Good questions. See responses below.
Tell us about your OmniPro 2 system and what it is you want to do with it?
Here OP2 with HAI HLC UPB switches, Russound E Series, Compoint Intercom, Somfy blinds, and analogue cctv cameras. Recently added Alexa Dot and still evaluating HomeSeer PC software. Also using HomeKit with Myro:Home Helper as I decide if should I go with Amazon or Apple AI UI. Initial interest getting basic notifications (arm/disarm, alerts etc). Used to use Haiku Helper but looking for new system.
I did notice a software update to PCA a couple days ago.
Thanks, Ill update it.
So a quickie list of what you have:
1 - OmniPro 2 panel - is this an OP2 that is chip upgradable or software upgradable
2 - What additions to you have to your base panel? (zone, output, audio and email board?)
Zone expander and emailer board.
3 - are you utilizing an Alarm company monitoring
4 - do you utilize Leviton Snaplink on your mobile phone and what is the OS on your mobile phone
Installed iOS apps: Haiku, Space, Snaplink and Myro:Home. Liked haiku best.
5 - what serial ports are you using on the panel and what are you using them for?
3 serial ports: HAI UPB, Leviton email notifier, Russound
5 - I understand too that you are also using Homeseer 3 and the Omni Plugin.
Yes still in my 30 day trial on a PC install. So far just using OMNI plug in.
Note that the Leviton notifier board does work for some and not for others.
Really disappointed with notifier email options.
The notifier board is very primitive in design using the serial bus and a network connection.
Upgrading the firmware is done via the serial port (very slow).
Im using v2.0. Is there a newer version.
You can do email, text notifications, time sync much faster using OmniPanel software addendums like where as the only software that works to manage your OP2 panel is PC Access whether it is connected serially or via the network.
BTW here on Cocoontech many folks are using the Elk or the Omni Pro panel and have DIY'd their systems either with new contruction or post contruction. In DIY mode many folks have learned much about what the combo panels can do and what they cannot do.
I need to look into another reliable option.
Some of the users here of the Elk / OmniPro 2 panel only utilize the panels for security / basic automation and nothing else. While others here utilize software addedums to their panels (smart phone consoles, touchscreens or automation software).
You can take your old Omni Pro panel today to current use with current automation widgets like Homeseer, CQC, Smartthings, Alexa, Google voice et al. There is also now plenty of OpenSource automation which will talk to your OmniPro 2 panel. (two mentioned here is OpenHab and and Home Assistant). Nowadays you can mix Windows and Linux and iOS software or just Windows or just Linux or iOS. It really all depends on what you are most comfortable with. Many Smartphone users want to manage all of their automation via their smartphone. Some via tablets and today some via new AI stuff like Alexa, GV or Cortana. It all really depends on what you want to do with your panel.
Always looking for cool new ideas. Right now priority is SA UPB switches in garage and Alexa vs HomeKit voice evaualtuons.
Thanks for sharing all of your wisdom.
Edited by bighorn, 31 January 2019 - 05:01 PM.