED Light, Optional RF Supervision, Long Battery Life, Water-Resistant

Bad: Discontinued, Outdated Design, Limited Range

Overall: 5 Stars

Danalock DLOV3BTHK - V3 Apple HomeKit Smart Lock

Great Lock Overall!
Submitted on 12/04/2019 Alarm Grid

The Danalock DLOV3BTHK is the Apple HomeKit version of the Danalock V3 Smart Lock. This is the version of the Danalock V3 to get if you want to use the lock with Apple HomeKit and spoken Siri Voice Commands. This is an effective and reliable door lock, and end users appreciate its sleek and modern design. Any cons for this lock are overshadowed by its positive aspects. For that reason, we give the Danalock DLOV3BTHK a 5 Star rating.

There are many things to like about the Danalock DLOV3BTHK. Its biggest selling point is its ability to be used with Apple HomeKit. This is perfect for iOS users who take advantage of Siri Voice Commands. The lock is also easy to install, making it perfect for DIY users. No special tools are required to install the lock. We also like the fact that it uses 256-bit AES encryption in all of its wireless communications. This makes the lock extremely secure and virtually impossible to hack or take over.

There are some downsides to the Danalock DLOV3BTHK that must be mentioned as well. The biggest drawback is that the lock offers no Z-Wave support. There is a Z-Wave Plus version of this same lock called the Danalock DLOV3BTZU. The trade-off is that you lose HomeKit functionality with that model. You need to decide whether HomeKit or Z-Wave functionality is more important. It's not like the August Smart Lock Pro where you get both. This HomeKit version also lacks compatibility with the Danalock App and the Danapad Keypad. This device also has a stringent battery requirement of four (4) CR123A batteries, which must be replaced about every 1.5 years.

Overall, there is enough to like about the Danallock DLOV3BTHK to give it 5 Stars. But understand that it still has some downsides!

Good: Apple HomeKit, Siri, Easy Install, 256-Bit AES Encryption

Bad: No Z-Wave, Cannot Use Danalock App or Danapad, Needs Four (4) CR123A Batteries, Short Battery Life

Bottom Line: 5 Stars

Alarm.com ADC-SEM110-PS-VZ - System Enhancement Module (SEM) with Verizon LTE Cellular Communicator for DSC PowerSeries

Fantastic LTE Communicator!
Submitted on 11/27/2019 Alarm Grid

The Alarm.com ADC-SEM110-PS-VZ is a Verizon LTE Cellular Communicator for DSC PowerSeries Systems. These are hardwired systems that need an added communicator to connect with Alarm.com for monitoring service. This is arguably the most important upgrade you can make for your DSC PowerSeries System. By adding this communicator and signing up for a cellular monitoring plan, your compatible DSC PowerSeries System can utilize cellular connectivity. This is widely seen as the most reliable communication path for an alarm system. You will also be able to take advantage of the Alarm.com interactive monitoring and automation platform. The communicator has very few downsides, and it works great. We give it a 5 Star rating.

It's easy to find good things about the Alarm.com ADC-SEM110-PS-VZ. For one, it provides reliable cellular connectivity. Most security experts agree that this is the optimal communication path for a security system. With service from the Verizon LTE Network, you should expect fast and reliable service from the ADC-SEM110-PS-VZ, provided that you have good coverage from the Verizon LTE Network in your area. And being able to take advantage of Alarm.com is a nice bonus as well. You can conveniently access Alarm.com from your phone or from a web browser. Once you have logged-in to Alarm.com, you can arm and disarm your system, check its current status, control Z-Wave devices, and more. Speaking of Z-Wave, the ADC-SEM110-PS-VZ also serves as a fully functional Z-Wave Plus controller for a PowerSeries System.

There are some minor downsides to the ADC-SEM110-PS-VZ. For one the module has to be physically installed to the system board. This is a little more inconvenient than some other cellular communicators, but it is to be expected from a hardwired panel. The module only provides cellular service. It does not provide IP connectivity like the newer Alarm.com ADC-SEM210-PS-VZ. In fact, the ADC-SEM110-PS-VZ has been discontinued in favor of that other module, and it is recommended that you get that module instead. But that doesn't mean that ADC-SEM110-PS-VZ is obsolete, as the Verizon LTE Network is still going strong. And Verizon is expected to maintain service for their LTE network for at least the next few decades. The only other downside is that the ADC-SEM110-PS-VZ is for DSC PowerSeries Systems only, which somewhat limits its functionality. But really, these are all minor concerns. There are so many things to like about the ADC-SEM110-PS-VZ, and we have no problem giving it 5 Stars.

Good: Reliable Cellular Service, Verizon LTE Network, Alarm.com, Z-Wave Plus

Bad: Must Be Installed, No IP Connectivity, DSC PowerSeries Only

Bottom Line: 5 Stars

Honeywell L5000-SIA - LYNX Touch Wireless Alarm Control Panel

Outdated System
Submitted on 11/27/2019 Alarm Grid

The Honeywell L5000-SIA is the version of the L5000 System that is compliant with the Security Industry Alliance (SIA). It is basically the same as an L5000 System, except that certain programming settings must be enabled by default or cannot be adjusted, per regulations mandated by the SIA. This system can be more or less treated as an L5000 System, and all the problems that apply to that system also apply to L5000-SIA. The L5000-SIA was the first attempt by Honeywell at a wireless touchscreen alarm system, and there were many challenges that came with such an ambitious project. Many of the issues that came with the L5000 were not corrected until Honeywell released the L5100 later on. While the L5000 and L5000-SIA were extremely innovative for their time, we are giving the L5000-SIA a 3 Star rating due to its numerous issues.

Starting out with the positives, the L5000-SIA features a wireless touchscreen with menus that are easy to navigate. You can auto-enroll sensors from the Honeywell 5800 Series, which is pretty convenient when you consider older methods for enrolling sensors. We also want to give the system respect for being the first of the Honeywell LYNX Touch lineup, which would later become one of the most successful alarm system lineups ever.

But there are plenty of downsides to the L5000-SIA. The panel was prone to numerous electrical issues, some of which could destroy the entire system. The only way to connect the system to AlarmNet360 and Total Connect 2.0 is to use a Honeywell ILP5 internet communicator, which will allow you to use a hardwired ethernet connection with the system. There is no way to do WIFI with the system. The only cellular communicator for the system, the Honeywell GSMVLP5, connects with a 2G network, which has been shut down. And you cannot do Z-Wave home automation with the system. There are just too many limitations associated with the L5000-SIA for it to receive a great rating. We can give it 3 Stars, and hopefully that's enough to convince you to get a more robust system, such as a Honeywell Lyric or a Qolsys IQ Panel 2.

Good: Wireless Touchscreen, Logical Menus, Auto-Enroll Sensors, Began LYNX Touch Lineup

Bad: No WIFI, No Cellular, No Z-Wave, System-Breaking Electrical Issues

Bottom Line: 3 Stars

DSC WST-600 - FireFighter Smoke/CO Alarm Audio Detector for DSC

Great Listening Module
Submitted on 11/25/2019 Alarm Grid

The DSC WST-600 is a wireless smoke detector and CO detector listening module that will take over an existing smoke detector or carbon monoxide sensor that otherwise couldn't integrate with an alarm system. This is sometimes referred to as a "firefighter" listening module. The only requirement to use the DSC WST-600 is that you have either a smoke detector that produces a temporal 3 sound when activated or a carbon monoxide sensor that produces a temporal 4 sound when activated. You will also need an alarm system that accepts the 433 MHz frequency transmitted from the DSC WST-600. This could include a DSC Iotega System, a DSC PowerSeries Panel with added wireless receiver, or a Qolsys IQ Panel 2 Plus with 433 MHz Daughtercard. We think this listening module is great, so we give it 5 Stars.

There are many things to like about the DSC WST-600. The most important thing is that it provides an easy way to integrate an otherwise incompatible smoke detector or CO detector and make it compatible with a wireless system. This is great for high-voltage smoke detectors and CO sensors, as well as conventional, battery-powered smoke detectors and CO sensors that do not transmit any RF signals. As long as the smoke detector or CO detector produces temporal 3 or temporal 4 sounds, it can be used. And if you have an interconnected network of one-go-all-go high-voltage smoke detectors, then one single DSC WST-600 device can take over the entire existing network of wired devices. That's super convenient!

There aren't many downsides to the DSC WST-600, but there are some. For one, it can only be used with 433 MHz security systems. This somewhat limits its functionality. Additionally, this sensor can only be used indoors. Its operating temperature is from 32°F to 120°F. As a result, you may run into problems if you try to use it inside a garage or other area where it gets unusually hot or cold. But these are very minor concerns. The sheer convenience of the DSC WST-600 allows us to give it a 5 Star Rating.

Good: Integrate Otherwise Incompatible Smoke/CO Sensors w/ System, One Device Can Take Over Entire One-Go-All-Go Network

Bad: 433 MHz Systems Only, Indoor Use Only

Bottom Line: 5 Stars

DSC PG9901 - Wireless PowerG Indoor Siren

Excellent Siren!
Submitted on 11/25/2019 Alarm Grid

The DSC PG9901 is a wireless indoor siren that is compatible with systems that support the PowerG frequency. If you have a compatible system then this is a great way to increase the volume without having to deal with a complicated hardwired siren setup. This indoor siren can produce sounds of up to 110 dB, and it even includes built-in strobe light for providing visual indication of alarms. This is a great siren option if you have a compatible system, and we can confidently give it a 5 Star rating.

There are many excellent aspects of the DSC PG9901. The most obvious positive attribute is its 110 dB sound rating, which is very loud for most home and small business applications. In fact, only industrial locations and large commercial applications should ever find the DSC PG9901 to be lacking in power. Our technicians have tested this siren, and we have found it to be extremely loud and reliable. We have also found that the sensor is easy to enroll, as you can auto-learn it just like you would for any PowerG sensor. Another thing we like about this siren is its built-in strobe light, which helps make sure that users who are hard of hearing are notified to the alarm. And the siren's expected battery life of 8 years is also a nice touch, as it reduces the number of battery changes you need to make. We must also mention that this device offers an impressive wireless range of up to 2 km in open air, and it utilizes 128-bit AES encryption in all of its wireless communications.

There are not many downsides to the DSC PG9901. The fact that it is for indoor use only somewhat limits its number of possible applications. And you must consider that it is for PowerG Systems only. These include all versions of the Qolsys IQ Panel 2 Plus, any DSC PowerSeries NEO with added wireless transceiver, and any DSC Iotega System. But other than those small issues, we really don't have anything bad to say about this siren. It gets 5 Stars.

Good: Loud, Easily Enrolls, Strobe, Battery Life, Range, Encryption

Bad: Indoor Use Only, Limited System Support

Bottom Line: 5 Stars

Honeywell AB12M - Motorized Bell and Box

Great Bell!
Submitted on 11/21/2019 Alarm Grid

The Honeywell AB12M is a 12VDC motorized bell. When 12 volts of power is provided to the bell, the internal clapper will begin hitting the bell and producing 90 dB of noise. This is good for alerting anyone in a smaller building to an alarm on the system. The Honeywell AB12M is a rather low-tech device, but it gets the job done if you are looking for a simple sounder for your system. We are also very impressed with its build quality and overall performance. There really aren't many bad aspects regarding the Honeywell AB12M, so we can give it a 5 Star rating.

There are many things to like about the Honeywell AB12M. For one, it has a low current draw of just 100 mA at 15VDC. This means you should be able to add multiple bells to your panel without issue. We also appreciate the heavy duty steel box that provides ample protection for the inner bell. It even features two separate tamper switches to alert the system if someone tries to damage or remove the device. The Honeywell AB12M really has an exceptional build quality that we can't help but appreciate.

But there are still some downsides to the Honeywell AB12M. For one, it can only produce sounds of up to 90 dB. This might be too quiet for some users. Also it is a very low-tech device, as it is literally just a mechanical bell inside a box. Many users prefer something more intricate, namely a real siren with a built-in driver. But if you can overlook these weaknesses, then this is a really good device to consider. It is perfect for anyone looking for a simple bell sounder for their system. We give it 5 Stars.

Good: Low Current Draw, Heavy Duty Steel Box, Dual Tamper Switches, Great Build Quality

Bad: Only 90 dB, Low-Tech

Bottom Line: 5 Stars

Honeywell 713 - High Powered Speaker 8 Ohm 40 Watt

No Siren Driver
Submitted on 11/21/2019 Alarm Grid

The Honeywell 713 is a high-powered speaker rated at 40 Watts of power and 8 Ohms of impedance. It uses leads for connections. The speaker offers some nice features overall, making it useful for many applications. One feature is its tamper loop that allows you to set up the speaker so that it will cause a trouble condition on the system if someone tries to disable it. Another nice feature is its water-resistant design, which allows it to be used outdoors without worry. However, the speaker needs a siren driver to be used effectively with an alarm system. Having to add a siren driver is rather inconvenient, and most users would rather just get a device with a siren driver already built-in. For that reason, we can only give the Honeywell 713 a 4 Star rating.

There are some positive aspects to like about the Honeywell 713. For one, it is a powerful speaker, and it is perfectly loud enough for most practical applications. Its jacketed conductor leads are easy to work with, and you should be able to set up the speaker without issue. The tamper loop is good for making sure that the system is alerted whenever someone tries to disconnect or disable the speaker. And the weather-resistant design allows you to use the Honeywell 713 pretty much anywhere.

The biggest downside to the Honeywell 713 is the fact that it does not have a siren driver. You need to add one separately. For most users, the better option is to just buy a siren that already comes with a siren driver built-in. But if you don't mind adding a siren driver, then this is a great speaker for you. Still, we find this to be a major weakness. As a result, we only give it 4 Stars.

Good: Powerful Speaker, Conductor Leads, Tamper Loop, Water-Resistant

Bad: Needs Separate Siren Driver

Bottom Line: 4 Stars