IR Control Air Setup
Information on how to install and configure your IR Control Air.
- Power supply: 5VDC (max. 125mA) via micro USB
- Internal IR transmitter and receiver (optimised for 38kHz IR signals)
- 4 external IR transmitter eyes and 1 external IR receiver eye (optimised for 38kHz IR signals)
- Compact design
- Dimensions 90 x 49 x 14 mm
- Simple attachment via velcro tape to devices
- Onboard microprocessor
- Communicates with the Air Base Extension (integrated antenna)
- Frequency: 868MHz (SRD band Europe), 915 MHz (ISM band region 2)
- Power consumption: Typically 0.1W
- Operating temperature: 0 to 55 °C
- Protection class: IP20
- Maximum relative humidity: 955 (non-condensing)
With the new Loxone IR Control Air you can seamlessly integrate infrared devices into your Loxone Smart Home. For example your TV, and other cinema equipment, projectors, aircon units and more!
The Loxone IR Control Air is based on Loxone Air technology, so you can quickly and easily expand your system without wiring to an infrared device.
In addition to the internal IR transmitter and receiver, there is a port to connect an external IR receiver to so you can hide the IR Control Air if you wish to. Up to four external transmitter eyes can also be connected to the IR Control Air so you can then connect these to the devices.
Setup in Loxone Config
To put the IR Control Air in learn mode there are 2 different processes depending on whether this is the first pairing or not. Once in the learn mode the status LEDs will flash red-green-yellow.
When the IR Control Air is first powered up it will be in the learn mode automatically.
If you need to learn the IR Control Air again, for example with another Air Base, the learning mode can be started manually easily. To do this press the learn button for at least 5 seconds, this will put the IR Control Air back in the learn mode.
In order to learn in the IR Control Air with your Loxone Smart Home you need to activate the Air Monitor. Click on the Air Base extension in the periphery window and then in the context bar at the top check the tick box 'Monitor'.
Next, in the monitor below click on the Learn tab and then click the "Start search" button. Now you will see all the Air devices that are in the learning mode below.
Now click on the IR Control Air signal and enter a name for it and then click 'Create device'. The IR Control Air can now be seen in the periphery tree underneath the Air Base Extension.
If a device has been replaced, you need to update the serial number. You can easily do that in the Air Monitor in Loxone Config.
- mount the new device and activate the power supply or insert the battery
- search for air devices in learn-mode (as shown in the "getting started" section)
- highlight the new device and choose the device you would like to replace in the drop-down menu
Finally press "Replace Device" and save your program in the Miniserver. The device has now been replaced.
Learn a remote
To use commands from a remote control such as your TV remote you need to pair the remote with the IR Control Air. There are two ways to do this, either by adding in one of the predefined remotes, or by pairing your remote with the IR Control Air to learn the buttons of the remote in.
Insert a template
In Loxone Config there are already some predefined remotes available as a template to add to the IR Control Air. In addition CCF files can be imported. To see the remotes, click on the remotes branch in the Periphery tree and then click on the Remote control button to select a remote from the drop down.
Learn a new remote
If there is no predefined template for your remote control you can create a new one manually.
To do this click on the IR Control Air in the Periphery tree. Then tick the "Start and display IR monitor" box and then click the Learn device button.
A popup window will appear with information about the process, make sure to read this carefully before confirming!
Now press the desired button on the remote control briefly. In the IR monitor the command will appear. Click on the line and enter the name of the remote control, and then the name of the button and finally click FInish to add the button.
The IR command for the button has now been assigned and saved in the remote control section of the Periphery tree. Repeat the process for all the buttons of the remote that you wish to use and then finish the learn mode.
Please note the following when learning in the buttons of a remote control:
- The remote control needs to be a short distance (a few centimeters) from the learning diode on the IR Control Air.
- Make sure there is no interference, likely sources are; plasma screens, fluroscent tubes, televisions in standby mode.
- The buttons on the remote must be pressed briefly, as some buttons will send different data if held down.
- Some buttons do not send IR data.
- Buttons may have differnet commands for a repeat press (use the toggle function here when creating a button).
- When learning has finished turn of the learn mode by clicking the Learn device button again.
Map IR Commands
The buttons can now be assigned to the IR Control Air by dragging and dropping. You can decide whether the command is to be sent to a device or received from the remote control.
For example the Power button on the TV remote is a command that should be sent from the Miniserver to the device. To do this, hold and drag the Power button from the remote control into the IR Transmitter section under the IR Control Air in the Periphery tree.
This command can now be dragged on to the page to be used in your Configuration.
Since the IR Control Air has both an internal emitter diode as well as 4 ports for external transmitter diodes, you can select which transmittion channel the command is to be sent through in the properties of each button you have created.
The Air devices will run their update automatically in the background, and they will function throughout the update.
If the Air devices are updating when the Miniserver and the Air Base Extension are rebooted then the Air devices will restart the update from the beginning after the reboot.
The update can take up to an hour so do be aware of this! You can check the version of the devices by looking in Device status. Click on the Miniserver tab and then click the Device status button once.
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