Alarm Grid Video Recap: April 29 through May 5Posted By Michael Goris
Hey DIYers, have you been checking out the Alarm Grid YouTube Channel? If not, here's a quick recap of what you missed in the past week.
April 29th: How Do I Get Into Programming On My Vista 20P?
Bryce shows the basics of how to access programming on a Honeywell Vista 20P System. In most cases, this is done by entering in the command  + , with "4112" being the system's default Installer Code. Bryce also explains the differences between fixed English and alphanumeric keypads, as well as the backdoor method for accessing programming. According to Bryce, an alphanumeric keypad is necessary for conducting deeper level panel programming. With a Fixed English keypad, the programming options are more limited.
April 30th: What is a CKT Error on My 6160 Keypad?
Dylan explains the meaning of a CKT error on a 6160 keypad used with a Honeywell VISTA System. The error means that the keypad is not communicating properly with the VISTa Panel. The reason for this could be poor wiring, improper addressing or defaulting of the keypad or panel. Dylan then shows the proper wiring for the device and the steps for addressing the keypad so that it works properly. The error should clear once the wiring and addressing is correct.
Bryce demonstrates the walk test mode on Honeywell PIR Motion Detection Sensors. When the motion sensor is first powered on, it will automatically enter into its walk test mode. While in this mode, the device will show a red LED light whenever it detects motion. The sensor will then exit this mode on its own after 10 minutes. To re-enter walk test mode, simply remove the battery for the device and then re-insert the battery to power it back on.
Jorge talks about what type of security system is best for an apartment. He recommends using a wireless self-contained security system since they are easier to use and install. He also points out that a desk mount can be used so that they panel does not have to be mounted to the wall. Wireless sensors can be installed using double-sided foam tape to avoid drilling holes. Jorge specifically mentions the Honeywell Lyric Controller and the Qolsys IQ Panel 2 as being great options.
Jorge discusses the plans for Verizon to eventually discontinue support for their CDMA network. This important information for anyone who uses cellular communication with their Honeywell Lyric Controller. The CDMA network is still being used with many alarm systems. Starting on June 1, 2018, new CDMA activations will no longer be allowed. Existing CDMA communicators will be grandfathered in to remain active until the end of 2022. In order to remain active with the Verizon network, a user will need to upgrade to an LTE communicator.
Bryce talks about the purpose of adding a cellular module to a Honeywell Lyric Controller. A cellular module will provide reliable communication for the system. Cellular monitoring is significantly more reliable than WIFI connectivity, and the speeds are for the most part just as fast. The cellular communicator is very easy to install in the Honeywell Lyric Controller. Once installed, it must be activated by the user's alarm monitoring company. We recommend using the Honeywell LyricLTE-A AT&T LTE Cellular Module with the Lyric Controller, as LTE service will provide the fastest speeds.