60-741-95 - How close does the magnet have to be to the sensor?

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    Justin Haskin

    Joe, will the standard GE sensors operate outdoors?  I have a gate on my fence I want to monitor.  If not, is there an outdoor solution?

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    Joe T

    Hey Justin, 

    They will certainly "operate" but they are not weather proof. You will need to put them in a weather proof box (at least the transmitter) so the unit does not get ruined the 1st time it rains. 

    If you just want to monitor the gate area, you could use an outdoor motion and have it chime every time someone was in that area. 

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    Justin Haskin

    Thanks Joe, that is a good idea.  Given the proximity between the sensor and magnet, do you have any quick suggestions on weather proof boxes that won't impede the signal?

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    Justin Haskin

    Also, Joe, I've had a problem with this sensor not registering.  What is the distance from the Simon XT from which I should have a good signal?  I thought the sensors repeat the signal, extending the coverage as you build out your system, just as z wave operates.  Am I incorrect in that assumption?

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    Joe T

    Stick with a plastic project box that is not to thick walled so you can get the magnet as close to the reed switch as possible (1/2" max). Be sure to toss a silica gel packet to absorb moisture and silicon it closed. 

    Concerning the sensors, they are not like the Z-wave devices that act as repeaters (that would be awesome if they did). The distance is determined by the environment but you can generally expect 100'-150' transmission distances in a typical home (check this post out for best practices on location). 

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