We have developed an interface to the Velbus http://www.velbus.eu/ with a range of modules for switching, dimming, curtain control, temperature sensing from the Belgium manufacturer Velleman.
Velbus is an extremely reliable modular automation system. All modules are interconnected by means of a 4-wire bus. There is no master controller. A typical system consists of two basic types of modules: input and output modules. Input modules translate information from the outside world (e.g. pushbuttons, switches, sensors, etc) to bus commands. Output modules interpret these bus commands and in turn control lighting, heating, ventilation, outlets, shutters etc... Feedback-LEDs on the input modules show the status of the output modules. A basic Velbus application requires one input and one output module. Applications: Home, office or industrial automation, process control, etc...
This is a lower cost product compared to KNX and C-Bus etc and may be a good solution in more cost sensitive projects
The Velbus interface is supported in Comfigurator 3.2.8
The Velbus Configurator is in the Modules tab. Add UCM > Velbus.
This allows Comfort to send commands to the Velbus modules and allows velbus modules to send status and commands to Comfort counters. as well as temperature information to Comfort sensor registors.
Up to 512 Velbus channels are supported
The Velbus Modules supported currently are
VMB1BL - 1 channel Blinds
VMB2BL - 2 channel Blinds
VMB1RY - 1 channel Relay
VMB4RY - 4 channel Relay
VMB1DM - 1 channel Dimmer
VMB4PD - 4 button Pushbuton Module
VMB6IN - 6 input Module
VMB8PB - 8 button Pushbutton Module
VMB1TS - Temperature sensor
VMB1TC - Temperature Controller - NEW
VMB1LED - Professional LED Dimmer Module NEW
VMB4RYLD - Programmable 4 channel Voltage Out Relay Module NEW
VMBRYNO - Programmable 4 channel Relay Module NEW
VMB4DC - 4 channel 0 (1) to 10V Output Controller NEW
VMB4DME - Dimmer for Electronic/ Resistive Load NEW
New modules will be supported as they become available
The UCM/Velbus is has a Rs232 interface with a male connector so it can be connected directly to the VMB1RS Velbus Rs232 interface using a Male to Female RS232 cable - UPDATE: the VMB1RS Module is no longer needed! New UCM/Velbus connects directly to Velbus- see http://www.comfortforums.com/forum88/2302.html
You can go ahead to order the UCM/velbus from your usual distributor. However note that the fiirmware is not released yet, but you can easily upgrade the firmware later with a UCM. The UCM/Velbus is priced the same as a UCM/232 for now
The UCM/Velbus has a Learn button in Comfigurator.
After configuring the velbus modules using its own software, assigning the IDs and behaviour, press the Learn button to get the information of the Velbus IDs and names into the Velbus to Comfort Module.
If the UCM/velbus is not connected to velbus, ie you are offisite, then you can manually add the modules and assign the IDs but this is not recommended. Always use Learn as far as possible so that the Ids etc are correct, to avoid the posssibility of mistakes
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