How Do I Install a Honeywell 7847i for a VISTA Turbo Panel?

You can install a Honeywell 7847i for a VISTA Turbo Panel by powering down the system and completing the 4-wire connection between the panel and the communicator. Then run an ethernet cable between the 7847i and your IP router. Power can be reapplied to the alarm panel once finished.

Honeywell 7847i alarmnet internet alarm monitoring communicator

The Honeywell 7847i is an internet communicator used with Honeywell VISTA Systems, including VISTA Turbo Systems like the Honeywell VISTA 128BPT and Honeywell VISTA 250BPT. By using this module, you can connect your system with the AlarmNet360 servers for IP monitoring service. A compatible monitoring plan will be required. If your monitoring plan includes access to Total Connect 2.0, then you will be able to access that platform as well. You will need to make sure your system supports the TC2 service.

It is important to understand that the Honeywell 7847i draws power from the panel for basic operation. It does not have its own transformer, and it cannot be configured to run independently from the panel. You will want to consider the power requirements for the Honeywell 7847i when calculating the total power load for your panel. The Honeywell 7847i uses up to 75 mA of current during data transmissions, so keep that in mind. As long as your panel has 75 mA of power available, the module should work just fine.

Complete the following steps to install a Honeywell 7847i for a VISTA Turbo Panel:

1. Power down the system. You must completely power down the panel before making any hardware changes. This can be done by unplugging the system transformer and disconnecting its backup battery. Make sure the system is fully powered down before continuing.

2. Wire the module. You must now wire the Honeywell 7847i to the panel. It will use a 4-wire connection. Most users find that 18-4 cable or 22-4 cable works best for this job. You can also double-up 2-conductor cabling, as long as you make sure to keep track of which wires are connecting where. For this FAQ, we will assume that 4-conductor cabling with the colors Red, Black, Yellow, and Green is being used. When wiring, make sure to run the wires through the back of the Honeywell 7847i and the VISTA Turbo Panel before completing any connections. This will allow you to close their respective enclosures. Remember to make the connections nice and secure. They should not be overly tight.

The following connections will need to be made:

  • The Red wire should connect at Panel Terminal 6 and 7847i Terminal 3 V+. This is for positive (+) power.
  • The Black wire should connect at Panel Terminal 7 and 7847i Terminal 4 GND. This is for negative (-) power, or GND.
  • The Green wire should connect at Panel Terminal 8 and 7847i Terminal 6 ECP Data Out. This is for data transmissions going out from the 7847i to the panel.
  • The Yellow wire should connect at Panel Terminal 9 and 7847i Terminal 5 ECP Data In. This is for data transmissions going out from panel to the 7847i.

If you are using different colored wires, that's okay. Just make sure that the same connections are completed as described above. Continue to the next step after making all of the connections.

3. Run an ethernet cable. An ethernet cable must be run from your IP router to the Honeywell 7847i. The cable will connect into the RJ45 port located at the bottom center of the communicator. It should click into place. Remember to run the ethernet cable through the back of the 7847i first so that the module can be closed.

Note: If you do not want to run an ethernet cable from your router to the Honeywell 7847i module, then you can alternatively use an ethernet to WIFI converter. This will allow the 7847i to communicate with your IP router wirelessly for internet connectivity. A good ethernet to WIFI converter to use is the Alarm.com ADC-W110.

Remember, unless all network devices involved with the 7847i connection each have their own battery backup, a power outage will cause the communicator to lose connectivity with the AlarmNet360 servers.

4. Power on the panel. The VISTA Turbo Panel can now be powered back on. Plug-in the transformer, and then reconnect the backup battery. The 7847i should power on at the same time as the panel.

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