Honeywell 5853 Glassbreak Detector: Properly Testing

Honeywell 5853 Glassbreak Detector: Properly Testing

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In this video, Darrell from Alarm Grid shows you how to first enroll a Honeywell 5853 Glassbreak detector into a Honeywell Home PROA7PLUS or PROA7 panel. In order to do this, the panel must have a PROTAKEOVER module installed, set to receive Honeywell 5800 Series wireless devices at 345 MHz. Darrell uses the tamper to enroll the device into one of the ProSeries panel's zones.

Once the Honeywell 5853 has been enrolled, it's time to properly test the device using the Honeywell FG701 Glassbreak Simulator. Not all glassbreak simulators are compatible with all glassbreak detectors, so be sure to verify compatibility before attempting to test.

To put the 5853 into test mode, the user can either use a screwdriver or other metal implement to short across the metal points on the test pad inside the detector, or the FG701 can be used to put the detector into test mode as shown in the video. The 5853 MUST be in test mode to properly test using the simulator. You can tell once test mode has been entered by the blinking green LED on the 5853.

Once the 5853 is in test mode, go to the glass to be protected. Set the switches on the FG701 to Test and Flex, then press the red button on it. This initiates what is called an "Arming Period" which lasts for eight (8) seconds. While this mode is active, the FG701 is listening for a Flex sound coming from the glass to be protected. The 5853 will also be able to hear this tone. You create this sound by striking the glass with the side of your fist opposite your thumb. This causes the glass to flex, which makes a low-frequency sound that you can't hear, but the FG701 and the 5853 can hear. Each time the FG701 hears a Flex sound, it will begin a new eight (8) second Arming Period. If necessary, press the red button again to put the FG701 back into its Arming Period.

When the FG701 hears the Flex tone, it will simulate the high-frequency sound of glass shattering. The 5853, hearing the low-frequency Flex tone, followed by the high-frequency shatter tone, will indicate an alarm. This test should be repeated in each of the four corners of the protected glass, and the center. The test should also be performed with any window coverings in their closed position, to be sure they won't block the sensor's ability to protect the glass.


hey diys my name is daryl with alarm grid today we're going to talk about the fg 701 and how to test the 5853 glass break sensor we've got our glass break sensor we're going to enroll it into the pro a7 which is the most common panel that we're going to be selling on our site we're going to go ahead and go into programming go to tools to the installer code to get into programming we're gonna go to programming we're gonna go to peripherals we're at the plus key it's gonna look for the sensor a lot of these should already be enrolled if you're not this is a new lesson on how to enroll it we're going to trigger the tamper switch on the device and they're enrolled with our serial number that shows up with the sensor itself once we've done that we're going to make sure that we're going to set this up as a device type i'm going to arrow down as a glass break it's a perimeter response type supervised and set to alarm report uh we're go ahead and just name this main and there it is in our sub menu we save it then we hit the save button to save the glass break now that it's saved in there we know we've got it everything looks good and it goes on to testing this with it this fg i want the seven fg 701 there is a test switch inside the 5853 that we short with a screwdriver it varies on certain models of the 5853 uh sub you can also use the cfg701 to set it up by placing in test mode and i'll see if i can set this up here we'll have it in manual and in test which is not we want activate apologize for that and if you'll look the green led is now blinking on your 5853 it is ready to test so there's two parts to testing the glass break sensor there is a flex tone which is the glass where it bends and flexes the second one is when it breaks or shatters and that's what this is listening for it's listening for the break after the flex tone now there's only one way to generate the flex tone is by actually banging on glass banging on something to get a tone to get it to acknowledge the lower half of that with your fg 701 we're going to be in test mode and manual well manual means i'm going to hit this red button on top you can see it flashes fast when it hears only half of the tone so that's just the fl that's the shatter or the sharp version of the test i'm going to do it one more time when you get the red led it actually heard the flex tone or something that simulates a flex tone that's how you know it triggered the alarm so i heard a low tone at the same time that's why i went to alarm with red the reason we're going to use this over any other method to test the 5853 glass break and all glass breaks for honeywell is that this will give you a better way to test that because we're looking for the two tones this is going to simulate the best sound for glass breaks other than breaking glass itself with this we don't want to kind of it's one of the harder things to test and this makes it 10 times easier to make sure you're getting that test your sensor is going into alarm and that it's triggering properly all right diy-ers after activating the 5853 so we got the flashing green led we'll come over to our glass and we're actually going to test this so we need to hit the test and we need to go to flex and press the red button on the top the little click says we're ready to go soon as i set this down it's going to start doing that so we want to thump the glass and our light should flash red on the 5853 that's on the other side of the room we're gonna do it again oh it just come out there's a little tip hit it again and we got our red led we're gonna do that in all four corners and every time i move it it's gonna happen [Music] so we've got that so that's what we're looking for that foam and that shatter that's what the glass brick sensor is looking for now we're going to drop the shade oh no it's broken i reach through do it again and our red led should flash that's what we're hoping for all right diys this wraps up our video on the fg 701 and how to use it to test the 5853 glass break sensor if you have any questions on the fg 701 or the glass break or any of our alarm systems you can email us at support or visit our website at if you found the video helpful hit the like button subscribe and hit the bell icon this also lets you get notified when we create new content about our products my name is daryl with alarm grid have a great day