GE Caddx NX-8E

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Wed Oct 26, 2011 8:51 am
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GE Caddx NX-8E

Is anyone working on a plug-in for the Caddx system? If not does anyone know of a reference to a way to capture events from this panel? I really do not want to control it but just capture zone events to use with triggers in Indigo 5

[MODERATOR NOTE] User IanS posted one in the Contribution Library.

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Wed Oct 26, 2011 9:35 am
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Re: GE Caddx NX-8E

I've been hoping someone would tackle this (I have an NX-8 also). Unfortunately, the Caddx protocol is pretty ugly, and adding the serial adaptor to it is non-trivial (I haven't checked to see if they have a network-based interface module for it).

I'm still tetering between trying to do the plugin myself and just adding hardware to detect zone status. I currently have an IOLinc attached to Zone 1 (which is all the outside doors) so Indigo knows when that zone opens/closes. Don't do much with it yet because the Caddx is still the primary alarm system. I'm (not actively) looking for a hardware device that can monitor all 6 zones and then I'll decide if I want to replace the Caddx with a completely Indigo-based solution or not.

I also like having 3rd party monitoring so I need to contact my current provider and see if they will accept some other notification (email, sms, etc.). I suspect they will but don't know for sure.

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Wed Oct 26, 2011 10:08 am
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Re: GE Caddx NX-8E

Thanks for the input Jay.

My research shows a NX 590 IP module but the best I can tell it has a propritary output only readable by central stations. The serial connection would be would be tough for someone that knows what they are doing and close to impossible for me. I have even considered swapping panels for the ELKM1 but not sure if I can combine the iys99 and Indigo as I want Indigo to be my main system. I know there are plug-ins for DSC and Ademco but they look very similar to the caddx and if I am going to spend the $ I would want to step up in system capability. I guess I just need to be patient (something I am not good at) and wait for someone to do one for the Elk or the Caddx.

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Tue Nov 01, 2011 4:17 am
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Re: GE Caddx NX-8E

Hi Guys,

Here is a beta working version of the Caddx NX-8e plugin I have been working on. It is a comprehensive protocol implementation of Caddx NX-584 RS-232 Gateway Interface Protocol (April 2000) spec.

It is still in beta but it has been operating in a stable manner with a NX-8e (firmware 5.38) with 40 zones for the last 2 months.

The serial interface is pretty easy to get working.

I did write some instructions but lost them on submit because the system logged out. I can write them again if there is interest in using the plugin.

The system will not allow be to attach the Caddx plugin .zip file so I can not upload. What other way is there?

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Tue Nov 01, 2011 5:06 am
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Re: GE Caddx NX-8E

Submit it to the File Library, where people go to find things... ;)

Guess I'm going to have to figure out how to install that serial board now... :?

It would be nice to have a list of features and a simple overview of how to use it.

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Tue Nov 01, 2011 8:12 am
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Re: GE Caddx NX-8E

I am interested in using the plugin.

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Mon Nov 14, 2011 6:27 am
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Re: GE Caddx NX-8E

Hi Guys,

Sorry for the delay, having problems with my mac.

I have posted the Caddx Alarm Plugin in the User Contribution Library under Hardware Integration. There is an overview, Installation instructions for the plugin and the Alarm panel configuration settings (NX-8e). A description of devices and actions.

For the NX-8, the NX-584 serial board has the same configuration as the NX-8e but the memory locations are different.

NX-8 (NX-584 board) NX-8e
location 0 location 209 Home Automation Protocol
location 1 location 208 Serial Port Baud Rate
location 2 location 210 Transition Based Broadcasts
location 3 location 211 Command / Request Enabled
location 4 location 212 LCD Keypad Address "192" Keypad "1" Partition "1"

The serial interface is a 3 wire only connection 2 (Tx) , 3 (Rx) and 7 (Ground).

Let me know how you get on.

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Mon Nov 14, 2011 9:59 am
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Re: GE Caddx NX-8E

Hi IanS

I must be slow but I can not find your plugin. I do not see it listed and when I search for caddx, it says one item found but the item isn't displayed. It is like the file is flagged to be hidden?

Jay, Is there something I have to do in the Forum to access this file? I am signed in.

Ideas?

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Re: GE Caddx NX-8E

I just sent Ian an email - we're only allowing "final" quality plugins in the File Library. I've suggested an alternative way to distribute it so he should be posting an update here soon.

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Re: GE Caddx NX-8E

I know there is a reason, but shouldn't there be an area for betas to be uploaded so that they could be identified as such. Would be easier if everything was in one place.

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Re: GE Caddx NX-8E

We don't have the infrastructure to handle 3rd party "betas" - much like Apple doesn't in the App Store. The developer can get a free Dropbox.com account that would work nicely for betas though...

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Tue Nov 15, 2011 2:00 am
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Re: GE Caddx NX-8E

Hi Terry,

Can you send me your email address and I will send the plugin file and supporting documentation directly to you.

Cheers,

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Tue Nov 15, 2011 7:55 am
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Re: GE Caddx NX-8E

IanS wrote:
Hi Terry,

Can you send me your email address and I will send the plugin file and supporting documentation directly to you.

Cheers,


It is on the way. Let me know if you do not receive.

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Fri Nov 09, 2012 12:51 pm
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Re: GE Caddx NX-8E

Hi -

I would like to take a look at this if it is still around. Let me know where to look or where to find it.

thanks!

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Re: GE Caddx NX-8E

Ian - you never posted a link to the plugin and we've had a few asking about it. You want to upload it to the File Library or post a download link?

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