FleX-Net

FleX-Net V12 supports Advanced Protocol (AP), which is a high speed communication protocol that greatly increases the speed of communication between the intelligent devices. 159 Sensors & 159 Modules can now be placed on a single SLC Loop.

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Description

Features

A selection of the most popular new features in FleX-Net V12 intelligent fire alarm systems are as follows:

  • Supports AP Protocol
  • 159 Sensors & 159 Module Addresses per SLC Loop
  • Supports Fire CO Detector (COSAP)
  • OpenGN Software Package
  • Multiple configurations stored on a single node and on-the-fly configuration swap which means no down time or fire watch required when uploading new programs
  • New device support for PINNACLE, COPTIR, ACCLIMATE, 4-20mA module all by System Sensor
  • 2-Wire Fully Digital Audio Network
  • Ethernet Port Active for Remote Diagnostics, Web-Server, and Graphics Integration
  • Enhanced speaker circuit synchronization capabilities
  • UL & NYC Fire Department listed for releasing using the FR-320NETK panel

System Components

FAQs

While FleX-Net V11 does not support Advanced Protocol, several System Sensor devices are now equipped with AP addressable rotary switches. The devices will continue to operate in ‘CLIP’ mode, provided that the address remains within a value of 1 through 99. If an AP device is addressed outside the range 1 through 99 and connected to an earlier than V12 panel, that device will be treated by the panel as an ‘unconfigured’ device at address 00 regardless of the actual code wheel setting.

Please note that some devices such as the MIX-COSAP will only operate in AP mode. Please refer to the FleX-Net Device Compatibility Guide for further information LT-1023 Device Compatibility Guide.

UL listed – APB200, APB200-LF. ULC listed – APB200COA

Before conducting any upgrade to V12, contact Mircom Application Group at applicationGP@mircomgroup.com to determine an appropriate system upgrade plan.

You might also want to read the V12 launch announcement for more information.

You will require the use of the MGC Fire Panel Configuration Kit: Model #MGC-FACP-CFG-KIT1 to downgrade your new board from V12 to V11.

The MGC Software Update Wizard is a stand-alone program that enables you to upgrade or downgrade the firmware on a single CPU in a FleXNet/MMX system.

For further information regarding the MGC Wizard, please refer to the MGC Network Firmware Update Wizard document posted on our Web site.

Model #MGC-FACP-CFG-KIT1. This kit contains all the required interface components, such as adapters, cables, etc., to be used with the MGC Configurator tools, along with the MCG software update wizard.

The panel event “Loop re-initialization” is related to the start-up polling period of Advanced Protocol (AP) devices. The event typically occurs following the panel system start-up process or removal/ restoral of an Advanced Logic device. The event will restore once all AP devices have successfully re-initialized with the panel.

Before conducting any upgrade to V12, contact Mircom Application Group at applicationGP@mircomgroup.com to determine an appropriate system upgrade plan.

You will require the use of the MGC Fire Panel Configuration Kit: Model #MGC-FACP-CFG-KIT1.

It may be necessary to upgrade other system integrated equipment such as the INX-10A booster panel.

FleX-Net V12 enhancements include:

  • Advanced Protocol (AP), which is a high speed communication protocol that greatly increases the speed of communication between intelligent devices.
  • 159 Sensors and 159 Modules can now be placed on a single SLC Loop.
  • Supports the new COSAP/FireCO Detector and APB200 Series Sounder bases.
  • The QAA Series amplifiers are compatible with 520Hz low frequency operation with select System Sensor and Gentex speakers and speaker/strobes. A complete list of compatible speakers for use with the QAA Series amplifiers can be found in the LT-1023 Device Compatibility Guide.

Yes, the panel hardware can be used for either V11 or V12. This is strictly a firmware/software upgrade.

As for device compatibility, please refer to the panel device compatibility documentation.

A total of three AP addresses (1 Sensor + 2 Modules) will be reserved per single MIXCOSAP and APB200 combination. Please refer to the ‘MGC FleXNet Sales Guide (COSAP)’ for diagrams and further details.

The MIX-COSAP(A) detector provides both fire and carbon monoxide (CO) detection. The detector provides a test means whereby it will simulate an alarm condition and report that condition to the control panel.

Such a test may be initiated at the detector itself (by activating a switch) or initiated remotely on command from the control panel.

There are four test methods:

  1. Functional magnet
  2. Smoke entry aerosol
  3. Carbon monoxide aerosol
  4. Direct heat method

FleXNet utilizes three-part semantic versioning to differentiate between software versions. The change in the software version numbering is dependent on the type of change that has occurred between two versions.

The degree of change (major, minor or incremental) is indicated by the position of the number between decimal points, e.g. Version V11.1.0 to V12.1.0 would indicate a major change to API has occurred, affecting backwards compatibility.

The temp-4 tone (built-in to the APB200 & APB200-LF Intelligent Sounder bases) is emitted during the activation of a CO operation within the MIX-COSAP device.

The CO alarm Input Zone must contain the ‘CO’ flag (F4 column within the MGC Configurator) to drive the temp-4 tone.

To check the software version of the MGC Configurator, select the ‘Help’ menu within the Configurator, then ‘About MGC Configurator’. The software version is displayed there.

To check the firmware version on a panel, press the menu button, or ‘M’ symbol, then hold the info button, or ‘?’ symbol.

Alternatively, the firmware version is displayed on the panel LCD display during the initialization process or system start-up.

The Mircom Application Group can be reached via email at applicationGP@mircomgroup.com

OpenGN can be used to graphically monitor and control a V12 FleXNet system.

To upgrade to V12, please contact the Mircom Application Group at applicationGP@mircomgroup.com to determine an appropriate system upgrade plan.

Mircom recommends that all technicians become familiar with all new product enhancements. There are multiple avenues available for knowledge acquisition that will depend on the level of knowledge required.

The Mircom web site is a great resource to navigate all available training channels.

You can take or retake your online training here.

If you need to register for in-class training, you can do so here.

Mircom recommends the usage of the MGC Fire Panel Configuration kit for all v12 installations.

Yes, the configurator version must match the firmware version in order to perform any configuration functions.

This is to ensure that features within the configurator are supported by the firmware within the panel.

No, the same CodeMeter key (Silver or Grey in colour) can be used with either Configurators, provided that the key is programmed for FlexNet/MMX use.

No, the APB200 sounder base and the B200 sounder base can not be powered off the same auxiliary VDC source

Before conducting any upgrade to V12, contact Mircom Application Group at applicationGP@mircomgroup.com to determine an appropriate system upgrade plan.

You will require the use of the MGC Fire Panel Configuration Kit: Model #MGC-FACP-CFG-KIT1.

No, since this requires hardware as well as firmware changes.

No. Panels must be on the same version to interconnect.

Yes, it is possible to install both the V11 and V12 Configurator Programs on the same PC.

However, this is limited to the latest software version V11.11.7 for V11 and V12.1.9 for V12. Installing an earlier version to that mentioned in this note may increase the risk of potential data loss. It is strongly recommended to perform a database backup prior to installing a new Configurator version.

If you are unsure, please contact technical support for further clarification prior to installing the configurator software.

The MIX-COSAP device cannot be used without the APB200 series intelligent sounder base.

While the panel firmware can be upgraded or downgraded to either version, a configuration created in a higher software version cannot be downgraded to a lower software version.

While FleX-Net V11 does not support Advanced Protocol, several System Sensor devices are now equipped with AP addressable rotary switches. The devices will continue to operate in ‘CLIP’ mode, provided that the address remains within a value of 1 through 99. If an AP device is addressed outside the range 1 through 99 and connected to an earlier than V12 panel, that device will be treated by the panel as an ‘unconfigured’ device at address 00 regardless of the actual code wheel setting.

Please note that some devices such as the MIX-COSAP will only operate in AP mode. Please refer to the FleX-Net Device Compatibility Guide for further information LT-1023 Device Compatibility Guide.

The ‘Get’ job function is not intended as a primary method to obtain panel configuration, since NFPA-72-2013 requires that a copy of the panel configuration file should be stored on the building premises in a non-writeable format (e.g. CD-R) at all times.

With V12, the ‘Get’ job function can be used to extract the job file from the panel with version V12.1.9 or later.

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