Disabling a Long Range Radio on a VISTA Alarm System

Disabling a Long Range Radio on a VISTA Alarm System


Hi DIYers. Joe from Alarm Grid
and today we’re going to show you how to disable
a long range radio on a Vista security system. There’s a few instances where
you may want to do this. One is if you move
into a home and you find there’s a Vista on the
wall and it has an IP or a GSM communicator installed on it. If the IP GSM is
enabled in programming, you’re going to see a
Check 103 on your keypad. What that’s telling you is
that the system is looking for a connection to
the alarm net server and it’s not finding one. If you do want to use the system
as a local security system, it’s totally fine. You’ll just wanted disable the
IP GSM option in programming to prevent that 103 from
showing up on a keypad. Now, this command is different
than enabling the internal IP or GSM path on this
the Vista 21 IP system. It’s a little unique as it
has an onboard ethernet track and onboard cellular module. This command tells the system
to look for an IP or GSM communicator. So if you do want to use
a standalone communicator on this system for
whatever reason, it is totally compatible
and this option will still need to be enabled. On the 21 IP system
itself, if you want to use a
standalone module, you will have to power
the system down 100% and then move this jumper
from the top two pins to the bottom head. It’s only got three
pins in it, so you’re going to want to move
from these to these. When you power it back up
with your communication device attached to the ECP
bus on the system, you’ll be able to configure
your Vista security system to use a standalone module. That is absolutely not
recommended as the system has an onboard ethernet jack and
you can buy a proprietary cell or communicator for the system. But just know that
this command, it covers all aspects of
IP or GSM communication. On a 20 P or on a 15 P,
the boards look different. They don’t have these
onboard communicators and this command
literally tells the panel to look for the communication
path out of an IP or GSM communicator. Now, to enable it, it’s very
easy to enable or disable it. What you have to do is you
have to go into installer programming, so you’ll have
to enter your installer code and a 00 on the keypad. Ours is a default 4, 1, 1, 2,
so we’re going to enter it. And as you can see it
says installer code 20, which means that we’re
in installer programming. So now to disable the long
range radio on our system we’re going to do star 2 9. And as you can see it
says Enable IP or GSM. 0 for no, 1 for yes,
it’s as easy as that. So to turn it off we’re
going to use 0 then star. As you can see it took it. Star 9 9 low to exit
programming and you’re all set. Now the system has
been disabled as far as the IP GSM option goes. The other reason
which you may want to use this in
another situation is if you want to use
the phone connection on your system, the pots
connection, which connects to an analog phone line. You only want to use that. You will want to disable
the long range radio option on the system. That’s how to disable a long
range radio on a Vista system. Thanks for watching. If you did enjoy that video,
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