How Do I Install a Honeywell LTE-XA or LTE-XV On a VISTA TURBO Panel?
You can install a Honeywell LTE-XA or LTE-XV on a VISTA-TURBO Panel by mounting the communicator and connecting it with the panel. The communicator is usually mounted on the panel's outer metal enclosure, but it can be mounted to a wall. It uses a 4-wire connection with the panel.
By adding an AlarmNet Communicator to your VISTA-TURBO Panel, your system will be able to communicate with the AlarmNet360 Servers for monitoring service. The LTE-XA (AT&T LTE) and the LTE-XV (Verizon LTE) are both LTE cellular communicators. Having your panel connect with a cellular network will provide it with the reliable communication needed for monitoring service. And since these modules use LTE connectivity, you can be sure that they will keep your panel monitored for many years to come. Cellular service providers plan on supporting their LTE networks for decades into the future. Please note that any cellular communicator must be activated by a monitoring company for service.
Most Honeywell VISTA TURBO Systems using AlarmNet Communicators can be used with the Total Connect 2.0 service. This is an interactive monitoring and automation platform that you can use to control your system from a web browser or from your phone. By accessing Total Connect 2.0, you can arm and disarm your system, control smart home devices, check your system's current status, and more. Remember though that the communicator must be activated for monitoring service, and your monitoring plan must include access to Total Connect 2.0.
This FAQ will assume that you are mounting the communicator on the metal enclosure for the panel. If you are mounting the communicator to a wall, then it will still connect to the panel in the same manner. But you will need to adjust the connector wire accordingly. Complete the following steps to install a Honeywell LTE-XA or a Honeywell LTE-XV to a Honeywell VISTA-TURBO Panel.
1. Test the cell signals. You want your cellular communicator to receive a strong enough cellular signal so that it can maintain constant connectivity with the Resideo AlarmNet360 Servers. To do this, you must power on the communicator. You can do this using a 12V battery, or you can use power from the panel.
In order to test the module using panel power, you should start by powering down the system completely. This is accomplished by disconnecting the panel's backup battery and unplugging its transformer. Then connect the red wire from the communicator's harness to Panel Terminal 6 and the black wire from the communicator's harness to Panel Terminal 7. The yellow and green wires can remain disconnected for now. You can then power the panel back on. After a few moments the LED lights on the LTE-XA or LTE-XV should light up. A solid green signal LED light indicates that the signal is sufficient. If a solid green light is not achieved then you will need to improve signal strength by using the communicator in a different location or adding a cellular antenna or a cellular amplifier to improve the signal.
2. Mount the module. Although it is possible to mount the communicator to a wall using zip-it anchors or wall anchors, it is usually easiest to mount it to the panel. You can mount it directly outside the metal cabinet for the panel. Start by knocking out the round indented spot on the upper-right corner of the enclosure. The communicator will be mounted at that spot. An included metal washer secures the communicator in place.
The LTE-XA or LTE-XV communicator uses a threaded plastic hole-cap that inserts into the hole in the cabinet's upper-right corner. You can check the image below to see how the threaded hole-cap secures into place. You want to make sure that the hole-cap "snaps" into place when securing.
With the plastic piece secured, take the entire module and connect it with the metal enclosure. The threaded portion of the hole-cap will insert into the hole you knocked out of the metal cabinet. You can then use the included washer to secure it into place. The diagram below shows the connected communicator.
3. Wire the module. If the system isn't already powered down, disconnect its backup battery and unplug its transformer so that it is not receiving power. Connect the included wiring harness for the communicator, and connect it with the ECP Cable port shown in the above diagram. The wires should be run down through the hole-cap and into the area of the main panel. Panel Terminals 6 through 9 are used.
- The Red Wire from Communicator goes to Panel Terminal 6.
- The Black Wire from the Communicator goes to Panel Terminal 7.
- The Green Wire from the Communicator goes to Panel Terminal 8.
- The Yellow Wire from the Communicator goes to Panel Terminal 9.
4. Activate the communicator. You can power the system back on after completing the connections. The transformer should be plugged-in before reconnecting the backup battery. The communicator must then be activated for monitoring service. This is a process that is completed by an alarm monitoring company. They will ask for the MAC and MAC CRC codes for the communicator. This information can be found on a white sticker on the communicator board.
If you plan to be monitored with Alarm Grid and are new to us, you will select an activation time slot during the sign-up process, after selecting one of our monitoring plans. Please make sure that all of the above steps are completed before your activator calls you at the scheduled time. Activation slots are available Monday through Friday from 9am to 8pm ET.
Existing Alarm Grid customers upgrading a VISTA-TURBO to LTE should email email@example.com. We will work with you to determine a good time to complete the upgrade. Our support hours are from 9am to 8pm ET Monday through Friday.
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