Ademco Bi-Directional Accessory List


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Old 02-21-12, 10:25 AM
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Ademco Bi-Directional Accessory List

I am adding a wireless receiver to my Vista 15 and I am wondering if I should spend extra on a bi-directional 5883. I donít plan to use any wirelessly controlled keypads, I donít plan to use a wireless siren, and I donít plan to use one of those talking bi-directional fobs. Are there any other good accessories I'm forgetting about that require bi-directional communication?

I was thinking about getting a 5804 fob for my wife, but I am not sure if that is a wise decision. Someone could approach her as she enters the house, take the fob, and disarm the alarm. With the keypad she has the option of using the duress code to disarm the system. Iím looking for some opinions on the practicality of the 5804.

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Old 02-21-12, 12:52 PM
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Nope, that's pretty much the list of worthwhile bidirectional devices. If you don't wan't one of those, then the feature is pretty useless.

The keyfob does have it's own panic alarm button/combo but you do have to have the presence of mind to remember to use it.
 
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Is there any reason, besides WL range, why a 5881 or 5883 would be a better WL solution than a 6150RF?
 
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Range, mostly. And the flexibility to locate the receiver in a more central location if your site is on the large side.

For any typical residential size layout, the difference between the the versions is pretty much non-existant.
 
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Are those mini Ademco 5814 window transmitters any good? I'm thinking about putting a 5881 receiver in my basement and some 5814 transmitters two levels up in a few upstairs bedrooms. Should I be concerned with their transmission range and the distance to a basement mounted 5881?

One other option is to put a 6150RF key pad in my upstairs Master Bedroom instead of a 5881 receiver in my basement. I'm guessing that the 5814 transmitters will have no problem connecting to an upstairs 6150RF, but then my concern is will my wireless garage door sensor and a 5804 key fob, both operated on the ground level at the very front of the residence, be too far from a second floor 6150RF located in the center of the home?

Opinions appreciated. Thanks.
 
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Actually, the RF keypad on the second floor is going to be much more trouble-free than a receiver in the basement. Basement locations generally have tons of metal and noisy electrical stuff in the way.
 
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Thanks for your reply. I installed a 6160, added a wired zone, programmed my zone descriptions, and connected to a CS. I also have my panel dialing my cell phone as a pager and I ordered a 6150RF.

Are the 5814 window transmitters ok? Would a 5811 be better?
 
 

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