How Do I Get Power to a DSC Impassa?

You can get power to a DSC Impassa by connecting the panel to its AC transformer and then plugging in the AC transformer to a wall outlet. You should also connect the panel's backup battery to its board. The DSC Impassa System will automatically power on after it is receiving power.

To successfully get power to a DSC Impassa, you will need a small flathead screwdriver, a compatible AC transformer and a power wire. For the power wire, we recommend using a Honeywell LT Cable or an 18-gauge 2-conductor wire. However, you can also use a 16-gauge or a 22-gauge wire just as easily. This transformer is compatible with the system. The DSC Impassa, as a rule, does not come with a transformer. It is assumed that this panel will be replacing an older panel, and that a compatible transformer will already be in place.

Complete the following steps to get power to a DSC Impassa System:

1. Open the panel. Use the small flathead screwdriver to push in the two tabs on the front of the Impassa System. Then pull the front plate away from the rest of the panel.


2. Connect the wire. Take the back portion of the panel. Run the power wire through the back of the panel, and connect it to the AC terminals on its board. You will need the small flathead screwdriver to complete the connection. Make sure the connection is nice and secure. The two AC terminals are the ports located the furthest to the left. Since AC power is being used, polarity does not matter, and either wire can connect to either port.

Shown using the Honeywell LT-Cable:


With the wire connected to the panel, you can then connect the other end of the wire to the AC transformer. You will need a screwdriver to do this. Make sure that the connection is snug. Again, since AC power is being used, polarity does not matter, and either colored wire can connect to either terminal on the AC transformer. Do not plug in the transformer just yet.

3. Connect the battery. The backup battery should come pre-installed on the DSC Impassa. However, it will still need to be connected. The backup battery is located on the back portion of the panel. Take the battery wire, and connect it to the plug-in port in the middle of the board on the front portion of the panel.

4. Power the panel. Reattach the front and back portions of the panel to close the system. Then plug the AC transformer into the wall outlet. The system should automatically power on. There may be a low-battery warning, as the battery may still need to charge.

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