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#1 RobNJ

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Posted 09 March 2012 - 01:02 PM

Hello -

Has anyone mounted an RF door sensor outside where temps can get below zero? I am looking to arm my shed into my M1 system. Why? Because I can :) and with the equipment, fuel, oil in there, it is an easy target. Its about 100' from my receiver.

Problem is most sensors I see are rated from 10F to 110F. Being from the North East, 10F is a frequent occurrence (maybe not this year though).
Has anyone used them in low temps? I assume the range is reduced and may drop out of the monitored status.

Looking for GE compatible wireless door sensor as this is the receiver I have.

Thanks,
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Posted 09 March 2012 - 02:40 PM

I'd rent a trencher.

Actually I am doing just that. :)

Edited by Desert_AIP, 09 March 2012 - 02:51 PM.


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Posted 09 March 2012 - 02:43 PM

I have my NX-650 in my garage which sits 20 feet back from the house. It has worked for a few years and at temps of -15F also. It supports external contacts as well.

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Posted 10 March 2012 - 02:20 PM

Hello -

Has anyone mounted an RF door sensor outside where temps can get below zero? I am looking to arm my shed into my M1 system. Why? Because I can :) and with the equipment, fuel, oil in there, it is an easy target. Its about 100' from my receiver.

Problem is most sensors I see are rated from 10F to 110F. Being from the North East, 10F is a frequent occurrence (maybe not this year though).
Has anyone used them in low temps? I assume the range is reduced and may drop out of the monitored status.

Looking for GE compatible wireless door sensor as this is the receiver I have.

Thanks,
-Rob

I have one of these GE sensors in my mailbox. I live in an area which is known to get extreme amounts of snow, and since I switched from a DS10A (X10 RF sensor) to one of these GE sensors, I haven't experienced any problems. This is the 2nd winter for this sensor, and the battery is still in good shape. Mailbox is close to 100' away from my M1, so I'm pretty sure I would notice battery performance issues pretty quick.

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Posted 12 March 2012 - 09:18 AM

I'd rent a trencher.

Actually I am doing just that.


A word of advice, lightning loves underground wires, use a protector on this circuit.

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Posted 12 March 2012 - 11:18 AM

With the extra run to my shed, I would be pretty close to the 1000' total wiring length mark. Sounds tempting, but I think I will try the GE wireless sensor first. Thanks for the input.

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Posted 12 March 2012 - 12:27 PM

A word of advice, lightning loves underground wires, use a protector on this circuit. Sent from my Galaxy Nexus using Tapatalk


Thanks for the advice.
:)

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Posted 12 March 2012 - 01:08 PM

FWIW, I use various Honeywell 58xx transmitters in -20° weather with out problems.

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Posted 13 March 2012 - 10:52 PM

With the extra run to my shed, I would be pretty close to the 1000' total wiring length mark. Sounds tempting, but I think I will try the GE wireless sensor first. Thanks for the input.


Doesn't sound like it'd work on a good day at that distance from my experience.

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Posted 15 March 2012 - 11:35 AM

FWIW, I use various Honeywell 58xx transmitters in -20 weather with out problems.

Honeywell as just released an outdoor rated contact for low temp and wet locations. Don't have the part number handy but I can look it up

Edit: don't expect it to make 1000 feet though.

Edited by gizzmo, 15 March 2012 - 05:18 PM.


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Posted 21 March 2012 - 08:32 PM

I have a NX-650 installed in my shed which can occasional get pretty cold. My shed is more than 100ft away from receiver. Since the NX-650 has a pretty large antenna bar, the transmit distances are pretty high. I took one outside on a walk test and was quite surprised how far it could reliably send a signal.

I have recently moved the NX650 inside the shed instead of mounting on door frame. I use Honeywell Plunger contact sensor. The doors are abused, so I thought the plunger would hold up better. I have not measured if there is any temp difference using the configuration. Even though the shed is not insulated, I suspect being further inside might make a slight difference.




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