Wired Alarm Control Panels Frequently Asked Questions

How Do I Turn off (Power Down) My Home Alarm System?
Most alarm systems can be turned off by following similar steps. The process involves disconnecting the backup battery and then unplugging the transformer from the wall. The shut down can be confirmed by checking the panel's touchscreen or keypad. Learn more about shutting down your alarm system.
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How Do I Disarm My Alarm System?
In order to disarm an alarm system, it is necessary to know the Master Code or a valid user code for the security system. The exact process for disarming an alarm system varies between different types of security panels. Learn how to disarm your alarm system by following this helpful guide.
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What are Master Codes and Installer Codes?
Master Codes and Installer Codes are very different. They each have different authority levels, and they are each used for different programming functions.
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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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How Do I Program My Honeywell VISTA 15P?
When programming a VISTA 15P, you must first access system programming. Next, you will access the programming field that you want to adjust. From there, enter in the appropriate data. Finally, you will exit system programming to save your changes. Learn more about programming a VISTA 15P.
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How Do I Program a Wired Zone on a Vista Panel?
Determine how you wish to connect your wired zone, then program each zone according to the way it is wired. Zone 1 must always be wired with a 2K end or line resistor. Zones 2 - 6 (15P) or 2 - 8 (20P, 21iP) can be programmed as Normally Open, Normally Closed, or EOL. Read on to learn more. Determine how you wish to connect your wired zone, then program each zone according to the way it is wired. Zone 1 must always be wired with a 2K end of line resistor. Zones 2 - 6 (15P) or 2 - 8 (20P, 21iP) can be programmed as Normally Open, Normally Closed, or EOL. Read on to learn more.
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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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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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