Installation Tips for 5800 Outdoor Transmitters: Part One

Joe Blalock by Joe Blalock | 05.01.2014

With the capabilities of Honeywell Total Connect Remote Services, now is a great time to offer your customers the benefits of 5800 Series outdoor wireless transmitters. For example, while they are at home, your customers can have a driveway motion sensor (5800PIR-OD) that when activated can alert them that someone is in the driveway. Honeywell Total Connect can also trigger a camera to record or email them if they are not home. A 5816OD outdoor wireless transmitter can alert them if someone has accessed their storm cellar or shed door. With all of these opportunities, there may be some new installation hurdles technicians will have to overcome when installing transmitters outdoors. Let’s take a look at some of the challenges they may encounter.

5816ODFenceIntruder

If you are offering your customers the benefits of 5800 outdoor wireless sensors, here are a few helpful installation tips.

One issue that comes to mind is RF range. I’m often asked if we have a signal strength meter for our 5800 Series wireless products. A little trick I learned from one of our engineers is that on our 5800 series receivers, there is an RF interference LED. You may have noticed it blinking when any transmitter is talking. What you may not have noticed was how bright the LED was when it was blinking. The intensity of the LED is the RF signal strength. A bright LED reflects a strong signal, and a very faint blink is a weak signal. You may not be able to know what is behind the siding on the home, but using a receiver, and watching that LED will at least tell you if it is getting through.

Supervision of Wireless Transmitters
Another thing to be aware of is the supervision of the wireless transmitters. You may have noticed that when you fault a transmitter, the RF interference LED will blink six times, pause, then blink another six times. This is how we ensure the signal gets through to the receiver, by transmitting the same message 12 times. When the transmitter is at rest, about every 70 – 90 minutes the transmitter will send out a supervision signal. This message will only blink six times. When the panel has not seen the transmitter “check in” within 12 hours, that zone will go into “Check”.

In my next blog post, I will be giving more hints for installing our 5800 outdoor transmitters. If you have a helpful tip to share or a question about any of these sensors, please leave a comment below.