I currently have about a dozen Aprilaire 8870 thermostats running on a 8825 controller. About every two months the 8825 locks up and I need to completely reset, re-load the updates, and re-load my programming. Tech support never really offered any great advice to fix the problem. Has anybody used the newer 8826? I heard it lacked programming options that the 8825 had. Also, has anyone experienced any locking up of the 8826. I am not all that thrilled with spending $750 for an 8826 that uses an afobe flash interface. I am also considering two additional options. One, trying to find some other way to program and control the 8870's. I have not found any options other than a full blown home automation rig, Creston, AMX, C4, etc. Two, ditching all my Aprilaire stuff and getting set up with something new. My long term goal is to add a home automation system in the future. So I want to be sure that if I switch thermostats, I want to go with the best current option for home automation integration. Thoughts or suggestions?