Honeywell LTE Communicator For Vista Panels

Hooking up your new Honeywell 4G LTE communicator to your Honeywell Vista (or Honeywell equivelent such as ADT SafeWatch Pro or First Alert) is actually pretty simple.  Its just four wires to connect.

Always power down your alarm panel before making any connections.  Unplug the AC transformer from the nearby 110VAC outlet and remove either the RED or BLACK wire from the backup battery in the bottom of the metal control panel box.  Only one wire is required to be removed.  You can confirm power has been removed by checking that your keypad is dark (off).

Cellular Only Models (LTE-XA or LTE-XV)

Step 1 is mounting the communicator.  The preferred method is tou use the included threaded conduit mount where you attach the communicator to the top of your Vista control panel’s metal box.  There are knockout along the top of the metal box that can be broken open just using a screwdriver and bending/snapping off the metal tab.  Attach the threaded connector to your communicator (in the box with the communicator) and use the included nut on the inside to secure the communicator to the top of your panel.

Take the 4 wire wiring hardness (ECP Cable) and plug into the lower left socket on the communicator as shown in the diagram and slide the four wires through the threaded connector into the metal box for wiring to the panel.

LTE-XA Interior1
LTE-XA Interior2

The other method is to mount the communicator a few inches away from the control panel box and feed the wiring hardness (ECP Cable) into an existing opening or use one of the unused knockout located on all four sides of the box.  Plug the harness into the lower left socket on the communicator as shown in the diagram above.

Wiring To The Motherboard – Vista P Series Residential Panels

Standard Honeywell Residential Vista P Series security panel include the Vista-10P, Vista-15P, Vista-20P, Vista-21iP, and the SafeWatch Pro 3000. Older panels such as the Vista-20SE etc. wire pretty much the same but have no capability for Total Connect 2 interactive services (remote control). Be sure to check the wiring diagram shown on the control panel’s inside door for your panel model and keypad wiring terminals. 

Vista wiring Diagram 1

Your LTE communicator is essentially a virtual keypad for Total Connect 2 remote control which is why it connects directly to your panel’s keypad ECP bus.  Its just a four wire connection with 2 wires for 12VDC power and 2 wires for data In and Out.  Use the wiring diagram that matches the control panel you own.  If unsure there is always a wiring diagram on the inside door of your control panel.  Just look to see what four terminals are used to connect keypads.

Your LTE communicator comes with a 4-wire connection harness.  Plug one end into the bottom left side of the communicator, feed into your control box (make sure the door can still close!) and connect to the four screw terminals shown for keypads.

DO NOT REMOVE ANY EXISTING WIRES, JUST ADD THE NEW BLACK, RED, GREEN, AND YELLOW WIRES TO THE APPROPRIATE KEYPAD TERMINALS.

Vista P Series Terminal

4

5

6

7

LTE Harness Wire Color

Black

Red

Green

Yellow

Wiring To The Motherboard – Vista Commercial Panels

Standard Honeywell commercial Vista series security panel include the Vista-50P, Vista-128BP, Vista-128BPT, Vista-250BP, Vista-250BPT and others.  Note only the Turbo series (model end with T) can use Total Connect 2 interactive services (remote control).  Be sure to check the wiring diagram shown on the control panel’s inside door for your panel model and keypad wiring terminals. 

Your LTE communicator is essentially a virtual keypad for Total Connect 2 remote control which is why it connects directly to your panel’s keypad ECP bus.  Its just a four wire connection with 2 wires for 12VDC power and 2 wires for data In and Out.  Use the wiring diagram that matches the control panel you own.  If unsure there is always a wiring diagram on the inside door of your control panel.  Just look to see what four terminals are used to connect keypads.

Your LTE communicator comes with a 4-wire connection harness.  Plug one end into the bottom left side of the communicator, feed into your control box (make sure the door can still close!) and connect to the four screw terminals shown for keypads.

DO NOT REMOVE ANY EXISTING WIRES, JUST ADD THE NEW BLACK, RED, GREEN, AND YELLOW WIRES TO THE APPROPRIATE KEYPAD TERMINALS.

Vista P Series Terminal

6

7

8

9

LTE Harness Wire Color

Red

Black

Green

Yellow

Communicator Power Up

Power up your Vista panal and the LTE communicator by plugging in the AC transformer and attaching the backup battery.  There are four LEDs in a column on the left side of the circuit board.  The bottom Green LED MUST be lit which indicated satisfactory signal strength with the cellular carrier.  If not lit you will need to relocate the communicator to a better location.  If in a basement try moving to an outside wall and as high in the room as possible.  In weak reception areas you may need to mount the communicator on ground level or higher (attic) and run wires back to the panel.

During initial power up the top three LEDs (Green, Yellow, Red) will sequesnce from top to bottom while it is setting up registration with the carrier.  This sequence can take up to 15 minutes during the first power up.  Normal power up initialization after this first time generally only takes 60-90 seconds.

Don’t power down the communicator during this first-time initialization process.

Once the LED sequencing completes the communicator is ready for service!

In order for us to pull your Zone List from your panel and tweak the panel’s configuration for Total Connect 2 service please follow these simple steps.  This applies to Honeywell residential P series panels such as the Vista-20P.

  • Enter Program Mode:  [Installer Code] 800.  You will see “20” displayed on the keypad if successful.  The default Installer Code is 4112.  If your Installer Code is unknown then just power down the panel (unplug transformer and battery) and then power back up.  Within 50 seconds of power up press * and # simultanously on a keypad until “20” displays.
  • Reset Account Number:  Press *96
  • Exit Programming:  Press *99

Honeywell Alarm Monitoring Service

You can signup for our affordable Honeywell AlarmNet plans using the button below.  We have both UL Central Station dispatch plans as well as Self-Monitoring plans to choose from.

Honeywell Monitoring Signup

Don’t forget to complete our Alarm Monitoring Enrollment Form after signing up for service.  This is used for our UL central station and be sure to include your communicator’s 12 character MAC and 4 character CRC address on this form.  This is how we register your LTE communicator with AlarmNet.  We can not get your communicator registered or service started without this completed form.

Monitoring Enrollment Form

If you have any questions just give us a call!

800-840-6150