How to wire, mount and install a DSC Security alarm system keypad

In this video I’ll be going over the wiring, mounting and installation of a DSC keypad.

I’d just like to go over a few things to think about when you’re dealing with these DSC keypads.  If you are doing a new install of a Powerseries panel(1616, 1832, 1864) then the keypads you’ll be dealing with are:

DSC keypad info

PK5501 – LCD Icon – A Hardwired keypad, if you intend the system to have only hardwired devices.  This keypad is also ideal to use as a second keypad if your first, and main keypad, is either an RFK5500, or PK5500.  This way, you can use your main full message 5500 keypad for programming and ease of use, while the 5501 is used for basic functions like arming and disarming.

PK5500 – LCD full message keypad – A Hardwired keypad, if you intend the system to have only hardwired devices.  The full message screen gives more detail and makes programming easier.  

RFK5501 – LCD Icon – Hardwired keypad that has a wireless receiver installed, if you intend on having wireless devices on the system.  You can only have one wireless receiver on each system, whether it be a keypad with a receiver installed, or a transceiver unit wired in to the keypad. If you want 2 keypads on your system with wireless devices, one should be a PK and one an RFK.

RFK5500 – LCD full message keypad – same as above 5500, but it has a wireless receiver installed to communicate with your wireless devices and then send the data down the line to the panel.

PTK5507 – hardwired touchscreen keypad – This keypad has a 7″ touchscreen with an option to insert an SD card to have it scroll through your photos as a slide show when not in use.  There is no wireless receiver in this unit.

Using your keypad as a hardwired zone

These keypads have the ability to act as a zone as well.  If you are out of spots on your panel and want to add another device, or if its easier to simply run a cable to your keypad rather than back to the panel.  For example, having your door contact wired to your keypad that’s right next to it.  

In this situation, if your device didn’t need power, like a door/window contact, your zone wire would go into the P/Z input on the keypad, while your common wire would go into the B input on the keypad.  For a powered device, like a motion or smoke detector, positive power from the device would go to R on the keypad, while negative power from the device would go to B on the keypad.  Your zone and common wires from the device would be the same as the first example, common to B, and the zone wire to P/Z.  If resistors are being used, they would go on the zone wire heading into P/Z. 

Our training videos and articles will show you how to properly install and program a system to keep your valuables safe.

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