Does a 6280 Have a Built-In Receiver?
No, a 6280 does not have a built-in receiver. This is a wired touchscreen keypad designed for use with Honeywell VISTA Series Alarm Systems. The 6280 provides convenient touchscreen control for general arming and disarming. It also features a console mode for deep-level programming.
The main benefit of the Honeywell 6280 is that it functions as a touchscreen controller with an advanced user interface (AUI). Many users find that it is easier to understand and use than a traditional push-button keypad. But in terms of actual functionality, the 6280 adds very little. That's not to say it's a bad keypad, but it just doesn't have many unique features that help it stand out.
The Honeywell 6280 is often compared with the more advanced Tuxedo Touch WIFI Keypad. The Tuxedo Touch is essentially the same device, but it also includes a built-in Z-Wave controller. This allows the VISTA System to support Z-Wave smart home devices, such as lights, locks and thermostats. Z-Wave devices can be controlled from the Tuxedo itself or from the Total Connect 2.0 Service.
If a user is looking for a keypad with a built-in wireless receiver, then their best option is usually the Honeywell 6160RF. This push-button Alphanumeric keypad includes an integrated 345 MHz wireless receiver for supporting wireless Honeywell 5800 Series Sensors. This diverse sensor lineup includes both security and life-safety sensors to fulfill all of a user's needs. With its Alphanumeric display, the 6160RF is perfect for deep-level programming.
The 6160RF also maintains another distinct edge over the 6280 and Tuxedo Touch, as it can backdoor into programming if the user is locked out. This is done by pressing and holding the [*] and [#] keys within 50 seconds of powering the system on. This cannot be done on a 6280 or Tuxedo Touch, as the console mode cannot be loaded fast enough. However, the main downside to the 6160RF is that its push-button control isn't necessarily as user-friendly as a touchscreen controller.
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