Starting a configuration
Information and tips helpful when creating a new configuration.
Label the inputs and outputs
It is useful for the inputs and outputs to have meaningful names as it will make life a lot easier later down the line. To change the name of an object, click on it and change the 'Name' field in the Properties window.
If you want to use a different name for the user interface, enter this name in 'Description' field. If this field is left blank, then the 'Name' field will be displayed in the user interface.
Avoid special characters when choosing a name, as they may not be supported in the web interface.
Insert function blocks
You can add inputs and outputs to the configuration pages simply by dragging and dropping them on the page.
You can now insert function blocks - these can be found in the Program tab. Just click the desired function block and it will be inserted.
A quick way to add a function block is by pressing 'F5', typing its name and pressing enter.
Connect inputs and outputs
To connect an input to a function block, click the green arrow on the input, and drag it (click and hold down mouse button) to a red square shaped connector. The same applies for connecting function blocks to outputs.
To remove a connection between two objects, simply click the green arrow or red input symbol.
After successful configuring your function blocks, you should edit the properties.
Clicking on an item will bring up its properties window. If you highlight a property in the Properties window, a summary will appear in the grey box at the bottom of the Properties window.
The properties of function blocks and inputs/outputs are automatically assigned default values which you can (and should) tailor to your individual configuration. Please refer to the descriptions in the object settings for more information.
The properties window should be big enough for you to edit things easily. If you want to move the properties window around (e.g. to a second screen) you must first enable 'Custom Positioning' by ticking the box on the 'Home' tab.
Example: Setting simulation properties
When doing a simulation in the software, it is clearly impossible to click two inputs simultaneously as you only have one mouse! That is why you can adjust the input type in the 'Simulation' section of the properties window to several different options.
- Push-button (normally open)
- Push-button (normally closed)
Remanence on function blocks
The remanence parameter will ensure that a function block will return to the same state after loss of power or a reboot of the Miniserver. To activate remenance of a block click on the battery icon so the parameter is negated, or you can connect to the parameter a constant with a value of 1. Connections with other function blocks are not possible.
Enter username and password
A dialogue box will appear asking for the Miniserver address, together with your username and password. In the address field, enter either the host name (for example "mini server-og") or the IP address (e.g. 192.168.1.7) . If you use a different port to the default (80), then you must specify this explicitly (for example mini server-og:8080 or 192.168.1.7:8080).
The default user name and password are both 'admin'. In the Periphery window you can select the admin user and change the password.
Enter the serial number
In the Properties window, select your Miniserver and enter its serial number.
This can be found on the sticker on your Miniserver or in the admin Web Interface (http://<Miniserver IP>/admin/). Or it will be adjusted automatically upon accepting the prompt window that pops up once you click save in the Miniserver.
Save the program on the computer
It is also possible to save the configuration locally (even whilst still connected to the Miniserver). If you save a new program on the Miniserver the configuration before is not saved it is overwritten therefore remember to back up previous versions to your computer.
In the Property field of the document under 'Auto save' you can set the time interval for automatic saving.
To test your program in action, click 'Start Liveview using the current file' in the Testing tab (you must be connected to the Miniserver for this to work).
With this live simulation you can see the current state of all the inputs and outputs, as well as how the different function blocks behave. If you use analogue inputs and outputs or analogue KNX sensors the analogue values will be displayed.
In 'Liveview', no switching states can be altered or simulated. The 'Liveview' mode is used exclusively for monitoring and reviewing your configuration.