Step 1: Deciding which system is best for you.
We have two basic options available firstly the Paradox MG6150 and the Paradox MG5050 both have there individual pros and cons. We offer Free programming on all our kits.
The Paradox MG6250 is a completely wireless system design as a DIY system, features include:
- All-in-one system, battery back-up, keypad, control panel and siren in one box.
- Easy mounting
- Easy menu programming.
- Wireless (only the power supply needs to be connected)
- includes the GPRS14 GSM communication module.
- Requires additional power pack in order to be compatible with a response radio
The Paradox MG5050 is more of a traditional securirty system, feature include:
- Wired and Wireless compatibilty
- Compatible with the Paradox Insight app and Babyware (optional IP150 or PCS250 required)
-Does require some wiring for the power supply + -, Keypad 4 colour coded wires, and the siren.
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Step 2: 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).
Next, figure out where the best place is to put your security and/or smoke sensors. 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 (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 MG5050 = 50m to 70m and the MG6250 30m to 50m through walls. This range can be affected by radio noise (wireless routers, cell towers etc.) reinforced concrete etc. Wireless range extenders can be added to the system.
Step 3: 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. 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 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
Step 4: Control Panel Programming
Paradox Magellan systems 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 for the MG6250, the MG5050 may be a little more complicated. You'll use the control panel's keypad to program the features of the alarm system. You will need to change the system codes as they are all set as default 1234 or 0000.
Step 5: Sensor Installation
At this point, it's time to install the alarm system's sensors. You might 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 each of the detectors carefully. It is recommended that the detectors and sensors are attached with screws.
The outdoor detectors may require adjustment and fine tuning in order to achieve optimal performance in the their installed location, refer to the instruction manual supplied.
Step 6: Test It
The last step is to test your newly installed wireless home security system. Your Magellan system 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