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BrianL99 Offline

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Machine: ResMed
Mask Type: Oral
Mask Make & Model: Unsure
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CPAP Pressure: Unsure
CPAP Software: Not using software

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Sex: Male

Post: #1
Software vs Equipment
I'm curious as to the preference on the board, regarding software vs equipment.

In other words, should I let the equipment, drive my equipment options?

I currently have (2) "bricks" I've used for a couple of years, one at my home, another at my home in Florida. I think I should probably upgrade.

I'm considering the IntelliPAP AutoAdjust Travel CPAP with AutoFlex and the DreamStation AutoCPAP. Apparently the SleepyHead Software doesn't work with the DreamStation and wondering if that should drive me towards the IntelliPAP. My interest in the DreamStation is primarily driven by it's size and reputation.

I'm of course, open to any other suggestions experienced users might have.

To provide some background:

I've been using bricks for about 4 years, as a result of a Sleep Study, arranged by my Primary Physicians. As many on this board have found, most Primary Care Physicians aren't very helpful or vigilant with SA, after turning a patient over to a DME provider ... who are even less helpful.

I've had no problem adjusting to using a machine and have since day one, used a machine every day. Unfortunately, having a brick, I'm not able to determine how effectively my machines are working. All I really know, is I generally seem to sleep OK and haven't snored since I started using a machine. I suspect there's more to know, than simply determining the snoring has stopped.

Thanks all!
02-03-2016 09:06 AM
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GPSMapNut Offline

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Machine: DreamStation Auto
Mask Type: Nasal pillows
Mask Make & Model: Resmed AirFit P10 and PR DreamWear
Humidifier: DreamStation + heated hose
CPAP Pressure: 9-16
CPAP Software: SleepyHead EncorePro Other Software

Other Comments: Used Respironics REMstar Pro with C-Flex for 11 years and ResMed S9 Elite loaner for 3 months

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Location: Mississauga, ON, Canada

Post: #2
RE: Software vs Equipment
Personally, I wouldn't and didn't let the current software compatibility drive my decision because software changes much faster than hardware does and I expect my machine to last for a number of years.
For one thing; if you are computer literate, Encore Pro is not as bad as some make it out to be.
OK, SleepyHead is easier to use and shows lots of very useful info at a glance. In Encore, one has to navigate several screens to get to it. OTOH, Encore offers some functionality that SleepyHead does not. I currently use Encore. Once DreamStation compatible SleepyHead is released to the public, I will use both programs because both have their strengths and uses.
When SleepyHead will work with the DreamStation? Per author's last post (Jan 21) on Facebook, it already works for him.

Everything I post on this board is nothing more than an opinion expressed by an apneak. Normally, it's based on facts and experience but sometimes, I may get things wrong or not have all the facts.
I reserve the right to change my mind. Why? Because tomorrow I may know better.
02-03-2016 10:50 AM
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bwexler Offline

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Machine: PRS 1 BiPAP autoSV Advanced, with Heated Tube humidifier
Mask Type: Nasal mask
Mask Make & Model: Sleepweaver √Član
Humidifier: Resperonics Heated Tube humidifier
CPAP Pressure: Max pressure 25.0 cm H20, Max
CPAP Software: SleepyHead EncorePro

Other Comments: CMS 50i with Software for SpO2

Sex: Male
Location: San Marcos, CA, USA

Post: #3
RE: Software vs Equipment
Good advice from GPSMAPNUT. You will get some useful data on the screen of the dreamstation. I also use both Encore Pro and SleepyHead. So choose your equipment and software will catch up (I would stick with PR or Resmed).
02-03-2016 03:00 PM
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trish6hundred Offline

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Machine: Resmed S9 AutoSet for Her
Mask Type: Full face mask
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Humidifier: H5i Heated Humidifier
CPAP Pressure: 10 - 7-20 Cm H2O
CPAP Software: Not using software

Other Comments: I started CPAP in 2008. Totally blind since birth.

Sex: Female
Location: Missouri, USA

Post: #4
RE: Software vs Equipment
Hi BrianL99,
WELCOME! to the forum.!
Much success to you as you continue your CPAP therapy and hang in there for more responses to your post.

02-03-2016 11:22 PM
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