DIY Wireless Home Security System Installation

Part 1: Planning

The first thing you're going to want to do is figure out where you want to put the control panel. Typically, it's easiest for everybody to place it by the door you use most frequently you can always add extra keypads to your Magellan system. You also need it to be near an electrical outlet (don't choose one that's switch-controlled). Don't pick a space where it's easily viewed from the door or windows (you don't want would-be burglars to be able to scope out your system ahead of time). Please see System Planning Diagram and refer to Mounting Guide Lines.pdf

Next, figure out where the best place is to put your security and fire sensors (ref. PMD85 Out Door 45kg Pet Detector Installation Guide.pdf, PMD75 45kg Pet Detector Installation Guide.pdf PMD1 18kg Pet Detector Guide.pdf). Also choose a location for the inside alarm siren if applicable. Don't put it in an obvious location (where the burglar could find and destroy it quickly), but don't put it somewhere where the sound will be muffled wither (i.e. closet, in upholstery).
Consider the most likely areas for a burglar to gain access eg. External doors, windows and gates etc. Using magnetic door contacts, indoor infrared detectors and outdoor detectors, design a system that suites your requirements. Range should be taken into account when using wireless systems see wireless limitations.pdf, wireless range extenders can be added to the system.


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Part 2: Control Panel Installation

Position the control panel at the height where it's easy to access the keypad and read the display. Despite the name "wireless home security system" there will indeed be a wire involved in connecting the control panel to the outlet (ref. 6160 DC Power connect). To avoid tampering, you should run this wire through the wall (drill holes behind the control panel and below the outlet, then connect the two). Magellan 6160 systems come with a backup battery in case the plug is unplugged or the power goes out.

Installation could be a little more complicated if you are installing a monitored home security system. This will involve also connecting a phone line. Depending on your experience, you may need to have the alarm company technician help you with this stage. Consult the instructions that come with the system to complete installation of the control panel. If a radio monitoring device is required this is obtainable from your monitoring company and additional equipment may be required (see Magellan 6160 Console Radio Connection.pdf)

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Part 3: Control Panel Programming

Magellan 6160 if purchased in a kit form, will be pre-programmed before delivery. You will be required to fill in the system programming form and fax or email it back before we will be able to program. You can also program the system easily at home by following the prompt on the key pad or by using the manual supplied. You'll use the control panel's keypad to program the features of the alarm system. You are required to program your own system code
   
Part 4: Sensor Installation

At this point, it's time to install the alarm system's sensors. You will have door sensors, window sensors and infrared detectors to install (depending on the system). Door and window sensors will consist of a magnet and a transmitter. The transmitter gets attached to the edge of the window frame or door while the magnet should be attached to the window/door.

Most of our systems come with PIRS (Passive Infrared Motion Sensors), you can also buy smoke detectors, broken-glass sensors, and other features. While these features are not typically difficult to install (a few screws, some plastic hammer in anchors), it is important to place them carefully in order to achieve the best results. Therefore, you should read the instructions that come with the Magellan 6160 system carefully.
We do supply glue with the kits in order to mount the detectors although it is recommended that the detectors and sensors are attached with screws.
   
Part 5: Test It

The last step is to test your newly installed wireless home security system. Your Magellan 6160 comes with a "test" mode (see manual supplied). Make sure to test all of the sensors and all of the functions of the security system. If everything works, you're done. You'll want to test your system once a month or so to make sure everything is in working order.