How Do I Install a WAVE2 Siren on a Vista Panel?

You can install a WAVE2 siren on a Vista panel by first powering down the Vista system. You will then connect the bell output terminals on the Vista panel to two of the terminals on the siren. Finally, you will power the system back on, place your system on test mode and test the siren.

In order to connect the WAVE2 siren, you will need an 18 gauge, 2-conductor wire that can be run from the siren to the bell outputs of the panel. Two of the three terminals on the WAVE2 siren will be used, while one will be left unconnected. Make sure to check the terminals closely before attempting to use the siren, as making the wrong connection could cause serious damage to both the Vista panel and the WAVE2 siren.

Follow these steps to connect a Honeywell WAVE2 siren with a Honeywell Vista panel:

1. Place the system on test mode. Contact your alarm monitoring company and have them temporarily place your system on test mode so that you can install the siren and test it without causing a false alarm. You can also tell the monitoring station to automatically take your system off of test mode a few hours later so that you will not have to call them a second time.

2. Power down the system. Completely power down your Vista system by unplugging its AC transformer from the wall outlet and then disconnecting its backup battery from its circuit board. The panel's keypad should have a blank screen if the system was powered down completely.

3. Wire to the panel. Open up the Vista panel and locate the bell output terminals on the system. The positive (+) terminal is terminal 3 on the circuit board, and the negative (-) terminal is number 4. You will then connect an 18 gauge, 2-conductor wire to these terminals. An end from one of the conductor wires will screw into terminal 3, and an end from the other conductor wire will screw into terminal 4. Make sure that the connect is secure and steady, but not so tight that it will prevent you from unscrewing the terminals later if needed.

4. Connect to the siren. The conductor wire that is connected to the positive (+) terminal on the Vista panel (terminal 3) will connect to either terminal 1 or terminal 2 on the WAVE2 siren. Connecting to terminal 1 on the WAVE2 will have the siren produce a steady, continuous siren when the device is activated. Connecting to terminal 2 on the WAVE2 will have the siren produce a warble siren that sounds similar to an ambulance siren when the device is activated. Of these two terminals on the WAVE 2, the one that does not receive the connection from terminal 3 on the Vista will not be used in the wiring process.

Meanwhile, the conductor that is connected to the negative (-) terminal on the Vista (terminal 4) will connect to the GND terminal on the WAVE2 siren. Once both the connections have been made, check to make sure that they are both secure and stable, but not overly tight.

5. Test the siren. Power the Vista panel back on by reconnecting the backup battery on the circuit board and then plugging the AC transformer back into the wall. Check the screen on the keypad to make sure that the Vista panel powered back on. Then, arm your panel using any valid user code or the Master Code. You can then fault any zone that is programmed to cause a siren on the system. This might be a door and window contact, a motion sensor or any other sensor that is easy and convenient to activate. After faulting the zone, verify that the siren is working. Once you have done so, disarm your panel using any valid user code or the Master Code.

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