Honeywell VISTA: Program *92, Tip and Ring

Frankie explains how to make changes to the tip and ring, *92 programming field, of your VISTA wired security system.

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For end users who have a phone line connected to their tip and ring incoming line on the control board, the panel will allow you to monitor that line, and ensure the integrity of the communication. In the case that you are afraid someone might compromise your phone line by cutting it, this is the field for you. In this video Frank shows us how to enable the Tip and ring feature which is programming field *92 on a VISTA security system. The field consists of two entries. The first entry indicates how long the panel will let time pass before it issues a trouble. The second entry indicates to the panel whether to annunciate the trouble through the speaker on the keypad and show on the display.


[LOGO SOUND] Hi DIYers. It's Frank at Alarm Grid here. And we're in the Alarm Grid lab, working on the 6160 RF keypad with our Vista-21 iP.

Today, we'll be working on the phone line monitoring options. So assuming that you have a POTS or analog phone line connected to your Tip and Ring incoming line on your Vista control board, this will be a selection *92 field, where you can actually monitor that physical connection to the panel. So if it were ever to be cut, severed in any way, or compromised, you would know immediately on the keypad-- through the display and sound. And also it will actually report to the central station-- if you have monitoring-- that your phone line has been cut.

So what we'd like to do here is pop in the programming and show you how to enable this feature. There are two entries. The first entry is for the number of minutes that the system will allow to pass, before the trouble is issued. And then the second entry will be whether or not you want that trouble to voice-enunciate or come through the speaker on your keypad as well as show on the display.

So we'll jump right into programming. We'll do 4-1-1-2-8-0-0. Now, again, the installer code that we have is on default. Generally, your installer code is probably changed by now. So whatever that installer code is-- you can enter that, followed by 800. You'll see installer code 20 on any alpha keypad. If you're on a fixed English keypad, then you'll see a 20 on the screen and no AC on the top right. Both types of keypads will work for this. So we'll enter a *9-2, and you'll see Telco Monitor here.

The next thing we're going to do is to choose a 2 entry. So if we do want to monitor it, we can choose the number of minutes-- the number of minutes being 1 through 15. So if you want to allow a longer period of time for whatever reason, you can do so. Today, we'll just enter a 1. So after one single minute, the system will issue a trouble if that line is not sensed on those Tip and Ring connections.

The next selection is the keypad-- trouble being issued on the display and the sound, locally, on the system. So we'll enter a 1 to enable that as well. And it'll automatically bump to 93. We'll then enter *9-9, to exit programming. And you are now ready to monitor your phone lines' physical connection. If you ever want to disable that, or if you do remove your phone line in the future and switch over to internet or cellular-- which has its own benefits for the purposes of total connect and also added reliability on the cellular side --or if you ever have a line-cut situation, then what you want to do is go back into programming, hit *92, followed by 0-0. That will disable the phone line monitoring setting, and then you can exit, hitting *99 again.

If you do have any further questions on monitoring your phone line on your Vista panel, you can email us at