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All Panels - Detecting Virtual or Phantom Panels

“Virtual panels” or “Phantom panels” are commonly referred to as emulated panels, in that, they are emulating a real panel to enable/disable either a schedule or a timer on a relay. Virtual panels are used to disable schedules. And Phantom panels are used to disable timers on a relay.

 

Methods of detecting virtual panels:

  • Schedule Properties: Main method of detecting a virtual panel is to go to “Schedule Properties”, and check to see what the “EMULATED ADDR” field is set to. If it displays “EMULATED ADDR: NONE”, then a virtual panel does not exist, however, it displays “EMULATED ADDR: 6” and “NUMBER OF PANELS: 2”, then it should be obvious that a virtual panel exists at addresses 6 and 7.
  •  Review Schedule: A second method is if we were to detect a schedule with an asterisk  “*” symbol next to it (indicating that the schedule has been disabled), then a virtual panel exists or existed.
  •  Relay Properties: In this screen, pressing ENTER on a relay for a virtual panel will display the following message:
    “This is an emulated board. There are no properties available to change.”

 

Methods of detecting Phantom panels:

  • Board Settings: If this screen (can be found under the “Relay Properties” screen) displays anything other than ‘EXTRA PANELS: NONE”, then a phantom panel exists.
  •  Relay Properties: In this screen, pressing ENTER on a relay for a phantom panel will display the following message:
    “This is an emulated board. There are no properties available to change.”
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