I have a couple of questions for the group about the Radionics 5200 programmer. I am a programmer that is also interested in alarm/security hardware. As such I am looking for interesting projects to occupy my time. After recently purchasing a D5200 programmer, I was struck by the thought of emulating the programmer on a PC/laptop to avoid the hassle of using specialized, single purpose hardware when working on my alarm system. So, I would like to gather the thoughts from the group on the following questions:
Do you have a need to be able to transfer your D5200 handlers to/from your5200 to your PC for backup purposes? Would you be interested in running your 5200 handlers ON your PC/laptop (i.e. replace your D5200)?
If there is interest, I may persue the project to emulate the D5200 on a PC computer. Upload and Download of handlers could be performed with a simple RS-232 cable at 19.2kb. Programming panels would require a small circuit board to provide the physical and interface between the laptop and the panel. Sharing/backing up handlers would be a simple as moving files on a PC.
Thanks for your constructive feedback.