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Offline nas4a

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Seeking Upgrade Advice -
« on: December 04, 2014, 12:03:35 pm »
So I have a rather old Vera 2 system on firmware 1.1.1245.  Originally purchased around 2011 or so.  I also have it wired in to my Honeywell Vista 10SE using the Ademco AD2USB module and the plug-in posted here.  I have avoided upgrading my UI for a few years b/c I remember setting up the AD2USB was a huge pain and I didn't want to have to do it again.  My Vera is integral to most of my home functions - thermostat, lights, motion, alarm, entry, etc. 

Fast forward to now - My Vera 2 has become incredibly unreliable in the past few months.  Constantly going off-line - can't connect to the dashboard via PC or iPhone, won't activate devices.  I have to unplug it and plug it back in.  It might work for 48 hours w/o needing a reset...IF I'm lucky. 

I think at this point, I'm about to bite the bullet and try and upgrade it.  I noticed that the new Vera Lite's are cheap, AND much more powerful than my old Vera 2.  I'm considering just buying a Vera Lite rather than upgrading.

Can anyone provide me any advice on upgrading from an old UI Vera 2 to a Vera Lite?  Or is it easier to upgrade what I have?
-What's the best way to migrate my old devices and scenes to the new device?  Or is it just easier to start from scratch?
-Can I still use the Alarm plug-in and the AD2USB with the Lite and the new UI?
-Any other reasons why the Lite might not be the best option?
-Other thoughts?

I plan to read the threads here to get some other advice.  I'm not a newbie to Vera, and have several virtual devices, custom code, etc...BUT, I'm not a programmer and I kind of hack stuff together as I go.  We just had our 1st child, so time is very limited, and I'm hoping to NOT open Pandora's box and need hours and hours devoted to this upgrade/swap if possilbe. 

Thanks for any and all suggestions!