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post #1 of 8 Old 12-29-2018, 04:14 AM - Thread Starter
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Upgrading an old Vantage Qlink Controller

I have an old vantage system at home with a single master controller running Qlink and ~12 controllers and dimmers.
Recently the master controller started giving me hard time and the the local dealer is trying to upgrade me to infusion controller for... too much money.

IT feels to me like the entire system is way too old - has anyone experienced a smooth upgrade to a modern technology? any recommandations?

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I assume that your house is pre-wired for a HomeRun system like Qlink. ie: low voltage cable to the wall switches and all light loads are controlled centrally by the Qlink modules.
If that is the case, then you could replace the system with RadioRa (as one example).
the RadioRa load switches would be located where the Qlink modules are.
You could use Pico wireless / battery switches where the existing wall switches are.
for the automation aspects, you could upgrade to the several available automation systems that support RadioRa including myServer, Homeseer, CQC and others.
then, you could do much more with the system than what Qlink was ever capable of.
And, if a switch fails, you just replace that one switch and not a "module" that supports multiple switches ($$).

there are several solutions to your situation.
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Yes, the qlink system has been discontinued, but the equipment that it controls is still top notch.

It is possible to either replace the qlink controller with a refurbished unit, or to upgrade the controller to Infusion (needs a new terminal board), and all new programming.

The remaining equipment, modules and keypads can remail or also be upgraded.
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Please PM me if you still need help
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Since the QLink system was discontinued in 2011, how likely is the InFusion system to be replaced with new in the next few years? Is it worth waiting to upgrade until they launch a new product line?
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We have been Vantage dealers since the late 80's, and still feel that the Vantage system is a superior system.
We are told that there is no need to update the Infusion equipment that is installed, that any updates will be with software, UNLESS you are adding something that needs extra-ordinary memory, and then the upgrade to a new Infusion controller.
We have Qlink systems still in operation since 1990 with no issues.
BUT we also have either provided our refurbished Qlink controllers to many Qlink customers, and have provided upgraded systems to Infusion, as the Qlink controllers are just computers, and who has a computer that they still use since 1990??
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We have been Vantage dealers since the late 80's, and still feel that the Vantage system is a superior system.
We are told that there is no need to update the Infusion equipment that is installed, that any updates will be with software, UNLESS you are adding something that needs extra-ordinary memory, and then the upgrade to a new Infusion controller.
We have Qlink systems still in operation since 1990 with no issues.
BUT we also have either provided our refurbished Qlink controllers to many Qlink customers, and have provided upgraded systems to Infusion, as the Qlink controllers are just computers, and who has a computer that they still use since 1990??
Thanks. Any word on new equipment from Vantage in coming years, or do you believe that the Infusion system will remain top of the line for some time? If replacing the master Qlink controller with Infusion, does that require replacement of of additional slave controllers as well as all dimmers? Main reason to switch is for use with more current programming software & ethernet connection. Assuming nothing needs to change with the original programming, what scope of (re)programming should be expected with the new products? Is it something an end-user (who is familiar with home automation & programming) could do, if minimal changes are needed?
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I know there are new keypads coming, and the EQuinox40 is a great addition.
If you replace the qlink controller (you also replace the terminal board) you leave all of the rest of the equipment intact. No need to replace the slave controllers, but leave them installed.
The end user . unless they are a programmer or very very techie won't be able to do the reprogramming. They may be able to make changes to the new programming if they have design center.
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