Honeywell Vista 128BPT Panel - Upgrading Firmware to Latest version

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Old 02-24-17, 05:23 PM
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Honeywell Vista 128BPT Panel - Upgrading Firmware to Latest version

I just purchased a Honeywell Vista 128BPT panel to replace my Vista 20p panel. The firmware version is 10.03. I believe firmware version 12.x is available with the latest Vista 128BPT panels. Does anyone know how to upgrade the panel firmware to the latest version? I know with the Vista 20p panel you can purchase the EPROM chip. Can you do the same thing with the Vista 128BPT panel?

One more thing, in the Vista 20p panel, I an using zone type 12 "24 hour monitor" to monitor my overhead garage doors. In the Vista 128BPT panel, I cannot find a corresponding zone type in the Vista 128BPT panel.
 
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With Vista panels, you have to change the chip. That said, for the V-128, there's really not much functionality to be gained by the change in firmware.

Since the V-128 is a commercial system, they simply didn't include features that don't meet commercial installation standards (UL standards). That monitor zone type, is one such.
 
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So how do I get the new firmware for the Vista 128BPT panel? I would like to be on the latest firmware version.

Additionally, what zone type would you recommend to monitor overhead garage doors in a Vista 128BPT panel?
 
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I would go with Entry/Exit 2, set a decent delay interval in programming location *11 and *12 and select the force arming option in zone programming.
 
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Ok.. How about the question about firmware upgrade for the Vista 128BPT panel? What is the process?
 
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Here are my settings. Please confirm.

✱ 11 ENTRY DELAY #2 = 15 [Max - 3 minutes 45 seconds]
✱ 12 EXIT DELAY #2 = 15 [Max - 3 minutes 45 seconds]

Zone Programming:

Zone Type: 02 = Entry/Exit #2
Arm w/Fault? 1 (Yes)
Force Arming? 1 (Yes)
Vent Zone? 0
Stay Mode: 0
Auto-Stay: 0
Silent? 0
ByPass Group: 00:
Tamper Option: 0
 
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Ok, I may have misunderstood what you want this overhead door to do.

What, exactly, do you want to happen with this overhead door?

(The only way to change the firmware is to remove the main IC chip and replace it with another with the firmware you want. Again, unless you are experiencing a problem with a keypad or add-on module, there is no practical benefit)
 
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I would like the behavior to mimic the behavior of a zone type 12 "24 hour monitor" where when the door goes up, I get a trouble alarm on the keypad. I will still be able to arm the system with the trouble alarm. I am open to whatever you suggest.

As far as the firmware upgrade, where can I purchase the main IC chip for the Vista 128BPT? I noticed they sell the chip for the Vista 20p on Ebay, but have not found the chip for the 128BPT anywhere.
 
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Short of a lucky find on ebay, they don't actually sell the firmware chips as a separate item. Because field revisions like that actually void the UL listing on the alarm control; professional installers, simply don't swap the chips.

You can't _really_ duplicate that functionality with this system. The best you will get is zone type 5, with Vent and Vent re-arm turned on:

"Provides an instant alarm if faulted when armed in the Away, Stay, Night-Stay, Instant or Maximum (night) modes.
During the disarmed state (day), the system will provide a latched trouble
sounding from the keypad (and a central station report, if desired)"
 
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With zone type 5, it does not give me the vent zone option. Only zone type 3 (Perimeter) gives me this option. So what do you suggest?
 
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For the overhead garage doors here is how I configured the zone:

Zone Type: 03 (Perimeter)
Vent Zone: 1 (YES)
Vent Re-Arm? 1 (YES)
Stay Mode: 0 (None)
Auto-Stay: 0 (No)

Let me know what you think.
 
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Does it work close enough for what you are after? That's the only part that matters.
 
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To get the latest firmware, buy an entire new circuit board.

Is it silly to have to do this? Yes! (But that is the way things are...)
 
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It seems silly, but the simple reality is that firmware versions in intrusion alarm systems really don't change much of anything at the installer/end user level.
 
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It is working OK.. What other option do I have other than a Vent Zone?
 
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Here's the programming manual:
http://site.geoarm.com/pdfs/Honeywel...ing-manual.pdf

Installer manual:
http://alarmhow.net/manuals/Ademco/C...n%20Manual.pdf

The zone type list is on page 4-6 of the installer manual.
 
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I have both of the manuals.

The vent zone is not meeting my requirements. When I arm the system in the AWAY mode to leave the house, the system is counting down in the AWAY mode. As soon as I open the garage down, an immediate alarm occurs during AWAY countdown. The garage down must be open before I arm the system in the AWAY mode in order for the vent zone to work correctly. This is not meeting my needs.

I tried the zone type 08 - 24 hour Auxiliary Alarm and it does not meet my needs as well. Everything the garage down goes up, there is an alarm on my keypad and I have to clear the alarm in order for the sound to go away.

So, right now I am trying zone type 06 - 24 hour Silent Alarm. I am self-monitored using the EnvisaLink EVL-4 module and I get an alarm when the garage down goes up; however; there is no silent trouble notification on the keypads. That is what I am missing that would make this the perfect solution.

Please help!!!
 
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The list of zones is what you have to work with. There is no hidden command or backdoor hack.
 
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