Configuration in Simplehomenet Utility Suite 2007-09-09T04:29:09+00:00

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  • Anonymous
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    I’m basically trying to do the same thing mentioned by Tim: get the X10 wireless devices seen by mControl software running on a Vista PC. Then this software will turn on/off the devices I want to control. I don’t want the EZX10RF to control the device directly. However, getting that to work would be a great first step…

    I think it is a bit disingenuous to imply that the EZX10RF configuration utility could be figured out by reading the comment set. (which I had done before starting this thread.) I still believe the documentation, web site, everything would be better if one simple example (a few basic scenarios would be better) was given regarding what exact values to enter into the various commands in a column to make a light turn on when an X10 button is hit on a wireless controller. I.e. For an X10 remote set to a house code ‘C’ and unit code ‘2’ which sends an “on” command and it to control LampLinc with INSTEON address 05.CF.5C I would set:

    Code Index to: 1 (or whatever index I want this command tied to)
    Linked: checked
    In Use: checked
    Timer: 0.0 (don’t automatically send “off” command. Enter non-zero value to send off command)
    X10 House: C
    X10 Unit: 2
    Group: ??
    On Cmd1: ??
    On Cmd2: ??
    Off Cmd1: ??
    Off Cmd2: ??

    And the EZX10RF must somehow get linked as a controller of the LampLinc. I understand the utility is being updated to allow the linking to be done as well, but for new another method must be used which with my EZX10RF hasn’t worked yet. (manually linking following the direction hasn’t worked.)

    With this information, I could probably substitute a PowerLink USB adapter for the LampLinc and get the commands into mControl.

    Anonymous
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    You can link the PLC device as a responder (slave) like you would any other Insteon device. Simply put the EZX10RF in linking mode (learn a code, then set timer, then push button to start linking). Once the EZX10RF is linking (LED flashing rapidly), press and hold the button on the PLC for about 10 seconds. A successful link will be indicated by the LED going steady again on both units.
    DO BEAR IN MIND: It is then up to the given application (HomeSeer, mControl, or other) to do something when the PLC gets the group message. You’ll have to consult with the software manufacturer to see what it does.
    Also keep in mind that multiple devices can be linked on the same house/unit code (or group). Just start a new link with the desired code that was used previously.

    Anonymous
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    Yes, I understand linking the USB interface and the EZX10RF. What I don’t understand and can’t get an answer to is what to put in for the question marks in the previous post.

    One example where every step and every value is given for a simple scenario like I outlined above would be very helpful.

    Anonymous
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    Mike, please see latest posting and the 2 documents available for download on group commands, links and code records.

    Anonymous
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    I just bought an EZX10RF and after reading this forum found the software. It seems to work OK although there are a couple of mysteries:
    Code records make sense to me (assuming that the 11 for ‘on’ and 113 for ‘off’ are always correct), but in the ‘manage device links” page, there is the Device Insteon ID and Device Link Data.
    The Insteon ID I get, but where does the Device link data come from? Using the manual procedure to generate the links I see that the data seems to be 2,9,32 for Smarthome ApplianceLinc V2 (2456S3) and 2,C,32 for the ICON Appliance On/Off Modules (2856S3B). Is this experimental method the only way to find out what the “correct” data is for a given device?

    Also – I found that when I edited the links directly (using what I think is the latest Utility Suite v1.4) none of them worked, but when I cleared them all out and re-created them manually things were happy again.

    Any have any success editing links directly in the Suite? (Sure beats running around the house pushing little buttons…)

    thanks
    edc

    Anonymous
    Post count: 57

    I just bought an EZX10RF and after reading this forum found the software. It seems to work OK although there are a couple of mysteries:
    Code records make sense to me (assuming that the 11 for ‘on’ and 113 for ‘off’ are always correct), but in the ‘manage device links” page, there is the Device Insteon ID and Device Link Data.
    The Insteon ID I get, but where does the Device link data come from? Using the manual procedure to generate the links I see that the data seems to be 2,9,32 for Smarthome ApplianceLinc V2 (2456S3) and 2,C,32 for the ICON Appliance On/Off Modules (2856S3B). Is this experimental method the only way to find out what the “correct” data is for a given device?

    Also – I found that when I edited the links directly (using what I think is the latest Utility Suite v1.4) none of them worked, but when I cleared them all out and re-created them manually things were happy again.

    Any have any success editing links directly in the Suite? (Sure beats running around the house pushing little buttons…)

    thanks
    edc

    Anonymous
    Post count: 57

    I just bought an EZX10RF and after reading this forum found the software. It seems to work OK although there are a couple of mysteries:
    Code records make sense to me (assuming that the 11 for ‘on’ and 113 for ‘off’ are always correct), but in the ‘manage device links” page, there is the Device Insteon ID and Device Link Data.
    The Insteon ID I get, but where does the Device link data come from? Using the manual procedure to generate the links I see that the data seems to be 2,9,32 for Smarthome ApplianceLinc V2 (2456S3) and 2,C,32 for the ICON Appliance On/Off Modules (2856S3B). Is this experimental method the only way to find out what the “correct” data is for a given device?

    Also – I found that when I edited the links directly (using what I think is the latest Utility Suite v1.4) none of them worked, but when I cleared them all out and re-created them manually things were happy again.

    Any have any success editing links directly in the Suite? (Sure beats running around the house pushing little buttons…)

    thanks
    edc

    Anonymous
    Post count: 57

    after I hit “submit” I got an error indicating that the connection had times out – didn’t notice that the post went through until a few times…

    edc

    Anonymous
    Post count: 256

    Generally speaking the link data does not matter for Sender or Controller type links. You can start with 0 in all 3 fields. As a Responder, the link data is device specific and determines items like on level and ramp rate for dimmers, and valve number to be energized in an EZRain. You’d need to consult the specific device instructions.

    Al

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