Reviews

Honeywell 940 - Magnetic Door Contact and Window Contact

Great Wired Door/Window Sensor!
Submitted on 09/23/2020 Alarm Grid

The Honeywell 940 is a popular hardwired door and window contact sensor. This sensor has stood the test of time due to its simplicity and effectiveness. It is a very simple door and window contact that does pretty much exactly what you would expect. The magnet goes on the moving portion of the door or window, while the sensor goes on the door or window frame. Opening the door or window causes the magnet to separate from the sensor, which triggers and alert on the security system. We think that the Honeywell 940 is a great sensor, and we give it a perfect 5-Star score.

Sometimes the best sensors are the ones that are the most straightforward. And that is clearly the case with the Honeywell 940. It is a very compact sensor, which means that you are unlikely to notice it on the door or window. It allows for a surprisingly large magnet spacing gap of 3/4", which is 50% larger than the standard 1/2" gap that most door and window sensors provide. The necessary mounting hardware for the sensor comes included, so you will have no trouble getting started with the Honeywell 940. We also like the fact that a cover hides the resistor for the resistor. This helps to maintain aesthetics.

The downsides for the Honeywell 940 are pretty standard. As a hardwired door and window sensor, you will need to run a wire from the panel to the sensor. This may be a bit tricky if you are not used to wiring. But that comes with the territory when setting up a wired alarm system. The fact that this sensor is Form A could be considered a small downside, as it will not allow Normally Open (NO) wiring. But really, these downsides are extremely minor, and honestly, they are to be expected from a basic wired door and window sensor like the Honeywell 940. This simple and effective sensor will serve your home or business quite well for a very long time. It gets a well-deserved 5-Star rating from Alarm Grid.

Good: Compact, 3/4" Magnet Spacing Gap, Mounting Hardware Included, Cover for Resistor

Bad: Requires Wiring, Form A

Bottom Line: 5 Stars

Honeywell 5809SS - Wireless Fixed Temperature/ROR Heat Detector

Good Heat Sensor
Submitted on 09/23/2020 Alarm Grid

The Honeywell 5809SS is a wireless fixed-temperature and rate-of-rise heat detector that operates at 345 MHz. This makes it compatible with systems like the Honeywell Lyric, the Honeywell LYNX Touch Panels, the Honeywell VISTA Panels (added receiver required), the 2GIG Panels, and the 345 MHz Qolsys IQ Panel 2 Plus. The sensor is great for locations where installing a conventional smoke detector may result in false alarms. This can include a kitchen, garage, or attic with excessive dust. Overall, the Honeywell 5809SS is a simple, yet effective heat sensor. It gets a 5-Star score from Alarm Grid.

There are many positive aspects regarding the Honeywell 5809SS. Perhaps the biggest positive attribute is the fact that this heat sensor supports both fixed-temperature and rate-of-rise detection. This helps to ensure that the sensor will respond quickly to a fire. The sensor can be readily used in locations where smoke might regularly be present, making it a great alternative to a conventional smoke detector. We also like the fact that this sensor has tamper detection to alert the system if someone removes it from the base.

There are some downsides to the Honeywell 5809SS that should also be considered. As is the case for many standalone heat sensors, the 5809SS is considered a "one-and-done" device. Once it is activated, it will no longer work, and it must be replaced. This doesn't exactly lead to good product value. But even if you don't allow the Honeywell 5809SS to activate from high temperatures, you will still need to replace its CR123A battery on a three (3) to five (5) year basis. We are also disappointed by the fact that the Honeywell 58099SS does not have a built-in sounder. You will be relying on the panel or an external siren to alert building occupants during a fire. While none of these downsides are unusual for a wireless heat sensor, they are still important to consider. But none of these aspects are major deal-breakers, and we can still give the Honeywell 5809SS a 5-Star rating.

Good: Fixed Temp & RoR, Use in Locations Not Suitable for Smoke Detectors, Tamper Detection

Bad: One-And-Done, Limited Battery Life, No Sounder

Bottom Line: 5 Stars

Honeywell 5814 - Wireless Small Door Sensor and Window Sensor

Very Compact Sensor
Submitted on 09/23/2020 Alarm Grid

The Honeywell 5814 is a discontinued door and window sensor. The sensor operates at a wireless frequency of 345 MHz, making it compatible with the Honeywell Lyric, Honeywell LYNX Touch Panels, Honeywell VISTA Systems with added wireless receiver, 2GIG Panels, and more. It was marketed as being a small and compact sensor, and it certainly fits that bill. While this isn't the most powerful sensor around, the Honeywell 5814 is still a decent option for users who just need a basic wireless sensor, provided that they can find a used model somewhere. We give the Honeywell 5814 a 5-Star rating.

The main thing to like about the Honeywell 5814 is its small size. The sensor is small enough that it goes virtually unnoticed on a door or window. This can be important for users who are looking to maintain aesthetics. The fact that this sensor includes a tamper switch is a nice touch, as that will alert the system if someone tries to open up the sensor. As a Honeywell product, the Honeywell 5814 has a nice build quality, which also has to be seen as a positive attribute.

But there are some negatives regarding the Honeywell 5814 that should not be ignored. First and foremost, the sensor is discontinued, so you are unlikely to find it new. A used model should still work fine though. The sensor has a very small wireless communication range, as it is only capable of transmitting signals roughly 100 feet. This isn't a deal-breaker if the sensor is being used near the system, but you should still keep it in mind. The magnet spacing gap between the sensor and magnet also leaves much to be desired, as it is only rated at half an inch maximum. The fact that this sensor uses an unusual CR2430 battery must also be considered a downside, as you may have trouble finding one. While these downsides are important, we still give the Honeywell 5814 a 5-Star rating.

Good: Very Compact Size, Tamper Switch, Good Build Quality

Bad: Discontinued, Limited Wireless Range, Small Magnet Spacing Gap, Unusual CR2430 Battery

Bottom Line: 5 Stars

2GIG GC3PK10 - Base Kit GC3 Security System, w/ 10 Door/Window Sensors, 1 Motion Sensor, 1 8-Foot Cable

No Communicator, No Encryption, Discontinued
Submitted on 09/23/2020 Alarm Grid

The 2GIG GC3PK10 is a discontinued security system kit from Alarm Grid. The kit included a 2GIG GC3 Security System, ten (10) door and window contact sensors, a motion detection sensor, and a Honeywell LT-Cable for providing power. Although this kit has been discontinued, there really isn't anything wrong with it. The 2GIG GC3 can still be used for alarm monitoring service, provided that you obtain a compatible cellular communicator upgrade. The major downfalls for this kit are that no communicator is included and that no encrypted sensors are supported by the 2GIG GC3. Because of these downsides, we give the 2GIG GC3PK10 a 4-Star rating.

There are positive aspects about the 2GIG GC3PK10. The panel and the included sensors all have a great build quality, and you should be able to rely on them for many years. By adding a compatible LTE cellular communicator, you can use this system for alarm monitoring service and connect it with the Alarm.com servers. This will allow you to control your system remotely and check its status from pretty much anywhere. We also like the fact that the GC3 has a built-in Z-Wave Plus controller. This is ideal for establishing a smart home automation network for use with the system.

But the downsides for the 2GIG GC3PK10 should not be ignored. No communicator is included with this kit, so you will need to buy one separately. Really, it makes more sense to just buy a kit with a bundled communicator. Alarm Grid offered various GC3 Kits with included communicators, so buying one without a communicator is a bit silly, unless you were planning to use the GC3 as a non-monitored system. There are no encrypted sensors supported by the 2GIG GC3, so that's a letdown if you were hoping to set up an encrypted system. There is also the fact that this system kit is discontinued, and you are unlikely to find it new. All things considered, the 2GIG GC3PK10 gets a 4-Star score from Alarm Grid.

Good: Good Build Quality, Can Activate w/ Added Communicator, Z-Wave Plus

Bad: No Communicator Included, No Encrypted Sensor Support, Discontinued

Bottom Line: 4 Stars

Honeywell 5899B - Small Magnet for Wireless Door and Window Contacts

Good Replacement Magnet
Submitted on 09/22/2020 Alarm Grid

The Honeywell 5899B is a small replacement magnet for a door and window contact sensor. Being a Honeywell product, it is specifically designed for use with sensors like the Honeywell 5816, the Honeywell 5800MINI, the Honeywell SiXCT, and the Honeywell SiXMINICT. But really, you shouldn't have trouble using the magnet with any standard surface-mounted door and window sensor. The magnet is typically installed on a door or window frame, and it can be mounted using screws or using double-sided foam tape. This is a simple, yet effective magnet that serves its intended purpose quite well. We give the Honeywell 5899B a 5-Star rating.

There are many things to like about the Honeywell 5899B. For one, it is a smaller magnet, making it great for use with smaller door and window sensors. The compact design helps make it less noticeable when mounted on a door or window frame. We also like the fact that the magnet is versatile and able to be used with nearly any surface-mounted door and window sensor. The rounded edges for the Honeywell 5899B are also a nice touch, as they give the sensor a more futuristic and modern appearance.

There are not many downsides for the Honeywell 5899B. Some users are disappointed by the fact that the Honeywell 5899B is only available in a White color option. Users with a different colored contact sensor, such as a black or brown contact may not like the fact that the 5899B doesn't match. And the fact that this is a smaller magnet may make it difficult to use with larger contact sensors. You can try your best to align it, but you may encounter performance issues if you want to use the Honeywell 5899B to replace a larger magnet. But really, these downsides are relatively minor, and they do not stop us from giving the Honeywell 5899B a 5-Star rating.

Good: Compact Design, Versatile, Rounded Edges

Bad: Only in White, Difficult to Use w/ Large Contacts

Bottom Line: 5 Stars

Honeywell Lyric AT&T-LTE 10-1 Kit - Wireless Alarm System, 10 Door/Window, Motion, 8' Cable

Great Lyric Kit!
Submitted on 09/22/2020 Alarm Grid

The Honeywell Lyric AT&T-KTE 10-1 Kit is a security system kit from Alarm Grid that includes a Honeywell Lyric Controller, ten (10) VERSA-2GIG Door and Window Sensors, one (1) Honeywell SiXPIR Motion Sensor, a Honeywell LYRICLTE-A AT&T LTE Communicator, and a Honeywell LT-Cable for providing power to the system. This complete kit includes everything you need to get started, and it is highly recommended for those who are just getting started with alarm monitoring service. We give the Honeywell Lyric AT&T-KTE 10-1 Kit a 5-Star rating.

There are many things to like about this security system kit. The Lyric is a robust and powerful all-in-one wireless alarm system. It is easy to program, and it offers enough zones for a large home or business. The sensors all have a nice build quality, and they can last for many years when maintained properly. This system kit is dual-path ready, as the Lyric has built-in WIFI, and the LYRICLTE-A offers cellular connectivity. Providing power to the system is easy with the included Honeywell LT-Cable. The system can be readily used with Total Connect 2.0 once it is activated for monitoring service. This will allow the user to control their Lyric System remotely. This also opens up the door for other integrations, including Amazon Alexa. And we also love the fact that the Lyric is HomeKit-compatible.

There are not many downsides regarding the Honeywell Lyric AT&T-KTE 10-1 Kit. One limitation is that the built-in automation controller for the Lyric is only standard Z-Wave, rather than Z-Wave Plus. Therefore, you might want to choose a different system if automation outside of HomeKit is your top concern. It's also important to mention that the included door and window sensors with this kit are non-encrypted devices. The Lyric readily supports encrypted contact sensors like the Honeywell SiXCT and Honeywell SiXMINICT, so you can buy those if you want encrypted door and window sensors. But overall, these downsides are relatively minor, and they do not stop us from giving the Honeywell Lyric AT&T-KTE 10-1 Kit a 5-Star rating.

Good: Easy to Program, Many Zones, Good Build Quality, Dual-Path Ready, LT-Cable, Total Connect 2.0, Smart Home Integrations, Apple HomeKit

Bad: Standard Z-Wave, Non-Encrypted Door/Window Sensors

Bottom Line: 5 Stars

Qolsys QR0023-840 - Replacement Adhesive Tape for the IQ DW MINI

Good Replacement Tape
Submitted on 09/22/2020 Alarm Grid

The Qolsys QR0023-840 is replacement adhesive tape for the Qolsys IQ MINI-S Door and Window Sensor. You use this adhesive tape when mounting the sensor to avoid drilling holes in the walls. Although the sensor already comes with this double-sided foam tape, you can purchase the standalone replacement tape if needed. The tape is very sticky, and it does a great job of keeping the Qolsys IQ MINI-S Door and Window Sensor mounted and secured. It includes sections for both the sensor and its accompanying magnet. You can even cut the tape if you need to use it with a sensor of a different size. While this isn't the most revolutionary product out there, we still give the Qolsys QR0023-840 a 5-Star rating, as it is great for its intended use.

The main thing that we like about the Qolsys QR0023-840 is the fact that it keeps a sensor properly secured in its needed location. The adhesive tape is reliable, and it can even be repositioned a few times if needed. We have also found the tape to be very long-lasting, and it can properly support a sensor for many years. The fact that this tape can be cut and used with other sensors beyond the Qolsys IQ MINI-S is also a nice benefit. We have seen this adhesive tape used nicely with other door and window sensors, as well as other sensor types entirely such as motion detectors and glass break sensors.

There aren't many downsides for the Qolsys QR0023-840. If you reposition it many times, then it will begin to lose its stickiness, and you will need to replace it. Additionally, if you drop the tape on the floor by mistaken, then it may pick up hair, dirt, or dust and become virtually unusable. But really, you are likely to find these same downsides for any piece of double-sided foam tape. This is a useful and effective set of adhesive tape for a door and window sensor. We award the Qolsys QR0023-840 with a 5-Star rating.

Good: Keeps Sensor Reliably Secured, Can Reposition a Few Times, Can Cut Tape for Other Sensors

Bad: Will Lose Stickiness if Repeatedly Adjusted, Can Pick Up Dust/Dirt/Hair if Dropped

Bottom Line: 5 Stars

2GIG Go!Control-345AC2 - Wireless System w/ AC2 Power Cable

Older Panel
Submitted on 09/22/2020 Alarm Grid

The 2GIG Go!Control-345AC2 is a version of the 2GIG GC2 System that includes a packaged 2GIG AC2 Power Supply. The prepared 10-foot cable is fixed to the transformer, and it cannot be removed. The other end is a barrel connector that plugs directly into port on the 2GIG GC2. Some users prefer this cable due to the fact that it eliminates the need for stripping wires. But the trade-off is that the user won't be able to easily extend the length of the cable if needed. However, the main objection to this system package is the fact that the GC2 is rather old and limiting in general. All things considered, we give the 2GIG Go!Control-345AC2 a 4-Star rating.

There are positive aspects regarding the 2GIG Go!Control-345AC2. By adding a compatible LTE cellular communicator, such as a 2GIG LTEA-A-GC2 or a 2GIG LTEV1-A-GC2, you can get the system monitored and connected with Alarm.com. And since the panel includes a built-in Z-Wave controller, it can really be used in almost every way that a newer and more advanced panel can be used. The prepared AC2 cable is also sometimes preferred by users, as it makes the installation process easier.

But the downsides for the 2GIG Go!Control-345AC2 should not be ignored. For one, many users find the GC2 programming process to be cumbersome and annoying. There are no encrypted sensor options for the GC2, and a user will want to go with the newer 2GIG GC2e if they are hoping to add encrypted devices. The automation controller inside the GC2 is only standard Z-Wave, which is seen as inferior to Z-Wave Plus. Again, the newer GC2e offers Z-Wave Plus capabilities. And while the AC2 cable is convenient, it cannot have its distance adjusted. Also, if the cable becomes damaged, then the entire transformer must be replaced. This is because the fixed cable cannot be detached. With these downsides in mind, the 2GIG Go!Control-345AC2 only gets a 4-Star rating from us.

Good: Still Usable for Alarm Monitoring, Alarm.com Access, Built-In Automation, Prepared Cable for Easy Installation

Bad: Awkward GC2 Programming, No Encrypted Sensors, Standard Z-Wave, Fixed Cable

Bottom Line: 4 Stars

Qolsys IQ Doorbell - Smart Doorbell for Qolsys Security Systems

Good Doorbell Sensor
Submitted on 09/22/2020 Alarm Grid

The Qolsys IQ Doorbell is a 319.5 MHz doorbell sensor that is used with alarm systems that support the 319.5 MHz frequency. Compatible systems include the original Qolsys IQ Panel 2, the 319.5 MHz Qolsys IQ Panel 2 Plus, and the Interlogix Simon Alarm Panels. The Qolsys IQ Doorbell is installed in-place of a user's existing doorbell, and it is learned-in with a system once proper power has been provided. By pressing the doorbell, you will get a zone fault at the panel to serve as an alert. And if your system is monitored for use with Alarm.com, then you can also have Alarm.com send you text and/or email alerts regarding the activated doorbell. Overall, this is a fine doorbell device for a security system, and we give it a 5-Star rating.

There are many things to like about the Qolsys IQ Doorbell. For one, it's very convenient for receiving text and/or email alerts from Alarm.com when someone is at your door. It can use the existing wiring of an old doorbell, which minimizes the set up process. The IQ Doorbell can also be used as a trigger to activate other devices, such as your smart lights. We also appreciate the fact that the IQ Doorbell is suitable for use outdoors, which is where most doorbell devices are used. Lastly, the IQ Doorbell will work with the chime of the existing doorbell, which is essentially the main function of the device.

There are some downsides regarding the Qolsys IQ Doorbell. It will need to be installed, and while the process is generally quite easy, it's still a minor inconvenience. Some users may prefer to get a doorbell camera instead of the Qolsys IQ Doorbell, due to the fact that a doorbell camera will provide better opportunities for checking-in on your home. There is also the fact that the Qolsys IQ Doorbell has been discontinued, and you are unlikely to find it new. But if you come across a used model, then it should still work just as well. While the IQ Doorbell might be a bit of an old-school device, it still works well for its intended function. It gets a 5-Star score from Alarm Grid.

Good: Text and/or Email Alerts from Alarm.com, Uses Existing Doorbell Wiring, Outdoor Use, Supports Existing Doorbell Chime

Bad: Must be Installed, Not as Feature Heavy as Doorbell Camera, Discontinued

Bottom Line: 5 Stars

Leviton DH15S-1BZ - 15 Amp Decora Smart Switch

Good In-Wall Switch for HomeKit
Submitted on 09/22/2020 Alarm Grid

The Leviton DH15S-1BZ is an in-wall smart light switch designed for use with the Apple HomeKit platform. The switch connects with a local WIFI network to integrate with HomeKit. This allows iOS users to control the device remotely using their iPhones. The smart switch can also be operated using voice commands that are sent through the Apple Siri voice assistant. Overall, the Leviton DH15S-1BZ is a great light switch option for HomeKit users. However, non-HomeKit users won't really be able to get much out of it. But Alarm Grid gives the Leviton DH15S-1BZ a 5-Star score due to its HomeKit capabilities.

The main thing to like about the Leviton DH15S-1BZ is its ability to interface with HomeKit. As we mentioned before, the HomeKit integration allows the user to control the switch remotely through an iPhone and by making voice commands through Siri. We also appreciate the fact that the Leviton DH15S-1BZ can be set up and controlled through the Leviton Decora Smart Home App. This provides greater control over the accessory so that you can configure it exactly how you like. One other major positive is how the Leviton DH15S-1BZ works with most types of lights and ceiling fans. It can even be used with many other switch-operated devices.

The biggest downside for the Leviton DH15S-1BZ is how it doesn't really serve much use for users without Apple HomeKit. While you can control it through the Leviton Decora Smart Home App, that platform does not offer many integration possibilities. We also do not like how the Leviton DH15S-1BZ requires a neutral wire. There are other in-wall smart switches that do not require a neutral wire, so that has to be seen as downfall. Additionally, a traveler wire is needed if you plan to use the Leviton DH15S-1BZ in a 3-way or multi-pole configuration. Again, various other in-wall switches have eliminated this requirement, even in multi-pole wiring configurations. After considering everything, we still give the Leviton DH15S-1BZ a 5-Star rating.

Good: HomeKit, Leviton App, Works w/ Nearly All Lights & Fans

Bad: Limited for Non-HomeKit Users, Requires Neutral Wire, Traveler Wire Needed for Multi-Pole Setup

Bottom Line: 5 Stars