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12612 Power Supply

What do you use the 12612 Power Supply for?
Where do you mount the 12612?
Is the 12612 the only thing I would need to provide additional power?

4204 Relay Board

What is the 4204 Relay Board used for?
How does it wire into the Vista system?

4219 Zone Expander

How many additional zones does a 4219 provide?
Why would someone use a 4219 and not just zone-double?
How do you wire the 4219 into the Vista panel?
Do you need to use resistors on the 4219?

4229 Zone Expander with Relays

How is the 4229 different from the 4219?
What can the relays on the 4229 be used for?
How do you wire the 4229?

5881EN(M)(H) Wireless Receiver

What are the differences between the 5881ENM and the 5881ENH?
How do you wire the 5881ENM and 5881ENH?
What wireless devices can you use with these receivers?

5883H Wireless Transceiver

What is the difference between the 5883H and the 5881 models?
How many wireless zones can the 5883H accommodate?

Vista Automation Module (VAM)

How does this differ from the Tuxedo Keypad?
What kind of Z-Wave devices can be used with the VAM?

7847i Internet Communicator

Can you use the 7847i for self-monitoring?
What can you use the 7847i for?
How does the 7847i wire into a Vista system?

CDMA-X Cellular Communicator

Can you use the CDMA-X for self-monitoring?
What carrier frequency does the CDMA-X use?
How do you wire it to a Vista system?
Do I have to purchase cellular service through a cellular company?

GSMX4G Cellular Communicator

Can you use the GSMX4G for self-monitoring?
What carrier frequency does the GSMX4G use?
How do you wire this into a Vista system?
Do I have to purchase cellular service through a cellular company?

GSMV Cellular Communicator

Can you use the GSMV for self-monitoring?
What carrier frequency does the GSMV use?
How does it wire into the Vista system?
Do I have to purchase cellular service through a cellular company?
Can I insert my own SIM card into this device?

VISTA-GSM4G for Vista 21iP
Can you use the Vista-GSM4G for self-monitoring?
What carrier frequency does the Vista-GSM4G use?
How do you wire the Vista-GSM4G into a Vista panel?
What Vista panels can you use the Vista-GSM4G with?
SEM for Vista
How do I know if my Honeywell Vista 15P/20P is compatible with the Alarm.com System Enhancement Module (SEM)?
How is the Alarm.com SEM for Vista wired?
What’s the installation and programming steps for the Alarm.com SEM for Vista?

 

 

 

12612 Power Supply

 

 

 

What do you use the 12612 Power Supply for?

You will use the 12612 power supply circuit board if you are going to use more power than the Vista supplies via the auxiliary power terminals. The Honeywell Vista systems can supply 600mA of power for devices.

We recommend staying under 10% of the maximum of 600mA. If you're going to go over that then the 12612 will be needed. - Back To Top


 

 

 

Where do you mount the 12612?

You will need to mount the 12612 in its own cabinet/enclosure. Because it gets a few other things along with it; it will not be able to fit in the main cabinet with the main circuit board. We recommend using the DSC PC5003C Expansion Cabinet we have on the site. - Back To Top

 

 

 

Is the 12612 the only thing I would need to provide additional power?

The 12612, being an add-on power supply, will require its own backup battery (BD412 or BD712) and transformer (DSC PTC1640). It needs these because the board needs a power source to be able to supply power and it needs its own battery just in case the power goes out so it can stay functioning. - Back To Top

 

 

 

4204 Relay Board

 

 

 

What is the 4204 Relay Board used for?

The Honeywell 4204 Relay Board is used for triggering of devices such as extra sirens, strobe lights or any device that needs to be triggered to function when an alarm condition occurs. You can even use it to maybe kick on some external lighting of a home or business. - Back To Top

 

 

 

How does it wire into the Vista system?

Any device you deal with here in the modules section, with the exception of the Vista-GSM4G, will wire into the system's keybus terminals. These are the terminals marked 4, 5, 6, and 7 on the main Vista circuit board. Wiring colors for these terminals are industry standard red, black, green, and yellow.

The wire colors will go to terminals as below:

  • RED ---> Terminal 5
  • BLACK ---> Terminal 4
  • GREEN ---> Terminal 6
  • YELLOW ---> Terminal 7
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    4219 Zone Expander

     

     

     

    How many additional zones does a 4219 provide?

    The Honeywell 4219 Hardwired Zone Expander provides and additional 8 hardwired zones per expander board. Most Vista systems that we offer on the site can deliver anywhere from 22-48 hardwired zones, but only start out with between 6-8 hardwired zones.

    You will need to use a 4219 if you plan on having more hardwired zones than the main control board provides. - Back To Top

     

     

     

    Why would someone use a 4219 and not just zone-double?

    You will want to use a 4219 if you want more hardwired zones. First thing that is troublesome about zone doubling is that you don't get a full 8 zones by doing it. Zones 1 and 9 on a Vista system cannot be zone-doubled.

    Secondly, zone-doubling in itself can be problematic. We get more troubleshooting calls from people who try to zone-double than from those that spend the extra money and buy a 4219 zone expander. - Back To Top

     

     

     

    Do you need to use resistors on the 4219?

    You have the choice on the 4219 to use resistors or to have all Normally Closed loops. This setting is chosen by adjusting the DIP switches on the 4219 board itself. - Back To Top

     

     

     

    4229 Zone Expander with Relays

     

     

     

    How is the 4229 different from the 4219?

    The 4229 Zone Expander with Relays is just that; a zone expander with built-in relays. You will get 8 additional hardwired zones on the 4229 and you will also get two relays that can be used to trigger external devices such as extra sirens, strobes, or external lighting. Anything that you'd like triggered can be triggered by these relays in the event of an alarm. - Back To Top

     

     

     

    What can the relays on the 4229 be used for?

    As mentioned above; the relays on a 4229 Zone Expander can be used to trigger devices that you would like activated during an alarm event. These have been used to trigger an additional powered siren, strobe lights and a myriad of other devices that people would like triggered when the alarm is tripped. - Back To Top

     

     

     

    5881EN(M)(H) Wireless Receiver

     

     

     

    What are the differences between the 5881ENM and the 5881ENH?

    The differences in these two receivers has to do mainly with how many wireless zones each can provide. Wireless zones on a Honeywell Vista system are one device per zone.

    The 5881ENM is the mid-range wireless receiver and can provide up to 16 wireless zones. This means, with the use of the 5881ENM, that you will be able to add 16 Honeywell wireless devices to your Vista system.

    The 5881ENH wireless receiver is the higher-range model and can accomodate as many wireless zones as your Vista system can handle. For instance, if you have a Vista 20P you will be able to add 40 wireless zones because the system can do a total of 48. The first 8 hardwired zones are subtracted from the total 48 leaving 40. - Back To Top

     

     

     

    What wireless devices can you use with these receivers?

    The wireless devices that can be used with the Honeywell receivers or transceivers, when wired to a Vista control panel, are the Honeywell 5800 series of transmitters and devices. You will be able to easily identify these devices on our website if you find a wireless device in the Honeywell category that starts with a '58'. - Back To Top

     

     

     

    5883H Wireless Transceiver

     

     

     

    What is the difference between the 5883H and the 5881 models?

    The difference between the 5883H Transceiver and the 5881 model of receivers is that it is capable of doing 2-way communication with 2-way enabled devices. The 5883H contains a Honeywell TM transmitter module.

    2-way devices can not only receive information from the panel, but can also talk back to the panel to deliver information. An example of a 2-way device would be the 5804BDV that will read back the arming status when the system is armed to let you know it armed successfully. - Back To Top

     

     

     

    How many wireless zones can the 5883H accommodate?

    The 5883H is the same, in this instance, as the 5881ENH. It can accomodate as many wireless devices as the Vista control panel that you're using can handle. - Back To Top

     

     

     

    Vista Automation Module (VAM)

     

     

     

    How does this differ from the Tuxedo Keypad?

    The VAM is different than the Tuxedo Touchscreen Keypad because it's not a keypad. All the VAM really is is a Z-Wave Home Automation control that wires into the Honeywell Vista systems. You will access the VAM by connecting it to your local area internet network.

    Upon accessing the VAM on the local network you will get a nice interface where you can learn your Z-Wave devices and set scenes for them to act when certain conditions are met. Scenes would be comparable to an instance where your alarm system gets tripped; you could program a scene to make your outside Z-Wave lighting flash. - Back To Top

     

     

     

    What kind of Z-Wave devices can be used with the VAM?

    You will be able to use Z-Wave door locks, thermostats, shades, water valves, repeaters, garage door openers, lighting remote controllers, and lights. There are only certain kinds and types that you may use though. - Back To Top

     

     

     

    7847i Internet Communicator

     

     

     

    Can you use the 7847i for self-monitoring?

    You will not be able to self-monitor with the 7847i internet communicator. Nor will you be able to remote into the device without Honeywell's Total Connect service. - Back To Top

     

     

     

    What can you use the 7847i for?

    You will be able to use the 7847i internet communicator to send signals to a central station monitoring service so that they may call the authorities if there's an alarm on your Vista system.

    You will also be able to use the 7847i for Honeywell's Total Connect Interactive services. Total Connect will give you the ability to receive your own text or email messages of alarm events and also give you some limited remote control of the alarm system itself. - Back To Top

     

     

     

    CDMA-X Cellular Communicator

     

     

     

    Can you use the CDMA-X for self-monitoring?

    You cannot use the CDMA-X for self-monitoring. You will only be able to us this cellular communicator for central station monitoring or Total Connect Monitoring. These units are locked so they have to be activated by Honeywell's Alarmnet division through an authorized dealer like us. - Back To Top

     

     

     

    What carrier frequency does the CDMA-X use?

    The CDMA-X uses the same carrier frequency that companies like Verizon use. It operates on the CDMA cellular frequency and we recommend this for areas that have better CDMA signal rather than GSM. - Back To Top

     

     

     

    Do I have to purchase cellular service through a cellular company?

    You won't purchase the data for this communicator through a company like AT&T or Verizon. To activate this communicator; a dealer, like us, will have to be given the identifying numbers off of the communicator and it will be activated that way. There is a fee associated to activated. - Back To Top

     

     

     

    GSMX4G Cellular Communicator

     

     

     

    Can you use the GSMX4G for self-monitoring?

    The GSMX4G cannot be used for self-monitoring. These communicators are locked down so that they can onl be used with Honeywell's Total Connect service or a central station monitoirng service. You cannot use your own SIM card with this unit either. - Back To Top

     

     

     

    What carrier frequency does the GSMX4G use?

    These cellular communicators operate on the same type of frequency that companies like AT&T or T-Mobile use so if you have good service in your area from these type of companies then this would be a good cellular radio to get for your Vista system. - Back To Top

     

     

     

    GSMV Cellular Communicator

     

     

     

    Can you use the GSMV for self-monitoring?

    The GSMV also cannot be used for self-monitoring. The SIM card that comes in this device is locked to the communicator it comes in. These units have to be activated by an authorized dealer, like us, before they can be used. Each cellular radio gets activated through Honeywell's Alarmnet department and they are the ones that will forward the signal to the central station monitoring service. - Back To Top

     

     

     

    What carrier frequency does the GSMV use?

    The GSMV uses the same GSM frequency that the GSMX4G uses. They work with the same towers that carry the signal for companies like AT&T or T-Mobile. If you have great AT&T service in your area then this would a good match for a communicator for your Vista system - Back To Top

     

     

     

    Can I insert my own SIM card into this device?

    You will not be able to use your own SIM card. Just as with all other Honeywell cellular communicators; the SIM cards come locked to the communicators they come with. No other cards may be used. You will have to activate this through an authorized Honeywell dealer like us. - Back To Top

     

     

     

    VISTA-GSM4G for Vista 21iP

     

     

     

    Can you use the Vista-GSM4G for self-monitoring?

    No. The Vista-GSM4G, like all Honeywell cellular radios, can only be used to trasmit signal to a central station monitoring company or to use Honeywell's Total Connect monitoring service. Honeywell's Alarmnet division is who will take the signal coming from your panel and forward it to whatever central station you're using. - Back To Top

     

     

     

    What carrier frequency does the Vista-GSM4G use?

    The Vista-GSM4G uses the same carrier frequency as a company like AT&T or T-Mobile would use so if these carriers have good service in your area then you'll want to use this for your Vista system. - Back To Top

     

     

     

    How do you wire the Vista-GSM4G into a Vista panel?

    The Vista-GSM4G doesn't actually wire into the panel per say. You will connect the Vista-GSM4G to the main control board with a connector chip and the antenna will poke up through one of the cabinet's knock-out holes. - Back To Top

     

     

     

    What Vista panels can you use the Vista-GSM4G with?

    The Vist-GSM4G can only be used with the Honeywell Vista 21ip control panels. The Vista-GSM4G connects to the main 21ip board by use of a connector chip. The Vista-GSM4G will connect to the on-board IP communicator of the Vista 21ip. - Back To Top

     

     

     

    SEM for Vista

     

     

     

    How do I know if my Honeywell Vista 15P/20P is compatible with the Alarm.com System Enhancement Module (SEM)?

    The SEM works on any Vista 15P or 20P that was manufactured in 2005 or later. If you’re unsure about when the panel was produced, it is relatively easy to find. You’ll want to go to the main Vista circuit board and locate the square black plastic processor near the middle of the board. On there you should see some writing printed. Go to the last line and the first thing that you see is the year that the panel was manufactured. - Back To Top

     

     

     

    How is the Alarm.com SEM for Vista wired?

    Always make sure that the system is powered down to avoid any accidents. Then you will wire the GND on the SEM to terminal 4 on the Vista. Next Green goes to terminal 6. Then Yellow connects to terminal number 7. Finally the SEM comes with a red wire with an attached fuse and battery terminal connector. You’ll connect the +12V on the SEM directly to the positive (red) backup battery terminal. The connector will allow for the Vista panel to connect to the backup battery as well. - Back To Top

     

     

     

    What’s the installation and programming steps for the Alarm.com SEM for Vista?
    1. Ideally, you’ll do this before you order: verify that your Vista was produced in 2005 or later.
    2. After you receive the module and have ordered your Alarm.com service, you’ll want to contact us with the module’s IMEI and your panel’s installer code so that we can activate the module to facilitate the proper installation process. Please give at least 1 full business day for this activation.
    3. While you’re waiting for the device to be activated, you can make sure that address 23 is enabled and not being used by a keypad. Go into programming with your installer code followed by 800. Then enter *199, 10, and then *99 to exit programming.
    4. Mount and wire the SEM. Make sure that you remove the AC and backup battery before wiring. The trick here is that the +12V of the SEM needs to be connected directly to the positive terminal of the backup battery using the included red wire and fuse.
    5. Power the system up. After starting up, the keypad should start scrolling through the panel settings and zones. DO NOT touch the keypad. This is how the SEM detects and transmits the panel’s programming to Alarm.com. The keypad will display the main home screen. Continue to wait. After about 3 minutes you should hear a beep.
    6. Next you’ll need to change the master code so that Alarm.com can see that and use it for your interactive commands. To do this you can use installer code + 802 + master code.
    7. If you have user codes programmed and you want to be able to manage them through the Alarm.com interface, you’ll need to delete them out and then program them back in. This is the only way that the SEM can recognize user codes. It won’t be able to see any existing user codes. - Back To Top