The last major release of Loop Explorer was
Version 4.90, which was distributed to all registered
users during March 2008 and featured in “In
The Technical Loop - Issue
25” in April 2008.
Since this release, an interim update of
Loop Explorer has been made available, which
has the following revisions;
Support for Apollo Discovery Base
Sounder Beacon tone selection
A new “Loop Sounder Options” tab
has been added to the panel settings options,
to allow one of the 13 tones to be allocated
against different event types.
Support for Apollo Discovery Base
Sounder Beacon global/default volume
In the “Loop Sounder Options”
screen, there is also a “default sounder
volume” setting, to allow all sounder
volumes to be configured globally. If any
particular sounder is configured to a volume
other than the default volume, then that sounder
will be independent from the global setting
and will always operate using the configured
NOTE: When transferring a
configuration file from a panel with older
firmware (that does not support the default
sounder volume), the default volume field
will not be populated in the Loop Explorer
“Loop Sounder Options” screen.
Whenever any panel settings are revised, the
Loop Explorer program will check to ensure
all settings are configured and are valid,
before allowing the revisions to be changed.
If changes to the panel settings cannot be
saved in the Edit Panel screen, check the
default volume is configured and if this is
empty, select any of the permitted volume
settings from the drop down list, then save
the panel settings.
Incorrect type designation of Apollo
Loop Sounder / Sounder Beacons
V4.90 has an error in the allocation of loop
sounder beacons, which are listed as Intelligent
Loop Sounder Beacons. These were then allocating
the incorrect type code for these devices.
Version 4.92 has these devices correctly listed
as Integrated Loop Sounder Beacons.
Incorrect type designation of Hochiki
CHQ-WS2 transferred from Auto Configured panels
When a panel is auto configured with CHQ-WS2
devices installed, then the configuration
transferred into loop explorer, the CHQ-WS2
device type is incorrectly displayed. Deleting
this device and then adding it back as a CHQ-WS2
resolved this problem, but the transfer error
is resolved in Loop Explorer V4.92.
Loop Manager Delay Settings
One of the enhancements to Loop Explorer V4.90
is to permit the first and second stage delays
to outputs to be configured up to 10 minutes
per delay. However this was not implemented
in the “Loop Manager” facility.
Version 4.92 permits these extended delays
to be configured in Loop Manager.
Alarm Contact – Disablement
output option information label
When all output attributes are deselected
from the panel “Alarm” contact
and the output is not in any cause and effects,
the Alarm contact will operate under any disablement
event. The label giving this information was
previously shown when editing the “Fire”
contact, which is misleading. This is resolved
Please contact any member of Technical Support
department if you require and update to this
version of Loop Explorer. We will require
your contact details and company details in
order to validate eligibility for this upgrade
before we can issue the CD or e-mail the upgrade
files to you.
These issues do not affect Argus Vega protocol
panels. The current version of Loop Explorer
remains at V4.90 for Argus Vega protocol panels
Supplementary information on Loop Explorer
V4.90 is given in Issue 25 of In the Technical
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