Wired Security Systems Frequently Asked Questions

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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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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