Installation Tips for 5800 Outdoor Transmitters: Part Two

Joe Blalock by Joe Blalock | 06.04.2014

In my last blog post, I reviewed some installation ideas for installing Honeywell’s 5800 Series Outdoor products.  This post offers even more tips to help you out in the field.


There are variety of Honeywell outdoor wireless sensors to help protect homes and businesses.

If you are installing transmitters outdoors or in out-buildings, they may need to be programmed as “Unsupervised” or you may need to add a 5800RP Repeater . For example, the 5800PIR-OD is programmed so it does not report to the central station or set off the siren when the system is armed. It would be a good candidate as an unsupervised zone on the intrusion panel. Even though it is unsupervised, it still checks in, but it will not cause a trouble condition and go into “Check” on the panel. If someone temporally parks a vehicle or places any metallic object in the transmission path of the transmitter, the unsupervised transmitter won’t go into trouble and annoy your customer.  

Environmental Changes that Impact Installation
When you install a 5816OD on the wall of a tool shed, there may be environmental changes that keep it from checking in with the panel after installation. I personally had an issue where I moved a metal framed bed across a room, and it lined up perfectly in the path of my shed door, which is protected by a 5816OD. Needless to say, 12 hours later it went into “Check”. Now I could have turned off the supervision, but that would have left my shed unprotected. I could have moved the bed, but as you know, customers don’t want to hear your interior decorating suggestions. The 5800RP Repeater can help route the signal around the obstructing object.  

Not all transmitters are created equal. For example, if the transmitter uses a coin battery, it has 1/10th the signal strength of a transmitter with a larger battery. That is why a 5816 will transmit farther than a 5811 or a 5800MICRA transmitter.  Also, watch out for drops in the temperature. Some transmitters are not intended to be in an unheated building because they do not operate below 32°F/0°C freezing. This mostly affects the lithium batteries and the transmitter will usually report a low battery condition. The low battery report will restore once the temperature rises again.

I hope this has helped answer some of your installation questions. If you have a tip to share or a question about outdoor transmitters, please leave a comment below.