This is the Honeywell starter kit you'll need to begin your Honeywell security system. The included 6160RF keypad provides both a custom alpha display necessary for system programming and a built-in wireless receiver for wireless device capability.
Initial Power Up The first time power-up of a Honeywell system can be confusing to a newbie, this guide will show how simple it can be.
System Programming All professional security systems have tons of programming options, the vast majority of which can (and should) be left at their factory settings. This guide will tell you exactly which settings need your attention.
Wireless Device Programming Wireless accessories are a huge part of most security systems. This guide will explain how to enroll wireless accessories into your Honeywell system.
An average system would be the V20P60RFK kit with the included motion detector plus door contacts on all accessible doors.
An above average system would be the V20P60RFk kit with door contacts and a few motion detectors.
What should your system be? As a do-it-yourselfer that's a question you get to decide. The links below will give you inside info on how to incorporate various accessories into your new or existing Honeywell security system.
The Honeywell Vista 20P is a wireless capable panel, but it requires the addition a wireless receiver to enable to communicate with wireless devices. Our V20P60RFK kit includes a 6160RF keypad that has an internal high capacity wireless receiver built into it. If you've purchased a kit elsewhere that doesn't already have a wireless receiver you'll need to purchase either a stand-alone receiver or one of the wireless capable keypads listed below.
Modern wireless devices offer outstanding reliability with their long-lasting lithium batteries that last years between changings. Their up front cost is more than their wired counterparts, but when their ease of installation is taken into consideration they're a true bargain. I've made a Vista 20P wireless device programming guide here....the wireless devices listed below are fully compatible with the instructions given in the guide.
Unlike wireless devices, wired devices aren't proprietary to a make or model of security panel. Put simply, if you're replacing an existing non-Honeywell system, you can keep using your existing contacts, motion detectors, glass breakage detectors, etc. Pretty much everything but keypads will transfer between systems.
The included indoor siren in the V20P60RFK kit is surprisingly loud and is more than sufficient for most applications. The main concern when installing extra sounders is current draw.
The Vista 20P siren output is capable of supplying a maximum of 2 amps. As a rule of thumb an inside siren will pull about .5 amp, a 30 watt outdoor siren will pull about 1 amp. Purchase your sirens accordingly. I've made a siren installation how-to here.
The Vista 20P is capable of supporting up to eight keypads. The 6160RF is the perfect main keypad due to it's custom alpha display (necessary for programming) and it's internal high capacity wireless receiver. The less expensive 6150 is more than sufficient as a secondary keypad. If you want multiple custom alpha keypads make not to buy more than one 6160RF as multiple wireless receivers are not supported by the Vista 20P, buy the standard 6160 instead.
J.L. Metcalfe is a participant in the Amazon Services LLC Associates Program, an affiliate advertising program designed to provide a means for sites to earn advertising fees by advertising and linking to Amazon.com.