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Fortress Security Store (TM) S02-B Wireless Home and Business Security Alarm System DIY Kit with Auto Dial + Outdoor Siren and More for Complete Home and Business Security
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- Home security system complete with fully programmable main unit and sensors
- Auto-dialer function will call up to 6 designated phone numbers in case of a security breach
- Door/Window contacts detect any forceful break-in
- Passive motion sensors detect any suspicious movement or activity
- Loud, outdoor 140dB alarm alerts neighbors and deters potential intruders
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The Fortress S02-B is the ideal kit for anyone wishing to install a security system inside the home or business. Complete with magnetic sensors for windows and doors, the unit detects any forceable break in as well as any suspicious movement in rooms by means of the passive motion sensors. It also comes with an extra siren for added volume outdoors. The S02-B comes with three passive motion detectors and ten door contact points. Easy to install and setup, you'll have your own security alarm system running in no time!
Fully programmable, the S02-B will automatically call a designated number in case the security system is breached. It can also be used to play a recorded message or custom sound. Worried there is someone in your house? Call the system from your phone and actually listen to what's going on.
Deactivate the device by punching in the number on the keypad, or disarm before you even get in the front door with one of the three supplied keyfobs. A panic button also sounds the alarm if you suspect an intruder in your own home.
The system comes complete with :
* Main control panel featuring auto-dialer
* 10 X Door/Window contacts
* 3 X Passive motion detectors
* 1 X Panic Button
* 1 X Loud, 140dB alarm (approx. 30 inch wire)
* 1 X Extra outdoor siren (includes approx. 5 ft 110v wall adapter)
* 1 X Panic Alarm
* 3 X Keyfobs to activate / deactivate the alarm
* 4 X Alarm Warning Stickers (two for windows, two for doors)
Power Supply: AC 110V- 220V DC 9V
Internal Power: Ni-Mh battery
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The instruction booklet that comes with the system has been rewritten by the supplier, it's okay, but doesn't go into a lot of technical detail. I found a copy of the original "32 zones wireless alarm system" manual online, and you can tell it comes from the same people that gave us "All your base are belong to us!" The rewritten guide is a good start, but I'll try to fill in what it leaves out.
When you open the box you see there are two power adapters supplied with this system, one for the control panel and one for the exterior siren... the power adapters aren't clearly labeled and look identical, but they are different... one is 9VDC the other 12VDC. The 9V goes to the control panel, the 12V is for the exterior alarm.
Here's what the instruction book doesn't tell you...
You can program more than one sensor to a zone, ie. you can have a motion and 2 magnetic sensors all in zone 3 or all smoke alarms in one zone. At first I thought the 'magic-8' first zones, where you can specify delay, chime, home, etc. were going to be a big limitation, but after I figured out you can have as many sensors per zone as you need it's not that much of a limitation after all... as long as you plan ahead.
The zone type 'home' doesn't have a delay - I thought it should/would, but it acts as 'instant' unless the system is in home armed mode. Keep this in mind when you pick a location for the control panel... again, planning the layout of the system and what sensors are home/delay can save you a lot of trouble later.
The system comes pre-programmed, but you might find resetting the control panel and starting from scratch better suits you needs. A good example is when setting up the sensors to use the zone numbers to identify areas... for example 01-09 can be the main floor, 10-19 the garage, 20-29 basement, 30-32 shed... etc. you get the idea, that way when a sensor trips with a quick look at the control panel you'll know if it's a 2X number sounding it's coming from a sensor in the basement. I think you'll find this a very handy feature and worth the time it takes to reprogram the control panel and that leads us to the next tip...
Once you enter sensor program mode you can program everything by just entering the next zone number and activating the sensor. After you hear the 2-beeps, enter the next zone number, etc. until all the sensors are programmed. This is a big time saver and everything can be programed in under 10-minutes (don't ask me how I know this :)) Just keep in mind the program command 7# (enter sensor program mode) is very similar to the 7* (clear all sensors) command!
The panic button can be programmed in any zone (09-32) and works regardless of armed/disarmed system status, as long as the control panel is on. It doesn't needs to be programmed in the 01-07 zones for it to work as intended.
Motion sensors, have a usable range of about 28-feet, in the literature it states up to 15-meters (45+ feet) and a 110-degree spread - I don't know how they arrived at those figures. I tested 2 of the motion sensors in a big open garage with nothing but air between me and the sensor and never got any where near those kinds of results. Maybe they're using them in a vacuum to get 45 feet?
Inside the motion sensor are jumpers on the PC board to set sleep time and and IR Sensor range. The sleep time is the amount of time the sensor waits after it detects movement to sense movement again, it can be set to 5-seconds (default), 45-seconds or 3-minutes. I see no reason why this needs to be less than 3-minutes in habitable (home zone) areas (kitchen, living room, etc.) and it probably also greatly increases battery life. The IR range can be used to shorten the distance it 'sees' should you need it.
I purchased a few extra motion sensors and when I opened the box noticed that 2 of them were already turned 'on' - how long these have been sitting on a shelf in the on state wearing down the battery needlessly I don't know, but I expect to see a yellow light (low battery) any day now on those.
All the wireless remote controls can be programmed into any one zone (09-32), and/or with other sensors.
A full system reset (0000#) doesn't reset the exterior siren.
I skipped the double-sided tape and screw attached everything - it only takes a few minutes to drill a hole and put a screw in it. This way I don't have to worry about a sensor setting off a false alarm if it becomes unstuck and falls off.
The magnetic door/window sensors will likely need shims on either the door casing or the door itself. I used a variety of things; 1/16" plastic laminate, 1/8" and 1/4" MDF to keep everything in the same plane - I wouldn't bother using these magnetic sensors on windows, burglars aren't going to open the window, they're going to break the glass! Use glass breakage or motion sensors to cover windowed areas.
The motion sensor comes with a swivel base for mounting, using this base the sensor stands a good 1-1/2" away from the wall... in testing I was able to approach the sensor by sliding along the wall without setting it off. I took the sensor off the swivel and mounted the base ("back") of the senor directly to the wall, you need to drill a hole through the plastic, but the entire sensor can be completely dismantled and the PC board removed with just one screw. A 1/4 shim at the top (use some silicon adhesive to keep it in place) will give you the recommended 6-degree down angle. Mounting the bottom of the motion sensor about 7-feet above the floor, there's a screw in the top you need to be able to remove to change batteries so this will give you enough room to get stubby screwdriver in there and by putting it in a corner at 45-degrees seems to give the best coverage.
On the control panel the power switch, telephone jacks and siren connectors are on the side (who designed this thing!), besides why does an alarm need an on/off switch? These should have been on the rear with screw terminals, instead of the push plugs they used. And the control panel should have a much more secure way of mounting it to the wall than a couple of hooks. First thing I did was to open the control panel (screws are under rubber feet) and solder a short across the power switch - there's no reason to ever turn it off that I can think of. I was able to made a recess in the wall and to fish the wires behind the wall to the panel then mounted 1" angle around all four sides it to keep the panel from being removed from the wall and the plugs pulled out, but with the panel hatch closed the panel isn't even visible. Aside from mounting it out of the way in a closet, this is probably the best option to keep it near an exit door.
The inside alarm siren is listed as 140db, I measured ~95db at 5-feet with a sound level meter... it's still loud, but it's not 140db loud.
Now, antenna up or down is the question - or I guess I should say antenna extended, because with the magnetic door sensors they're some instances where the antenna will be pointed down - I'm an antenna up kind of guy, on all sensors no matter how close they are to the control panel and here's why... the control panel only has one chance to receive the signal from the sensor and if there's something else transmitting on a nearby frequency it has a better chance of getting through if the antenna is up. In a well designed alarm system you have motion sensors to backup the magnetic door sensors, so in reality you should have at a minimum two chances to trip the alarm, but still, antenna up is the way to go.
Now for the biggest limitation in this system... the Entry/Exit delay can only be set to 1-90 seconds, yes that's seconds! The default is 30-seconds, now anyone that requires a 30-second exit delay my advice is move! :) Because this really a case of you locking the front door and a burglar breaking in the back door at the same time! 90-second is very short, in my tests this should be a setting that gives you minutes. Let's see why (assuming you're using the control panel for arm/disarm)... arm system, close exit door, wait for the garage door to open, back car out, close garage door... you can't do that in less then a minute. Now try it in reverse, your countdown timer begins as soon as the garage door starts to open, now and try to enter the house and disarm the system in less than 90-seconds... you can't. Very poor design decision to have this important setting in seconds and not minutes. In an otherwise pretty good system this is a big flaw. Okay, I know what you're saying; "why not use the remote control" well, a couple of reasons, but mainly because you can't hear the arm/disarm chirp outside the house, and the exterior siren doesn't sound the chips only the interior siren does and you can't hear that outside the house... in this situation you'll never really know if the system is armed. or disarmed and that's not acceptable. And a remote keypad won't help the situation either, because you're in the car coming in/out of the garage, either the designers don't keep their cars in the garage, or don't have garage door openers, or they're not putting sensors in the garage. I don't know, I don't think they thought this one though all the possible situations where 90-seconds just isn't enough.
Bottom line is would I recommend this to someone? Well, for just a few hundred bucks and a couple of hours of your time you can have a fully functioning home alarm system. It does have its limitations, some more severe than others (entry/exit delay is a BIG thumbs down, as is the location of the siren and power jacks), but careful planning can minimize most of them. Buy an alarm system before you need it - it's well worth the effort - but, maybe find a different brand that allows more choice in entry/exit delays.
I've only had two issues, I ordered 5 additional window/door sensors from Fortress Security and one of the sensors was bad. Mike from Fortress sent me two replacements right way. The external siren had a short which blew out the power supply so Mike sent out a new Siren and power supply. The system comes with a 3 year warranty, I have to believe that the components are above average for the seller to warranty the system for that long.
I know this is a product review but I have to give Mike from Fortress some props. I have called him several times over the course of the installation and with the two hardware problems. He was always very courteous and helpful and responded quickly to all of my requests. His customer services skills are well worth the price of the system. Great job Mike!
- Easy to install. (*)
- Can call cell phones, police, etc.
- Has "key fobs" for easily enabling / disabling the alarm
- Indoor siren + large outdoor siren to alert neighbors
- Door and Window open/closed detectors might be considered large for some people. But, you would need a professionally installed system (built INTO the doors/windows) to avoid this, and that would cost so much more. I list this as a con, but honestly, it's not a big one at all.
* Installation is really easy. You place the sensors on doors/windows with the sticky pads. They seem to hold REALLY well. How long? Time will tell...