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Door/Window Sensor (original)
Door/Window Sensor (original)
Written by Cath Smith
Updated over a week ago

Installing the the classic Door/Window Sensor is easy and only takes minutes! The Sensor is fixed to the door frame/window frame and an actuating magnet is fixed to the door/window. When the door or window opens, the magnet moves away from the Door/Window Sensor, activating an internal magnetic switch causing the Door/Window Sensor to transmit an alarm signal to the Abode Gateway and system. The device also has the capabilities of communicating signal problems along with low battery situations.


Pairing Guide

Adding the sensor to the gateway. (If your sensor was part of the Abode kit, the sensor should already be added to the gateway and the following step: # 2 for the instructions for adding the sensor to the gateway can be skipped)

  1. Slowly pull out the clear plastic battery Insulator tab located on the back on the of the door/window sensor.

  2. Use the mobile or web app to add the device to the gateway. Follow the instructions provided on the app.

Installation Guide

  • Self-adhesive installation - remove the protective covering from the one side of the double-sided adhesive pads and firmly apply to the back of the sensor and the magnet.

  • Prior to installing the sensor in your chosen location, take a moment to inspect the location to insure the sensor and the magnet will fit and accurately line up properly with each other. If the magnet is too far away from the sensor, the sensor will not detect when the door or window is opened or closed.

  • We recommend installing the sensor on the fixed location (such as door, or window frame) and mounting the magnet on the moving object (such as door, or window) as illustrated on the first figure to the right.

  • In some instances the door and the door frame are not level with each other and the door frame protrudes further out than the surface of the door. In this instance it may be necessary to place the magnet on the frame and the sensor on the door.

  • The alignment dots must be close as possible to each other and no more than a 1” gap is required.

Placing the sensor in the desired location

Clean the surface with a suitable non-oil based cleanser before placing the sensor and magnet on the selected location.

  1. We recommend placing the sensor in its desired position first

  2. Then, enable the test feature on the sensor by pressing in the top of the sensor once. This will place the sensor in the test mode.

  3. Hold the magnet close to the sensor and align the magnet with the sensor using the alignment dots. As you move the magnet close to the sensor, you will notice that the red LED on the sensor will flash 6 times and then stop. When pulling the magnet away from the sensor the LED will flash 6 times to indicate the sensor is being activated by the magnet.

  4. The magnet must be placed in a position so that when the door opens or closes, the sensor will be activated. The LED light test will last for a period of 3 minutes then return to normal operation. The sensors LED light does not light up during normal operation.

Next, remove the protective film from the adhesive strip on the magnet and press it to the desired location.

Do not install on a surface with peeling or cracked paint, this could result in the sensor or magnet to fall off and damage the sensor and trigger the alarm if system armed.

After the sensor and magnet are installed, place the sensor in the test mode again and make sure the sensor LED flashes when the door is opened and closed.

Next, lock the door and shake the door to ensure that the LED does not flash.

Illustrations below show preferred sensor mounting on the door frame and optional sensor mounting on the door.


Parts Overview


  1. Pairing and Test Button (Press when adding sensor into gateway or to place sensor into test mode)

  2. LED Test Indicator

  3. Alignment Dots (MUST be aligned and close together. The door contact should be installed either upright or inverted, to ensure that the dot on sensor faces the dot on magnet.)

  4. Battery Compartment (Energizer 3V CR2 Lithium Battery)

  5. Cover holder Clip (Press clip in to remove cover)

  6. 2-Sided adhesive tape (Install on back of sensor, and magnet. Peel off protective film)


If the sensor is unable to add to the system, or fails to update its status, a factory reset may be required. To factory reset:

  1. Delete the device from the system

  2. Remove the battery

  3. Press the pairing/test button 10 times

  4. Reinstall the battery

  5. Add back to the system

If troubles continue once it is added, or if it is still unable to add, please contact support.

Tech Specs

Size & Weight
Door/Window Sensor
Height: 3.35 inches
Width: 0.94 inches
Depth: 0.75 inches

Height: 0.7 inches
Width: 0.4 inches
Depth: 1.1 inches

Communication Protocol: 433 MHz
Power Source: CR2 3V 850mAh Lithium battery x 1 (replaceable)
Battery Life: 11 years
Operating Temperature: -10°C to 50°C (14°F to 122°F).
Operating Humidity: Up to 85% non-condensing.

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