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  • Beta: Vista Alarm Plugin v1.2.7.1 - who armed/disarmed the panel

    Its finally here! Trigger events based on who armed or disarmed the panel.

    i'm looking for a few brave souls to try this out. It requires enabling the Long Range Radio on your panel, a new plugin and a new ad2usb firmware. Lots of change.

    Please follow my installation procedure below so you can test the changes as you install and upgrade components.

    Requirements
    - An V2.2 or V2.3 AD2USB with firmware ademcoemu_V2_2a_5_beta.zip (provided below)
    - V2.0 ad2usb are not supported

    New Features
    - Adds a trigger what that will identify which panel user (by user number (1 to n) armed or disarmed the system. No new devices are created at this time.
    - Revised the firmware upload feature of the plugin

    Installation and Configuration:
    0. Backup your homeseer mdb and the vistaalarm.ini. This is very important if you want to rollback if something goes wrong. Please do not skip this step!
    1. Install the new plugin (shutdown hs and replace the old dll with the new one)
    2. Test the plugin that its still working with your current ad2usb.
    3. Use the plugin to load the new firmware attached below; unzip to your desktop to make finding it easy. See the Firmware page in the plugin
    4. Test the plugin again that its monitoring zones, etc
    5. Enable the LRR from the plugin config page
    6. Configure the panel as outlined on the nutech page below
    7. Create a "Vista Alarm User Trigger" as a test. You need to provide the paritition, user id (1,2,etc) , and event. user 1 is the Installer code, user 2 is the master code, user 3 is the first created user code, etc. You have to know which user code are mapped to which user numbers. The plugin does not manage this.
    8. Arm the system from a keypad and see if the trigger fires.
    9. report your results
    10. Good luck

    Please refer to the nutech.com post to configure your panel to enable Long Range Radio messages (LRR). I can only help a little on this. I'm no expert on the dozen or so panels. The following should help. See the "Long Range Radio Emulator !LRR Messages" section for details.

    http://www.nutech.com/index.php?opti...w&catid=4&id=5

    If you are willing to give this a try, please post a reply so I know someone is taking the plunge.
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    Last edited by mnsandler; March 4th, 2012, 09:02 AM.
    Mark

    HS3 Pro 3.0.0.534
    Hardware: Insteon Serial PLM | AD2USB for Vista Alarm | HAI Omnistat2 | 1-Wire HA7E | RFXrec433 | Dahua Cameras | LiftMaster Internet Gateway
    Plugins: Insteon (mine) | Vista Alarm (mine) | Omnistat 3 (by Kirby) | Ultra1Wire3 | RFXCOM | NetCAM | MyQ | BLRadar | BLDenon | Jon00 Charting
    Platform: HP h8-1360t, Windows Server 2012 R2, i7-3.4GHz, 16GB memory

  • #2
    Moving to this thread

    Mark,

    Yes, I am following these instructions and upgrading ro the 1.2.7.1 version. The DLL is loaded and is working fine. I tested it pretty well and was working on the FW upgrade when I had the issues noted in the previous thread.

    Chris

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    • #3
      Thanks Chris,
      if you don't mind, please enable debugging in the plugin and try the fw upload again. this will provide a line by line log of the upload similar to using the nutech.com firmwareupload cmdline utility. This will help pinpoint where the upload died.

      if this doesn't work, please use the firmwareupload utility to load the fw, and continue with the installation.

      thanks
      Mark

      HS3 Pro 3.0.0.534
      Hardware: Insteon Serial PLM | AD2USB for Vista Alarm | HAI Omnistat2 | 1-Wire HA7E | RFXrec433 | Dahua Cameras | LiftMaster Internet Gateway
      Plugins: Insteon (mine) | Vista Alarm (mine) | Omnistat 3 (by Kirby) | Ultra1Wire3 | RFXCOM | NetCAM | MyQ | BLRadar | BLDenon | Jon00 Charting
      Platform: HP h8-1360t, Windows Server 2012 R2, i7-3.4GHz, 16GB memory

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      • #4
        Will do first thing in the morning. With all the great basketball on TV today and my playing with my toys the wife is asking for some attention this evening . Thank you for your great plugin and assistence.

        Chris

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        • #5
          Mark,

          After some trials yesterday I discovered that my USB port was fine and it was the AD2usb that was in an odd state. Here is the last set of tests that I used to determine that was the case.

          1. Turned on debug and attempted to upload new firmware here is the log with debug turned on :

          3/11/2012 9:45:58 AM ~!~Vista Alarm~!~DISARMED CHIME Ready to Arm
          3/11/2012 9:57:13 AM ~!~Device Control~!~Device: Movement Family Room Occupied (V2) Value set to 100
          3/11/2012 9:59:17 AM ~!~Vista Alarm~!~0942610,84
          3/11/2012 9:59:22 AM ~!~Web Server~!~Web Server authorized local login successful from: 192.168.1.96 User: chris
          3/11/2012 9:59:48 AM ~!~Vista Alarm~!~Update firmware page submitted
          3/11/2012 9:59:48 AM ~!~Vista Alarm~!~Closed COM port 4
          3/11/2012 9:59:48 AM ~!~Vista Alarm~!~Monitor terminated...
          3/11/2012 9:59:48 AM ~!~Vista Alarm~!~Opened COM port 4
          3/11/2012 9:59:51 AM ~!~Vista Alarm~!~recv: !sn:000005fa
          3/11/2012 9:59:51 AM ~!~Vista Alarm~!~recv: !boot
          3/11/2012 9:59:51 AM ~!~Vista Alarm~!~recv: .
          3/11/2012 9:59:51 AM ~!~Vista Alarm~!~recv: !wait
          3/11/2012 9:59:51 AM ~!~Vista Alarm~!~recv: !load
          3/11/2012 9:59:51 AM ~!~Vista Alarm~!~Starting firmware upload routine...
          3/11/2012 9:59:52 AM ~!~Vista Alarm~!~Closed COM port 4
          3/11/2012 9:59:52 AM ~!~Vista Alarm~!~
          3/11/2012 10:00:07 AM ~!~Vista Alarm~!~Settings page submitted
          3/11/2012 10:01:10 AM ~!~Vista Alarm~!~The monitor is disabled. Enable the monitor to send commands.
          3/11/2012 10:01:48 AM ~!~Vista Alarm~!~Opened COM port 4
          3/11/2012 10:01:48 AM ~!~Vista Alarm~!~Sent cmd: V
          3/11/2012 10:01:51 AM ~!~Vista Alarm~!~Found the AD2USB on COM port 4 running firmware version V2.2a.3
          3/11/2012 10:01:51 AM ~!~Vista Alarm~!~Searching for House Codes...
          3/11/2012 10:01:51 AM ~!~Vista Alarm~!~Loading RF Devices...
          3/11/2012 10:01:51 AM ~!~Vista Alarm~!~Loading Zones...
          3/11/2012 10:01:51 AM ~!~Vista Alarm~!~Monitor started...
          3/11/2012 10:02:00 AM ~!~Vista Alarm~!~Sending [code]+9 These two commands did not produce any errrors or responses from the AD2USB
          3/11/2012 10:04:04 AM ~!~Vista Alarm~!~Sending [code]+3
          3/11/2012 10:04:45 AM ~!~Vista Alarm~!~Settings page submitted

          I then rebooted the Alarm system by power cycleing the following entries were then noted:

          3/11/2012 10:33:27 AM ~!~Web Server~!~Web Server authorized local login successful from: 192.168.1.97 User: chris
          3/11/2012 10:34:39 AM ~!~Vista Alarm~!~Skipping bad message: !sn:000005fa
          3/11/2012 10:34:51 AM ~!~Vista Alarm~!~Busy - Standby v9.12D1
          3/11/2012 10:35:40 AM ~!~Vista Alarm~!~****DISARMED**** Ready to Arm
          3/11/2012 10:38:20 AM ~!~Vista Alarm~!~Sending Display Faults command to alarm
          3/11/2012 10:38:20 AM ~!~Vista Alarm~!~****DISARMED****Hit * for faults

          I am going to update the firmware using the firmwareupload.exe this evening and proceed with the plan.

          Will post back as things progress.

          Chris

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          • #6
            Works well

            Mark,

            Pleased to report that I have successfully gotten this to work. Setting the LRR was a bit adventuresom as the instructions on the Nutech site are directionally correct but not exact.

            I now have a set of events that greets the different members of the family as they disarm and another to alert me if the master or installer code is used to arm/disarm.

            I am going to let it bake for a few days and then start modifing the events that are alarm centric to reflect the user that unarmed the system. For example I like Jazz playing when I arrive but my grandkids like something a bit "harder".

            I will check back in with any issues if they crop up over the week-end.

            Thank you for the excellent plug-in,

            Chris

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            • #7
              Originally posted by dcdelong View Post
              Mark,

              Pleased to report that I have successfully gotten this to work. Setting the LRR was a bit adventuresom as the instructions on the Nutech site are directionally correct but not exact.

              I now have a set of events that greets the different members of the family as they disarm and another to alert me if the master or installer code is used to arm/disarm.

              I am going to let it bake for a few days and then start modifing the events that are alarm centric to reflect the user that unarmed the system. For example I like Jazz playing when I arrive but my grandkids like something a bit "harder".

              I will check back in with any issues if they crop up over the week-end.

              Thank you for the excellent plug-in,

              Chris
              That's excellent news! Thanks for reporting back.

              Yah, the panel programming is always the hardest part. If you could post what you actually did, that might be helpful for the next brave soul.
              Mark

              HS3 Pro 3.0.0.534
              Hardware: Insteon Serial PLM | AD2USB for Vista Alarm | HAI Omnistat2 | 1-Wire HA7E | RFXrec433 | Dahua Cameras | LiftMaster Internet Gateway
              Plugins: Insteon (mine) | Vista Alarm (mine) | Omnistat 3 (by Kirby) | Ultra1Wire3 | RFXCOM | NetCAM | MyQ | BLRadar | BLDenon | Jon00 Charting
              Platform: HP h8-1360t, Windows Server 2012 R2, i7-3.4GHz, 16GB memory

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              • #8
                Yes, the world of alarms has come a long way since the early 70's when I pulled wire for an Alarm Company!

                Had an oddity last night when I went to set the alarm to ARM-STAY. Got the following set of messages in the log. There was nothing of note during the day leading up to this and I was off painting so no touches to HS. After seeing the closed port message, I enabled debuging and bounced the monitor. At that point everything began to function as expected. I left debug on just in case it might catch something but all is well and no strangeness in the log.

                Chris

                3/17/2012 11:21:12 PM Web Server Web Server authorized local login successful from: 192.168.1.66 User: chris
                3/17/2012 11:23:58 PM Vista Alarm Sending [code]+3
                3/17/2012 11:23:58 PM Vista Alarm Error: System.InvalidOperationException: The port is closed. at System.IO.Ports.SerialPort.Write(String text) at HSPI_VISTAALARM.VistaAlarmClass.SendCmd(String CmdStr) at HSPI_VISTAALARM.VistaAlarmClass.SendToAlarm(String CmdStr, String CmdName, String SecurityCode) [1.2.7.1]
                3/17/2012 11:25:00 PM Device Update Device: Climate Family Room Temperature value set to 76 (7600/F)
                3/17/2012 11:25:44 PM Web Server Web Server login failed from: 99.48.71.162 User: chris
                3/17/2012 11:26:02 PM Web Server Web Server authorized login successful from: 99.48.71.162 User: chris
                3/17/2012 11:26:50 PM Vista Alarm Closed COM port 4
                3/17/2012 11:26:50 PM Vista Alarm Monitor terminated...
                3/17/2012 11:27:10 PM Vista Alarm Opened COM port 4
                3/17/2012 11:27:10 PM Vista Alarm Sent cmd: V
                3/17/2012 11:27:10 PM Vista Alarm Received msg: !VER:000005fa,V2.2a.5-beta16,TX;RX;SM;VZ;RF;ZX;RE;AU;3X;CG;DD;MF;LR;KE,MK
                3/17/2012 11:27:10 PM Vista Alarm Found the AD2USB on COM port 4 running firmware version V2.2a.5-beta16
                3/17/2012 11:27:10 PM Vista Alarm Searching for House Codes...
                3/17/2012 11:27:10 PM Vista Alarm Loading RF Devices...
                3/17/2012 11:27:10 PM Vista Alarm Loading Zones...
                3/17/2012 11:27:10 PM Vista Alarm Monitor started...
                3/17/2012 11:28:02 PM Vista Alarm Sending [code]+1
                3/17/2012 11:28:02 PM Vista Alarm Setting Partition 1 to Armed Stay
                3/17/2012 11:28:02 PM Vista Alarm Setting System to Armed Stay
                3/17/2012 11:28:02 PM Vista Alarm Processing msg on Partition 1
                3/17/2012 11:28:02 PM Vista Alarm [0010000110000000----],008,[f70000071008008c28020000000000],"ARMED ***STAY*** "
                3/17/2012 11:28:02 PM Vista Alarm 0942610,84

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                • #9
                  Chris,
                  this kind of error is usually caused by an issue with the usb connection and the ftdi chipset drivers.

                  checkout items 1-6 on the following post. The ad2usb and Insteon usb PLM have a similar usb connection

                  http://board.homeseer.com/showthread.php?t=147962
                  Mark

                  HS3 Pro 3.0.0.534
                  Hardware: Insteon Serial PLM | AD2USB for Vista Alarm | HAI Omnistat2 | 1-Wire HA7E | RFXrec433 | Dahua Cameras | LiftMaster Internet Gateway
                  Plugins: Insteon (mine) | Vista Alarm (mine) | Omnistat 3 (by Kirby) | Ultra1Wire3 | RFXCOM | NetCAM | MyQ | BLRadar | BLDenon | Jon00 Charting
                  Platform: HP h8-1360t, Windows Server 2012 R2, i7-3.4GHz, 16GB memory

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                  • #10
                    Anyone else have any feedback on this version/new feature?
                    Mark

                    HS3 Pro 3.0.0.534
                    Hardware: Insteon Serial PLM | AD2USB for Vista Alarm | HAI Omnistat2 | 1-Wire HA7E | RFXrec433 | Dahua Cameras | LiftMaster Internet Gateway
                    Plugins: Insteon (mine) | Vista Alarm (mine) | Omnistat 3 (by Kirby) | Ultra1Wire3 | RFXCOM | NetCAM | MyQ | BLRadar | BLDenon | Jon00 Charting
                    Platform: HP h8-1360t, Windows Server 2012 R2, i7-3.4GHz, 16GB memory

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                    • #11
                      HS2

                      Only 2 years later but finally trying to get this to work.

                      I turned on LRR on the AD2USB using putty
                      I can set Homeseer Vista Alarm User Triggers

                      The AD2USB and panel are sending the LRR Code:

                      8/31/2014 1:55:05 PM Vista Alarm !LRR:002,ARM_STAY

                      But no luck.
                      I also don't see anywhere on the v1.2.71 plugin to turn on LRR on the plugin Config Page.
                      " Step 5. Enable the LRR from the plugin config page"

                      Thanks
                      Last edited by DSteiNeuro; August 31st, 2014, 04:07 PM.
                      DSteiNeuro

                      HS3Pro

                      MSI Cubi Intel(R) Core(TM) i5-5200U CPU @ 2.20GHz, 2201 Mhz, 2 Core(s), 4 Logical Processor(s) 16GB DDRl RAM

                      Enabled Plug-Ins
                      BLRussound, BLSpeech, HSTouch Server, JowiHue, MyQ, Nest, Rain8, Squeezebox, Ultra1Wire3, UltraGCIR3, Vista Alarm, X10,Z-Wave

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                      • #12
                        can you post the response the ad2usb provides when you enter a V command in a putty or terminal window. the result should look something like the following

                        !VER:000004e2,V2.2a.5-beta14,TX;RX;SM;VZ;RF;ZX;RE;AU;3X;CG;DD;MF;LR;KE

                        note: you can stop (turn off) the monitor device in the plugin without having to stop HS
                        Mark

                        HS3 Pro 3.0.0.534
                        Hardware: Insteon Serial PLM | AD2USB for Vista Alarm | HAI Omnistat2 | 1-Wire HA7E | RFXrec433 | Dahua Cameras | LiftMaster Internet Gateway
                        Plugins: Insteon (mine) | Vista Alarm (mine) | Omnistat 3 (by Kirby) | Ultra1Wire3 | RFXCOM | NetCAM | MyQ | BLRadar | BLDenon | Jon00 Charting
                        Platform: HP h8-1360t, Windows Server 2012 R2, i7-3.4GHz, 16GB memory

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                        • #13
                          !VER:000004ee,V2.2a.3-beta2,TX;RX;SM;VZ;RF;ZX;PE;RE;AU

                          This is an early version of the V2.2 firmware, I am hoping that it will work because I am seeing the LRR text in the debug file.

                          If needed, I will need to figure out a way to upgrade the FW because it won't work from the plugin and I can't get the Nutech Keypad to run on the HS PC.

                          Thank!
                          DSteiNeuro

                          HS3Pro

                          MSI Cubi Intel(R) Core(TM) i5-5200U CPU @ 2.20GHz, 2201 Mhz, 2 Core(s), 4 Logical Processor(s) 16GB DDRl RAM

                          Enabled Plug-Ins
                          BLRussound, BLSpeech, HSTouch Server, JowiHue, MyQ, Nest, Rain8, Squeezebox, Ultra1Wire3, UltraGCIR3, Vista Alarm, X10,Z-Wave

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                          • #14
                            Originally posted by DSteiNeuro View Post
                            !VER:000004ee,V2.2a.3-beta2,TX;RX;SM;VZ;RF;ZX;PE;RE;AU

                            This is an early version of the V2.2 firmware, I am hoping that it will work because I am seeing the LRR text in the debug file.

                            If needed, I will need to figure out a way to upgrade the FW because it won't work from the plugin and I can't get the Nutech Keypad to run on the HS PC.

                            Thank!
                            You to upgrade your fw to at least the version i posted.

                            please check in with nutech about the difficulty in upgrading the fw.
                            Mark

                            HS3 Pro 3.0.0.534
                            Hardware: Insteon Serial PLM | AD2USB for Vista Alarm | HAI Omnistat2 | 1-Wire HA7E | RFXrec433 | Dahua Cameras | LiftMaster Internet Gateway
                            Plugins: Insteon (mine) | Vista Alarm (mine) | Omnistat 3 (by Kirby) | Ultra1Wire3 | RFXCOM | NetCAM | MyQ | BLRadar | BLDenon | Jon00 Charting
                            Platform: HP h8-1360t, Windows Server 2012 R2, i7-3.4GHz, 16GB memory

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                            • #15
                              OK, thanks. I updated the FW to the most current off of the Nutech site using the virtual keypad. The current stable firmware is V2.2a.6.

                              Working now, Thanks! Useful feature. Only took two years for me to get around to it.

                              Glad I got the virtual keypad working (used a virtual serial port on another PC). I want to purchase the Panel Programming downloader from Sean,

                              DSteiNeuro
                              DSteiNeuro

                              HS3Pro

                              MSI Cubi Intel(R) Core(TM) i5-5200U CPU @ 2.20GHz, 2201 Mhz, 2 Core(s), 4 Logical Processor(s) 16GB DDRl RAM

                              Enabled Plug-Ins
                              BLRussound, BLSpeech, HSTouch Server, JowiHue, MyQ, Nest, Rain8, Squeezebox, Ultra1Wire3, UltraGCIR3, Vista Alarm, X10,Z-Wave

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