Setup of BeoLiving Intelligence

Setup of BeoLiving Intelligence

Network

The network settings determine how BeoLiving Intelligence connects into the local network, and how it accesses the Internet.

The settings available are:

  • Hostname is the name by which BeoLiving Intelligence will be found in the local network. This must be a single word containing letters A to Z, a to z or digits 0 to 9.
  • DHCP enabled may be selected if the local network has a DHCP server, that automatically assigns the rest of the parameters (IP address, mask, name server and gateway).
  • IP address, IP mask, DNS address and gateway are the standard IP settings that must be provided in case of a manual connection (no DHCP).

Apply button

Note that network settings do not apply immediately as you type.

You can safely edit all the fields, check for consistency, and then press the Apply button for the changes to take effect.

The Apply button will change colour as a reminder whenever modifications are made.

Finding out manual settings

Sometimes it is useful to have a fixed IP address (rather than an address dynamically assigned by a DHCP server). For example, if some home automation equipment needs to connect to BeoLiving Intelligence, normally a fixed IP address is required.

If you don’t have all the manual settings available, you can try choosing a DHCP configuration, and apply settings, so that the DHCP server in the local network fills in an IP address, IP mask, gateway and DNS server addressses. You can now uncheck the DHCP option, and edit the last part of the IP address to your value of choice outside of the DHCP range, which normally starts at around 100.

For example, if DHCP assigns 192.168.33.125, then a value around 192.168.33.20 should be OK (first, try pinging that address from your computer to make sure no other device is already configured at that address). Don’t choose addresses with very low values (below 10) since these are normally assigned to the network routers and servers.

Date & time

BeoLiving Intelligence needs to keep the date and time for many functions, including timestamping of logs and monitoring, clock events, and astronomical clock events.

If BeoLiving Intelligence has access to the Internet, then date and time can be synchronized to Internet time servers. Select this option and choose your timezone.

Otherwise, you can manually set the date and time.

For calculating sunrise and sunset times for your location, not only the current date must be set, but also the geographic location of the installation.

Set the latitude and longitude accordingly; the format is in decimal degrees. Positive values for North and East, negative for West and South.

For example, the coordinates for New York City (40.6700° N, 73.9400° W) would be entered this way:

  • Latitude: 40.67
  • Longitude: -73.94

Home Integration Protocol

Home Integration Protocol allow other devices to interact with BeoLiving Intelligence. This protocol is used by mobile applications, or by other home automation controllers and provides two way control of all resource types.

This protocol can be enabled on the local network, with mandatory authentication. You should provide a TCP port, which defaults to

  1. Port numbers below 1024 are reserved for standard TCP services, so use values above this range.

System modes

BeoLiving Intelligence can have any number of System modes, which can be used to enable or disable the execution of macros, as follows:

  • System modes can be activated by the BeoLiving Intelligence command SET MODE.
  • Any number of modes can exist, but at most one can be active any given time.
  • A macro can have any number of modes, and a mode can be set to any number of macros.
  • A macro with no mode set will behave normally.
  • If a macro has one or more modes set, then it will be triggered by events only if one of those modes is active.

Typical example of system modes: Vacation and Normal. You can set up a button to toggle between normal and vacation modes. Macros for setting thermostats, or forcontrolling lighting and shades may be assigned individually to each mode.

Units

The system temperature units can be configured to be Fahrenheit or Celsius, affecting all the clients connected to the BeoLiving Intelligence. For example, if the current temperature unit is Fahrenheit, then all the thermostats will report the temperature in these units to all connected clients.

This setting only affects what is displayed on BeoLiving Intelligence user interfaces. It does not affect the units displayed on the actual thermostats.