The ultimate Fixed English (ICON) Keypad for the DSC PowerSeries NEO Security System is the DSC HS2ICNRFP9. Not only does this Fixed English Keypad include an integrated PowerG Transceiver, it also provides Proximity Tag support so that you can begin pairing proximity tags with the keypad.
First, we need to stress the significance of this keypad being Fixed English, and not Alphanumeric. As an ICON Fixed English Keypad, the DSC HS2ICNRFP9 will show the current time rather than the current system status on the display. Instead, an LED provides the current system status. Though even more important to note is that this keypad cannot be used to program a DSC PowerSeries NEO System. Although it is great for arming, disarming, and bypassing zones, it is unsuitable for menu-driven programming due to its Fixed English display.
This, unfortunately, makes the DSC HS2ICNRFP9 a poor choice for the primary system keypad. It is thus relegated, in our eyes, to being a secondary keypad only. The only real reason you would ever add the DSC HS2ICNRFP9 is if you somehow already had an Alphanumeric Keypad like the DSC HS2LCD N and you needed a secondary keypad with PowerG Support and/or the prox reader feature, and you also didn't mind it being a Fixed English Keypad.
Remember that if you are only looking to buy one single keypad for your DSC PowerSeries NEO System, then the DSC HS2ICNRFP9 is not your best option. This is because of its limitations as a Fixed English Keypad, and the fact that you will need an Alphanumeric Keypad to program the system and make system changes. A good Alphanumeric Keypad that also serves as a PowerG Transceiver and therefore makes the best initial keypad choice is the DSC HS2LCDRF9 N Keypad. However, if for some reason you already have an Alphanumeric Keypad, but you still need a PowerG Transceiver, and you'd like to add a secondary keypad as well, then the DSC HS2ICNRFP9 becomes an option worthy of consideration.
A big advantage of the DSC HS2ICNRFP9 is that it also includes a built-in Proximity Tag Reader. This allows you to pair Proximity Tags with the keypad. Proximity Tags are small hand-held devices, usually attached to a keychain, that you can hold up to the keypad to arm and disarm in place of entering a code. They are great for individuals who do not want to remember a security system code every time they want to control the system. Alarm Grid sells DSC Proximity Tags for DSC Security Systems, and you can find them at this convenient link. You get eight (8) proximity tags in each packet.
There are also other fantastic features that come with the DSC HS2ICNRFP9. These additional features include backlit keys and a backlit screen for controlling the keypad in the dark, five (5) programmable function keys, an input/output terminal, emergency keys (panic, fire, medical), the ability to adjust the backlight, and the ability to adjust the keypad buzzer. As this is an ICON Fixed English Keypad, it shows the current time, as opposed to the system's current arming state on the display. Alternatively though, there is a colored LED light that shows the system's current arming state instead. This can come in handy for quickly determining the current status of the system.
- Product Type: Wired Keypad
- Compatibility: DSC PowerSeries NEO
- Display Type: ICON (Fixed English)
- Proximity Tag Support: Yes
- Wireless Transceiver: Yes (PowerG)
- Backlit Keys: Yes
- Backlit Screen: Yes
- Programmable Function Keys: Five (5)
- Input/Output Terminal: Yes
- Emergency Keys: Fire, Medical, Panic
- Adjustable Backlight: Yes
- Adjustable Keypad Buzzer: Yes
- Wall-Mount Tamper: Yes
- Temperature Range: 14°F to 131°F (-10°C to 55°C)
- Voltage Rating: 13.8VDC Nominal Power from Panel
- Panel Connection: 4-Wire Corbus
- LED Status Light: Yes
- Dimensions: 6.61" x 4.80" x 0.79" (168mm x 122mm x 20mm)
- Weight: 9.17oz (260g)
- Mounting Hardware: Included