Monday, September 10, 2018

Honeywell Vista 20P linked to Homeseer

Since this is mainly a wired panel I'll assume your house is wired. If not you will need to run wires and install switches and or sensors around the house. Or optionally get the wireless interface and sensors.

Items you will want

Honeywell VISTA-20P Ademco Control Panel, PCB in Aluminum Enclosure 
Eyez-On Envisalink EVL-4EZR IP Security Interface Module For DSC and Honeywell (Ademco) Security Systems
Honeywell Security 6160 Ademco Alpha Display Keypad (You seem to still need this to program the panel despite adding the above web interface.)
For a battery I used a Mighty Max Battery 12V 9Ah Compatible Battery for APC Back-UPS NS1250 mainly because I buy them in bulk for my UPSs.
Unless you get a battery for an alarm system it will probably have standard tabs so will need these F2 to F1 Sealed Lead Acid Battery Terminal Adapters
You will also need some 18 gauge wire to go from the panel to the transformer.

Useful guides:

Vista 20P / 15P wiring guide Note the keypad and the IP interface connect to the same place.

Envisalink install programming guide which gets you the first 8 zones programmed.

Honeywell VISTA 15P, 20P Programming Guide

Note if you wired doubled zones of need to change the hardwire type on those zones. See this doc for info on that. Also you need to program both zones. For example if 2 is doubled then you need to set the type on zone 2 and enable zone 10. And confirm Zone Type is correct for both.

Once done the local web interface should loo like this
And the network page like this

Not much there really. It is really only useful for setup. If you do have a problem you will still need to go to the EyezOn status page to get more than a "trouble" indicator. Note EnvisaLink TPI Status will offline till the Homeseer plugin is configured.

The EyezOn status page will look like this (Note MAC and public IP blacked out)

 Oddly the *29 error does not seem to really matter. The docs say it means the "Enable IP/GSM/LRR Shadowing" option is not checked in the local interface but it seems not to matter and be a 21P thing as flipping options did not seem to make it go away and it does not seem to be stopping anything from working. Ignoring for now and will update if solution found later.

Again not a lot useful here accept the log activity. By default the zones are labeled by number. You can put names on them to make them clearer by going to Settings

Then Zone Labels. Then add a name for each zone. When done it will look something like this.

Now your log will look like this

Note however it only seems to only keep closures in the log after a sensor has been closed.
To unhighlight the sensor that was tripped / clear fault on keypad (even in unarmed mode) you need to disarm a couple times. Note there may be a lag in seeing this in the web interfaces.

Homeseer plugin

In Homeseer you will need to add the Envisalink Ademco (Spud) plugin
The config screen looks like this

The devices create (by clicking the Update zone devices button) look like
Note your may not have the  as that indicates it is not health checked in my setup. See my ChkSensors.vb script.

A cheat sheeting on arming and disarming from the panel Note the Chime disarmed option is not supported by the plugin as a control but it does recognize it when set on a keypad.

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