Originally Posted by A&M 350Z
I am new to the Crestron world, always been more than what I needed. However, we just purchased a new home that previously had a full crestron setup controlling theater (including screen, drapes, pj, audio, etc), whole home audio, pool, outdoor lighting, fireplace. The Crestron panel and wiring are still in place. We also negotiated the equipment into the contract but it has been removed and is not connected. The equipment included is below and was originally installed in 2005:
PRO2 Professional Dual-Bus Control System
CNX-PAD8A Audio Distribution Processor
C2N-TXM Radio Tuner
TPMC-10 Wireless Tablet Touch Panel
TPMC-10 Docking Station
So the question is, what would it cost me to reinstall? I assume it is all still programmed for the house. What are areas that may be worth upgrading?
Thanks in advance.
Whew, it's a little more difficult then you think. These systems are usually sold to clients by realtors like they are just your everyday receiver and tv. Unfortunately and fortunately that is not the case.
1. You will need to have an authorized Crestron installer come in and hook everything back up. Or if you are pretty handy you can go to Crestron's website, pull down the documentation and give it a go yourself, but get ready for some headaches. The equipment you listed is some of the most common equipment they have (save the LC1000's, those are junk now)
2. Code, code, code. You need to MAKE SURE you have the most recent version of the code and touchpanel files from the previous owner or installer. If it is the installer, forewarning, they may charge you for it. And they are allowed to. If you cannot find these files, no changes can be made to your system and it sounds like you would be hard pressed to make anything work at all. If that is the case, you will need to get it re-programmed and I would recommend going with a CAIP (Crestron Authorized Independent Programmer) to make sure it is done right.
3. Upgrades. That is where a consultant should be brought in. You need to figure out exactly what you have/are controlling and what you would like to do. Nothing is impossible, these systems can literally do almost anything. Shooting from the hip at your equipment list, I would say to update the TPMC10 to a TPMC8X for starters. The 10 was discontinued due to wireless problems, weight, and overall unhappiness with the product. The TPMC8X is its successor and has corrected all those problems. The LC1000's need to go to, those are extremely old. They can be replaced with TPS4L's (smaller screen) or TPS6L's (larger screen). The rest of the equipment is good.
Hope this helps.