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    Question Cannot enroll new PIR with PowerMax cp

    I have a Visonic PowerMax alarm system which I want to extend to include new PIRs. I've bought some Visonic PowerCode™ Wireless Digital Next 12m PIR Detectors (868) however when I try to enroll them with the control panel it does not detect the new PIRs. I am following the instructions about pressing the two tamper switches to send a signal.

    I suspect it is something to do with the 868 frequency - anyone know how to see what frequency my control panel and the rest of the system is operating at?

    It looks like the claim "Compatible with PowerMax™ and all Visonic PowerCode™ wireless panels and receivers" should have a disclaimer about frequency.

    Thanks for any help.

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    The older Powermax control panel operated at 433MHz. The newer Powermax+ and Powermax Pro panels operate at 868MHz. You'll need to swap your PIR for a 433MHz version.

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    And in some countries the Powermax Plus is available in both frequencies and in others only in 433MHz. The Pro is only available in 868 MHz.
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    Thanks everyone. The frequency is the problem. Visonic have been helpful and told me how to find out:

    Check one of the existing PIRs look on the pcb for a RFT number.

    RFT-3 433 MHz
    RFT-4 868 MHz
    RFT-5 869 MHz

    So I've now just got to try and get my money back and find someone selling the 433 ones.

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    Let me know if you are having difficulty in obtaining the PIR as here in Spain the powermax and the plus come in both flavours, and my supplier normally has a stock of PIR's in both frequencies. Do you want the pet friendly or non-pet friendly version.
    Last edited by toscal; 20th April 2009 at 07:36 PM.
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    Thanks. It would be good to get alternative pricing. The 433 versions are few and far between. Ideally I want non-pet friendly ones, but I will go for the pet friendly ones if I have to.

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    Just sent you a PM. Forgot to say this is for the newer Next series type and not the older Discovery type. More info from the Visonic web site http://www.visonic.com/visonichomepa...0?OpenDocument
    Last edited by toscal; 29th April 2009 at 03:11 PM.
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