Originally Posted by panman12
Thanks for the response.
I wired my house 8 years ago and I ran 2 cat 5's, 2 RG 6's and speaker wires to the controller locations. I was originally looking at the Elan and Niles systems at that time, but the costs were outside my budget, so never finished that job.
Would I need more wires with these new systems? Other than the VIA being old, would the discontinued software affect the performance of the software?
I started looking at the VIA with S12, D1650, and Z-660.
Can I use the VIA software to program the newer systems?
At this point, you only need 1 Cat5 to each touchpanel location. You can choose from the gTP4, gTP7, gTP12 or even gKP7. You would not need new wires, but the VIA software has been unsupported for so long that you would be missing out on all of the drivers for equipment that was released after it was discontinued, which was many years ago.
Your bill of materials would look more like g1 w/ 2x MRC-640. There's no composite video switching like there was on the S12. You may not need two MRC-6430 (or Elan S86A). You may be able to get by with one depending on your system.
There is still the Niles Auriel system available to you, which would still work. You should read these two posts I made:
g1 Write Up
MRC Write Up (Standalone, I was suggesting slave if using Elan)
The Elan g! overview is from the older looking interface, but all the principals are the same.
Please note that with your prewire, you're not tied to any specific brand. Nowadays, you are completely over pulled, which is good, you could pretty much use anything.
Also, no you cannot use VIA software to program g!. The VIA software is archaic, I honestly have a hard time with it when I go to service old systems.