Welcome to the very first info video from Aico. During this video, we’ll be taking a closer look at RadioLINK, finding out more about what it is and how it works. So let’s tell you a bit about it. All alarms in a house need to be interconnected or linked together. But why is this? It’s so if one alarm sounds, they all sound and the alarm can be heard everywhere.
You can interconnect by hard wiring, running cables between all the alarms but this can result in extra time, mess, and disruption due to taking up carpets, lifting floorboards and getting cables between floors. Using RadioLINK gives you an easier installation. It uses RF signals to link the alarms together. All you need is a RadioLINK base under each alarm in the system. Simply connect each RadioLINK base to the closest permanent mains feed. This is usually the lighting circuit. If an alarm is triggered, it sends out a RadioLINK signal and all alarms sound.
However, there are many different types of RF system so it’s important you choose the right one. The three main types are: Mesh, simple, and master and slave systems. RadioLINK uses a mesh system in which RF signals are repeated by all the alarms. This gives multiple possible RF signal paths between the alarms. If there is an obstruction RF signals are repeated around it, making it fully reliable.
With a simple RF system, there are no repeated RF signals. So if there is an obstruction, not all the alarms will sound.
With master and slave RF systems, only the master repeats the RF signals, so if the signal doesn’t get to the master, none of the other alarms will sound.
If an RF system is blocked, it could cost a life, so make sure you choose RadioLINK. It’s reliable, proven, and will save you time and mess on your installations.
Wireless Smoke Alarms
RadioLINK wireless interconnection technology uses radio frequency RF signals to wirelessly link alarms together. Interconnecting alarms is vital so that occupants can hear the alarm throughout the property and is also required under the British Standard, BS 5839 part 6:2013. Wirelessly interconnecting alarms eliminates tricky wiring runs, reduces mess and disruption during installation, and makes it quicker and easier to add in new alarms and accessories, and in all of this, saves money. Mains-powered alarms will still need to be wired into the mains electricity, but this can be from the nearest lighting circuit, keeping disruption down to a minimum.
RadioLINK wireless interconnection uses a mesh system so that all the alarms speak to each other and there are multiple paths for the activation signal to travel through. This ensures that every alarm receives a signal and most importantly, sound to give warning of a fire detection. Interconnect the alarms using house coding to ensure all of your alarms and only yours sound. For more information on this watch our House Coding video.
Although we recommend if you’re setting up a new system to use RadioLINK throughout. If you already have a hard wired interconnected system, you can still add in new radio linked alarms. Simply swap one of the existing hard wired alarms for a RadioLINK enabled alarm and then install the additional RadioLINK alarms as normal. The new RadioLINK alarms will then speak to the existing hard wired alarms to create an interlinked hybrid system. This ease of installation and reduction in disruption is something our customers find very useful.
To get the benefits of RadioLINK, you must have either a RadioLINK base with the 140RC series alarm or a RadioLINK+ module with the 160e series multi-sensor fire alarm, Ei2110E and some of our carbon monoxide alarms.