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Old October 25th, 2006, 07:01 PM   #1
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FS-4 1394 power on/off

I am trying to find out if there is a firmware update or an option to have a FS-4 be remotely powered on/off by firewire? Attached (hopefully) is a picture outlineing the need for this option.

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Old October 26th, 2006, 04:59 PM   #2
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Hi Chris...cool rig! Looks like it is going to go underwater!

Unfortunately, there is not a way of powering off/on FS-4 over FireWire. However, it is possible to turn it off (not on) using RS-232C using the serial control port on the top of the unit. You would need some way of providing a terminal control to the unit though (which usually involves a computer).

Would love to see the final setup and hear about the application!

Hope that helps,

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Old October 26th, 2006, 08:57 PM   #3
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Hello

Thanks for the reply Matt. Yes it is an underwater housing and the firestore is great in it. It just needs to be able to power it on/off without having to open the housing every time. Just a few questions about the rs232. Ontop of the Firestore there are two 1394 ports and a headphone looking port. I am assuming that the headphone looking port is what I would connect to. Is there a diagram set somewhere to show what to hook to or which pins control the on/off? Is it a software related on/off? Thanks for the help.

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Old October 26th, 2006, 08:59 PM   #4
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As a quick follow up. Is there a simple way to make a remote to just turn it on/off, without all the other functions?

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Old October 26th, 2006, 10:52 PM   #5
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Hi Chris,

Yes, the 3.5mm mini jack port on the top of the FS4 is the control port. Unfortunately, it only controls off, not on, and as I mentioned, it would probably require a computer with a custom script to control the off function. The on switch is actually a hardware switch, so it cannot be controlled via software via the serial control port. There really is not anything else that will allow you to trigger the unit on via a remote. Is battery life the issue?

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Old October 27th, 2006, 07:34 PM   #6
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Yes battery life is my main issue. And trying to find a way to preserve it without having to open the housing everytime would be great. But thanks for your replies.

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Old October 30th, 2006, 12:13 PM   #7
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Hi Chris,

You could consider using either our 3-hour FS-4 battery or there is also a large number of 3rd. party 12-15V batteries and solutions which will work on FS-4. Anton/Bauer, IDX and Pag all make cable adapters for the FS-4. Also, search this forum as many external battery solution have been discussed.

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Old November 4th, 2006, 05:20 PM   #8
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Hi Chris,

If you are open to solutions which would void the warranty on your FS-4, you could consider opening it up and soldering a long wire with a button on the end directly onto the circuit board where the on/off key is. It wouldn't be very hard to do, but it would definitely void the warranty.

I'm curios as to whether you have had any overheating issues with the FS-4 in the enclosure.
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Old November 22nd, 2006, 10:16 AM   #9
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Hi Chris,

Question for you...who made the underwater housing you were using?

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Old November 22nd, 2006, 08:39 PM   #10
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Hello


Sorry for the delay in responding. My warranty is up in December anyhow so I am looking at any options. The housing is made by Equinox, it is a ProPak 8 style. I have pictures of all parts if you are interested. I have had no overheating issue in the housing as the water I dive in is 40-65 degree F usually. Sometimes it is warmer and sometimes colder but it is a general range.

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Old November 22nd, 2006, 08:46 PM   #11
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