Installing the Honeywell Home 6290W

Installing the Honeywell Home 6290W

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In this video, Joe from Alarm Grid shows you how to install the Honeywell Home 6290W Touchscreen Keypad. This keypad will work with most Honeywell VISTA Systems. It uses a 4-wire connection with the panel's ECP bus. This keypad can be nicely mounted to a wall. Power down the panel before connecting.

The Honeywell Home 6290W is great for users who want to improve their overall experience when using a Honeywell VISTA Security System. It is nice and thin, and it looks fantastic when mounted to the wall. The keypad is also very easy to use, as the menu options are large and easy to read. End users really appreciate the full-color menus, which offer a nice improvement over a standard push-button keypad.

Honeywell has offered other touchscreen keypad options for their VISTA Systems in the past. The 6290W actually replaces the existing Honeywell 6280 Keypad. With the 6290W, you get a much fresher and more modern look and appearance. Even if you have a hardwired alarm panel in a metal enclosure somewhere, you can still use the 6290W for most of your system operations. However, it's still a good idea to keep your old push-button keypad around somewhere, as you may need it at some point.

Once you have properly installed the Honeywell Home 6290W Keypad, you can use it to arm and disarm the system. You can also use it for programming by using the keypad's Console Mode. Honeywell is also expected to release an updated version of their Tuxedo Touch that will have a similar appearance to the 6290W. This updated Tuxedo Touch will essentially be the same as the 6290W, but the Tuxedo Touch will also function as a Z-Wave controller. Z-Wave functionality is not included with the 6290W. As of November 2019, the new Tuxedo Touch has not yet been released.

Remember that as a touchscreen keypad, the 6290W will take up one of the AUI slots on the system. A Honeywell VISTA System only has a limited number of AUI slots available. A VISTA 15P has 2 AUI slots. A VISTA 20P, 21iP, or 21iPLTE has 4 AUI slots. And the VISTA TURBO Panels (128BPT and 250BPT) have 6 AUI slots. Also keep in mind that the Total Connect 2.0 will also take up one of these slots!


Hi, DIYers, Joe from Alarm Grid. And today, we're going to be installing a Honeywell 6290W touchscreen keypad, one of these guys right here, to our Honeywell 128. We're going to do this all the way from the beginning of wiring to programming the keypad. So the first thing we have to do is wire it up. So right here, I've already cut my hole in the sheetrock, and I've put the back plate on the wall. But you are going to want to do this if you are installing this device on the wall. I put three screws in my back plate. I leveled it. It's nice and secure and ready for the keypad to be mounted. I've also taken a four wire conductor, or four conductor wire, and passed it through the hole in the back plate, and I also have it coming out through the hole behind my 128 VISTA panel. Now, I've already stripped my wire tips, and I'm ready to install them on the terminals. I've 100% powered down my VISTA-128 I've unplugged the power, and I undid the battery. I undid the red part, but I'm going to do the black leads too, just have totally disconnected. We are totally powered down. Before you install anything, especially a keypad, you want to make sure to turn off your panel. Now the 128 VISTA, the four wires that you're going to connect the keypad to, or the four terminals, it's a little different than a VISTA-P panel. So if you're used to working on, like, a VISTA-15P or a 20P, and you're moving up to a 128, make sure that you have your instruction manual in front of you, and that you know where you're laying these wires, because some of this stuff does change. If we take a look, you'll notice that terminal number six is our positive for power. Terminal number seven is our negative for power. Terminal number eight is our green data. Terminal number nine is our yellow data. What I'm going to do is loosen up these terminals, make room under these clamps, and then insert my new wires up under each terminal, and then tighten down to make sure the connection is good. So pardon me if I get in the way of the camera. I'm going to try to orient myself so you can see what's going on, but I may be clumsy too much. If you have some extra space on one side of the terminal, you can slip the wire underneath there, so that the clamp gets a nice even squash on top of them, a nice even press. Now, on this one, this black wire is kind of moving all over, so I'm going to take my time and pull it out. I'm going to straighten the tip out and then reinsert. And as I was doing that, I actually pulled this one out, which shows me that I have to make this connection a little more secure. And you're going to notice this when you go to wire, it's not going to be as easy and straightforward and clean as you may think. Take your time with it, though, and be patient, and you'll get through your wiring. It just takes a little bit of finger dexterity and a little bit of trial and error until you get it comfortable and where you want it to be. So now, I have my green, put this on there, and then my yellow. So there we go. Now, our wires are connected to our panel, and both wires are securely set, so we're ready to connect the keypad to the other side of the wire. On the back of our keypad, you're going to notice that there is a legend right there on the top that says which terminals get which wire. Green, negative, positive, yellow. So green, black, red, yellow. So then over here, I'm taking the other end of the wire that's connected to our panel, and I'm going to connect it to our keypad. So terminals are open and ready to go. I'm going to put the yellow one in first. Now, this process, if you have two people, it will serve you well, as one person can hold the keypad while the other person puts the wires in and screws. But if you do do it by yourself, again, take your time. If you need to use a table to put the keypad on top of while you do your wiring, really anything you need to do to get these wires in and connected is what you've got to do. So the red is the next one, black is the next one, and then we have green for the last. Giving a quick tug on the wires will show they're in place and secure. And I found that my black is not. Just by doing that, I was able to see that this was not connected. That would have been a troubleshooting nightmare if I actually powered everything up. So those type of steps that you take that can just confirm whether or not you've actually screwed the wires down are important to do. So let me just loosen up this terminal. We'll put the black wire back in, and then I'll tighten it up. So we're connected and ready to go. To snap the keypad onto the back plate, you just put it into the plate and then push down. So I put it here. It's upside down. I have to spin it. On the bottom of that, you're going to notice there's a hole for a set screw. This set screw looks like this. And it comes with a screw pack for the keypad. What it's used for is after we pop it onto the back plate. On the bottom, there is a place for that set screw, and that will keep from somebody pulling the keypad off of the back plate, just an extra security layer for the keypad. So we're wired up. We're connected. We have our keypad mounted on the wall, and we're ready to power up. So the next stage is we're going to do the programming for the keypad, and then we're going to enable the device address in the actual panel. Let's check it out. Before continuing in the next step, especially with the VISTA-128, you're going to want to pick which AUI slot you want this keypad to occupy. On a 128, we have to go into programming, we have to pick the slot that we want, and then program it to work as a slot for a touchscreen keypad. And it's a good idea, before you get in the weeds with that, to figure out which number you want your AUI to be on and to make sure that doesn't conflict with any other devices that you have installed on your 128. A lot of times, 128s do support quite a few devices, so figuring this out beforehand, it's going to save you a lot of trouble. What I want to do first is we're in a power up our panel, which is going to power up our keypad, and we're going to do some keypad programming to get it set up to look for that AUI address. So on our panel, I'm going to plug-in my backup batteries, and then I'm going to plug-in the main transformer. So our keypad is booted up. We have our language selector, we have our operation mode, and we have our ECP address right there. This is going to be our keypad address. So I'm going to pick number six, because I know that's open on our 128, and I'm going to head the checkmark. The is it's gathering information from the panel. As soon as it finishes doing this, we can move to our next step. So our keypad is booted up now, and we're going to move to another keypad. Whenever you do install a touchscreen keypad on a VISTA panel, it is highly recommended that you also have an alphanumeric keypad connected. This is because the alphanumeric keypad is going to be what you use to do your push button programming, and it's the easiest way to do this type of programming. We have a 6160 also connected to our 128, and this is where I am when I do my programming. So I have to go into programming and enable the device address for this keypad to work properly with the panel. So to do this, I've have to enter the installer code in an 8,000. On the VISTA-128, that's 41408123. We have program Mode, star for fill, pound for view. What I'm going to enter is pound 93. Zone programming, we don't want that, so I hit zero. Expert mode, no. Report code programming, no. Alpha programming, no. Device programming. That's the one we want. So to confirm for that, I'm going to hit the number one. So now that we're inside of device programming, we have to pick the device address for this keypad. Now, as we picked keypad slot six, we're going enter 06. Hit star. And as you see, it's not used. So what I have to do is do 01. Alpha console. Hit star. Console partition. This is going to be the main partition that the keypad lives on. And for today, we're going to do partition number one. I'll hit star Sound option. We really don't have to worry about a lot of these other options. I'm not going to go into them right now. We'll just star through. AUI. This one, we want to say, yes, because it is an advanced user interface. I hit star. After I finish the programming, I'm going to do 00 to quit. Star. Quit menu mode. One for yes, and then star 99 to back out 100%. Now that we've programmed our 6290W keypad through our 6160, when it comes back up, it should properly show the panel status, and we should be able to arm and disarm from our new keypad. Great. Right on the top, we have ready to arm. It's on partition one and has our armed selection. So let's try it. Arm Away. And it's working. Armed Away. Exit now. I'm going to disarm to cancel this, 1234. Disarmed. Ready to arm. And we disarmed it. If you do have any questions about programming the 6290, setting it up with a 128, or VISTA-P panel, or any other questions about this keypad, as this is a complicated process, and there's a whole bunch of different things going on with it, please give us a call at 888-818-7728, send us an email to, or check out our website, If you did like the video, feel free to subscribe. And if you want to be notified when we post future videos, hit the notification button below, and we'll send you an update when we do so. Thanks for watching, and have a great day.