Honeywell Panels Compatible With the SEM

Honeywell Panels Compatible With the SEM


Hey, DIYers. I’m Jorge from Alarm Grid. Today we’re going to be going
over what Honeywell systems are compatible with the SEM,
which is a system enhancement module for Alarm.com. Now, just so you guys understand
here, this is the SEM. It actually has a little
QR code on the back that, when you guys buy it, if you
need help with installation, if you just scan the little
QR code it’s going to give you the install instructions. All right? It also comes with the
installation instructions on the inside. It’s a little booklet. But this is the SEM. This is the cellular
communicator that’s going to allow your
VISTA systems to communicate to Alarm.com. Now, this is different, because
typically Honeywell systems only work with AlarmNet’s
Total Connect 2.0. So this is actually pretty
neat for those users that are looking to do Alarm.com
and Alarm.com integrations. It’s pretty neat, especially
if you can add this. Now, how do you tell
if your VISTA system is compatible with this SEM? Well, any VISTA P-series
system is compatible. So the VISTA-10P, the
VISTA-15P, the 20P, and the 21iP are both compatible. Today we’re actually
working with a 21iP. And I’m just going to
show you a couple of ways on how to find the
information you need to see if your
panel will work with it. So, first things first. The panel, in order to be
compatible with the SEM, does need to be a
revision 3.0 or above. All right? So if it’s a VISTA-20P, it needs
to be revision 3.0 or above. If you have a VISTA-20P
that’s 2.0 or below, it cannot be PROM-upgraded. And if you have a VISTA-P
that’s revision 1.0 or below, that panel must be
replaced entirely. There’s really not much you
can do with that VISTA-20P if it’s below PROM revision 1.0. And to find the PROM,
they look a little bit different on every panel. So for instance,
on my VISTA-21iP, the PROM chip is
usually always going to be in the center
of the board. It’s a little black chip right
here, with a white sticker. Now, this one’s
sideways, but basically, when you guys look at
your VISTA PROM chip, it’s going to start
with the letters W-A, as in whiskey-alpha. And since I have a 21iP, it’s
actually letting me know that it’s a WA21iP-4.23. That is actually the latest
revision for the VISTA-21iP. For the 20Ps and
the VISTA-15Ps, you have a revision of 10.23, which
is the latest one as of right now. That can obviously
change in the future. Now, what I was saying
about the manufacturing date, as well– not only does it
have to have an up-to-date PROM chip, or a pretty
decent PROM chip, the manufacturing date
also has to be after 2005. If it’s before 2005, the
SEM will not work with it. And again, that manufacturer,
the manufacturing year, can be found on the
PROM chip as well. This one’s actually
in a lot smaller writing than the
whiskey-alpha 21iP. It will actually show you
right underneath where it says Honeywell. It’ll say– this one’s a 2014. It’s really, really small. So if you guys are
looking at the PROM chip, make sure you’re looking
at it with your lights on. If you can, take a picture of
it, so you can try to zoom in. Because the lettering
on that is very small. All right? So you want to make sure
you look at the year it was manufactured as well. Now, the SEM also works
with the SIA series. So if you have a
VISTA-15P SIA or 20P SIA, also something to keep in mind. Now, if you guys do decide
to use the 21iP with the SEM, you guys, the 21iP
is weird because it has a built-in communicator. So it has an internal
IP communicator. So we have to actually turn,
or move the jumper from the on position to the off
position so that we turn the internal
communicator off, which allows us to use
an external communicator. Now, when moving the
jumper, which is up here in the upper-left corner– this
little white jumper plastic piece– it’s connected to the two
upper prongs right now. Before we remove that piece, we
need to power the system down completely. So we would move– we’d power
the system down by unplugging it from the backup battery and
unplugging the transformer. And after we’ve powered it
down, this little piece here, instead of having it connected
to the top two prongs, you just unplug
it and you move it down to the bottom two prongs. All right? That’s going to turn off
the internal communication, allowing you to use the
external communicator here. Now, this, just so
you know, is going to go wired into
the same terminals that your keypads
are wired into. This is treated like, basically,
an extra keypad for the system. It also has Z-wave
compatibility. So if you guys have
a VAM or a Tuxedo on your existing VISTA
system, if you guys want to use automation
with the Alarm.com service, you’re going to have to get
rid of that Z-wave controller that you have
existing, and you’re going to need to use this as
your new Z-wave controller. Because this has Z-wave
compatibility built in. So this will allow you
to add Z-wave devices to your Honeywell VISTA-15P,
20P, 21iP, even the VISTA-10P. Now, that brings me
to another thing. The VISTA-10P– that
usually is not a system that works with Total Connect 2.0. Before this, if
you had a VISTA-10P and you wanted to do interactive
services through an app, that was not capable of doing
with that system, because Total Connect only works with
VISTA-15Ps and above. All right? So before this,
the VISTA-10P you could only do basic
monitoring with. But now that the
SEM has come out, you can actually add
this to your VISTA-10P, and you can make your VISTA-10P
work with interactive services with the Alarm.com app. There is also a DSC SEM that
works with the DSC PowerSeries systems. So make sure that if you
guys are buying the SEM, you buy the correct one. If you get the DSC
one, it will not work with the
Honeywell VISTA system. So something to
keep in mind there. Also, if you go to our
FAQ that’s basically tied in with this
video, there is a list at the bottom that shows
you every single panel that this SEM is
compatible with. It’ll show you all
the VISTA panels. And it’s also compatible
with most First Alert panels. So take a look. If you have a First
Alert system and you guys are looking to do
interactive services, take a look at the
list that we have. See if one of those models
of the First Alert systems is what you have. And maybe you may want to
add this to your system and get monitored. That is pretty much it
for the VISTA systems. Again, just take a look at
the PROM chip and the year that it was manufactured. From there we’ll be able to
tell if you can use the SEM. If you guys do have
any questions about it and compatibility,
feel free to email us at [email protected] You can also go ahead
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