The Loxone Miniserver turns 10

Luke Murphy
4th June 2020 in Backstage
The Loxone Miniserver turned 10 years old on 1 June. A lot has changed since it launched as LoxLIVE with its grey shell. Today we’ll look back over the last 10 years – we’ve even got a giveaway to celebrate.

Did you know that the first Miniservers were called the LoxLIVEs? Or that the first few Miniservers actually had a grey and then black case rather than our famous Loxone Green?

Well, regardless of what they were called or what colour the case was, all Miniservers have had one thing in common – they’ve all been capable of creating automation in both residential and commercial environments. They’re also all compatible with our entire product range and receive our latest software updates.

Loxone products and software are designed to perform reliably for many years. This philosophy is the foundation for each new software version as well as the selections we make in the materials and design of every product.

Thomas Moser

Founder, Loxone

Timeline of the Loxone Miniserver Part 1
2010

June

The birth of the Miniserver
In June 2010, the time had finally come to take the first Miniserver (or the LoxLIVE as it was called at the time) to market. This was a significant moment in Loxone history however, at the time, very few people suspected that this little device would go on to revolutionise the world of home & building automation over the next 10 years. Alongside this, we launched the Loxone App – which was the first dedicated smart home app on the Apple App Store. Believe it or not, back in 2010 not everyone owned a smartphone. Crazy right? Therefore, the Loxone App was also available in a text-based version.

May

SmartHome Germany Award
Throughout the years we’ve been lucky enough to win a lot of great awards. However, one that is still especially close to our hearts is the “SmartHome Germany Award 2012” – which the “Brown Box” (home of Loxone Founder Martin Öller) won thanks to the Loxone system it was rocking. An award that would not have been possible if it wasn’t for the genius of the Miniserver.

January

Introduction of Air Technology
In 2014, we developed our own wireless technology to help those who did not have the option of pulling cables. This made Loxone Air the perfect solution for retrofitting and renovation projects.

September

Introduction of the Miniserver Go
In September 2014, the Miniserver’s parents went to the hospital and came home with a little brother for it – the Miniserver Go. All Air devices could be connected directly to the Miniserver Go, now meaning that almost no cables were needed for a Loxone system.

May

Introduction of the Loxone Music Server
In 2015, the Loxone Music Server joining the Loxone product range. In combination with the Loxone Minserver, it can give you much more than just sensational music quality – it enables a smart doorbell, text-to-speech, multi room audio, intelligent alarms and much more…

January

A new look
In 2011, we decided to clean up the names of our product offering – because to be honest, they were somewhat confusing. LoxLIVE became the “Loxone Miniserver”, LoxMORE became the “Extension” and LoxPLAN became “Loxone Config”. Sounds a bit more familiar now, doesn’t it? In addition, the mouse-grey housing was dropped and a classy, injection-moulded case was specifically manufactured for the Miniserver. This case was originally black, the Loxone Green came later…

September

Launch of 5 new Loxone Extensions
This release opened the doors to countless new possibilities with a Loxone system. RS 232, RS 485, DMX, EnOcean, 1-Wire – these interfaces are now used in numerous installations around the world.

July

Moving to the Basecamp
In 2013 the time came to move out of the derelict Kollerschlag town hall and into one of the most modern office buildings in the whole of Europe. This was one of the first examples of the Miniserver perfectly taking care of automation in a commercial building. We say the Miniserver, however due to the extensive functionality in our Basecamp 7 Miniservers were actually used – making it the perfect workplace for roughly 100 Loxonauts.

Timeline of Loxone Miniserver Part 2

April

Introduction of Loxone Tree
With the development of Loxone Tree technology, we have pursued a clear goal: to reduce the installation effort in residential and commercial properties to a minimum. The specially developed technology makes the integration of Loxone Tree devices such as Spots or Touch Switches so remarkably simple!

June

Opening of the Loxone Showhome in Kollerschlag
Although we try our best, it’s hard to fully explain all of the advantages of living in a Loxone Smart Home. You simply have to experience it. That’s why we built our very own Showhome to showcase exactly what the Miniserver is cable of. In 2016, we opened the Loxone Showhome doors to give visitors the chance to experience exactly what their everyday lives could be like.

July

Release of Loxone Config 8.0
Loxone Config 8.0 saw the release of Auto Config – which meant that you could now get incredible functionality out of the Loxone Miniserver with a fraction of the configuration time. This release saved our Partners an immeasurable amount of time.

April

Opening of our 1st branch in Germany
At Loxone we’ve set ourself the small goal of becoming the world market leader for home & building automation. As the second most populated country in Europe, the German market plays a pivotal role in making sure we achieve this goal. That’s why, in April 2018, we opened the Loxone Germany Basecamp in Wäschenbeuren near Stuttgart. Our little green friend once again came in handy and helped us turn the building into one of the most modern in the country.

February

120,000 Implemented Loxone Projects
It took nearly 10 years to get to 100,000 projects and before all of the cake from the celebrations had been finished we were at 120,000. This was an excellent sign of our continued growth (data as of 02/2020).

September

New Loxone App
Alongside the release of Loxone Config 9.0, we released our redesigned app. It provided quick and easy customisation of basic settings, personalised tabs and featured our second-generation Lighting Controller.

August

The 100,000th Loxone Project
That little green/black/grey thing, which hadn’t even been on the market for 10 years, had found its way into 100,000 installations.

December

Loxone Miniserver Gen. 2
On 3 December, we released Generation 2 of the Loxone Miniserver. However, in no way did that mean that the original Miniserver was obsolete, far from it. In fact, the Miniserver Gen. 1 will continue to receive free software updates.

April

Release of Loxone Config 11.0
April 2020, saw us release Loxone Config 11.0 which brought many new features among them were: System Schematics, Daylight Responsive Lighting, SIA DC-09 support, new permission management and Apple Watch Support.

May

Announcement of Loxone Campus
At the end of May 2020, we announced the construction of the new Loxone Campus at the Kollerschlag site. This will be Europe’s centre of building automation consisting of the Loxone head office, a hotel, as well as training and logistics centres. This is a prime example of the Miniserver being used to Create Automation outside of a traditional family home. The scalable nature of the Miniserver combined with numerous interfaces makes it the perfect solution for hotels, offices and commercial projects of all kinds.

2010

June

The birth of the Miniserver
In June 2010, the time had finally come to take the first Miniserver (or the LoxLIVE as it was called at the time) to market. This was a significant moment in Loxone history however, at the time, very few people suspected that this little device would go on to revolutionise the world of home & building automation over the next 10 years. Alongside this, we launched the Loxone App – which was the first dedicated smart home app on the Apple App Store. Believe it or not, back in 2010 not everyone owned a smartphone. Crazy right? Therefore the early version of the Loxone App was also available in a text-based version.

January

A new look
In 2011, we decided to clean up the names of our product offering – because to be honest, they were somewhat confusing. LoxLIVE became the “Loxone Miniserver”, LoxMORE became the “Extension” and LoxPLAN became “Loxone Config”. Sounds a bit more familiar now, doesn’t it? In addition, the mouse-grey housing was dropped and a classy, injection-moulded case was specifically manufactured for the Miniserver. This case was originally black, the Loxone Green came later…

September

Launch of 5 new Loxone Extensions
This release opened the doors to countless new possibilities with a Loxone system. RS 232, RS 485, DMX, EnOcean, 1-Wire – these interfaces are now used in numerous installations around the world.

May

SmartHome Germany Award
Throughout the years we’ve been lucky enough to win a lot of great awards. However, one that is still especially close to our hearts is the “SmartHome Germany Award 2012” – which the “Brown Box” (home of Loxone Founder Martin Öller) won thanks to the Loxone system it was rocking. An award that would not have been possible if it wasn’t for the genius of the Miniserver.

July

Moving to the Basecamp
In 2013 the time came to move out of the derelict Kollerschlag town hall and into one of the most modern office buildings in the whole of Europe. This was one of the first examples of the Miniserver perfectly taking care of automation in a commercial building. We say the Miniserver, however due to the extensive functionality in our Basecamp 7 Miniservers were actually used – making it the perfect workplace for roughly 100 Loxonauts. 

January

Introduction of Air Technology
In 2014, we developed our own wireless technology to help those who did not have the option of pulling cables. This made Loxone Air the perfect solution for retrofitting and renovation projects. 

 

September

Introduction of the Miniserver Go
In September 2014, the Miniserver’s parents went to the hospital and came home with a little brother for it – the Miniserver Go. All Air devices could be connected directly to the Miniserver Go, now meaning that almost no cables were needed for a Loxone system.

May

Introduction of the Loxone Music Server
In 2015, the Loxone Music Server joining the Loxone product range. In combination with the Loxone Minserver, it can give you much more than just sensational music quality – it enables a smart doorbell, text-to-speech, multi-room audio, intelligent alarms and much more…

April

Introduction of Loxone Tree
With the development of Loxone Tree technology, we have pursued a clear goal: To reduce the installation effort in residential and commercial properties to a minimum. The specially developed technology makes the integration of Loxone Tree devices such as Spots or Touch Switches so remarkably simple!

June

Opening of the Loxone Showhome in Kollerschlag
The true benefits of living in a Loxone Smart Home are to put into words. You simply have to experience it. That’s why we built our very own Showhome to showcase exactly what the Miniserver is cable of. In 2016, we opened the Loxone Showhome’s doors to give visitors the chance to experience exactly what their everyday lives could be like.

July

Release of Loxone Config 8.0
Loxone Config 8.0 saw the release of Auto Config – which meant that you could now get incredible functionality out of the Loxone Miniserver with a fraction of the configuration time. This release saved our Partners an immeasurable amount of time.

September

New Loxone App
Alongside the release of Loxone Config 9.0, we released our redesigned app. It provided quick and easy customisation of basic settings, personalised tabs and featured our second-generation Lighting Controller.

April

Opening of our 1st branch in Germany
At Loxone we’ve set ourself the small goal to become the world market leader for home & building automation. As the second most populated country in Europe, the German market plays a pivotal role in making sure we achieve this goal. That’s why in April 2018 we opened the Loxone Germany Basecamp in Wäschenbeuren near Stuttgart. Our little green friend once again came in handy and helped us turn the building into one of the most modern in the country.

August

The 100,000th Loxone Project
That little green/black/grey thing, which hadn’t even been on the market for 10 years, had found its way into 100,000 installations.

December

Loxone Miniserver Gen. 2
On 3 December, we released Generation 2 of the Loxone Miniserver. However, in no way did that mean that the original Miniserver was obsolete, far from it. In fact, the Miniserver Gen. 1 will continue to receive free software updates.

February

120,000 Implemented Loxone Projects
It took nearly 10 years to get to 100,000 projects and before all of the cake from the celebrations had been finished we were at 120,000. This was an excellent sign of our continued growth (data as of 02/2020).

April

Release of Loxone Config 11.0
April 2020, saw us release Loxone Config 11.0 which brought many new features among them were: System Schematics, Daylight Responsive Lighting, SIA DC-09 support, new permission management and Apple Watch Support.

May

Announcement of Loxone Campus
At the end of May 2020, we announced the construction of the new Loxone Campus at the Kollerschlag site. This will be Europe’s centre of building automation consisting of the Loxone head office, a hotel, as well as training and logistics centres. This is a prime example of the Miniserver being used to Create Automation outside of a traditional family home. The scalable nature of the Miniserver combined with numerous interfaces makes it the perfect solution for hotels, offices and commercial projects of all kinds.

The Loxone Miniserver through the ages

Birthday Giveaway*

To celebrate the 10th birthday of the Loxone Miniserver we’re going to give away 5 Touch & Grill Airs which will all come with an accompanying Loxone Apron.

How to enter: 

  1. Follow the Loxone Instagram page
  2. Take a picture of your Loxone Miniserver or, even better, a selfie with you holding a Loxone Miniserver.
  3. Upload that photo to Instagram with the hashtag #10YearsMiniserver and tag @loxone in the picture.

 

Click here to view the giveaway: https://www.instagram.com/loxone/

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