Are Honeywell LYNX & VISTAs Compatible with 5800 Sensors?
Yes, Honeywell LYNX and VISTAs are compatible with 5800 Sensors. The Honeywell LYNX Touch and Honeywell VISTA Alarm Systems use wireless receivers that accept frequencies at 345 MHz. This is the same frequency used by Honeywell 5800 Series Sensors, which lets them communicate properly.
Resideo (formerly Honeywell and formerly Ademco), manufactures both alarm control panels and sensors. They want their sensors to be compatible with their security systems. As a result, the company took great care to ensure that their sensors communicate at a wireless frequency that is compatible with the wireless receivers used with their panels. The 5800 Series represents Resideo's most popular lineup of wireless sensors. These sensors operate at 345 MHz, and the company made sure that their security systems accept this wireless frequency.
Keep in mind that the Honeywell 5800 Series Sensors are wireless devices. The alarm control panel must have a wireless receiver to support these devices. Most wireless panels already come equipped with a built-in wireless receiver. This includes all of the Honeywell LYNX Touch Panels, which come ready to support 5800 Series Sensors right out of the box. However, the Honeywell VISTA Panels are hardwired panels, and they do not come equipped with wireless receivers. Instead, you must add one separately. But once you add a 345 MHz wireless receiver to a Honeywell VISTA System, it will have no problem supporting Honeywell 5800 Series devices.
If you are looking for a wireless receiver for a Honeywell VISTA System, then you have a few options to choose from. First, you can get a standalone wireless receiver module like a Honeywell 5881ENH. Make sure to check the number of zones the wireless receiver module supports before making your purchasing decision. Another option is to get a keypad with a built-in wireless receiver. This will kill two birds with one stone. Not only will you be able to use the keypad to control your system, you will also add the ability to use wireless sensors. A great keypad to use for this purpose is the Honeywell 6160RF.
Also remember that while most Honeywell 5800 Series Sensors are uni-directional devices that only require a standard wireless receiver, there are some sensors in this lineup that are bi-directional. Some examples of bi-directional 5800 Series Sensors include the Honeywell 5828 Keypad, the Honeywell 5800WAVE Siren and the Honeywell 5834-4 Key Fob when used in high-security mode. For these bi-directional devices, you need a wireless transceiver that is capable of both sending and receiving signals. For the LYNX Touch Systems, this is no problem, as the wireless receivers inside these systems are actually wireless transceivers. But if you have a VISTA and you need to add a wireless receiver, you will need to make sure it is actually a wireless transceiver, and not just a uni-directional wireless receiver. Some wireless transceivers for a Honeywell VISTA Panel include the Honeywell 5883H and the aforementioned Honeywell 6160RF Keypad.
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