This article applies to the PowerMaster PG2 Wireless alarm systems and should not be confused with the Powermax wireless systems which use a different wireless technology. The two systems are not compatible with each other.
As an aside, the PowerMaster has several advantages over the PowerMax system, and a couple of disadvantages. The main PowerMaster advantages are, in no particular order, increased battery life, superior self monitoring capabilities*, increased wireless range, and easier enrolment and set-up**. The disadvantages are that the PowerMaster system has to connect to a 3rd party server for monitoring, and that PowerMaster equipment in general is slightly more expensive, the exception being the CAM-PIRs which represent good value for money compared to the PowerMax cameras.
* Currently, the PowerMax system can be self monitored with the addition of the Powerlink2 module without the need for connection to a 3rd party server. In order for the PowerMax/Powerlink2 combination to send e-mails it has to connect to Visonic’s server. Visonic are in the process of shutting this server down. The PowerMaster system requires connection to a PowerManage server which carries an annual cost (£49 as of 2016). When connected to a PowerManage server the system can be fully controlled and video on demand obtained. Additionally the server sends push notifications, emails, SMS and MMS message on selected events.
** Enrolment can be by activation or by ID. Devices can be pre-enrolled and will only become active when the batteries are fitted.
The PowerMaster wireless alarm is a true 2-way system and uses PG2 technology. It is based around 3 control panels – the PowerMaster 10, PowerMaster 30 and PowerMaster 33. The essential differences of the control panels are outlined in the table below.
The PowerMaster wireless alarm system is a true 2-way system, which essentially means that the devices on the system communicate with the control panel such that not only are the signals from the devices received by the panel but also the devices are controlled and their parameters set from the control panel. This feature makes the installation a lot easier in that once the device has been enrolled to the control panel, all the set-up is carried out at the control panel.
We supply the majority of our kits without any of the devices being pre-enrolled. Some kits may have all or some of the devices pre-enrolled; in this case the un-enrolled devices will be marked U/L to indicate that they have not been enrolled to the panel and will thus have to be manually enrolled. Enrolling devices is very easy and is described later.
PowerMaster systems are frequency and country specific, and each device has a specific frequency, country code and device type code. For example the UK version of the MC-302E door contact has a code 868-1:010. The 868 is the frequency, the -1 is the UK country code and the 010 is the device type. The control panels also have a frequency and country code (868-1: in the UK), and the device type ’ANY’ which means that the panel is compatible with any device having the same frequency and country code. In addition to the above codes, each device has a unique ID in the form YYY-XXXX where the YYY is the device type and the XXXX is a unique device number. No two devices can have the same YYY-XXXX number.
All the PowerMaster equipment we supply is the latest version, UK specific, and operates on the 868MHz frequency.
All the devices listed below are compatible with any of the PowerMaster control panels. The number of particular devices which can be connected varies between control panels – refer to the table above.
Next PG2 PIR – a standard PIR with a 12 metre detection range
Next K9 PG2 PIR Pet Tolerant – a pet friendly version of the above
Tower 32 PG2 Dual Technology (DT) PIR
Tower 32 PG2 Dual Technology (DT) PIR Pet Tolerant
Tower 30AM PG2 PIR Anti-Masking
Clip PG2 PIR Curtain
CAM-PIR K9 PG2 Pet Tolerant
Vanishing Magnetic Contact – slim-line profile
MC302E Magnetic Contact (White or Brown) – with hard-wired input
SD304 Shock sensor – with magnetic contact
Tower 20 PG2 PIR
Tower 20 CAM PIR
PG2 Smoke Detector
PG2 Smoke & Heat Detector
PG2 Carbon Monoxide (CO) Detector
One Button Panic Device
Two Button Panic Device
KP250 Two-way Keypad
KP160 Touch-screen Arming Station (White or Black)
MC141 Remote Arming Keypad with Proximity reader (C/w 3 Chicklets)
MC140 Remote Arming Keypad (non-prox)
Proximity tag (Chicklet)
SR740 Wireless sounder
SR740 Hex wireless sounder (hexagonal cover)
SR720 Internal Wireless Sounder
Note that sounders can be assigned to Partitions if Partitioning is enabled. Sounders can also be programmed to sound entry/exit beeps, squawk on setting, and volume adjusted.
Powerlink 3 Broadband module
GSM350 GSM/GPRS Communicator
USB Programming Kit
Expansion Board (PowerMaster 30 & Powermax Complete panels only)
Devices can be enrolled (registered) by activating the device at the enrolment stage or by entering the devices ID (the YYY-XXXX number). We have found that it is generally easier to enrol the devices using the ID - but follow the specific instructions supplied with certain devices.
It should also be noted that each control panel has a unique Panel ID. When a device is enrolled onto a control panel, the device internally records the ID of the panel it is enrolled to. This means that once a device has been enrolled to a control panel it cannot be enrolled to another control panel – even though the second control panel will accept its ID. In order to un-enrol a device from a control panel such that it can be enrolled onto another it must firstly be deleted from its original control panel and then the device needs to be reset by removing its battery and re-inserting the battery. The device can then be enrolled onto another control panel. The second control panel will obviously have to have the same frequency/country combination.
When a device is enrolled onto the control panel, the panel recognises what sort of device it is and will then present device specific options. For example after the MC-302 has been enrolled the panel will display it as a Contact Sens(or). The zone it is assigned to can then be specified, its location chosen from a pre-configured list and whether ‘Chime’ is enabled/disabled. This is followed by a further DEV SETTINGS menu which give the device specific options – Alarm LED, Reed Switch #1, Input #1. The functions of the options are explained in the device’s installation instructions. Different device types will have different Device Settings.
All the PowerMaster systems can be managed and their status viewed by the end-user via an ‘APP’ (Visonic-GO) available for android and Apple devices. In order to implement remote monitoring the PowerMaster system has to be connected to a remote PowerManage server via the broadband module (Powerlink 3) or the GSM/GPRS module (GSM350PG2). There is an annual charge (£39 per year as of 2017) for the monitoring service. However, we can offer the first 6 months monitoring free with certain products. Once connected to the server, the APP can set/unset the alarm in home/away mode, view the devices on the system and their status, capture images from connected CAM-PIRs. The server can send event-triggered emails, push notifications for selectable events, and captured still/video from connected cameras.
Connecting the PowerMaster system to the PowerManage server is a seamless process and only requires a connection into a router and a couple of settings on the PowerMaster control panel. There is no requirement for port forwarding or knowledge of networking.