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  1. GalaxyGuy

    G2 via RSS serial lead

    If you think the adapter is ok, try power cycling the panel with the lead disconnected, then try connecting.
  2. GalaxyGuy

    G2 via RSS serial lead

    Do you only have one com port on the system. Ie. When you open the Comms manager in the system tray, then select the hammer icon, how many com ports show? The error you are seeing is more likely a driver error, as when the connection is made and downloader id or site id are incorrect, you get a message relating to downloader or site id.
  3. GalaxyGuy

    Help with product and Garage set out?

    Agree. No issues with the Flex V3.50 firmware. Set for silent comm's to ensure no panel side error reports for broadband issues. Not everyone likes the SMPS (including me), but energy efficiency is more important going forwards. Honeywell push notification is limited, but is free, so it's up to you. At least there are other choices with SelfMon if you want additional SMS, E-mail and hourly path checks.
  4. GalaxyGuy

    Home System Recomendations

    If the plastic enclosure with MK8 prox and 7ah battery, then the price is probably about right for a company.
  5. GalaxyGuy

    Home System Recomendations

    The flex is the most recent panel from Honeywell and suited to domestic or small business. It's a hybrid system, so can cope with wired and wireless devices. It can have IP and GSM modules added for remote connectivity and various messaging or self monitoring options. It will work with existing wiring and devices. Zones can be individually programmed to suit the existing install.
  6. GalaxyGuy

    Galaxy High Resistance

    The battery is soldered on the old panel. It's not required until power and battery backup are both lost, where it then backs up the panels static memory until power is restored. Not really worth fixing, as replacing with something newer is probably a better path to take.
  7. GalaxyGuy

    Galaxy High Resistance

    Those panels are reliable apart from the PCB mounted battery corroding. Just replace the contact and you'll be up and running again. That said, a 2nd hand dimension is very cheap these days.
  8. GalaxyGuy

    Galaxy High Resistance

    That resistance is too high and an indication of a problem most likely in the reed contact. It's low cost, so just replace the contact to rule it out.
  9. GalaxyGuy

    Galaxy High Resistance

    What's the resistance ? Press Hash at display zones. Is it near the thresholds. If so, wiring issue, sensor contact etc. The galaxy firmware was updated at some point to avoid tamper on marginal resistance issues, reporting to log only. Best to check panel reported values though.
  10. GalaxyGuy

    Some Advice on Galaxy Flex systems

    The Flex only has three outputs and one is taken for the external speaker. If you're wiring two external sounders, then you can wire both into OP1 for the siren trigger and OP2 for the strobe. You need to follow the wiring for linking two sounders tamper circuits if fitting two sounders wth SAB/SCB modules. Also, you may need to run one external sounder in SCB mode and the other in SAB mode, as the power consumption from AUX may be too high for two units. If only one external unit and an internal (non SAB) type siren, then just ensure that the AUX power output meets the _all_ hard wired devices requirements. If you move up to the FX50 or FX100, then you can use a 2.5A switched mode PSU.
  11. GalaxyGuy

    Some Advice on Galaxy Flex systems

    Only hard wired is supported for sounders.
  12. GalaxyGuy

    Galaxy Monitoring IP

    Sorry, I should have mentioned that. It's one of the reasons I have not pushed the release and left at beta. The new app uses the sugar ORM database interface in the background to hold all the accounts that you add. It's a real pain in the butt development wise, as it's too ifficult to provide an upgrade path to bring the old app settings forward. I think that I will eventually have to force all users to upgrade, but expect to take some negatives for doing so... App development is a pain. You can't just release and forget. OS updates mean that things constantly need updated. It's very time consuming when an older API is dropped and you need to re-write part of the application.
  13. GalaxyGuy

    Galaxy Monitoring IP

    Try the new beta version. It supports multiple accounts on Android. The released iOS version already has the capability. https://www.sm-alarms.co.uk/apps/main/getAVKPAPP.php The SelfMon VKP works on all models. It also works with anything that supports a secure IP tunnel. WebWay Etc. One caveat is the G2 series, where the LCE module is needed to provide the virtualkeypad, as Honeywell's module doesn't provide it.
  14. GalaxyGuy

    Galaxy Monitoring IP

    Let me correct some assumptions in your questions. I'll also try to give an unbiased view, but will note that I run SelfMon Ltd, so will let others chime in if they feel I am being misleading in any way. Firstly, the Flex V3 does not accept the E080 modules. It will only offer full IP functionality with the A083 Ethernet module. Honeywell reduced the cost of the A083 to ~£100, so that makes cost a bit more palatable when adding IP to the V3 panel. The LCE modules are not compatible with the V3 Flex at the moment. Both the SelfMon platform and Honeywell's push notification service work with the A083 module in the Flex V3 panel. Here's some key points and +/- of the systems: - Honeywell's notification is push notification via their GX app only, but it's free, so worth trying out to see if it suits. SelfMon supports Push, Email, SMS, Voice, URL calling and allows events to be filtered to recipients in a number of ways. It costs a minimum of £1 a month, but can cost more if you want to have multiple chargeable SMS or Voice calls above the £1 monthly limit. Support will be provided for customers with a SelfMon account. - Honeywell added an option into the Flex firmware to enable suppression of IP based issues, so if a message doesn't send, the issue is only logged to the engineering log. This allows the ARC side to take care of missing signals and makes dealing with issues much easier. This isn't available for the other Galaxy Dimension/G2/Classic panels, but an additional override was added to the LCE module to enable this for those panels. - Honeywell's push notification is free, but there is no support and it's difficult to resolve any issues with their support team. It's been reliable in general, but the mistake Honeywell made was to introduce sequential account numbers, meaning that it would be easy for a hacker to send events to all customer accounts. - SelfMon supports line path checking and the Flex V3 panel can provide a test signal at one minute granularity. To reduce load, the platform will only alert after 1hr of missing test signal. Honeywell's push notification doesn't have any missing signal check. - SelfMon supports its own DNS, making it easy for the app to call back to the premises where a dynamic IP address is being used. If you use Honeywell's GX app and have a dynamic IP address, you need a separate DNS service to reach the premises. - Neither Honeywell or SelfMon offer a graded service with any response guarantee. These systems are unmanned notification services. If police response is required, then a graded platform should be used (something dual path with decent polling of 60 minutes or less would be advisable). Can you really pick up the E080-4 or E080-8 for £70. That's pretty low considering they are normally ~£200.
  15. GalaxyGuy

    Galaxy 3-144 and RSS!

    Yes, the Dimension replaced the G3-X when the G3-X was discontinued Sept 2008. Physically, just extra trigger outputs and a bigger flash chip to hold the Dimension firmware going forward. The Dimension firmware was updated to enable RF portal connection with panel based RF configuration (unlike the old RF RIO), but adding this option lowers the installation grading to 2. The Dimension, along with Flex panels also support the touch screen Touchcenter keypads now available in a better flush-mount housing (TouchCenter+ version). The Dimension and Flex panels also integrate access control. The Dimension range is available in 48, 96, 264, 520 zones and the old G3 was 48,144,520 zones. There are a few other small differences. One key thing to note with Honeywell is that the EOL products are unlikely to receive any firmware updates/fixes.

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