Mounting and Testing The Glassbreak Sensor (GE 60-873-95) Simon XT

The glassbreak detector protects your home by listening for the sound of an intruder breaking glass as he forcibly enters, however, there are some guidelines to follow to maximize your protection.


1. Distance: the GE 60-873-95 has a maximum range of 20 feet and a minimum of 3.5 feet that it can reliably detect intrusion caused by glass breakage. If the sensor is mounted any closer or farther away than this, it will not detect glass breakage dependably.


2. Location: this sensor works best when it has a clear line of sight to any locations you are trying to protect. Avoid placing behind heavy drapes, behind an adjoining wall, or other objects as this can drastically reduce its effective range. Also, do not mount near an air compressor, in stairwells, or rooms that are smaller than 10 feet by 10 feet.


The glassbreak sensor is designed to reduce false alarms, however, for best performance and to help prevent false alarms, do not mount in a room where there are multiple noise sources such as small kitchens, garages, or bathrooms. Also, do not mount this sensor in humid areas since it is not sealed and excess humidity may cause a short or false alarm.


When actually mounting the sensor, it is highly recommended to use the mounting screws provided and not double sided tape. Due to the weight of this sensor we do not recommend that  the double sided tape is used. To mount using screws, remove the cover from the sensor.


Place the screws in the holes circled in red:



The green circuit board on the sensor will have 2 holes located near either end of the copper antenna. Drill the screws through the knockouts in the back of the plastic housing .



Replace the cover on the sensor. This will complete the mounting for your sensor.


To test the sensor, there are two steps. First, take the cover off the sensor, go over to your panel and press Status. The panel should tell you the glassbreak is "Tampered, Open". This verifies the sensor is communicating with the panel, so you can replace the cover on the sensor. The next step is to test the microphone on the sensor. To do this, clap your hands in front of the sensor and you should see a red LED blink on the sensor. When you get this, it means the sensor has detected sound and the microphone is working.


That's it! You have successfully mounted and tested your glassbreak sensor.

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  • Sensor layout was different that the one pictured above, required mounting plate to be attached to the wall, then sensor body with batteries installed was attached to plate.

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