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Re: New Communication Box
« Reply #15 on: October 03, 2021, 02:04:55 AM »
Combox with top and bottom on..:)

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Re: New Communication Box
« Reply #16 on: October 03, 2021, 08:15:58 AM »
will this work with the SL model classic?

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Re: New Communication Box
« Reply #17 on: October 03, 2021, 10:59:51 AM »
Looks good, glad to see the commbox is running and ready for action.  Next step, Beta testing!
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Re: New Communication Box
« Reply #18 on: October 03, 2021, 03:10:31 PM »
will this work with the SL model classic?

I'm not sure ?   I had forgotten what features the Classic SL was lacking which might make a difference.
Turns out our link for that appears to be dead at the moment.  Having that fixed right away

Depends on whether or not it is communicating with the Classic via either Ethernet or the modbus RS232 jacks.

If Ethernet is used, then a simple Ethernet switch is needed to add extra Ethernet connections and retain local network connectivity.  At least those switches are real inexpensive...  Like less than $20

Ethernet is the quickest way to communicate with a Classic and does not interfere with Classics connected in Follow-Me mode.  But I'm pretty sure that Classic SLs are lacking one or the other communications method.

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Re: New Communication Box
« Reply #19 on: October 03, 2021, 04:20:49 PM »
The Classic SL,  LACKS the Ethernet port,  has RS232 & Modbus,  the chart says:

"RS232, Modbus" Communication

Comparison chart,  here:
http://www.midnitesolar.com/pdfs/Classic-Lite-SL-Chart.pdf

QUESTION,  boB:

Have always been hoping that the Combox might have Analog voltage input,  so that it might be able to measure battery voltage (Sense leads),  so,  with a firmware tweak,  that the Classic might know the actual battery voltage reading.   Would bet that this want,  is,  just too obscure.

It sure IS great that the Hawkes Bay and Barcelona CCs  do have battery voltage Sense.

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Re: New Communication Box
« Reply #20 on: October 04, 2021, 12:27:49 AM »
The Classic SL,  LACKS the Ethernet port,  has RS232 & Modbus,  the chart says:

"RS232, Modbus" Communication

Comparison chart,  here:
http://www.midnitesolar.com/pdfs/Classic-Lite-SL-Chart.pdf

QUESTION,  boB:

Have always been hoping that the Combox might have Analog voltage input,  so that it might be able to measure battery voltage (Sense leads),  so,  with a firmware tweak,  that the Classic might know the actual battery voltage reading.   Would bet that this want,  is,  just too obscure.

It sure IS great that the Hawkes Bay and Barcelona CCs  do have battery voltage Sense.

73  Thanks,  Vic

Well dang.  I guess the SL isn't going to be compatible except that there IS RS-232 on the combox intended to talk to Classics via modbus.  That will just take a bit longer I think to end up in its software.


What I would REALLY like to have is the Whizbang Junior have voltage sense as well as current.  That would take another A/D on it.  I think it would be a pretty cool addition.  The WB Jr. is near the battery anyway so the negative connection that is one screw of the shunt could probably be the negative battery voltage sense connection.  Just add one wire.  Maybe a jumper so a separate battery negative could be used if needed.




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Re: New Communication Box
« Reply #21 on: October 04, 2021, 07:02:33 PM »
I have the code running 4 Classics now with a few more data choices...
System wide tally is going to be a hit I expect...


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Re: New Communication Box
« Reply #22 on: October 04, 2021, 11:09:46 PM »
Hi Whiz .. ,

Graphs and data looks great !!   Nice work,  Thanks,   Vic
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Re: New Communication Box
« Reply #23 on: October 05, 2021, 02:08:17 AM »
What about the Classic 250-CP version ?   I know there used to be a page here describing it, and I thought it came with functioning ethernet?   went to verify that, and the page is   " either missing or off limits to you  "
http://midniteftp.com/forum/index.php?topic=4606.0

I bought one as a backup controller, and understood several things were excluded, but I thought ethernet was present.   the -CP is in a box in my shop .
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Re: New Communication Box
« Reply #24 on: October 05, 2021, 06:56:45 AM »
What about the Classic 250-CP version ?   I know there used to be a page here describing it, and I thought it came with functioning ethernet?   went to verify that, and the page is   " either missing or off limits to you  "
http://midniteftp.com/forum/index.php?topic=4606.0

I bought one as a backup controller, and understood several things were excluded, but I thought ethernet was present.   the -CP is in a box in my shop .

Yes Classic 250CP and Carpoff Classics had functioning Ethernet so they would work with this just fine, We of course will eventually get RS232 comms working between the combox and Classic as well

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Re: New Communication Box
« Reply #25 on: October 05, 2021, 06:56:53 AM »
What about the Classic 250-CP version ?   I know there used to be a page here describing it, and I thought it came with functioning ethernet?   went to verify that, and the page is   " either missing or off limits to you  "
http://midniteftp.com/forum/index.php?topic=4606.0

I bought one as a backup controller, and understood several things were excluded, but I thought ethernet was present.   the -CP is in a box in my shop .

Yes Classic 250CP and Carpoff Classics had functioning Ethernet so they would work with this just fine, We of course will eventually get RS232 comms working between the combox and Classic as well