Can the Honeywell VISTA-50P Support LTE Communication?
Yes, the Honeywell VISTA-50P can support LTE communication. However, it is extremely difficult to set up, and it is advised that the user upgrades to a new panel. But technically speaking, the VISTA-50P can use the LTE-IA and LTE-IV AlarmNet Communicators or a TG-1 Express LTE Communicator.
The Honeywell VISTA-50P is an older hardwired polling loop panel that supports V-Plex Polling Loop Sensors. The system was commonly installed in commercial locations where longer wire runs were needed, making polling loop sensors a necessity. However, the panel is quite limited by today's standards. Most users with a Honeywell VISTA-50P will want to upgrade to a newer system, whether that be a hardwired panel or a wireless all-in-one alarm system.
You can technically get a Honeywell VISTA-50P System set up with an LTE communicator for alarm monitoring service. This is done by connecting the communicator to the ECP bus on the panel. But unlike most of the newer Honeywell VISTA Series Panels, the Honeywell VISTA-50P is unable to support ECP mode for configuring the communicator. This makes set up extremely difficult and tedious. And due to the limitations of the VISTA-50P in general, we will almost always steer users towards upgrading the panel.
One very important thing to understand about the Honeywell VISTA-50P is that it can never be set up to work with Total Connect 2.0. This is an interactive monitoring and automation platform that you can use to control your system remotely using a mobile app on your phone. It is a great service, and we strongly recommend it for anyone with a compatible panel. There are many other Honeywell Panels that support TC2, and they are all fairly easy for setting up with LTE connectivity.
However, there is one viable option that can be considered with the Honeywell VISTA-50P. Since the panel has a phone dialer, it can be set up with a Telguard TG-1 Express Communicator. This module will connect with the tip and ring connections on the VISTA-50P Panel. When the panel needs to send out a signal, it will act as though it is dialing out using POTS (plain old telephone service) communication. But what is actually happening is that the TG-1 Express is taking that telephone line signal and converting it to a cellular signal for reliable cellular communication. You can choose between an AT&T LTE Telguard TG-1 Express and a Verizon LTE Telguard TG-1 Express. It is important to understand that the VISTA-50P cannot be used with the Telguard HomeControl Flex App, even if it is set up with a Telguard TG-1 Express Communicator.
If you have an existing VISTA-50P System and you are looking to upgrade, then there are a few options available. If you are wanting to bring over any existing V-Plex Polling Loop Sensors, then the VISTA TURBO Panels like the VISTA-128BPT and the VISTA-250BPT are both great options. We have a great FAQ on upgrading a VISTA TURBO Panel to use LTE communication, which you can check out here.
If you want to stick with a hardwired system, but you don't necessarily need support for polling loop sensors, then you may consider a panel in the VISTA P-Series. A great option is the Honeywell VISTA-21iPLTE, which supports a convenient plug-in LTE communicator. More information on upgrading a Honeywell VISTA-21iPLTE to use LTE communication can be found in this FAQ.
Lastly, you may want to skip a hardwired system entirely and make the jump to a wireless panel. There are wired to wireless converters that you can use to bring over hardwired sensors and use them with a wireless system. But it is very important to note that you CANNOT use hardwired polling loop sensors with a wired to wireless converter. But if you have standard, non-polling loop sensors, then you can usually bring them over. Using a Honeywell 5800C2W with a Honeywell Lyric Controller is a popular option. Another consideration is using the 319.5 MHz Qolsys IQ Panel 2 Plus with a Qolsys IQ Hardwire 16-F Wired to Wireless Converter.
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