Wireless Home Security 101 – Wireless Garage Door Sensor

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Learn More about the Wireless Garage Door Sensor

The magnetic door sensor is the most common alarm system device (I really like the wireless door sensors), and every alarm system has at least one door sensor. That only makes sense: the door is the most common form of entry for burglars, by a wide margin. But now there’s a really powerful addition to the home security arsenal: the wireless garage door sensor for the overhead door. Since a motion sensor is not the most reliable way to protect the garage, especially summer or in warmer climates, it’s great to add the garage door sensor to your roster of security options. And if you think it’s too hard to break into your garage this way, check out this video – it surprised me, even after all these years dealing with home security!

Explaining the Garage Door Sensor

The garage door sensor has been with us for some time, but it has traditionally been a clunky hard-wired device that mounted on the door’s rail and used oversized magnets – and was so tough to install that it was rarely used. The new wireless sensor is smaller than your thumb, and has a weight switch that’s activated as the door is lifted and moves from vertical to horizontal. The sensor communicates wirelessly to your control panel as the door is opened and closed. This sensor can even be programmed to alert you if the garage door is left open longer than a certain period of time that you can choose – and since many families keep items of value in the garage, it’s good to know when that door is opened – or left open.

Placement

Unlike the old school garage door sensor, this couldn’t be easier. Simply place the sensor at the top of the garage door, on the inside surface, using simple double-sided tape. As soon as the door is opened even a short distance, the sensor will notify your control panel and trigger an alarm – that means a burglar can’t pry the door part way up and crawl under undetected.

For FrontPoint, adding this sensor to our offering of GE wireless security equipment was an easy choice – and I ‘m happy to use one of them in my own home. The garage door sensor exemplifies the innovative approach to interactive, wireless home security that has earned us rave reviews all across the US and Canada. If it makes your home safer, and your alarm system smarter, chances are you can get it from FrontPoint. And now I have to go home and try to break into my garage, like that guy in the video!

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  1. Peter M. Rogers

    John – Thanks, and great question. We are not aware of any such device that works on a predetermined amount of time, but here is another idea: it’s possible that when we introduce the Alarm.com Z-Wave platform and its suite of services, there may be such a device that can be controlled through the Alarm.com interactive services that are now built-into the GSM radio that we include with our system. We should be able to support any Z-Wave device, even though we will only selling a few of the more common ones (like light modules). Stay tuned – we will be announcing the Z-Wave release in the next few months, and we will let all our customers know.

  2. Peter M. Rogers

    John – Thanks, and great question. We are not aware of any such device that works on a predetermined amount of time, but here is another idea: it’s possible that when we introduce the Alarm.com Z-Wave platform and its suite of services, there may be such a device that can be controlled through the Alarm.com interactive services that are now built-into the GSM radio that we include with our system. We should be able to support any Z-Wave device, even though we will only selling a few of the more common ones (like light modules). Stay tuned – we will be announcing the Z-Wave release in the next few months, and we will let all our customers know.

  3. John

    I’ve considered something like this for a while – it certainly could be useful.

    I’m wondering if there’s some way to tie this into an automation system that can close the garage door for you if it’s been open for too long (predetermined amount of time). I know there are devices that can be configured to do that, but they’re not integrated into the alarm system. Would be cool to have one device that can do both.

  4. John

    I’ve considered something like this for a while – it certainly could be useful.

    I’m wondering if there’s some way to tie this into an automation system that can close the garage door for you if it’s been open for too long (predetermined amount of time). I know there are devices that can be configured to do that, but they’re not integrated into the alarm system. Would be cool to have one device that can do both.

  5. Alan

    Great post, Peter. I have one of the garage door sensors and I love it. I have it on a 10 minute alert, and it has saved us a time or two.

    Also, that IS a great youtube video you linked. I will be fixing ours SOON.

  6. Alan

    Great post, Peter. I have one of the garage door sensors and I love it. I have it on a 10 minute alert, and it has saved us a time or two.

    Also, that IS a great youtube video you linked. I will be fixing ours SOON.