HomeVision Software

 

Overview

The HomeVision computer software is a 32-bit program for Windows 95/98/2000/NT/XP.  If you are using Windows 3.0 or 3.1, you should use the older 16-bit software available here

Download Latest Released PC Software (32-bit version 3.45a)

This 3.45a version is intended for use with HomeVision hardware version 1203C and PROM version C3.45.  If you have an older HomeVision 1203A version, the latest PROM and software are versions 3.3 (you can download the 3.3 software here).  If you have a 1203C version and wish to obtain a new 3.45 PROM, see our upgrade page for details.  You may also use the 3.45a software with older 3.4x PROMs, but the daylight savings time change noted below will not function. This 3.45a version corrects a bug in the 3.45 web server that could prevent it from reading thermostat and security system status reports from the controller. The 3.45 version added several features:

bulletFor United States users, the automatic daylight savings time feature uses the new start and stop dates that begin in 2007. It now starts the second Sunday in March and ends the first Sunday in November. The dates for European users are unchanged. THIS FEATURE REQUIRES A NEW 3.45 PROM.
bulletAdded a web browser to the software. This is a simple browser mainly intended to provide quick access to the HomeVision web pages (although it can display other web pages as well).
bulletModified the web pages to use "Cascading Style Sheets" to make it easier to modify the look of all the web pages at once. This new version of the software requires a new set of web page files installed in the HTML directory (the files are installed automatically as part of the installation process).
bulletModified the "Run Program" command that can be transmitted to a PC serial port. The software will no longer convert the command to uppercase letters. This change allows parameters to be passed to the program without being converted to uppercase (as previous software versions did).
bulletThe "Export”" function under the file menu now includes custom lights in the ".HVX" file that it generates.
bulletMade software change to correct a bug with the data log that can occur if the controller's memory usage is very high.

Download the complete version 3.45a installation program here:

    Setup_345a.exe    (file size = 7.6MB, dated 9 January 2007) 

If you previously installed version 3.45, you can download just the 3.45a executable here:

    Homevision_345a.zip    (file size = 0.6MB, dated 9 January 2007) 

Refer to the "New Info.pdf" file for details on the new features.

 

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Alternative Software

You may also be interested in the free HomevisionXL program developed by Schelte Bron, a HomeVision user.  This is a cross-platform tool for developing schedules for HomeVision and HomeVision-Pro.  It's a very powerful program that can do many things that the HomeVision software cannot.  

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Software Tutorial and Sample Screens

Visit our tutorial page for an overview of using the software.  See sample web browser screens created by the HomeVision web server.

 

Software Version History and Downloads (Versions 3.0 and higher)

(For the history of older versions, see this page.)

Version

Release Date

Description

3.0d 27 November 2000 32-bit software for use with PROM versions 2.82 or C3.0. PROM version 2.82 is for the older HomeVision units, part number 1203A.  PROM version C3.0 is for the newer HomeVision units, part number 1203C.

When used with software version 3.0, the PROMs provide the following new features:

bulletSupports the new Sylva Control Systems IO-8O8I/485 boards.  These boards provide 8 relays outputs and 8 opto-isolated inputs and connect to HomeVision through an RS-485 serial port.
bulletSupports up to 9 RCS serial thermostats (RS232 or RS485) connected directly to HomeVision or an add-on serial port.
bulletSupports the new CADDX NetworX serial (RS-232) security systems. This requires the C3.0 PROM used with HomeVision part number 1203C. If you have an older 1203A HomeVision unit, it uses the 2.82 PROM and will not support the CADDX thermostats.
bulletCan learn infrared signals that do not have a carrier.
bulletCan receive learned infrared signals.

In addition to the features provided by these PROMs, the 3.0 software adds several capabilities that didn't exist in previous software versions.  They are:

bulletHas a web server in the PC software that allows HomeVision to be controlled from a web browser.
bulletCan send X-10 "extended code" and "extended data" commands from within your schedule. These commands are used to control some of the newer X-10 devices.
bulletCan read a comma-delimited text file and load the contents into HomeVision variables.
bulletSupports long file names
bulletMakes minor improvements to the "Dial Remote Modem" screen.
3.01

(Software)

9 January 2001 New 32-bit software which makes the following changes to the 3.0d software described above:
bulletAdds a security system status screen to the web server.
bulletAdds an option to automatically open the most recent schedule file each time the program starts.
bulletThe X-10 object summary screen now allows more than 16 X-10 devices to be shown at one time.
bulletCorrects a bug where the program sometimes looked for a help file named "homevis.hlp" instead of "homevision.hlp".
3.02

(Software)

1 April 2001 New 32-bit software with minor enhancements and bug fixes to web server.
3.1

(Software)

 

7 November 2001 New 32-bit software which makes the following changes to the 3.02 software described above:
bulletThe web server will now process multiple items sent to it in a form. This means that if you create your own web page to control HomeVision, you can have a button that sends multiple commands to the controller.
bulletAdded a "Remote Internet Access" capability. This allows a copy of the HomeVision software running on one PC (the client PC) to control a HomeVision unit connected to another PC (the server PC). Basically, the client PC can control the remotely-located HomeVision unit as if it was directly connected to the client PC.
3.11

(Software)

15 December 2001 New 32-bit software which makes the following changes to the 3.1 software described above:
bulletWhen using the “Remote Internet Access” capability in the client mode, the software will no longer try to open a serial port on the local PC.
bulletThe web server can now allow access from an IP address without requiring a password.
3.12

(Software)

25 February 2002 New 32-bit software which makes the following changes to the 3.11 software described above:
bulletWith the "Remote Internet Access" capability, the client program can now:
bulletRetrieve a HomeVision schedule file from the server.
bulletSend a HomeVision schedule file to the server.
bulletTell the server to open a schedule file that is on the server.

You can download the 3.12 HomeVision.exe file here

3.2 software and 3.11 PROM

 

7 April 2002 New 32-bit software and PROM which makes the following changes:
bulletCorrected some software bugs that sometimes caused incorrect display screens (incorrect background colors or buttons being cut off bottom of screen).
bulletAdded commands for writing a variable value to the "text storage buffer" and reading a character from it into a variable. Note: This requires a 3.11 PROM.
bulletAdded a command to write the caller ID information to the "text storage buffer". Note: This requires a 3.11 PROM.
bulletAdded more options for the "CID_Name.txt" file that you can use if you use caller ID with HomeVision.
bulletAdded commands to set or clear the Daylight Savings Time Mode.
bulletAdded commands to enable or disable automatic polling of serial thermostats.
3.2a software 25 May 2002 New 32-bit software which corrects bug in version 3.2 that could cause an error when loading the schedule, if the schedule contained commands to write caller ID information to the TV screen.

You can download the 3.2a HomeVision.exe file here

3.3 software and PROM

 

28 March 2003 New 32-bit software and PROM which makes the following changes:
bulletThe software can automatically synchronize the controller’s clock with the PC clock. 
bulletAdded “HV Desktop”
bulletAdded commands that you can put in your schedule to put X-10 devices into "scenes".
bulletIf you have a HomeVision add-on serial port, HomeVision can automatically take data received from one serial port and transmit it out one or more of the other ports.   Note: This requires a 3.3 PROM.
bulletIf-Then conditions for X-10 devices can now specify the X-10 address in a variable. Note: This requires a 3.3 PROM.
bulletAdded a schedule command to exit the event.  Note: This requires a 3.3 PROM.
bulletAdded commands that can read and write an I2C bus address. Note: This requires a 3.3 PROM.
3.3a software 8 June 2003 New PC software that corrects a bug in the earlier 3.3 version. The bug occurred in the Variable Command Entry Screen when entering commands that used two variables. The screen would sometimes display the wrong variable number and name.

You can download the 3.3a HomeVision.exe file here or the complete installation program here.

3.42 PROM and 3.42b software

1 July 2004 New 32-bit software and PROM which makes the following changes:
bulletSupport for “custom lighting” commands.
bulletThe software now supports a serial port baud rate of 57,600.
bulletThe standard HomeVision serial communications protocol can now be used over the add-on serial ports.
bulletAdded more commands for reading data received from a serial port.
bulletAdded commands to allow calculating a checksum value on data transmitted out a serial port.
bulletAdded ability to detect and take action when any “standard” infrared signal is received.
bulletAdded infrared commands to allow transmission of signals loaded into a “test” area.
bulletAdded support for RCS TR36 and TR40 serial thermostats.
bulletAllowed both RCS X-10 and serial thermostats to be used at the same time.
bulletAdded option for HomeVision add-on serial ports 3 and 4 to receive any binary data. 
3.42c software 22 August 2004 New software that corrects a bug in the previous 3.42b version related to how it exports data to an “HVConfiguration.txt” file.  This file is only used with the Macromedia Flash movie that can be used to control HomeVision.
3.43 PROM and software 1 June 2005 New 32-bit software and PROM which make the following changes:
bulletThe PROM makes a slight improvement to X-10 transmission collision avoidance.
bulletThe PROM changed the digital temperature sensor reading to work with the new, slower DS18S20 sensors.
bullet“X-10 sequences” can now use “wildcards” to match a received X-10 signal.
bulletA few text fields in the software were widened to show more characters when the user has the Windows font size set to the "large" or "extra large".
3.43a software 12 June 2005 New 32-bit software that corrects a bug in the Thermostat Configuration Screen that could cause it to crash.

You can download the 3.43a HomeVision.exe file here or the complete installation program here.

3.45 software and PROM 5 December 2006 New 32-bit software and PROM which make the following changes:
bulletThe automatic daylight savings time feature uses the new start and stop dates that begin in 2007 for the United States. It now starts the second Sunday in March and ends the first Sunday in November. The dates for European users are unchanged. THIS FEATURE REQUIRES A NEW 3.45 PROM.
bulletAdded a web browser to the software.
bulletModified the web pages to use "Cascading Style Sheets" to make it easier to modify the look of all the web pages at once.
bulletModified the "Run Program" command that can be transmitted to a PC serial port. The software will no longer convert the command to uppercase letters.
bulletThe "Export”" function under the file menu now includes custom lights in the ".HVX" file that it generates.
bulletMade software change to correct a bug with the data log that can occur if the controller's memory usage is very high.
3.45a software 9 January 2007 New PC software that corrects a bug in the web server that could prevent it from reading thermostat and security system status reports from the controller.
3.45d PROM 25 August 2010 New PROM which made the following changes:
bulletThermostat control can handle single-digit temperature reports or HEAT setpoints (previously only COOL setpoints could be single digits).
bulletAllows reporting received IR signals out any serial port, not just serial port 1.
bulletAllows add-in serial ports to receive long standard serial protocol commands (previously, 15-byte commands to write video data or RAM video screens weren't available into ports 2-4).
bulletFixed bug where standard serial commands on ports 2-4 could cause loss of command on port 1.

 

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Last updated:
01 October 2013

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