System Sensor 4WT-B - 4-Wire Smoke Detector with 135°F Fixed Heat Sensor

Good 4-Wire Smoke Detector
Submitted on 08/23/2019 Alarm Grid

We think the System Sensor 4WT-B is a fine 4-wire smoke and heat detector. However, we encourage our customers who are considering wired smoke and heat detectors to purchase 2-wire devices instead. A 2-wire device will be much easier to set up, and it won't require any extra added equipment.

Adding smoke and heat detectors to your alarm system is an excellent idea. This is the best way you can be sure to receive an automatic emergency response from your local fire department when a fire occurs. You just need to have active central station alarm monitoring service and have smoke and heat detectors properly installed and enrolled with your security system. If you have an interactive monitoring service like Total Connect 2.0, you can also receive alerts regarding any activated smoke and heat detector.

If you have a hardwired system like a Honeywell VISTA System, then it is likely that you will be considering hardwired smoke and heat detectors. When it comes to hardwired smoke detectors for alarm systems, there are two options to choose from. These are 2-wire devices and 4-wire devices. We recommend using 2-wire devices. They are easier to install, and they do not need extra equipment. The only reason to choose a 4-wire smoke detector is that you can use it at any hardwired zone.

When setting up a 4-wire smoke detector, you need more than just the detector itself. You will also need a relay to supervise the smoke detector's power supply, as well as an external power relay that can cut power to the sensor when an alarm is cleared. You may also need an external power supply if your system cannot supply enough power on its own. As for a 2-wire smoke detector, no extra equipment is needed. The only rule with a 2-wire smoke detector is that you must use the device at a designated 2-wire smoke zone that the system will know to automatically reset when an alarm is cleared. For a VISTA System, this is Zone 1. You can wire multiple 2-wire smoke detectors to this zone in parallel.

You really should only go with the System Sensor 4WT-B if you need a 4-wire smoke and heat detector that can be used at any zone. For most users, it just makes more sense to go with 2-wire smoke and heat detectors and use them at the properly designated zone. If you are looking for a good 2-wire smoke detector to use with your Honeywell VISTA System, then the System Sensor 2WT-B is a great option.

As far as the performance is concerned, the 4WT-B works great. Our technicians have found that the 4-wire device responds reliably to smoke and high temperatures in excess of 135 degrees Fahrenheit. This really is a perfectly capable smoke detector. It's just that we recommend going with a 2-wire device instead. We also want to mention that the 4WT-B does not include a built-in sounder. If you want your hardwired smoke and heat detector to include a built-in sounder, you should consider the System Sensor 4WTA-B or the System Sensor 2WTA-B instead.

Bottom line, the System Sensor 4WT-B is a great 4-wire smoke detector. But most DIY users will find that they will have a much easier time going with a 2-wire equivalent. If you are looking for a new hardwired smoke detector, try and see if you can go with a 2-wire device instead. The System Sensor 2WT-B is probably your best option. Additionally, you might also strongly consider the System Sensor 2WTA-B. The System Sensor 2WTA-B is our favorite hardwired smoke and heat sensor, as it uses a 2-wire configuration, and it has a built-in sounder.

Interlogix 600-6520-95 - Wireless Electrochemical Carbon Monoxide Detector

Better, Less Expensive Sensors Available
Submitted on 08/23/2019 Alarm Grid

We do not recommend the Interlogix 600-6520-95 as a wireless carbon monoxide sensor. There are other wireless carbon monoxide sensors that do the same job at a lower cost. There is no reason to shell out the extra money for the Interlogix 600-6520-95 when there are other devices that are more cost-effective. That is why we give the Interlogix 600-6520-95 only 3 Stars.

Investing in carbon monoxide detectors for your home or business is an excellent idea. CO gas is odorless and tasteless, and it kills hundreds of people every single year. You should take every precaution possible to ensure that this does not happen to you, your employees, or your family. That is why you will absolutely want reliable and trustworthy carbon monoxide sensors. Some of the best places to put these sensors include in hallways, outside of sleeping areas, and in large central locations like living rooms.

While carbon monoxide sensors are very important, you should not overspend to get them. You should get the most affordable carbon monoxide sensor that is compatible with your system and provides accurate detection of CO gas. That is not the Interlogix 600-6520-95. Our technicians find that the Interlogix 600-6520-95 works very well, and it responds reliably to CO gas. But if you are looking for a new CO sensor, then there are other options to consider. These other options work just as effectively, and they can be obtained at a lower cost. Also remember that CO detectors have a limited product life. Once an Interlogix 600-6520-95 reaches its end-of-product-life (7 years), it will need to be replaced. At that point, you should replace it with a more affordable sensor. There is no reason to buy another Interlogix 600-6520-95.

The main product to consider over the Interlogix 600-6520-95 is the Qolsys IQ Carbon. This sensor also operates at the same 319.5 MHz frequency, so it will work with the same systems. This includes the Interlogix Simon Panels, the original Qolsys IQ Panel 2, and the 319.5 MHz version of the IQ Panel 2 Plus. However, the IQ Carbon can be obtained at a lower cost. If you have an IQ Panel 2 Plus, you might also consider the DSC PG9933. The PG9933 uses wireless encryption for added security. The PG9933 will work with any version of the IQ Panel 2 Plus, but it will NOT work with the original IQ Panel 2, nor the Interlogix Simon Panels.

Bottom line, if you already have an Interlogix 600-6520-95, then it should continue to work fine until it reaches its end of life. But if you are looking for a new CO sensor, then go with a different one that is compatible with your system.

Honeywell 5819 - Wireless Shock Processor and Transmitter

Good Shock Sensor, But Discontinued
Submitted on 08/23/2019 Alarm Grid


This product has been discontinued and replaced by the Honeywell 5819S. You should find that the Honeywell 5819S is better in ever possible aspect. If you have an existing Honeywell 5819 Wireless Shock Processor and Transmitter, then it will still work just fine. But if you are in the market for a new device, make sure to get the Honeywell 5819S. There is no reason to buy the Honeywell 5819 when the 5819S beats it in every category.

The biggest benefit that the Honeywell 5819S has over the Honeywell 5819 is that the 5819S is a shock sensor, while the 5819 is just a shock processor. This means that you actually need to connect a hardwired shock sensor to the 5819 to achieve shock-detection function. The 5819 itself is not a shock sensor. But the 5819S does include built-in shock detection. This means that you can use it as a shock sensor on its own, with no additional hardware being needed. Our technicians have found that the 5819S works very reliably as a shock sensor. In fact, our team has found that the 5819S works more reliably than the 5819 with a wired shock sensor.

Returning to the 5819S from the 5819 is the ability to use the sensor as a wireless door and window contact. This is done by programming the sensor with Loop Number 2. You will need a separate magnet to use with the sensor, as no magnet is included with these products. We have found that this function works just as well on the 5819S as it does on the 5819. Both the 5819 and the 5819S have a third programmable loop that allows the sensor to be used as a wireless transmitter for a single Normally Closed (NC) hardwired contact. Again, this feature works just as well on the 5819S as it does on the 5819.

Bottom line, the 5819S works just as well or better in every aspect when compared with the 5819. If you are considering getting the 5819, just get the 5819S instead. There is no reason to choose the 5819 over the 5819S.

Honeywell WAVE-F - Flush Mount Speaker

Good Speaker, But Discontinued
Submitted on 08/23/2019 Alarm Grid


Although the Honeywell WAVE-F is a good speaker, it has been discontinued in favor of the Honeywell WAVE2F. The biggest difference between the Honeywell WAVE-F and the Honeywell WAVE2F is that the WAVE-F is only single tone, while the WAVE2F is dual-tone. There aren't really any advantages to choosing the WAVE-F over the WAVE2F. And now that the WAVE-F is discontinued, you can't even really make that choice anymore.

Another advantage that the WAVE2F offers over the WAVE-F is that the WAVE2F includes a built-in siren driver, while the WAVE-F does not. In fact, the WAVE-F is technically a speaker, not a complete siren. You can only use the WAVE-F if you add a siren driver. This is rather inconvenient, and most users are not going to want to complete this extra step. That is another reason to go with the WAVE2F instead of the WAVE-F. And it is also a good reason as to why the WAVE-F was discontinued, while the WAVE2F is still available.

Assuming that you do decide to purchase the Honeywell WAVE2F instead of the WAVE-F, you will receive an easy to install flush-mount siren that can be installed into a standard double-gang electrical box. The WAVE2F siren might be a small package, but it can produce sounds of up to 106 dB from one (1) meter away. It offers support for a steady tone and a warble tone for added flexibility. It draws 500mA from the panel when the siren is activated, so make sure to keep that in mind when doing your power draw calculations. Its small depth allows it to be unobtrusive as possible.

Bottom line, don't bother with the Honeywell WAVE-F. It was discontinued because the Honeywell WAVE2F is a better device in every aspect. Get the Honeywell WAVE2F instead of the Honeywell WAVE-F.

Honeywell 950W - Wide Gap Commercial Contact

Great Wide Gap Contact Sensor
Submitted on 08/21/2019 Alarm Grid

We strongly recommend the Honeywell 950W as a wide gap hardwired door and window contact sensor. The sensor is great for use in commercial and industrial locations where a wider-than-average magnet spacing gap is needed. The sensor is easy to install and program, but you will need to run a wire from the sensor back to the panel. This is an extremely versatile sensor, and it serves its purpose well. That is why we give it a 5-Star rating.

Door and window contacts are some of the easiest sensors to understand. These devices consist of a sensor and a magnet. The sensor is mounted on the door or window frame, while the magnet is mounted on the moving portion of the door or window. For proper operation, the sensor and magnet should be as close as possible when the door or window is closed. In fact, many users will have the sensor and magnet in direct contact. This is how these sensors earned the nickname of "contacts".

With most door and window sensors, the magnet spacing gap is about one-half inch. But there are many doors and windows where achieving this small of a magnet spacing gap is simply not feasible. That is why they make wide-gap contact sensors. The 950W is one of these sensors, and it will still report that the door or window is closed when the sensor and magnet are slightly further away. With the Honeywell 950W, you can have a maximum magnet spacing gap of 2.25 inches and still expect the sensor to work reliably. Our technicians have tested this sensor and found that it works as advertised.

Please note that there are other industrial contacts that offer an even larger spacing gap. Also note that the Honeywell 950W is a Form A sensor, so you need to use a Normally Closed (NC) Series wiring configuration. But there are many users who will find that the 950W meets their needs perfectly. It is great for use in warehouses and other industrial locations where a large magnet spacing gap is needed. For that reason, we feel that it is worthy of 5-Stars.

Honeywell CELL-ANTHB - AlarmNet Cellular Antenna

Great for Small Signal Boosts
Submitted on 08/21/2019 Alarm Grid

We strongly recommend the Honeywell CELL-ANTHB as an indoor antenna for Honeywell VISTA System Cellular Communicators. The device is much easier to install than an outdoor antenna, and it will provide a noticeable boost in signal for many users. We give this product a 5-Star rating because it is effective in many situations.

A cellular antenna is designed to boost the signal strength for a cellular communicator. This can be very important for making sure the system can send and receive signals reliably. A cellular communicator will offer exceptional reliability, but only when the signal strength is adequate. If you live in a rural area, then you might need to add a cellular antenna or cellular amplifier to achieve a better signal.

The CELL-ANTHB is good for users when only a small boost in signal strength is needed. If you live very far away from any cell towers, then you might need to go with a stronger, outdoor antenna instead. An outdoor antenna will be more difficult to install, as it will need to go in your attic or on your roof. But for many users, the CELL-ANTHB is all that is needed. Just note that the antenna is only designed to provide a signal boost of 1 dB.

A great aspect of the CELL-ANTHB is that it works with the newer LTE communicators for VISTA Systems. These include the LTE-XA, LTE-XV, LTE-IA, and LTE-IV. The device can be mounted on the outside of the metal enclosure used to contain a Honeywell VISTA System. For stand-alone communicators, it can be mounted on or near the communicator itself. An end-user will have no trouble completing the installation themselves. It even comes with the Honeywell K14207LF Cable needed to complete the installation. Please note that the standalone cable is discontinued, so you will need to buy another CELL-ANTHB to get a new one if needed.

Bottom line, we think the Honeywell CELL-ANTHB works very well when only a small boost in signal strength is needed. It is easy to install, and it serves its purpose well. That is why we rate it 5-Stars.

Honeywell 995 - PIR Flush Mount Motion Detector

Great Flush-Mount Motion Sensor
Submitted on 08/21/2019 Alarm Grid

We think the Honeywell 995 is an excellent flush-mount PIR motion sensor. It is great for use in locations where a unique mounting option is desired. By installing the hardwired motion sensor into a single-gang box or recess-mounting it into the wall, you can better integrate the sensor with the building. The sensor works very reliably in this regard, which is why we give it a 5-Star rating.

The Honeywell 995 works like most other motion sensors. It uses passive infrared (PIR) technology to detect movement. This involves looking for the changes in infrared (IR) energy that occur when a person or object comes into the sensor's field of view. When a change in IR energy is detected, the sensor will alert the system to the activity. The system will then respond according to the Response Type for that zone. This allows you to be quite flexible in how you choose to use your Honeywell 995.

What makes the Honeywell 995 unique is its mounting options. The device is not mounted on the surface of a wall or "corner-mounted". Rather, this is a unique "recessed" motion sensor that actually integrates with the building itself. Our technicians admit that this makes the device more difficult for the average DIY user to install. But if you are looking for a flush-mount motion sensor, then this is a great device for you. Remember that you will need to run a wire from the panel to the Honeywell 995 to complete the installation.

As a motion sensor, the Honeywell 995 is perfectly serviceable. It doesn't offer the largest coverage area, but for many users this will not be a problem. Its coverage area is 40 feet by 56 feet, which is great for use in homes and small businesses. There is also an adjustable pulse count for increasing or decreasing device sensitivity, and horizontal and vertical detection adjustments are also available. Please note that pet immunity is not available for this sensor, so keep that in mind if you have pets in your home.

Bottom line, the Honeywell 995 is a great flush-mount motion sensor. It works as expected, and it makes a great addition to a hardwired system. That is why we recommend this product and give it 5-Stars.

Honeywell Lyric AT&T-3G 10-1 Kit - Wireless Alarm System, 10 Door/Window Sensors, Motion, 8' Cable

Upgrade to LTE
Submitted on 08/21/2019 Alarm Grid


We think the Honeywell Lyric AT&T-3G 10-1 Kit is an outstanding system kit. However, we strongly recommend that you purchase the Honeywell Lyric AT&T-LTE 10-1 Kit instead. This is the same kit, but it includes a newer AT&T LTE Communicator, instead of the older AT&T 3G Communicator. Anyone looking for a new system kit should make sure that it includes an LTE communicator. But since the Lyric AT&T-3G 10-1 Kit is still a good kit, we give it 5-Stars.

With this kit, you get a complete system with everything you need to get started for alarm monitoring service. The kit includes a Resideo Lyric Alarm System, ten (10) door and window contacts, an encrypted PIR motion sensor, a convenient power cable, a system transformer, and a 3G communicator. The Lyric is a great system with its support for 128 wireless zones and Apple HomeKit compatibility. It is easy to program, and it offers a simple user interface that is easy to understand. Our technicians believe that it is one of the best systems available on the market today.

You also get some nice sensors for the system. The VERSA-2GIG Door and Window Contacts are straightforward and effective. You can use these surface-mounted sensors to monitor virtually any door and window. They are simple to install, and they work great. The SiXPIR Motion Detecting Sensor that comes included with this kit is also quite nice. It works well in residential locations, and it offers pet-immunity for up to 80 pounds. You also get an LT-Cable and a transformer for powering the Lyric system.

The elephant in the room with this kit is the Honeywell LYRIC-3G Communicator. This device uses the AT&T 3G Network for cellular service. AT&T is expected to discontinue this network sometime in the next few years. As a result, it is no longer possible to activate this communicator for monitoring service. If you already have this communicator activated, then it will continue to work until AT&T shuts down their network. With that in mind, it is strongly recommended that you upgrade to an LTE communicator as soon as possible. You can choose between the LYRICLTE-A and the LYRICLTE-V. An LTE communicator will provide faster and more reliable connectivity when compared with a 3G communicator. Additionally, LTE networks are going to remain in service for a very long time. Getting an LTE communicator for your Lyric is a great long-term investment. Remember that the system also has a built-in WIFI card, so it will be dual-path ready once you add a communicator.

Bottom line, this is a great system and a great kit, so we give it 5-Stars. But you really should go with an LTE option instead.

2GIG FT6-345 - Wireless Flood and Temperature Detector

Excellent Flood and Temperature Sensor
Submitted on 08/21/2019 Alarm Grid

We strongly recommend the 2GIG FT6-345 as a flood sensor and temperature sensor. Our technicians have found that the sensor works reliably in all aspects. It can be easily enrolled with a compatible system, and it offers great versatility as a sensor. The fact that it can be used as a flood sensor without a probe makes it extremely easy to set up. That is why we give this product a 5-Star rating.

In order to achieve full functionality for the 2GIG FT6-345, you will need to program the sensor to three (3) separate zones on the system. Each zone will use a different Loop Number depending on the function for that zone. Loop 1 is for freeze detection. Loop 2 is for high temperature detection. Loop 3 is for flood detection. Please note that Loop 4 is not used with the sensor. Also note that high temperature detection should not be confused with heat detection for detecting fires.

To use the device as a flood sensor, you should have it placed in a location where a water leak is most likely to occur. This includes underneath a sink, near a water heater, next to a toilet, or by a bathtub or shower. With metal contacts on both the top and bottom, the sensor will respond to a water leak no matter how it is placed. We have tested this sensor for water detection, and we noted that it responds quickly and reliably to any flooding events.

As for temperature detection, the sensor also works quite reliability. It functions in a manner that will allow it to quickly respond to unusual temperatures, while also preventing any false alarms. In order to activate for low temperature (freeze) detection, the sensor must be exposed to a temperature of 41 degrees Fahrenheit or lower for three (3) consecutive minutes. Meanwhile, high temperature detection requires the sensor to be exposed to a temperature of 95 degrees Fahrenheit or higher for three (3) consecutive minutes.

We think the 2GIG FT6-345 is a great sensor for any Resideo Lyric Alarm System (Firmware MR3 or higher required), 2GIG GC2, 2GIG GC3, 2GIG GC2e, 2GIG GC3e, or Qolsys IQ Panel 2 Plus with 345 MHz daughtercard. For that reason, we give it 5-Stars. ADC-SVR100 - Stream Video Recorder

Excellent SVR Device
Submitted on 08/21/2019 Alarm Grid


We strongly recommend the ADC-SVR100 Stream Video Recorder. This device is needed if you want to set up a recording schedule for your Security Cameras. As a result, using an SVR is the only way to achieve true, 24-hour continuous recording for your ADC Cameras. Although it has since been replaced by the ADC-SVR122, which offers similar functionality, the SVR100 is still an excellent device. In fact, it is even better than the newer SVR122 in certain aspects.

The ADC-SVR100 is a stream video recorder that allows you to store recorded footage for your Cameras. Although the cloud will store recorded video clips, it will not store continuous footage, unless you have a stream video recorder device set up with your account. With the ADC-SVR100, you are getting a robust and powerful device. Its ability to store up to 4TB (yes, TERABYTES) of footage through two 2TB hard drives is pretty incredible. cut back on this storage capacity, as the newer SVR122 can only store up to 1TB. But with the SVR100, you get up to 4TB of storage.

Now, there are some areas where the SVR100 is weaker than the SVR122. The SVR100 can only support up to four (4) ADC Cameras, while the SVR122 can support up to eight (8). The SVR100 lacks any HDMI port for viewing footage locally, which the SVR122 has. But you can still conveniently access stored footage for the SVR100 remotely through the Mobile App or Website. This is great if you are on the go, and you want to use your smartphone to check out stored footage on your SVR device. Another cool feature is that the SVR100 will still record and save footage to the local network if the internet is out. The footage will then be transferred to the Servers when the internet is restored. To do this, you must keep the IP router running with a backup power supply if the power is out.

Even though the SVR100 is discontinued, it is still an excellent product if you have one. It really offers some outstanding features, and it greatly improves the capabilities of your Cameras. For that reason, we give the ADC-SVR100 a 5-Star rating.