How Do I Enter Walk Test Mode on a Vista Panel?

You can enter walk test mode on a Vista panel by entering the command "[Installer Code] + 5". Then press "0". The default installer code is 4112. The Vista system must be ready in order to begin a walk test. If successful, the siren on the system will sound for approximately one second.

Complete the following steps to conduct a walk test:

1. Prepare your system. Contact your alarm monitoring company and have them put your system on test before conducting a walk test. You must restore any faulted zones before you can start the test. You can press the * key to display any faulted zones. Also, make sure that your system is disarmed.

If you are testing wireless motion detectors, make sure that they are either in test mode at the motion or cover them with a small towel, and then wait 3 minutes before beginning the test.

2. Enter the command. At a keypad for the partition you wish to test, enter the walk test command, which is: "[Installer Code or Master Code] + 5", at the "Dial or Walk" screen press "0". The default Installer Code is "4112", and the default Master Code is "1234".

After doing this, the siren should sound for about a second, assuming that the battery is present and sufficiently charged. The keypad where the test command was entered will display the following:

Keep in mind that the walk test is partition specific. This means that if multiple partitions exist, they should be walk tested separately. While in test mode, the keypad will sound a single beep about every 30 seconds, as a reminder that test mode is active.

3. Test your contacts. Open each door and window that you want to test. As you open each point, you should hear 3 beeps from the keypad, and the zone number that is being faulted should be displayed. Once the zone fault has been indicated, close the point, and its zone number should disappear from the display. This portion of the test is most easily done with two people, one to fault zones, while the other monitors the display

4. Test your motions. Walk in front of wired motions to test them. Again, as each sensor is faulted, you should hear 3 beeps, and the zone number should appear on the keypad. For wireless motions, if they are in test mode locally at the motion, treat them exactly like a wired motion. If not, then remove whatever you covered them with earlier. This should cause them to fault and then restore within seconds.

5. Test life safety devices. If life safety devices, such as smoke detectors, or carbon monoxide detectors are present, test each by following the manufacturer's instructions for the device.

6. Exit walk test mode. Once all devices have been tested, exit Walk Test by entering "(any valid Code) + 1". If you forget and accidentally leave test mode active, then the system will exit this mode on its own after 4 hours. Five minutes before the test expires, it will begin to emit a double beep every 30 seconds.

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