Newest update is 'okay' By Tony on 3/26/2013
Tony would recommend this product to a friend
Since the old controller was out of stock, I decided to get this one. I'm glad I did because it seems to be much easier to use the interface rather than the old one. But there were issues.
When I first got it, I plugged it in and it fired the lights right up. There is a review that it's hard to program, this is NOT true, it's quite easy, there are just several different windows you have to go into.
When I got it, it had the old firmware in it, and when you would kick on the lightning show (showing off to friends, I can't stand it otherwise), the blue lights would max out in intensity, the RB would stay dimmed down, and the whites would do what they did, create the lightning effect.
I decided to update to the most recent firmware, and once I plugged them into the SOL Blues, Nothing happened. I checked all connections, still nothing. So I redid the firmware upload and finally, it started working (thankfully). So I checked out the lightning, and the blue issue was fixed and it looked more natural.
After the upgrade, the visual interface is a little harder to follow. I liked the list of functions, now, they are boxes like you would see on your phone for your apps, but very poorly marked until you selected them. The colors are mostly all pastel and I'm sorry, we are not in the 50's anymore. I would like the high contrast colors back. Lets hope the next update has a fix for this, or better yet, an option to customize the colors to your liking!
I don't plan on keeping this controller however. I plan on getting the VDM for my Apex and letting my controller control the lights as well as everything else. If you don't have a controller, this one is GREAT. Love the sunrise and sunset, love the cloud cover and love the moon cycles. It's worth the money if you don't have a controller.
nees more options By Michael on 1/21/2013
Michael would recommend this product to a friend
i bought 4 vegas with the intention of running 3 on my main tak and one over my frag tank with a different time to come on.. basically reverse cylce.. wiht the controller you can only have them all on or off at once... needs to add a few more options to the controller
but the controller gets a 7 as is
Allows the user to use all options available with the Sol Unit By Dave on 1/9/2013
Dave would recommend this product to a friend
I would highly recommend that you purchase this if you're going to get either model of the Sol. This allows you to access certain modes; acclimation, storms, cloudy weather, dimmable features, and timers. Without this, you'd be stuck with having all three LED colors on full blast (100% power) which would be without a doubt a huge shock to your cnidarians.
You hook up the unit to a power supply through USB connection, and there is an auxiliary connection to link to the LED unit.
The only feature that I'm waiting on is wireless capability. Supposedly there is a wireless adapter in the works.
Kinda hard to use. By Jeremy on 1/2/2013
Jeremy wouldn't recommend this product to a friend
It does not come with directions. They are on-line. Very hard to understand how to program the times. It does look cool.
Love it! By Joey on 12/19/2012
Joey would recommend this product to a friend
Smaller than I expected. plenty of timer options only downside is having to be plugged in at all times