Honeywell Ademco Vista Intrusion System Tested

Author: Brian Rhodes, Published on Jan 11, 2017

One of the biggest brands in security holds one of the most common intrusion lines. We bought and tested a Honeywell Vista 15P intrusion panel commonly used in both residential and small business markets.

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