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    NuMotion won't reprogram my chair

    My back up chair is a like new Permobil C300.
    I bought it because my main chair is really worn everywhere. I have had to do four serious repairs to it, of which two required assistance for most of a day.
    Problem; Back up is nice except it has a delayed/slower steering speed. Frustrating navigating through a few tight spaces in my home.
    I talked with Numotion today to jump thru hoops to get a new chair. While I had their attention, I asked if they would reprogram my back up ride and I will pay them.
    No, was their answer. I had to >pry< out of them the reason. They will only service a chair that they sold to me.
    That's the 2nd time I've got that reply in 7 years so apparently it's their policy. They don't offer their reason for "no" freely, must pry it out of them. This is such BS.

    I am familiar (but not an expert) with how to set the parameters but without the unobtainable tools, my knowledge is useless.
    What to do?
    * I may take controller out of worn chair and put it in back up chair. They are basically identical and only 1 year difference (2007 & 2008). Maybe this will work.
    * Option 2, use nice back up chair as a donor to refurbish my worn one. Lot of work.
    * Option 3, find someone in Alabama that can reprogram Permobil's.
    Whatca' think?
    Attack life, it's going to kill you anyway
    Steve Mcqueen (Mr Cool)

    #2
    There are also people who rent out the programmers. you pay a deposit and get the money back, minus the rental fee, when you return it. You could also buy one off the internet. A used one would, more than likely, be cheaper than having a DME come out to program. Times have really changed where a dme wouldn't reprogram it. It takes less than 2 minutes to do, literally. i reprogram my ZX1's from time to time with no problem. Owning one gives flexibility to really fine tune to your liking. Once you're satisfied and feel you don't need it; sell it.

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      #3
      I'm assuming that it has R-Net Electronics. Programming it requires a dongle. I would think that you would be able to find someone to help you. I saw awhile back that you could rent a dongle on Ebay, I believe. Find a different dealer for out of pocket stuff. The rep from Permobil should be happy to help reprogram your chair while you test drive a new chair.

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        #4
        I was given a dongle by a Permobil tech in 2014 that worked on my 2014 chair. My 2014 dongle will not work with on other R-Net chairs (I've tried it on 3 others). I can get into the system deeper than just pressing up/down speed buttons allow but can't get into parameters. Dongles have a port that is used to download data into them. Apparently, mine doesn't have enough info in it. A certified tech can download more data into dongle but it requires access to Permobils data base and techs user/password. Afraid to ask Numotion to help with this, they may confiscate it.
        I saw on Ebay a rental unit, the factory type, not a tech dongle. $750 deposit, $75 per month rental fee, I think. I may go that route.
        Liability may be why NuMotion won't program my chair but it still sucks.
        Attack life, it's going to kill you anyway
        Steve Mcqueen (Mr Cool)

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          #5
          Check out the following two threads:
          http://www.wheelchairdriver.com/boar...php?f=2&t=8035 <--- Details on R-Net programming
          http://www.wheelchairdriver.com/boar...php?f=2&t=2111 <--- Details on how to build/buy a programming adapter

          Ask around those forums to see if anyone can help with getting the exact SW you need.

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            #6
            Originally posted by Gearhead View Post
            I was given a dongle by a Permobil tech in 2014 that worked on my 2014 chair. My 2014 dongle will not work with on other R-Net chairs (I've tried it on 3 others). I can get into the system deeper than just pressing up/down speed buttons allow but can't get into parameters. Dongles have a port that is used to download data into them. Apparently, mine doesn't have enough info in it. A certified tech can download more data into dongle but it requires access to Permobils data base and techs user/password. Afraid to ask Numotion to help with this, they may confiscate it.
            I saw on Ebay a rental unit, the factory type, not a tech dongle. $750 deposit, $75 per month rental fee, I think. I may go that route.
            Liability may be why NuMotion won't program my chair but it still sucks.
            Nu Motion just wants to sell you a new chair. NuMotion sucks is all.
            Art

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              #7
              Yep, if this how they treat you now, imagine how they'll treat you after they get paid fr a new chair.

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                #8
                Originally posted by Patrick Madsen View Post
                Yep, if this how they treat you now, imagine how they'll treat you after they get paid fr a new chair.


                exactly ive dealt with them they suck
                to alcohol the cause of-and solution to-all of lifes problems [homer simpson]

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                  #9
                  Let's hope they don't start making cars.

                  I like their chairs although working on them is a hassle. Tech guys are basically lazy, waiting for next paycheck verses being involved (where paychecks seem to come quicker).

                  Corpus 2G wire routing is crazy, 3G is a little better but I hate the armrests.

                  I was given a C350 3G w/74 miles like damn new perfect. I can't sell a gift so looking to regift it. I haven't tried my dongle on it yet, will soon as it steers too fast/twitchy. Unsafe as it is now, probably why the low use. I can imagine the PO who died, living longer/happier if his first and only chair had functioned properly or suited his needs better.

                  2G and 3G seating modules interfaces with main control module. With that in mind, my dongle may only work with 3G. I'll know soon.

                  Side note; when I go for new chair soon, I will go by bus so I can take my clapped out C300 chair with perfect programming. I will ask tech to duplicate it's program to the new F3. I'll see how far that goes. If i hit a dead end, I'll be an ass, DEMAND his boss, DEMAND it's programmed right while reminding them I am the boss, they are just my employee's.
                  Because insurance is the direct payer, they look at it like we are getting something for free and should be grateful. WRONG attitude with me. I might get lucky again and get another free dongle.
                  WE MUST BE OUR OWN ADVOCATE.
                  Attack life, it's going to kill you anyway
                  Steve Mcqueen (Mr Cool)

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                    #10
                    Seriously, is their ANY independent DME's left?
                    If so, does anyone know of any in Oklahoma, esp OKC area?
                    Anyone one know the current Manufacture Rep for Permobil or which one is handling AmySystem in OKC area?
                    Or if either are having their brand clinic in the OKC area? Think Permobil had one last year at one rehab center last year.
                    "Thank you" in advance for any info and/or direction!

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                      #11
                      im ready for a new chair and numotion is the main reason i keep putting it off
                      to alcohol the cause of-and solution to-all of lifes problems [homer simpson]

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                        #12
                        How are you planing to pay for tech time to program?

                        One issue also besides the age of the chair and not the condition is if your on Medicare or Medicaid they only allow one chair at a time to be covered so NuMotion may only cover one chair for service and repair.

                        You can by programmers off Ebay

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                          #13
                          New chair programming is on Numtion.
                          Back up chair, I would pay out of my pocket if they would do it but they won't.
                          I doubt they will hook up anything to my worn out chair to duplicate it's parameters to new chair. Probably will use old chairs performance and compare it with new one, then try to get tech to adjust new chair to suit me. In 2014 tech (or sales rep) wouldn't make changes himself to my then new chair w/3G. I saw frustration in his eyes when I asked him to make changes. He gave me a dongle and I did it myself. Again, my 2014 chair had 3G seating which interfaces with main controller. Dongle hasn't worked on the three Corpus 2G I hooked it too. Will test it on a 3G as soon as I get over this lazy shut down phase (monthly fatigue, lasts several days).
                          Attack life, it's going to kill you anyway
                          Steve Mcqueen (Mr Cool)

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                            #14
                            Yes indeed NuMotion is really awful! Or as they say in my circles "NoMotion." I'm stuck using them as well. Takes 5-10 calls/emails just to get a repair order started, and they will ignore you unless you get a manager involved.

                            However, I had no problem having NuMotion reprogram a chair I bought off ebay a couple years ago . . .they understood it would be private pay from the get go. I suggest you ask different people at NuMotion, making sure they understand it will be private pay. Don't ask the techs themselves. Start with the rehab manager for your location, and mention you are already buying a new chair from them. Then ask the repair manager. If those don't work ask for the name of the regional manager who will be the boss of those two. It's amazing how you can get different answers depending on who you ask.

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                              #15
                              I told them I would pay out of my pocket. 2 or 3 x I asked if they would reprogram (1 x in person). Nope.
                              Having to force anyone to take my money does not inspire confidence in their abilities.

                              My solution;
                              2007 C300 = main chair, >perfect programming<, 4 power seat functions, very well worn, batts weak, tires bald for 2 years, and more.
                              2008 C300 = back up chair, >steer speed slow/delayed<, 4 power seat functions, near new condition.
                              I will swap control modules. Since they are basically identical chairs, it might work.
                              I could call Permobil to confirm compatibility of modules, nah, I'd rather play with it (I hate most all tech support lines).
                              Of course I'll wait till my new F3 arrives before disabling my main and back up chairs.
                              Attack life, it's going to kill you anyway
                              Steve Mcqueen (Mr Cool)

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