DIY Wired Security Systems Frequently Asked Questions

How Do I Wire a 2-Wire Smoke Detector to My Wired Alarm System?
A 2-wire smoke detector connects directly to a hard-wired zone on a wired alarm system. Learn how to interface a 2-wire smoke with your wired alarm system.
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How Many Zones Can a 5881 Medium Board Handle?
The Honeywell 5881ENM medium wireless receiver provides support for up to 16 wireless zones, and it is compatible with all Honeywell Vista control panels.
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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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