Honeywell VISTA: Enabling New Addresses

Add more keypads to your Honeywell VISTA, wired security system.

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In order to add more than one keypad to a Honeywell wired security system, an end user needs to go into programming and address them a bit differently than the first keypad. A system allows the installation of a number of keypads. In this video Frankie explains succinctly how to add additional keypads to a VISTA security system.


So the next thing we're going to do here is enable addresses 17, 18, 19, and 20. And what we're going to do is we have five total keypads. We've already addressed the first 6160V to address 16. And now we're going to address our other four keypads to addresses 17, 18, 19, 20.

So before we address those keypads, we first need to enable addresses 17 through 20. So on the first keypad, the 6160V that we've already addressed to 16, we need to go into programming, using the installer code, and enable those addresses. So on the 6160V, we're going to use the installer code, which is 4112 by default, followed by 800. And that'll say-- that'll put us into programming where it says installer code 20. OK. If you've changed your installer code away from 4112, then you'd use that code. Otherwise, if it's still in default then you're here into programming using 4112 followed by 800.

So now that we're in programming, we'll go to-- first we'll go to keypad address 17. So we're going to enter star 190. And I'll put us into-- it says keypad address 17. So all we have to do here is enter two fields. So now that we're in programming and we've already entered star 190 to get to keypad address 17, what we're going to do is enter the partition number followed by the sound suppression field.

So more often than not, we're dealing with a single partition system, where all the keypads are controlling one partition, all the sensors are in one area, and you don't need a separate control. We won't get into the multi-partition control right now, because most-- the majority of the systems are single partition.

So the first selection will be a one, setting it to partition one. And then the second selection will be a sound settings. So normally, you would enter zero. And what that means-- you'll get that triple beep to let you know that's been locked in and bumps you to keypad address 18.

Before we jump to 18, as far as sound suppression goes, there's three settings. You can set it to zero. You can actually set it to zero, one, two, or three. So there's four selections. Zero is the most common. It means no suppression. What that means is that your chimes, your entry exit beeps, even alarms, will all beep and generate out of the speaker on the keypad, OK. So you always generally want to keep that on zero.

If you have this keypad maybe in your master bedroom, and you don't like it to beep when you arm from maybe the entry exit point when your family is sleeping, you can suppress sound. There's three settings for that. The setting one will just suppress the disarm and arm beeps and the entry exit beeps. So if you entered a one as the second selection, it would just suppress that sound. So it would still chime, but it would not do the arm and disarm conformation beeps or the entry exit beeps.

If you enter a two, it will only suppress the chime. But it will still do the arm disarm and the entry exit beeps. Three will suppress everything, so entry exit beeps, chime, and the arming and disarming confirmation. So if you want to suppress sound, you don't want all the sound coming from the keypad, then you can choose one, two, or three, depending on whether you want chime only, entry exit beeps only, or both being suppressed. Or you can enter a zero, which means that nothing's suppressed and everything-- all the sound will be coming from the keypad.

So after you've done that, it'll jump to keypad address 18. If you're only setting up two keypads, then you don't need to really enable these. If you're setting up more, which we are today, then we're going to go ahead and enable 18, 19, and 20 for our other three keypads here. So we'll just do the same thing. One for the partition, zero for the sound suppression, so that all these beep here. It'll jump to 19.

And then we'll keep doing that again here. A one and zero. You get the confirmation beeps. We're on 20 for our last keypad. And we'll do a one zero again. And now we have keypad addresses 16 through 20 enabled, and we can go ahead and address our other keypads now. So we're going to jump from the 6160V up to the 6160RF, which has an RF receiver built into it.