Honeywell 5853: Program to 2GIG GC3


This video tutorial explains how to program the Honeywell 5853 wireless glass break detector with the 2GIG GC3 wireless security system. Honeywell 5853: ...


Hi, DIYers. This is Frank at Alarm Grid. We're back in the Alarm Grid lab, working on the 2GIG GC3 panel. Today we'll be showing you how to program the Honeywell 5853 Wireless Glassbreak Detector. This is a pretty slick unit, designed to pick up the sound or the thud associated with broken glass. So this is a great unit for homes or businesses-- primarily homes-- where there are pets. As we've discussed in other videos, there are motion detectors that do have pet immunity. However, with certain pets-- maybe cats, larger dogs-- that are active and move around-- maybe jump off of furniture, running up and down stairwells-- can trip motions and cause false alarms. A way to add further protection beyond just the door and window contacts-- the Glassbreak is a great item for that. It's also great for fixed panes of glass-- if they don't have an opening feature-- skylights, bay windows, storefront windows. Whatever it may be, they're all great candidates for this. The 5853 has a 25-foot detection radius. So anywhere within 25 feet-- left, right, front, or back-- or front really-- just kind of in a radius this way in the front side of this unit-- it will detect any broken glass within that radius. There are specific types of glass that are not covered and that it will not pick up. Hurricane glass, any types of Plexiglas that's not regular glass will not pick up. There's a specific guide you can find in the install guide on our website-- that lists out these specific types of glass and the area that the glass is required to have in order for this to pick it up. It does cover most glass, though. So we'll show you how to program this unit. First, what you want to do is-- when you get this out of the box-- you want to take a little flat head screwdriver. And we'll wanna pop this open and swing it down. And we'll have our battery and our serial number. I always like being in the habit of documenting the serial number-- if you have a camera on your phone or you just want to document it on a piece of paper. Today we're going to be putting this in our living room as our Living Room Glassbreak. So we can just write down on a piece of paper-- Living Room Glassbreak-- and write the serial. We can also auto enroll it-- which I can show you how to do with the tamper button. But the main reason why we want to open this up is to actually pull this little tab here. That will activate the Glassbreak. You'll see the lights come on. And basically this is just a way to prevent this battery from draining when this is stocked in inventory-- before it ends up at the customer's secured premise. So now that this battery is active, we can just point out here-- on the inside of the cover there's a few DIP switches that can set sensitivity on here. So you can see-- it's very, very small, but there's two DIP switches here. And they have a few different settings. So you can use this guide on the inside of the panel cover to set that sensitivity. You can usually leave it on default-- which is medium-- until you have any issues when you're doing your testing-- either just by maybe opening and closing doors at the normal speed in the area or giving the wall a small knock. You can also use the Honeywell FG701, which is a Glassbreak simulator. That unit is specifically designed to test these Honeywell Glassbreaks. So you can use that to test as well. And based on where the glass is, you can lower or heighten the sensitivity. So for today's purposes, we'll leave it on the default medium sensitivity. Put our screwdriver down. And we have our sensor here. We're going to pop into programming. For today we'll actually manually enter in. But just like any other wireless device, you can use the tamper switch to auto enroll. The assumption is that we've already mounted this on the wall or we've already pulled the battery and closed it up. So we'll hit the 2GIG symbol on the top right, and then enter our installer code. The default installer code for the GC3 is 1561. If you've changed that code already, then just use that code. So we'll use 1561, go into System Configuration, Wireless Zones. All right. So there's two ways to get in here. We can either click over to the zone or-- if we go back-- once you're on whichever zone number you want to be-- we're just on zone one today-- click Edit down at the bottom here. Here, we have our programming. So on the top right, we're already in sensor type. This is a Glassbreak, so we always want to have this set to what's called perimeter. That's sensor type 3. So perimeter is a setting so that when you Arm Stay or Away, this device is active immediately. Unlike a motion detector that would need to be disabled during stay mode, even if you are Armed Stay and in your home, if there's glass broken, we want it to trip the alarm, so that if there is a break-in and somebody's breaking your glass, you know. People ask, well, what if we break a glass? Well, it's an off-chance. And if it does happen, then the alarm will go off, and you can step to the keypad and disarm it. But if you're worried about it, you can set this to an interior type-- like Interior Follower-- and that will eliminate this from being active during Armed Stay. We always recommend setting it on perimeter just to be more secure, so we'll keep it on perimeter for now. So we'll hot Equipment Code. And we'll select this little drop-down menu on the right. We'll swipe down to Honeywell. This is a Glassbreak Honeywell 5853. So it's actually listed right in the menu as 0519 for the equipment code. We'll go down to serial number. And this is where we can manually enter that in. So on the back side of the unit, you have 0626635. If you've already installed this on the wall, again, you could hit Learn, and then it would look for it. It would listen. I actually have some motions in the room, and that's why I'm not auto enrolling it right now. So we can manually enter it, like I did-- the 0626635-- and then we can go ahead and bump to the next selection here. Before we move forward-- back to the serial number-- if this is already wall-mounted, you can open this up and just verify the serial number on the inside. There's another sticker inside the tamper cover. So down here, we want to keep it on Loop 1. The 5853 is always Loop 1. Transmission Delay-- we'll disable that. As discussed in our other videos, we always want to disable that so that when there's an alarm we get the alarm immediately. If, for whatever reason, you've had false alarms in this particular zone before, or you're just trying to be very cautious around false alarms-- maybe there's high fines in your area-- you can keep that enabled if you want. And that will map to the transmission delay period listed in the panel programming. So we'll go to Voice Descriptor, and then hit Edit Voice Descriptor. So we'll label this as the Living Room Glassbreak. So we'll do Living Room Glassbreak there. We'll hit Done. And then there's only a few more selections here. We'll hit Sensor Reports. We always want it enabled so it sends out to the central station. Hit Sensor Supervise. We always want to supervise this to make sure that the panel is in communication with this and it's online. If it ever does fall offline, it will give you RF supervision trouble. We can hit Sensor Chime here. This isn't a unit that will fall very often, and you don't really need a chime for it, so we'll just disable that for now. We'll hit Return to System Config. Back out and save at the summary screen. Now, the best way to test this is to use the Glassbreak Simulator. So we can't really fault this and test right now. You could give it a knock if you wanted to and see Living Room Glassbreak. But that's really the only way to test it. The way to truly test this unit for actual glass breakage is that Glassbreak Simulator-- the FG701. You can purchase that on our website as well-- If you have any other questions on programming the 5853 Glassbreak to your GC3 panel, you can email us at And don't forget to subscribe to our channel.