Looking for feedback on the EZIO8SA / EZIO2X4 inputs 2008-04-02T17:35:20+00:00

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  • Anonymous
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    Hello,

    I am looking for comments on use of the EZIO8SA / EZIO2X4 opto-isolated inputs. I have not found them reliable so I am looking for user comments such as;
    -what are you using the inputs for?
    -do they work 100% of the time (mine sometimes miss an on or off cycle)?
    -what software are you using?
    -what firmware version?

    Any comments would be appreciated!!

    Thanks,

    bob

    Anonymous
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    >>-do they work 100% of the time (mine sometimes miss an on or off cycle)?

    How do you have things hooked up, and what you mean “miss” ?

    Are you relying upon “state changed” broadcast messages, or do you have the input directly linked to a responder ?

    Anonymous
    Post count: 82

    Hello,

    Al was working with myself and Matt at Perceptive Automation on this and an other problem but although I have sent Al a couple of emails neither myself nor Matt have heard back from him. I am so frustrated with the inability to get the inputs working I thought I’d see if anyone else was having similar problems.

    I sent Al a diagram of my hookup which he said was fine. I’d be more than happy to send you the latest findings if you can help me.

    Regards,
    bob

    Anonymous
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    @bob wrote:

    Hello,

    Al was working with myself and Matt at Perceptive Automation on this and an other problem but although I have sent Al a couple of emails neither myself nor Matt have heard back from him. I am so frustrated with the inability to get the inputs working I thought I’d see if anyone else was having similar problems.

    I sent Al a diagram of my hookup which he said was fine. I’d be more than happy to send you the latest findings if you can help me.

    Regards,
    bob

    In general they are working for me, and I am using Indigo as well.

    I am still seeing a few oddities, but they may be line noise and/or collision related.

    Anonymous
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    I used what would be considered an old EZIO8T, using a NC magnetic switch and a relay NO contact. The entire device would hang some times when AC power was lost for 1 or 2 seconds. No problems with specific inputs. Replaced the EZIO8T with 2 new EZIO2X4s (both V25) because of expanded monitoring in the garage. Using 3 opto-isolated inputs and 2 digital inputs across the 2 2X4s. The inputs are controlled by NO and NC magnetic switches and a NO relay. Using all 4 opto-isolated inputs on an EZIO6I (V23) driven from NO relay contacts in a Dakota Alert wireless receiver. Have not observed an Input failure on any of the devices. Use HouseLinc Desktop from Smarthome and Simplehomenet Utility Suite to establish devices in my Insteon network. Several Keypadlincs have buttons linked to those Inputs for status monitoring. Native Insteon network, using an assortment of 40+ Insteon devices, use no HA software.

    Edit: Have a 3rd EZIO2X4 (V25) in the basement that will have the 2 opto-isolated Inputs connected to NO relay contacts in motion sensors. This device has been extensively tested over several days using toggle switches to control all 4 Inputs but the installation in its final location is not complete. I have seen no Input failures on this device either. However, it has not yet had the everyday exercise the other 2 EZIO2X4s and the EZIO6I have.

    When you say “missed”, do you mean the Input has not changed state when the controlling switch changes state, or the Input has changed state but the Insteon command was not sent, or the Insteon command was sent but did not cause the desired effect. What type of Insteon device do you have linked to the Input that is being missed.

    Anonymous
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    Sorry for taking forever to reply. I have basically given up on this unit and thrown it in the junk box. I had Al of Simplehomenet and Matt from Indigo trying to solve the problem but the help eventually dried up.

    I connect a switch to control 12 VDC to an input and turn the switch OFF and ON to control the input. Watching the log in Indigo I can see the ON OFF states change as I open and close the switch. I get approx 1 out of 5 input signals fail. For example I see ON/OFF, ON/OFF. ON/OFF, ON/OFF, then ON with no OFF or visa versa. Simplehomenet has replaced the EZIO8SA twice without fixing this problem. I gave up and am using an input device by EasyDaq. I wrote a simple applescript app to get it to work with Indigo and it is very very reliable.

    bob

    Anonymous
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    Sorry your experiences with the opto-isolated inputs were so different than mine but good to hear you have a solution you are happy with. In looking at the EasyDaq device information it looks like it is USB connected rather than using a powerline protocol. Can you confirm that is true and if not what powerline protocol does it use.

    Anonymous
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    Hello,

    It is USB powered. Can handle 10 amp loads on the relay outputs. You can use the other DIO’s (digital input/output) as inputs or outputs. You need Perceptive Automation Serial Bridge to run the serial to USB converter built into the board. I have written a couple of app’s, one to try it and run the relays and outputs to see how it all works and another to listen to the inputs and talk to Indigo when an input occurs. I also have written an applescript to run it with Indigo. I am using the 4 relay board with 4 DIO’s and an 8 relay output board as well. They are fast and very reliable. And great support!

    Bob

    Anonymous
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    Thanks for the information. Switching from a powerline protocol to serial/USB interface clarifies a lot. Good luck.

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