Quick intro first, Electrician and security installer for 22 years, mainly installing Ademco/Honeywell systems as far back as the 3115-5115 era, Challenger V8 was pretty new too, yes done my training for it (if you call 3 days for $1200 training).
My main Question:
Is the Challenger V8 (FW76) capable of running smart readers?
I have the challenger, 1x LCD RAS, 1x smart reader (online mode), and about 50x FOBs (dog tags that came with it) connected as a test system trying to make sense out of the tags.
the reader is polled and i can read the FC and user for each tag (in un-secured), but the main panel and the reader give different user numbers, and the FC's are all over the place.
tag# 323786 has FC:59350 U:1 according to the panel, but FC:59350 U:5543 according to the reader
tag# 323787 has FC:16777 U:1 according to the panel, but FC:16777 U:5544 according to the reader
tag# 323789 has FC:19401 U:1 according to the panel, but FC:19401 U:5787
tag# 323788 has FC:10710 U:1 according to the panel, but FC:10710 U:5796 according to the reader, but makes the reader annouce it's address, this is 1 of 2 tags that read in secured mode.
as far as i'm aware, we've never had a card programmer, we normally order cards and tags pre-programmed.
Has anyone else experienced this?
and yes, the data wires are correct, reader won't poll otherwise