Until the introduction of the VISTA Automation Module (VAM), consumers who wanted to marry the incredible home automation features Z-Wave offers with the incredible features of Honeywell's most reliable wired security systems such as the VISTA 20P or VISTA 21iP needed to purchase the very expensive Tuxedo Touch. Luckily for those who are budget conscious, Honeywell has released the VAM, in an effort to allow users with wired systems to take advantage of the incredible features once only unlocked using the TUX keypads.
This unit which can be added to any of Honeywell's VISTA series systems (except the VISTA 10P) and can control up to 232 Z-Wave products. The unit will allow Z-Wave control of thermostats, lights, locks, shades, and more. Although the VAM may technically support up to 232 devices we recommend staying under 100 devices on the local network for efficiency and reliable operations. Also, the Total Connect 2.0 service only supports remote control and live status of up to 40 lights, 3 thermostats, and 4 door locks. Additionally, much like the Tuxedo Touch, the unit will broadcast a network allowing users to control the system locally using port forwarding features. Additionally, the VAM will allow control of cameras and is even compatible with Honeywell's newest low-light Total Connect camera - the Honeywell iPCAM-WL.
Like much of Honeywell's newest hardware such as the L5200, and the L7000, the VAM allows the on-board software to be updated over the internet. Much like Honeywell's wireless security systems, this unit is capable of using many of Honeywell's newly released Z-Wave features such as the scenes that can be adjusted based on sunset or sunrise. Like Total Connect, the VAM will allow users to view up to 4 cameras at the same time. However, unlike Total Connect's ability to handle only up to 6 cameras per account, the VAM itself will allow for an user to view utilize up to 32 cameras. Additionally, the VAM will allow an user to email themselves notifications to up to 4 email addresses. The unit is 8.25 inches wide, 6 inches high, and 1/2 inch deep. For those needing to do a power calculation to determine whether the need for an additional power supply such as the Altronix SMP3 or Honeywell's AD12612 will be needed, the unit draws 12V, 180mA from its power source.