Neptune Systems is set to release a concurrent release of the upgraded Lunar Simulation Module (LSM) and the latest firmware upgrade version 4.1 in June along with the new Apex Jr. As the company irons out the last few bugs, the biggest part of the soon-to-be released firmware is the ability to control everything from your browser without the need for a display head to operate and monitor the system. The new LSM is now AquaBus (USB) based to communicate with the controller and will ship with two to five LEDs.
This is a huge move for the company with the firmware v4.1 upgrade allowing anyone to use whatever operating system and browser to control and monitor their system. The firmware works on Internet Explorer, Chrome, Firefox, Safari and should work just fine on other browsers such as Opera. There are also iPhone and Android apps you can use with your smartphone and an iPad specific version is in the works for you tablet lovers.
Everything from configuration, calibration, monitoring and notifications can be configured within the browser, all you need in an internet connection to your controller unit. Don’t have an ethernet port or router around your aquarium? Just grab a wireless bridge to save yourself the headache of having to roll out an extra long ethernet cord next time you want to configure your Neptune Systems controller.
The LSM will also be available once the firmware is set allowing your to have a fully simulated lunar cycle. Expect the price to be the same as the previous version of the LSM, right around $100.