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How to Bypass an Alarm Sensor

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May 17, 2016
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How to Bypass an Alarm Sensor

Alarm systems continue to evolve, and that's a very good thing for homeowners: not only do these modern marvels do more than they ever did, but they are also easier and more intuitive to use.  And while the home security technology platform has expanded to include interactive monitoring, smart home video, and even home automation features, there are still some basic alarm system functions that we should remember – and that we want to use when the situation calls for it.

With all the new and advanced features and functions, there are still some basic aspects of how alarm systems work that people ask about on a regular basis. One of these functions is arming your system with one of the sensors "bypassed," usually a door or a window.

Bypassing a Sensor – What It Means

Let's say you want to use your alarm system, but you have one door or window (or more) that you want to leave open, and still arm the rest of the system. There are numerous reasons why you might want to do this, such as the following examples:

  • You want to be able to open and close a specific window during the night, while your system is armed.
  • You want to bypass a certain motion sensor so that a person (or large pet) can move through an area without creating an alarm event. Small pets should be ignored by today’s technology.
  • While you are making repairs or renovations to your home, a sensor may be temporarily displaced – and you still want to use your system to protect the rest of the house.

How to Bypass a Sensor on Most Home Alarm Systems

Bypassing a sensor on most home alarm systems is remarkably easy – thanks to the fact that most of the reputable equipment manufacturers follow the same (or very similar) conventions to reduce the incidence of false alarms. And you will find that the alarm companies with the best reputations are the very same companies – not surprisingly – that provide the most intuitive wireless alarm equipment in the home security industry. One of the benefits of a simpler user interface is the ease with which you can perform basic functions in a short time – and undo them later, just as easily.

Check Your User Manual First

Any alarm system user manual that is worth its salt will contain the instructions for bypassing a sensor, and it usually only requires a few pushes of a button. Or, given the proliferation of more user-friendly touch-screen alarm control panels, there may be no actual buttons involved. Either way, the instructions should be simple, and easy to find and execute.

When in Doubt, Contact Customer Support

Of course, if you're not absolutely clear that you have followed the right steps, you can always call your alarm company's customer service department. I do not suggest that course of action lightly, knowing just how interesting a call that can be with some of the newcomers to home security who are now offering alarm services. But if you are working with a reputable alarm company that has a solid reputation for taking excellent care of its customers in a timely and efficient manner (and the good reviews to prove it), you should be in good hands. And if you're not satisfied, then you may want to think about a change for the better when the opportunity arises. After all… your time is valuable. And, more to the point, what's more important than your peace of mind?

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Rene Daigneault
May 25, 2016 at 11:10 AM
Hey there, thanks for sharing such an amazing articles. I agree with you 100% that there is nothing important than the peace of mind....Looking forward to read more articles from you!
May 27, 2016 at 5:27 PM
Thanks for posting, interesting take on home security. There are so many options when it comes to home protection.
John W.
May 31, 2016 at 4:12 PM
Great article. I purchased the Qolsys panel from Security AllStar at . There customer support is fantastic and it goes along way when your trying to understand all the options in this great product.
Security Control Systems
June 14, 2016 at 10:03 PM
Many users may not know that there is often a way to bypass these sensors. I'm glad that you brought that to light, disarming a sensor is much safer alternative that disarming the entire security system.
June 15, 2016 at 8:32 PM
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September 2, 2016 at 6:14 PM
My Frontpoint manual doesn't say anything about how to bypass any sensors. I didn't even know that button had a function until I asked someone while working on something else and I asked what it did. So, since I have the same manual that I can download in PDF which pretty much says how to set up the system, but not how to use it....where can I find that information on the Frontpoint site? I'd love to be able to turn my AC off now that it is under 70 degrees at night..
Katie Rynex
September 5, 2016 at 8:13 PM
Lois, thank you for reaching out! We would love to discuss your needs in detail so we will be having one of our Support Specialist reach out to you and assist. We look forward to speaking with you soon!
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