Honeywell VISTA-20P Frequently Asked Questions

How Many 5881s Can I Hook Up to My VISTA Wired Security System?
The Vista P series panels support only 1 wireless receiver. The standalone receivers come in three capacities, Low, Medium, and High. A Low receiver supports up to 8 zones, Medium supports up to 16, and High supports as many as the panel will allow. Choose your receiver based on the zones needed.
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Do I Need a 5881ENH on My VISTA Security System?
A VISTA security system will not require a 5881ENH, or any other type of wireless receiver, if only hard-wired sensors are going to be used with the panel.
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What Brand of PIR Motion Can I Use with a VISTA 20P?
The Honeywell VISTA 20P can use any hardwired 12Volt DC passive infrared (PIR) motion detector, and any Honeywell 5800 series wireless motion sensor. Wired motions will require a 4-wire connection to the panel. Wireless motion detectors will require a wireless receiver to be used.
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Can I Monitor My Existing Smoke Detectors Remotely?
Smoke detectors for a security system can be monitored through Total Connect or Alarm.com. The platform that is used will depend on the type of panel you have.
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How Do I Wire a 2-Wire Smoke Detector to My Wired Alarm System?
A 2-wire smoke detector connects directly to a hard-wired zone on a wired alarm system. Learn how to interface a 2-wire smoke with your wired alarm system.
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How Many Zones Can a 5881 Medium Board Handle?
The Honeywell 5881ENM medium wireless receiver provides support for up to 16 wireless zones, and it is compatible with all Honeywell Vista control panels.
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What is Zone-Doubling on a Honeywell VISTA System?
Zone-doubling is a method of using different value resistors on zones 2 - 8 to allow 7 hardwired zone inputs to behave like 14 separate zones. This is particularly helpful if you need more than 8 hardwired zones, but fewer than 16. Zone 2, doubled, becomes 2 and 10, zone 3 becomes 3 and 11, and so on.
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How Do I Program the Alpha on My VISTA Panel?
Enter program mode, then press *82 to enter Alpha Descriptor Programming. Each zone can have up to a three word descriptor. Custom words can also be created.
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What Panels Support the Maintenance Feature on the 5808W3?
Any panel that supports 5800 Series wireless can support maintenance supervision on the 5808W3. Read on to see how this feature is enabled on each panel.
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Why Isn't My Wired Door Sensor Working?
A wired door sensor may not be showing the correct status due to programming or wiring issues. Read on to find out how to troubleshoot wired door sensors.
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