Auto Configuration is a powerful tool that will allow you to select features that you want to automatically get configured for you. It allows you to skip all the basic config, and allows you to head straight towards the project-specific requests, without you having to go through the same process as you would every other time. By using auto config, you are essentially getting a staple foundation config file that you can then build upon.
PREPARATION FOR AUTO CONFIG
In order for Auto Config to function properly, you must do a little bit of setup beforehand. You must ensure that your peripherals have a room and category assigned. The reasoning for this is because Auto config knows that a touch switch can controls lights, but it also knows that it does music and blinds but not that you don’t have a music server. In order to customise this, click on the peripheral in question and then, in the properties tab, there will be “Room” and “Category”. Ensure these are set to what you require and make sure you have completed this for all your devices. Do keep in mind that if you are doing things such as blind control, you do have to set the digital/analogue outputs up so Auto Config knows what they are for. See examples below.
Upon adding a Tree/Air device you will get a popup requesting you assign a location and room
Setting output relays for blinds.
Setting the room for the touch switches. Notice how there isn’t a category. That is because Auto Config assumes all use cases and will assign accordingly.
USING AUTO CONFIG
Once you have completed the basic setup, that is 80% of the work done for Auto Config. Now you can go to the “My Projects” tab at the top and hit the Auto Config button. If any of your peripherals (not relay inputs/outputs) are missing a room or category you will be greeted with a reminder message. You can choose to ignore this (in the case of spare music server zones) or click “Change now” to be taken to the first peripheral missing a category.
Once you have addressed any missing categories, you will then be greeted with the feature selection page. This page will allow you to pick and choose, which rooms get auto configure, and which parts of auto config you want to be used for said room. By using the tick boxes, you can simply pick and choose which parts you want, and what to exclude. If Auto Config cannot find a suitable item, be it relay output or be it peripheral for that feature, it will simply not provide a tick box, but a dash instead.
Once you have selected all the features you want Auto Config to use, you can hit next and you will be greeted with the Functions selection page. This page allows you to further customise what you want Auto Config to include. These include – standard configuration, such as lighting setups, and also includes custom config that would be done normally such as: “Goodnight” and “Leaving house”. This is the last step before Auto Config is completed.
Finally, you can then hit “Configure” and you will see Auto configure work away in the background and you will be done.
POST AUTO CONFIG
A brief window will pop up informing you of the creation of some “To-do’s” that you will need to address in order to finalise your configuration’s foundations.
There is one final crucial step that you need to carry out, and that is to go through these “To-do’s” in order to complete any manual tasks that auto config cannot do. Tasks such as assigning certain motion sensors to the burglar alarm will need to be done as Auto Config doesn’t know which ones you want, another example is if you are using blind control, you will need to connect the 2 relays being used for the up and down motion of the blinds. This is because Auto Config can’t tell which one is up and which is down, so there are still a few little bits of maintenance you need to do, but the vast bulk of the config has been completed. Some examples of the kind of manual intervention below alongside where to find the To-dos.
You can either use the To-dos button to view any current To-dos or you can view them using Project Validation.
Here a To-do is mentioning that you need to setup the heating logic for the Intelligent Temperature Controller.
This is mentioning that you need to connect the outputs as Auto Config doesn’t refer to text, it just goes off of rooms and categories.
FEATURES AND FUNCTIONS
Auto Config has a list of different features and functions to chose from. When referencing these, features are the main parts of the config (such as lighting, heating, shading etc) and when referring to a function, we are referring to something this feature does.
Do bear in mind that what Auto Config can provide all depends on what it is supplied with. For example, if you don’t have any motion sensors, then Auto Config won’t set up the brightness and motion detection for your lighting controllers.
The Lighting feature will setup a lighting controller to the Loxone Standard. This standard includes motion and brightness sensing, room/house off functions alongside basic mood control with some preset moods depending on room type.
The Shading feature will setup an automatic shading depending on what has been added. If you has assigned some relays to the room and shading, then it will use an Automatic Shading block. If you have added a motor (say the GEIGER SOLIDline) then it will add an automatic blinds integrated block and assign that to the right motor. If present, it will also provide a Touch switch for the manual control.
Do be aware that you will need to connect outputs to the block if you have used realys.
HEATING & COOLING
When Heating & Cooling is selected, it will set up an intelligent room controller with its associated valves, also adding motion detection and a temperature input, if appropriate. If possible, it will also link it to any shading setups that currently exist.
This will configure a music server zone to the Loxone standard. This includes motion detection, volume control through a Touch switch.
When selected, this will configure an alarm clock block and also link it to any appropriate blocks, such as the lighting controller, music server zone and an automatic shading block if those are present.
Leaving Room will setup some basic custom logic that will toggle operating modes depending on the room. Therefore, it is crucial to set your room types as different room types will trigger different modes (bedroom will trigger “night” mode, a hallway will trigger “leaving house” for example).
This includes any devices that carry out their function autonomously. The Intercom, Car charger, Media controller and Energy Meters are all considered peripherals.
Once you have selected the features and rooms you want to Auto Configure, you will then be taken to the functions page. Here you can select functions that act globally alongside the features that have been selected. Functions such as Burglar Alarms, Operating Modes and Overviews for certain features will be selected here. These commonly used functions are part of the Loxone Standard that are now automatically configured by auto config instead of requiring custom logic after completing auto config.
SHADING FROST PROTECTION & STORM PROTECTION
Shading Frost Protection is an operating mode that will disable the blinds when a set temperature and weather condition is met in order to prevent the blinds from being damaged. In a similar concept, Shading Storm Protection will disable the blinds when the wind picks up in order to prevent damage. These are designed mainly with external blinds in mind.
This function sets up logic that will enable the night operating mode when a triple pulse is detected in a room that is set to the “Bedroom” room type. It will also be disabled by the alarm clock if present.
Similar to the Goodnight function, leaving house has the same trigger but for rooms that are set to the “thoroughfare” room type.
INTELLIGENT TEMPERATURE CONTROLLER
The ITC function will setup basic pump and or mixing valve control by using the Intelligent Temperature Controller and combining those with Intelligent Room Controllers that are due to be set up.
This will set up a burglar alarm block, combine it with any sensors and outputs that are appropriate (music server zones, lighting controllers etc.) and also set up basic arming and disarming. On the outputs, it will also set up notifications and a caller service (please note that you need an active caller service for this to work).
FIRE & WATER ALARM
By selecting this function, auto config will set up a fire and water alarm that will trigger an operating mode, send a notification via the caller service and then also trigger an audible alarm (if a music server is present).
DOOR AND WINDOW ALARM
This function will setup a basic block that keeps track of which door/window contacts are currently in the “open” state. A useful function for the app as it would allow the user to quickly check if any windows are open before leaving the house.
WHOLE HOUSE OVERVIEW
This function adds in Overview blocks for anything that is present (music, lighting, shading etc.). These blocks are strictly for the app, and are essentially master control blocks that allow the user to turn all zones on/off or turn all the lights on/off.
MUSIC SERVER STANDBY
The Music Server Standby function is a set of custom logic that will set the music server into standby mode depending on the operating mode. Generally speaking, when you are in the house, it will be on and when you are out of the house/dormant within the house, it will be set to standby mode to save energy.
AWAY AND ENTERTAINING MODES
By selecting this function Auto Config will setup 2 operating modes for you. An entertaining mode that can be toggled via a switch in the app and the away mode that is set via either the app or the leaving house function (seen above).