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VISTA20P - Ademco 8 Zone Control Panel

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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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Product Description

Pattern Name: Vista-20P

The high capacity, feature-rich VISTA-20P lets you deliver more value to your customers on each and every sale with up to 48 zones of protection, Internet uploading/downloading, graphic keypad support and dual partitions. VISTA-20P gives you the ability to send alarm signals and upload/download via an Internet Protocol (IP), improving the speed at which information can be delivered to and from the control panel. In addition, the VISTA-20P, used with an AlarmNet Internet or digital communicator can be installed in premises without TELCO lines with no sacrifice in functionality. The panel's installation advantages, innovative end-user benefits and robust system capacity make the value-priced VISTA-20P an ideal choice for higher end installations.

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Pattern Name:Vista-20P

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Part Number VISTA-20P
Item Weight 7 pounds
Product Dimensions 15.2 x 13.1 x 3.9 inches
Item model number VISTA-20P
Pattern Vista-20P
Item Package Quantity 1
Batteries Included? No

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ASIN B000H05W9C
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4.7 out of 5 stars 77 customer reviews

4.7 out of 5 stars
Best Sellers Rank #89 in Home Improvement > Safety & Security > Home Security & Surveillance > Home Security Systems
Shipping Weight 7 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
Date First Available October 2, 2001

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Design: Vista-20P Verified Purchase
I bought this box (on Amazon) as a kit along with many of the other pieces I needed to construct a full system.

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.
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Design: Vista-20P Verified Purchase
I purchased this to replace a proprietary system,installed by a prior homeowner, that had been inactive for several years. With a little bit of Google research of of the model number it was clear that the old unit had been manufactured by Honeywell. I was interested in self monitoring and did not want to commit to an expensive, multi-year contract to re-activate the old system. The Vista system seemed well recommended as a neutral platform.

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.
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By John on May 20, 2014
Design: Vista-20P Verified Purchase
Compared to my old alarm system, the Vista 20P has proven to be much more reliable. I'm using it with a 6160RF keypad / transceiver, which is centrally located within the house. For entry detection, I use four door-mounted wireless 5816's and six 5800PIR wireless motion detectors, which have operated flawlessly thus far. No missed transmitted signals and no false alarms. I was having to put up with those occasional problems on my old system, but no more. The Vista 20P control panel and associated accessories seem to be well designed and reasonably priced. Mine did come with a 4AH battery, but I had already ordered a Yuasa NP7-12 7AH battery, so I used it instead. I added a 4204 relay board inside the 20P cabinet so that I could disable two garage door openers and light up an alarm status LED when the system is armed. Everything works well.

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.
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