I’ve previously talked briefly about the new Texecom Capture sensors. This is a new range from Texecom and they are clearly trying to simply the product line and harmonise it as much as possible.
They have also very kindly sent me some to have a look at:
These are the Ricochet (wireless) types, although they have also brought out wired equivalents. They have clearly tried hard to rethink the design and make it as simple and consistent as possible. There are quite a few nice touches – the electronics are all in the front part, so when fitting to the wall you’ve only got the actual plate to deal with. Also they are all switchable between ‘pet tolerant’ and normal which is very handy. I’ve had to replace quite a few sensors since recently getting a cat, and in fact this was the main reason for my wanting to replace the sensors.
The design of things like this is really a matter of taste although personally I like this and it’s nice to see someone trying to do something a little bit different. There is an LED but it is inside the circular section and they aren’t used in the Ricochet devices except for when you first set them up.
The dip switch in the middle is used to select ‘pet mode’, in conjunction with a plastic shutter at the bottom which also needs adjusting (indicated by the arrow).
Then it’s simply a matter of learning it to the Ricochet system. There are a couple of ways of doing this and I’ve covered this before. This time, I used the ‘Learn Ricochet’ menu on the panel with the battery out, and then connecting the battery when prompted by the panel. It automatically sets up a zone with the appropriate profile (‘Guard’).
Overall I think these sensors are really nice. They are very simple to install, it’s great to have the optional pet mode and they look a bit different from the norm.