How Do I Set Up Scheduling On a VISTA-15P, VISTA-20P, or VISTA-21iPLTE?

You can set up scheduling on a VISTA-15P, VISTA-20P, or VISTA-21iPLTE by entering [Installer Code OR Master Code] + [#] +[64], and then building the desired scheduled event. The 20P and 21iP each support up to (32_ automated events, while the 15P supports up to eight (8) automated events.


Scheduling on a Honeywell VISTA Alarm System refers to the practice of having predetermined system events occur automatically at a set time. These events can be set up locally on the panel, and they can technically be configured without having the system monitored. However, having the system monitored can enable the user's alarm monitoring company to configure complex local scheduling options remotely using specialized software. This can save the user a bit of trouble in the long run. Additionally, certain other Honeywell Alarm Panels, like the Honeywell Lyric, can have Arming/Disarming schedules set up easily through Total Connect 2.0. More information can be found in this blog post. Remote scheduling through Total Connect 2.0 is not available for Honeywell VISTA Panels.

The process for scheduling a Honeywell VISTA P-Series Panel is quite simple. First put the system into its Scheduling Mode by entering [Master Code OR Installer Code] + [#] + [64]. Then enter the two-digit Schedule Number for the schedule slot you want to configure, followed by the [*] key. Then enter the two-digit Event Number associated with the specific action you want to take place, followed by the [*] key. Then set the partition(s) that you want the action to affect, followed by the [*] key. Then set the time and days of the week when the action should take place, followed by the [*] key. Then configure the settings for the schedule to automatically repeat, followed by the [*] key. Then exit Scheduling Mode by entering [00] when you are prompted to enter a two-digit Schedule Number. If you make a mistake at any point, you can press [#] to return to the previous selection.

Please note that effective scheduling on a Honeywell VISTA Security System is assuming that the Time & Date for the panel has been properly configured. If you need help setting the Time & Date for your VISTA Panel, then we strongly advise reviewing this FAQ. The guide below assumes that you have already properly configured the Time & Date for your panel. You will not be able to effectively set scheduling until your system's Time & Date has been set.

Also note that an Alphanumeric Keypad is strongly advised for scheduling. It is possible to enter the scheduling process using a Fixed English Keypad, but you will be operating blindly, and it is more than likely that you will make a mistake. To determine whether you have an Alphanumeric or a Fixed English Keypad, enter the command [Installer Code] + [8] + [00], with the default Installer Code being 4112. If you see "Installer Code 20" on the display, then you have an Alphanumeric Keypad, and it is safe to continue. But if you only see "20", then you have a Fixed English Keypad. You may still continue if you have a Fixed English Keypad, but you do so at your own risk. Press [*99] to exit programming after checking to see whether the keypad being used is Alphanumeric or Fixed English.

Remember that basic navigation involves pressing the [*] key to move forward, and the [#] key to go back to the previous selection. Complete the following steps to set up scheduling for a Honeywell VISTA-15P, VISTA-20P, or VISTA-21iPLTE:

1. Enter Scheduling Mode. Start with your VISTA System Disarmed and Ready to Arm. On your keypad, enter one of the following commands.

[Installer Code] + [#] + [64]

OR

[Master Code] + [#] + [64]

The default Installer Code for a Honeywell VISTA System is 4112, and this code is usually kept at its default. The default Master Code on a Honeywell VISTA System is 1234, but that code is usually changed for security purposes. Please note that if you use your Master Code for scheduling, then you will only have access to Schedules 01 thru 16 on a VISTA-20P or VISTA-21iPLTE, or Schedules 01 thru 04 on a VISTA-15P. Furthermore, using the Master Code will only allow you to set Event Numbers 00 thru 07 for scheduling.

2. Choose Schedule Number. Assuming you have an Alphanumeric Keypad, the screen should read "Enter Schedule No." Enter the two-digit Schedule Number for the slot you want to configure.

If you accessed Scheduling Mode using the Installer Code on a VISTA-20P or VISTA-21iPLTE, then you can enter 01 thru 32. But if you used the Master Code to access Scheduling Mode on a VISTA-20P or VISTA-21iPLTE, then you are restricted to entering 01 thru 16.

Likewise, if you accessed Scheduling Mode using the Installer Code on a VISTA-15P, then you can enter 01 thru 08. But if you used the Master Code to access Scheduling Mode on a VISTA-15P, then you are restricted to entering 01 thru 04.

Press the [*] key to continue after entering your two-digit Schedule Number selection.

3. Enter Event Number. You will now enter the two-digit event number associated with the action you want to take place. Remember that if you used the Master Code to access Scheduling Mode, then you are restricted to Event Numbers 00 thru 07. The table below shows the available selections.

Two-Digit Event Number
Action
00 No Action (Schedule Slot Disabled)
01 Relay ON/OFF
02 User Access
03 Latch Key Report to Pager
04 Arm Stay
05 Arm Away
06 Disarm
07 Display "Reminder"
10 Display Custom Words
Available with Installer Code Only
11 Periodic Test Report
Available with Installer Code Only

If you select Event Number 01 for Relay ON/OFF, then you will be prompted to provide the Output Number associated with the relay-triggered device you want to set for scheduling. Remember that Output Numbers 17 and 18 are associated with the on-board triggers and are available on all of the P-Series panels, and Output Numbers 1 thru 16 (VISTA-20P or VISTA-21iPLTE) or output numbers 1 thru 8 (VISTA-15P) are for external relay modules, such as a Honeywell 4204.

If you select Event Number 02 for User Access, then you will need to provide a Group Number (1-8), and you should make sure that each user whose access you wish to control based on the schedule being created are included in that group. For more information on adding user codes with attributes, see this FAQ.

Please note that for Event Numbers 04 and 05, if the system is already Armed, then it will NOT switch to a different Arming Type. For instance, if the system is currently Armed Stay, and Event Number 05 for Arm Away is set to occur, then the system will remain Armed Stay. It will not switch over to Armed Away. The only way the system will enter Armed Away is if the system is currently Disarmed at the time of the Schedule (Disarmed to Arm Away) or if the system is already Armed Away (No Change).

Also note for 05 Arm Away that Forced Bypass is automatically enabled, regardless of what is set in Programming Field *23. In addition to this, there is a ten (10) minute Auto-Arm Warning which will cause a ding every 30 seconds on each keypad associated with the partition being Auto-Armed. This warning cannot be disabled, and keypad sound suppression has no effect on this sound.

After making your two-digit Event Number selection, press [*] to continue.

4. Choose Partition Settings. You will now set which Partition(s) should be affected by the schedule. You can enter [1] for Partition 1 only, [2] for Partition 2 only, or [0] for both Partitions 1 and Partition 2. Please note that since the VISTA-15P is a single partition system (that is, only one partition), you should set this option to [1] if you are using a VISTA-15P. Press [*] to continue after making your selection.

5. Set Time and Days. You will now set the Time and Days when the event should occur. Navigation on this screen is accomplished by entering [*] to move forward, or [#] to go back to the last selection if you made a mistake. You will start on the left-hand side of the screen, and you will make your way towards the right-hand side at the end.

The first two (2) digits on this screen are for Hour. This is the Hour of the Day when the scheduled action should take place. Selections of 01 thru 12 are available. Enter the two-digit Hour, and press [*] to continue.

The next two (2) digits on this screen are for Minute. This is the Minute of the Hour when the scheduled action should take place. Selections of 00 thru 59 are available. Enter the two-digit Minute, and press [*] to continue.

The fifth (5th) character on this screen is for AM (A) or PM (P). Enter [0] for AM, or [1] for PM. Press [*] to continue.

You will then set whether or not the action should occur on any given Day of the week. All seven (7) days of the week are listed, starting with Sunday on the far left, going through Saturday on the far right. Under each day's letter is either a (1) or a (0). If you see a (1), then that means "Yes, the action should occur on this day at the scheduled time". But if you see a (0), then that means "No, the action should not occur on this day". Starting with Sunday, enter a [1] or a [0], and then press [*] to go to the next day. Set each day appropriately. If you make a mistake, press [#] to return to the previous day to try again.


Once you press [*] on the final day of the week, Saturday, you will be taken to the next screen.

6. Set repeating options. The final step of scheduling is to set whether or not the action is to be repeated in following weeks. There are five (5) available selections here, and they are outlined in the table below. Each selection is only a single (1) digit entry. You can enter 0 thru 4. After making your selection, press [*] to continue.

Selection
Meaning
0 Action should never be repeated.
1 Action should be repeated every single week.
2 Action should be repeated every two (2) weeks.
3 Action should be repeated every three (3) weeks.
4 Action should be repeated every four (4) weeks.

7. Exit scheduling. You will be taken back to the selection to choose a Schedule Number. If you want you can repeat Steps 2 thru 6 to set up another Schedule. But if you are done with Scheduling, then enter Schedule Number [00] to exit. Any changes you made will be saved.

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