How many keypads can I add to a Honeywell VISTA-20P?

If you are planning to purchase a Honeywell VISTA-20P security system, one of the first things you will need to do is decide which alarm keypad to use to control your VISTA-20P and how many total alarm keypads you will need. Honeywell has a wide variety of alarm keypads that will work with the VISTA-20P and they all have different key features.

Here at Alarm Grid, we recommend that at least (1) of your alarm keypads be an alphanumeric keypad like the Honeywell 6160 or 6160RF. Alphanumeric keypads are the only keypads that can access the full security system programming options within a VISTA-20P alarm control panel. As long as you have (1) alphanumeric alarm keypad that you can use for system programming, you are free to add any of the other alarm keypads which allow you to control your VISTA-20P from different locations throughout your home or business.

The VISTA-20P supports a total number of (8) addressable keypads and (4) touchscreen (AUI) keypads. Addressable keypads include the Honeywell 6160, 6160RF, 6150 and 6150RF, as well as many other keypads like the Honeywell 6460 premium alphanumeric keypad and the wireless Honeywell 5839 keypad. Before using addressable keypads you must address them using device addresses 16-23.

AUI keypads include all of the graphic touchscreen keypads and they must be addressed to device addresses 1, 2, 5 and 6. The Tuxedo Touch and Tuxedo Touch WIFI touchscreen keypads with integrated Z-Wave® home automation controllers are considered AUI keypads. Also, the Honeywell 6280 is a graphic touchscreen keypad that falls under the AUI keypad category. Please note that if you intend to use AlarmNet's Total Connect interactive service which allows you to arm and disarm your VISTA-20P remotely from any web enabled device, you will only be able to use a total of (3) AUI keypads as the Total Connect service will take up one of the available AUI device addresses.

While the VISTA-20P is limited to (8) addressable alarm keypads and (4) AUI alarm keypads, you can add an unlimited number of wireless alarm keypads such as the Honeywell 5828 or 5828V. The 5828 and 5828V wireless alarm keypads are a great option for people that have used up all of the available device addresses for wired keypads and still want more keypads. Of course, to use these keypads, your VISTA-20P alarm control panel must be upgraded with an wireless receiver.

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