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by htsmi
Thu Feb 28, 2019 11:12 pm
Forum: Fire Alarm General Discussion
Topic: Device mismatch on FCI and Silent Knight SLC
Replies: 1
Views: 87

Re: Device mismatch on FCI and Silent Knight SLC

In my experience, Silent Knight panels will show a trouble when you have an FCI device connected to them. Not sure about the reverse though. Supposedly the 7100 actually works with any brand of device since it operates in CLIP mode and does not check the vendor ID. Haven't tried it though. Obviously...
by htsmi
Thu Feb 21, 2019 8:51 pm
Forum: Fire Alarm General Discussion
Topic: New construction code question
Replies: 2
Views: 170

Re: New construction code question

Some colleagues of mine have been in a similar situation with an AHJ. Our interpretation is that occupant notification is always required in apartment buildings when there is a sprinkler system. The exception that the AHJ is citing is for a "manual fire alarm system," which we believe only affects t...
by htsmi
Sun Feb 17, 2019 5:26 pm
Forum: Fire Alarm General Discussion
Topic: Alternatives to System Sensor for Notifier notification
Replies: 10
Views: 284

Re: Alternatives to System Sensor for Notifier notification

The Wheelock LED3 series would probably be a good bet if you don't need many higher candela devices. Wheelock sync is built into Notifier panels. The EST Genesis series is the lowest profile but aren't great for non-EST systems because no-one but EST has built-in sync for them. The ceiling ones are ...
by htsmi
Sun Jan 27, 2019 9:28 pm
Forum: Fire Alarm General Discussion
Topic: NEW Fire-Lite ES series Control Panels
Replies: 15
Views: 1411

Re: NEW Fire-Lite ES series Control Panels

Cabinet size didn’t change. It’s the same as the Ms panels. The door is the only change. Yeah, you're actually right. It's still a little large for my taste. The 30-year old Miniscan that this one replaced was about half the size. But almost all panels currently on the market are larger than I thin...
by htsmi
Sun Jan 27, 2019 12:38 pm
Forum: Fire Alarm General Discussion
Topic: NEW Fire-Lite ES series Control Panels
Replies: 15
Views: 1411

Re: NEW Fire-Lite ES series Control Panels

Yeah, I've installed one of the ES-50s and had some of the same issues: non-standard USB cable, very slow start-up, comes with no documentation so I had to squint at my phone for an hour. Luckily I didn't have one that was bad out of the box. It works alright for the application but has some qualiti...
by htsmi
Fri Jan 25, 2019 11:12 pm
Forum: Fire Alarm Help
Topic: FCI 7200 “ALRET” trouble
Replies: 1
Views: 243

Re: FCI 7200 “ALRET” trouble

Is this an addressable duct detector? If so, there are some options under the "Sensr" section of the main menu to drift-compensate ("Comp.") one sensor or re-initialize all sensors ("Init."). These may be worth giving a try, my guess (having only dealt with many 7100s and E3s) is they should at leas...
by htsmi
Mon Jan 21, 2019 8:01 pm
Forum: Fire Alarm General Discussion
Topic: Strange fire alarm upgrade at the local Aldi storr
Replies: 30
Views: 800

Re: Strange fire alarm upgrade at the local Aldi storr

Yes, or I wouldn't be at all surprised if the contractors did something they shouldn't have and the fire marshal is not aware of it. I'd be kind of tempted to send a little note over to them.

I wonder if the panel is in trouble.
by htsmi
Sun Jan 13, 2019 10:43 pm
Forum: Fire Alarm General Discussion
Topic: Notifier and EST vs. Silent Knight for three 9-story tower complex
Replies: 11
Views: 448

Re: Notifier and EST vs. Silent Knight for three 9-story tower complex

Any particular reason you recommend Notifier over EST? In my experience, EST addressable circuits are more prone to faults due to electrical noise or less-than-ideal wiring quality, and I find their controls to be not quite as user-friendly. If the wiring is done well, however, most likely you will...
by htsmi
Sat Jan 12, 2019 5:55 pm
Forum: Fire Alarm General Discussion
Topic: FCI 7100 Version 6.3 Software
Replies: 1
Views: 130

Re: FCI 7100 Version 6.3 Software

6.5 is actually the most recent version of FCP-7100 that does not require a software key from Gamewell-FCI. But I haven't been able to find any copies of these versions.
by htsmi
Fri Jan 11, 2019 12:01 am
Forum: Fire Alarm Help
Topic: Ground on SLC FireLite ES200X
Replies: 1
Views: 163

Re: Ground on SLC FireLite ES200X

Are you metering resistance between the powered up panel's SLC terminals and ground? That's bound to give you funky readings due to the ground fault detection circuitry. As long as all the field circuits read open to ground when disconnected from the panel, and the panel does not show a ground fault...
by htsmi
Thu Jan 10, 2019 11:53 pm
Forum: Fire Alarm Help
Topic: EST/Kidde Device Help
Replies: 2
Views: 178

Re: EST/Kidde Device Help

No, the FX series uses a completely different line of addressable devices. For the Kidde-branded panels, you can devices that begin with E, FX, or KIR. If you were dealing with the Kidde VS or VM, then you could use the SIGA modules (including pull stations) but the detectors would have to be GSA de...
by htsmi
Thu Jan 10, 2019 12:34 am
Forum: Fire Alarm General Discussion
Topic: Notifier and EST vs. Silent Knight for three 9-story tower complex
Replies: 11
Views: 448

Re: Notifier and EST vs. Silent Knight for three 9-story tower complex

Edit to above: I actually overestimated the size of your project in my response here. You may be able to get by with the Silent Knight system, or certainly Gamewell-FCI or Mircom, since you're looking at around 1-2 nodes per building. However, you can't go wrong with the brands I listed above, and ...
by htsmi
Thu Jan 10, 2019 12:19 am
Forum: Fire Alarm General Discussion
Topic: Notifier and EST vs. Silent Knight for three 9-story tower complex
Replies: 11
Views: 448

Re: Notifier and EST vs. Silent Knight for three 9-story tower complex

I'd highly recommend Notifier, then EST. Both would scale quite well to a project that size. While Silent Knight might sound adequate on paper, I have never seen one of their systems cover a property of that size, and they just don't have capabilities that would be important for usability and mainte...
by htsmi
Thu Dec 13, 2018 8:28 pm
Forum: Fire Alarm General Discussion
Topic: Siemens MXL first boards problems
Replies: 2
Views: 167

Re: Siemens MXL first boards problems

My first guess is a failing loop controller, just based on the age of the panel. However you may be lucky and find that it is an addressable device or intermittent wiring fault bringing down the loop. You will have to get a decent service company to look at it. It will probably take quite a few hour...
by htsmi
Sat Dec 08, 2018 11:49 pm
Forum: Fire Alarm General Discussion
Topic: Stickers with numbers on them on fire alarm NAs.
Replies: 9
Views: 456

Re: Stickers with numbers on them on fire alarm NAs.

From a service perspective, it is really great to have NAs be labeled with the NAC and the position on the circuit. If it is three numbers it is probably the number of the NAC panel, the NAC number, and position on the circuit. It would save me a huge number of hours if every site I worked on follow...