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Keepsafer - Frequently Asked Questions

Home Security Systems

SSD Security Systems (Please note: Our SSD-8 and SSD-16 Security Systems are discontinued).

Q - What does SSD mean?
A - The SSD in Keepsafer SSD means sensor status display. The console of this system has a LED light display for each of the 8 (SSD-8 Security System) or 16 (SSD-16 Security System) transmitters that can be programmed into the memory of the system. This LED display allows the user to know what door is open, what transmitter needs a battery replaced and most importantly what transmitter tripped an alarm should that happen.

Q – What is the difference between the SSD-16 and the SSD-8 Security Systems?
A – The SSD-16 provides 16 zones of protection. The SSD-16 is to be used in larger homes, 1500 – 5000 square feet. The SSD-8 provides 8 zones of protection and is to be used in smaller homes, apartments or condos up to 1500 square feet.

Q – Where should the SSD security system console be located in one's home?
A – The console of a security system is its main brain and should not be accessible to everyone who enters. It should be kept out of sight; possibly in a bedroom or home office. The SSD-8 and SSD-16 security systems can be armed and disarmed in several ways. This can be done by entering a Personal Access Code (PAC) into the system's console keypad. The SSD-8 and SSD-16 can both use the two-button keychain remote control. A single button press arms or disarms the system. The SSD-16 system can use a wireless remote keypad, that can be mounted by the doors used most often to enter the house. The PAC is entered and the system is armed or disarmed as needed.

Q – What is the warranty period on Keepsafer Home Security Systems?
A – The SSD Security Systems and all the accessories come with a one year warranty (excludes batteries).

Q – How many sirens can be wired to the SSD-16 and the SSD-8?
A – The SSD-16 will hold up to three sirens, the SSD-8 will hold one siren.

Q – Can the motion detector be used outside?
A – No, the SSD Home Security Systems and all of the accessories are to be used as interior units only, they are not made to work in the outdoors.

Q – What does PIR stand for?
A – PIR is for Passive Infrared, basically it is a heat sensor, not a motion sensor. When the security system is armed with a motion detector, the PIR picks up rapid change in temperature and motion. When this happens the console will sound the siren. This device is only "armed" when the console is in the "AWAY" mode, indicating that everyone is away from the property.

Q – What is the transmission range of the SSD-16 and SSD-8 console?
A – The transmission range for both consoles is 400 feet, open air.

Q – What type of batteries are used with the system?
A – A 12 volt back-up battery is to be used with the console, this battery has a three to five year life expectancy. Lithium batteries are used in the accessories, these batteries have a one to three year life expectancy depending on use.

Q - What is a zone? Is a channel the same thing?
A - The words zone and channel are used to describe the area being protected by one of the transmitters in the security systems memory. As an example; channel or zone 1 shows a fast flashing on its LED. This indicates the transmitter in channel/zone 1 (light # 1 tripped an alarm on the console LED display).

Q - I have more than 16 areas in my house to monitor. Do I have to buy 2 systems?
A - No. The SSD system can have only 8 (SSD-8 System) or 16 (SSD-16 System) transmitters in its memory but that doesn't limit its coverage. Large banks of windows can be covered by a PIR (motion detector).The PIRs' range is approx. 30x30'. In addition each Door/Window (d/w) Sensor can monitor more than one opening by adding the magnetic contact sets that wire into the d/w sensor. Each d/w sensor can have 4-5 magnetic contacts wired into it.

Caution should be used in the amount of wiring used for these additions. It is recommended that there should be not more than 35 feet of wiring used in each zone. When excessive wiring is added, the wiring acts like an antenna and can cause false alarms.

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