Honeywell 5881ENH

Unlimited Zone Wireless Receiver

Honeywell 5881enh unlimited zone wireless receiver

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The Honeywell 5881ENH is a wireless receiver that supports as many radio frequency (RF) zones as its security system will support. We rec...
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The Honeywell 5881ENH is a wireless receiver that supports as many radio frequency (RF) zones as its security system will support. We recommend checking your security system's installation guide to ensure your system can handle more than (16) wireless zones. If your Honeywell security system cannot handle more than (16) wireless zones, you may want to purchase the Honeywell 5881ENM instead.

The 5881ENH provides up to 200' of wireless coverage allowing you to upgrade your security system with any of the easy to install 5800 series wireless devices. You can remotely mount the 5881ENH away from your alarm control panel using a 4-wire connection to get a more centrally located point of wireless reception. Keep in mind that most Honeywell security systems are only capable of using (1) wireless receiver. Therefore, consider where you will be mounting your wireless devices before you mount your wireless receiver. You can use a Honeywell 5800RP wireless repeater to extend the range of your wireless receiver to different areas of your home or business.

The 5881ENH wireless receiver sensitivity and noise rejection feature are both dynamically adjusted to match the ambient conditions of your property. If unacceptably high noise levels or low RF signal levels are detected, a trouble signal will be generated by your security system. Anytime the Honeywell 5881ENH sees an RF signal at the 345MHz frequency, the red LED on the circuit board will pulse quickly. If the wireless receiver is picking up interference, it will flash constantly or go solid. As you will not see the LED when the 5881ENH is installed remotely using the plastic cover, the wireless receiver can generate an RF jam detection signal as long as the feature is enabled in your security system's programming menus. Anytime the wireless receiver detects a condition that could prevent proper wireless reception, it will trigger the RF jam detection trouble signal.

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Can I EXTEND the antenna on 5881 with a wire to other side of the building to pick up the signal from 2 of 5816? The antenna is a screws on pc that I think can be extended. The receiver is in the attic and can't pick the signal from other side. Thanks
With a 20P, zones 2 - 8 can be doubled to be treated as two separate zones. When zone 2 is doubled, it becomes both zone 2 and zone 10. What is the WA PROM number on your VISTA-20P? It should be located on the black chip in the center of the green circuit board which is housed in the beige metal alarm cabinet. Depending on your current zone setup, you could start wireless zones on zone 9 but if you're unsure of the current programming and know that you have some zone doubling now, you should start with zone 16 (the first zone that can't be used in zone doubling) for your wireless zones.
What happens if you are zone doubling? What zone number would it start at on a Vista20p?
It could either be a tamper condition or a problem with the communication between the expanders and the panel. It is most likely a communication problem - a problem with the data lines. You'll want to refer to the wiring diagram in the user guide in order to verify your wiring is correct.
I have a wireless receiver 5881ENH that keeps beeping and showing code 107. What does that mean.
I actually just purchased a new system from you and this shouldn't be an issue now. :)
What system do you have?
Can this be installed if you already have a 6160RF installed? Does the wireless function of the 6160RF need to be disabled in some fashion?
Yes, you should put a wireless receiver inside of a beige, metal alarm security system cabinet. Most of these cabinets have a place where a wireless receiver can be installed. The antennas for the wireless receiver will stick out from the top of the metal cabinet so that communication won't be interrupted. Read more:
I currently have this receiver installed next to my Vista 20P and was looking at installing it inside the panel for a cleaner installation. I have watched a few instructional videos that showed the receiver installed inside the panel and there was no mention of diminished reception. A few people commented on a DIY forum that reception will be diminished inside a metal box. Can you provide any input if this would occur even if most of the antennas are outside of the panel and the grounding lugs are properly installed? If this was the case, I would be surprised that this would even be an option.
Glad to hear the consideration! Once you're out of your contract feel free to reach out with any questions about monitoring and we'll be happy to assist you. We'll be happy to answer any other questions you have about the system in the mean time as well.
Yes, I am considering it, I have to ride out the summer because my plan is yearly right now. These wireless sensors are actually a breeze to connect! Thank you so much for all of your awesomeness! You guys are great!
Ah, I'm glad to hear that you now have programming access. They should also be able to program things remotely for you so that you don't have to deal with the complicated keypad programming. Have you considered switching to us for service as we have no-contract plans available online at
Yes I was, I had to get a regular phone line because they had a lot of trouble uploading a new config to my panel. What they said was the previous company must of locked out users on my side and when they upload a new config they only upload what they need to chance to monitor it but I am now able to program it. I added a keypad I bought from you today and this wireless receiver. I'm going to try to add a window contact now.
On a VISTA-20P, you should leave the DIPs set as default (all off) as that will put it on device address 00 which is the default address for an RF receiver on a VISTA-20P. Were you able to get your company to unlock your system's programming mode?
Hey! I bought this unit and I'm a little confused about the dip switches, it's for a residential install and I'm connecting it to a Vista 20, it looks like I can just leave it to auto? I have keypads on 17,18 & 19.
Key fobs automatically get assigned to zone 49 and up when using the key fob template programming. You can individually program the 4 buttons using the serial number and the proper loop in lower zones. This will require the *56 menu and I recommend putting them up over zone 40 to avoid future conflicts with added wireless sensors in lower zone slots.
I have a Vista 20p with a 5881ENH. The 5881ENH claims to allow for unlimited wireless zones, however, in setting up Honeywell 5834-4 key fobs, it appears that I am limited to 4 key fobs (which use 16 wireless zones). I noticed when setting up the zones, the zones were automatically started at zone 64 and reserved backwards (4 zones at a time) as I added more key fobs to end at zone 49, so maybe these zones are specifically reserved for key fobs? Is there a way around this limitation with my setup, ideally I would like to add one more key fob?
Zones 49 - 64 are intended for use with keyfobs (and can be used as other types of wireless zones, if necessary). Are you using these zones already?
I have a 21ip with the 6160rf and the 5881enh. I guess I misread the intent of the 5881enh because I thought it would allow more wireless devices to be added to my system not thinking it is the 21ip that is the limiting factor. Is there such a device that allows wireless zone expansion? I purchased 4 key fobs not thinking that each button takes up a zone so I easily sucked up 16 zones. I am in the middle of unassigning 2 buttons from each fob to recover 8 zones but I have a 2500 sqft residence and running wires is not an option.
Well I certainly agree that wireless makes for an easier setup but if you've already tried a repeater and you're still not getting range you'll have to either go with a hybrid (wired and wireless) system or use the 5800C2W.
Primarily it's ease of installation; we are acting as our own G.C. on a commercial project of ours, & it will greatly simplify installation to go wireless. Wireless sensors also have a little better tamper detection & I think are harder to defeat. They are also less costly (no labor & materials on multiple cable runs) & require less intimate knowledge of security (does that resistor go in series or parallel...). We're really trying to converge 3 buildings on the same campus to operate off the same panel. The distance doesn't seem to be a problem, it seems to be the inability of the wireless signals to transmit through certain materials.
There is no device that would do what you are asking. Why do you prefer using wireless sensors instead of wired sensors in these problematic areas?
That's exactly what I've done in one building; in our new building (on the same campus) we really would like to be able to use wireless sensors, particularly for the motion sensing. We won't really know where those need to go exactly, until sometime after the drywall & insulation is installed. Is there any way to collect the wireless signals, transmit them via cable, & then re-broadcast to the 7000? Or should we be looking at a wireless receiver going to a wired panel setup at this point? Thanks
If you use the 5800C2W ( ), you can wire in sensors to that device and then it allows you to program the wired inputs as wireless zones for the panel. Therefore, assuming you can install wired sensors in the areas that don't get good RF reception back to the panel and wire them back to the 5800C2W which would be installed in an area that does have good reception, that would solve your issues. We have a YouTube Series on that device at and you can always email questions to if you need more information.
Our buildings seem to block the signal from certain sensors. I have a location in one building that is 50' from the receiver, but can't communicate. I've tried the 5800RP before, and it doesn't seem to have any better range than the sensors themselves; is there a way to "receive" the signals in a wireless receiver, & then transmit them to the 7000? Thanks!
Also, the Lyric panel can accept inputs from wireless SiX sensors that are up to 300' away so you may not need to do any underground cabling at all.
The L7000 has a built in receiver, and is not compatible with the 5881ENH. You can add a 5800RP ( ), which is a repeater, to extend range to the L7000. The 5800RP should be mounted up to 200 feet from the L7000, it will need power, but then there's no other programming required (though there is some optional supervision programming you can do).
Is there a way this can communicate with a Lynx7000 or the new Lyric controller? I'd like to use this to receive from a remote (200' away) location, & then transmit to the touchscreen controller via underground cable. Thanks!
What system are you using? There's no programming needed on a VISTA-15P/20P. You just have to wire it up and then you can program wireless zones (starting with zone 9) and they will work. You'll need an alphanumeric keypad for the *56 zone programming.
how do i program this?
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