Powermax Alarms

Powermax Installation Tips

The Powermax range of wireless alarms can be purchased as pre-enrolled kits or as separate components.  In the case of a pre-enrolled kit, the components will have been pre-enrolled to the system at the Visonic factory.  The pre-enrolled kits supplied are the Powermax Plus Quick fit kit, the Powermax Complete Kit, and the Powwermax Express kit.  The detectors in these kits are labelled on the rear as follows: the magnetic contact is labelled zone 1, the PIRs are labelled as zones 2 and 3.  Any extra components ordered will need to be enrolled onto individual zones from 4 to 28.  Kits supplied with a sounder will be enrolled to the first of the two sounder zones SO1.  Keyfobs will be enrolled starting with the lowest number keyfob first.  In the case of modified kits, for example the Complete kit supplied with the AC sounder, components may not be pre-enrolled and as such the component will have to be manually enrolled (very easy).  In addition the kit configuration may not be suitable for your needs and as such you may have to alter the setup manually.

The kits are supplied with a quick start guide which you should read and understand before proceeding with the installation.

Please note the following.

  1. The Powermax Plus panel is powered from the mains via an external transformer fitted with a 2-pin euro plug.  For UK use the euro plug can either be cut off and the cable wired into a UK 3-pin plug, or plugged into an adaptor, or the euro plug cut off and the cable wired into a fused spur (recommended).  In the case of the other three panels, they need to be either connected to a plug and mains lead (not supplied) or connected into a fused spur.  the plug or fused spur should be fitted with a 3 amp fuse.

  2. Before installing the control panel in its final destination you should check for possible transmision/reception problems which may occur.  Metal (particularly ferrous) can cause real problems with wireless signals and paths between detectors and the panel should be arranged such that large metal objects are not in the way. The panel and detectors should not be sited within 1 metre of large metal objects.  If you have the time and inclination the panel can be temporarily powered up in its proposed location and one detector can be enrolled and that detector can be walked around the proposed detector sites and the transmission/reception signal strength checked.  Moving the detector/panel location a few feet can make a considerable difference in the signal strength.  in large installations a Range Repeater (MCX601) can be used to boost the signal strength.

  3. On powering up the control panel (preferably from the mains - the battery is unlikely to last long until it has been recharged from the panel) you may get various error messages on the control panel depending on the state of the detectors etc.  There are two types of error message; READY-MEMORY and NOT READY - MEMORY.  Pressing the SHOW/OK button repeatedly will reveal the individual fault messages.  These messages can be ignored for now.

  4. If you are fitting a pre-enrolled kit then follow the Easy Start Guide and install the pre-enrolled detectors in their positions.  The control panel should now read READY-MEMORY.  If you press the SHOW/OK button you will see the faults that are in the memory - things like CPU TAMPER, CPU BATTERY LOW, AC MAINS FAILURE.  These are faults in the memory and will not stop you setting the alarm.  When you set and unset the alarm these memory faults will disappear.  If you get the NOT-READY-MEMORY message then again pressing SHOW/OK will show the faults but this time will have have faults which prevent you from setting the alarm (it can actually be set using a forced set - see the installation manual), such as HALL TAMPER OPEN.  These faults will have to be investigated and corrected.  Any extra detectors, sirens or fobs can then be installed.  Detectors and sirens can only be installed by entering Installer mode, fobs can be installed in either User or Installer mode.  To enter installer mode press the >> button until USER SETTING is shown and press OK, enter the default user code 1111, then press >> until INSTALLER is shown and press OK, enter 9999.

  5. If you are fitting a system built from components then it is probably best to power up the control panel and ensure that all the zones are clear - i.e. they have no detectors, sirens or keyfobs enrolled.  You can then set and then unset the control panel to clear any READY- MEMORY faults and proceed to installing your detectors and devices one by one.

  6. You should perform a diagnostic test after installing detectors.

  7. All the control panels are fitted with a PSTN dialler.  This is connected between the LINE terminals on the panel to terminals 2 and 5 on a BT type telephone box.  You can use a standard telephone extension lead with RJ11 plugs, but you will need to cut the plug off one end of the lead and connect two cores (usually the middle 2) to the LINE terminals on the panel.  If you have broadband on the telephone system then you will need to connect the panel telephone line through an ADSL filter.

  8. If you are fitting a GSM module then ensure that all power is removed from the control panel before fitting it.




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