With the Loxone Control software you can turn your MacBook into a motion sensor and get a new easy to access user interface.
Loxone Control can be used so that your computer becomes a motion sensor so that you can know somebody is in a room or at their desk without using a physical motion sensor.
You could for example use this in your study so when quietly working the motion sensors in the room don't switch the lights off, or when sitting in the lounge watching TV with your computer at evening time you will probably want the lights on.
Another example is an office scenario where you may have multiple workers at desks spread out over a large office. If one worker goes out for lunch the lack of use on their computer will register and the lights for that area will switch off and say there was an electric heater at each desk this could be turned off. This means that at the end of the day without wiring motion sensors no one has to remember to turn lights off because every desk will register no use and the lights will all go off!
Further more there is a user interface icon on the Menubar which gives you quick access to the user interface to control the system. For more advanced control there is a link to the web interface so you can click over to that.
- Operating System: OSX 10.8 + (Mountain Lion or newer)
- Loxone Config: Version 5.2 or later
Setup Loxone Control
First off download Loxone Control, and then follow the steps below to get it all setup and running.
Step 1: Add a Miniserver
Click on the plus sign and you will see a drop down list with all the Miniservers on your network listed. Select the desired Miniserver from the list and enter your login details, then click Connect.
Step 2: The overview page
Once you are connected to a Miniserver you can see it in the Miniserver overview page.
Step 3: Multiple Miniservers
It is possible to have lots of Miniservers saved in Loxone Control to connect to. To add another Miniserver click the plus button in the overview and connect to another. You can now choose between Miniservers in the overview page by clicking on the name of the Miniserver and then selecting from the drop down list that appears.
Step 4: Room selection
Once you have signed in to the Miniserver you want to use with Loxone Control you will be able to select the rooms that you want to show up on the user interface of Loxone Control. Tick all the rooms that you want to be included.
Step 5: Function selection
Once you have selected all the rooms you want to have, you can then define the function blocks that will show up in the Loxone Control quick menu.
Step 6: Setup in Loxone Config
Now in Loxone Config (Version 5.2) add to each room or area you want to be able to enable presence in the function block "Presence". This function block allows you to say you are in a particular room using Loxone Control.
Make sure that 'Use' in the properties under Visualisation is ticked.
The parameter T allows you define how long the timeout time for the block is.
Step 7: Add presence blocks
Now back in Loxone Control you will be able to select under the tab Presence sensors the presence function blocks you just added. This will allow you to say whether you are in a room or not in the quick access user interface.
The Loxone Control Tool
To activate a presence block you can click in the grey area around the room title. This will show a green eye symbol that indicates the currently selected room. You can only choose to be in one room at any one time (as you can't be in two places at once with your laptop!).
If there is no presence block defined for that room then an error message will pop up.
Now as long as you are in that room and active, whatever functions you have enabled to be active when presence is detected will occur, for example music playing in that particular room.
You can also directly control any of the functions you ticked in the setup stage. There is a link to the Miniserver's web interface for further control.