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 DIYers. My name is Darrell with Alarm Grid. Today we're going to talk about the FG701 and how to test the 5853 glass break sensor. We've got glass break sensor. We're going to enroll it into the PROA7, which is the most common panel that we're going to be selling on our site. We're going go ahead and go into Programming, go to Tools, install a code to get in our programming. We're going to go to Programming. We're going to go to Peripherals. We're going to hit the plus key. It's going to 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, the arrow down as a glass break. It's a Perimeter response type, supervised, and set to Alarm Report. We're going go ahead and just name this Main. And there it is in our submenu. 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 with the FG701. There is a test switch inside the 5853 that we short with a screwdriver. It varies on certain models of 5853. So you can also use the FG701 to set it up by placing it in test mode. And I'll see if I can set this up here. We'll have it in manual, and in test. [ALARM SOUNDING] 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. So your FG701, we're going to be in test mode and manual. Well, manual means I'm going to hit this red button on top. [ALARM SOUNDING] You can see it flashes fast when it hears only half of the tone. [ALARM SOUNDING] So that's just the-- that's the shatter or the short version of the test. And we'll do it one more time. [ALARM SOUNDING] When you get the red light, it actually heard the flex tone, or something that simulates a flex tone. That's how you know it triggered the alarm. [ALARM SOUNDING] So it heard a low tone at the same time. It's why I went into 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's going into alarm, and that it's triggering properly. All right, DIYers. After activating the 5853, so we've got the flashing green LED, we're going to 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. As 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. It's on the other side of the room. We're going to do it again. Oh, it just come out. There's a little tip. Hit it again. [ALARM SOUNDING] Now we got our red LED. We're going to do that in all four corners. And every time I move it, it's going to happen. [ALARM SOUNDING] So we've got that. So that's what we're looking for, that thump, and that let's shatter. That's what the glass break sensor is looking for. Now, we're going to drop the shades. [SHADES CLINKING] Oh, no. It's broken. I'm going to reach through. [SHADES CLINKING] Do it again. [SHADES CLINKING] And our red LED should flash. That's what we're hoping for. All right, DIYers, this wraps up our video on the FG701, and how to use it the test the 5853 glass break sensor. If you have any questions on the FG701, or the glass breaker, or any of our alarm systems, you can email us at, or visit our website at If you found the video helpful, hit the Like button, subscribe, and hit the bell icon. This also let's you get notified when we create new content about our products. My name is Darrell with Alarm Grid. Have a great day.