Honeywell 4209U - V-Plex Group Zoning Remote Point Module Reviews
Submitted on 12/04/2019 Alarm Grid
The Honeywell 4209U is a V-Plex Grouping Zone Module. Its main use is to provide additional zone inputs for 2-wire smoke detectors to be used with V-Plex Polling Loop Panels. This includes security panels from the Honeywell VISTA TURBO Series, like the VISTA 128BPT and the VISTA 250BPT. The Honeywell 4209U features four (4) individual zone inputs, and it can support up to 16 different 2-wire smoke detectors per zone. Overall, this product works very well in performing its intended tasks. We give it a perfect 5 Star rating.
The main thing to like about the Honeywell 4209U is that it increases the number of available 2-wire smoke detector zones. Zone 1 on the VISTA-128BPT and VISTA-250BPT panels can be used to support 2-wire smoke detectors. But if you need additional 2-wire smoke zone support, then this module is perfect for you. The module can be configured to uniquely identify four (4) supervised zones in non-grouped mode, or two (2) supervised zones in grouped mode. You can also choose between programming the module using Serial Number mode or Dip Switch mode. Dip Switch mode should only be used with older V-Plex Polling Loop Panels that don’t support the use of serial numbers.
There are some minor downsides to the Honeywell 4209U. For one, you need to use 2k EOL resistors with every protection zone. These resistors come included with the module, so that's convenient. But having to add them all is somewhat tedious. Still, this is a necessary evil to making sure no one is tampering with the life-safety zones on your expansion module. Additionally, you can only use the Honeywell 4209U with panels that support a V-Plex Polling Loop. This somewhat limits its versatility. But all things considered, these are minor drawbacks. We give the Honeywell 4209U 5 Stars.
Good: Increases Available 2-wire Smoke zones, Configurable for Grouped or Non-Grouped Settings, Choose Serial Number or Zone Number (Dip Switch) Programming
Bad: Requires 2k EOL Resistors at Each Protection Zone, For V-Plex Polling Loop Panels Only
Bottom Line: 5 Stars