EnvisaLink EVL-4

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Sun Oct 11, 2015 1:06 am
lochnesz offline
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EnvisaLink EVL-4

Hi,

We just moved to a house with a PC-1616 alarm and RFK5500 keypad. Now I am thinking about integrating the alarm with my Indigo setup.

Does the plugin support EnvisaLink EVL-4?
I read on the forum that the previous version EnvisaLink 3 didn't send the LCD text updates to the plugin. Is it the same issue with this version?

Thanks!
Peter

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Wed Dec 02, 2015 6:00 pm
Gelfin offline
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Re: EnvisaLink EVL-4

The documentation on the says it's "already compatible" with many assorted things via the "TPI" (third-party interface), so that sort of suggests yes, and the forum posts (e.g. http://forum.eyez-on.com/FORUM/viewtopic.php?f=6&t=2027) I was able to find suggest the EVL-4 is a drop-in replacement for the EVL-3. But I'd really like to hear some confirmation before I commit to a purchase.

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Thu Dec 03, 2015 12:45 am
howartp offline
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Re: EnvisaLink EVL-4

Sorry, I've only got the EVL3 so can't comment.


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Sun Jan 17, 2016 9:43 pm
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Re: EnvisaLink EVL-4

Did anyone end up purchasing the EVL-4, and does it work?

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Tue Jan 19, 2016 1:34 am
lochnesz offline
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Re: EnvisaLink EVL-4

rhanson wrote:
Did anyone end up purchasing the EVL-4, and does it work?


I bought one and it works. Haven't done anything advanced with it, just got the communication working between the envisalink and the Indigo plugin with the DSC zones showing their status.

Peter

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Thu Aug 25, 2016 10:51 am
Monstergerm offline
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Re: EnvisaLink EVL-4

The EVL-4 works great with the plugin and should work just like the EVL-3. It does not support virtual keypads, i.e. the alarm panel does not push updates of the LCD display to the plugin. However, it supports many other things that the older serial interface cannot handle, e.g. zone bypass.

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Fri May 12, 2017 9:33 pm
jltnol offline
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Re: EnvisaLink EVL-4

So the alarm system in the house I just bought seems to be old and needs to be replaced. This is from an alarm installer that I trust. He'd like to put in a newer DCS system, but the last house I had had an Ademco panel, and I'm confident about getting that kind of panel connected via the AD2USB module to indigo...

The DSC panel would need the newer EnvisaLInk EVL-4, which I'm prepared to purchase, but before I get the green light to this upgraded alarm panel and spend the money for the EVL-4, any ideas or suggestions about whether this is going to be an uphill battle to learn? I'm assuming connecting the panel thru ethernet to Indigo is pretty straight forward, but is there any "show stoppers" I should be aware of?


I was able to arm and un-arm the ademco panel thru indigo, and if there was an intrusion, Indigo would text me, usually well before the alarm company could actually call me. I don't quite understand what the advanced operations MIGHT be, but would be happy to explore them in time... but mainly trying to get a feel for how hard integrating the new DSC panel might be into Indigo, and getting some basic functions working....

And lastly, does the plugin work with the latest version of Indigo, and would the AD2USB device connect directly to the new DSC panel and work with the plugin?

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