TLDR: Make sure you have a working INSTALLER code before attempting this (not master code or user code), AND a touchpad model that allows system programming (which does not include the common FTP-1000, see page 9: https://github.com/douglasdecouto/py-concord/blob/master/docs/GEITIConcord4%20-%20Install%20Manual.pdf). You can get yourself in a pickle if you do not. If you can do
8-<code>-0-0 and get into SYSTEM PROGRAMMING, you are good to go. If you can’t, you are probably asking for trouble to mess with your system. The default installer code is 4321.
I received the automation module. I followed the installation instructions, and was greeted by an “AM03, bus error” upon powering up. This meant the automation module, device 3 (I have two keypads) is not communicating properly over the bus. Well, of course not, I had not hooked anything up to the serial port yet.
So I set up a laptop running linux, connected to the serial port via a USB-serial cable, and fired up the concord_server as described in the README here: https://github.com/JasonCarter80/concord232.
This seemed to work. Sort of. I only showed two zones, when I knew I had quite a few more than that. It seems the zones started to show up once I tripped each sensor in turn. So I guess after a power down, the system needs to “relearn” the sensors. Fine. At this point it was getting late and I needed my laptop back for other things, so I disconnected it. This was a problem, as this now triggered another “bus error”, and made the alarm inoperable. No problem, I thought, I’ll just unwire the automation module for now, and resume when I can. Well, that didn’t work either. The system has “learned” that module, and expects it to be there now, even if it is entirely unwired from the system. Ok, no problem, I thought, I can just delete that bus device, and wait until I can work on this again. Well, this requires having a working installer code and being able to get into system programming mode. I apparently cannot, because I have FTP-1000 touchpads, which do not allow you to enter system programming mode, even if you have the installer code.
The next step is to see if I can reattach the server and hopefully things come back up and are recognized properly. Will update.