Honeywell VISTA-20PSIA Frequently Asked Questions

What is the Best Alarm Keypad for a VISTA 20P?
When considering an alarm keypad for a Honeywell VISTA 20P, we recommend the 6160RF. The 6160RF is a great keypad that allows you to arm and disarm your system and make programming changes. It also conveniently includes a built-in wireless receiver. Keep reading to learn more about the 6160RF.
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How Do I Program a Honeywell Vista-20P Alarm System?
Programming a Honeywell Vista-20P starts with accessing programming mode by entering in the installer code, followed by 800. Next, you will press the * key plus a field number, followed by an entry. Once you are finished, you can exit programming by pressing *99. Keep reading to learn more.
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How Do I Program a Wired Zone on a Vista Panel?
Determine how you wish to connect your wired zone, then program each zone according to the way it is wired. Zone 1 must always be wired with a 2K end or line resistor. Zones 2 - 6 (15P) or 2 - 8 (20P, 21iP) can be programmed as Normally Open, Normally Closed, or EOL. Read on to learn more. Determine how you wish to connect your wired zone, then program each zone according to the way it is wired. Zone 1 must always be wired with a 2K end of line resistor. Zones 2 - 6 (15P) or 2 - 8 (20P, 21iP) can be programmed as Normally Open, Normally Closed, or EOL. Read on to learn more.
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Can I Get Notified by My VISTA When an Alarm is Set Off?
A user can choose to receive text and email alerts from Total Connect that will notify them whenever an alarm event occurs on their VISTA system. To do this, the VISTA system must first be set up with the Total Connect platform. An internet or cellular connection is needed to connect to the service.
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Should I Change My Installer Code?
Most users find that there is no need for them to change the Installer Code on their security panel. This is because leaving their Installer Code at the default does not present any sort of security risk. Also, changing the Installer Code can lead to confusion and extra hassle for the user later on.
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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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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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