Hey guys (and Nate). I got my KS setup (18 zones) back in February and just yesterday finally got up the courage to give it all a shot. I had a standard Vista/Honeywell setup.
To start, the process was quite curious. We found out we have a sensor in a garage window we didn’t even realize was there (nice). We also found the old installer ran several dead sets of wires to the box, but then just end there without being connected. I suspect we’ll never find out what those are for.
Anyway, we ran into two perplexing issues (no show-stoppers). All the hardware set up just fine. All the software is running great. All three units are reporting without issue. Ours is a wiring confusion issue:
(Updated) We fixed the siren. Work was done in our house and the siren had been damaged without us knowing. Replacement is on the way.
We have two ancient wire smoke detectors in the house. One at the top of the stairs on the second floor and one at the bottom of the stairs into the basement. They were initially wired a bit oddly. We assumed it was some sort of unnecessary wiring to save pins and just disconnected the lot and then proceeded to test. Nothing will work for the second floor detector to get it to power on (both have flashing red lights when power is present).
The second floor detector was in a cluster of wires that were Red, Black, Green and White. Red and Black ran to the Vista power pins. More on Green and White in a moment.
The basement detector was in a cluster of wires that were, Red, Black, Green, Yellow and Pink. Red and Black were on the Vista power side. Green and Yellow were a pair of Zone pins.
The oddity is that the cluster for the second floor detector has its Green wire crimped together with the Purple wire of the basement detector cluster. The White wire (second floor cluster) was crimped together with the Pink wire of the basement cluster.
Any ideas what the installer was up to with this and what we should do to resolve it?
Lastly, what should I look for to replace these things after we figure out the core wiring? They were put in in 2013, but look beat. I assume our fire codes are such that they require battery backup or battery units as the previous owner also installed First Alert units on other walls right next to these wired units. I’m assuming we can just get our hands on a unit that is wired, has battery backup, does a better job of smoke detection, perhaps adds carbon monoxide and can be controlled by the hub. Just not sure what I need to be shopping for. I assume standard wired units with battery backup are only wired for power and not communication to a panel.