Adding Devices

Devices can be added to any of the existing networks. The joining process provides sufficient visual imagery of the device to enable any rogue, or unwanted devices, to be identified and excluded. The user is able to choose name the device, and select the room and the location of the device within the room, so that it can be referenced within the control system in the most meaningful way.

Selecting a Network

If there is more than one network installed on the control system, then the first step is to select the network to which the device is to be attached.

Otherwise, if there is only one network, it will be selected automatically, and the next step will be displayed.

Selecting a Network

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In this example, only one network has been installed, which the user has called "Main".

The system recognizes the type of network, and displays it to the user.

The user then taps on the "Permit Join" button to start the joining process.

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Successfully Joined

Having tapped on the “Permit Join” button, the system will start searching for new devices.

Those devices that are to be joined to the network are reset while this searching is taking place.

The devices that have been detected are listed below this button, and the status is shown in a green box below this device list.

After 2 minutes, the system will stop searching, and the network back is returned to a secured state, in which devices are no longer able to join.

Those devices that have been discovered are listed by type, manufacturer and model.

If a displayed device is legitimate, then the user clicks on the device type to establish its profile

Otherwise, the device is ignored as being potentially rogue.

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Confirm Profile

If the user taps on the device type during the previous step, the profile for that device is located, and the name of the device and image of the device is displayed.

If the user recognizes the device, then they tap of the "Load Profile" button. Otherwise, the user discards the device as being potentially rogue.

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Register New Device

Having loaded the profile for the device, the system displays some network details, such as the long and short address of the device.

The user then selects the room and the location of the device. In this example, the plug controls a fan heater, so references to this device within the control system will always appear as “Living Room Fan Heater”.

If the room or the location are changed, then they have to be reselected. In practice they should not change very often, and the need to make such as change is outweighed by the benefit of being able to refer to the device in the most meaningful way.

Lastly, the user taps on the “Save”, if the displayed information is correct. The user still has the option of discarding the device at this stage, by clicking on the “Back” button.

The user can also remove the device at any stage, rejoin it to the network, rename it, or change the room and the location.

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Device Activation

When a device is added to a network, a user interface to control the device is generated automatically, and added to the appropriate group of devices within the App, such Lights or Power in this example.

This enables the user to test the device via the App by switching it on and off. This does not preclude the device from being used in other actions, but provides the user with a means of testing the device individually.

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