|Item Weight||7 pounds|
|Product Dimensions||15.2 x 13.1 x 3.9 inches|
|Item model number||VISTA-20P|
|Item Package Quantity||1|
VISTA20P - Ademco 8 Zone Control Panel
|Price:||$58.25 & FREE Shipping. Details|
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- Honeywell Ademco Vista 20P 8 Zone Control Panel expands to a 48 zone home security system
- Total Connect alarm monitoring gives customers the ability to protect their home and family
- Works with Honeywell Ademco accessories for flood, freeze, burglary, fire, smoke and CO detection
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I have a background as both a computer software and hardware engineer. I installed my own professional system in a different house many years ago. Even with my background, it still took me numerous hours to setup and program this system, along with a few questions in an alarm forum.
The system I installed years ago had a computer interface with a program specific to the unit I had. That was a much easier setup. All of my programming was on the 6160RF keypad. The is a new keypad out (6260) which is supposed to have some programming aids built in, but I could not find anyone who had actually used one.
The documentation is helpful in some areas and non-existant in others.
Again, this system is sold expecting that it will be installed by a professional alarm installer. It is a good piece of hardware, but there are much better choices for a total novice.
If you are getting one, here are my recommendations:
1. Get the RF option on the keypad even if you think you will not need any RF devices. The difference in cost is small and you will likely find out later that you do want one or more RF sensors.
2. Get a 7 ah battery rather than the 4 most people include in the kits. It will take longer to die of old age and last longer under load. Again the cost difference should be small.
3. Get an outside horn (#702). The Wave2 that most people sell is not fully weather proof and is not loud enough to wake up the neighbors. Use the Wave2 inside as a second horn.
4. Include fire detectors in your system. If you have both burg and fire, you will get a very large discount on your homeowners insurance. My discount pays for all my monitoring costs. Also it is good protection to have the fire department called if there is a fire when you are not home.
On the physical side, I was able to re-use the existing wiring and Honeywell branded wireless sensors, but the speaker, keypad, and wireless receiver all had to be replaced. I paired this with a 6162 keypad, a WAVE-2 siren, and a 5881 wireless receiver. If I could do it again I would have probably went with the 6162rf keypad, since it has a RF receiver built in and my sensors are all relatively close to the unit. On the wiring side, you need to be comfortable stripping wire and using screw terminals, and for new installs there is the issue of routing wires through the wall for the power, keypad, and siren -- everything else can be wireless if desired.
A keypad that supports Vista Intelligent Programming, such as one of the 616X series keypads, is essential. The control unit shipped to me had a v10.x firmware, so I was set under the requirement to have version 9.18 or higher to use the menu programming. In line with other comments, the programming menu is more oriented towards installers and requires navigating through several menus, but I was able to complete basic programming and enable ~5 wired and wireless zones over an afternoon by following along with online guides and YouTube videos. There are some great YouTube videos that basically walk from initial start up to configuring and naming a few zones.Read more ›
I agree with the previous reviewer's comment about 'not for the amateur' because of the steep learning curve when programming the 20P system. I am a previous hardware engineer with some software experience. I did a lot of Honeywell document reading and some internet searching to learn how to program the system, but once the proper commands were entered, everything works as it should. Not all of the programming info is located in a single document, so one must search. After finishing the programming, including authenticating ten detectors and four wireless key fob's, I have a high level of confidence in this Honeywell system. It is interesting to watch the 6160RF alphanumeric display while others are tripping the motion detectors and opening doors. It displays the customized zone name in addition to the zone number, which is a nice touch. My main suggestion for improvement would be to offer a simple step-by-step guide for programming, contained within a single document.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Great Board. Works just as it should. I upgraded my 1998 vista 20se with this one and the speed is a huge increase on arm/disarm.Published 11 days ago by Scott
This was easy to install. I have my system up and running 100% now. This system replaced my broken Namco system.Published 17 days ago by DJ
I installed this system after researching and finding out my old ADT panel "locked" was a rebranded version of the vista 20p. Read morePublished 25 days ago by Amazon Customer
Works Great: I've tested every zone with both resistors and actual sensors, have not experienced a problem. Read morePublished 29 days ago by justme
Ordered as replacement for 16 y.o. ADT Safewatch Pro 2000 (rebrand of Ademco Vista 20SE). Straightforward replacement, with existing hardware leads easily matching up to same... Read morePublished 3 months ago by JSmart
The system works just as advertised. Everything came properly packaged and worked first time.Published 4 months ago by Texas