How does a Tuxedo Touch communicate with the VISTA-20P?

The Tuxedo Touch is a graphic touchscreen keypad for a Honeywell VISTA Series alarm control panel such as the VISTA-20P. The Tuxedo Touch is an amazing device because it combines a beautiful graphic touchscreen keypad with a Z-Wave® controller for home automation of Z-Wave enabled lights, locks and thermostats. In fact, the Tuxedo Touch can even act as a standalone home automation device if you don't have a Honeywell security system in your home or business. The only thing the Tuxedo Touch needs is power and an Ethernet connection to your home network's router. If you choose the Tuxedo Touch WIFI, you don't even need an Ethernet connection as the Tuxedo Touch WIFI can connect wirelessly to your router.

If you do want to integrate a Tuxedo Touch or Tuxedo Touch WIFI with your VISTA-20P security system, you will need to hardwire it to your alarm control panel. Just like with any other Honeywell alarm keypad, the Tuxedo Touch wires into the (4) ECP terminals on the VISTA-20P circuit board. The terminal on the Tuxedo Touch labeled 'G' for green should be connected to terminal 6 on the VISTA-20P which is labeled 'IN' for data in from the keypad. The terminal labeled '-' on the Tuxedo Touch should be connected to terminal 4 labeled 'GND' for ground on the VISTA-20P. The terminal labeled '+' for +12VDC should be connected to terminal 5 labeled 'AUX' for auxiliary power on the VISTA-20P. Finally, the terminal labeled 'Y' (for yellow) on the Tuxedo Touch should be connected to terminal 7 labeled 'OUT' (for data out to the keypad) on the VISTA-20P.

If you are using traditional alarm wire with 4 conductors, you will have a green, black, red and yellow conductor. The green conductor should connect the 'G' terminal on the Tuxedo Touch to terminal 6 on the VISTA-20P. The black wire should connect the '-' terminal on the Tuxedo Touch to terminal 4 on the VISTA-20P. The red wire should connect the '+' terminal on the Tuxedo Touch to terminal 5 on the VISTA-20P. The yellow wire should connect the 'Y' terminal on the Tuxedo Touch to terminal 7 on the VISTA-20P.

Make sure to make all wiring connections with the Tuxedo Touch and the VISTA-20P powered down. After powering the system and the keypad back up, you will need to assign the Tuxedo Touch to one of the available AUI device addresses. The Honeywell VISTA-20P uses device address 1, 2, 5 and 6 for AUI devices. Once addressed, you can use the Tuxedo Touch for all security system functions.

The Tuxedo Touch draws up to 310mA and the Tuxedo Touch WIFI draws up to 350mA from the auxiliary power of the VISTA-20P. As the VISTA-20P only puts out 600mA of auxiliary power, you may need to connect your Tuxedo Touch keypads to a separate power supply so that you don't overdraw the auxiliary power on the VISTA-20P. We recommend using the Honeywell AD12612 power supply which has 1.2A of power output.

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