Honeywell 5853: Review

A simple walk through video of the features and uses of the Honeywell 5853 wireless glass break detector.

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The Honeywell 5853 is a wireless intrusion detection alert monitor that detect intrusions at the point of entry. As you will see in the video, this is a perimeter detection monitor and is enrolled in the system as such.

You will learn how the detector works in the video. It has a microphone that will detect the frequency of broken glass and will sound an alert through the control panel. The sensor is easily installed and set up. Once out of the box there is very little to do to install and program your new Honeywell 5853 detector.

Out of the box, the unit is a two piece device with a tab on the top for opening. Follow the guide to see how to open the case to get to the parts inside. As with all Honeywell components, you will have an instruction sheet that will explain everything in detail.

With the hinge cover open you will have access to the battery and the controls. The controls will allow you to set the range of detection based on the size of the room and the amount of windows or glass you want to monitor.

The first thing to note is the dip switch controls inside the unit. As the instruction guide shows, there are several position options for the dip switch to determine the frequency of detection. The video shows where these switches are and where to find the position indication instructions.

To program the Honeywell 5853, you will remove the battery blocking slip. The device comes with the battery in place; you just have to remove the tab as shown in the video. Once the battery is active, you are ready to program the device.

Our walk through video will cover the next two components you should be aware of. The tamper switch on the sensor has a plastic tab on the cover that will hold down the tamper switch inside the unit

This tamper switch will deactivate the device when the cover is open so that you can change the battery or alter the dip switch controls.

The other aspect is the microphone. As you will learn, one device can detect up to 25 feet worth of perimeter detection. This means you can have one sensor in a room that will detect broken glass intrusion for multiple points of entry.

Having the peace of mind knowing that every room is easily and cost-effectively monitored is wonderful. As you will learn in the video, with the Honeywell 5853 glass break intrusion detector, that is what you get.

Now that your device is powered on and you know about the features included with the sensor, you will need to program the device to the control panel. We have other video tutorials for you to watch that will cover this programming in high detail. We want to ensure you have as much knowledge of your security system as possible.



This is our Honeywell 5853 Wireless Glassbreak Detector. For intrusion detection, the most common options are door and window sensors or perimeter protection, motion sensors or interior protection, and glassbreak detectors. These are considered perimeter protection, as well. They detect intrusion at the point of entry, the exact perimeter detection point.

Unlike a door and a window, which picks up an alarm only if an accessible opening is violated or opened, the glassbreak picks up an alarm if it hears the frequency of broken glass. This is a great option for a room with a lot of windows, especially if those windows are unlikely to be opened when you're armed. If you have good locks on your windows and you know you're always locking your windows, then putting a contact on the window would give you a false sense of security.

If a criminal really is not going to be able to open the window to climb in, then having a contact on the window is not helping you. In that case and with those kinds of windows, if the criminal wanted to get in that window, he's going to smash the window and in that case, if he climbs through the window and never opens it, the contact on the window is not going to protect you-- not going to offer any protection at all. Of course, if he smashes it, reaches in, undoes the latch, and then opens the window, the contact would work.

So there may be times where you have contacts on the windows and you have a glassbreak in the room and you have a motion in the room. That would be full protection. Most people don't go to that extent. So you kind of have the option to either say, I'm going to use motions or I'm going to use a glassbreak or I'm going to protect from the opening with a door and a window sensor.

The glassbreak is a nice one unit here. You have at the top a little indent, which you can use to pop the cover open. It just snaps open and hinges up and we have the inside of our Honeywell 5853. You can see that there are dip switches up in the top right. There are two switches.

And at the bottom here, they give you the indication of what sensitivity you're selecting based on your dip switches. You have low to max sensitivity. The best range you'll get on one of these units is 25 feet. That's with max sensitivity. For our purposes, this is not our installation video. We're not going to go too deep into that. I just wanted to highlight-- we're just going to show you now how to program this sensor.

You can see that the 5853 comes installed with the battery already there and it has a little plastic Pull to Connect tab. We hold our battery down, we slide out the plastic tab, and now our battery has contact on both ends and the sensor's powered up. The tamper switch on this device-- unlike the rest of them which have the dongle that you can press, the 5853 actually has a plastic tab on the inside of the cover which when closed holds down this metal tamper switch.

And that's how the detector works. This little black device right here is the audio microphone that's picking up the actual frequency of broken glass. This device can be used to protect numerous openings or glass openings in a room. So if you had five windows or a sliding door and a couple windows, one detector on the ceiling or the wall opposite the row of windows or the door, any window or door that breaks in the room should activate this sensor.

So this is a great way to save money also because putting a contact on every door and window can get expensive. Putting a glassbreak in every room could be a more economical way to give you full perimeter protection of your home. Now that we've reviewed the 5853 and how it works, we're going to show you how to program it to the L7000 Panel.