The answer is YES. When new firmware becomes available for either the Alarm Lock Networx gateways or locks, you should upgrade. There are many reasons why but the most important is to keep the products up to date with the latest features.
When we create new versions of the DL Windows software, the Networx locks and gateways may have new features available such as remote lockdown. We also have new products such as the Generation 2 gateways and expanders that, if the locks have old firmware, may not work properly with these new items.
To see what version of firmware is installed in your gateways or locks, open DL Windows and then open "Gateway Config". The gateways will be listed and the current firmware version installed will be displayed. To find the installed firmware version of the locks, open the "Gateway lock table" and each lock assigned to that gateway will display the current firmware version.
Now go to the Alarm Lock software website, here, and compare your model of gateways and locks firmware with the most current. Now download the latest version of firmware and upload the firmware to the gateways or locks. NOTE: You may need to perform a full upload of the programming once the firmware is upgraded. It is recommended to do this even if explicit instructions don't indicate that you must.
Here is a list of the some of the latest versions of firmware:
AL-IME, AL-IM80211, AL-IMPOE, AL-IMPOEP gateways - 3.95
PDL6100 - 55.s
DL6100 - 56.k
PDL6500 - 57.i
Networx Panel - 64.t
Networx DK/PDK keypad - 65.e
PDL6200 - 67.k
ETPDLN - 61.l
ArchiTech N90 - 85.a
ArchiTech N95 - 83.l NOTE: This version may cause the lock to work in reverse. Check with your local rep to determine if you need to replace the lock body. Click here to find your local factory representative.
Andy Phelps, CRL
Alarm Lock National Training Manager