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New home automation kits

We are really happy to announce the new HomeNET KITs! Starting from May 2015, all HomeNET kits will include a DIN Rail Power Adapter to power the included control board (AirQ 305 for KIT1, AirQ 325 for KIT2 and AirQ 306 for KIT3). This means a save of more than 20€ compared to previous kits.
New kits come in a completely redesigned box and are available in our on-line shop.

 

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The new HomeNET 3.6 goes multiuser!

We are really happy to announce that the new HomeNET 3.6 is out!  This release introduces a really important feature: multi-user subsystem. Thanks to this feature it’s now possible to add new users to the HomeNET control unit and it’s possible to define their roles.

Multiuser home automation systemThere are seventeen different roles that can be assigned to a user, allowing to completely define what a user can do with the system. Moreover, there is no limit to the number of user that can be added to the system.

Improved scheduled scenes

In this release we worked hard to improve scheduled scenes. We added the ability to control the time granularity of scenes on the calendar, and it’s now possible to add scenes even with a duration of one minute. We also improved the way recurring scenes appears on the calendar.

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How to update

To update your HomeNET control unit to the latest version, go to Setup->Maintenance, click on the “Check” button and follow the instructions. Please, remember that to update the control unit you need to enter your MyHOME credentials in the Setup->Access Credentials section.

We strongly recommend to do a backup of the control unit database. To do the backup, go to Setup->Maintenance section and follow the instructions.

If you want to look these new features in action, visit our on-line demo.

 

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When virtual is better than real: the new HomeNET 3.5 is here!

Who says that real is better than virtual? Do you want an example? The new virtual thermostats in HomeNET 3.5!  🙂

We are really happy to announce that the new HomeNET 3.5 release is out for download. In this release we have introduced a new exciting feature: virtual thermostats.

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A virtual thermostat is a “software device” that allows to create a thermostat starting from a wireless temperature sensor and one or more AirQ Networks control boards. There is no longer need to use complex and dedicated rules to handle the temperature.

A virtual thermostat works in this way:

  • a temperature sensor is linked to the thermostat.
  • user defines the preferred temperature, the lower and the upper thresholds.
  • user defines the actions to perform when temperature goes down and up to the set temperature.
  • user defines the action to perform when the thermostat is turned OFF.

And that’s it. HomeNET will do the job for us!

Let’s do a real example. Let’s suppose that we want to manage the temperature on the ground floor, and suppose that the RELAY4 of the 6.0.1.10 control board drives a zone valve. We want to open the valve when temperatures goes down 18.7°C and to close it when temperature goes over.

You can setup the thermostat like in the following picture:

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A virtual thermostat has two working modes: auto and manual. In auto mode rules and scenes can change set temperature and turn ON/OFF the thermostat. When in manual mode, rules and scenes have no effect.

To setup a virtual thermostat you can go in Setup->Device Management->Virtual thermostats.

How to update

To update your HomeNET control unit to the latest version, go to Setup->Maintenance, click on the “Check” button and follow the instructions. Please, remember that to update the control unit you need to enter your MyHOME credentials in the Setup->Access Credentials section.

We strongly recommend to do a backup of the control unit database. To do the backup, go to Setup->Maintenance section and follow the instructions.

If you want to look these new features in action, visit our on-line demo.

 

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The new HomeNET 3.4 is out!

We are really happy to announce that the new HomeNET 3.4 is out with a lot of new features that improve the user experience of our wireless home automation system. We worked hard to make HomeNET more user friendly and coherent in many of its parts. Moreover, we have introduced two new exciting functionalities. Let’s see them in depth.

New power consumption graphs

Since we introduced the new AirQ 325 control board with power consumption measurement, we have given to the user the ability to analyze its energy consumptions. However, we weren’t happy of consumption graphs and their ability to allow the user to obtain relevant information about energy consumptions. In HomeNET 3.4 we have introduced a totally redesigned graphs subsystem that allows the user to analyze data at a glance.

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Two new graphs type allow to see daily, weekly, monthly and total energy consumptions. User can analyze data of each relay of a control board, and compare consumptions of all relays. Now it’s very intuitive to navigate inside this type of graphs.

New mobile dashboard

But the best is yet to come. Another important functionality introduced in HomeNET 3.4 is the new mobile interface. Now the user can access the dashboard from its mobile devices. The mobile interface was totally redesigned, and now it’s really simple to navigate it using a mobile device.

 

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How to update

To update your HomeNET control unit to the latest version, go to Setup->Maintenance, click on the “Check” button and follow the instructions. Please, remember that to update the control unit you need to enter your MyHOME credentials in the Setup->Access Credentials section.

We strongly recommend to do a backup of the control unit database. To do the backup, go to Setup->Maintenance section and follow the instructions.

If you want to look these new features in action, visit our on-line demo.

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Scheduled scenes in new HomeNET 3.3

New year, new HomeNET release! We are really pleased to announce that the new HomeNET 3.3 is available for download! This new version fixes several important bugs affecting HomeNET 3.2.x and introduces a really exciting feature.

Scheduled scenes

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HomeNET 3.3 provides the ability to schedule scenes. Using a practical yet powerful calendar, user can decide to plan the execution of scenes. For example, if you have a scene that turns ON or OFF the heating system, you can decide to turn ON/OFF the scene on a time basis using the calendar. When a scene is added to the calendar it is handled as an “event”. There are two types of event: single and recurring events. A single event is an event that happens only once; a recurring event is a scene that is executed one day/week/month for one week/month/year.

Since a rule can be activated and deactivated using scene, user can schedule the execution of rules too. This dramatically simplifies rules, as there is no longer need to use the TIME BETWEEN function in rules condition.

A pretty way to show rules

Schermata 2014-01-07 a 14.56.31HomeNET 3.3 gives a better way to show rules. First, now a practical counter near the control board/sensors shows you how many rules are defined on that device.

 

Second, rules are now lexicographically ordered by their name.

How to update

To update your HomeNET control unit to the latest version, go to Setup->Maintenance, click on the “Check” button and follow the instructions. Please, remember that to update the control unit you need to enter your MyHOME credentials in the Setup->Access Credentials section.

We strongly recommend to do a backup of the control unit database. To do the backup, go to Setup->Maintenance section and follow the instructions.

If you want to look these new features in action, visit our on-line demo.

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Why we are going to kill IE

Why we are going to kill IE

Browser compatibility is a pain for all web developers. Every time you design a web application more complex than a simple web page, you spent about 60% of your time trying to bypass browsers bugs and limitations. The most important example is Internet Explorer, aka IE. Microsoft stopped to invest in its browser several years ago. The actual situation is that even the more recent versions of this browser are fully of bugs, and they lack for decent support to CSS3 and SVG.

We spent a lot in the past trying to guarantee a decent compatibility of our wireless home automation system between the three more widespread browsers: IE, Firefox and Chrome. But now, we have decided to stop to give full support to IE. The reason? It doesn’t allow us to push HomeNET to a next level. Need an example? We are already working on the next release of HomeNET: HomeNET 3.4 (We know what are you thinking: where is HomeNET 3.3? We’ll announce it in the next few days, stay tuned ;-)) HomeNET 3.4 will include more sophisticated tools to compare energy consumptions.

Isn’t it sexy? 🙂 The problem with these graphs is that they are based on D3JS, a powerful JavaScript library that uses SVG browser capabilities. Versions before IE 10.x don’t provide decent support to SVG. This doesn’t allow D3JS to work in a reasonable manner. So we have two choices: to keep giving support to IE and don’t invest on these graphs, or to forget IE and looking forward. Our choice? Try to hit it! 🙂

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One more reason? Looking to access statistics of our web site, we can see that IE users are getting less and less (11.6% of total users in the last 3 days).  All together: bye bye IE!

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The new HomeNET 3.2 is here: analyze your electricity consumptions!

The new HomeNET 3.2 is here: analyze your electricity consumptions!

We are really pleased to announce that the new HomeNET 3.2 is available for download! This is new release fixes several bugs affecting HomeNET 3.1 and introduces new exciting features. Let’s see them in depth.

Support to new AirQ 325 control board

Schermata 2013-09-30 a 17.53.31HomeNET 3.2 introduces support to the new AirQ 325 control board. AirQ 325 is a wireless control board that has the ability to measure the energy drained by devices connected to its relays. This new board will let you to analyze in depth your electrical energy costs.  HomeNET 3.2 allows you to see energy consumption in real time as well as analyze historical data related to energy consumption. You can analyze energy costs in a day, in a week, in month and in a whole year. Clear and self-explaining graphs will allow you to clearly see how much energy is consumed by devices. Moreover, it’s possible to define rules on the power consumption: for example, you can turn off a device if it’s draining too much power for a long time as well as set a rule that will send you and SMS (text message) if the device stops working (that is, its power consumption goes to zero).

Discover your public IP

Schermata 2013-09-30 a 18.04.26Thanks to MyHOME service and HomeNET 3.2 you can now know which is the public IP of your control unit automatically! There is no longer need neither of pay-to-use services like dyndns.com nor of complex configuration of your home Internet router. Now you can simply discover your public IP in these ways:

 

  1. From your HomeNET control unit, in the “Network” section (useful if you are connecting from your local LAN).
  2. From your MyHOME account, in the top-right area of the web page.

How to update

To update your HomeNET instance to the latest version, go to Setup->Maintenance, click on the “Check” button and follow the instructions. Please, remember that to update the control unit you need to enter your MyHOME credentials in the Setup->Access Credentials section.

We strongly recommend to do a backup of the control unit database. To do the backup, go to Setup->Maintenance section and follow the instructions.

If you want to look these new features in action, visit our on-line demo.

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The new HomeNET 3.1 is out! Now with improved rules, scens and much more.

The new HomeNET 3.1 is out! Now with improved rules, scens and much more.

After several days of tests, we are ready to release the new HomeNET 3.1, with many new functionalities and tens of underlying optimizations that will speed up the software and your productivity.

The new HomeNET release introduces new exciting functionalities. Let’s see them.

Improved rules subsystem

We work a lot to improve the rules subsystem. In the previous versions of rules system, user could define only two conditions for a rule. Now it’s possible to define more than two conditions, allowing to build more complex rules, which interact with several devices at a time. Moreover, we added another interesting property actions for control board: On/Off relay group. This feature allows to turn ON/OFF more relays for a control board in the same time. This is really useful when you want to turn ON/OFF more devices in the same time (for example multiple lights).

One another exciting feature related to rules is the ability to setup rules on the weather conditions. Now it’s possible to define rules that do actions accord weather forecast. For example, you can automatically turn ON heating system if temperature is expected to be lower than a given threshold. You can also set HomeNET to warn you with a SMS (text message) if snow is expected. Isn’t it exciting?

Scenes

HomeNET 3.1 introduces a new important functionality: the scenes. Scenes are the way to do complex actions with HomeNET. A scene is a set of actions. For example, suppose that you have the gazebo and patio lights that are controlled from two different control boards, and suppose that you want to turn ON them all together. A scene is a perfect solution for these kinds of task. Different from rules, scenes don’t have conditions. A scene can have four different states: ON/OFF and ENABLED/DISABLED. The ENABLED/DISABLED state is really useful to automatically enable/disable scenes according your use cases (to avoid conflicts between scenes).
You can also build rules that interact with scenes. Consider this other example. Suppose that you have a scene that allows to irrigate your garden controlling multiple valves. And suppose that you want to start irrigation in the evening. You can simply create a rule that turns ON/OFF the scene on a time basis. To simply control a scene (turn it ON/OFF) you can add a convenient widget on the dashboard, and choose the icon that best fits the scene.

External links

Starting from this release, you can use HomeNET to access external web resource like IP webcam or other systems as well other web sites like your favorite newspaper. This feature is called external links. External links is disabled by default. To enable it, just go to Setup->General Settings and enable it. External links offers a tabbed oriented interface where you can put external resources. This is really useful to access all your web-oriented devices in just one place.

How to update

To update your HomeNET instance to the latest version, go to Setup->Maintenance, click on the “Check” button and follow the instructions. Please, remember that to update the control unit you need to enter your MyHOME credentials in the Setup->Access Credentials section.

We strongly recommend to do a backup of the control unit database. To do the backup, go to Setup->Maintenance section and follow the instructions.

If you want to look these new features in action, visit our on-line demo.

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New SDK Center section on our technical wiki

SDK-Logo_1A new section is available on our technical wiki starting from today: SDK Center. This section will contain all documentation, libraries and software related to our wireless platform. Integrators and developers, interested in integrate our wireless sensors and control boards in their existing projects, will find really useful the information provided in it. Moreover, we’ll release adapters for the majority of programming language in the next few months. This will allow to speed up integration process.

To support developers, a new section dedicated to SDK is now available in our technical forum (only in english).

For more information, please refer to SDK Center or contact AirQ Networks.

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AirQ 310 test completed

We are really excited to announce that we have completed testing of AirQ 310 wireless control board. The left picture (click on it to enlarge) shows the finished board. Just a couple of retouch to layout and we’ll be ready for production. Firmware will be completed by the mid of January and we are confident that boards will be available for commercialization by the mid of February.

Technical documentation will be ready soon. For any type of question, please refer to our forum.

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