Conext ComBox - Firmware update released

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  • mike95490mike95490 Solar Expert Posts: 7,307 ✭✭✭✭
    Argh, the last few days, my logging has been squirrely and incomplete. I found the uSD card in the combox was corrupted and reformatted it, Reinstalled the same card and rebooted the combox, and tonight, got
    Internal Memory Full - Directories: nand:0:\Energy\2015\08.nand:0:\2015\08. Purged.
    ??
    So a quick google gives me:
    Why has my Combox stopped logging system energy graphs?
    Energy graphs are stored in the Combox's internal memory. Older firmware would cause the Combox to quit logging once internal
    memory was full. Uprading the firmware of the Combox will allow the data to "wrap", allowing the oldest data to drop off, making room for more data.
    The latest Combox firmware can be uploaded to a thumb drive from our website.
    http://solar.schneider-electric.com/...conext-combox/

    I'm running
    Application Version Ver02.01BN0673
    Application Build Date 2014-09-19_10-40-25
    and the latest version is now
    http://solar.schneider-electric.com/...conext-combox/
    Conext Combox Firmware (3.00 Build 707) – NEW
    http://cdn.solar.schneider-electric....ld-707-new.zip

    So tomorrow I try updating, wish me luck

    Conext Combox Firmware (3.00 Build 707) – NEW
    Release Notes For Conext Combox/Conext Modbus
    Converter
    Version: 03.00 Build 707 [14 Feb, 2015]
    New Features
    • CSW Upgrade support on new configurations, warnings and faults.
    • Added support for users to perform custom data logging on Modbus device
    parameters.
    • Added support for AGS auto start/stop based on Battery SOC.
    • Added support to emulate USB device connect/disconnect from software.
    Bug Fixes
    • Updated boot loader to version (Ver01.03BN0118 ) to support watchdog timer
    in boot loader mode.
    • Added support to update watchdog timer during application initialization
    stages.
    • Added support to display negative load power for CSW.
    • Changed timestamp from GMT to local time in the portal_test script.
    • Added support to display normalized Battery bank SOC readings on WebUI
    home screen.
    • Updated cloud push scripts to use content-length meta data instead of using
    chunked transfer encoding which has shown to cause problems on some sites
    on web portal.
    • Ensures that the associations on CSW are not allowed to be changed during
    operation mode.
    Note
    • The new bootloader (Ver01.03BN0118 ) might be incompatible with
    application firmware prior to V03.00. Therefore, it is not recommended to
    downgrade the application firmware upon the upgrade of the new bootloader.
    Version: 02.01 Build 673 [19 Sep, 2014]
    New Features
    • Energy odometer (KWh meters) nightly backup to an installed SD card
    • Removed unused run-time counters in email report
    • Changed GVS and GFS configuration settings to two decimal places
    • Added Battery Monitor “Synchronize Now” command
    Bug Fixes
    • Fixed configuration issues which causes System Configuration Fault on startup
    • Fixed overflow bug in energy calculation for battery monitor power flow
    • Fixed dashboard corruption when updating from an earlier firmware version
    • Removed unused curtailment percentage from system Modbus map
    • Fixed AC Transfer switch delay settings
    • Fixed GVS and GFS configuration settings
    • Fixed schedule timing error when using data push to cloud service

    ////// update
    all seems to have gone well,
    WAS
    Application Version Ver02.01BN0673
    Application Build Date 2014-09-19_10-40-25
    Bootloader Version Ver01.01BN0058
    Bootloader Build Date 2013-05-01_17-34-02

    after upgrade:
    Application Version Ver03.00BN0707
    Application Build Date 2015-02-14_02-44-31
    Bootloader Version Ver01.03BN0118
    Bootloader Build Date 2014-12-16_12-18-33

    Sadly, while the error message is gone now, the logging still seems inoperable, Maybe it will "cure" itself after a 24 hour cycle (unlikely) Looks like I'm calling schneider
    Powerfab top of pole PV mount | Listeroid 6/1 w/st5 gen head | XW6048 inverter/chgr | Iota 48V/15A charger | Morningstar 60A MPPT | 48V, 800A NiFe Battery (in series)| 15, Evergreen 205w "12V" PV array on pole | Midnight ePanel | Grundfos 10 SO5-9 with 3 wire Franklin Electric motor (1/2hp 240V 1ph ) on a timer for 3 hr noontime run - Runs off PV ||
    || Midnight Classic 200 | 10, Evergreen 200w in a 160VOC array ||
    || VEC1093 12V Charger | Maha C401 aa/aaa Charger | SureSine | Sunsaver MPPT 15A

    solar: http://tinyurl.com/LMR-Solar
    gen: http://tinyurl.com/LMR-Lister ,

  • new2PVnew2PV Solar Expert Posts: 303 ✭✭
    Interesting I can;t sync my battery monitor with the new firmware, says the value can;t be changed...or in this case enabled.
    XW6848 inverter with 2 X mppt 60 150 CC , with Canadian solar 260Watt panels 2 x 3.5 kw array
  • mike95490mike95490 Solar Expert Posts: 7,307 ✭✭✭✭
    Internal Memory Full - Directories: nand:0:\Energy\2015\08.nand:0:\2015\08. Purged.

    apparently this is fatal, and they asked for proof of purchase to ship me a new one. :(
    Powerfab top of pole PV mount | Listeroid 6/1 w/st5 gen head | XW6048 inverter/chgr | Iota 48V/15A charger | Morningstar 60A MPPT | 48V, 800A NiFe Battery (in series)| 15, Evergreen 205w "12V" PV array on pole | Midnight ePanel | Grundfos 10 SO5-9 with 3 wire Franklin Electric motor (1/2hp 240V 1ph ) on a timer for 3 hr noontime run - Runs off PV ||
    || Midnight Classic 200 | 10, Evergreen 200w in a 160VOC array ||
    || VEC1093 12V Charger | Maha C401 aa/aaa Charger | SureSine | Sunsaver MPPT 15A

    solar: http://tinyurl.com/LMR-Solar
    gen: http://tinyurl.com/LMR-Lister ,

  • SkiDoo55SkiDoo55 Solar Expert Posts: 414 ✭✭✭
    II
    mike95490 wrote: »

    apparently this is fatal, and they asked for proof of purchase to ship me a new one. :(
    You can download a script that will clear and reset the cache. You can save the data first from memory. There is another script so be aware that will reset back to factory which will wipe all of your settings. This same thing happened to me a couple of months ago, reset internal memory logging all is happy. No ComBox change out. Tech support said it was a bug in code. Code should do FIFO with the files, purge the oldest to make room for new logs. Should be corrected with next firmware update whenever that is?
    Under tech pubs for the ComBox on the Schneider site reset logs script!!
    GT3.8 w/4600W Trina 230W, TX5000 w/5000W ET-250W, XW4024 w/1500W ET-250W, 4 L16, 5500W Gen. (never had to use) Yet!!
  • mike95490mike95490 Solar Expert Posts: 7,307 ✭✭✭✭
    I've tried the script, and hope it works, the results file says the right things happened. Just waiting a day now to see if it's working.
    Thanks for the tip SkiDoo55
    Powerfab top of pole PV mount | Listeroid 6/1 w/st5 gen head | XW6048 inverter/chgr | Iota 48V/15A charger | Morningstar 60A MPPT | 48V, 800A NiFe Battery (in series)| 15, Evergreen 205w "12V" PV array on pole | Midnight ePanel | Grundfos 10 SO5-9 with 3 wire Franklin Electric motor (1/2hp 240V 1ph ) on a timer for 3 hr noontime run - Runs off PV ||
    || Midnight Classic 200 | 10, Evergreen 200w in a 160VOC array ||
    || VEC1093 12V Charger | Maha C401 aa/aaa Charger | SureSine | Sunsaver MPPT 15A

    solar: http://tinyurl.com/LMR-Solar
    gen: http://tinyurl.com/LMR-Lister ,

  • SkiDoo55SkiDoo55 Solar Expert Posts: 414 ✭✭✭
    Old
    mike95490 wrote: »
    I've tried the script, and hope it works, the results file says the right things happened. Just waiting a day now to see if it's working.
    Thanks for the tip SkiDoo55
    Let us know, worked fine on mine, glad I got a tech rep that knew what to do. Been pretty lucky with support so far. He said it is nothing wrong with the hardware was a code bug that got out in last firmware. Is scheduled to be fixed in next release when ever that will be. I had about 3 years of energy data on mine. Though it was supposed to hold 5 but guess not! Another feature should (mentioned by tech) be ability to record it to the micro SD card.
    GT3.8 w/4600W Trina 230W, TX5000 w/5000W ET-250W, XW4024 w/1500W ET-250W, 4 L16, 5500W Gen. (never had to use) Yet!!
  • mike95490mike95490 Solar Expert Posts: 7,307 ✭✭✭✭
    yes, the reset script worked, I am happy again. But there is a replacement in the mail, and I was sent a return postage label, so I'll test them both for a bit, before sending one back.
    Powerfab top of pole PV mount | Listeroid 6/1 w/st5 gen head | XW6048 inverter/chgr | Iota 48V/15A charger | Morningstar 60A MPPT | 48V, 800A NiFe Battery (in series)| 15, Evergreen 205w "12V" PV array on pole | Midnight ePanel | Grundfos 10 SO5-9 with 3 wire Franklin Electric motor (1/2hp 240V 1ph ) on a timer for 3 hr noontime run - Runs off PV ||
    || Midnight Classic 200 | 10, Evergreen 200w in a 160VOC array ||
    || VEC1093 12V Charger | Maha C401 aa/aaa Charger | SureSine | Sunsaver MPPT 15A

    solar: http://tinyurl.com/LMR-Solar
    gen: http://tinyurl.com/LMR-Lister ,

  • TinbumTinbum Registered Users Posts: 2
    I hope you can help. I am about to buy a Conex Combox but the part number I require, 865-1058, seems to be very hard to get. There are a other part numbers for the combox eg 809-0918 that is more readily available. Is it a firmware difference and is the firmware interchangeable?
  • new2PVnew2PV Solar Expert Posts: 303 ✭✭
    I wish I could help you but I just don;t know, Schneider told me they were different on the phone.
    XW6848 inverter with 2 X mppt 60 150 CC , with Canadian solar 260Watt panels 2 x 3.5 kw array
  • SkiDoo55SkiDoo55 Solar Expert Posts: 414 ✭✭✭
    A new ComBox firmware release on the Schnieder site.  Haven't flashed mine yet, been busy.
    They also have a new script tool to clear the internal memory with instructions for users that are getting a internal memory full error.  Maybe the new firmware might take care of that.  Hope they put the ability in to log energy etc to external card?
    GT3.8 w/4600W Trina 230W, TX5000 w/5000W ET-250W, XW4024 w/1500W ET-250W, 4 L16, 5500W Gen. (never had to use) Yet!!
  • Dave AngeliniDave Angelini Solar Expert Posts: 3,329 ✭✭✭✭
    Tinbum said:
    I hope you can help. I am about to buy a Conex Combox but the part number I require, 865-1058, seems to be very hard to get. There are a other part numbers for the combox eg 809-0918 that is more readily available. Is it a firmware difference and is the firmware interchangeable?
    They are available from the store here. The more expensive model 865 1058 is what you want for an XW or SW.  The other model is for the marine world and would be a mistake to buy as the firmware is different!
    "we go where power lines don't" Sierra Mountains near Mariposa/Yosemite CA
     http://members.sti.net/offgridsolar/
    E-mail offgridsolar@sti.net

  • new2PVnew2PV Solar Expert Posts: 303 ✭✭
    If its just a firmware change buy the cheaper box and flash it, what is the issue with doing that?
    XW6848 inverter with 2 X mppt 60 150 CC , with Canadian solar 260Watt panels 2 x 3.5 kw array
  • Dave AngeliniDave Angelini Solar Expert Posts: 3,329 ✭✭✭✭
    Go ahead and try it.!  It is a different model number for a reason.
    "we go where power lines don't" Sierra Mountains near Mariposa/Yosemite CA
     http://members.sti.net/offgridsolar/
    E-mail offgridsolar@sti.net

  • new2PVnew2PV Solar Expert Posts: 303 ✭✭
    So the schneider tech was correct, the xw needs the correct part number to work.
    XW6848 inverter with 2 X mppt 60 150 CC , with Canadian solar 260Watt panels 2 x 3.5 kw array
  • Dave AngeliniDave Angelini Solar Expert Posts: 3,329 ✭✭✭✭
    Good that you looked into it. Not good to tell people to do the wrong thing even on the internet.
    "we go where power lines don't" Sierra Mountains near Mariposa/Yosemite CA
     http://members.sti.net/offgridsolar/
    E-mail offgridsolar@sti.net

  • TinbumTinbum Registered Users Posts: 2
    Thanks for the replies. I did buy one of these but had to have it shipped to a friend in New York who was then sending it to me in the UK with an MPPT 80 600. I'd asked him to put it within the MPPT box but in his wisdom he didn't and despite me having only ordered on parcel for collection the courier took the two saying it was ok. It was never seen again and because I had only ordered one collection the courier wont pay out as one was delivered- good old DHL. I can't seem to find them in the UK and no one want to send one from USA and if the do they want a ridicules amount to do it.
  • Dave AngeliniDave Angelini Solar Expert Posts: 3,329 ✭✭✭✭
    Keep looking in the UK.  I have client their and I will ask him also.  We drop shipped from Sacramento into London so I know it can be done.
    "we go where power lines don't" Sierra Mountains near Mariposa/Yosemite CA
     http://members.sti.net/offgridsolar/
    E-mail offgridsolar@sti.net

  • rpvietzkerpvietzke Registered Users Posts: 29 ✭✭
    There is another version of the combos firmware uploaded at the Schneider site. There also appear to be a couple updates posted for the CSW, AGS, BattMon that I haven't seen before, although the dates indicate they are not totally new.

    Combox is up to 3.03 BN 830 at: ComBox Firmware VER 3.03 BN 830

    Rob
  • Dave AngeliniDave Angelini Solar Expert Posts: 3,329 ✭✭✭✭
    Some good things here maybe for folks using AGS.
    "we go where power lines don't" Sierra Mountains near Mariposa/Yosemite CA
     http://members.sti.net/offgridsolar/
    E-mail offgridsolar@sti.net

  • mike95490mike95490 Solar Expert Posts: 7,307 ✭✭✭✭
    thanks.  I see nothing there that benefits me, so I'll pass on this round,  But the recovering for bricked gear looks nice.
    Powerfab top of pole PV mount | Listeroid 6/1 w/st5 gen head | XW6048 inverter/chgr | Iota 48V/15A charger | Morningstar 60A MPPT | 48V, 800A NiFe Battery (in series)| 15, Evergreen 205w "12V" PV array on pole | Midnight ePanel | Grundfos 10 SO5-9 with 3 wire Franklin Electric motor (1/2hp 240V 1ph ) on a timer for 3 hr noontime run - Runs off PV ||
    || Midnight Classic 200 | 10, Evergreen 200w in a 160VOC array ||
    || VEC1093 12V Charger | Maha C401 aa/aaa Charger | SureSine | Sunsaver MPPT 15A

    solar: http://tinyurl.com/LMR-Solar
    gen: http://tinyurl.com/LMR-Lister ,

  • RossmanRossman Solar Expert Posts: 178 ✭✭
    SkiDoo55 said:
    II
    mike95490 wrote: »

    apparently this is fatal, and they asked for proof of purchase to ship me a new one. :(
    You can download a script that will clear and reset the cache. You can save the data first from memory. There is another script so be aware that will reset back to factory which will wipe all of your settings. This same thing happened to me a couple of months ago, reset internal memory logging all is happy. No ComBox change out. Tech support said it was a bug in code. Code should do FIFO with the files, purge the oldest to make room for new logs. Should be corrected with next firmware update whenever that is?
    Under tech pubs for the ComBox on the Schneider site reset logs script!!
    Anyone got an url for this script?  I can't find shit on the SE site  :(  Having same issue with the logs being full.  Thanks!
  • mike95490mike95490 Solar Expert Posts: 7,307 ✭✭✭✭
    http://solar.schneider-electric.com/product/conext-combox/
     Downloads
      TechPublications
    You want
    and
    and under FIRMWARE  you want to have the latest for you box.
    After you backup your data, the firmware update may fix all the issues,

    And get a microSD card for the box.  That's how I do the backups

    Pay attention to EVERY Word in the doc for the scripts,  The wording and sequence is not consumer friendly,
    these are technical documents.

    I don't know any way to capture / save the existing data unless you do each one manually (painful)







    Powerfab top of pole PV mount | Listeroid 6/1 w/st5 gen head | XW6048 inverter/chgr | Iota 48V/15A charger | Morningstar 60A MPPT | 48V, 800A NiFe Battery (in series)| 15, Evergreen 205w "12V" PV array on pole | Midnight ePanel | Grundfos 10 SO5-9 with 3 wire Franklin Electric motor (1/2hp 240V 1ph ) on a timer for 3 hr noontime run - Runs off PV ||
    || Midnight Classic 200 | 10, Evergreen 200w in a 160VOC array ||
    || VEC1093 12V Charger | Maha C401 aa/aaa Charger | SureSine | Sunsaver MPPT 15A

    solar: http://tinyurl.com/LMR-Solar
    gen: http://tinyurl.com/LMR-Lister ,

  • maximusmaximus Registered Users, Users Awaiting Email Confirmation Posts: 1
    Hello I know this is an old post but I need your help, just bought conext combox and the default firmware is

    Device Info: Conext ComBox - Freedom SW by Xantrex

     Model Number: 809-0918

    Serial Number: B12946247

    Hardware Revision: Rev-H

     Device Name: ComBox-B12946247

     MAC Address: 00-00-54-FE-0D-8C

    IP Address: 192.168.1.12

    Hostname: cb-B12946247

     Software ID: 150-0288

    Kernel Version: 1.33

     Application Version: Ver01.00BN0044

    Application Build Date: 2014-02-27_16-18-42

     Boot Loader Version: Ver01.02BN0087

    Boot Loader Build Date: 2013-08-23_09-40-38

     Modbus Map Version: A.2

    with this firmware I can see two MPPT60 perfect but I can´t see the 2 inverters and AGS, can anyone have the Application Version: Ver01.00BN0044 or other version before 3.0 or someone can tell me if its possible backup the firmware from combox??, thanks a lot.
  • Dave AngeliniDave Angelini Solar Expert Posts: 3,329 ✭✭✭✭
    edited July 3 #115
    Combox for Freedom SW is not the same as Combox for XW and CSW. I do not believe there is a way to get this to work correctly.
    Combox for XW & CSW is model 865-1058 and is for renewable energy inverters. Your is for Marine Inverters.

    "we go where power lines don't" Sierra Mountains near Mariposa/Yosemite CA
     http://members.sti.net/offgridsolar/
    E-mail offgridsolar@sti.net

  • Dave AngeliniDave Angelini Solar Expert Posts: 3,329 ✭✭✭✭
    You must have me confused with someone else :)
    "we go where power lines don't" Sierra Mountains near Mariposa/Yosemite CA
     http://members.sti.net/offgridsolar/
    E-mail offgridsolar@sti.net

  • SolraySolray Registered Users Posts: 246 ✭✭
    You must have me confused with someone else :)
    That was weird and out of no where... lol
  • tampasolartampasolar Registered Users Posts: 25 ✭✭
    What is GFS Enable in the ComBox
  • tampasolartampasolar Registered Users Posts: 25 ✭✭
    Thats under Active Power Control for the XW device
  • tampasolartampasolar Registered Users Posts: 25 ✭✭
    Also connot find documentation for Generator Support Plus under Advanced Features in the ComBox
  • tampasolartampasolar Registered Users Posts: 25 ✭✭
    Would love it I anyone could post a link to any manual that has these items in it.  Thanks.
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