Honeywell VISTA: Program *20, Change Installer Code

Honeywell VISTA: Program *20, Change Installer Code


Hi, DIYers. This is Frank at Alarm Grid. We’re back in the
video lab today working on the VISTA-21iP,
specifically the 6160RF keypad. We’re going to do
some programming here. So, what I’d like
to start with is changing your installer code. So, the installer
code is star 20 field, and what I’d like to do
is get us into programming and show you how to do that. So, we still have our panel
on the default installer code, which is 4112. So, we’re going to go
ahead and enter 4112 800. That’ll put us into programming
and will show us installer code 20 on the keypad. This is actually the first field
of programming when you enter. Just for our own due
diligence, I usually like entering star and then the
command to get into that field, although you already
technically are in this field. So, let’s enter star 2 0. You’ll see installer
code 20 again. Now, we can enter the
new installer code. I’m just going to
set it back to 4112. Since this is our
lab panel, we like keeping things default here. But you can set it to whatever
four digit code you like. After you enter the
four digit code, you do not have to hit
star or anything else. It will automatically take it,
triple beep like it just did, and bounce to the next field,
which is our quick arm field. That is how you would
program your installer code on your VISTA panel. This will be the same thing
on the Vista 15-P, 20-P, and 21-iP. On any of these keypads,
any 6160 alphanumeric keypad will show that same way. If you have a fixed English
keypad, something like a 6150 or a 6150RF, or V
model, it won’t it will show you quite
as much detail. It will just show you
a 20 on the screen. But you can technically
change the installer code on those fixed English keypads
by doing the same thing, it’s just going to look
a little bit differently on the keypad display. After you’ve changed
your installer code, you can go ahead and hit star
99 to exit out of programming. Give the system a few seconds. It’ll go back to
disarm, ready to arm. And then you can test
that installer code by trying to arm with
it and disarm with it. Keep in mind that the
installer code should never be used to arm and
disarm your panel. Only for testing, really. The installer code cannot
disarm any other code, so if you arm with your master
code or any other sub-user code, you will not be able to
disarm with the installer code. So, that’s for security reasons,
so that your installer can’t come in and disarm your panel. Since this is a DIY situation
where you are probably your own installer,
that’s why you want to keep the
installer codes separate, because of those
programming settings. You really want to
have your own master code, your own set of user
codes to arm and disarm, and your installer
code is only to get you in and out of programming. So, now that we have the
installer code changed, we can move on to
our other programming that we’ll do here in a moment. But, if you have any
further questions on changing or managing
your installer code, you can email us at
[email protected], and don’t forget to
subscribe to our channel.

4 Replies to “Honeywell VISTA: Program *20, Change Installer Code”

  1. Hey, thanks for yiur videos. I moved in to a house that has this security system installed but it does not take the default master or installer codes. Is there a way to reset the system to default codes so that i can program these codes again?

  2. You are the man, for the past 6 months I've been getting to the installer code 20 by shutting off my panel and holding *# because I forgot the code I changed it to. Thank you so much for this info.

  3. Not seeing a lot of videos of programming with a 6280. As home automation becomes more prevalent, these videos would be awesome. Still great video. Thank you!!

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