Video - Install a Garage Door Sensor

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    Frank Chapman

    So, from your car, before you open the garage door, you disable your alarm system with your keyfob.  In order to use this sensor, you have to also have the keyfob trigger device.  Is that correct?

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    Joe T

    That is correct. You can use  a keychain remote or the LiveWatch Interactive app to disarm your system before opening the door. 

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    rick seymour

    Does this act the same as other sensors where, if the timer is set it will provide an interval of time to disarm? or does the garage trip the alarm immediately. 

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    Joe T

    This really depends on how to set the sensor up. Typically this will have the entry/exit delay if you park your car in the garage when coming and going.

    There is only one timer so your back door (or any other entry door) will have a 90 second (or whatever you set your delay to). Some still carry a keychain remote and reduce the time on the delay.

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    Dibo Chen

    I have a detached garage. Can I installed a garage sensor and use a keychain  outside the garage arm/disarm the panel inside my brick house? There are about 50 feet distance between the keychain and the panel. I won't hear the arm/disarm announcement of the panel outside my house. 

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    Joe T

    Hi Dibo, 

    The keychain will transmit about 100'. The brick will most likely cause some RF interference with any sensor. I would locate your system as close to the detached garage as you can to help cover some of the distance. You still may need to add a repeater.  

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    Dibo Chen

    Thanks Joe.

    Is there a device or noise-maker I can install in the garage which can siren with the panel if the system is triggered? Don't see the garage sensor with a siren built-in.

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    Joe T

    You can use a TX-8010-10-1 Garage sensor (provided there is no RF interference) for the overhead door and a 60-688-95 Micro Sensor for any personnel doors and/or windows. 

    There is no built in siren to any of these devices. We do have a wireless siren/strobe that you can use with your system. This requires a subscription to LiveWatch Complete

    This has a 90' range so you would want to put another Zwave device(lamp module) in the home that is nearest to the garage to act as a repeater between the siren and the main control panel (Simon XT). 

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    Jami Garrison

    I just received my garage door sensor and I put it in sensor group 20 for standard delay so that I wouldn't have to remember to disarm the system with the keyfob before I open the garage door.  is this not advisable?  I read somewhere else that it should be put into group 40 but that is instant alarm so I didn't want to do that because my alarm would be blaring every time I forget to disarm before opening the door.  

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    LiveWatch Security

    The recommended group for a garage door sensor to initiate an entry/exit delay is group 10. Once you open this door the panel would go into its entry delay and give you your (30,45 seconds etc..) to get inside and disarm the system. If you did not disarm the system before the end of that delay it would then trigger the alarm. Click here for a list of the most commonly used groups.

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    Michael Armstrong

    Is there any way to provide notice that the alarm is set, so that when someone opens the garage door and drives in, she will be reminded to disarm the system before unloading groceries, etc.? A flashing light that operates as soon as the door is opened if the alarm is set would be great.

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    Brian O'Leary

    Hi Michael,

    If you have the garage door set to a delay group (10), the system will give you an entry delay just like your other doors on the system do. This will give you warning beeps from the system and time to get to the system and disarm it before the alarm goes off. If you want additional audiovisual warning from the system, you could get a Doberman or Z-Wave Siren, connect that to your system, and set the HW1 Function in System Options (on the XT/XTi) to 2, so the siren output is active when the system is armed. That way when you open the door and start the entry delay you will get beeping and a flashing strobe on the siren. These two siren models or in the links below:

    http://www.safemart.com/Sirens/ATW-IndoorOutdoor-Piezo-SirenStrobe-DobermanPlus.htm

    http://www.safemart.com/GE-Security-Wireless/Wireless-Z-Wave-Siren-ZWaveSiren.htm

    Please let us know if you have further questions, and have a good day!

     

     

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    Michael Armstrong

    So can I have both? The indoor siren beeping for a pending alarm, and the outdoor siren/strobe only in alarm?

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    Brian O'Leary

    Hi Michael,

    Yes, you could have the indoor siren do beeping and have the siren give you only an alarm; you would need to set HW1 Function for 5 to cause this behavior.

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    Michael Armstrong

    Forgive my ignorance, but if I have an outdoor siren/strobe and an indoor strobe-only both connected to HW1, how do they or the system know which is which? Again, I want only the indoor (strobe) to activate with a pending alarm, and the outdoor (siren & strobe) to activate only in alarm mode.

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    Brian O'Leary

    Hi Michael,

    Sorry for misunderstanding your question. The HW1 setting will apply to both sirens, so you could not have separate programmed behavior for the two separate sirens.

    One possible option for reminders if you have the LiveWatch Interactive service level (or higher), is to set up notifications to your phone for when the garage door is opened. That way, within a few seconds of opening the door you could receive a text with a message, e.g "Garage Door opened-pending alarm". Then you could disarm the system with either your phone or the alarm keypad. Yet another option would be to put a remote wireless auxiliary keypad in your garage so you could get a warning from that and disarm the system with it. We recommend this keypad:

    http://www.safemart.com/GE-Security-Wireless/GE-60-924-3-XT-2WTTS-Two-Way-Talking-Touch-Screen-Keypad-for-the-Simon-XT.htm

    or this one:

    http://www.safemart.com/GE-Security-Wireless/Simon-3-ITI-Wireless-TouchTalk-2-Way-Dialog-Touchpad-60-924-3-01.htm

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    Michael Armstrong

    Texts are blocked on one of the smartphones that might need to know about the alarm setting, so that's out. Adding a full-function remote keypad isn't really in-your-face enough to catch the attention of some users (and seems like expensive overkill). We've got a 924 in the bedroom and really don't like it. A really useful accessory for this and other applications would be a remote switchbox which would set relays to indicate the four states: unarmed-not ready/ready, and armed-safe/pending alarm. Maybe it's time to find a good teenage hacker.

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    Brian O'Leary

    Hi Michael,

    Thank you for your feedback on this issue; we will forward it on to the manufacturer. I will do some more digging in to this issue for you and see if there is a workaround for the sirens. Thank you and have a great Easter weekend!

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    Brian O'Leary

    Hi Michael,

    I did some research and there does not appear to be any way to get two different outputs from the Simon XT system like you were asking about. You can only get one kind of output from the HW1 output on the system. If this changes, such as with future versions of the Simon series or with firmware updates I will definitely let you know.

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