Bypassing Zones Using a Honeywell Tuxedo Touch Keypad

Bypassing Zones Using a Honeywell Tuxedo Touch Keypad


In this video, Jorge from Alarm Grid shows you how to bypass zones using a Honeywell Tuxedo Touch Keypad. The Tuxedo Touch serves as a keypad controller for a Honeywell VISTA Alarm System. When you bypass zones on a Tuxedo Touch Keypad, you are really bypassing zones for the Honeywell VISTA System itself. Bypassing a zone means that the zone is temporarily being ignored by the system. No response will be taken by the system if a bypassed zone is faulted. But the settings for the zone are still retained by the system. Once you un-bypass the zone later on, it will work as usual.

The fact that the system retains the programming information for a bypassed zone is what differentiates a bypassed zone from a deleted zone. Once you delete a zone, it cannot be recovered, and you would need to reprogram that zone from scratch. But if you bypass a zone, then you only need to un-bypass it later when you want the zone to be active again. This is much more convenient than having to manually delete and reprogram a zone every time you want to disable it for a single arming session and then re-enable it later. You can pick and choose which zones you want to bypass and which ones should remain active. This means that you can set up each arming session in the exact manner that you like.

If you have a faulted sensor on your system, then you will usually be required to bypass its zone prior to arming. This is to prevent the zone from triggering an immediate response on the system as soon as it is armed. But keep in mind that you cannot bypass 24-hour life-safety zones. These zones must always be active for the safety of those in the building. Bypassing is only possible for non-life-safety zones, including burglary and intrusion zones and environmental zones. The Tuxedo Touch Keypad will display a yellow bar at the top of its screen with a message indicating that at least one zone is bypassed. This is useful for informing anyone using the keypad that there is at least on bypassed zone on the system.


Hey, DIYers, George here from Alarm Grid. Today we're going to be showing you how to bypass zones using a Honeywell Tuxedo Touch WIFI. So I'm going to be using this Honeywell Tuxedo Touch right here. And the first thing I just want to go over again is that a Honeywell Tuxedo Touch keypad is actually just a keypad, it's not an alarm system. A lot of people, whenever they're looking for a new alarm system, they'll see the Honeywell Tuxedo Touch WIFI and they'll say, oh, can I just get that and add it to my already existing system? A Honeywell Tuxedo Touch keypad is basically a keypad that's touch screen with Z-Wave capability built-in that you can add onto a VISTA, such as the VISTA-20P, 15P 21IP, even a 128BPT. Yes, so if you guys are interested in getting a Honeywell Tuxedo Touch keypad and want to see if it's compatible, make sure you contact us. Now as far as bypassing zones, what does it mean to bypass a zone? When you bypasses a zone, you're telling the security system to ignore that zone, no matter if it's in a disarmed or armed state. So if there is a zone that you want the system to completely ignore, because you don't want to have that zone setting the system off or making the system chime, either voice or just a normal chime, then you will be bypassing the zone. And you can actually do that through the Honeywell Tuxedo Touch screen. And right now I'm going to go ahead and show you that. So the very first thing you'll see at the top of this keypad is that it actually says, Not Ready, Fault A fault is just simply letting you know that there's a zone, a sensor, that's currently open. It might be a door, window, motion sensor, your garage door. If there is a fault, you can actually go to the screen where you see the faults-- we have a video to show you how to do that as well-- and from that same screen you can bypass that sensor or that device. So we're going to go ahead and hit Security. Once you hit Security there is going to be a button off here to the right-hand side that says Faulted Zones, very self-explanatory. You're going to go ahead and hit Faulted Zones and it should bring up any zones that are currently faulted. Right now I have a simple zone 1 and zone 2 that are currently showing open. You guys might have a whole list of them, so you guys can actually go in and select and bypass whichever ones you guys want. For the sake of the video, I'm going to show you guys a couple of different things you can do. If you want to select certain zones that you want to bypass, you can just click on them. It will highlight it a blue color. And then you can just hit Bypass Selected. If you don't want to go in and select one by one and you want to just bypass all of the zones, you can just hit Bypass All. Now, when you hit Bypass All, or if you're bypassing the selected zones, you are going to need to enter in a code. This can be a master code or any other subuser code that's on the system, right? So I'm going to use my default master code, which is 1234. Obviously, yours may be different, because you guys should have changed it. So I'm going to enter in 1 2 3 4. Code entered. And then you'll notice that at the very top, since I just bypassed all of the zones that were faulted, my system is now ready. But it's also letting me know it's ready, but there's a bypass, meaning that there are some devices that have been bypassed. All right, so that's how you bypass faulted zones. But now, let's say what if there is a window that's not faulted, meaning it's in a ready state, and you guys want to bypass that, because let's say you like to open the window at night when you're going to bed to let some fresh air in. To do that, we actually have to go to Show Zones, that will show you every single zone. So it's actually going to show you any zone that it's in a ready state or any zone that's in a faulted state. So to do that, let's say we're at the home screen on the Tuxedo Touch WIFI. We're going to go ahead and hit Security. From security we're going to go to More Choices, which is on the same screen where you saw faulted zones earlier. So once you hit More Choices there you're going to go to Show Zones. Now, this screen here will pull up every single zone, whether it's faulted or in a ready state. Now, here we actually did a little programming to the system and zone 1 is a ready state and we have zone 2 faulted, which is why it has that little x mark on it. And we seem to have a zone 9, and zone 99 is a panic. You don't really need to bypass that. But anyways, let's say we want to bypass the faulted zone and a zone that's already in a good state, which if you take too long it'll back you out. So let's go ahead and go to Security once more, More Choices, Show Zones. It'll pull in all of the zones. And let's select zone 1, zone 2 and let's select zone 9, just for the sake of the video. Now, after you do that, you're going to hit Bypass Selected, which is the same button you saw on the faulted zone screen. So we're going to go to Bypass Selected, and same thing, it's going to ask you for a code. Now, that could be your master code or it could be any of the other subuser codes. So mine, again, is defaulted at 1234. Yours should be different. 1 2 3 4, code entered. And then in a moment here you should see Ready Bypass in a second, once it backs me out to the screen. Yep, Ready Bypass. So now I have all of my zones bypassed, you can arm the system and bypass the faulted zones. And then whatever zone that was in a ready state, let's say it's your window that you want to open up at night, that is also bypassed, so when you open it up, the alarm won't go off. So let's say those zones that I bypassed were windows or doors. If I arm the system, those windows or doors are not going to be protected, because the system is ignoring any signals that are coming from those areas or from that specific sensor, that sensor that's associated to the zone. So now what happens if I made a mistake and I bypassed a zone that I didn't mean to bypass? You can actually go back into the Security, go into the Faulted Zones area. And from this same screen, you can go ahead and clear the bypasses. You're going to need, again, a user code, the master or subuser code. I'm going to use 1 2 3 4, code entered. And now, since I cleared the bypass, the zones are going to show faulted again on the system, which is why you now see it's not ready and is showing me faults. You can go back into the faulted zones. And you'll see that these are the faulted. And again, you can go back in and bypass whatever you need to bypass. Again, make sure when you guys are bypassing, you're checking every sensor. You don't want to bypass things such as your front door. I would say that's one of the main protected areas that you want to have covered, right, your front door. So just be careful when you're bypassing stuff, because remember, the system will be ignoring any faults coming from that zone. So again, this is just a quick video showing you guys how to bypass zones on a Honeywell Tuxedo Touch. If you found the video helpful, make sure you hit Like underneath, subscribe to the YouTube channel, and hit that little bell icon to enable notification, so when we upload new content, you all get notified. Again, my name is George. I'll see you guys next time.