Are There Security Systems Better Than a VISTA-P Alarm System?
Yes, there are security systems better than a VISTA-P Alarm System. These are still great panels for users wanting hardwired systems. But most new users looking for a home security system will opt for a wireless system instead. These panels offer the same performance and better convenience.
The Resideo VISTA Series represents a diverse security system lineup that dates back to the days when the company was known as Ademco and later Honeywell. New VISTA Panels have been released throughout the years to keep up with the times. The newest VISTA Panels support access to Total Connect 2.0, which is perfect for controlling the system and checking current status remotely. You can even add a touchscreen keypad in the form of a Honeywell Tuxedo Touch to give end users a colorful graphic user interface (UI) for performing system tasks.
These days, the only real reason to get a VISTA Panel is if you really want a hardwired system. Hardwired panels used to offer the distinct advantage of supporting multiple system partitions. However, many newer wireless systems have also started offering partition support. This has largely eliminated this advantage. That being said, hardwired systems are still great for integrating with the building itself and for adding to the property value. But most users will prefer wireless systems, as they are much easier to install and relocate if necessary.
If you are a DIY user looking for a new home security system, then we strongly recommend going with a wireless system in most situations. These systems are much easier to install, and users will not need to run wires across the building. In fact, many wireless systems can be set up with nothing more than a screwdriver. The newest wireless all-in-one security system from Resideo is the Honeywell Lyric Alarm System. This panel will support more zones than a VISTA Series Panel and offer Apple HomeKit compatibility. However, the Lyric can only support one partition.
If you require partition support, then there are still a few wireless options available. Both the 2GIG GC3 and the Qolsys IQ Panel 2 offer partitioning after a necessary firmware update has been applied. Both of these systems will support a maximum of four (4) total partitions. This is perfect for most situations, especially for residential installations. Keep in mind though that there are some commercial zoning requirements that mandate the use of hardwired systems. Check with the local zoning laws if you are setting up a system in a commercial location to find out if you ultimately need a hardwired panel.
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