How do I Program a Hardwired Zone on a VISTA-128BPT?

To program a hardwired zone into a VISTA-128BPT, enter the Installer menu using a valid code. Next, go to #93 menu programming, and select [1] Yes, for zone programming. Enter the zone number, zone type, input type, partition, report code, and more. The [*] key advances through the options.

The 128BPT supports up to 128 zones, 8 partitions, and 150 user codes. These can be a combination of hardwired, wireless, and polling loop zones. This FAQ covers programming hardwired zones. Also, see our articles on programming wireless zones on a 128BPT and programming polling loop zones on a 128BPT.

To get into Installer's programming, you should have an Alpha Keypad, like the 6160. Although a Fixed English keypad, like a 6150, can be used for arming and disarming, it cannot program menu-driven fields. Menu-driven fields include Zone Programming, Device Programming, Report Code Programming, and many other options. Because of the MANY limitations, including their inability to display all of the zone numbers associated with the VISTA-128BPT, Fixed English keypads are not recommended for any type of use on these panels.

The 6160 keypad needs to be properly addressed to operate on the VISTA-128BPT. This means that the keypad address will need to be set in the 6160 itself and an address needs to be enabled as a keypad in the VISTA-128BPT.

By default, only device address '00' is enabled in the panel. It is set up as an Alpha Keypad, assigned to partition 1 and this cannot be changed or disabled. Device addresses 01-30 can be configured as desired. Once you have a properly addressed alpha keypad, you are ready to begin programming. It is also recommended to have a copy of the VISTA-128BPT Programming Guide handy.

To program a hardwired zone on a VISTA-128BPT, follow the steps below.

  1. Enter programming. On the Alpha keypad, enter the Installer Code (Default = 4140) + [8] + [000]. The display will now read "Program Mode, * = Fill, # = View".
  2. Enter zone programming. Once in programming, press [#] + [93] or [*] + [93] to enter menu-driven programming. The first option presented is "Zone Prog? 1=Yes 0=No". Press [1] to enter zone programming. Next, you'll see the prompt "Set to Confirm? 1=Yes 0=No". This option is for wireless zone programming. For hardwired zones, just hit [0] for No to continue.
  3. Program the zone. Only zones 001 - 009 can be programmed as hardwired zones. Any hardwired zones connected above zone 9, would need to be through either a wireless interface or a polling loop device. There are no physical hardwired terminals above zone 9.
    • Enter Zone Number - Enter the three-digit zone number to be programmed. As mentioned above, this can be any zone number between 001-009. Press [*] to continue.
    • View Summary Screen - A summary screen of the current programming will be displayed. You can simply press [*] again to move past this screen. As shown below, the summary screen shows the Zone Number being programmed, the current Zone Type, Partition, Report Code, Input Type, and Loop Number.
    • Zone Type - Enter the Zone Type for this zone. You can find a list of Zone Type Definitions in the Programming Guide, starting on page 11.
    • Arm W/ Fault? 1=Yes 0=No - If you program Zone type 01, 02, 04, or 10 you will be presented with this prompt. Enabling this option allows you to arm the system if this zone is faulted. If this option is enabled, but Force Arm is NOT enabled for the same zone, then the zone must be restored before the end of the exit delay. If not, then the entry delay will begin and if the system is not disarmed before it ends, an alarm will occur. This behavior is also governed by Exit Error Logic, which is enabled in 1*20 (Page 26 of the programming guide).
    • Force Arming? 1=Yes 0=No - If you answered Yes to Arm W/ Fault, then you will see this prompt. If you choose Yes for Force Arming, then if this zone is still faulted at the end of exit delay, the zone will be automatically bypassed. If you choose Yes for Arm W/ Fault, but No to Force Arming, then if the zone is faulted during arming, and remains faulted at the end of exit delay, either Exit Error Logic (1*20) takes effect, or if Exit Error Logic is not enabled, an alarm occurs at the end of the entry delay.
    • Vent Zone? 1=Yes 0=No - If you chose Zone type 03, you will see this prompt (instead of Arm W/ Fault?). If you choose Yes, the system will arm if this zone is faulted. It does this by automatically bypassing the zone. If you choose No, then if this zone is faulted at the time of arming it must be restored or manually bypassed in order to arm the system/partition. Press [*] to continue.
    • Vent Re-Arm? 1=Yes 0=No - If you chose Yes at the Vent Zone? prompt, you'll next see this prompt. If you select Yes, then if this zone was automatically bypassed in order to arm, and is restored after the system has armed, it will automatically be unbypassed and will become armed. If you choose No at this prompt, then if the zone is automatically bypassed during arming, it will stay bypassed for the duration of this arming period. A disarm will automatically unbypass it. Press [*] to continue.
    • Stay Mode? - If you program a Zone Type of 01, 02, 03, 04, 05, or 10, you will see this prompt. Valid options are 0 = None, 1 = Stay Mode 1, or 2 = Stay Mode 2. Zone Types 04 and 10 are automatically assigned to Stay Mode 1 by default as they are interior Zone Types. Zones assigned to Stay Mode 1 are automatically bypassed when either User Code + [3 (Stay)] or User Code + [3] + [1] are entered. Zones assigned to Stay Mode 2 are automatically bypassed when User Code + [3] + [2] is entered. If User Code + [3] + [3] is entered, then zones assigned to both Stay Mode 1 and Stay Mode 2 are bypassed.
    • Auto Stay? 1=Yes 0=No - If Zone Types 01, 02, 03, 04, 05, or 10 are programmed, you will be offered this option. If you choose Yes, then this zone will automatically be bypassed in the event the system doesn't see an Entry/Exit Zone fault and restore during Exit Delay. Remember that Zone Types 03 and 05 do not provide an Exit Delay Time. If enabling Auto Stay, be sure at least one (1) zone on the partition is programmed for Entry/Exit, otherwise, the Auto Stay zone will ALWAYS be bypassed when arming.
    • Silent? 1=Yes 0=No - Zone Types 01, 02, 03, 04, 05, and 10 will offer you this option. If you choose Yes, then this zone will behave in every way as described in the Zone Type Definitions, but an alarm on the zone will not sound the keypad or the siren and will not display the alarm at the keypad.
    • Bypass Group? 01 - 15 - Zone Types 01, 02, 03, 04, 05, and 10 will provide this prompt. You can create up to 15 Bypass Groups. This allows you to quickly bypass multiple zones without having to enter each zone number during arming. If you do not wish to use Group Arming for this zone, enter 00. To bypass a group of zones, enter User Code + [6 (Bypass)] + [*] + [01 - 15] (Group Number).
    • Access Point? 00 - 15 If Zone type 27 or 29 is selected, then this prompt will be displayed. This option is used to allow an input to control an access control door lock, and is usually only used with VistaKey modules. An example would be programming a button on a key fob as Zone Type 27 to allow it to unlock an access control door.
    • Entry or Exit? 0=Entry 1=Exit If Zone Type 27 or 29 is used, this prompt will appear. The Entry here should indicate whether the VistaKey access point is programmed as an Entry or an Exit point. The primary difference is that an Entry point will automatically disarm its partition when access is granted, and an Exit point will only unlock the door when a valid credential is presented unless additional programming is entered elsewhere.
    • Partition - Valid entries are 1 - 8 and 1 is selected by default. Enter the partition number to which this zone should be assigned. Any partition above partition 1 must be enabled in field 2*00.
    • Report Code - The report code tells the system that an alarm on this zone should send a report to the monitoring station. If Contact ID format is being used, which is the default, then it doesn't matter what the report code is, as long as the first hexadecimal entry is not 00. An entry of 00 in the first digit tells the panel that this zone should not report. The report code is entered in hexadecimal format, so to enter a report code of 10, you must enter [01] + [*] + [00] + [*]. In the example below, a report code of 3C has been entered. This entry is achieved by entering [03] + [*] + [12] + [*]. Having the ability to enter two hexadecimal digits for the report code is necessary for those using older formats, where a second digit is required. When using Contact ID format, the second digit (in this case, C) is ignored. To move on to the next prompt, press [*] again.

    • Abort Window? 1=Yes 0=No - This option is only presented on SIA panels. If Yes is selected, this zone will observe the abort window (aka burglary dialer delay) programmed in field *88. The default Abort Window is 30 Seconds.
    • Swinger Sup? 1=Yes 0=No - This option is only presented on SIA panels as well. If yes is selected, this zone will adhere to Swinger Suppression logic which is programmed in field *84 (Page 38 in the Programming Guide). Swinger Suppression prevents a malfunctioning zone from reporting over and over again to the monitoring station by only allowing it to report a certain number of times per armed period. By default, Swinger Suppression is set to 1 Alarm Per Zone, Per Armed Period. On SIA panels, Swinger Suppression can not be set to 00 in *84, on non-SIA panels it can.
    • Input type - The input type tells the panel what type of zone is being programmed. Input Type Definitions are located on page 13 of the Programming Guide. Input type 01 is Hardwired. We will be using this for our programming.
    • Tamper Option - If Input Type 01, 06, 07, or 08 is selected, this option will be provided. If the zone has a tamper wired in the same loop as the contact, enter 1 or 2. If not enter 0.
    • Enter 1 (Trouble on Open) = If the tamper is normally closed (wired in series) with the End-Of-Line Resistor (EOLR). A short will cause a fault and an open will cause a trouble. This is popular with normally open contacts.
      Enter 2 (Trouble on Short) = If the tamper is normally open (wired in parallel) with the EOLR. A short will cause a trouble and an open will cause a fault. This is popular with normally closed contacts.
      Enter 0 = No tamper is being used.
      Note: The tamper programming does not apply when the control is armed. The tamper cannot be used with 24-hour zone types or zone type 05 (It will have no effect).
  4. Confirm Final Summary Screen. Once again, you will be shown a summary screen. This time, the information displayed should show you the proper programming for the zone you just completed programming. Look it over, verify it is correct, then press [*] to be taken to the next prompt. The system will automatically take you to the next zone in programming.
  5. Exit Zone Programming. To exit zone programming, when you reach the prompt "Enter Zone Number" press [000] + [*]. You will be prompted to "Quit Menu Mode? 1=Yes 0=No. Press [1] for Yes, then enter [*] + [99] to exit panel programming.

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