Newbie tips and tricks for installing a security system?

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Old 11-08-15, 02:52 PM
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Newbie tips and tricks for installing a security system?

Hi folks just ordered the Honeywell Vista 21ip system and plan to install in the next couple weeks.

Any beginner tips and tricks or advice for a newbie to this? It looks straight forward attached the sensor wires from the control panel to the sensors but I am sure I will miss something.

So I thought I would ask for any advice first!

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Old 11-08-15, 03:28 PM
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Are you installing on an existing prewire?

The big recommendation I make, is to dummy load your zone inputs with the EOL resistors to do your programming first. That way you keep you programming separate from any troubleshooting of the field wiring.
 
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Yes, existing prewire but no current alarm system.

To make this as simple as possible - i got the 4219 expansion module - so each window or door will have its own zone. Overkill but I thought this would be easier - and maybe beneficial in the future to know which window or door was triggered.

My plan is to go 1 sensor/zone at a time. So hook up the wires, program, and then test. Probably more time consuming - but I thought this would be the best route for me.

Any concerns with this approach?
 
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Program the zones and then connect the contacts. The keypad chime will let you know all is well in the connection process.
 
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Program zones as NC [Normally Closed] in *56 and leave out the resistors -- don't need them [unless you are doing life safety devices]. Just use a wire jumper if you want to separate the programming and wiring aspects. NC on 4219 also -- dipswitch 7 'on'.


mount the 4219 inside the 21ip can [it's made to be mounted inside],
address the alpha keypad as 16,
strip the sheathing on the wires back about 4-6 inches,
don't cut wires to length, leave some extra [just in case],
double up wiring where possible [use all conductors],
label wires,
program alpha descriptors,
verify the 'sensors' ARE, in fact, sensors and not 'dummy plugs'.
 

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