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random channels on/off when hardware utility running


medman2000

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I've never seen this before, needing to figure it out. Help!

#1: Every time I search for controllers, I'm finding a different number - I have 62 controllers I think in my yard this year, sometimes it is finding 43, sometimes 25, sometimes 54 - seems random - and all I'm doing is standing at the computer hitting refresh again, not changing the layout at all.

#2: each time I hit refresh to search for controllers, random channels are turning on/off in the yard while the hardware utility is "searching" - but even after it finds a random number of controllers, lights will just turn on/off here or there whenever the hardware utility is running - without me touching anything.

I had updated firmware between the halloween show (when everything was working) to now - running the latest firmware and latest version of LOR software - but things seemed to search/refresh just fine after this process. Most of this (or all of this) started happening after a lot of rain. Oh, and a neighbors cat chewed through two of my cat5 cables which I replaced. The cat lived :)

Is this a firmware issue? Will be hard to track down on that many controllers. Is it a water issue? One controller did get wet when the enclosure lid was left open a crack, but LOR wasn't seeing that string of controllers anyway because the cat chewed through the line before the "wet" controller.

Help!

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Complex solution - 3 of the controllers had actually had the little Cat5 connector break on the inside (this brings my total up to 13 controllers that are sitting on my shelf waiting for LOR to return my email about repairing them - can't you just make the connectors maybe a little less fragile???).

the one controller was still a little wet on the inside, exchanging that one out fixed the weird hardware utility thing.

Hope eveyone else is having more luck than I am!

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I had some rain issues the past couple of days also. Rain (and Japanese beetles) got into a controller and caused some pretty weird things to happen before the controller just quit. I brought it in and dried it out over a furnace grill and replaced both fuses which had fried and it works great now. (Scary for a while - I don't have any backup controllers.) And I've also seen channels come on for reasons of their own this year when using the hardware utility.

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