Honeywell VISTA Series Frequently Asked Questions

How Do I Know if My 4219's DIP Switches Are Turned "On"?
A Honeywell 4219 is used to add eight additional hardwired zones to a Vista panel. Certain DIP switch combinations will assign the hardwired terminals on the 4219 to different zones on the panel. A DIP switch that is facing up is in the "on" position. Learn more about the 4219 zone expander.
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What Does FC Stand For on My Alarm System?
An FC code indicates that a Honeywell VISTA System is having trouble communicating. This message is often displayed on a keypad when the panel previously used its built-in dialer to send signals. This error code can be cleared by most end users. Learn more about the FC code on a VISTA panel.
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How Do I Clear the FC Code on my Honeywell Alarm?
An FC code on a Honeywell VISTA System stands for Failed To Communicate. This means that the panel attempted to dial out using its built-in dialer, and it did not receive acknowledgement that the signal was accepted. Learn more about clearing the FC code on a Honeywell security system.
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How Do I Upgrade My Honeywell VISTA's Version?
Upgrading a Honeywell VISTA involves removing the current prom chip from the panel's circuit board and then replacing it with a newer prom chip. Many users upgrade the version of their VISTA so that they can use Total Connect with their system. Learn more about upgrading a Honeywell VISTA Panel.
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Who Makes the Best Home Security Systems?
It is a subjective opinion as to which company makes the best security systems. However, Honeywell has a proven track record, having produced several excellent security systems through the years. Qolsys has also had recent success with their IQ Panel 2. Learn more about security system companies.
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What Kind of Wire Should I Use to Power My Honeywell Home Security Panel?
Most installations for a Honeywel alarm system involve using 18-gauge 2-conductor wire. The wire will run from a plug-in transformer to the panel itself. An excellent wire to use for this type of application is the Honeywell LT-Cable. Learn more about wiring a Honeywell control panel.
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What is the Difference Between AlarmNet & Total Connect?
Total Connect is an interactive service for Honeywell security systems that is hosted on AlarmNet servers. Honeywell owns and operates AlarmNet as its primary network for security communications. End users manage their systems through Total Connect. Learn more about Total Connect and AlarmNet.
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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 Software Lets Me Make Changes on My VISTA 20P?
Users can make changes on a VISTA using Total Connect 2.0, or by hand programming it. A monitored alarm company who's a Honeywell dealer uses Compass. Read on.
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