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Can I set up a group/scenario in multiple environments?

No. You can enter a group/scenario in one environment only. This is also visually evident when setting up the Touch pad pages in EasyTool: The icons are in fact dimmed and you can't select them onto single pages dedicated to an environment on the Touch pad.

Can I remove the By-me control unit after I have programmed the Touch pad?

It is only and exclusively possible in the case where there is a burglar alarm system line and thermostats used in centralized mode are not installed.

Is it possible to differentiate the tones used by the Video door entry system for calls originating from the outdoor station and the doorbell?

Yes, it is possible. To associate calls from the doorbell and the outdoor station with different tones, use terminal 9 of the 16-pin connector and the dedicated voice line for the doorbell (terminal 2) Alternatively, this input can be used in a "Bell" configuration using an N.O. (normally open) button connected to terminals 9 and 5 of the 16-pin connector, and setting the correct type of doorbell.

How do I perform numeric encoding of the Video door entry system?

Each video door entry unit is identified the DigiBUS system with a numerical code of 4 or 8 digits. To do this you need to lift the cover of the D-key, briefly press the R button located below the D-key, and then press and hold the B button for at least 5 seconds. At this point red LED of the Video door entry unit lights up, confirming that the device is ready to be encoded. Make a call from the outdoor station with the desired numerical code (if you have a plate with an alphanumerical keypad, just type in the code and send it to the device by pressing the "C" button on the plate), the programming is confirmed when the red LED on the Vimar monitor turns off and an acoustic signal is emitted from the plate.

Is it possible to turn on an outdoor camera without an incoming call from that location?

Yes, Self-start is only possible when the C-key is configured as 2ndF; to turn on the outdoor station, you need to send the commands CALL-F3, CALL-F4, CALL-F5 and then press the E button several times (always holding down the C-key).

If there are anomalies or system malfunction, could they be related to power supply problems?

The "brain" of the entire system resides in the plate and normally that would be the first place to check regarding the resolution of issues such as the setting of the various parameters. Apart from power supply problems.

Can I call up Events remotely?

Not directly because you can't enlist them, but if the Event has a group or scenario as its input, it can be activated via these inputs.

I can't configure the scenarios.

For the By-me control unit:Scenarios>Setup>Scenarios Management–enable "Remote activation" (set the value to "Yes"). For the Convimar control unit:Scenarios>Scenario>Edit>Remote Access – enable.

If the control unit fails, will the Programs continue to operate?

No, groups and scenarios continue to work as they are stored inside the devices, but the Programs are directly managed by the By-me control unit.

What do the AND and OR inputs in the creation of a Program in the control unit mean?

AND means that both conditions must be simultaneously true for the 2 inputs of the Program, while OR indicates that the control unit will activate 1 or 2 outputs of the Program when at least one of the two input conditions is valid. If you are using only one input into the Program, you must set it to OR.

Can a button on the infrared 01849 remote control operate as a scenario activation button?

Yes, in the same way as a rocker button on the BUS, you can press button number X to the left to activate a scenario, and the right to activate another.

Can an Infrared PIR sensor function directly as a scenario activation button?

No, it can't function as a scenario button.

How many scenarios can be associated with a button?

  • In the case of a simple button: one single scenario.
  • In the case of a rocker button: two scenarios (UP button, DOWN button).

Can a scenario activation button also belong to a group?

No, it can only control the scenario.

When I try to bind an external button to a scenario, I get an error message, Why?

It happens when that button is already set up for the activation of another scenario, or if it is configured in a home automation group

Can you always keep the LED of an external scenario activation button on or off?

No, the button LED will go off after 3 seconds of pressing the button, and it can't be set differently.

From how many points and from where can you activate a scenario?

A scenario can be activated through the control unit or via various external buttons (push or rocker buttons on the BUS, or IR receivers via 01849 remote controls) that can be associated with the scenario. If you have a device with 2 rocker buttons available, you can set it so that rocker button activates one scenario if it is pressed on the top, and a second scenario if it is pressed on the bottom. A scenario activation button (for example the top of a rocker button) can activate only one scenario. A scenario can have multiple activation buttons.

What is a Normal scenario?

A Normal Scenario has functional groups belonging to the same single system (line).

Can a scenario also recreate specific load control conditions?

No, the loads can be forced to ON with the aid of a rocker button configured in the group of that load: by pressing the upper button area, the load will be forced ON, and pressing the lower part will reset to the operation mode defined on the control unit (if is is set as Always Off on the control unit, then pressing the lower part of the rocker button will set the load to OFF).

Can a scenario also recreate specific climate zone conditions?

Of course, when creating a scenario you can also enter desired adjustments for thermostats along with light groups etc. (e.g., night scenario: all lights turned off and thermostats reduced to night settings). Only the 4 centralised climate zones (control unit zone + 3 climate zones distributed around the system) can of course have operations automated through a scenario, as only those 4 areas function as automatically programmable timer-thermostats.

How can I include a monostable relay in a scenario?

You must first set the operation mode of the relay as Bistable, then create and store the scenario (setting the relay as closed or open, depending on the need), and then return to the relay group and set its operating mode as Monostable, with the times you want.

Can a scenario created as Normal be transformed into Global, and vice versa?

No, it should be deleted and recreated.

What is a Global Scenario?

A Global Scenario is a scenario composed of functional groups belonging to different systems (lines). Two Global Scenarios will have to be created in two different control panels, which have the same scenario number (from 1 to 32) and must both be global. For scenario number 15, for example, also scenario no. 15 in the other system will be activated (if scenario no. 15 was created in both control panels as a Global Scenario).

After activating a scenario, can you turn it off?

0No, a scenario is a picture of the system in a given state, to bring the system to another state, you need to invoke a new scenario or do it manually on the individual groups involved.

How many scenarios can I make?

You can create up to 32 scenarios for each control unit (line).

When I try to save a scenario, I get an error message on the control unit, why?

It means that in the groups involved in the scenario, there is a functional block of a device that, through the various groups in which it is configured, has already been included in 4 other scenarios (4 scenarios is the maximum depth setting for the functional blocks of any device).

What is a scenario?

A scenario immediately signals multiple devices in different groups in order to bring the system to a pre-defined state, it is a kind of photograph of the system so that when you decide to activate a scenario, some shutters will rise and others will drop, some lights may turn on, some dimmer switches will turn on lights to the desired level, the SAI alarm may be armed, some climate control zones may be moved to certain states (manual, off, auto), all without having to go around the house, but simply by pressing a button or activating the desired scenario via the control unit or with an SMS. A control unit can store up to 32 different scenarios.

How can I stop heating/cooling a room if there is an open window?

In the By-me system, it is sufficient to create a group with: relay actuator, thermostat, one or more interfaces for traditional switches and a magnetic contact NC (placed on the window in question) connected to the interface. When the contacts open, the interface sends an OFF signal to the relay, and closure will reactivate it (if the thermostat allows it). If the climate zone is that of the control unit area (with 2-module control units), you must first create the group with the relay, associate that group to the climate zone of the control unit area, and then add the interfaces to the same group as the relay.

Can I directly control the area of a thermostat through a program in the Programmer menu?

No, the outputs of a Program can only be relay-groups, scenarios or arming/disarming the SAI burglar alarm. It is in any case possible to create scenarios involving climate zones as desired, and then activate these via the Programmer menu of the control unit.

Can a centralised climate zone be set to Automatic mode and Protected mode at the same time?

No, the function is not allowed by the system.

When you switch from Normal mode to Protected mode and vice versa, the operation mode switches to OFF, is this normal?

Yes, it is the pre-defined behaviour.

What does Protected Operation mean?

It Indicates that if a centralised thermostat is set as protected by the control unit, then it can only be partially controlled from the room where it is located. Specifically, the user can only turn it on or off or adjust the manual temperature within a certain range of the temperature set in the control unit.

Is it possible to get back to the groups where a By-me device belongs?

Yes. Through the Identify device function, present in both the control panel and the EasyTool Profesional software.

Can I use a twilight switch with a dry contact relay to activate a scenario?

Yes, the twilight control, provided with change-over contact, will be connected to our interface for conventional controls device (e.g. art.14515, 20515 or 14518, 20518), which will transform the mechanical switching to ON/OFF in the By-me system. Once the interface has been configured in an automation group, it is necessary to create an Event (or Convimar Program) that, based on the on-off condition of the input, will trigger the desired scenario as Output; all this can be linked to certain time bands for the various days of the week enabling the timing of the event.

Is it possible to use a twilight control with a clean contact relay to control some light groups?

Yes, the device must be connected to the By-me device "interface for conventional controls" (art. 14515, 16955, 20515 or 14518, 20518). Then, an automation group must be created with inside it the traditional controls interface input and the relay to be controlled by the twilight.

Is it possible to use conventional electromechanical buttons to control the lights groups of the By-me system?

Yes, it is possible to connect generic traditional controls directly to our By-me interfaces for managing this type of devices art. 14515, 20515, 14518, 20518, 01475, 01476, 01477 or 01470.  During the configuration, it is sufficient to create automation groups with the input of the desired device and the By-me relay to be controlled.

Is it possible to control the shutters in the same group starting in sequence rather than all at once to prevent an electrical overload?

Yes, first create a scenario with the shutters in the desired position and then from the Settings menu of the group select each shutter actuator and, via the "command activation delay" setting, apply different delays for each actuator. A difference of 4-5 seconds between each actuator is more than enough to prevent triggering circuit breakers.

Is it possible to dimmer a ballast for fluorescent neon tubes with the By-me system?

Yes, just connect it to the contacts of a ballast actuator on the DIN rail (consumer unit)  type art. 01856, 01975, 01976.

Can a simple push button control a dimmer on a By-me system?

No, for dimmers you need a rocker button (which can control the dimmer with ON, OFF, REGULATE).

If I have a device configured in multiple groups, can I differentiate its parameters from one group to another?

No, by varying the parameters of the device in a group you automatically vary the parameters of the same device in the other groups where it has been allocated.

What should I do after I have reset a single device?

Following reset, the device reverts to it's original behaviour at the time of purchase (the left button controls any actuator present on the device). At this point, you need to enter in all the groups where the different functional blocks of the device had been configured and remove them manually, or run a Device Diagnostics from the menu with the same name, once the control unit indicates the absence of the device in question, select Remove. Now reconfigure the device into the new desired groups.

What is meant by group depth?

Group depth is the number of home automation functional groups which can belong the same functional block. The group depth for a function block of a By-me device is equal to 4, but the 4 groups configured must contain similar devics (for example, a button can control up to 4 distinct groups of either all relays, or all dimmers, or all shutter actuators).

Can you can freely rename the groups (and not use the libraries already present)?

No, because the two libraries are already very complete and for residential and commercial environments, offer the possibility to enter all the desired names.

What is a Automation group in the By-me system?

It is a set of relays or actuators for roller shades or dimmers of the By-me system, which are simultaneously controlled by one or more buttons that are associated through the control panel configuration menus. Any relay/dimmer/actuator for roller shades can therefore be controlled by buttons located around the house simply by associating their operation in the control panel and at any time from the convimar control panel it is possible to decide not to control some light/roller shade without having to pull out the devices from the wall and connect wires in a different way. A device (either actuator or button) can work simultaneously in up to 4 separate groups (provided they are all relay control, dimmer or roller shade groups).

How can a By-me system group be configured?

The configuration is carried out through the By-me Configuration menu or through the EasyTool Professional software once the Bus is properly connected to the control panel and to the devices. Before starting the configuration, it is recommended to reset the devices and the control panel according to the procedures indicated in the instructions. Once the new group has been named (e.g. Light 1 kitchen) configure, by pressing the appropriate configuration button on all devices, first the actuator (ON/OFF relay, dimmer or roller shade actuator) and then all the buttons to control with the same actuator. Both the control panel and the software will display the type of device just configured to check the correct operation.

How is it possible to turn on the lights and raise the roller shades before starting the By-me system configuration?

To facilitate the operations at the site before configuring the system, by default if a 2-button device and an actuator are available, the left button controls the functional block of the actuator on the device (roller share relay, dimmer or actuator). As soon as any functional block is configured in a new By-me group, the left-hand button will no longer control it. Following a reset of the device, the left button will return to control the actuator on the command.

Is it possible to set the twilight sensitivity of an infrared PIR configured in the By-me system?

Yes, enter the group where it is configured and select the item IR sensor in the Settings menu to lower the light threshold level enough to render it sensitive to the movement of people even in bright environments.

Can you activate the SAI through the By-me control unit?

Yes, from the Convimar control unit you can arm the SAI.

Can a rocker button function block or push button function block control different types of actuators in different groups?

No, a rocker button device which for example controls a dimmer in one group can be configured in 3 other groups, but there must only be dimmers in the group.

What is the functional block of a device?

It is a distinct component inside a device that can be considered an independent device. For example, device "simple two-button with actuator" (e.g., part no. 14525) is composed of three functional blocks: - Left button - Right button - relay actuator, each configurable in groups completely independent of each other.

What is a By-me device?

These are the components that make the Vimar automation system for home and tertiary systems (actuators, controls, thermostats, etc.). Each device is equipped with specific functional blocks that can be configured completely independent of each other (for example, a "rocker switch control and actuator" has three functional blocks, left button, right button and actuator) in the different functional groups.

Is it possible to install a By-me control panel in an old system with a two module control panel?

The devices are the same, but to switch from a two module control panel to the By-me control panel, it is necessary to reset all the devices individually and reconfigure the entire system on the new control panel.  If the Burglar Alarm system is installed, it necessary to reconfigure these devices again.

Can an automation two module control panel communicate with other By-me control panels?

No, the two module control panels can only communicated with the same type of control panel. In this case, they can share Confidential/Global Scenarios.

What is the difference between initialization of a "By-me" two module control panel as Residential or Tertiary?

The only difference is in the names that are used for different groups.

How man BUS lines can a How many bus lines can a Convimar two module control panel (20control unit (20510, 16950, 14510) manage.

It can manage only 1 line, which has an address that you assign via the control unit during the initial setup, and with all the devices configured in the control unit. The address given to the control unit are determined by the architecture of the KNX BUS systems, and for the Convimar control unit specifically, you can select a value for Area between 0 and 3, and Line between 0 and 15. If the BUS line of a control unit is interfaced with another 1 or 2 lines from two other Convimar control units, the three control units must have different Area/Line addresses (e.g., Area1/Line0, Area1/Line2 and Area2/Line0).

What data are "lost" in case of failure and replacement of the By-me control panel?

In the case of a control panel replacement, it is necessary to save the system Data Base in order to not lose the parameters of the configuration. If the system Data Base is not available, the installer will have to reach the configuration with EasyTool Professional software. This procedure can not retrieve all the data, but to set up: group names, scenario names, recreate event programming, automatic programming of climatic zones and configure the antitheft alarm zones and passwords if present.

Is it possible to directly connect appliances to the By-me actuators?

It is always advisable to connect appliances with high consumption (oven, washing machine, dishwasher, etc.) to a power relay that will be controlled by the relay of our system.

System arrangement and distances.

The connection of devices can occur without any particular order, respecting the polarity of the terminals. Possible connections are linear, star or mixed, but not ring. The ideal configuration is a linear one with a single power supply in the middle, or with two power supplies at the ends of the BUS cable. It is important that the load is evenly distributed between the two power supplies. Home Automation Maximum distance between power supply and device: 350m Maximum distance between devices: 700m Maximum BUS cable length: 1000m Minimum distance between 2 power supplies: 40m Alarm System Maximum distance between power supply and device: 180m Maximum distance (with backup in the middle) between devices: 360m Minimum distance between 2 backup units: 40m

What cable should be used for By-me?

For connections, use the sheathed twisted pair Vimar part no. 01840 (2x0.5mm², rated insulation voltage 300/500 V, WITHOUT SHOES). If you are not using a suitable cable with the same electrical characteristics, you will very likely encounter several different and serious malfunctions, both during configuration and normal management of the system.

Is the By-me BUS polarized?

Yes, you need to respect the polarity when wiring

If the control unit fails, will the Events continue to operate?

No, groups and scenarios continue to work as they are stored inside the devices, but the events are directly managed by the By-me control unit.

How many Events can I create in the By-me control unit?

Maximum 16 Events

What do the AND and OR inputs in the creation of a Event in the control unit mean?

AND means that both conditions must be simultaneously true for the 2 inputs of the Event, while OR indicates that the control unit will activate 1 or 2 outputs of the event when at least one of the two input conditions is valid. If you are using only one input into the Event, you must set it to OR.

What is a By-me control unit Event?

It an operation handled by the control unit that simultaneously sends one or two commands over the BUS (one for each output event) addressed to a relay assembly, the activation of a scenario, or the activation of the SAI burglar alarm system (if present). The two outputs can be of different types (for example, a group and a scenario). These commands are sent from the control unit, following the occurrence of certain situations that you control, along the BUS, involving 1 or 2 monitored events (called the Event Inputs) - for example, the activation of a scenario and a SAI burglar alarm if present. The two input conditions that trigger command outputs from the control unit can be associated with AND or OR conditions. In addition, there is the possibility of limiting the control unit reaction to these 1 or 2 inputs to time slots during the week. Finally, you can set it so the control unit does not wait for the fulfilment of the 1 or 2 input conditions, but autonomously activates the outputs at certain times of the days of the week, or according to repetitive cycle timing.

What is meant by scenario depth?

Scenario depth means the maximum number of scenarios which can belong to the same functional group. Scenario depth for the By-me system is equal to 4. In the event that you try to add the same functional group in a fifth scenario, the control unit signal the impossibility to proceed because the limit has been exceeded.

Is an external scenario activation button identifiable in the control unit?

Yes, it is done as for the other devices from the Configuration / Device Identification menu, and you can see which scenario it is associated with.

Can an Infrared PIR sensor function directly as an external scenario activation button?

No, it can't function as a scenario button.

When I try to bind an external button to a scenario, I get an error message, why?

It happens when it has already been assigned to another scenario (it is possible to identify the scenario through the Configuration / Device Identification menu).

Can an external scenario activation button also belong to a group?

No, it can only control the scenario.

Can you always keep the LED of an external scenario activation button on or off?

No, the button LED will go off after 3 seconds of pressing the button, and it can't be set differently.

From how many points and where you can activate a scenario? What is an internal button and an external button?

The scenario can be recalled through the control unit (there are 4 Internal buttons) or via various external buttons (push or rocker buttons of the home automation system or IR receivers via 01849 remote controls) that can be associated with the scenario. If you have a device with 2 rocker buttons available, you can set it so that rocker button actives one scenario if it is pressed on the upper side, and a second scenario, if it is pressed on the lower side. A scenario activation button (for example the upper part of a rocker button) can activate only one scenario. A scenario can have multiple activation buttons.

Can a scenario can also recall particular climate conditions?

Of course, when creating a scenario you can also enter desired adjustments for thermostats along with light groups etc. (e.g., night scenario: all lights turned off and thermostats reduced to night settings). Only centralised control zones can of course have operations automated through a scenario, as only those areas function as automatically programmable chronothermostats.

Is it possible to control shutters in sequence rather than all at once to prevent an electrical overload?

Yes, first create a scenario with the shutters in the desired position and then through the "scenario activation delay" setting, apply different delays in the menu parameters for shutter actuators. A difference of 4-5 seconds between each actuator is more than enough to prevent triggering circuit breakers.

Can a scenario created as Normal be modified in Global, and vice versa?

No, it should be deleted and recreated.

Can I freely rename the scenarios?

Yes, you can name individual scenarios up to the maximum number of characters supported.

Can a scenario be timed?

No, the scenarios are only activated and cannot be timed in a direct manner. You can activate a scenario at a desired time using an event, and then call another scenario at another time that performs the opposite operation via a second event.

With scenarios, can I set the opening or closing of a shutter to half?

No, the scenario only allows you to insert the conditions "shutter all up" or "shutter all down".

When I try to save a scenario I get a message on the control unit that says "group depth exceeded", why?

It happens when one of the devices involved in the scenario is already included in 4 other scenarios through the groups in which it is configured. The maximum number of scenarios for each device is equal to four

How many load lines can a 01455 control?

It can control up to 16 groups of loads (through relays configured in 16 functional groups). We recommend installing power support relays between the Vimar relay outputs and the socket where heavy loads will be connected to avoid the risk of ruining the Vimar relay in the case of power spikes or malfunction of the powered appliance.

How can the 2 thresholds de set, time threshold and switch-off priority on load control 01455 with a 3KW contract?

Set Threshold-1 equal to the rated power of the counter contract, plus 10%. Set Threshold-2 equal to Threshold-1 plus 20% of the same Threshold-1. Set the Threshold Time to 90 minutes. For a 3KW contract therefore it will be Threshold-1=3.3KW, Threshold-2=4KW, Threshold Time=90 min. However, the values​must always be verified according to the conditions stated by the service provider.

It is also possible to define the priority of disconnection the configured loads (Max 16) or decide to always leave them On or Off (forcing). All of these parameters can be set by the By-me control panel in the Setup menu in the "Load Control" section as well as the override mode that can be automatic or manual.

How do I reset a thermostat?

Since specific menu "Configuration / Reset Management / Reset Device" or "Configuration / Reset / Single", press and hold the first key on the left (you will see the display of the thermostat flash with the writing CNF) until 000 appears on the display, at this point, release the button. Now the thermostat is reset.

Can I directly control the area of​a thermostat via an Event?

No, the outputs of an Event can be relay-groups, scenarios or activation of the SAI burglar alarm. It is in any case possible to create scenarios involving climate zones as desired, and then activate these via the Events menu of the control unit.

Does the control unit work like a thermostat?

No, the control unit only handles the climate zones (thermostats), but does not have a built-in thermostat.

How many independent zones can I manage through the control unit software?

You can use all 40 climate zones with the automatic timer-thermostat function. These areas must be set as Centralised zones, associating each climate-zone with a group in the Climate menu . Then you can create daily schedules, time slots, with three different temperature levels settable for each time slot (T1 is the lowest temperature desired in the space, while T2 and T3 are two higher temperature levels that can be set at will during the day).

Is it possible to identify a configured device to verify the address?

Yes, simply enter the Configuration/Device Identification menu and press the configuration button of the device, the control unit will display the description of the device and its address; you can also see which groups and scenarios it is configured in.

I need to replace a device and insert it back into the same groups, how do I do it?

Simply disconnect the one to be replaced from the Bus, connect the new one and reset it from the single device reset menu. Once this is done, it is necessary to enter the Diagnostics menu of the By-me control panel and select Devices/Troubleshooting: at the end the control panel will indicate the lack of the device indicating its address and then select Replace; the control panel will automatically associate all the functional blocks to the groups of the replaced device, but it is necessary to setup again the functional block of the actuator on the device in the scenarios where the old one was involved (e.g. roller shade up or dimmer turned on to 30%, etc.).

From how many points can you control a load (a relay, a dimmer, a shutter)?

The limit is given by the maximum number of devices per line, in fact, to control a load is simply necessary to create a functional group consisting of an actuator (connected to the load) and n control functional blocks.

What is meant by group depth?

Group depth is the number of home automation functional groups which can belong the same functional block. The group depth for a function block of a By-me device is equal to 4, but the 4 groups configured must be similar (for example, a button can control up to 4 distinct groups of either all relays, or all dimmers, or all shutter actuators).

Can you can freely rename the groups (and not use the libraries already present)?

No, because the two libraries are already very complete and offer the possibility to enter all the desired names.

What is a home automation group in the By-me?

It is a set of relays, or shutter actuators, or dimmers, belonging to the By-me system, which are controlled simultaneously by one or more buttons that are associated through the configuration menu of the control unit. Any relay/dimmer/shutter actuator can then be controlled by buttons located around the house simply by associating the operation on the control unit, and you can disassociate control of a light / shutter at any time via the By-me control unit without having to extract the device from the wall and rewire it. A device (either actuator or button) can work simultaneously in up to 4 separate groups (as long as they are all relay ,dimmer, or shutter control groups).

How can I configure a By-me system group?

The configuration is done in the Configuration menu of the By-me control unit (see instructions), once the BUS is properly connected to the control unit and devices, and powered. At that point it is recommended to reset the devices and the control unit according to the steps in the instructions. As a rocker button might be associated with the control of any relay/dimmer/shutter actuator connected on the BUS (even if it is located in a different part of the house), it is able to send different types of messages along the BUS, depending on the control function desired. To save time, once you have created a group, first configure at least one actuator (either relay, dimmer or shutter actuator) and all the buttons to be configured later in that group will automatically take on the operating parameters suitable for controlling the relay, excluding the dimmer or the shutter actuator - without later having to manually modify the operating parameters of all the buttons of that group.

How do I turn on the lights and raise the blinds before I begin configuring the By-me system?

To facilitate building site activities before the system is configured, by default, if you have a device composed of 2 buttons and an actuator, the left button controls the actuator function block on the device (relay, dimmer or shutter actuator). When any function block is configured in a By-me group, the left button no longer controls it. Following a reset of the device, the left button will regain control the actuator.

Can I use the contact interfaces of the SAI burglar alarm system connected to the By-me system?

You can't connect these interfaces on a home automation BUS, but only those of the By-me system 14515 / 16955 (B)/20515

I can't configure the home automation devices in the By-me control unit, I get the error message that says to configure at least one line coupler, why?

During the initialization phase, the control unit is set with the address Area 00 and Line 00. If the SAI burglar alarm is present, then you need to connect a line coupler between the 01845 SAI burglar alarm BUS (which is connected to the control unit) and the BUS where the home automation devices are connected (connect the SAI to the BUS 1 terminal and home automation to BUS 2). In the event that the SAI burglar alarm is not installed, then it is sufficient to reset the control unit from the Configuration/Reset Management menu, and set at least the Area address to something other than "00" when the control unit requests it.

How many functional groups can be set in a control unit?

  • You can manage up to 480 functional groups (between Climate, home automation, Load control and SAI burglar alarm groups), on the same control unit.
  • You can manage up to 256 functional groups (between Climate, home automation and Load control groups), on the same BUS line.

What is a functional group?

The set of functional blocks which contribute to an overall function. For example, a functional group on a lamp must be composed of a minimum of an actuator relay or dimmer (output) and a function block input (button/IR).

Can a rocker button function block or push button function block control different types of actuators in different groups?

No, a rocker button device which for example controls a dimmer in one group, can be configured in 3 other groups, but must always have dimmers in the group.

What is meant by a By-me device?

They are the components that make up the Vimar home automation system for residential and commercial environments (actuators, controls, etc.). A device can in turn have their functional blocks work completely independently of each other (for example, a "rocker and push button switch unit" can be set for the left switch to control a By-me dimmer and the right-switch for a shutter actuator that may be in a completely different part of the house, and have its relay controlled by a thermostat.)

Can I replace the control unit in a system that had the Convimar control unit with a By-me control unit (with colour display)?

The devices are the same, but to remove the Convimar control unit and insert a By-me control unit in the system, you need to individually reset and reconfigure all devices from scratch in the new By-me control unit, if there is also a SAI burglar alarm, you must do the same since the By-me control unit also manages the SAI burglar alarm alone (thereby also eliminating the extra control unit for SAI burglar alarm consisting of 2 modules).

What is the procedure for a system with more than one By-me control panel set up for Burglar alarm system and Automation ?

First, only 1 By-me control panel will be able to manage and configure the Burglar alarm system devices (the initialization will be set with Area 00 and Line 00 addresses); then the other control panels will be connected to other Bus lines with at least one 01401 power supply separated from the other lines by 01845 Routers. At the initialization for each control panel, an Area/Line address different from the others must be set ( Area 00 Line 00 the one if any, that manages the SAI,and the other 7 can be for example initialized in Area 01 Line 00, Area 01 Line 02, Area 03 Line a05, etc.) . Each control panel can configure and manage devices that are also located in more than 1 Bus line (each line separated from the others with a 01845 Router, with at least one 01401 power supply and up to max. 128 connected devices), taking into account that in a line-Bus it is not possible to configure the devices on several By-me control panels, but all must belong to the configuration. When the Area and Line address of a By-me control panel is set at the initialization, on the same page it is asked to set also an Offset address: for the 1st control panel leave the proposed one, while it is compulsory to set 0x2000 for the 2nd one, 0x4000 for the 3rd one, 0x6000 for the 4th one, 0x8000 for the 5th one, 0xA000 for the 6th one, 0xC000 for the 7th one and 0xE000 for the 8th control panel ( if present).

Can one By-me control unit communicate with another By-me control unit?

Yes, there may be multiple BUS lines each with 1 control unit, where only the activation of the following scenarios can be shared: activating scenario n. X on a BUS line will also automatically activate scenario n. X of the other control units , as long as the scenarios in question are set as "Global Scenarios" and not, such as "Normal Scenarios" when they are created. Scenarios are the only thing that can be shared between two or more home automation systems with different control units. Pay special attention to the initial settings of various control units in the initialization phase when there is a system with more than one By-me control unit. When there is a GSM communicator in the system, it can manage up to eight control units, but in the case of a greater number of control units, there may be more GSM communicators, each dedicated to a maximum of eight.

When I turn on the By me control unit for the first time, or after it has been reset, I am asked to set the Area and Line addresses and the group offset: what does it mean?

According to the KNX architecture, the control unit can manage devices connected different sections of the BUS (each with its own 01801 power supply and a 01845 line coupler that separates it from other sections: each section is identified by an address to be passed to the line coupler during control unit configuration which identifies the Area and Line to which that section belongs. Usable Areas range from n. 01 to 15, and the Line addresses 00 to 15 can be set for each of these). If a By me control unit is not required on a SAI burglar alarm BUS line, set an Area value between 01 and 15, and the Line value between 00 and 15 (e.g., Area 01 and Line 00). If the SAI burglar alarm is used or will be used in the future, the control unit must strictly be initialized with the addresses Area 00 and Line 00, because it is not possible to modify the address of the control unit and so configuration of SAI burglar alarm devices would require resetting the By me control unit and the entire previously configured system. Since a BUS line cannot support more than 128 home automation devices, if for example the control unit was configured to Area 00 Line 00 for the SAI burglar alarm and there were 150 home automation devices to configure, there would need to be at least 2 different BUSes for the home automation devices (for example, the BUS Area 01/Line00 and Area01/Line2) each with its own 01845 line coupler and at least one 01801 power supply.

Can I replace my Convimar control unit (20510-16850-14510) with a By-me control unit, or vice versa?

The devices (buttons, actuators, thermostats, etc.) are the same, but management and configuration data is addressed differently by the two units so all devices must be reset individually and the whole system must be configured from scratch with the new control unit.

What happens to the climate control zones if the control unit fails?

The zones can still be controlled by manipulating the individual thermostats locally (if these were blocked zones, it is possible to set the same temperature range which was set on the control unit or to set the zone to OFF)

How does the system behave when a single device fails?

The rest of the system continues to operate normally. Through the "Diagnostics" menu, a faulty device can be deleted or replaced with a new one, in this case the control unit transfers the configuration of the replaced device to the new device (but it will reload the same state of the scenario in which it was involved)

Can By-me be configured with a PC?

Yes, you need the EasyTool Professional software version 1.4 or later.

Can fluorescent lamps above 1A be directly driven with-By-me relays?

No, the aid of a specific support relay is required for this type of load

Can appliances be directly connected to the By-me relays?

It is always advisable to connect high consumption appliances (oven, washing machine, dishwasher ...) to a power relay controlled in turn by the By-me relay .

What is line coupler synchronization used for?

It is done at the end of the system configuration process, if there is more than one home automation line and there are home automation systems involving devices that belong to different BUS lines

How do I connect the 01401 power supply? How do I connect the terminals of the By-me control unit?

If the SAI burglar alarm is present, connect the AUX output to your backup unit, and this will service both the BUS and display supply V+-V-. In this case, any eventual power for the 01942 GSM communicator is also taken from the 01801 AUX output (and the BUS output therefore remains unused); if the SAI burglar alarm is present, the BUS that crosses the control unit must be strictly that of the SAI burglar alarm, and for subsequent configuration of home automation devices, at least one line coupler must first be configured in the control unit. If there is no SAI burglar alarm, connect the AUX output of the power supply to terminals V+ V- to supply the monitor, and the BUS output to the BUS. An eventual 01942 GSM communicator is also powered from the AUX. The C and A terminals of the BY me control unit must be strictly left open.

What is the auxiliary output AUX on 01401 used for?

It can be used to:

  • supply power to the Burglar alarm system Back-Up unit if present:
  • supply power to the 20550 and touch monitors in general (e.g. 21511, 20511.1, 21554, etc.) through the V + V - terminals present in these products, in case the burglar alarm system is not installed.

It should be noted that the maximum deliverable rated current (1280 mA) can be calculated by summing up the delivery of the two AUX + BUS outputs.