Wireless Door Alarm Installation

The QuikStor wireless unit alarm is the highest level of unit security you can install at your facility. They are covered by patent number 6,400,267 and have been engineered to provide the maximum level of security.

Each space is monitored in the office 24 hours per day and tracks each door open, door close and tamper event. It also monitors the battery life and does several “supervisory” check-ins throughout the day.

When a tenant uses a Guardian keypad to gain access to the facility their unit is automatically disarmed. When the tenant enters their code at the exit keypad their unit is armed again.

If your site does not have an exit keypad, or for some reason the tenant does not enter their code when leaving the facility, the unit will be armed automatically after one hour of the door closing (this is a variable and can be tailored to your site).

QuikTip! – It is good practice to install the office equipment first, and then install a couple of sensors towards the back of the facility so that you can test range and proper alignment.

Door Preparation:

  • All units that will have wireless door alarms mounted must have their doors installed and in working order.
  • It is very important that the doors be tensioned PRIOR to mounting the sensors that the magnet alignment is not off on the final installation.
  • Each unit should have their permanent unit number label affixed so that the proper sensor is installed.

Magnet Installation:

ROLL UP DOORS – Mount the magnet on the second “valley” down from the top of the door. Almost all self storage unit doors have a series of peaks and valleys, or corrugation. You want to mount the sensor as high as possible on the door to prevent tampering and accidental removal. See the diagram on page 8 for further clarification.

IMPORTANT –The sensor MUST be mounted on the left side of a     roll-up door! Mounting the sensor on the right side of the door (upside down) will trigger tamper events as the door rolls up and will likely interfere with your locking mechanism.

  • SWING DOORS – Mount the magnet on the framing opposite the side of the door hinges. Each customer’s preference is different, so you can mount the magnet on the top portion of the door framing or on the side portion. See the diagram on page 9 for further clarification.
  • All magnets will be mounted with a #8×3/8” self tapping screw with a #8 hex head. The magnet casing has two vertical mounting points and two horizontal mounting points. Only two are required for proper installation and which two should be required based on the mounting surface and tolerances. The unused mounting holes should be clipped to provide a clean looking installation.
  • QuikStor recommends the use of silicone on the back side of the magnet and screws to help lock them onto the door and to prevent the screws from backing out with the movement of the doors over time.

Sensor Installation:

  • Be sure to latch the door shut before aligning and installing the sensor.
  • The sensor MUST be properly aligned with the magnet by using the alignment mark on the side of the sensor. If the magnet is lower or higher it will not read properly and will be prone to tamper and false alarm events!
  • The ideal gap tolerance for each sensor is 1/2”. As you widen that gap the tolerance for loose doors, wind, etc lessens and the likelihood of false alarms increase.
  • The sensor is made up of a backing plate, sensor casing and a small Phillips screw to connect the two together.  You will mount the sensor back plate to the door framing using (2) #8×1/2” hex head screw and assure that you have proper alignment and gap.
  • It is critical to install the correct sensor casing onto the correct unit number. The back plates are not assigned to units, but the sensors are. Each sensor has an ID label inside of it that you can reference during installation.
  • Once the back plate is mounted you will snap the sensor casing onto the top of the mounting plate and securely fasten the Phillips screw.
  • The sensor is equipped with a tamper switch to prevent someone from disconnecting the sensor from the wall or backing plate once installed. If that happens a siren will sound and the event will be logged inside the office

April has worked at QuikStor since 2008. As the former technical support manager she is experienced with all QuikStor products. Currently, she works as a sales representative to help storage facilities find solutions with QuikStor. Interested in purchasing software or keypads? Call April today!