EQOmmand

EQOmmand
EQOmmand
USER MANUAL
Contents 1. Overview.............................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................4 2. Home control...................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................5 2.1. Floor plan..................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................7 2.2. Group .......................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................10 2.3. Devices....................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................11 2.3.1. Lamp ...............................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................11 2.3.2. Dimmer..........................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................12 2.3.3. Socket.............................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................13 2.3.4. Shutter ...........................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................14 2.3.5. Thermostat..................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................15 2.3.6. Camera..........................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................17 2.3.7. Door.................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................18 2.3.8. Window .........................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................18 3. Extras.................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................19 3.1. Clock..........................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................20 4. Installation ......................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................21 4.1. System requirements....................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................21 4.2. Installation.............................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................21 4.3. Startup.....................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................23 5. Configuration ................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................24 5.1. Connection to controller ..............................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................25 5.1.1. Automatic search....................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................26 5.1.2. Add manually.............................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................27 5.2. Home control......................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................28 5.2.1. Add group....................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................30 5.2.2. Add floor plan............................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................36 5.3. Cameras.................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................44 5.4. Extras .......................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................46 5.5. Options ....................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................47 5.5.1. Language.....................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................47 5.5.2. Password protection ............................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................48 5.5.3. Warning logs .............................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................49 5.5.4. Cleaning mode lock...............................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................50 5.6. Import / Export..................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................51 5.6.1. Export data .................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................51 5.6.1. Import data.................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................52 6. FAQ......................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................53 1. Overview
This is the manual for the EQOmmand software that will help you control your house and get an overview of all devices attached to your
controller. This manual describes the usage, installation and configuration of the software using screenshots.
Section 0 and 4 describe the user interface that is visible during normal usage of the software. Section 4 explains how to install the
software from scratch and section 1 explains all configuration screens in detail.
2. Home control
The main window has a title bar on top, a menu bar in the bottom and the contents in the middle. The contents can exist of a floor plan, a
group or an extra. When switching between home control, extra or configuration, the opened floor plan or group will reopen when home
control is clicked. figure 1: general user interface 1 illustrates the general user interface that users will see upon start-up of the fully
configured software.
01: HOME CONTROL contains all the functionalities to control your home.
02: EXTRAS contains one or more plug-ins. Plug-ins are completely
independent small programs you can add to your software to extend the
functionalities. By default this will contain one plug-in, the CLOCK.
03: Open CONFIGURATION panel.
04: Clicking this icon will open recent warnings or events. And it shows the
status of your connection to the controller (more info next image).
05: Minimise button. By default the software will open full screen. You can click
this button when you want to minimise the window or close the software.
06: The current date and time.
figure 1: general user interfaces
Warnings or events will appear when the software wants to notify the user. When the connection to an automatically connected
controller is lost, the user will be notified. The background colour of the notification icon indicates the connection to the controllers;
figures 2 to 4 illustrate the different states of the icon.
Normal status
Currently you have no new warnings
figure 2: no new events
Warning / event status (blue)
Currently you have 4 new warnings / events
figure 3: new events
Connection to the controller is lost
When the connection to one or more controllers is lost, the warning icon will
turn red. This applies only on controllers configured to connect automatically.
figure 4: new events and no connection
2.1. Floor plan
A floor plan represents a level in your house where you can control the devices of. When a floor plan is chosen from the submenu
on the left, the full floor plan is shown. You can choose to zoom in into the rooms of the floor plan and control all the devices that
are present in that room.
On the right of the screen, the attached scenes are shown and will activate when you click on it. The scenes can be attached to the
floor plan itself or to a specific room. The scenes are adjusted to the item that is currently visible to the user.
01: List of floor plans. Click one to open it.
02: List of groups. Click one to open it.
03: List of scenes linked to the current floor plan.
04: The floor plan itself. You can click any space to zoom in to it.
figure 5: floor plan overview
When you have clicked a room of the floor plan, the room is maximised relative to the screen. You can choose to switch between the
rooms by clicking on another room. When you want to zoom out to the full floor plan, you can click out of the rooms and floor plan.
01: When zoomed in, the devices in the selected room will appear. Click on a
device to op its detail page.
02: The list of scene linked to this space.
figure 6: zoomed in floor plan
As soon as you clicked on a configurable device the details of this device will open (not a door or window). You can edit the status of this
device and then exit the detail by clicking next the detail window.
01: Detail page of the opened device.
02: Click anywhere outside of the detail page to close it.
figure 7: floor plan device detail
2.2. Group
A group can represent a logical grouping of devices such as all heating, all lights, doors, windows ... or can represent a physical
space in your house. For each group, a different background image can be shown. When the window of the software is scaled, the
devices are scaled with the background to appear on the same spot on the background.
The functionalities of the devices are the same as in the room of a floor plan. You can click on a device to see its details and
configure the device.
01: List of floor plans. Click one to open it.
02: List of groups. Click one to open it.
03: All the devices belonging to this group. Click one to open its detail page.
Drag and drop the device to move them to desired place.
figure 8: Group overview
2.3. Devices
This section gives a list of all possible devices that are visible on the floor plan or group. When configuring these sections, you can
choose to either show the small icon or medium sized icon. When you click on the icon (small or medium), the detail page is shown
on top where you can configure the device.
2.3.1. Lamp
The lamp represents a toggle lamp in your house and can either be on or off.
Small icon size
Status OFF / ON
Medium icon size
Status OFF / ON
Detail page
01: The line above the light bulb shows the On or OFF status.
02: The label shows the name of the device.
03: Press the OFF button to switch the light off.
04: Press the ON button to switch the light on
figure 9: Lamp detail
2.3.2. Dimmer
The dimmer represents a dimmer lamp in your house. You can choose to either put it on, off or choose a percentage in
the details page. This percentage can be set by using the slider or clicking the + or - button.
Small icon size
Status 0% / 60% / 100%
Medium icon size
Status 0% / 60% / 100%
Detail page
figure 10: Dimmer detail
01: The blocks above the light bulb show the percentage of the dimmer.
The light bulb shows the ON/OFF status.
02: The label shows the name of the device.
03: The slider can be moved up and down to lower or higher the
percentage of the dimmer.
04: The ON button will set the dimmer at full capacity 100%.
05: The + button increases the percentage. Keep pressing the button to
increase faster.
06: The - button decreases the percentage. Keep pressing the button to
decrease faster.
07: The OFF button will set the dimmer at zero capacity 0%.
2.3.3. Socket
The socket represents a socket in your house where a device can be attached to such as a television. When showing the
detail page, you can choose to either put the device on or off.
Small icon size
Status OFF / ON
Medium icon size
Status OFF / ON
Detail page
01: The
02: The
03: The
04: The
figure 11: Socket detail
line around the power plug shows the ON/OFF status.
label shows the name of the device.
ON button will switch the power plug on.
OFF button will switch the power plug off.
2.3.4. Shutter
The shutter shows the status of your shutter. You can choose to put it up, down or stop it while running in the details page.
Small icon size
Status CLOSED / HALFWAY OPEN / OPEN
Medium icon size
Status CLOSED / HALFWAY OPEN / OPEN
Detail page
01: The icon shows the opened status.
02: The label shows the name of the device.
03: The UP button will move the blinds up until they are fully opened, or
until you press the STOP button.
04: The STOP button will stop the blinds.
05: The DOWN button will move the blinds down until they are fully
closed, or until you press the STOP button.
figure 12: Shutter detail
2.3.5. Thermostat
The thermostat icon represents the chosen and current temperature in a certain room. The colour represents the chosen
program; the height of the bar represents the chosen temperature. A program comes with a preset temperature which
you can choose to change temporarily.
Small icon size
Status Comfort (red) / Economic (orange) / Night (green) / Away (bleu) /
Manual (grey)
Medium icon size
Status Comfort (red) / Economic (orange) / Night (green) / Away (bleu) /
Manual (grey)
Detail page
01: The icon shows the chosen regime, and the current temperature.
02: The current temperature.
03: The target temperature.
04: The label shows the name of the device.
05: The arrows indicate if the system is heating (up) or cooling (down).
06: Pressing the + button increases the temperature by 0,5°.
07: Pressing the – button decreases the temperature by 0,5°.
08: In this menu you can select the regime of your choice.
09: The CLOCK button can turn the clock off to switch to manual mode.
figure 13: Thermostat detail
2.3.6. Camera
The camera icon represents an IP camera present in your network. The medium sized icon already gets the live feed from
the camera and shows it in your group or floor plan. In case you want to show multiple cameras in the same group, know
that video demands a lot of processing power from your system.
Small icon size
Status Comfort (red) / Economic (orange) / Night (green) / Away (bleu) /
Manual (grey)
Medium icon size
Status Comfort (red) / Economic (orange) / Night (green) / Away (bleu) /
Manual (grey)
Detail page
01: The image filmed by the camera. If no image appears you will have
to check your camera setting (see item 2.3 Cameras).
02: The label shows the name of the camera.
03: Press the CLOSE button to close the camera.
04: List of camera actions. These actions are scenes that can be
coupled to a camera on the camera settings page (see item 2.3
Cameras).
figure 14: Camera detail
2.3.7. Door
The door represents a door sensor in your house. You cannot edit this device, clicking it will not open a detail page.
Small icon size
Status CLOSED / OPEN
Medium icon size
Status CLOSED / OPEN
figure 15: Door icon
2.3.8. Window
The window represents a window sensor in your house. You cannot edit this device, clicking it will not open a detail page.
Small icon size
Status CLOSED / OPEN
Medium icon size
Status CLOSED / OPEN
figure 16: Window icon
3. Extras
Extras contain all the plug-ins added to your system. A plug-in is a small program that operates independently from the main software.
You can write your own plug-ins, or in the future there will be more plug-ins available for download on the website.
01: Menu showing all the plug-ins installed in the software. By default
the CLOCK will be preinstalled.
figure 17: Extras overview
3.1. Clock
The clock plug-in is standard in the software and shows the current time and date.
01: Clock showing the current system time.
02: The current date.
figure 18: Clock plug-in
4. Installation
4.1. System requirements
Resolution: minimum 800x600, 1024x768 recommended
OS: Windows XP SP2 or higher
CPU: 1Ghz Pentium or compatible
RAM: 512Mb
Free HD space: 500Mb
Ethernet connection
.NET framework 3.5
SQL server express 2005 or higher
4.2. Installation
Go to following url: http://qbus.aaltra.eu/eqommand/publish.htm and click the install button.
When the file download dialog appears, click the save button and choose
a location on your harddisk.
As soon as the software is downloaded, choose to run the setup. This will
guide you through the installation of the software.
The installation wizard will ask you if you want to install the software on
your computer, press the install button.
The software will be automatically downloaded to your computer and
installed in the programs folder.
4.3. Startup
The first time you start the software, it will show what is necessary for the software in order to function right. As soon as you have
added a controller and group or floor plan, the dialog will disappear. Go to the configuration section to get all detailed information of
how to add the information.
01: First you will have to add one ore more controllers to the software.
This can be done by clicking the link, or via Configuration > Connection.
02: Secondly you can draw a floor plan, or create a group. This can be
done by clicking the link, or via Configuration > Home Control.
03: You can also import the configuration from another software
installation. This can be done by clicking the link, or via Configuration >
Import/Export.
Figure 19: First startup screen
5. Configuration
This section describes how to configure the software in order to use it. To configure the software in the fastest way, you first make a
connection to a controller and you add the possible cameras from your house. Then all devices will be present to be placed in the groups
and floor plans you will create. When you have set up a full configuration already, you can choose to export these settings and import
them into a clean setup.
Figure 20: Configuration menu overview
01: Connection – configure the connection to one or more controllers
02: Home Control – configure groups and floor plans, and add/edit the devices
03: Cameras – configure the cameras
04: Extras – manage the plug-in’s in the software
05: Options – Set the software language, password protect the configuration, review the warning logs, cleaning mode screen lock
06: Import / Export – import or export your configuration settings
07: About – information about the software manufacturer, the version number, en the license agreement
08: Quit the configuration panel
5.1. Connection to controller
In order to be able to communicate with the controller you will have to set up a connection. The software can connect to one or
more controllers. Once a controller is added it will be saved to the list. You can always choose to disconnect from a controller
without removing its settings from memory.
The status to all auto connecting controllers is shown in the overview of the connection tab in the configuration.
01: Connection status of the software to your local network
(green is connected, red is disconnected).
02: Connection status of the software to the controller
(green is connected, red is disconnected).
03: List of saved controllers.
04: Start the automatic search for controllers.
05: manually add a controller.
figure 21: Connection overview
5.1.1. Automatic search
Automatic search will search your local network for detectable controllers; if the controller is in another part of your local
network (divided by a switch) it will not be found due to security reasons.
When you chose a found controller, you will be redirected to the detail page with all available information filled in (see next
section)
List of controllers found on the network.
Click to select one.
figure 22: Automatic controller search
5.1.2. Add manually
If your controller hasn’t been found by the automatic search you can try to add it manually. You will be redirected to the
controller details form and have to enter all information manually.
figure 23: controller detail form
01: Give your controller a name.
02: A controller can be connected trough USB or TCP/IP.
03: The host or IP-address where the controller can be found. When the
controller is connected trough USB, the COM-port has to be entered.
04: The TCP port number. When connected trough USB this field will be
disabled.
05 & 06: Login and password for logging in to the controller. If the controller
is not password protected, these fields can be left blank.
07: Connection status shows if you are connected to the controller (green is
connected, grey is disconnected). To connect to the controller click the
connect button in the upper right corner.
08: Database status shows if the database is up to date. The first time you
connect to a controller you will always have to update the database. This can
be done by clicking the update button in the upper right corner. When the
database is not up to date the devices of this controller will be empty or
outdated. Once the controller is saved, the software will check for updates
automatically when starting up.
09: Check this box if you want the software to connect to the controller
automatically on start-up.
5.2. Home control
The home control tab shows all present groups and levels in your configuration. You can click a level or group in order to edit it.
Click the add button to create a new group or level, the order button will activate the order sliders where you can drag and drop
the level or group into its right place.
01: List of groups added to the software.
02: Change the order of the groups.
03: Add a new group.
04: List of floor plans added to the software.
05: Change the order of the floor plans.
06: Add a new floor plan.
Figure 24: Home control
01: When you have clicked the ORDER button, each item in the list will get a
DRAG icon. Now you can drag and drop items to rearrange the list.
02: When you are ready, just click the ORDER button again to save.
Figure 25: Home control - edit list order
5.2.1. Add group
As soon as you clicked the add button in the home control overview, the new group wizard shows up. This wizard will
guide you to create the group with success. You can choose to either add a group with or without a background. If you
choose to use no background, a dark background is used where your icons will be placed upon.
When you choose an image, it is recommended to not use high definition images when your system resources are low.
01: Progress indicator
02: Close the wizard – all progress will be lost
03: Select an image to use as background for the group
04: Skip the image
figure 26: Add group wizard
When you chose to select a background file, the file selector will appear. You can navigate through the folder structure
of your computer using the file selector. To go a level up (parent folder) you can click on the desired folder in the
breadcrumb.
Select an image to use as a background from your local pc.
01: The directory path. You can click any directory level to open it.
02: If the path becomes to long, the ARROW button on the left will activate.
Click this button to view the remaining directories.
03: Select an image file.
04: Click the SELECT button to confirm.
figure 27: Add group image selector
As soon as you have selected a file, the image is loaded and visualised.
01: If the chosen image is not right you can still select another one by clicking
the change button.
02: Click next step to confirm your image choice
When you confirmed your image, you can start to add devices to the group. You can choose to add these devices in a
certain place of the image, or without dragging. In case you have not dragged the icon to a certain location, the icons
are shown next to each other.
01: Click the new device button to add a new device to your group
Select the device you want to add. Output devices will be grouped per
controller. Cameras and other devices non controller devices will be found on
the highest level.
Toggle outputs are shown as a lamp, you can change the icon as soon as it is
added.
01: The directory path showing the current controller you are searching on.
Click CONTROLLERS to go back to the controller overiew.
02: Select a device.
03: Click the SELECT button to confirm.
The devices within the controller depend on the latest database downloaded
from the controller. Be sure to check if the latest database is downloaded in
case of irregularities.
01: The new device will be selected (white border). You can drag and drop it
to the desired location.
02: You can choose a small or a big icon.
03: When adding an on/off device you will be given the option to define if it is
a light, a power plug, a door sensor or a window sensor.
04: You can also rename the device if the current name is not correct or
clear enough.
05: The delete button will remove the device from the group, but not from the
controller.
06: When all devices are added to the group, click the ready button to finalise.
When adding devices to the group is done, the wizard closes and redirects you to the detail page of the group. You can
enter a new name for the group and choose to add scenes.
The scenes are shown in the right of the screen when the group is shown in the main window; therefore it is
recommended to only add relevant scenes to the group.
01: Name of the group
02: List of the scenes belonging to this group
03: Add a new scene to the group
04: Change the order the scenes
05: Add or edit the devices in this group
06: Change the background image
07: Delete the group and all its settings – this cannot be undone
08: After making any changes to the group you must always save them by
clicking the save & close button
5.2.2. Add floor plan
A floor plan helps you to find the desired devices quicker in a very user friendly way. The advantage of a floor plan is that it
is drawn based on vectors, which means that when the floor plan is shown onto a larger scale resolution screen, there is
no loss of quality, whereas group backgrounds have a limited amount of resolution.
You can choose to draw a floor plan based on a digital version of the floor plan (scan or image). If you are working on a
touch screen device, it’s advised to connect you mouse before you continue this wizard.
5.2.2.1. Selecting an example floor plan When adding a floor plan you can choose to use an existing floor plan as a drawing guide. This floor plan can be
uploaded as an image file with extension .jpg, .png, .bmp or .gif.
If you have no example floor plan to start from you skip this step.
01: Progress indicator
02: Close the wizard. All progress will be lost.
03: Select a floor plan as a drawing guide
04: Skip the floor plan upload
Select an image to use as a floor plan example from your local pc.
01: If the chosen image is not ok you can still select another one by clicking
the change button.
02: You can scale the image up and down by clicking the plus and minus
buttons.
03: If floor plan is not exactly horizontally and vertically aligned you can rotate
it by clicking the rotate buttons, clockwise or counter clockwise.
04: When the image is placed correct click next step to continue.
5.2.2.2. Draw a new space When you are drawing the rooms of your level, the software will snap your walls to an invisible dynamic grid. This means
that your walls and corners will snap nicely to each other in order to end up with a good floor plan.
01: Clicking the new space button will start the drawing mode.
01: You can draw a space drawn by clicking each corner of the space in the
same direction (clockwise or counter clockwise). The space should always be
close by ending the line on the same point where you started. Each corner
will be automatically aligned with the other walls to create perfect vertical or
horizontal walls.
02: If you misplaced a corner you can click the undo step button to undo your
latest steps.
03: To completely erase the drawn walls click the clear button.
04: When the space is closed you can save the space by clicking the ready
button.
01: Finally you can give the new space a name which will appear in the
centre of the room.
Continue these steps until every space on the floor plan is drawn.
01: When every space is drawn you can go to the next step.
5.2.2.3. Editing floor plan When the drawing of the floor plan is finished you can give it a name and start adding devices and scenes to the rooms.
01: Name of the floor plan.
02: List of the scenes linked to the floor plan.
03: Add a scene to this floor plan.
04: By clicking the order button you can change the order of the scenes in the
list
05: List of the spaces on this floor plan. By clicking an item in the list, the detail
page of the item will open.
06: By clicking the order button you can change the order of the rooms in the
list.
07: If the list is longer than the available height a scrollbar will appear.
5.2.2.4. Editing room details In each space you can add devices and scenes which will appear when you click on the room to zoom in.
01: Name of the space
02: List of the scenes linked to the space.
03: Add a scene to this space.
04: By clicking the order button you can change the order of the scenes in the
list.
05: Illustration of the space
06: Add or edit the devices in this space
5.2.2.5. Add devices to a space The procedure to add devices to the room are the same as adding devices to a group. You can choose a device from a
controller and drag and drop it to the right location.
01: Add a new device
Select the device you want to add. Output devices will be grouped per
controller. Cameras and other devices non controller devices will be found on
the highest level.
Toggle outputs are shown as a lamp, you can change the icon as soon as it is
added.
The devices within the controller depend on the latest database downloaded
from the controller. Be sure to check if the latest database is downloaded in
case of irregularities.
01: The new device will be selected (white border). You can drag and drop it to
the desired location.
02: You can choose a small or a big icon.
03: When adding an on/off device you will be given the option to define if it is
a light, a power plug, a door sensor or a window sensor.
04: You can also rename the device if the current name is not correct or clear
enough.
05: The delete button will remove the device from the group, but not from the
controller.
06: When all devices are added to the group, click the ready button to finalise.
5.3. Cameras
You can add your IP cameras to the software. When the camera type is not listed and you want to add a custom camera, you have
to be sure that your IP camera is configured to show MJPEG image streams and that you know the MJPEG url. You can add these
cameras to groups or rooms in floor plans.
01: Click the add camera button to add a new camera
02: List of cameras already added to the system
01: List of known camera types. If your camera type is listed, you can select it
from the list.
02: If your camera type you can add it by clicking the not listed button
01: Selected camera type
02: Name of the camera
03: The URL or IP where your camera can be found
04: Port number
05: Motion jpeg URL
06: Login (leave blank if your camera is not password protected)
07: Password (leave blank if your camera is not password protected)
5.4. Extras
01: Click the add button to select a new plug-in.
02: List of plug-ins already added to the system.
Select a plugin file from you local PC.
5.5. Options
You can choose to configure and see additional options to the configuration of the software. These options include language,
password protection, warning and event logs and the cleaning lock-mode.
5.5.1. Language
In order to have the software in your desired language, you can choose the
language from the radio button list. As soon as a language is selected, the
text is changed to this language.
5.5.2. Password protection
The Software configuration can be protected with a PIN code to prevent
unauthorised people to change the configuration, or to prevent from
unintended changes.
Check the checkbox to activate the PIN code.
Enter your PIN code twice to activate.
5.5.3. Warning logs
Whenever a message appears on the software, it will be logged into this
page. When the list becomes to long it can be cleared by clicking the clear
logs button.
5.5.4. Cleaning mode lock
When a touch screen needs to be cleaned it is advised to lock the screen to
prevent unintended actions to be made. This can be done by clicking the lock
screen button. This will lock the screen completely for 20 seconds. Afterwards
the software will activate automatically again.
5.6. Import / Export
When your software is completely configured you might want to take a
backup for safety reasons. Or you can export your configuration to import it
into another installation of the software on another PC.
It is recommended that you take a backup of your whole configuration as
soon as it is finished. This backup can be restored at any point of time in case
of data loss or new software setups.
5.6.1. Export data
When you want to export your configuration you will be asked to choose a
location where you want to save the export file.
This location can be your local hard drive but also a USB stick or mapped
network drive that you plug into your computer.
And you will be asked to give the configuration file a name.
5.6.1. Import data
To import data you must first select the configuration file of your choice.
Then you can choose witch elements of the software configuration you want
to import. For each element you will be able to choose to either:
-
Merge the data: this means it will not override the current data in your
software
Replace the data: this means the current data will be removed and
replace with the data from the import file.
Importing floor plans and/or groups implements the controller info, and the
cameras have to be imported ass well.
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