Posted 28 July 2012 - 05:07 PM
Yes, the DST issue is inexcusable and should be updated, and I'd love my "flashing" keypad to be addressed in a firmware, but Elk seems to be pretty slow in getting firmware out there, and as they state, typically as a needed basis, to correspond to a hardware or larger issue at hand. Part of me is happy Elk doesn't have a firmware of the day like a few other companies I know of.
IMHO, the Caddx receiver was a band-aid to the panel when they were bringing the product to market (anyone remember the 3 panels they released at the time?) to support RF and buy time while they were engineering their own solution...hell, HAI's wireless option(s) are horrendous.
Actually, besides the cost outlay for swapping out a receiver, which for the old GE 548E and housing, was around $50 at the last time I bought one vs the $100 for the Elk unit (a net final cost of $150 if you factor in the 548E on top of that),a positive spin is their new receiver supports more hardware, since the 548E would only support crystal, where the new Elk unit supports crystal and SAW. I haven't run across a unit the Elk receiver doesn't support.
The Elk receiver actually performs better than the GE unit by leaps and bounds. Look at the specs in detail.
I do, however applaud Elk in offering 2 major platforms of RF, GE and Honeywell (I'd love for some support on the bidirectional Honeywell devices and a RF keypad option) but a huge mistake IMO would be dropping that flexibility and strictly persuing their own platform, since it will severely limit options and flexibilty, both for new installs, as well as takeover/changeouts. While Elk's new RF platform looks nice, the offerings just aren't there, and where I think it'd shine is the bidirectional aspect of using a keyfob and confirmation without having any other hardware installed. On paper their selling points for Elk RF looks nice, but it's just not there for 9/10 install projects that a pro would be asked to install or compete with.