Addressable PIR Detector
The AMB-300 is a general purpose PIR detector designed to provide reliable motion
detection for residential and commercial applications.
Exceptional design care and factory testing ensure years of trouble free performance.
The detectors provide immunity against false alarms from RF, static, electrical transient and white light.
Multi-level signal processing*, temperature compensation and a large multi-beam
lens design means that the human target will not slip by unnoticed—even on a hot
summer day.
Four interchangeable lenses, wall or corner mounting and vertical adjustment provide
application versatility. Your client will appreciate the small size and elegant simplicity
of the case design.
The AMB-300 uses a 2-wire connection for power and to communicate with the control panel. This simplifies wiring and reduces installation cost. The AMB-300’s low current draw also maximizes the number of devices that can be attached to an
addressable loop.
Current rating: 0.75 mA (standby); 3 mA (test mode)
Operating environment: 32°F-120°F / 0°C-49°C; 5%-93% RH, non-condensing
Radiated RF immunity: 10 V/m with 80% AM over range, 80MHz to 1.0GHz**
Conducted RF immunity: 10V with 80% AM over range 150kHz to 100MHz**
Static immunity: 15 kV
Transient immunity: 2.4 kV @ 1.2 joules
White light immunity: 20,000 Lux @ device
Walk detection speed: 0.5-10'/s (0.15-3m/s)
Coverage angle (BV-L1): 90° minimum
Vertical adjustment: +5° to -10°
Mounting heights: 6-10'/2-3m (nom. 7.5'/2.3m); 4-5'/1.2-1.5m (pet alley only)
Tamper switch contact rating: 0.1A @ 24VDC
Control Panel Compatibllity
• PC4010/4020 v3.x
• PC5010/PC5015/PC5020 v2.x with
PC5100 interface module
∗ Protected by one or more of the following patents:
Canada 2099971, US 5444432
** RF immunity and white light not verified by UL
Beam Patterns for Lenses BV-L1 to BV-L4
Locating the Detector
Select a detector location that will provide the coverage required keeping in mind the
following potential problems.
• Do not aim the detector at reflective surfaces such as mirrors or windows as this
may distort the coverage pattern or reflect sunlight directly onto the detector.
• Avoid locations that are subject to direct high air flow such as near an air duct outlet.
• Do not locate the detector near sources of moisture (steam or oil).
• Do not aim the detector such that it will receive direct or reflected (mirror) sunlight.
• Do not limit the coverage by large obstructions within the detection area such as
plants or filing cabinets.
• When using BV-L4 (Pet Alley lens): Do not aim the detector at a stairway which a pet
has access to. Do not place furniture or objects higher than 3 ft/0.9 m, which a pet
can climb onto (e.g. a cat on a couch), closer than 6 ft/1.8 m to the detector.
Device Wiring
To connect the AMB-300, consult the wiring diagram below:
To open the case, use a small flat blade screwdriver and gently push in the tab at the
bottom of the case and pull the cover straight out at the bottom. Loosen the printed
circuit board screw, and push the board up as far as it will go. Using a small screwdriver, remove the appropriate knockouts for the mounting screws. Remove the
desired wiring entrance knockouts located at the top or bottom of the backplate.
Mount the backplate.
Locate mounting screws diagonally opposite each other to prevent the case from
Device Enrollment
The serial number located on the back of the device must be enrolled into the alarm
control panel via Installer’s Programming ([✱] [8] [Installer’s Code]). This procedure is
outlined for the PC4010/4020 in the control panel Installation Manual and for the
Power panels in the PC5100 Installation Manual.
WARNING: Connect only DSC Addressable Series devices to the addressable
loop connections. Connection of ANY other type of device will impair operation.
Any devices other than Addressable Series devices which require power to operate must be powered separately.
Vertical Adjustment
NOTE: Range and dead zones may vary due to settings.
Using the figures listed below, set the vertical adjustment to get the desired coverage.
Ensure that the PCB retaining screw is tightened just enough to prevent board movement.
Moving the circuit board down will increase the far range and bring the near beams closer
to the mounting wall. Moving the circuit board UP will reduce the far range and move the
near beams farther out from the mounting wall. Moving the circuit board UP too much will
cause the far beams to “look” above the target; as a result, the range may appear shorter.
Jumper J1 selects between harsh and normal environments. For a typical environment or one containing a small pet (height less than 1.2 ft/0.36 m), set the unit as normal (J1 ON). For a large pet and multiple pets, the jumper J1 should be removed.
Walk Testing
Once the detector has been set up, walk test the entire area where coverage is
desired. Should the coverage be incomplete, readjust or relocate the detector to
obtain full coverage.
IMPORTANT NOTE: Upon installation, the unit should be thoroughly tested to
verify proper operation. The end user should be instructed on how to perform
walk tests, and should walk test the detector weekly.
DM-C and DM-W: Detector Mounting Brackets
Use the optional DM-W Wall Mount and DM-C Ceiling Mount brackets to solve difficult
placement problems. The DM-W and DM-C mount to either the wall or ceiling and
allow for full vertical and horizontal positioning of the motion detector - the detector
can be tilted up or down and rotated through 90° to obtain the best position for optimal coverage.
CAUTION: Changes or modifications not expressly approved by Digital Security Controls could void your authority to use this equipment.
This equipment generates and uses radio frequency energy and if not installed and used properly, in strict accordance with the manufacturer’s instructions, may cause interference to radio and television reception. It has been type
tested and found to comply with the limits for Class B device in accordance with the specifications in Subpart “B” of
Part 15 of FCC Rules, which are designed to provide reasonable protection against such interference in any residential installation. However, there is no guarantee that interference will not occur in a particular installation. If this
equipment does cause interference to television or radio reception, which can be determined by turning the equipment off and on, the user is encouraged to try to correct the interference by one or more of the following measures:
• Re-orient the receiving antenna
• Relocate the alarm control with respect to the receiver
• Move the alarm control away from the receiver
• Connect the alarm control into a different outlet so that alarm control and receiver are on different circuits.
If necessary, the user should consult the dealer or an experienced radio/television technician for additional suggestions. The user may find the following booklet prepared by the FCC helpful: “How to Identify and Resolve Radio/
Television Interference Problems”. This booklet is available from the U.S. Government Printing Office, Washington, D.C. 20402, Stock # 004-000-00345-4.
Digital Security Controls warrants that for a period of twelve months from the date of purchase, the product shall be
free of defects in materials and workmanship under normal use and that in fulfilment of any breach of such warranty,
Digital Security Controls shall, at its option, repair or replace the defective equipment upon return of the equipment
to its repair depot. This warranty applies only to defects in parts and workmanship and not to damage incurred in
shipping or handling, or damage due to causes beyond the control of Digital Security Controls such as lightning,
excessive voltage, mechanical shock, water damage, or damage arising out of abuse, alteration or improper application of the equipment.
The foregoing warranty shall apply only to the original buyer, and is and shall be in lieu of any and all other warranties, whether expressed or implied and of all other obligations or liabilities on the part of Digital Security Controls.
Digital Security Controls neither assumes, nor authorizes any other person purporting to act on its behalf to modify
or to change this warranty, nor to assume for it any other warranty or liability concerning this product.
In no event shall Digital Security Controls be liable for any direct, indirect or consequential damages, loss of anticipated profits, loss of time or any other losses incurred by the buyer in connection with the purchase, installation or
operation or failure of this product.
Motion detectors can only detect motion within the designated areas as shown in their respective installation instructions. They cannot discriminate between intruders and intended occupants. Motion detectors do not provide volumetric area protection. They have multiple beams of detection and motion can only be detected in unobstructed
areas covered by these beams. They cannot detect motion which occurs behind walls, ceilings, floor, closed doors,
glass partitions, glass doors or windows. Any type of tampering whether intentional or unintentional such as masking, painting, or spraying of any material on the lenses, mirrors, windows or any other part of the detection system
will impair its proper operation.
Passive infrared motion detectors operate by sensing changes in temperature. However their effectiveness can be
reduced when the ambient temperature rises near or above body temperature or if there are intentional or unintentional sources of heat in or near the detection area. Some of these heat sources could be heaters, radiators, stoves,
barbeques, fireplaces, sunlight, steam vents, lighting and so on.
Warning: Digital Security Controls recommends that the entire system be completely tested on a regular
basis. However, despite frequent testing, and due to, but not limited to, criminal tampering or electrical disruption, it is possible for this product to fail to perform as expected.
Important Information: Changes or modifications not expressly approved by Digital Security Controls could
void the user’s authority to operate this equipment.
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