The following is a brief tutorial (perhaps better called an "introduction") to the HomeVision/HomeVision-Pro computer software. The tutorial first shows how to set up "scheduled events" to turn some X-10 lights on and off at certain times. It then shows and explains some of the other software screens.
Setting up Scheduled Events
This tutorial shows the basic steps for setting up two scheduled events, one to turn on some X-10 lights 10 minutes before sunset, the other to turn them off at 1:00 AM.
1) Start the HomeVision software. If you have already started creating a schedule file, open it (using the Open command under the File menu).
2) Use the X-10 Module Summary Screen (located under the Objects/Events menu) to name your X-10 devices. See the picture below.
This screen allows you to set additional options described below, but these arent needed for the tutorial:
3) Use the Scheduled Events Summary Screen (see picture below) to add a scheduled event for each time you want actions to run. In this tutorial, we need two scheduled events (named "Landscape lights on" and "Landscape lights off"). The screen defaults to having one event; to add more, click the Add button.
4) Double-click the Scheduled Time field of the scheduled events to set their times. This opens a window (see picture below) where you can set a fixed time (e.g., 7:00 PM) or a variable time (e.g., 1 hour after sunrise). You can also make this a random time (it will vary randomly around the specified time) if you like. In this tutorial, "Landscape lights on" is set for 10 minutes before sunset and "Landscape lights off" is set for 1:00 AM.
5) Double-click the scheduled events Actions Defined field to open the Actions Entry Screen. The picture below shows this screen with two X-10 actions already entered in it (the next step describes how to enter these). For this tutorial, you will need to enter actions for each scheduled event.
6) To enter an action, click one of the buttons located along the left-hand side of the window (this is the "Toolbar"). For example, to enter an X-10 action, click the X-10 button. This opens the Edit X-10 Action window, shown below. Select the desired X-10 command from the left list box, and the X-10 module from the right list box, then click OK. This enters the new command in the Actions Entry Screen. You can enter additional commands in the same fashion. Click OK when done.
7) You must now load the schedule into the controller. Use the Load screen located under the File menu, shown below.
8) Enjoy your automated home!
Here are some of the other screens in the software.
This is the main software screen. The menus are used to access all the programs functions.
User Location Screen
This screen, located under the Configure menu, tells HomeVision where you live so it can calculate sunrise and sunset times. You can also enable or disable the automatic daylight savings time adjustment. You can click Graph to see how the sunrise and sunset times for your location vary throughout the year.
Controller Settings Screen
This screen, located under the Configure menu, sets a wide variety of controller settings. You must load the revised schedule into the controller before these take affect.
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Macro Summary Screen
This screen, located under the Objects/Events menu, shows all the macros in your schedule. Macros are a group of one or more actions. Once you create a macro, you can run it from anywhere else in your schedule. This saves you from having to repeat commonly-used commands throughout your schedule. Also, its easy to run the macro from the TV screen or with an infrared remote.
Actions Entry Screen
This screen (shown below) is used to enter the actions to be performed for each event. You get to this screen by way of the "Actions Defined" field for the associated event. For example, from the Macro Summary Screen (shown above), double-click the Actions Defined field.
To enter an action, click one of the buttons located along the left-hand side of the window (this is the "Toolbar"). This opens a unique window where you enter (or edit) the specific action.
You can enter additional commands in the same fashion. New lines are entered before the highlighted line. If no line is highlighted, the line is placed at the end. You can edit a command by double-clicking it, and you can use the standard Windows commands to copy (Ctrl-C), paste (Ctrl-V), or cut (Ctrl-X) them. You can also right-click the mouse to perform these actions. There are over 300 different commands and 100 different If-Then conditions you can use.
Thermostat Configuration Screen
This screen, located under the Configure menu, configures your thermostats. The example below shows the configuration for a 2-zone system of RCS TX10-B bidirectional thermostats. You can set the "setback" temperatures (the temperatures settings for when you are away from home). You can also enable the automatic reading function whereby HomeVision will periodically read the temperature setpoint, actual temperature, system mode, and fan mode from each thermostat.
Thermostat Schedule Screen
This screen, located under the Advanced menu, schedules your thermostats. HomeVision can control your thermostat with eight time/temperature settings for three different days of the week. You can also view and change this schedule from your TV screen using an infrared remote!
Custom TV Menu System Screen
This screen, located under the Advanced menu, allows you to quickly create your own TV screens. You can define up to 16 screens, each containing whatever text you want. You can also define what actions to perform when the user presses an infrared remote control button while viewing the TV screen. Note that in order to enable this software screen, you must first enable the Custom TV Menu System option in the Controller Settings Screen.