Can I Add a Honeywell 4219 Zone Expander to a Honeywell VISTA-128BPT?
No, you cannot add a Honeywell 4219 Zone Expander to a Honeywell VISTA-128BPT. The 4219 is for non-polling loop panels only. Since the Honeywell VISTA-128BPT uses a polling loop, it cannot interface with the Honeywell 4219. But the system can use a Honeywell 4208U or 4208SN instead.
The Honeywell VISTA-128BPT is capable of supporting up to 128 unique zones. But the system's board cannot support nearly this many on its own. Instead, it needs compatible expansion modules to provide additional input terminals for wired sensors. Since the VISTA-128BPT uses a V-Plex polling loop, any expansion module that is added must also support this feature. Some examples of hardwired zone expansion modules that support a polling loop include the Honeywell 4208U and the Honeywell 4208SN. Both of these modules will provide eight additional hardwired zones for the Honeywell VISTA-128BPT Security System.
Using a polling loop provides some key advantages for a hardwired alarm system. Panels that use a polling loop have more flexible wiring options. This includes being able to run wires from a further distance. For commercial-grade systems like the VISTA-128BPT, using a polling loop can be very important for achieving a proper setup. But the downside is that the system cannot support non-polling loop expansion modules like the Honeywell 4219.
Both the 4208U and 4208SN can connect with a Honeywell VISTA-128BPT through a simple 2-wire connection at the polling loop input. From there, hardwired sensors will connect with the expansion module. In the case of the VISTA-128BPT, a total of 15 of these expansion modules can be added. Adding 15 expansion modules will allow the system to support up to 127 zones. This is the maximum number of zones that can be used with a VISTA-128BPT.
Please note that the difference between the 4208U and the 4208SN is that the 4208U can support both serial number programming and dip switch programming. But the 4208SN can only support serial number programming. For the the VISTA-128BPT, either option will work. However, if a user was deciding between the two, we would recommend using the 4208U. This is because the 4208U Expansion Modules can be used to add up to 128 hardwired zones on a system. When using a VISTA-128BPT, this will cover all of the zones that the system is capable of supporting. As for the 4208SN, that module is better used with systems that have the capability to support a number of zones greater than 128. An example of such a system is the VISTA-250BPT, which can support up to 249 zones with enough expansion modules. In that case, 30 of the 4208SN Expansion Modules would be needed.
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