DIY Wired Security Systems Frequently Asked Questions

What is Zone-Doubling on a Honeywell VISTA System?
Zone-doubling is a method of using different value resistors on zones 2 - 8 to allow 7 hardwired zone inputs to behave like 14 separate zones. This is particularly helpful if you need more than 8 hardwired zones, but fewer than 16. Zone 2, doubled, becomes 2 and 10, zone 3 becomes 3 and 11, and so on.
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How Do I Program the Alpha on My VISTA Panel?
Enter program mode, then press *82 to enter Alpha Descriptor Programming. Each zone can have up to a three word descriptor. Custom words can also be created.
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Why Isn't My Wired Door Sensor Working?
A wired door sensor may not be showing the correct status due to programming or wiring issues. Read on to find out how to troubleshoot wired door sensors.
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How Do I Wire an IS3035 Motion to My Security System?
The Honeywell IS3035 is connected to a security system via an 18 to 22 gauge wire. The wire runs from the panel into the motion detector's terminal block.
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Can a GSMV4G Radio be Used Without Monitoring?
It is possible to self-monitor using only a GSMV4G cellular communicator. Many users prefer to use cellular communication because of its strong reliability.
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Which Chipset on a VISTA Works with Total Connect & a GSMV4G?
Vista-15P and Vista-20P version 9.12 or later, Vista-21iP version 3.13 or later, and Vista-128BPT and 250BPT all versions support Total Connect 2. Read on!
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How Do I Enable Total Connect 2.0 on My Vista-Turbo Panel?
TC2 is enabled on Vista-Turbo panels in device programming. The communicator talks to the panel as 3 different device types, and each must be enabled. Read on!
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What Is the Valid Address for a 4219?
The address required for a 4219 8-zone hardwired expander depends which panel it will be used with. Keep reading to learn valid addresses for the 4219.
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How Do I Wire a 6162RF to a VISTA?
The 6162RF has 4 wires, two for power, and two for data. It connects to the keypad bus of the Vista panel. Learn to wire the 6162RF to a Vista panel.
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How do I set up GeoFence arming reminders on an iOS device in TC2.0?
GeoFence arming reminders alert when an associated device leaves the designated area, and the system is not armed. Learn to create a GeoFence arming reminder.
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