Demonstration of Glass Break Simulator
In this video, Joe from Alarm Grid provides a demonstration of the Honeywell FG701 Glass Break Simulator. Glass break simulators let you test your glass break sensors, without needing to actually break the glass or rely on a sound clip. These devices provide the best way to test glass break sensors.
Testing your alarm system sensors regularly is very important. You want to be sure that your security system is working properly and that it will respond accordingly to an intrusion event. As part of this testing process, you should make sure that your glass break sensors are working properly. In order to do this, you must make sure that these sensors respond to the sound of breaking glass. By using a glass break simulator, you can test your glass break sensors without actually breaking any glass.
The way that a glass break simulator works can vary between different models. But the one Joe is using in the video functions in a rather interesting manner. When the simulator is in an active state, it will produce a high-pitched frequency upon hearing a low-pitched thud sound. Remember, most glass break detectors need to hear both the low-pitched sound of an object hitting the glass and the high-pitched sound of the glass shattering in order to activate. This is a false alarm prevention feature that prevents a glass break detector from activating from simply hearing a high-pitched sound. These devices need to hear both the low-pitched sound and the high-pitched sound to activate.
It is recommended that you use a glass break simulator designed for use with the glass break sensors you are using. For example, the Honeywell FG701 that Joe is using in the video works best with Honeywell Glass Break Sensors, such as the Honeywell 5853, the Honeywell SiXGB, the Honeywell FG1625, and the Honeywell FG730. If you are using glass break sensors from a different manufacturer, you may want to see if there is a corresponding glass break simulator from that manufacturer.
Hi, DIYers. Joe here from Alarm Grid. And today we're going to talk about how to properly test a glass break detector. Glass break detectors are kind of funny devices in that you can't really test them unless you simulate glass breaking somehow. Now, you can simulate this by actually smashing glass. That's not recommended. They sell testing devices that create the noise of glass smashing. We've seen sometimes in a pinch, if you go online and you find a YouTube clip of glass smashing, you can emulate this in certain instances if you're really desperate to test your detector. But the recommended way to do it is to purchase a real glass break detector to provide this sound to the device to make sure that it is working properly, because if you don't use what's recommended, you can't be 100% sure that it's actually going to work. What we're going to show you today is the Honeywell FG701. And we're going to use this to test our Honeywell 5853 glass break detector. One of the nice thing about Honeywell glass break detectors is that they require two tones to trigger. They require a low thud and a high crash. And what that simulates is something hitting glass and then the glass actually smashing. The FG701 creates these two tones. And there's a few steps that you have to take to actually get it to work to trigger the glass break detector. We'll show you this right now. You'll notice on the front of it, you have your speaker. This is where the glass break noise is going to come out of. And it's very loud, so don't hold it next to your ear or near your face when you do this. On the top, we have some switches and some buttons. You notice that on the left-hand side, we have Activate and Test. We have a red button right in the middle. And on the right-hand side, we have FLEX and MAN. Using this button and these switches, this will let us get the detector into the test mode and then actually trigger the test. What we're going to do today is we're going to activate it in the test mode. And then we're going to do in a flex test with this device. How this works is we're actually going to tap the window right here. And that low thud is going to be heard by our FG701, which is then going to create a loud, smashing glass sound to trigger the detector. The first thing that we have to do is test it, though. And if you're doing this in a real environment, you have your glass break set up somewhere. And you're going to want to test this within its detection range. When you install your glass break detector, there's different settings on different models and different capture areas. It'll look like a cone in the installation manual of where it can actually detect smashing glass. You're going to want to measure that and make sure that wherever you're testing from is within that cone. So because our glass break is right here and the window's right here, I know that this is going to be able to trigger this thing. So to get the glass break into the testing mode so it's listening for smashing glass, I have to set this to Activate and then MAN. So I have my FG701 where I want to test from. And I've removed the cover from my glass break so that you all can see this LED that's going to light up when it goes into test mode. Let's give it a shot. [ZAP] [ZAP] [ZAP] [ZAP] [ZAP] So in the tester itself, I have to change some switches to actually trigger the glass break detector. On the right side-- or the left side, I'm going to switch this switch over to Test. And then on the right side, your right, I'm going to switch this switch over to FLEX. And now we're ready to go. What this is going to do, I'm going to press the red button. And then I'm going to tap the glass. And this is going to make a loud glass smashing noise. What we should see on the glass break detector is the red LED illuminate, which tells us that the detector is working properly. So I press the red button. I tap the glass. [CRASH] And you'll see that red LED is flashing telling us that the detector is actually working. If you can't see the red LED, it's just really dim. Watch right here. [CRASH] And that's how you test your glass break detector. This method is the recommended way and the way to test these detectors, because glass break is similar to smokes. You don't know if they're working unless you actually test them. Putting them up there and pressing the test button on them is great, as it shows that it's communicating with the system. And it can send a signal that you need to do one of these functional tests to make sure that it's actually working 100% if you want that assurance. And because it's a security system, it's recommended to do so. 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