Honeywell LTEIV-TC2 - Dual Path Verizon LTE Communicator, Total Connect 2.0 Upgrade Kit Reviews
Submitted on 05/14/2020 Alarm Grid
The Honeywell LTEIV-TC2 is an upgrade kit that includes a Honeywell LTE-IV Verizon LTE & IP Dual-Path Communicator for VISTA Systems, as well as the latest PROM Chip upgrades for the Honeywell VISTA-15P and Honeywell VISTA-20P Security Systems. This is a great kit to get if you need to upgrade your VISTA System to LTE, and you also need a new PROM Chip for the system. The minimum PROM Chip version needed for a 15P or 20P System to support Total Connect 2.0 is 9.12, so any less than that usually warrants an upgrade. This is a great kit, and we wholeheartedly recommend it if you need both a new communicator and a PROM Chip upgrade. It gets 5 Stars.
There are many things that we like about the Honeywell LTE-IV and the LTEIV-TC2 Kit. The communicator is dual-path, so even if one communication path goes down, the panel will remain online and monitored. The Verizon LTE Network used with this communicator is expected to remain active and in-service, even as newer 5G networks are inevitably made available. This means that the LTE-IV will keep your system monitored for many years to come. The 15P and 20P PROM Chip upgrades are a nice bonus, as many users will need an upgrade to use TC2.
There are not many downsides for the Honeywell LTEIV-TC2. Since this is a dual-path communicator, you will need a cellular monitoring plan for full functionality. These are typically more expensive than IP-only monitoring plans. But the trade-off is that cellular communication is more reliable, so many users think that it is worth the extra money. Like any VISTA Communicator, the LTE-IV must be physically installed. This isn't super difficult, but it is still something to consider. Lastly, you only need this upgrade kit if your VISTA System is not running a high enough PROM Chip. These downsides are fairly minor, and they do not stop us from giving the LTEIV-TC2 a 5 Star rating.
Good: Dual-Path, Verizon LTE, PROM Chip Upgrades
Bad: Needs Cellular Monitoring for Full Functionality, Communicator Must be Installed, Only for Users Needing PROM Chip Upgrade
Bottom Line: 5 Stars