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Honeywell Vista Series 15P, 20P, and 21IP Alpha Zone Programming

Honeywell Vista Series 15P, 20P, and 21IP Alpha Zone Programming

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Custom program the zone labels in your Honeywell security system to a name rather than have those non descript zone numbers with the help of this video!



Hey, everybody. Jon Boroughs from alarmsystemstore.com. Welcome back to another tech support video on the Honeywell Vista series control panels. And this one, we're gonna be showing you how to do alphanumeric programming for your keypads. Basically, we'll take you through a programming zone notice, *82. This is where you will program in alpha labels for each one of your zones. So basically you can tell, you know, if zone 1 is the front door, zone 2 is the kitchen window, zone 3, maybe living room motion. You can label all your zones, it makes it real easy for, you you don't have to remember a lot, you don't have to write down your zone list on your panel door. It would help to keep that list just in case you have to go back and reprogram stuff. But doing alpha descriptors on your keypad, like an alphanumeric 6160 keypad, is very helpful to take some of the guesswork about which zones are open or closed or what have you.

So we're gonna go back to the panel on the wall in the tech room and I'm gonna show you how to go about doing this. So if you follow me, we'll get started. All right, ladies and gentlemen, we're back at the control panel. and right now we're going to do the *82 alpha programming. I prefer to do it this way because you can just go through it real quick. You get your zone setup and *56, you know, I know it asks you at the end of the zone if you want to program the Alpha or not, but I just find it easier this way. You can just shoot right down the list, you don't have to worry about going through all the other zone information to get to this section. So I do this in *82, and as you see right now, our keypad is displaying a system low battery. That's because I don't have a battery hooked up. That's not gonna stop us from going into programming.

So to go back into programming, you enter your installer code. Now remember, we, last video we switched this installer code from the default to another one. It was 4113, then you hit 800 to get into programming. You will see your installer code 20 being displayed like I said in the last video, that is the first programming section you will land on when you first get into programming. Your programming manual you'll get with this system, take a look at it, get familiar with it, this section that we're gonna be doing is *82, you can see here. In my manual, it's on page 28, it may be on a different page in your manual. Some of them have different versions, but you'll be able to find it. It's usually like towards the back of the book.

So what we're gonna do is we're gonna go to *82 and this will straight up ask us if we wanna program alpha. And 0 for 1, 0 for "No" and 1 for "Yes". So we're going, we want to, so we hit 1 for yes, asks us next for custom words. Do we want to make custom words for a zone? In the vocabulary list for this system, as you can see here, there are a ton of words for this system as far as a vocabulary go. Now, you can make your own words but there's a ton of them in here already. To do...I'll show you how to do that after we do standard alpha programming. So for right now, we're gonna hit 0 for no. Then it flashes up on the screen, gives you the zone number, asterisks and the zone number, basically. And from here, to go and start programming your alpha, you will go to *01. You hit star and then the zone number, and the cursor will move over to the right, and it will allow you to begin to enter your information.

Now as you can see here, these words have numbers next to them. Our zone number 1 is a door. So we're gonna make this front door. You'll go through your vocabulary list, see if there is a word in the vocabulary list that says, "Front," which there is, and number next to it is what tells the panel what word it is. To enter the word, you will hit pound, and then for front, it's 085. And as you can see, it displays "Front." To move on to the next word, now these alpha descriptors, you can put three words per zone.

To move to the next word, you hit six to save that one, moves the cursor to your next line and is waiting for you to input the next word. So this is going to be our front door. Go through the vocabulary list again and there is a word in the vocabulary list for door. It is listed under 057. So to enter in "Door," you hit #057. So now we have front door. Now there is one more work space but we don't need it. So you can either hit six to move to that next space and then six again to exit, or you can hit eight to exit, and that saves it, basically. Now we need to do our next zone. So go ahead and enter in *02. That moves us to zone 2s descriptor. Zone 2, as you remember from the last video, was a window. Now, we're gonna make this a living room window, that's three words, living room window. Go through your vocabulary list and there is a word there that says, "Living." To enter, and it's 113, so enter #11, oops, back up, we're in a program alpha yes, custom's no, *02. then you want to enter pound. Oh, have a few problems here folks, bear with me. *02, and then *02, it will move it over. Now we hit #113, living. Hit six to moved in the next word space. Look down your list and find "Room." Have #162, there's room, hit six to move to the next one word space, and then we will find window which is 217, so #217. So now we have a living room window. Hit six to save that.

Now you can move on to your next zone. So hit *03, *03, and now we're ready to label that motion detector that's on zone 3. So let's call this "Kitchen." There is a word for kitchen in here and it is under 105. So enter in #105, puts the word kitchen there. Hit six to move to the next space. Then we need to find motion which is word number 131, so we hit #131, puts the word "Motion" there. Hit six to move into the next word, and then detector which is word number 052, so enter in #052, and six to save that. Now, that's basically how you go through simple alphanumeric programming for your zones.

Let's go back, let's go back to, let's say 01, if we wanna label...let's say we want to label the door that's on zone 1 something different, we hit pound to go back to where it says program alpha, we do wanna program alpha, and then custom words, we want to hit 1 for yes. We're gonna make this "Billiards room door." And there is no word in the vocabulary list for billiards. So it asks for custom word, which custom word do you wanna edit? We'll type in 01, hits, and then it drops down so you can start programming your word.

Now for custom words, you'll have to do, input these in one letter at a time. And to do that, at the bottom of the  vocabulary list you will see a listing of numbers associated with individual letters. You will find each letter, and to enter each letter, you will have to put pound and then the number of that letter. So B is 66, so we hit #66, puts a B there, hit six to move to the next space. I which is 73, so hit #73. Move to the next space by hitting six. L is 76, so #76, hit six to move to the next space. Then we do #76 again for another l. Six to move to the next space. #73 for an I. Hit six to move to the next space. #65 for an A, six to move to the next space. And then #82 for an R, six to move to the next space. #68 for a D, six to move to the next space. And then a #83 for an S. Now after that's done, you hit your 8 to save that. It goes back to custom, which custom do you wanna edit? We don't need to edit anymore, so hit 00, goes back to asking you if you wanna program alpha again. We hit 1 for yes because we're going to change zone 1's alpha descriptor. Custom words, we already did that, we don't need to do that again, hit zero.

So now we're back at "* Zn 01 FRONT DOOR." Now what we're gonna do is hit *01, clears out the current alpha descriptor in that zone. And to do your custom word, as you notice in your vocabulary chart here, this column right here has numbers especially set aside for your custom words. Custom word number one is number 245. So we will put in #245, now it displays "Billiards," the one that we put in the custom board space. Hit six to go on to the next word. Now we want room and there is a word for room in the vocabulary list, it is #162, hit six to move to the next word. And now we want door. Door is 057, so enter #057, it puts...this is only a two-line display keypad. It puts the first letter of the third word in there because it's not gonna let you see anything else than that. But after you enter that, hit six to save it.

Now, we will go ahead and back out of here by hitting *00, ask you if you wanna program alpha, I don't wanna do any more right now, so hit zero for no. Then ask you to enter in star or pound, what we're gonna do now is exit. So I enter in *99 to exit programming, takes us back to our main display on the screen. And what I'm going to do here is show you what it displays. Says "Hit * for faults," and now we have, "FAULT 01 BILLIARDS ROOM DOOR." That's how you do the alpha descriptor programming on this system. I mean, we could go more into depth but I think you get the general hint of how to do it. If you need help with this, give us a call, we'd be glad to walk you through it. And I wish you the best of luck with this. You can do a by labeling your system. It'll help you clear up some confusion about what the zones are.

Our next video will be on changing user codes, adding user codes. So give that a watch and I'll talk to you guys soon, have a great day.

And that's how you alpha program on a Honeywell Vista serious panel through a 6160 or equivalent alphanumeric keypad. Pretty easy to do if you just take a little patience. If you have any questions on it, be sure to give us a call, 888-811-0727, choose option 2 on the phone menu and the tech department will be glad to help you out.

Now, the alpha numeric key pad, very important to have when you're programming this system. Be sure you have at least one. If you don't, there's gonna be a lot of hair tearing out and cursing, trust me. I've tried to program with a fixed numeric keypad like a 6150 and it is very frustrating. So make sure you have at least one alphanumeric keypad. 6160 or equivalent. The touchscreen keypads also have a virtual alphanumeric mode where you can program through them as well so those will work too.

Next time, when we come back for another video, we'll be showing you how to do adding, removing, and deleting user codes on a Honeywell Vista system. So be sure to check that out. That pretty much wraps it up for today, folks. So thanks for being with me. Jon Boroughs, alarmsystemstore.com. Check us out next time and have a great day.