Wired Security Systems Frequently Asked Questions

Can I Increase the Max Number of Zones On My Hardwired Security System?
To utilize all of zones on a wired alarm system, it is necessary to add wired zone expansion modules and/or a wireless receiver. Learn about zones on a hardwired alarm panel.
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Can I Increase the Max Number of Zones On My Hardwired Security System?
To utilize all of zones on a wired alarm system, it is necessary to add wired zone expansion modules and/or a wireless receiver. Learn about zones on a hardwired alarm panel.
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What Is a Security System
The main components of an alarm system are sensors and a control panel. The system will send out distress signals during alarm events. Find out what an alarm system is.
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How Do I Change My Alarm System's Code?
The process for changing a code on an alarm system varies depending on the type of panel that is being used. You will need to know the Master Code for the system in order to do this. It is possible to change the Master Code and any user code. Learn more about changing codes on a security system.
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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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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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