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IP2SL Global Cache
#1
Finally getting back to working on my CQ setup and was looking at getting a couple of Global Cache IP2SL units, but I am a little confused on their setup.

For something like a C-Bus interface which requires the serial port to be local to the computer, how do you configure the driver for C-Bus to talk to the driver for the IP2SL?

Or am I looking at this totally wrong?

Hope that makes some sense.
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#2
This is the IP to Serial thingie, right? If so, you would set it up within CQC (Admin Intf. -> Administer -> Settings), I think that's the right place. You configure any GC serial port devices there, and then they will show up as serial ports within CQC. If the server is reasonably local to the C-Bus unit, then don't use an IP based one, go with a wired serial port. That's always safest if it's an option.

But, either way, if GC type serial ports involved, just configured them within CQC.
Dean Roddey
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#3
Just to veer off track slightly

The C-bus interface has three serial port interfaces. One DE9 and two RJ45. Onely one can be used at a time - they are all commoned up.

You can run serial over cat5/6 for quite a distance (easily in an anverage house) so save the money and just use the cat 5 you are going to use for network as the serial cable.

So my advice is, run cat5 from teh C-Bus serial interface back to the CQC server and connect using the native com port.

Mick
Mykel Koblenz
Illawarra Smart Home
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#4
Thanks Dean. I knew it had to be something simple.
Probably the only menu that I didn't click on...
Cheers Mick. Will look into that option too.
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#5
Out of curiosity, what is a c-bus, and what are you using this device for? I would be interested in knowing more about the potential here. My limited for HA @ this time is lights, climate, and motion detectors.

Thanks!

Caleb
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#6
C-Bus is sort of in the same category as an Elk or Omni, it's a multi-function panel that brings various pieces of functionality to a single point of control. It's been most popular in Europe and Australia so far, AFAIK, but they do sell it now in the US as well.
Dean Roddey
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#7
No, not even close Dean.

C-Bus is a distributed lighting system - possibly one of the best available.

It not only does lighting, but also blinds/curtains/roller shutter, ceiling fans and a few more things.

It has touchscreen interfaces, logic modules and other modules for generic automation.

Square D sells the C-Bus range in the US. It was developed by Clipsal in Australia and is used widely across the country and well in Europe (from residential housing to very large sporting arena's).

Clipsal have a program for integration of other products so there products like alarms and pool controllers that have a direct interface to the C-Bus network.

C-Bus uses Cat5 between the wall switches and the load controllers (dimmers, relays etc) and are fully customizable to do anything you want.

With CQC in the mix I use a 6 gang wall switch in rooms to turn on lights, turn on the A/C in that room, Turn the fan on (three speeds), and turn everything off (TV, Lights, Fan and anything else that is interfaced).
They become generic automation buttons on the wall.
Mykel Koblenz
Illawarra Smart Home
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#8
OK, I guess a better comparison would have been a Lutron lighting system. I was mainly trying to get across that it's of the 'system' type of product, a controller that in turn controls various other things.
Dean Roddey
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