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  • RCS ZC6R (6 zone HVAC) support?

    I'm currently running Homeseer with 2 TX15B thermostats, and am very happy with it. Unfortunately, my system doesn't have enough zones, so I'm considering replacing my 4 zone controller with the RCS 6 zone.

    Since I won't be able to use the TX15B's anymore (but the displays should work), I would need a way to control the ZC6R from Homeseer. Has anyone done this yet?

    Thanks,
    Ken

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    Ken,

    This came up in my discussions with the author of the RCS SERIAL thermostat plug-in. I want the plug-in to come out supporting the standalone serial thermostats, then the TR40 (display features), and then I will discuss the ZC6R. It will sort of depend on how much it will cost us to have support added and how much demand there is.

    From what I can gather, there are some additional data points that the ZC6R provides, but using the one RS-232 interface provided by their 232/485 bridge (if you order the right one) you can communicate with the individual zones as if they were separate thermostats. I could be wrong, but please check with Bruce at RCS and I am sure he will set you straight. As far as I know, the only thing we miss in not supporting the ZC6R directly are the additional settings/data points that it provides over what a standalone thermostat has.
    Regards,

    Rick Tinker (a.k.a. "Tink")

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      Rick,

      Thanks much for the reply. I would be very happy to be able to just set temperature for the different zones, which is all I use my TX15B's (X-10) for now (through HomeSeer). I have not heard of anyone successfully doing that.

      What language are these written in? I'm a software developer by trade, so would be happy to pitch in to get support going for the ZC6R. I would put a regular 6 zone controller in instead, but that would be more costly, and these HVAC companies seem to be VERY tight lipped about products and where to find them.

      Thanks,
      Ken

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