Intrusion Detection: 4 Tips for Installing Residential Wireless

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The same rule of thumb holds true for a wireless window or door contact. If a contact is designed to be installed inside, mounting it on the door of a shed outdoors where it will be exposed to rain and moisture will eventually impact its ability to function. Check the manufacturer specifications before you buy and install a device for these and other specific characteristics.


Tip 4: Understand Range and Device Battery Life

Wireless intrusion systems have greater capabilities than ever before, which includes the ability to cover buildings of several thousands of square feet. While the overall range of wireless systems has increased significantly in recent years, it is still important to know the range limitations of the specific system you plan to install. Can it adequately cover the space in which you plan to install it or are there interference issues that need to be considered with the placement of such things as PIR sensors?

A wireless intrusion system rated for an area of less than 3,000 square feet will not be adequate for a 5,000 square-foot home. The range of a device can also have an impact on the mounting location selected. If an installer mounts a PIR sensor and a large picture window is in its field a view, the alarm could potentially sound if someone walks by the window and those people or object are within the range of the sensor.

Security installers can realize many benefits from offering and installing wireless intrusion systems as part of their security product portfolio. By keeping these key pointers in mind, dealers and integrators can ensure an easy installation process and deliver reliable systems to their customers.



Tim Myers is director of Product Management, Strategic Product Planning, for intrusion brands for Tyco Security Products. He is located at the company’s office in Toronto, Canada and can be reached at