ad2usb plugin discussion

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Tue Dec 11, 2018 12:42 pm
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Re: ad2usb plugin discussion

mattyf wrote:
AD2USB Alarm Interface Error Error on line 677
AD2USB Alarm Interface Error panelMsgRead: Error: '18'


Eventually this error went away. I went into all the preferences and re-saved them, switching setting to something different then putting them back. Then I restarted the plug-in, and the errors stopped presenting themselves. Hope this helps someone in the future!

This is such a mega long thread it was difficult for me to sort through it to try and find the issue... I kind of wish that each plug-in could have multiple threads in it to make scanning through previous problems easier?

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Tue Dec 11, 2018 1:46 pm
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Re: ad2usb plugin discussion

I totally agree. The forums for some plugins are set up as you suggest. Oh well.

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Tue Dec 11, 2018 2:54 pm
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Re: ad2usb plugin discussion

gt3mike wrote:
I totally agree. The forums for some plugins are set up as you suggest. Oh well.


Plugin developers can organize their forums however they wish. They can't directly create subforums but all they need to do is request one and we'll create it for them.

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Tue Dec 18, 2018 6:41 pm
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Re: ad2usb plugin discussion

gt3mike wrote:
I totally agree. The forums for some plugins are set up as you suggest. Oh well.

This is what it is. I wrote this plugin because I needed it for myself. Since it appeared to meet some other people's needs. I shared it.

I earn nothing from this (and do not wish to). So, the effort it gets is = the effort I have available. At this point, especially given the low amount of traffic in this topic. I prefer to leave it as it is.

OTOH, If someone else thinks they can do a better job developing, maintaining and supporting a plugin for the AD2* products, I welcome you to do so. I would have no problem with competition, and if it were better than my efforts, I might use it myself.

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Wed Dec 19, 2018 11:00 am
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Re: ad2usb plugin discussion

gt3mike wrote:
I totally agree. The forums for some plugins are set up as you suggest. Oh well.

My comment above pertained to the structure of the community forum for the plugin (a single l-o-n-g thread rather than individual topic threads) and not the plugin itself. It is challenging to search for issues, which leads to redundant issues being reported, and handholding (frequently from berkinet) required for most new setups.

The ad2usb plugin itself, once set up, is one of the most reliable in my system. It pretty much always just works, which is a credit to the developer.

PS - I did offer quite awhile ago to help improve the setup complexity by trying to update the plugin doc. The problem with that was as soon as I dug into the doc I quickly realized that my knowledge and setup only scratches the surface of what the plugin can do, and I therefore wasn't qualified to do anything with the doc.

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Wed Dec 19, 2018 11:10 am
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Re: ad2usb plugin discussion

gt3mike wrote:
...My comment above pertained to the structure of the community forum for the plugin (a single l-o-n-g thread rather than individual topic threads)...

You were clear. Sorry if my response was not. Maintaining a more complex forum thread structure is not something I am currently interested in doing. In any case, I really don't know how I could break out sub-threads anyway... since most of the issues here deal with getting the plugin installed or suspected bugs.

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Tue Jan 08, 2019 1:13 pm
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Re: ad2usb plugin discussion

Looking for some ideas. I've implemented variables to set door codes using the Z-wave Lock Manager plugin, and it works well by embedding variables (%%v:xxxx...x%%) in the command strings. I tried a similar set up with the ad2usb plugin so that when I change the lock code variable, it not only changes the codes in the door locks, but also changes the security codes on the Vista alarm system. The alarm system portion does not seem to work. I'm assuming that the ad2usb plugin does not support embedded variable references within a "Write to Panel" "text to send" string?

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Tue Jan 08, 2019 11:51 pm
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Re: ad2usb plugin discussion

7rdr7 wrote:
Looking for some ideas. I've implemented variables to set door codes using the Z-wave Lock Manager plugin, and it works well by embedding variables (%%v:xxxx...x%%) in the command strings. I tried a similar set up with the ad2usb plugin so that when I change the lock code variable, it not only changes the codes in the door locks, but also changes the security codes on the Vista alarm system. The alarm system portion does not seem to work. I'm assuming that the ad2usb plugin does not support embedded variable references within a "Write to Panel" "text to send" string?

Variable substitution is not currently supported. I plan to do some work on this plug-in over the winter and I’ll put that on the list.

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Thu Jan 10, 2019 7:11 am
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Re: ad2usb plugin discussion

Thanks for the quick response and your consideration of a potential update to the plugin. Happy New Year!

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