Recessed door/window alarm sensors are a common feature in most home alarm systems and often recommended to complete a Z-wave security system for do-it-yourself setups. The most common sensors include:
- Z-Wave Plus Sensor Gen-5 (yes, that’s the name) – This sensor doesn’t win points for creativity in a name but it does win a recommendation for reliability and being gentle on the wallet. Provided with a 5-year battery life and lots of strong reviews, the Z-Wave Plus works with all Z-Wave home security systems. It does require a bit of patience getting the sensor to connect initially with a given hub sometimes, but once settled it works reliably. The product is designed and manufactured by Aeon Labs.
- Monoprice Z-Wave Plus Recessed Door/Window Sensor – This is a generic Z-wave door and window recessed sensor on the market that generally does the job for a discount cost. It doesn’t come with additional features or capabilities. Instead, the Monoprice unit is a baseline sensor for minimum system protection of panels and door entries that needs to be hidden in installation. All units are encrypted to eliminate hacking and come with no logo for manufacturer identification.
- Aeotec Z-Wave Recessed Door Sensor ( ZW089 – C Plus) – Completely hidden into the door once installed, this sensor is an ideal, cost-effective choice for adding entryway and wood-frame window controls. Command communication is secure so the sensor is not easily compromised by the wave of a magnetic wipe stick or similar thief tool.
- Vision Z-Wave Plus Recessed Door Window Sensor (ZD2105US-5) – This little fellow was beefed up for reliability. It has a faster processing chip, a lithium battery for long life, increased and higher-sensitivity tamper detection, and instant electronic notification capability. The sensor works with a variety of home systems including SmartThings and HomeSeer.
A Sensor is Not a Barrier
The thing to remember about door/window recessed sensors is that they are simply perimeter defenses. They won’t stop an intruder and if the frame of the door or window stays intact, in many cases they won’t send an alarm notice due to no breakage of the sensor head magnetic signal. So while these sensors are good for the benefit of sloppy intruder entry who doesn’t know better, they can be circumvented by a break-in artist who understands how the technology placement actually works.
Comprehensive Systems Work Better
A comprehensive security system is the key to better alarm notice and intruder prevention. Protect America offers plans that include integration of multiple equipment components which, together, provide a greater defense for a home. External cameras, recessed door/window sensors, room zone sensors, and reinforced window and door panels together all make it much harder for an intruder to get in and stay in for any length of time to do damage without alarm. And the key many times in prevention is to make it so difficult for a thief or intruder that other less-secured targets appear far more attractive, avoiding the intrusion problem altogether. Protect America’s plans and equipment can give a homeowner full peace of mind with a comprehensive approach to home security. Take a look at our website to find out more today!