Sensors are the most common piece of home security equipment, and door sensors are one of the most important. In nearly 24% of burglaries, forced entry was used on the front door to gain access to the home. In total more than a third of all burglaries involve the front door, and 75% of all break-ins occur through a door. Homes with alarm systems are three times less likely to fall victim to burglary.

At Protect America we use unique, micro and magnetic wireless sensors that are inconspicuous and easy to keep out of the way. They detect when any door or window is opened.

Protect America partners with Ion to provide two different recessed door sensors. These sensors work similarly to other sensors, except the contact and magnet of the sensor are hidden into a door and a door frame. In order to place them, a small, and oftentimes circular hole is drilled into a door frame and in a corresponding point on the door itself.

The two options are door/window plunger sensors, and door/window switch sensors. Both options are designed to protect doors and windows as well as give customers the added advantage of having a concealed door/window sensor.

Recessed Switch Sensor Installation

Both sensors are 0.33″ deep by 0.75″ in diameter. These sensors are fully concealed for wood, vinyl or aluminum clad windows. Batteries are said to last 5+ years on average, and they have a 500 foot open air wireless transmit range.

The following image is a simple, step-by-step guide for installing your switch sensors.

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Quick Tip: Once the sensor is installed it should look like the picture indicated by the arrow.

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Quick Tip: When placing the magnet, ensure the surface is clean and the magnet and sensor are aligned properly as indicated in the picture.

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If you need further aid installing switch sensors, the video below will be a useful visual aid.

Recessed Plunger Sensor Installation

The following image is a simple, step-by-step guide for installing your plunger sensors.

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Quick Tip: Once the sensor is installed it should look like the picture indicated by the arrow.

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If you need further aid installing plunger sensors, the video below will be a useful visual aid.

How to Sensors to the Control Panel

The next and most important step is to connect your sensors to your control panel so they begin notifying you of activity. The process is simple, as outlined below.

1.  Press the scroll buttons up or down until the panel displays System Programming.

2. Press OK. The system prompts for an access code.

3. Enter 1960 and press OK. The panel displays Access Codes.

4. Press the scroll buttons until the panel displays Sensors.

5. Press OK. The panel displays Learn sensor.

6. Press OK. The panel displays Trip sensor ##, with the number signs flashing.

7. Remove the blue casing and slide the battery out. The panel beep and display Sn ## Grp 10<Front Door>, with the Grp 10 flashing. Use the number or scroll buttons to enter 10 for a delay or 13 for no delay as the group number; press OK to accept the group number displayed.

8. The sensor text is now flashing. Use the scroll buttons to scroll through the text list or enter the three digit shortcut.

9. Press OK to accept the first text segment. You may enter more text or press OK again to finish adding the sensor.

10. The panel displays Trip Sensor ## (with the next available sensor number). Press STATUS repeatedly to exit.

Any entry point that a burglar can access is vulnerable. To know how many sensors will be needed for the home, count how many doors and windows could be accessed. Our security experts can help if you are unsure.

For further support on you recessed sensor, or any other home security needs, contact our general care experts at 1-800-951-5111 or online at our support page.