Accessories

 

Numerous accessories are available to add more capabilities to HomeVision and HomeVision-Pro.  Note that, with the exception of the Port Extender Board, these accessories are not compatible with HomeVision-PC.  

bulletMultifunction Expansion Board
bulletPort Extender Board
bulletHomeVision-Serial
bulletHomeVision-Phone/Serial
bulletHomeVision-Phone/CID
bulletSylva I/O boards
bulletEthernet Interface
bulletCompanion color touchscreens

Using these with HomeVision and HomeVision-Pro increases the total number of hardware interfaces available.  See our maximum hardware limits tables (for HomeVision and HomeVision-Pro) to determine the maximum number of each interface type you can have.

 

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Multifunction Expansion Board    

      

The multifunction expansion board adds numerous capabilities to the HomeVision and HomeVision-Pro controllers

bullet8 digital inputs identical to HomeVision and HomeVision-Pro Port B (protected to +/- 30 VDC)
bullet2 sets of 8 digital inputs similar to the input capability of HomeVision and HomeVision-Pro Port C (0 to 5 VDC)
bulletNOTE: Any or all of the 3 sets of 8 digital inputs can instead be used as a port extender for HomeVision ports A, B, or C. Connect a ribbon cable from HomeVision terminal blocks to expansion board, then wire your I/O to expansion board terminal blocks. HomeVision can then be easily unplugged from the expansion board and moved
bullet8 analog inputs (0 to 5 VDC, 8-bit resolution (20mv))
bullet8 zones of infrared output. 3.5mm jacks directly drive mini-emitters, allowing the user to select which zone(s) a signal is transmitted to. The outputs can also drive connecting blocks (although the individual zoning function may be lost for the zones driving the connecting blocks, resulting in all connected zones driving all connecting block outputs). If you don't need IR zoning, use the jacks as regular IR outputs and eliminate external connecting blocks and power supplies
bulletConnects to digital temperature sensors:
bulletUp to 64 sensors can be connected to the same three wires. Each sensor has it's own unique address so it can be individually read.
bulletTemperature range of -50 to +205 degrees F.
bullet1 degree F resolution.
bullet15 sensors can be automatically read per second.
bulletSensor made by Maxim Semiconductor (formerly, Dallas Semiconductor.  Part number DS1820, DS18S20, or DS18S20+ (DS18S20 and DS18S20+ are newer).  The DS18B20 and DS18S20-PAR will not work. Also note that when used with the multifunction expansion board, the DS18S20 sensor requires HomeVision PROM version C3.42a or later.
bulletAlso available from Automated Environmental Systems in enclosure (part number ATS2000D)
bulletNote: With HomeVision, the multifunction expansion board is required to use the digital temperature sensors.  HomeVision-Pro can connect directly to these sensors - it does not require the multifunction expansion board.  In addition, HomeVision-Pro has a superior drive capability and will work with longer wires to the sensors than the multifunction expansion board will.  The multifunction expansion board may have intermittent problems reading the sensors with cables lengths of more than 100-200 feet.  HomeVision-Pro has been successfully tested with cables over 1000 feet long.
DS1820 Photo

DS18S20

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ATS2000D

bulletConnects HomeVision to input/output boards manufactured by Sylva Control Systems. These boards provide 8 relays and 8 opto-isolated inputs.   Note: HomeVision-Pro can connect directly to these boards - it does not require the multifunction expansion board.
bulletNote that the multifunction board is not compatible with HomeVision-PC
bulletCE compliant and marked for use in Europe

Other features:

bulletShares power supply with HomeVision or HomeVision-Pro. No need for separate supply
bulletConnects to HomeVision or HomeVision-Pro through ribbon cable
bulletConnect up to two Multifunction Expansion Boards to HomeVision or HomeVision-Pro, while also having four Sylva I/O boards and a Port Extender board
bulletBoard dimensions: 4.0 inches by 10.5 inches
bulletDownload the Installation and Operation Manual in Microsoft Word format (mfmanual.doc) or PDF format (mfmanual.pdf)

Includes:

bulletMultifunction expansion board
bullet3 cables to connect to HomeVision's or HomeVision-Pro's expansion connector, power jack, and infrared transmit jack
bullet3 ribbon cables to connect to HomeVision or HomeVision-Pro terminal blocks
bulletEnclosure is optional:
bulletOriginal aluminum enclosure (below left) will soon be unavailable. It's being replaced by a larger steel enclosure that can hold two Multifunction expansion boards or Port Extenders (this is the same enclosure as used by HomeVision-Pro). If you have a preference, ask your distributor if they can get the one you prefer.
 

Enclosure Photo

 

 

Original Aluminum Enclosure
(
9.1 inches by 12.1 inches by 1.7 inches)

Newer Steel Enclosure
(
13 inches by 14 inches by 3 inches)
(Cover not shown)

 

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Port Extender Board

Simplifies connecting and disconnecting wiring to HomeVision and HomeVision-PC input/output ports.  Note: Although this board will also work with HomeVision-Pro, it may not provide you much benefit.

bulletConnects to HomeVision/HomeVision-PC input/output ports with ribbon cables
bulletBoard contains 3 terminal blocks (10 lines each) and 3 connectors. Connect a ribbon cable from each HomeVision/HomeVision-PC terminal block to the extender board connectors. Connect your wiring to the extender board terminal blocks. HomeVision/HomeVision-PC can then be easily unplugged from the extender board and moved
bulletCircuit board is same as used for Multifunction Expansion Board, but contains fewer parts:
Port Extender Photo

Other features:

bulletCan be used with up to two Multifunction Expansion Boards
bulletBoard dimensions: 4.0 inches by 10.5 inches
bulletOptional enclosure: Same as multifunction board enclosure, shown above
bulletDownload the Installation and Operation Manual in Microsoft Word format (pe_man.doc) or PDF format (pe_man.pdf)
bulletCE compliant and marked for use in Europe

Includes:

bulletPort extender board
bullet3 ribbon cables to connect to HomeVision/HomeVision-PC terminal blocks
bulletAluminum enclosure optional

 

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HomeVision-Serial

HomeVision-Serial is an add-on serial port for HomeVision.  HomeVision-Pro includes two of these built into it.  You cannot add any more to HomeVision-Pro.

Features:

bulletHas three operating modes:
bulletRS-232 (standard PC serial port)
bulletRS-485 half-duplex (two-wire mode)
bulletRS-485 full-duplex (four-wire mode)
bulletSupports baud rates of 300, 600, 1200, 2400, 4800, 9600, and 19200
bulletUses standard communication settings of 8 data bits, 1 start bit, 1 stop bit, and no parity
bulletDoes not use flow control
bulletHas the same software capabilities as the built-in serial port, with a few minor exceptions

General information:

bulletConnects to HomeVision through the expansion board connector (expansion boards can still be used)
bulletPowered from HomeVision; no separate power supply needed
bulletUp to two can be connected to HomeVision
bulletDownload the Installation and Operation Manual in Microsoft Word format (Serial_II.doc) or PDF format (Serial_II.pdf)
bulletCE compliant and marked for use in Europe

Includes:

bulletAssembled circuit board (2.0" X 3.5")
bulletRibbon cable to connect to HomeVision      
bulletCustom plastic enclosure optional

      

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HomeVision-Phone/Serial

HomeVision-Phone/Serial, Version II, is an add-on phone interface and serial port for HomeVision and HomeVision-Pro.

Features:

bulletPhone capabilities:
bulletReceives touch-tone (DTMF) inputs from any phone inside or outside the home
bulletAny sequence of tones from a user can trigger any action(s)
bulletTone numbers can be placed into variables so the user can enter numbers like temperature settings
bulletCan transmit touch-tones to user to confirm actions or report other conditions
bulletDetects and counts phone rings
bulletDetects on-hook and off-hook conditions
bulletCan answer and hang up phone
bulletSerial port capabilities:
bulletRS-232 (standard PC serial port)
bulletSupports baud rates of 300, 600, 1200, 2400, 4800, 9600, and 19200
bulletUses standard communication settings of 8 data bits, 1 start bit, 1 stop bit, and no parity
bulletDoes not use flow control
bulletHas the same software capabilities as the built-in serial port, with a few minor exceptions

General information:

bulletConnects to HomeVision or HomeVision-Pro through the expansion board connector (expansion boards can still be used)
bulletPowered from HomeVision or HomeVision-Pro; no separate power supply needed
bulletOnly one HomeVision-Phone/Serial or HomeVision-Phone/CID can be used with HomeVision or HomeVision-Pro
bulletDownload the Installation and Operation Manual in Microsoft Word format (Phone_Serial_II.doc) or PDF format (Phone_Serial_II.pdf)
bulletThis device was designed solely for the United States, and has not been tested to the CE standards required in Europe. Many European users have successfully used it , but we cannot guarantee its performance.
bulletNOTE: Some phone lines have large amounts of "common mode" AC noise on them.  This noise is caused by high-voltage AC power lines running near phone lines for long distances.  This noise is not audible, as it occurs equally on both wires, and phones operate on the voltage differential between wires.  However, this noise can cause problems for HomeVision-Phone/Serial.  In such situations, Version I devices (generally sold before 2001) could have problems detecting touchtones.  The newer Version II devices are less susceptible to the noise, but about 10% of users have problems where on/off hook status detection is incorrect (touchtone detection isn't affected).  Unfortunately, we do not have a fix for this and cannot guarantee you won't experience this problem.  If you do have this problem, but aren't using the touchtone detection feature, we can provide you a Version I device that should meet your needs.

Includes:

bulletAssembled circuit board (2.5" X 4.0")
bulletCustom plastic enclosure
bulletRibbon cable to connect to HomeVision or HomeVision-Pro      


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HomeVision-Phone/CID

HomeVision-Phone/CID, Version II, is an add-on phone device with caller ID for HomeVision or HomeVision-Pro. 

Features:

bulletIncludes all the phone capabilities of HomeVision-Phone/Serial
bulletDetects caller ID information for display on a TV (computer does not have to be running as with other caller ID methods)
bulletDoes not have an extra serial port like HomeVision-Phone/Serial has

General information:

bulletConnects to HomeVision or HomeVision-Pro through the expansion board connector (expansion boards can still be used)
bulletPowered from HomeVision or HomeVision-Pro; no separate power supply needed
bulletOnly one HomeVision-Phone/Serial or HomeVision-Phone/CID can be used with HomeVision or HomeVision-Pro
bulletDownload the Installation and Operation Manual in Microsoft Word format (Phone_CID_II.doc) or PDF format (Phone_CID_II.pdf)
bulletThe caller ID portion of HomeVision-Phone/CID is unlikely to work outside the United States.   Therefore, our distributors outside the United States do not normally carry this.  You should consider HomeVision-Phone/Serial instead.
bulletNOTE: Some phone lines have large amounts of "common mode" AC noise on them.  This noise is caused by high-voltage AC power lines running near phone lines for long distances.  This noise is not audible, as it occurs equally on both wires, and phones operate on the voltage differential between wires.  However, this noise can cause problems for HomeVision-Phone/CID.  In such situations, Version I devices (generally sold before 2001) could have problems detecting touchtones and caller ID.  The newer Version II devices are less susceptible to the noise, but about 10% of users have problems where on/off hook status detection is incorrect (touchtone detection isn't affected).  Unfortunately, we do not have a fix for this and cannot guarantee you won't experience this problem.

Includes:

bulletAssembled circuit board (2.5" X 4.0")
bulletCustom plastic enclosure
bulletRibbon cable to connect to HomeVision or HomeVision-Pro     

 

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Sylva Input/Output Boards

These boards are made by Sylva Control Systems.  Sylva Control Systems manufactures a variety of input/output boards for their own control systems. Their "8O8I" series of boards provide 8 relays and 8 opto-isolated inputs. You can connect up to four of these boards to HomeVision or HomeVision-Pro. 

Sylva Control Systems can be contacted at:

Sylva Control Systems
577 Eleventh Avenue
Thunder Bay, Ontario
Canada
P7B 2R5
807-768-2487
807-767-0587 (FAX)
http://www.sylvacontrols.com

DIN-8O8I-U (or DIN-8O8IX-U or SC8O8IX-U) board description:

bullet8 Single-Pole Double-Throw (Form C) relays (can switch an input to one of two output points)
bulletRelays have an "RC snubber" circuit that makes them more immune to switching noise
bullet8 opto-isolated 12-24 VAC/VDC inputs
bulletLEDs to indicate relay and input states
bulletPluggable terminal block connectors
bullet4 inches X 12 inches and designed for DIN mounting
bulletRequires an external 12VDC or 24VDC transformer (boards are available in both 12VDC and 24VDC versions).
bulletYou can read an application note for using this board with HomeVision or HomeVision-Pro (here).
bulletConnects to HomeVision or HomeVision-Pro either with a ribbon cable (using an I2C interface) or to an RS-232 or RS-485 serial port, as described below:
bullet3-foot ribbon cable: When used with HomeVision-Pro, the board connects directly to it (to header H5 or H6). When used with HomeVision, you must also have a Multifunction Expansion Board (the Sylva board connects to the Multifunction Expansion Board). The cable uses the Sylva's I2C interface for communications, and multiple boards can be connected in a series chain.
bulletSerial port: The board connects to a HomeVision or HomeVision-Pro serial port, as described below:
bulletWith HomeVision: The serial connection to HomeVision in three different ways:
  1. Through a HomeVision-Serial add-on set to the RS-232 or RS-485 mode (use RS-485 if you want to connect more than one Sylva board). This is the preferred approach and is easiest to set up.
  2. Through a HomeVision-Phone/Serial add-on using the Sylva's RS-232 port.
  3. Through the built-in HomeVision serial port using the Sylva's RS-232 port.
bulletWith HomeVision-Pro: The serial connection can be made in three different ways:
  1. Through HomeVision-Pro serial ports 3 or 4 in either the RS-232 or RS-485 mode (use RS-485 if you want to connect more than one Sylva board). This is the preferred approach and is easiest to set up.
  2. Through a HomeVision-Phone/Serial add-on using the Sylva's RS-232 port.
  3. Through the main HomeVision-Pro serial port (port 1) using the Sylva's RS-232 port.

IO-8O8I-U board description:

NOTE: This is an older board that may no longer be available.  It is similar to the board described above, except for the following:

bulletRelays are Single-Pole Single-Throw (Form A)
bullet4.5 inches X 4.5 inches
bulletRequires an external 12VDC transformer
bulletDoes not have an RS-232 port

 

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Ethernet Interface 

Custom Automation Technologies, Inc. previously produced an Ethernet interface add-on for HomeVision-Pro.  Although they no longer manufacture it, they've provided the details to us so that we may build it.  It is soldered into the HomeVision-Pro board and must be purchased directly from us.  Contact us for more details.

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Last updated:
01 October 2013

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