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How To Pick The Best Honeywell Control Panel

Looking for a more modern control panel for your security system? Honeywell makes some of the best control panels on the market. If you’re looking for a dashboard for your home automation and security system or you're looking for a lifestyle management dashboard, Honeywell has a panel to suit you.

Here are a couple of things to consider:

  • What panels are on the market?
  • What apps and devices are they compatible with?
  • How much do they cost?

What Honeywell Control Panels are on the Market?

Depending on what you want your control panel to do, a trained technician can help you pick out a control panel that will best suit your needs and budget.

Here are a few of their most popular products:

Lynx Plus

With its reliable keypad technology and self-contained design, Honeywell’s LYNX Plus is an economical solution for most of your security needs. The LYNX Plus has a standard keypad and an alpha read out. It is a panel, keypad, siren, and communicator all-in-one. This panel is easy to install with minimal instruction.

Lynx Touch 5210

Honeywell’s LYNX Touch 5210 panel features a full-color, 4.3" touchscreen with an intuitive interface and user-friendly graphics. By offering a central hub for your thermostats, lights, locks, security and water values, this panel provides quality home automation and security integration. It also offers a video feed and a range of alarm options.

Lynx Touch 7000 Control System

Honeywell’s LYNX Touch 7000 panel has a full color, 7” touchscreen that’s easy to use. Its colorful, 800 x 400 resolution touchscreen dashboard with simple icons is intuitive and functional. It integrates lights, thermostats, security, lighting, locks, sirens, water valves and more in one user-friendly dashboard.

You can program your LYNX Touch to run schedules and rules, which are also called scenes. You can hook up 40 devices, including switches, lights, and lamps. When paired up with the Total Connect app, the Lynx Touch 7000 allows you to operate the system or view video from your mobile device.

Lyric Controller

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The Lyric Controller has a 7” LED-backlit touchscreen that provides an array of home automation options. Its 1024 x 600 resolution screen features bright, colorful icons that are easy to use. The system can be installed in any size home by simply adding additional components, and it is arguably one of the best control panels on the market right now.

The Honeywell Lyric Controller serves as the central hub for security and lifestyle management. You can control your locks, thermostats, lights and more from the display or from anywhere using your Smartphone or tablet.

If you want to know more about the Lyric Gateway and Lyric Controller, here's a comparison chart.

Lyric Gateway

The Lyric Gateway panel is a combination home automation and security system with advanced voice-guidance capability. Through the use of the Total Connect app, you can control your security and locks as well as adjust your lights and thermostats from one central hub. You can also open and close garage doors and motorized shades.

The Lyric Gateway is an elegant blend of simplicity and utility. This panel is easy to install within minutes right out of the box.

Check out this video of the Lyric Gateway.


The Honeywell Vista series is a feature-rich system that is suitable for residential and commercial settings. It is a more traditional offering with both wireless and hardwired options. You can decide just how extensive you want your security and home automation to be.

The Vista can be integrated with the Tuxedo Touch keypad, providing an attractive, user-friendly interface. Given the extensiveness of the components, the Vista requires professional installation.

Here's a product review video of the Honeywell Vista Series:

Which Honeywell Control Panels are "Smart Home" Ready?

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The Lyric Gateway and Controller, Lynx Touch 5210 and 7000, are "Smart home" ready. The Vista has the ability to be "Smart home" ready, although it takes some expert installation.

Do These Panels Work with the Honeywell Total Connect App?

Honeywell Total Connect is an app that allows you to control your security system and home automation using your Smart device.

Here is a quick guide for which panels work with the Honeywell Total Connect:

  • Lynx Plus - Yes (no light, lock, thermostat, or automation)
  • Lynx Touch 5210 - Yes
  • Lynx Touch 7000 - Yes
  • Lyric Controller - Yes
  • Lyric Gateway - Yes
  • Vista - Yes (when coupled with an Alarmnet device and a VAM module)

Do These Panels Integrate with the Amazon Echo and Other Similar Products?

In general, if a panel works with the Honeywell Total Connect app, then it can be integrated with any technology that's compatible with Total Connect. Amazon Echo works with Total Connect and will pair with most of these panels. Alexa can also be paired up with many of these panels, either directly to the panel or via Total Connect.

Amazon Alexa

How Much Do Honeywell Control Panels Cost?

  • Lynx Plus packages usually start around $99
  • Lynx Touch 5210 packages usually start around $299, depending on additional components.
  • Lynx Touch 7000 packages typically start around $399, again depending on components.
  • Lyric Controller packages usually start around $499
  • Lyric Gateway starts at about $199
  • Vista starts at $399

Let Us Help You Choose the Best Control Panel for Your Family or Business

We hope this information helps you make an informed purchase about a few of the many security panels that are available. If you live in Virginia and would like to consult with one of our technicians about your decision, we'd be happy to help guide you through the buying process.

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