The Honeywell GSMV4G-TC2 is an AlarmNet Total Connect 2.0 upgrade kit that includes a GSMV4G cellular alarm communicator and two control panel micro-controller chips (PROMs). Each GSMV4G-TC2 kit includes a PROM for a VISTA-15P and a PROM for a VISTA-20P alarm control panel. The PROM upgrade chip turns an older VISTA-15P or VISTA-20P alarm control panel into one that supports the newer Total Connect 2.0 service. Therefore the GSMV4G-TC2 is the perfect addition to an existing Honeywell VISTA-20P control panel. The GSMV4G provides a 4G cellular connection for alarm monitoring purposes and the PROM upgrade chip ensures that your security system will be compatible with the more advanced Total Connect option.
Total Connect 2.0 is only compatible with VISTA-20P and VISTA-15P control panels that have a revision of 9.12 or higher. Even with a GSMV4G, which is compatible with Total Connect 2.0, a VISTA control panel with a revision before 9.12 will not be able to use the newer Total Connect service. Therefore if you have a VISTA-20P or VISTA-15P that is not revision 9.12, you would have to replace the entire control panel. You would have to spend money on a new control panel, switch all of your wiring over to the new panel and reprogram the system from scratch. The real value of the GSMV4G-TC2 upgrade kit is that the PROM chip prevents you from having to go through that process. Instead of paying for a new control panel, you can pay just slightly more than a GSMV4G cellular communicator and get the PROM chip. Once you have the PROM chip, all you have to do is power down your security system by removing the battery and AC transformer and then replace the existing PROM chip with the new Total Connect 2.0 upgrade chip. Your existing control panel and wiring stays the same and you don’t even have to reprogram your system. All of your current system programming will remain the same, but you will now have a system that supports Total Connect 2.0.
When determining if the GSMV4G-TC2 AlarmNet Total Connect 2.0 upgrade kit is right for you, you should first find out exactly which Honeywell VISTA Series control panel you have. Your control panel is located inside a beige metal can that is normally installed in a laundry room, garage, basement or utility closet. Once you have located your control panel, you will need to open the can and look at the green circuit board. Towards the middle of the circuit board, you will find a square black chip. You will find your VISTA control panel’s model number and revision printed on the chip. All chips begin with ‘WA’ followed by the model number and then a dash or period before the revision number. If you need help determining what model number or revision your system is, please call us today and we will help you.