EZIO8SA, PLM and rain storm = unpredictability 2007-06-30T01:22:06+00:00

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  • Anonymous
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    I had a huge rain storm blow in this afternoon. It was 70 degrees out and 1/2 inch hail was coming in sideways on my house. Just before this began I closed the garage door, which has a sensor attached to the EZIO8SA. During the rain and hail the EZIO8SA freaked out and the inputs for the garage door kept changing from on to off.

    I am guessing there was a lot of static electricity in the air because of the storm and that it was causing the EZIO8SA to false report the status of the inputs. If so, is there something I can do with the PLM and EZIO8SA to prevent this from becomming an issue in the future?

    Or is this caused by something else?

    Anonymous
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    Are you using the opto-isolated inputs (1-4)? If so, static electricity is unlikely to have caused this issue. You may want to establish a good ground between the ground terminal of the EZIO8SA and ground of the power line.

    Anonymous
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    I was using input #2.

    What might cause the issue if not static electricity?

    It has functioned fine since the storm.

    Anonymous
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    Primary suggestion is to run shielded or twisted/shielded cable between the door and the EZIO. Try to keep the cable as short as possible. What kind of switches are you using? Could these be so sensitive to trigger with the electrical noise generated by the storm? Placing a capacitor across them could also solve the problem.

    Anonymous
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    I haven’t added a capacitor or shielded wire between the reed switch, but again we have a wind storm and the EZIO8SA is going wild.

    I’ll switch out the wire and add a capacitor and see if that change anythng.

    I had big hopes for this device, but since I installed it and added inputs I have spent 90 percent of my time troubleshooting it and 10 percent actually utilizing it.

    I know most users must be happy with it, but I’ll never get another one of these again.

    I’ll stick with the cheap X10 stuff as it is more reliable in my experience and requires a lot less troubleshooting. As it stands I won’t trust this to allow access through my garage or any other door. And any input it can add to my system has proven unreliable. It’s almost useless to me.

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