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Worthwhile Differences between EA5-V2 and EA5-V1?


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I'm trying to decide if the EA5-V2 has enough different about it that I should get it over a lower-priced EA5-V1. From what I can tell, these are the differences (for all of the V2 controllers):

  • V2 does not have built-in Wi-Fi (optional addition via USB dongle C4-USBWIFI or C4USBWIFI-1). V2 only has the 1 external ZigBee antenna vs. the 3 external antennas on the EA5-V1.
  • V2 has nternal SSD (vs. conventional rotating hard drive)

  • V2 has "Improvements for Control4 Dealers to make maintenance faster" - no idea what this actually means

  • Improvements in the audio circuitry of the EA3-V2 and EA5-V2 for "an even better High Resolution music experience"

  • Rack ears preinstalled on the EA5-V2. Rubber feet are pre-installed on the EA5-V1.

  • The V2 controllers require OS 2.10.2 or higher. The V1 controllers require OS 2.8.1 or higher.

  • The V2 ID button is also an LED (the LED in the button provides the same functionality as the caution LED on the EA5-V1 - mostly useful during factor resets)

  • Is there anything else? Faster CPU??? More RAM??? Larger Hard Drive???

 

Did I miss anything? Is it worth it going for a V2 over a V1?

 

 

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Comparatively I would say it is. Compared to EAs, CAs, or other smart home control hubs. 

Yes I am super angry.  There is smoke coming out of my ears Never understood why people who do not like a product hang out in their forums and bash it.  It is like they have nothing better to do

The CA10 is a real beast...

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13 hours ago, WhyPhy said:

V2 does not have built-in Wi-Fi (optional addition via USB dongle C4-USBWIFI or C4USBWIFI-1). V2 only has the 1 external ZigBee antenna vs. the 3 external antennas on the EA5-V1

Those two antennae were for Wifi, this doesnt' influence ZigBee etc.

13 hours ago, WhyPhy said:

V2 has nternal SSD (vs. conventional rotating hard drive)

Nah, there was never an HDD in them to begin with, it's just an upgrade from the previous flash drive, not a change from spinning disks

13 hours ago, WhyPhy said:

Improvements in the audio circuitry of the EA3-V2 and EA5-V2 for "an even better High Resolution music experience"

An updated muting circuit can help prevent popping noises that occur in some setups

 

13 hours ago, WhyPhy said:

V2 has "Improvements for Control4 Dealers to make maintenance faster" - no idea what this actually means

This basically means this:

13 hours ago, WhyPhy said:

The V2 ID button is also an LED (the LED in the button provides the same functionality as the caution LED on the EA5-V1 - mostly useful during factor resets)

One of my pet peeves is that doing any restore with a unit rack mounted means I need to call up Mr Fantastic or Stretch Armstrong to do it for me....

And this:

13 hours ago, WhyPhy said:

Rack ears preinstalled on the EA5-V2. Rubber feet are pre-installed on the EA5-V1.

Pretty minor but sure.

 

13 hours ago, WhyPhy said:

Is there anything else?

Nope

13 hours ago, WhyPhy said:

Is it worth it going for a V2 over a V1?

While they last, get a V1 if the price difference makes sence

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35 minutes ago, cdepaola said:

MSRP vs actual price are often very different.


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Point in the end being, if a V1 is a fair bit cheaper to get, there is little reason for an end-user to get the V2 UNLESS it's specifically to get rid of the popping noise (VERY rare issue).

From a dealer perspective, if there's little difference, there's no reason NOT to get the V2

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We just had our ea-5-v1 replaced w v2 as the installer suspected the V1 had problems (hardware) with its Zigbee networking function (our motions were dropping off zigbee and we had periodic delays on 6 button keypads). Our light switches (zigbee) are now much more responsive that they ever were ok v1. But that could be due to a hardware issue w v1 or faster speed on v2. 

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12 hours ago, penn65000 said:

We just had our ea-5-v1 replaced w v2 as the installer suspected the V1 had problems (hardware) with its Zigbee networking function (our motions were dropping off zigbee and we had periodic delays on 6 button keypads). Our light switches (zigbee) are now much more responsive that they ever were ok v1. But that could be due to a hardware issue w v1 or faster speed on v2. 

Interesting,  my card acesse wireless motion sensors become unresponsive from time to time... I wonder if a V2 would help...

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1 hour ago, South Africa C4 user said:

Interesting,  my card acesse wireless motion sensors become unresponsive from time to time... I wonder if a V2 would help...

Yes we’ve had issues with C4 motions (made by cardaccess I believe) going offline. Diamond dealer and now C4 tech has actually been out. Monitoring now but a big pain for over a year. Just noticed there are now motions with “external antenna”. 

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4 hours ago, penn65000 said:

Yes we’ve had issues with C4 motions (made by cardaccess I believe) going offline. Diamond dealer and now C4 tech has actually been out. Monitoring now but a big pain for over a year. Just noticed there are now motions with “external antenna”. 

Pretty certain nothing changed for ZigBee between V1 and V2 of the EA - sounds more like it was a generic hardware failure

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On 11/30/2018 at 6:30 PM, Cyknight said:

Pretty certain nothing changed for ZigBee between V1 and V2 of the EA - sounds more like it was a generic hardware failure

EA-5 v2) installed and motions still dropping offline (one anyway). Really don't understand this -- anyone else having issues with C4 motions dropping offline? We've strong zigbee mesh with over 100 lightswitches and two zigbee extenders.

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Anyone's guess when we will likely see new controllers with more RAM and processing power? 

 

My EA3 is getting slow and I don't want to spent 3k on an EA5 which will be EOL within a year or so? 

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7 hours ago, ILoveC4 said:

New controllers are AT LEAST 18 months away - likely more. 

I hope you are right, as I bought a bunch of HC-800s to go to OS3 and I assume that I am good with them until new controllers are released, and may still be good even after that.

Any reason why you say this?

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