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Re: Neptune Apex Available soon

Postby aaran.stent » Sat 04 Jan, 2014 3:58 pm

I will post instructions for email setup and internet access as soon as I get mine (and connect it). I have lots of skills in IT and none in reefing. Happy to help anyone who needs assistance in setting up their router/firewall. Finger crossed mine is here on Monday...
Anyone know if the Automatic Fish feeder is available here in AUS yet? Think that will be my next purchase.

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Re: Neptune Apex Available soon

Postby chromus » Sat 04 Jan, 2014 6:03 pm

I have a bit of practice from remoting into my mates apex a thousand times in Texas from Perth.

If you get stuck i can give pointers.

On that note, make sure you label your devices logically, temp1, alk1, powerbar1_1 (for powerbar1 socket1), starting out with a logical and rigid system will save you heartache when you expand later.
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Re: Neptune Apex Available soon

Postby TWS » Sat 04 Jan, 2014 11:37 pm

aaran.stent wrote:I will post instructions for email setup and internet access as soon as I get mine (and connect it). I have lots of skills in IT and none in reefing. Happy to help anyone who needs assistance in setting up their router/firewall. Finger crossed mine is here on Monday...
Anyone know if the Automatic Fish feeder is available here in AUS yet? Think that will be my next purchase.

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This would be great, i also have a bit of knowledge but only done limited router set ups but ya can't beat some instructions. with the feeder i know they sold out instantly in the US and they are on back order for US stores so prob be a while before any come through to Aus stores.
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Re: Neptune Apex Available soon

Postby afhtan » Mon 06 Jan, 2014 11:31 pm

The apex is awesome, wish it came a little earlier as i had massive temp swings due to the dodgy thermostats in my heaters and lost some more sps last week.

I saw a post from neptune saying they are aware that gmx has blocked email traffic from the apex's.

Unfortunately, my isp's smtp server and gmail requires encryption.

I might try setting up a mail proxy in my network to see if i can get alerts working
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Re: Neptune Apex Available soon

Postby TWS » Mon 06 Jan, 2014 11:54 pm

did your apex show up today?
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Re: Neptune Apex Available soon

Postby Thommo01 » Tue 07 Jan, 2014 12:52 am

:( No!
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Re: Neptune Apex Available soon

Postby afhtan » Tue 07 Jan, 2014 10:35 am

TWS wrote:did your apex show up today?


I picked mine up from Reeflections last night.
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Re: Neptune Apex Available soon

Postby afhtan » Tue 07 Jan, 2014 5:00 pm

The Aus version is also the full controller with variable speed ports as well instead of the "Lite" controller which I thought we were getting.

Even more tempted to go for programmable Tunze pumps now for the next tank since I wont have to buy another module to control them.
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Re: Neptune Apex Available soon

Postby TWS » Tue 07 Jan, 2014 8:21 pm

i was told it was the full unit with the Lab grade probe…….. still waiting though
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Re: Neptune Apex Available soon

Postby afhtan » Tue 07 Jan, 2014 9:21 pm

For anyone planning on using the android app. Don't change the apex web port and don't use a password that has the "@" character. The app couldn't connect to the server when I changed the port to another number and I had an "@" character in my password.

For anyone that has a dynamic IP and wants to access their apex when they are away from home, I am using the dynamic dns service from http://www.noip.com. You sign up for a hostname and run a program on a computer at your home which updates your current IP address with their servers.

Then you can access your apex via the hostname from no-ip.com.

Note: You also have to forward port 80 to your Apex IP address in your router config.
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Re: Neptune Apex Available soon

Postby NewyReefer » Tue 07 Jan, 2014 9:38 pm

Have you updated your firmware to 4.31 yet.?? when I did mine I lost the tiles on the dashboard reset the memory it came back then tried again and lost it again...
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Re: Neptune Apex Available soon

Postby afhtan » Tue 07 Jan, 2014 9:49 pm

not yet.. dont think i want to now =p

For anyone with Telstra Bigpond. Their mail server still works with port 25 "Unencrypted" so you can use your bigpond account with the Apex, even though their "SMTP settings" page says to use encryption:

My email settings for bigpond are:
Email Enable: Enabled
SMTP Server: mail.bigpond.com
SMTP Port: 25
From Address: bigpond_username@bigpond.com
To Address: YOUR_REGULAR_EMAIL_ADDRESS
Email Authentication: Enabled
User name: bigpond_username
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Re: Neptune Apex Available soon

Postby Jrossi86 » Tue 07 Jan, 2014 11:46 pm

:pirate: still waiting :poke:
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Re: Neptune Apex Available soon

Postby Thommo01 » Wed 08 Jan, 2014 6:33 am

Emailed age of aquariums and he spoke to aquadepot. They are still sending out orders. Mine was only sent Monday so should have it today. Just so no one thinks that they are going to miss out(like I thought)
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Re: Neptune Apex Available soon

Postby TWS » Wed 08 Jan, 2014 9:36 am

Apex has arrived :cheers:
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Re: Neptune Apex Available soon

Postby NewyReefer » Wed 08 Jan, 2014 1:25 pm

Thanks for sharing the info Aftan, I give it a shot on the weekend.
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Re: Neptune Apex Available soon

Postby chromus » Wed 08 Jan, 2014 5:23 pm

afhtan wrote:not yet.. dont think i want to now =p

For anyone with Telstra Bigpond. Their mail server still works with port 25 "Unencrypted" so you can use your bigpond account with the Apex, even though their "SMTP settings" page says to use encryption:

My email settings for bigpond are:
Email Enable: Enabled
SMTP Server: mail.bigpond.com
SMTP Port: 25
From Address: bigpond_username@bigpond.com
To Address: YOUR_REGULAR_EMAIL_ADDRESS
Email Authentication: Enabled
User name: bigpond_username
User Password: bigpond_password


Its not that is requires, its that it supports
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Re: Neptune Apex Available soon

Postby Jrossi86 » Wed 08 Jan, 2014 11:14 pm

:bow: big props to aquadepot for :wavey:
making headway in quality product availability.
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Re: Neptune Apex Available soon

Postby Aronnax » Thu 09 Jan, 2014 1:01 am

aaran.stent wrote:I will post instructions for email setup and internet access as soon as I get mine (and connect it). I have lots of skills in IT and none in reefing. Happy to help anyone who needs assistance in setting up their router/firewall. Finger crossed mine is here on Monday...
Anyone know if the Automatic Fish feeder is available here in AUS yet? Think that will be my next purchase.

Aaran


I'm actually over in WA at the moment and I dropped into to see Graeme at Aquadepot yesterday. I'm pretty sure he had the auto feeder in stock. Not sure about other stores but I know Ben at Age of Aquariums quoted me $157.50. That includes the MASA members 10% discount. I think it's one of the more expensive accessories.
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Re: Neptune Apex Available soon

Postby Aronnax » Thu 09 Jan, 2014 1:09 am

As mentioned in my post above, I'm in WA at the moment and yesterday I dropped in to see Graeme. Picked up my Apex while I was there. What more can I say other than WOOHOO.

Now I've just got to wait until I get back to Melbourne before I can start seriously playing with my new toy.

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Re: Neptune Apex Available soon

Postby Aronnax » Thu 09 Jan, 2014 1:15 am

TWS wrote:i was told it was the full unit with the Lab grade probe…….. still waiting though


Correct, it is :thumbsup:

From conversations I had with Ben at Age of Aquariums the decision was made to just stick with the unit that comes with the Lab grade probe as the cost difference was minimal but the quality difference is significant.
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Re: Neptune Apex Available soon

Postby saltymike » Thu 09 Jan, 2014 2:20 pm

would be great if one of you tech savvy users could post a little video using the Apex.

how does the test probes/kits all work etc?

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Re: Neptune Apex Available soon

Postby trimixdiver » Thu 09 Jan, 2014 7:26 pm

:withyou: yep if someone can show how they have there's setup, with any problems along the way, really don't want to do things twice!
Got mine today but waiting for video... :cheers:
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Re: Neptune Apex Available soon

Postby NewyReefer » Thu 09 Jan, 2014 7:37 pm

Try this------->http://www.neptunesystems.com/support/docs/

They make it quite easy to set up and program with those documents...i am far from computer savvy and got it working with that...

One problem i have had was as stated above when i updated the firmware i lost the tiles off the dashboard...
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Re: Neptune Apex Available soon

Postby trimixdiver » Thu 09 Jan, 2014 8:02 pm

Video would be better, I can't read but my eye's WOW!...:)
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Re: Neptune Apex Available soon

Postby NVRENUF » Sun 12 Jan, 2014 7:59 pm

What did the unit cost here in WA ?
Just seeing videos and reading up on this unit i want one now lol.
Also assuming the gpo box is all Aus strandard now too ?

have you got some pricing on it ?

where did you get it ?
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Re: Neptune Apex Available soon

Postby chromus » Sun 12 Jan, 2014 8:21 pm

Aquarium Gallery is a WA stockist and just happens to be hosting the next MASWA meet maybe they will be on a nice '" on the nite" discount
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Re: Neptune Apex Available soon

Postby NVRENUF » Sun 12 Jan, 2014 8:31 pm

nice, looking at online US prices. comes up to about 1k,
by the time i add wireless module for vortech pumps, and bits and pieces.
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Re: Neptune Apex Available soon

Postby Aronnax » Mon 13 Jan, 2014 8:35 am

NVRENUF wrote:What did the unit cost here in WA ?
Just seeing videos and reading up on this unit i want one now lol.
Also assuming the gpo box is all Aus strandard now too ?

have you got some pricing on it ?

where did you get it ?


FYI, you may have to wait a little for the next shipment of Apex units, I think you'll find the first shipment sold as fast as it came in, Age of Aquarium state on their website that they are taking orders for delivery mid Feb.

As for pricing, I know Age of Aquariums have it on their site for $899 but as Chromus mentioned, if you go along to the MASWA meeting at the Aquarium Gallery they may offer "on the night discounts"
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Re: Neptune Apex Available soon

Postby NVRENUF » Mon 13 Jan, 2014 9:54 am

typical Australia lol $499 over seas $900 here ..
yeah im not in a rush anyway.
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