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Installation of RFI Protection

Document 52119 Revision A2 ECN 03-386 8/20/03

Instructions for the installation of components used to provide additional Radio Frequency Interference (RFI) protection.

The RFI protection kit is now shipped with all versions of this panel designed for releasing applications. It is also available as a
separate kit (4XRFI-KIT, P/N 90306) for retrofit or non-releasing applications.
This kit includes:
(1) Ferrite Bead, P/N 29087, for installation on AC Line wiring
(4) Ferrite Bead, P/N 29146, for installation on all initiating circuit wiring

The deadfront panel, P/N DP-4X, is not included in the RFI protection kit. If you do not have a deadfront panel one must be ordered
separately. There will be no charge.

Although fire alarm panels are designed, manufactured, and tested to meet the stringent ULC standards as well as proposed UL
standards1 for RFI, in some environments RFI can exceed the tested levels of the panel, and in those cases could potentially
adversely affect the normal panel operation. Testing has demonstrated that the additional components provided in this kit, properly
installed, can provide an enhanced level of protection against RFI at certain frequencies and power levels. Radio frequency energy
at higher strengths may require special arrangements.

In addition to the installation of these components, it is recommended that you:

Insure that the panel has an excellent ground.
Instruct customers in the proper operation of two-way radios. They should not activate the radio while standing in
front of a panel with the door open.

Figure 1 depicts the proper installation of Ferrite Bead, P/N 29087 on the AC line. The lines pass straight through the beads and are
not wound around it.

Figure 2 depicts the proper installation of Ferrite Bead, P/N 29146 on each initiating circuit. The line must have three loops around
the bead, for a total of four passes through the bead.

Ferrite Bead,
P/N 29146
AC Power Input

Twisted-pair Wire
Ferrite Bead,
AC Power P/N 29087 Initiating
Input Circuit

Figure 1 Figure 2
When installing the deadfront panel, P/N DP-4X, the mounting screws should be tightened onto bare metal in order to assure that the
panel is electrically bonded to the cabinet.

Testing is performed at the more demanding levels called out in ULC requirements (ULC-S527-99). This testing requires the fire
alarm control panel to withstand RF generated by 5-watt radios in the 27 to 910 ranges at a minimum distance of 0.3 m.

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