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DreamStation MODEL Number Question
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22MAY2017
I have now been using my new Dream Station Auto every night since April 18,2017. I looked at the bottom of my machine and found the following info: "DreamStnAutoCPAPHumHTCell DOM" and "REF DSX500T11C" and "2017-03-31" and "SN J187605868DBC. When I put my Dream Station (Auto) data card into my computer for the DreamMapper program by Phillips Respironics, DreamMapper displays my device serial number as J187605868DBC, and that my "device mode" is in "Auto CPAP with C-Flex". My machine is being obtained thru a home care provider and is being 'mostly' paid for by Medicare and my secondary insurance, and along with the accessories like a half dozen extra filters and a couple replacement pillows for the mask, etc., it appears that between Medicare, secondary ins, and my possible out-of-pocket cost, we will be paying around a total of $1,000 over a 13 month period. I saw where one of the apnea board members alerted a new member (like myself) that he could buy a new Dream Station thru Amazon for $340. So I have been using CPAP for almost 20 years with either of 2 antique machines and so always had a 'spare'. One of the antiques suffered terminal bearing failure recently and the other machine is getting noiser and is probably suffering from arthritis, like me. So now I want to buy a spare Dream Station from Amazon and noticed that the 4 units remaining bear a model number of " DSX500T11 " and are on the market for $355. So my question is: will the lack of the "C" at the end of the model number affect my great sleep that I have been experiencing during the last month? Out of the last five nights, my AHI has been below 5 for 4 of those nights. Also, the machine I now have  has a data card and a modem. Not that I would need those items in a spare machine, I wonder if the Amazon unit will have a data card and a modem? Oh, by the way, I have broken into the 'home care provider mode' using clues from the apnea board and  tweaked the settings to min/max pressures which are now at 9-15. I am liking the results with an average 'auto' pressure for last 5 nights of around 12.
Thanks,
NickAsleep
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#2
I'm not sure what the C suffix means, but it should not affect your use. The DSX500T11 indicates the Dreamstation Auto CPAP with heated humidifier and heated tube. That is a complete machine. The "C" may simply be a distribution network, but you will be getting the same machine without the C. That price tends to change pretty routinely, but will be within a few dollars. It's a very smart buy to avoid being without a machine, or to have one for travel.
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I found a commercial website that seems to indicate that the C suffix is for the cellular modem.
Sorry, I cannot post the link.


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#4
I concur with the others. That's the machine I have. 500 is the key part of that serial number.

The only reason you may care to have the modem installed is if you want others (DME, sleep dr, and Phillips) to have your sleep data. The modem slides into a slot like a cartridge, like a Mario game slides into a Nintendo from the 80s/90s. I pulled the modem out of my machine, as I don't care for them to have my info. You could always just hand them the data card.

If your unit ends up not coming with the data card, those are cheap enough to buy from any electronics store or you may have one sitting around that you could use.
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Thanks to Sleprider, el Mongo and Hydrngea for all the info. Now I will sleep more comfortably with your help.
You have a great night of sleep too,
NickAsleep
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Thanks again to Sleprider, el Mongo and Hydrngea for all the info. I ordered a machine thru Commercial Link to Amazon Removed  and it arrived yesterday. It seems to be identical to the one obtained from my local care provider, WITHOUT the modem, just as el Mongo found on a commercial site. I noticed this new one bears a 'manufactured' date of May 16, 2017; it did not sit around on shelves very long!
Good sleeping,
NickAsleep








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