Using existing wired sensors

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Fisherguy
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We're switching over to Telus for our home alarm, will their installers be able to use my existing wired door magnets and my existing motion sensors?
Does Telus use any wired motion sensors when they install them or are theirs all wireless?

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Telus will need to use the sensors designed for their system. All are wireless, Low energy Bluetooth for the motion sensors, smoke detectors and door sensors, Wi-Fi for most of the other devices.

 

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Fisherguy
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Do you know that for a fact, are you an installer?

 

This says "... up to two hard-wired zones".

 

https://www.telus.com/en/smarthome-security/security-system-products/security-system-control-panel 

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Fisherguy
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@NFtoBC wrote:

Telus will need to use the sensors designed for their system. All are wireless, Low energy Bluetooth for the motion sensors, smoke detectors and door sensors, Wi-Fi for most of the other devices.

 


OK, well obviously you're not and installer!!    

 

Had the alarm installed today, Telus  IS  able to use your wired door sensors when they do the install and I'm guessing they can use the wired motion sensors as well.  We had to get pet friendly motion sensors though so we upgraded to new wireless ones.

Danger
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What system did you have? They were not able to use anything from my 3 year old DSC system.

Fisherguy
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I don't have the box it came in but the panel says "IQ Panel" on it.  It's a new one I hear.  He had to put an interface in the basement for the door sensor wiring which connects wirelessly to the IQ panel upstairs. 

So far the system seems pretty nice, I just wish there was an actual siren when it goes off instead of that high pitched squeal.  An outdoor siren would be good too, I have a soffit plug I could power it with.

Fisherguy
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Looks like they put in an Qolsys IQ Panel 2 and a Qolsys 16F.

Alarm Grid link 

Danger
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Well that is a little irritating. Said they couldn't use the door sensors or motion sensors now it looks like they could have, just this was easier.

Fisherguy
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That might be only with this new panel though, not sure but it definitely IS more work for the installer who only gets 2 hours for an alarm install, that's BS.  The guy spent 5 hours at our house and didn't even take a lunch break.

 

On the website Telus doesn't list any kind of external siren, the squeal of the panel is totally inadequate IMO.  Yesterday I tested it, came in the basement door (the one used in a recent break in) and I could barely hear it.   If I was in my shop and the alarm went off in the house I wouldn't hear it, none of my neighbor would hear it at all.  What good is an alarm if no one can hear it?  Would take probly 20 minutes for the |RCMP to respond from town.

Qolsys (maker of the panel) makes  makes plug in remote sirens, seems strange Telus doesn't sell them.

Fisherguy
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@Danger wrote:

Well that is a little irritating. Said they couldn't use the door sensors or motion sensors now it looks like they could have, just this was easier.


When was yours installed?
Do you think the squeal is loud enough?

mopudding
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Was able to use all my wired magnetic sensors but had to consolidate a few of my zones. I think max was 16. Couldn’t use my wired motion sensors, had to switch to their wireless ones. Overall, happy with the product.

Fisherguy
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@mopudding wrote:

Was able to use all my wired magnetic sensors but had to consolidate a few of my zones. I think max was 16. Couldn’t use my wired motion sensors, had to switch to their wireless ones. Overall, happy with the product.

 

You don't have any kinda extra siren with your setup?

 


 

Danger
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Just got installed this past spring, looks like it is the same system you have. As for the siren, I haven't tested that yet and wont have the opportunity for a while. But will when I can.

mopudding
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My original wired system has a siren mounted in the hall, but my understanding is the new siren is in the control panel but isn’t connected to the hall mounted siren.

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The “siren” speaker is mounted in the control panel and is LOUD.. If you test it turn it down your pets will thank you.


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Fisherguy
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@WestCoasterBC wrote:

The “siren” speaker is mounted in the control panel and is LOUD.. If you test it turn it down your pets will thank you.


The  squealing sound the panel makes is not nearly loud enough, nowhere near as loud as the old fashioned sirens they used to use.  I can hear the squeal upstairs, barely hear it downstairs in the shop, can't hear it at all in my main shop out front, can't hear it at all outside the house.

The board they use for the wired sensors only puts out half an amp, not enough to power the old fashioned 20 watt siren the old panel had.

Qolsys makes plug in sirens that will link up but it seems Telus doesn't use them.  I find it hard to believe I'm the only one who finds the squealing panel inadequate...

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I always preferred the ‘Jesus’ alarm.

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