Just a quick Q for the community pls. Have the INDI/Atik driver issues that were giving a lot of people problems w Atik EFW2 (as well as a few cameras) as recently as 18 months ago been resolved? Are ppl able to use EFW2 without any difficulties? Just wanting to check before I pull the trigger on one of those!
I must be doing something silly. When I try to connect the EFW2, the power works (the filter wheel cycles) but EKOS just doesn't see the FW - have tried USB connection directly to laptop and to camera USB port. Did you ever encounter this?
I am using the EFW2 with KStars/Ekos on a Raspberry Pi 4 running Astroberry Server 2.0.3. The EFW2 is USB connected via a Pegasus Ultimate Power Box (UPB) v2. The 12V power for the EFW2 also comes from the UPB. The filter wheel has run flawlessly from the first connection through different versions of KStars (starting from 3.4.3).
I did have some problem with the filter wheel included in the Atik 6.0 and older Atik INDI driver versions. In that case the wheel was spinning and never stopped. That problem could temporarily be solved by purging the config file. Later versions of the Atik INDI driver did somehow solve the issue.
I never had a connection problem with the Atik filter wheels.
I don't know, if that was any help to you. Maybe you could check, if any other device is blocking the USB connection the EFW2 is trying to establish. I think I had that problem with some INDI device before.
Thanks Simon, that's a nice setup - love the weatherproof box!
Hmm, my fear is that yes its the driver but I don't know how to update it (I presume that's an EKOS thing - not sure how I can update just one device driver within EKOS?). I'm running 3.5.4 on a laptop - it doesn't look another device is trying to block it, it just doesn't see it (no USB blocked access messages arrive). It clearly looks for the Atik b/c an error message comes up saying check the device is on (it is) & connected (it is). But in the INDI Manager menu, there isn't even a tab for the EFW2 (normally even if a device is struggling to connect, it would have a tab there - but since that tab doesn't even appear, I'm thinking there may be a glitch somewhere where it knows it needs to find an Atik EFW2 but then...).
at the moment I am running KStars 3.4.3 (I had to downgrade from 3.5.2 because the indi_usbrelay2_roof driver kept crashing). I took a screenshot to show you the driver version I am running. The EFW2 also worked with later versions of KStars, i.e. 3.5.2.
I use a Mac (Kstars 3.5.4). But also tried direct connection to a RPi3 running Stellarmate OS (1.5.1 and Kstars 3.4.1). No joy with any of those. The Dashboard shows the Atik USB hardware being there (ie the USB cables are working - tried 3 & all good). But when connecting w EKOS, that tab in the INDI drivers homepage doesn't even show.
I've conceded defeat I'm afraid - a FW shouldn't be this difficult to get to work (& it looks like lots of folks in other platforms have had problems w it on continued google searches) - will probably switch to a SX FW instead.