How Do I Program A Honeywell 6160 Keypad?

Install a Honeywell 6160 keypad to the control panel's keypad terminals as shown in the installation manual.

Once installed, to enable the 6160 keypad, start by setting the address at the keypad. The main keypad address should be addressed to 16. The keypad's default address is 31. Each keypad must be assigned a unique address. Keypads programmed with the same address will provide unpredictable results.

To enter programming, enter the installer code (Honeywell's factory default installer code is 4112) followed by the numbers 800. Or power up the keypad and within 50 seconds of powering up, press the star (*) key and the pound (#) key at the same time, this method needs to be used if ✱98 was used to exit program mode.

Use data field *57 to program the 4 function keys on the right hand side known as A, B, C and D. These keys may be programmed for panic alarms, stay, away and other special functions. Function keys must be held down for 2 seconds to activate an alarm.

Use data fields *190-*196 to enable keypad addresses, assign a partition, and enable sound options.

Use fields *197, *198, and *199 to turn on a partition number display, exit time interval display, and select fail display mode.

Set keypad-related data fields: *21 Quick Arm Enable, *23 Forced Bypass, and *84 Auto Stay Arm.

Refer to the control panel's programming guide for the complete list of programming commands and explanations.

The Honeywell 6160 is an alphanumeric keypad and provides full functionality for programming and controlling a Honeywell Vista series hard-wired security system. The 6160 keypad has a 32 character display screen which features English status messages. Both the screen and the keys are backlit. The 6160 also has a speaker which will beep to indicate system status, entry/exit delay, or alarm situations.The Honeywell 6160 keypad is compatible with the Honeywell Vista series control panels.

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Yes, you can use the Installer Code to change the Master Code as detailed at https://www.alarmgrid.com/faq/how-do-i-add-user-codes-to-a-vista-20p-21ip-15p-10p#. I don't have a VISTA with me to test for sure but I do think you can toggle chime mode on and off using the Installer Code + 9 but if it doesn't work, just use the Master Code + 9 after setting the Master Code. If you have any issues, please let us know.
This did not help. I have already reset the installer code as I posted earlier. I need to reset the master password. Is there a back door to do this and can you turn the chime on and off with the installer code + 9
The 6160 is just a keypad and it works with many different systems. Would you be able to email us at support@alarmgrid.com, referencing this page, and providing us with the full 'WA' number from the PROM chip which is located in the center of the green circuit board inside the beige metal alarm cabinet so that we know exactly what system you have to be able to help better?
I recently purchased a home with a Honeywell 6160 keypad and don’t have the master code. Is there a way to change the master code with the installer code that I was able to change?
Hey Jeff, We actually have a pretty good video and FAQ regarding how to disable the communicator for the panel, this will stop the comm fail error: https://www.alarmgrid.com/faq/how-do-i-disable-the-long-range-radio-on-my-honeywell-vista-20p
Hi, we recently bought a house with a Honeywell 6160 system that used to have monitoring and now doesn't. The screen is currently flashing Comm. Failure, which I understand means it's not connecting to the monitoring service. It's also flashing "Fault 11" which I believe has to do with the roll-up sensor on our garage door. Is it possible to reprogram the system so that it doesn't reach out to the monitoring company? I'd like to not have to reprogram the break sensors, etc., but would like to make the system functional again. Any advice would be greatly appreciated. Thanks! Jef
Excellent! Let us know if we can be of further assistance.
Never mind, figured it out myself.
Hi Josh. Any thoughts on how I can program a more useful function to Function Key D? I have figured out the first three (A, B, C).
Ah, OK, thanks. Above, you said "<i>The D button is not a panic it can be programmed to do different functions in *57</i>". Which functions can it be programmed to do, as I don't need a "Pager" function? And thanks for answering on Memorial Day!
There is no zone for the D key it can not be programmed as a panic like A B and C
OK, so far so good. Now, how do I program the "D" function key to be an instant panic (there doesn't appear to be a zone number like there is for the "A", "B" and "C" keys)?
Great, thanks! I'll see if I can figure that out and get it to work. I should be able to figure out "B" and "C" from that, too. What does the "D" key do and how is that programmed?
1.Enter programming with installer code 800 2.hit *56 for zone programming 3.hit 0 for set to confirm 4.hit 95 for zone 95 and hit * 5.hit *until you se zone type make it a zone type 07 for audible alarm 6. hit * until it asks for zone number then input 00 then * 7. hit *99 to exit programming.
Thanks Josh, but I'm still none the wiser(?) Can you outline the steps I need to go through to program one key (eg the "A" key") to sound the alarm (siren) immediately when it's held down for 2 seconds?
Hey Keith, If the panic buttons seem out of order then you will need to set zones to the zone type desired Button A is zone 95 Button B is zone 99 Button C is zone 96 The D button is not a panic it can be programmed to do different functions in *57
Hi: Trying to program the function keys on my 6160 but have run into a problem. The guide above says to "<i>Refer to the control panel's programming guide for the complete list of programming commands and explanations</i>" for the function keys. I have a new Vista 20P panel but the programming guide for the function keys states "<i>To assign emergency key functions (function key option “00”), first program the respective emergency zone number (95 for “A” key, 96 for “C” key, 99 for “B” key) with the desired zone type using *56 Zone Programming mode, then use *57 Function Key menu mode to assign the desired key</i>e". Aside from the fact they are mysteriously out of order, there's no mention of function key D? Am I missing something here? Thanks in advance
Great! Im glad everything is working now.
Thanks everyone I programmed to the address to 18 and everything is working. I have two 6150 key pads and one 6160 key pad.
I imagine Bryce's suggestion to disarm twice cleared this up for you. What you saw was probably alarm memory for a silent panic. On a 20P, zone 99, which you activate by pressing the * and # keys together, is programmed as a silent panic by default. When you trip a silent panic, the only indication you get that you've done so is a "Fault" but when you press * to see the faulted zone, nothing is displayed. Any time you see that, a disarm, or double disarm, should clear it.
If you disarm 2 times in a row does the error clear. Also did you address the 2nd keypad? If so what does that keypad say?
I have a Ademco 15P alarm system with 2 6150 key pads. I just replaced the circuit board to a 20P and have a 6160 keypad for programing.. I program the address to 16 and after it was set it has a reading of Disarmed Hit * for fault. When I press * nothing happens. I can not go any further. Thanks, Warren
Hi William, If the 6150 is still attached to the system, you'll want to put the 6160 to address 17. Check out this FAQ to learn how to do so: https://www.alarmgrid.com/faq/how-do-you-address-a-honeywell-alarm-keypad
Just installed 6160 and I have an older 6150. My 6150 has a code 16. What code should I use for the new 6160. I know they cant be the same.
Have you held down 1 and 3 on the keypad to see what it is addressed to?
I powered down the system, including disconnecting the battery. One of my 6150 keypads (still an original one from 19 years ago) reports address 18, but the other one (newer and installed in 2013 by the alarm company after the old one wore out) reports dE.
Hi Jim, We have emailed you.
Thanks, Aja. I emailed support with the WA number. When I press the 1 and 3 keys together, I see "dE." Is that an address?
Hi Jim, If you press and hold 1 and 3 together on each 6150, it should display the current address. Also, just to verify which system you have, can you please email support@alarmgrid.com referencing this page and detailing the full 'WA' PROM number which will be located on the 1" x 1" chip in the center of your VISTA control panel?"
"already assigned to 18" - not 16
I have an 18-year old vista 20P monitored system with two 6150 keypads. There are 8 wired zones and one unwired motion sensor on 9. First, I would like to replace one with a 6160. Is it as simple as powering down the system, removing one of the 6150s and installing the 6160? Second, I want to install an EVL-4CG. According to its instructions, the EVL wants to take address 18. How do I know if anything is already assigned to 16 (perhaps one of the keypads?) and how would I change it?
Awesome! You're welcome. Also, did you see we offer no-contract alarm monitoring plans online at https://www.alarmgrid.com/monitoring? If you're interested, please email support@alarmgrid.com or give us a call M-F 9-8 EST at 888-818-7728.
FYI, clearing it twice in a row apparently has reset the 2 faults. Up and running again. Thank you
You're welcome.
Hi. No, it's not monitored. I will try the disarm 2x and see if that works. Thanks for the response
Hi Ralf, Is your system currently monitored? If you have monitoring with us, email us at support@alarmgrid.com. If not, you may want to contact your monitoring company to see what the trouble actually is. I suggest deleting the zones and reprogramming it or try disarming the system twice to clear the trouble. We do have monitoring plans here at https://www.alarmgrid.com/monitoring
<b></b>Hi, I have a 6160 pad and use k4809 wireless sensors. My system was installed several years ago prior to my purchase. I have since replaced the batteries with the manufacturer suggested battery. 2 of the sensors are not connecting with the pad correctly, "Check 14, Master Bedroom", and "Check 13 Master Bedroom" is what is displayed. I have switched out batteries again in case there were bad batteries, but to no avail. Every 2 to 2.5 hours the keypad begins beeping. I clear the beeping by using #1111, which I have found that info online. What if anything can be done to the sensor or keypad to get a connection again?
Hi Marvin, Thank you for contacting us! What is it showing on the keypad at that time? Sounds like a scheduled event of some sort.
I have a 6160 and at 6:00 AM every morning it beeps for 30 seconds for no reason, even if it is armed or not armed, what causes this and how is it corrected?
Quinn, no there is no volume adjustment available on the 6160. The 6160V has a voice volume adjustment, but even on those keypads, the piezo sounder for chime and other beeps can not be adjusted. I'm sorry.
Is it possible to adjust the volume of the chime, when arming the system?
Brad, a fault means the zone is open. Do you have a zone list to know which zone is located where? That way you can confirm which sensor are allocated to zones 2 and 8. It sounds like you just have two faulted zones. That means that you could have a door/window open or a motion detecting movement at the time you are looking at the keypad. If they are not true faults you could have a wiring issue. However since last time you had faults on 7 and 8 and now its 2 and 7 I assume these are just normal faults that require you to close a door/window or prevent movement in front of a motion.
I rebooted everything and now fault 02 to 08 read on the key pad...whats going on
So "fault 07" and "fault 08" simply means that the motions are picking up motion. I am guessing that someone in the space is tripping them when you are looking at the keypad. Do they constantly stay in this state? Are these motions able to pick you up while standing at the keypad?
Yes a motion with a resister..is zone 7 and 8 to the right...not slot 7 and 8
That means that zones 7 and 8 and faulted or open. Do you have anything wired to these zones in the panel cabinet?
I just installed a 6160 key pad and fault 07 and 08 appear reboot and stays there
Here is some info on changing the master code using the installer code: https://www.alarmgrid.com/faq/how-to-change-the-code-on-a-honeywell-alarm-system. The battery lives in the metal cabinet with the control panel. Here is a replacement battery: https://www.alarmgrid.com/products/ultratech-1240
Thanks. I was able to reset the installer code, but when I went to reset the master code, it armed the system. I'll fool with it another day. I downloaded a Vista manual, but it doesn't explain where the battery is and how to replace it. That will be my next thing to research.
Hi Joe, Sounds like you need to "back door" your panel in order to get into programming. From there you can reset the installer code on the *20 field. Then you can use the installer code to reset the master code. Here are some videos that may be helpful. Backdoor method: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=z72N4o0AM-0&t=34s. Once you are in programming then you can reset the installer code so you do not have to use the backdoor method again: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=x0reabiSFSw&t=20s. Lastly you can take the installer and manually reconfigure the master code. Follow this FAQ for details: https://www.alarmgrid.com/faq/how-to-change-the-code-on-a-honeywell-alarm-system
I wrote on this thread 4 months ago and stumbled onto it today. I don't know where I wrote down the master code. Where would I find it? There must have been a keypad sequence or something like that, because I know I didn't get it from the previous owners.
The 6160 is just the keypad, not the system. If you press and hold * and # without first power cycling the actual system, you will set off a panic alarm instead of going into programming mode. You need to locate the metal alarm cabinet that houses the actual green circuit board that the 6160 is wired back to. You should check your basement, laundry room, utility closet, etc for this control panel and once you locate it, if you can provide the 'WA' number from the PROM chip in the middle of the board, we can help you with the programming.
I just moved to this new home. I have a 6160 system. I wanted to programming it , and I used your recommendation by using backdoor pressing * and# , but the alarm went on. How can I stop the it or turn it off. I do not know the previous owner Master code
Well powering it off for any length of time won't change any of the programming and the chance of them using scheduling is slim so it would be better to just try to use the system for a day and see if there are any issues. Re-programming the entire system is a much bigger undertaking than tweaking settings that may be off.
Thanks for the reply. I didn't word my question well. I mentioned that the keypad shows the previous owner's name, so the system is still how they left it. It was powered off for months, I thought it might lose that information. I want to clear everything, in case they had schedules or other custom settings. I've left the panel unplugged in the meantime so we don't accidentally set off an alarm. I have the master code now, so I should be able to run through all of it and set it up the way I want.
You can certainly factory default the system but then none of the sensors/zones would be programmed anymore. A better option would be to just delete custom word 11 in the programming (detailed at the bottom of page 30 - https://www.alarmgrid.com/documents/honeywell-vista-series-programming-guide ) so that the old owner's name no longer displays on the keypad but all the rest of the system programming stays in tact.
How do I factory default the system? The house I purchased has a Vista 20P alarm panel and 6160 keypad. When I power it on, their name shows, so I see the system hasn't defaulted despite being off for many months.
The chime feature can be toggled on and off by entering your Master Code + the 9 key. When the display shows 'Chime', the chime mode is currently toggled on.
Honeywell 6160 Keypad. What is the code to turn on and off the chimes for when a door or window is open?

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