Advantages of an Interconnected Home
Interconnected Systems: Your smoke alarms are interconnected, meaning they communicate with each other, forming an integrated system of protection for your home. Alarms can be interconnected via wires (hardwired) or wirelessly via RF radio signals. With either, if one alarm detects smoke or CO, all interconnected alarms will sound. For example, if the smoke alarm in the basement triggers an alarm, the smoke alarm in your bedroom will also sound.
This integrated system can warn you of a potential fire throughout your home. Interconnected smoke alarms will also tell you which one sounded the initial alarm. The green LED signifies your alarm has power. The red LED will flash about once every minute signifying you have battery backup power. If the alarm sounds, the red LED on the unit that initiated the alarm will flash rapidly. The red LED on all other interconnected alarms will remain off. After the alarm, the unit will Latch, or remember which unit initiated the alarm. The green LED will be on for 2 seconds and off for 2 seconds. You can reset the Latching feature by pressing the test/silence button.
First Alert® OneLink® is a line of wirelessly interconnectable alarms designed to meet the needs of contractors that retrofit or remodel existing properties. First Alert® OneLink® offers the same interconnected functionality as hardwired alarms, without the wires. Because there are no wires to pull through existing walls, First Alert® OneLink® offers a very cost effective way to bring existing properties up to code. Using First Alert® OneLink® provides faster job turnaround vs. hardwire retrofitting applications. Up to 4X more jobs completed means increased profits and customer satisfaction.
First Alert® OneLink® alarms operate on a “mesh network”. All of the First Alert® OneLink® alarms send, receive and resend the initiating alarm’s signal. Other wireless products only sends and receives or is a one-way communication. It does not resend. Why is this important? In the following illustration, the initiating alarm is in the basement. Let’s say the signal is blocked from reaching the Master Bedroom alarm either by distance or some obstruction in the home. With First Alert® OneLink®, the mesh network of alarms re-routes and resends the signal via the other alarms, providing a greater chance all alarms will receive the signal. With the competition, only the initiating alarm is sending a signal. Therefore, the Master Bedroom never receives a signal and is deadly silent. The “mesh network” is a more reliable means of wireless communication. Again, seconds count in an emergency.