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Honeywell Vista Series 15P, 20P, and 21IP Basic Wiring

Honeywell Vista Series 15P, 20P, and 21IP Basic Wiring

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Wiring a Honeywell security system can seem intimidating at first glance but it's really not hard. Take a look at this video to see how simple it can be.


Hey, everybody, Jon Boroughs here with Alarm System Store, and today we're gonna be working on Honeywell VISTA panel wiring. So what I'm gonna do is I'm gonna go over to the panel on the wall here at the shop and I'm gonna run you through wiring in the transformer, a keypad, two smokes, two-wire and a four-wire variety, a door contact and a motion sensor. So I'm just gonna show you a little bit about how to wire these into the zones on the board and proper placement of resistors and also specialized wiring for the four-wire smokes so you can do the smoke resets. So let's go over to the panel on the wall and take a look and we'll get started.

All right, here we are at the VISTA-20P panel on the wall here to shop and I've got the door off of it and, you know, we've got a couple of things that we were wiring in before. But I've tried to strip it down so you can see what it looks like without stuffing it already. And the first thing is I'm gonna is I'm gonna hook up the power transformer. And I've got these two wires here running down to a Honeywell transformer. So what I'm gonna do is I'm going to take these wires and run them through to the knockout hole on the side. And what we're gonna do is we're gonna bring them to terminals 1 and 2 on the board.

On a Honeywell VISTA panel, there is no polarity, so you can wire the black and red to whatever those two terminals you want. Terminals one and two on the far left side. So we're just gonna stick these wires in here underneath the screw terminals, trying to get them in there. All right. And then once we got the wires in there, just tighten them down so they're nice and secure. Don't over tighten the screws because you will strip them out. Just make sure they're nice and snug.

Before I plug that transformer in, what I'm gonna do next is I'm going to wire in a keypad, and the keypad is a 6160 keypad alphanumeric. And what you do is you all ran wires from your keypad to terminals four, five, six, and seven inside the panel. Just run our wire through that hole and separate out these wires. So, your negative wire is going to go to terminal four. So we're gonna take the black one, open up terminal four, stick that wire in there, close that down, and we would take the red wire and put it in five. Open it up. Now tighten it down. And then our green and yellow wires are going to go to five or six and seven. So you'll want your green wire in six.

So we'll go ahead and grab the green wire, stick it up under terminal six and tighten that down. And terminal seven will get the yellow wire. Go and tighten that down. We will be coming back to terminal five when we hook up the smoke. So, this will show you what to do at that point.

So the first thing I'm going to wire into this system will be a two-wire smoke. And two-wire smokes always go on zone one on a Honeywell VISTA panel. If you have more than one two-wire smoke, you're just going to run all these together on zone one. They cannot be zoned out individually.

So as you see here, I have a two-wire smoke and I have placed the resistor at the device across the two terminals. You will do this with your resistors. They go at the item itself instead of in the panel. If you want to a deeper explanation about resistors and how you use them, check out Jason's video. I'm gonna put a link down here at the bottom screen so you can go check that out. I'm not gonna go in-depth on resistors, he already did. So check his video out for more information. And what I've done is I've taken the black and red wires. I've taken the red wire to the positive, to the first positive here. I have taken a negative to this last terminal, which is the negative. And then I ran a resistor in parallel between these two.

So what I'm gonna do is I'm gonna take the other end of these wires and I am going to take them over to terminals eight and nine, which is zone one on the Honeywell VISTA system. Just make sure those screws are out there. Stick both wires, stick one wire under eight and the other wire under nine, and then tighten those screws down. And there you have it. Two-wire smoke wired into the panel on zone one. Normally, open devices such as smokes and heats will be ran in parallel as opposed to other devices that are normally closed which you will run in series.

Next thing I am going to hook into this system will be a door contact. You see it here, just a simple surface mount door contact. And as you see, I have taken the resistor and ran it in series with one of the wires at the actual device itself. So you never want to put them in the panel. What we'll do is we'll take... So I've got the green and yellow wires here on this door contact and I'm gonna come down at the other end here, find my green and yellow wires, and I will put those on terminals 10 and 11 for zone 2. So go ahead and get these wires up under these terminals and then screw them down securely. Nice and snug, not too tight. So there you have it. Door contact on zone two.

The next one I'm gonna put in here is a power device, and this will have four wires. This is IS2535 from Honeywell. And what I've got here is I've got the two power wires, the black and red, going to these two terminal the inside. Now we've got the zone wires over here on the normally closed and common. And on the normally closed terminal, the green wire, I have added my resistor, and it is in series with that one wire. So this is normally close so it'll run in series with one of the wires.

So what we're gonna do first with this motion detector, since it has four wires, is we are gonna take the black and red wires and we are gonna run them to terminals four and five. So we'll go here, open up for a little bit so we can get this wire in here, stick the wire up underneath there, screw it down again, and then we will go to terminal five. Open that up just a little bit so we get the wire in, put the wire in and screw it down. And we will take the other two wires hopefully. I just stretched out the wires out a little bit, and then we'll take the other two wires.

Didn't matter about polarity on the zone wires. You can do them whichever way you want. So this time let's take the yellow one up underneath 12, open it up a little bit more so we can get in...ah, here we go. And then the green wire, we're going to do under 13. And there you go. We've got a motion detector wired into zone three with the power wires going back to terminals four and five and your resistor at the device. So we'll just let that hang here.

The last one we're going to do is a four-wire smoke. Now the four-wire smokes, you can take these in and zone them out on their own individual zones. But, to do a reset for these smokes, you'll have to do a little bit of special wiring. As you can see from the four-wire smoke I have here, I have it wired with the positive, the red wire on the first positive terminal, and the black wire on the negative terminal. And then I have my normally open and common terminals here with the green and yellow wires.

I've taken a resistor and run in parallel between the two posts here. Since it is a normally open device, the resistor will be in parallel between the two posts.

So, first thing we're gonna do, I'm gonna take this and I'm gonna wire it, the green and yellow zone, to zone number four. So I'll just take my yellow in terminal 14 and I will stick my green in terminal 15. Actually, I'm sorry I got mixed up. Thirteen...zones 3 and 4 share terminal 13, so we're gonna put the green in 13. My apologies.

So we'll open up 13 again, stick that other wire under there, close that up. So now we have devices on zones one through four. I'm just gonna wrap some of these wires back so they're not interfering with things.

What you do with your power wires on these four-wire smokes, to get the reset we'll have to run off the trigger pins. So you're gonna take your positive wire and run it back to terminal five. So open up five a little bit, stick that wire in there, close it down. And what I've done is I run the negative wire together with this wiring harness.

Now, I know a lot of you out there in YouTube land are probably going to comment on this video and be like, "That's not the proper harness to use." This will work for demonstration purposes. What you'll usually use is a TR4120 for your trigger pins. You're going to plug this into the trigger pins on the VISTA-20P which are located right above the terminals to the right of the heat sink, and your negative wire is going to go to the first pin on this row, which is trigger pin 17.

When you get a smoke alarm on this zone, what it's gonna do is, because it is trigger pin wiring in the program, if you will do for it, is it will drop power on your four-wire smokes just long enough to reset them, then it'll bring it back up. So that's how you have to do it. You have to run your positive terminal 5 and then your negative wires are all gonna connect onto this wire for trigger pin 17.

If you have any problems getting the wires under these terminals, if you got a lot of wires, I would recommend our BT600 wiring block. Basically what it does is it's got six terminals, and then you will wire to this terminal block and then you're only gonna have to wire two wires from the terminal block to your panel. So it saves a lot of space. It's pretty nifty to use. It saves a lot of mess in the panel. You can organize that a little bit better. And there's a link for it down here at the bottom of the screen if you wanna check it out.

But that's it for wiring and resistance usage, you know, from your transformer, to your keypad, to your devices. So I hope you learned something from this, and we'll go back over and I'll take you out. All right, that's how it's done. If you guys have any other questions about how to do this, feel free to give us a call on our toll-free line 888-811-0721, or you can visit our website at alarmsystemstore.com and check out our knowledge base. We have great videos there for your knowledge and also wiring and schematic and programming guides. Check that out. It will be really helpful for you. And like I say, if you need help give us a call. Jon Boroughs with Alarm System Store. Thanks, guys, have a great day.