Honeywell LYNX Touch & LYNX Plus vs. VISTA systems
The LYNX Touch and LYNX Plus are all-in-one wireless alarm systems. VISTA alarm panels (i.e VISTA-15P, VISTA-20P, VISTA-21iP) are a more traditional wired system that live in a metal cabinet. In fact, the L5100 Lynx Touch can also support wired zones by using a wired to wireless transmitter. Honeywell released the 5800C2W 9 zone wireless converter in early 2014 to allow end users to convert to a wireless panel without losing their existing wired zones. Although the VISTA panels are setup to connect wired sensors and programming can be laborious they can support wireless sensors by installing an RF receiver.
The Lynx model panels have built in sirens, on board backup battery units and integrated keypads for control and programming. VISTA panels consist of the metal cabinet, circuit board and terminals to land the wired zones (VISTA-21iP includes an IP communicator). You will need to install a keypad and connect it to the ECP bus for control (alphanumeric keypad for deeper level programming), connect a backup battery to the panel leads, and connect a siren to the bell output.
Since the L3000 Lynx Plus is a keypad style panel the programming is still sequence based and uses fields similar to the VISTA panels. The Lynx Touch graphical touchscreen interface uses icon driven programming which makes things much easier for a first time end user and DIY installer. All in all, the Lynx models are designed for the future and simplify installation and use.
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