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How many keypads can I have?
Can I self-monitor with a NEO system?
How many zones are available on the HS2016, HS2032, HS2064, and HS2128?






How many keypads can I have?

Much like DSC’s previous generation, most of the PowerSeries NEO panels can handle up to 8 keypads. That’s pretty much where the similarities end though.

The HS2016, HS2032, and HS2064 panels all have slots for up to 8 keypads. These keypads can be any combination of hardwired and wireless and of any style. HS2ICN keypads can be mixed with HS2LCD keypads and the HS2TCHP keypad and wireless keypads. The HS2128, the largest NEO system, can do up to 16 keypads. Again this can be any combination of styles.

Other than the number of slots available for the panel, there are other limiting factors that need to be taken into account that can stop you from adding keypads if ignored. The first is that if you are wanting to add wireless keypads you must have a PowerG transceiver attached to the system. This can be through an HSM2HOST9 module or through a keypad, such as the HS2LCDRF9, that has a built-in transceiver. The second is the limited current available to be drawn from the CORBUS and auxiliary power. All of the NEO panels are limited to 700mA of current. This is taken up quickly by keypads and other devices, especially if you want to use touchscreen keypads. To get around this limitation power supply modules like the HSM2300 must be added. - Back To Top




Can I self-monitor with a NEO system?

Yes. While the PowerSeries NEO does not have as many options as the previous generation or the Honeywell Vista systems, there are still a few options.

First, a dialer such as the Visonic DL-125C can still be used with a landline and triggered by a PGM on the NEO system. While this may not be ideal for many people as landline phones disappear and people expect more than a simple pre-recorded voice call, it is still a viable option at a low price point.

Next, would be to use a universal communicator like the IPDatatel BAT CDMA that can capture the message sent by the built-in dialer on the security panel. You can then setup text, email, or automated voice calls. This service does require a subscription.

By far the best option for the PowerSeries NEO to self-monitor, when looking solely at available features, is to use an communicator with one of their interactive service plans. The NEO is fully compatible with all of’s features by adding an NEO communicator like the CD8080VZ. Through you can set up custom notifications and control the alarm system from any internet enabled device with their app or website. Both have a great, easy to use interface. One the biggest draws to their service is their integration with devices beyond the alarm to give people a truly smart home security experience. They can be connected to various home automation devices and services such as many Z-Wave devices or MyQ garage door openers. They can also integrate video surveillance equipment, including video doorbells, so that the potential to become the one-stop service to control almost everything in your home. - Back To Top




How many zones are available on the HS2016, HS2032, HS2064, and HS2128?

The DSC NEO series has quite a few models to choose from. The models are the HS2016, HS2032, HS2064 and the HS2128.

We will mention partitions and partitioning in the description below. So that we don’t have to repeat the explanation of what those are; we’ll explain here. A lot of hardwire systems have the ability to be partitioned. Partitioning is where you can set up an alarm system for separate buildings or areas so that they can be armed and disarmed independently of each other.

The DSC NEO HS2016 is the smallest capacity panel in the DSC NEO line. This panel can handle a combination of up to 16 hardwired and wireless devices. So, it can handle 16 zones. Hardwired devices can be grouped together on zones, but the wireless devices will be 1 device per zone. To use wireless devices you’ll add either a keypad with a transceiver like the HS2LCDRF9ENG or a HOST9 transceiver. These panels are great for smaller installations.

The DSC NEO HS2032 is the next biggest capacity panel in the NEO family. This panel can handle up to 32 zones and is good for a medium to large home. It starts out with 8 hardwired zones on the main board and you can add the HSM2108 hardwired zone expander to add more hardwired. Just as with the HS2016; you can use a combination of hardwired and wireless devices. To use wireless devices you’ll add the HOST9 transceiver or a keypad with a transceiver just like on the HS2016. This panel is also capable of 4 partitions which is like getting 4 alarm systems in one.

The next biggest panel after the HS2032 in the DSC NEO family is the HS2064. The NEO HS2064 is capable of having up to 64 zones hardwired or wireless. To get 64 hardwired zones you’ll add the HSM2108 hardwired zone expanders. To use wireless, just as the other two models, you’ll use either a keypad like the HS2LCDRF9ENG with a built-in transceiver or the HOST9 transceiver module. These are great panels for large homes or a small business.

And finally, in the DSC NEO lineup, there’s the DSC NEO HS2128. This is a large capacity system and is meant for use in a small or larger business. The HS2128 can accommodate 128 zones. The main board starts with 8 hardwired zones and you can add up to 15 HSM2108 hardwired zone expanders to reach the full capacity. Or you can do a mix of hardwired and wireless devices. To use wireless devices you’ll add a keypad with a transceiver like the HS2LCDRF9ENG or you’ll add the HOST9 transceiver module. - Back To Top