I've had an omnipro II for a few years used exclusively for security and it works, but not 100%. This summer I'd like to get working to 100% and then expand into some automation and wireless stuff with Homeseer. Ideally, for the problems below I'd like to stick with wired solutions with the omnipro, and only do wireless and non-security stuff with Homeseer.
Zone 1 = front door
Zone 2 = north side windows (~10 in series)
Zone 3 = south side windows (~10 in series)
Zone 4 = exterior garage doors (3 in series)
Zone 5 = basement glass break sensor
Zone 6 = water sensor
Zone 7 = water sensor
Zone 8 = free
Zone 9 = water sensor
Zone 10 = back door
Zone 11 = water sensor
My first and most important issue is Zone 4, the garage doors. Is it best practice to have magnetic sensors on exterior garage doors, or should I be using a contact sensor on the interior garage door or a motion sensor or something? My problem is that every few months Zone 4 will trigger for no reason. How can I get to the root cause of this? I'm not even sure which of the 3 doors is the issue since they are in series. I'm also happy to leave the exterior doors as warnings if best practice is to use the interior garage door. But then I have to add that component.
My second problem is that Zone 3 doesn't work. I'm not even 100% sure it is the window wiring since it has never worked (i.e. signaled open or closed). My windows have contact sensors embedded in them. How can I figure out where the problem is? I've traced network cable but how can I trace this?
My third problem is Zone 11... or any zone I connect last. Once I connect power to it, omnipro sends an error/alert. Am I overloading the system?
Lastly, one of my door sensor only triggers when it is open about 45 degrees... more than enough to slip through. Anyway I can reduce that? It is embedded on the hinge side of the door.
Thanks for any help and advice!