Originally Posted by A-Pac
Hi there, I recently closed on a house and I am about to move in. The previous owners are renting from us for a couple weeks. The house is wired and currently all set up with a Nuvo system. I know he (me now) has 6 zones with keypads and I believe he has a model of Nuvo Essentia which is at least 6 years old.
Find out for sure, or just take a picture of the keypads. The Essentia has a specific, very nice keypad compared to older / less-expensive products.
The house stay with all of the wiring and the pads, but not the Essentia box. He is willing to sell me the box for $850, which looking around seems like a good deal Though as I mentioned Im not really sure on the model number of the box, but it is at least 6 years old.
Make him an offer - what is he going to do with it without the keypads? Buying them individually will set him back hundreds (Smarthome stocks them for $260, they don't show up often on eBay, but are probably $60-100 'used' there).
My questions are...if he takes the box and I need to get a new one, is it difficult to put a new box in and get it up and running. At the moment Im not really too concerned with setting up all my components into the Nuvo, until I get in there . Ive just never worked with one of these before so Im not sure if there is any initial setup. While looking though the house I did see a different box in one of the closets with a bunch of cables going into it....like some sort of master control box.
Wiring and setup of the Nuvo systems is simple, you will need a PC and the software - which he should have or you can get from NuVo. You may be able to get away with no programming at all, at least to get started (stuff won't be named, but it'll produce sound).
The house is pretty wired up, but I was not sure if that had anything to do with the Nuvo. For example is there any other equipment needed beside say the Essentia box and the keypads? Like is there anything that goes in between?
There's a connecting block / wallplate, but nothing big.
Take a look at the manual, which Smarthome has been kind enough to host:
You should start thinking about adding the MPS4 music server to that system - not cheap, but will provide you with a top-notch setup.
Congrats on the new home!