RadioLINK+ Module Ei100MRF for Mains Powered Smoke

RadioLINK+ Module Ei100MRF
for Mains Powered Smoke / Heat Alarms
Ei140e / Ei160e / Ei2110e Series
Ei100MRF Module
(for use with eSeries Alarms only)
Read and retain carefully for as long as the product is being used. It contains vital information on the operation
and installation of your Module. The leaflet should be regarded as part of the product.
If you are just installing this Module, the leaftet must be given to the householder. The leaflet is to be given to
any subsequent user.
Table of Contents
Introduction ................................................................................
Installation and House Coding ...................................................
Additional Features ....................................................................
Indicator Summary .....................................................................
System Examples .......................................................................
Testing the system .....................................................................
Interconnected Carbon Monoxide Alarms and Smoke Alarms ...
RadioLINK+ Troubleshooting ......................................................
Technical Specifications .............................................................
Guarantee ..................................................................................
Limitations of Radio Communications ........................................
The Ei100MRF RadioLINK+ Module is the next generation RF module designed
to fit in the Ei140e / Ei160e and Ei2110e series, Easi-fit mains powered Alarms.
The Ei100MRF RadioLINK+ Module is a direct replacement for the Ei168RC
RadioLINK Base.
The primary function of the Ei100MRF is to interconnect all Ei Electronics Alarms in
a system by the means of an RF signal i.e. when one Alarm senses a fire event, the
Ei100MRF module attached to that alarm will transmit an RF signal that will activate
the sounders in all other alarms in the system.
The Ei100MRF module is plugged into the rear of the base of an Ei140e / Ei160e
or Ei2110e series Alarm. RF communication through this module eliminates the
need to install long interconnect wires between all the Alarms on different floors in
different rooms. The Ei100MRF is powered from the Alarm it is connected to. The
module also has “multiple repeater” transmission – this provides multiple signal
paths for a stronger RF system and can also increase the system range.
Installation and House Coding
N.B Disconnect Mains Before Alarm Head Removal
After disconnecting the mains power supply, it is now safe to remove the Alarm from
its base. Using a screwdriver, insert into the removal slot on the side of the Alarm.
Push the lower half of the Alarm away away from the screwdriver, in the direction
of the arrow on the cover (see Figure 1 below).
CAUTION: The existing hard-wired interconnection may need to be disconnected
at this point by disconnecting the interconnect (black) wire from the terminal block
(refer to the Installation section in the Alarm instruction manual). If a hard-wired
connection and an RF connection exist between the SAME two Alarms, a
continuous Alarm loop signal will occur.
Figure 1
Fitting the Ei100MRF Module
To fit the Ei100MRF Module, first hold the flexible antenna and guide it into its
designated hole in the rear of the unit until about 2/3 of its length is inserted (Fig.
2a). Then, hold the module housing (Fig. 2b) & plug it into the alarm, being careful
to align the pins and keeping them perpendicular to the base as the module is
inserted (Fig. 2c). Ensure the module is fully home, by checking that it is flush with
the surrounding alarm housing (Fig. 2d).
Figure 2a
Figure 2b
Figure 2c
House Coding the Unit
Ensure that the Alarm is re-connected to
the base correctly by checking for the
green LED on the unit. Power supply to the
Ei100MRF will be confirmed by an initial
flash of the red, blue and green LED on the
side of the unit (see Fig 3).
Using a screwdriver, press and hold the
House Code button on the side of the unit
until the blue light illuminates (see Fig 4).
Immediately release the button, the Blue
light will flash rapidly and then stop.
The flashing will repeat every 5 seconds
thereafter. Repeat this procedure for all
alarms in the system and any RF accessories
Figure 2d
such as the Ei450 Alarm Controller.
Check to ensure all RF devices have been successfully House Coded. This can
be done by counting the number of blue flashes on each RF Module. The number
of flashes should correspond to the number of RF devices in the system. (i.e. 4
flashes if there are 4 devices in the system).
N.B. A max of 12 RF devices should be installed in any one system.
If all devices have House Coded you can exit this mode by pressing the House
Code button on one of the devices. Keep the button pressed until the blue light
comes on solid and then release.
blue, red & green LED
Figure 3
Figure 4
The unit will now send a signal to all the other devices in the system to exit House
Code. Alternatively, the devices will automatically exit the House Code mode after
30 minutes. To ensure that all units are House Coded, press the test button on any
device. After a few seconds all units should now sound their alarm. Caution: Do
not House Code another group (e.g. adjacent apartment) until the current House
Code has been completed.
Factory Reset
Sometimes in order to resolve an RF communication issue it may be necessary
to reset (factory reset) and House Code the system again. To do so, press and
hold the House Code button until you see a flashing blue light on the Alarm cover
(approx. 7 seconds), release immediately. Repeat this procedure on all units.
Removing the Ei100MRF Module
If it is necessary to remove or replace
an RF Module already fitted to an Alarm,
it can be taken out by firstly using your
index finger to lift it by 5 to 6mm to
release the connection pins (Fig. 5a),
repeat this process on the opposite end
to release the antenna (Fig. 5b), after
which the module can be fully removed
from the Alarm by lifting it away while
keeping the pins perpendicular to the
Alarm (Fig. 5c).
Figure 5a
Figure 5b
Figure 5c
Additional Features
The Ei100MRF RadioLINK+ Module provides additional features not available
with Ei Electronics RadioLINK products. The following features will only work with
RadioLINK+ devices.
1. Remote House Coding (required if you want to add an Alarm to an installed system)
2. Monitoring
3. Data Extraction
*Note these functions will not be available unless you have completed House Code Entry.
1. Remote House Coding
If it is necessary to extend an RF system or you find that you want to add an extra
unit to a system for extra protection you can now do so quite simply via the ‘Remote
House Coding’. Firstly using a screwdriver, press and hold the House Code button
until you see all colours flashing (red, blue, green). Now release the button and put
the device you are adding into the system into House Code mode (see “Installation
and House Coding” section) (N.B. for this feature to work all devices in the
system must be RadioLINK+). Once the new unit has learned all other devices
in the system and all existing Alarms have learned the new Alarm (this can be
confirmed by counting the number of flashes on each Alarm) you can take the unit
out of House Code mode (see “Installation and House Coding” section) or let it exit
automatically after 30 minutes.
2. Monitoring
The Ei100MRF RadioLINK+ Module has the ability to “Monitor” the RF signal path
and strength. In monitoring mode each device will check the integrity of the RF
path approximately every 10 hours. If a breach of the RF path integrity is detected
it will signal a monitoring fail. For more information on using this feature, please
visit and refer to the relevant section on the RadioLINK+
Monitoring feature.
3. Data Extraction
The Ei100MRF RadioLINK+ Module is equipped with a feature that allows for the
extraction of information from an Ei Electronics Compatible Alarm, using an Ei
Electronics download device. The event log can contain very useful information
about any recorded events in the history of the Alarm such as:
• Fire Events • Alarm head removals • Battery life
For more information on using this feature, please visit and
refer to the relevant section on the RadioLINK+ Data Extraction feature.
Ei100MRF Indicator Summary
Normal Operation
Blue LED
Green LED
Power Up
1 flash
1 flash
1 flash
3.5 Sec flash followed by flash every 10 Sec
Full Sound
Head Removal
3.5 Sec flash every 6 mins for 4 hrs
Mode-Enter / Exit
Button Action
Blue LED
Green LED
House Code Enter
Press & Release on Solid Blue
Flashes briefly & stops
Press & Release on Solid Blue
3.5 Sec flash
Factory Reset
Press & Release on Flashing Blue
Rapid flashing followed by single flash
Remote House Coding
Press & Release on Multi- Colour Flashing Rapid flashing followed by 3.5 Sec flash Off
(1 flash per unit) every 5 Sec
In House code
House code Exit
* See ‘Installation and House Coding’ section for further details
System Examples
RF System (RadioLINK & RadioLINK+)
Smoke Alarm
Smoke Alarm
Heat Alarm
Smoke Alarm
RF Tool
Smoke Alarm
Data Extraction
Heat Alarm
Note: Remote House Coding / Monitoring / Data Extraction only available on RadioLINK+ Alarms
Note: Remote House Coding / Monitoring / Data Extraction only available on RadioLINK Alarms
RadioLINK+ System
Smoke Alarm
Heat Alarm
Smoke Alarm
RF Tool
Data Extraction
Heat Alarm
Smoke Alarm
RadioLINK+ & Hardwired Hybrid System
Smoke Alarm
Heat Alarm
Smoke Alarm
MultiSensor Alarm *
Smoke Alarm
RF Tool
Data Extraction
* N.B. In Hybrid systems we recommend that the link Alarm be an Ei2110e MultiSensor Alarm
Testing the System
Check that the green light is on continuously to
indicate that mains power is present and that the
red light flashes every 40 seconds.
Frequent testing of the system is a requirement to
ensure its continued and safe operation. Guidelines
and best practices for testing are as follows:
1. After the system is installed.
2. Regularly (monthly testing is recommended).
3. After prolonged absence from the dwelling (e.g.
after holiday period).
4. After repair or servicing of any of the systems
elements or household electrical works.
5. After renovations to the house.
To test an individual Alarm press and hold the test
button until the horn sounds and the red light flashes.
This will ensure that the sensor, electronics and sounder are working.
To test the RadioLINK+ system, press and hold the test button on one of the Alarms.
The blue LED from the Ei100MRF will illuminate for approximately 3.5 seconds.
Continue to hold the test button until all the Alarms in the system are sounding. This
will take between 20 to 45 seconds depending on the number of Alarms and their
locations in the system, e.g. a system with 12 Alarms may take up to 45 seconds for
them all to sound. Release the test button when the test is completed.
The local Alarm will stop sounding but you will hear the other Alarms still sounding
in the distance.
End of Life (EOL) Check
Check the ‘replace by date’ label on all Ei100MRF modules and attached Alarms. If
the date has been exceeded then the device should be replaced.
Interconnected Carbon Monoxide
Alarms and Smoke Alarms
Identifying source of Alarm
Ei Electronics Carbon Monoxide Alarms and Smoke Alarms can be interconnected
via RadioLINK or RadioLINK+ so that one device sensing danger will cause all the
other units to sound, enabling the alarm to be heard throughout the residence.
When a system alarms, check to see which unit has its red light flashing rapidly - this
it the source of the alarm.
If it is a Carbon Monoxide Alarm, ventilate the residence and follow the instructions
in the Carbon Monoxide Alarm manual.
If it is a Smoke Alarm, evacuate the residence and follow the instructions in the
Smoke Alarm manual.
For added convenience we recommend that an Ei450 Alarm Controller is used with
these systems.
When there is an alarm, an icon on the Ei450 Alarm Controller shows if it is a CO
or Fire incident.
Pressing the button with the units in alarm Locates the source of the alarm, as it
silences all the units apart from the unit sensing danger.
(In normal standby mode, the Ei450 Alarm Controller allows you to Test all the units
remotely without having to press the test button – ideal for units on high ceilings).
RadioLINK+ Troubleshooting
It is important that all Alarms in your system communicate with each other. The number
of walls, ceilings and metal objects in the signal path will reduce the strength of the
RadioLINK+ signals between the Alarms. Accordingly, one or more Smoke/Heat/CO
Alarms may have difficulties in communicating to all the other Alarms in the system.
If, when checking the RadioLINK+ interconnection, some of the Alarms do not
respond to the button test, then you will need to either:
(i) Position another RadioLINK+ Alarm to act as a ‘repeater’ between the Alarms
which are not communicating and so shorten the path and/or by-pass an obstacle
which is blocking the signal. When the new Alarm is fitted, House Code all Alarms
again, as described above.
(ii) rotate / re-locate the Alarms (e.g. move them away from metal surfaces or wiring).
After making these changes to the RF signal path, the RadioLINK+ signals may still
not be reaching all the Alarms in your system, even though they have already been
House Coded successfully. (see Section on “Limitations of Radio Communications”).
It is important to check that all Alarms are communicating in their final installed
positions. If Alarms are rotated, have had their antennas extended and/or re-sited,
we would recommend that all the Alarms are returned to the factory settings and
then House Coded again in their final positions (see above). The RadioLINK+
interconnection should then be checked again by button testing all units.
(Note: The RadioLINK+ module can be returned to the originally factory settings by
pressing and holding the House Code switch until the blue light turns on solidly and
then flashes rapidly. This will take about 7 seconds. This clears the House Codes
that have been learnt).
Technical Specifications
Supply Voltage: 9V from attached alarm
RF Range: A minimum of 100 metres in free space
RF Visual Indicator: Blue light flashes continuously for 0.5 to 3.5 seconds while
transmitting RF signal
RF Frequency:
868.499MHz (1% duty cycle)
Max RF Power: +10dBm
80mm length x 19mm depth x 16mm height
Temperature Range: 0° to 40°C
Humidity Range: 15% to 95% Relative Humidity
Interconnect: Up to 12 RadioLINK+ or RadioLINK modules
Optional Accessories: Ei407 Manual Call Point, Ei428 Relay Module ,Ei414 Fire / CO Alarm Interface, Ei450 RadioLINK Alarm Controller
Approvals: RF performance to EN 300 220-1 in accordance
with EN 300 220-2
EMC performance to EN 301 489-1 in accordance
with EN 301 489-3
Ei Electronics guarantees this RF RadioLINK+ Module for five years from date
of purchase against any defects that are due to faulty materials or workmanship.
This guarantee only applies to normal conditions of use and service, and does not
include damage resulting from accident, neglect, misuse, unauthorised dismantling,
or contamination howsoever caused. This guarantee excludes incidental and
consequential damage. If this RF RadioLINK+ Module should become defective
within the guarantee period, it must be returned to Ei Electronics, with proof of
purchase, carefully packaged, with the problem clearly stated. We shall at our
discretion repair or replace the faulty unit.
Do not interfere with the Alarm or attempt to tamper with it. This will invalidate the
guarantee, but more importantly may expose the user to shock or fire hazards.
This guarantee is in addition to your statutory rights as a consumer.
Limitations of Radio
Ei Electronics radio communication systems are very reliable and are tested to high
standards. However, due to their low transmitting power and limited range (required
by regulatory bodies) there are some limitations to be considered:
(i) Receivers may be blocked by radio signals occurring on or near their operating
frequencies, regardless of the House Coding.
(ii) Alarms with RadioLINK+ modules should be tested regularly, at least weekly.
This is to determine whether there are sources of interference preventing
communication, that the radio paths have not been disrupted by moving furniture or
renovations, and if so, to give a warning of these and other faults.
Hereby, Ei Electronics declares that this Ei100MRF RadioLINK+ Module is in
compliance with the essential requirements and other relevant provisions of
Directive 1999/5/EC. The Declaration of Conformity may be consulted at
Block E1
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disposal will prevent possible harm to the environment or
to human health. When disposing of this product please
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be recycled in an environmentally sound manner. For
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