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  1. Bob Worthy

    Bob Worthy Guest

    What modem is necessary to download the Paradox Spectra system? Secondly,
    can this panel be direct connected to a laptop, if so, what adaptor is

    Thanks in advance
  2. R.H.Campbell

    R.H.Campbell Guest

    Bob, I use an external US Robotics 56K modem for the Spectra panel. I have
    found this works more consistently than the Cardinal 2400 external that I
    use primarily for the older Esprit panels. However, I believe there is a
    long list of modems that are suitable, and if memory serves me correctly,
    the drivers are built into the software.

    For connecting to a laptop, I run the same modem through a dial tone
    simulator, so I can't tell you about the availability of any direct
    connection device (like the PC Link cable for DSC).

  3. Bob Worthy

    Bob Worthy Guest

    Thanks Bob, I appreciate the speedy reply. This equipment is no problem for
    us to obtain and we have the software here already, just haven't attempted

    Thank again!
  4. R.H.Campbell

    R.H.Campbell Guest

    A couple of minor cautions Bob ! Once connected, have patience; it seems to
    take a while to do it's handshaking and exchanging of passwords etc. It's
    easy to think things are frozen.

    Also be very careful about which direction you are sending and receiving
    data (see the arrows at the bottom of the screen). It's pretty easy to send
    up empty data to the panel if you don't watch your "direction" of data flow
    (don't ask me how I know...:))

    Other than that, the panels seem to upload very well although I did have
    trouble initially with the computer crashing until I made sure I had the
    latest version of the software (2.6 I think, available off the website)

    Cheers !

  5. Mark Leuck

    Mark Leuck Guest

    I use either Hayes Smartmodem Optima 2400 or Securcomm DL110 or Practical
    Peripheral mini SA1200. They all work about as well but you'll be able to
    find the Optima 2400 easily from Ebay
  6. Mark Leuck

    Mark Leuck Guest

    I haven't ever thought it was frozen but it does like lots of handshakes
    Thats why they need to redesign the entire package, that part of it is
    pretty dumb
  7. R.H.Campbell

    R.H.Campbell Guest

    Mark, while we're talking downloading software, my DLS2002 software has
    started to exhibit a problem. When I connect to DSC panels, I get the
    "session cancelled cannot identify panel" almost always now.

    Am I missing some drivers here or what ?

  8. mikey

    mikey Guest

    I'd re-install the software. After that, if still no go, try turning off the
    FIFO buffers in the port settings.
  9. R.H.Campbell

    R.H.Campbell Guest

    I tried re-installing the software but no help. What are "FIFO" buffers may
    I ask ?

  10. Mark Leuck

    Mark Leuck Guest

    Nope no new drivers, I haven't seen much of that problem
  11. Mark Leuck

    Mark Leuck Guest

    Go to your hardware manager in control panel and select comm ports, you'll
    find it there under serial ports
  12. mikey

    mikey Guest

    Click the advanced box under Port Settings in Device Manager (Comm Ports) in
    Systems section of Control Panel (W2K)

    First In, First Out I think. I've seen disabling them somewhere in
    somebody's DL software
  13. petem

    petem Guest

  14. R.H.Campbell

    R.H.Campbell Guest

    Yeah, I tried that Mike, thanks! I also set the comm port to 300 baud. No
    luck with either option.

    I'm going to call DSC tech support on Monday to see what they suggest

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