Hi guys, I just registered here after a referral by someone on another forum.
I’m a programmer-annalist from origin, so I am tech minded. However after a long day of working, I’m not really interested in doing IT-stuff a lot in my spare time.
I have a bticino system since 2010 but I let the install to my electric guy as I didn’t had the time then to learn the configuration steps for the used programs. I had a broken actuator lately and just for that I didn’t want to call my electric guy, so I had to start reading how the system works. And there’s the problem. There’s not to much documentation to find online on how myHomeSuite works. It is easier now then back in the days as you only have to use one program anymore and can do it from within your home network instead of attaching a cable to the different modules, so I gave it a try.
By testing my system, I played a little bit around offline and then tested the connections from within the myHomeSuite online in the test mode (under tools - tests) without actually sending the configuration to the plant. By doing this, I found out that inside the program there is actually a help file that is clear.
So I write this down over here, because most persons who reply to different forums already know the basics. This way, persons who are literally new to Bticino or don’t have a technical background like myself and might be afraid to test and play around and possibly end up with a broken system would have a starting point… (this post may be placed on a better position or altered to make things more clear):
Here are the basics:
- If you have a .plant file, open it in myHomeSuite and check things out. You can learn from that.
- If like in my older setup, the system is up and running, but the .plant file is limited or non-existing; then scan the bus for all systems and place them all in the working area
- double click every single item (actuator, command, etc) and you can find their corresponding address. Those are composed by a room/area (A) and it’s address (PL) and maybe an optional group (G).
- test the command buttons in the software while online and check out which light turns on, which curtain comes down, etc. Give the light a decent description and maybe even note that point in an ecxell with its address. (those are needed for mobile apps configuration if you would like to use them with your smart phone).
- make sure that the command buttons addresses correspond with the actuator addresses.
- save the project and push it to your system (you can push one device at a time or all at once). Test it with one device and actuator (and note down the original settings or keep a copy of your plant before altering anything). If this test works, it is safe to push all devices at once to the system.
This is the basic start. From their on, you can start configuring scenario’s, touch screens and so on. Every time with try and error and keeping a copy of the previous plant.
The Help file I pulled from the myHomeSuite is in attachment. Read this first.
EDIT: zip file can’t be attached, so you’ll have to check it out in the suite itself…
I hope by contributing even with the beginnings, people can find their way back here and more experienced people with the Bticino system can contribute for more advanced settings so nobody has to reinvent the wheel.
There are still some things I have to figure out, but the main obstacles are gone. I figured out what CEN means and how to work with them. I also have a command that uses PUL and one that uses AUX, but I haven’t found out what their corresponding function is yet. I get that AUX stands for auxiliary, so I guess it might correspond to my weather station but I don’t know yet if it is the wind sensor, rain sensor, etc. I’m not sure what the PUL means, but I guess it has to do with my light sensors and so you can pull it’s state (person present or not) to the actuator or scenario? I have to test it, Unless someone can explain this clearly in a reply
I hope this post can be some kind of starting point or build-up and act as an online manual for the myHomeSuite and everything involved with it.