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Moving to IP monitoring - advice please
« on: July 19, 2018, 06:55:56 AM »
We currently have a Vista 15P with (I think) a 6150 keypad. Not sure how to ID the keypad?
It is hooked to our POTS phone line and monitored by an alarm company.
What I would like to do is move to a VoIP system for my phone, and then self monitor the alarm via the Internet.
The VoIP move is what prompted the alarm system change.
I have gone through the box and identified all the wiring, it is pretty basic - 2 door contacts, 2 motion sensors, a tamper and a freeze sensor, each in their own zone.
What I am considering is adding an Envisalink4 to the system and then cancelling my monitoring.
I have never programmed an alarm system, but I am techy and have done software programming, home wiring, built computers, etc.
I understand the limitations of self monitoring over the Internet.
What I am trying to determine is:
  • Is this viable and what issues might I face?
  • Is there a lot of programming to do, and would I need a new keypad to do it?
  • Would I be better off just getting and setting up a new DSC system? Could I use existing sensors?
Appreciate any advice. I have been Googling and researching forums for a bit, and pretty sure I can do this, but have also "heard" that doing a DSC system might be easier. I am saving $300/year CAD if I cancel monitoring, so I am not worried about spending a little money.

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Re: Moving to IP monitoring - advice please
« Reply #1 on: July 19, 2018, 01:30:21 PM »
Sound like you’re exactly the right kind of guy that would be able to program your Vista 15P

There are some very good YouTube videos that walk you through programming.  Search YouTube. Search YouTube for “honeywell vista 20p programming” and view the videos from Bounder97

You would need an Alpha keypad like a 6160.  Just replace your 6150 with it.

Envisalink is a great product. Easy to install.
Here’s the EVL instructions
http://forum.eyez-on.com/FORUM/download/file.php?id=170&sid=9010fe440ce0922d3ea3d3b1a0fc5430




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Re: Moving to IP monitoring - advice please
« Reply #3 on: July 19, 2018, 04:32:28 PM »
Awesome - thanks!
I assume I have a 6150 - how could I tell?
They are likely the "standard" keypad for a residential system?
So you are suggesting there would be no real reason not to just keep my Vista 15P?
The only thing that I have read is that some alarm companies lock them out if they stop monitoring?
I guess if that happens I just go with a DSC?

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Re: Moving to IP monitoring - advice please
« Reply #4 on: July 19, 2018, 08:45:21 PM »
Just google the items and your questions will be answered.
Able1 is a twit.  Correction, Twit is too mild a term.

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Re: Moving to IP monitoring - advice please
« Reply #5 on: July 22, 2018, 09:23:08 AM »
Awesome - thanks!
I assume I have a 6150 - how could I tell?
They are likely the "standard" keypad for a residential system?
So you are suggesting there would be no real reason not to just keep my Vista 15P?
The only thing that I have read is that some alarm companies lock them out if they stop monitoring?
I guess if that happens I just go with a DSC?

Your choice if your 15P is locked out.

All your hard wired contacts, smoke detectors and motion detectors should be compatible with any brand.

My daughter had a monitored 15P and when she bought the house the company remotely cancelled it. It was not locked out. I was able to reprogram it fine.

Personally if I had a 15P that was locked out I’d buy a 20P, and use the same metal case/can and just swap the board. All wires will connect to the same screw contacts so that makes the swap easy.

I actually replaced the DSC in my current home with a 20P since I was very familiar with programming the Vista. I used all the existing hard wired contacts. 


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Re: Moving to IP monitoring - advice please
« Reply #6 on: July 22, 2018, 09:41:50 AM »
Here are pictures of 6150 and 6160.

The 6160 display is an Ahpha display






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Re: Moving to IP monitoring - advice please
« Reply #7 on: July 22, 2018, 09:42:17 AM »
Perfect - thanks again for your helpful posts!

 

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