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    Today I calibrated my PH probe with the Cerebra and also recalibrated my Apex PH probe on another tank. The Cerebra gives a live update on the calibration and when it is steady it stops and waits for you to continue on to the next step. Very clear and precise. The Apex doesn't notify you of what it is doing. You just wait till it has stopped changing numbers and then hit 'ok', when you think its done. I do prefer the Cerebra's way of a live update ( it shows the percent of accuracy ) until its is satisfied and prompts for the next step. Really slick.
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    I would like to see where you guys are mounting your Cerebras.......

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    Quote Originally Posted by M3ace9 View Post
    I would like to see where you guys are mounting your Cerebras.......
    I would too like to see how to mount them. Currently mine is just setting on a table top.
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    @Jerry Williams, how's the controller holding up so far?
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    It runs and it partially crashes. This being a beta, I'm on a first name basis with the support person/s. I am able to run the ph probe and temp probe but the desktop has repeated crash notices that get in the way. There is a fix for my problem that should be out tomorrow or maybe today. Also, being in beta state I am having fun learning and fixing the controller via support. When there is a crash it doesn't take the complete system down.
    The Multibar is running fine for the last week and setup is so easy. This is not for the plug and play crowd yet.
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    @Jerry Williams, how's the controller holding up so far?
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    A quick update. It's been about a month with my bromance with the Vertex Cerebra. Its been a steep learning curve for me but a rewarding one. I knew nothing about the Android system. Now I know how to vnc into the server and play pron on the display. Support is first class all the way. I had a bad temp probe, new one delivered next day. One of one phone calls with support as much as needed. In fact, I have more invites to call for help than I can use. No crashes at all. I'm running 2 mp40's and 1 mp10 plus 4 36" ATI T5's and a Jecod 8000 pump with no problems with heat or failure of any kind. It is fun to have access that few have. The cloud isn't online yet and they have missed that deadline, maybe that haven't really set a date for it, but its in the works. Would I pay the full price today... nope but I'm super happy with paying the beta price and learning a lot about what makes this controller work from behind the scenes.
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    Another update: No crashes for the past week. Several FW updates that have added more functions like delay in timers and icons to match US rather than EU standards. The cloud is very close. We as beta testers can't access it yet but we are told it is being tested by support. Today was a drawing for some free Vertex hardware rangeing from the I-Supra C+ Complete to Sensor-Mag XD. There were 40 prizes awarded and got #2 Omega 200i skimmer. This has been a great learning experience and now is more beneficial than I expected. They plan on having drawing monthly for the cerebra club members only. I think BRS now has them on pre-order at the reduced price.
    Some fishies and rocks in a glass box or 3

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    FedEx will deliver my new Vertex Omega 200i tomorrow!
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    Yea brs finally shipping one to me today. What is the site for the club. Wow a skimmer. Lucky you.

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    You will need your serial number to get accepted on the site. The addy for the site is packed in the box. I could give it to you but without your s/n it would be useless. Don't be surprised if you don't get accepted over the weekend. At least for me I had to wait until Monday to be accepted. Support is not like that.
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    Yea brs finally shipping one to me today. What is the site for the club. Wow a skimmer. Lucky you.
    Thanks. It is being shipped next day out of Huntington Beach. I will have it tomorrow.
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    The Cerebra cloud site is up today! Has lots of graphs and system info it receives from the Cerebra here at home. Or should I say it will have all those. Right now it just has the templates with my individual setup ID. It was a little tricky to get on because there really is no manual or directions to follow! Just a QR code and link to the cloud site. For some odd reason my date got changed.Until I saw that and fixed it then I was able to connect. I have added 2 smart temp probes and the power bar. I now have 12 outlets to control/use. Really simple to setup, just plug into usb cable and outlet and boom there it is on the Cerebra desktop. Its getting slick. Cerebra will be at MACNA.
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    Looks like beta price is gone. Do you guys think the controller is worth it at the $699 price?
    48x30x24 150g LeeMar: 48" ATI LED Powermodule, 2 MP40's, Bubble King Double Cone 200, Korallin C1502 Calcium Reactor, 3 NextReef Reactors, Apex

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    The new Apex has more probes for starters and 8 outlets. The Cerebra has 6 outlets and one temp probe. Both have wireless in their basic setup. The progress in updates on the Cerebra has brought it close, but no cigar yet, to release. The head unit on the Cerebra is easier to read and quicker in input response. Setup of the Power Bar is super simple with use of any length of USB cable and a power source. The Apex has a longer heritage in support and use. I have both and I prefer the Cerebra because of ease of setup and programming presets. Not any 3rd party plugins yet and there are many in the que. As a beta tester I am able to learn and see what's down the pipeline. I'm very happy to get in on the beta price and experience. The Cerebra is just quicker and easier to run. It would be amazing if it had a manual with definitions. That seems to be the problem recent beta testers are having as they ask questions that have been gone over and explained weeks ago. In little over 6 weeks there have been 407 topics with 4,641 posts. 99% of the posts are related to the Cerebra with a few jokes thrown in. There are over 200 active beta testers.
    Personally I would go with the Cerebra even at the release price. I don't think it will be available for another month. Vertex has some great, high quality hardware in the Cerebra's future.
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