Previously, Malcolm W wrote in comp.home.automation:
> > You're probably right. I discovered a thread on worthington solutions
> > that says these switches use only one address, and the firmware then
> > decodes to buttons 1-4. If there is no firmware update for the
> > HMS 1050 panel to do this I guess it gets RMA'd and returned.
> > Rats.
> I just saw your post about a firmware revision. I heard from both HAI and
> OnQ that there would be no support for the new stuff like this (and the
> additional programming functionality) on the old panels.
> It really bums me out since I hadn't even installed the HMS-1050 when the
> OmniPro II came out.
Sounds like you really got shafted on that deal! Bummer.
Quote:> I can't blame them though because it's a real PITA to
> support multiple versions (I avoid it like the plague).
I know what you mean, but there is such a thing as customer satisfaction.
The 1050 firmware still has bugs that they never fixed, and apparently
never will. I had to disable my keypad AUX alarm because every time there
was a power failure the panel would call the monitoring company and
report a medical alarm.
I am *really* disappointed in HAI for dropping feature support for the
old boards like a hot potato. I mean, there was no phase-out period at all,
just BOOM. I would think they should have announced an EOL date and supported
it until then. Is it *really* that hard to decode two more bits in the ALC
data packet? Jeez.
It doesn't give me any confidence that they will support any new stuff
that might come out down the line either. Heck, they don't even support
the ethernet port yet and that is sold as a feature.
Maybe a PC-based solution is really the way to go.
> I'm going to try to
> hold off for a couple of years until I need another expansion enclosure.
> Maybe I can justify the $250 that I don't have to spend on the EE and the
> amount I can sell the 1050 for.
> You know the HAI makes all the panels and OnQ make the ALC?