Let me tell you of my pool and then ask my questions
12,000 gallon in ground pool, kidney shape with a small 2-3 foot rock waterfall feature. 5 feet deep at the max, probably 4'6". The pool is almost all the same depth, and has a 1,000 gallon round spa attached with overflow into pool. Filter is 60sqft pentair DE, heater is raypak 400,000btu. Two skimmers, main drain, spa drain (and fountain which i plugged). I have a cleaner connected to a 3/4hp booster pump. I have two jandy automatic valves (return half open for pool/spa since i plugged spa fountain), connected to an aqualink rs4/rs8. I just today installed a pentair intelliflo vs. The previous pump was a 2hp centrion.
My question is mostly about the aqualink and understanding it. I have the exterior panel that all the pool pump and valves are connected to. I removed it, and it has the old style big battery. I'm assuming this is a 1997 or so configuration. Inside, I have a control panel that says aqualink RS4, and in system info it says V 6522 REV GG. I noticed the new devices only say aqualink RS.
I want to know how to upgrade this, what parts i could/should upgrade, and if using the 230v relay to power on/off my pentair until i upgrade the aqualink is going to harm the pump. I might could figure out 230 direct wire, but as of tonight im simply using the existing relay since the pump remembers its last setting and seems to resume based on the relay on/off.
Do i need to upgrade the exterior panel only, and leave the rs4 controller inside? Does the controller even matter as long as the exterior panel is the latest? I have a line on some cheap parts including iaqualink module, but before i purchase I want to understand exactly how this works, and what options I have. I've also seen some users using rs485 with raspberrypi and the like, which I'm game for once i get my system upgraded to control the VS pump.