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UPB Control of lighting
Posted by ace on 07/19/2005 10:40 PM

With the UPB UpStart program, which is used to configure UPB devices, Elk M1 UPB, UPB phase coupler, UPB CIM, I can have the switch Blink and set the interval, and I can control the fade speed that it uses to go on and off. How do I use these same features in the Rules for programming?


Re: UPB Control of lighting
Posted by JonOrt on 07/29/2005 08:25 PM

Since UPB lighting does not use A1 etc., how do you know what code will control what lights? Is there any more documentation other than “Works with UPB?”


Re: UPB Control of lighting
Posted by dlamb on 07/31/2005 08:59 PM

The UPB Device ID #1 is mapped to the ELK-M1 as lighting device A1, UPB device #2 is A2, etc. (device #17 is B1). The UPB Network ID number must also match the value that is set in the Global options of the ELK-M1. The ability to issue the blink command and change the fade rate of UPB devices from the ELK-M1 rules will be a future enhancement to ELK-RP and the M1XSP firmware. Probably next release.


Re: UPB Control of lighting
Posted by gww on 08/02/2005 11:13 AM

Will the link command be included in the feature set for the mentioned next release. Really, really looking forward to that! Cheers, Glenn.


Re: UPB Control of lighting
Posted by dlamb on 08/02/2005 02:37 PM

Yes, the UPB link command will be included in the next M1XSP firmware. It will have the capacity of 64 links (001 to 064) and they are mapped to the ELK-M1 lighting devices starting at light number 193 (House code ‘M’,Unit code ‘1’). Links end at light number 255 (House code ‘P’,Unit code ’16’). If you what to activate link 001 (turn on all UPB devices that are programmed to be controlled by link 001, to their preset level), your rule would include “turn lighting device 193(M1) ON”. If you what to deactivate link 001, your rule would include “turn lighting device 193(M1) OFF”.


Re: UPB Control of lighting
Posted by ace on 08/23/2005 06:47 PM

Since UPB also supports the status of the unit, it would be great if the rules could check the status of a unit. IE if the light switch is on, I might not want to override the switch by giving it a command to shutoff after say ten minutes. Also, support of the 4/6/8 lighted push buttons would be helpfull, not only as command buttons, but as status indicators as well. Similar to the feature buttons on the keypad. It would be helpful to have the feature within the rules to blink, stay on etc, for both the keypad and the UPB buttons. Thanks….Bill


Re: UPB Control of lighting
Posted by AutomatedOutlet on 08/23/2005 08:08 PM

I’d like to see perhaps a white paper on implementing UPB. We’re getting more and more people migrating to the UPB devices. Thanks, Martin www.AutomatedOutlet.com



About UPB Technology

UPB technology provides an inexpensive and reliable solution for residential and commercial powerline communications applications. While other powerline communication technologies exist, none compare to UPB in cost per node, functionality and reliability.

Highly Reliable — The UPB method of communication is 100 ~ 1000 times more reliable than current X-10 technology and 10 ~100 times more reliable than CEBUS or LONWORKS powerline technologies.  UPB is 99.9% reliable versus 70%-80% reliability of X-10.*

UPB transmits farther (over a mile), is less susceptible to powerline noise and capacitive attenuation (signal reduction) than other technologies for three reasons:

Pulse Position Modulation is a highly reliable time based method of sending bits; it narrows the possibility of power line noise affecting communication, unlike X-10 and other carrier modulation technologies.

UPB pulses on the power line are approximately 40 volts; more than five times greater than the 5 to 7 volt signals of X-10.

UPB transmits at low (4 to 40 kHz) frequencies, carrying much more power than higher frequency technologies like X-10 that transmits at 120 kHz.

When put on one phase of a home’s two phase power line, the signals are so strong they go out to the street side transformer and are induced on the opposite phase, returning back to the home.  Since UPB transmits at a low frequency, it does not affect other powerline devices or appliance/loads.

No New Wires – UPB dimmer switches are installed exactly like regular dimmer switches.  They connect to a home’s standard wiring. Since no new or special wiring is required, they work great in retrofit applications too.

Affordable — UPB dimmer switches can be as affordable as high end non-communicating dimmers.  When comparing costs of home upgrades (theater TV, remodeled bath or kitchen) adding lighting automation and control to a room or whole home provides a surprising improvement in quality of life at a comparably low cost.

Simplicity – Adding lighting control can be as simple as plugging in dimming modules or replacing dimming switches Pre-Configured Series. Unlike radio frequency (RF) wireless switches, where reliability is proportional to the number of ‘mess-networked’ switches installed, UPB provides reliability and performance anywhere in the home without the need of repeaters.       

Peer to Peer – No host computer or central controller is necessary for single, point-to-point control or group (lighting scene) control.  UPB is a no-host, peer to peer network.  Interruption of power, or single point controller/repeater failure, will not affect a stand-alone UPB network.

Two Way Communications – Hardware, software and protocol design allows for two-way communication in all products.  Status can be confirmed with polling or automatically transmitted upon local/manual load changes.  

House Separation – Neighbors with UPB will not control each other’s lights.  The UPB addressing scheme allows for 250 systems (houses) on each transformer and 250 devices on each system. It incorporates over 64,000 total addresses compared to 256 for conventional X-10.

Interaction – UPB communication can be used in the presence of all X-10, CEBus, HomePlug or LonWorks compatible equipment with no interference between either. The UPB technology uses a completely different frequency range than any of the wide-band, narrow-band, or spread spectrum technologies. The physical method of UPB communication is entirely different than the modulation-demodulation techniques of all X-10, CEBus, or LonWorks.

Higher Speed – 20 to 40 times the speed of X- 10 in terms of data transmitted. This is equivalent to over ten full commands per second. The average latency of command to action is less than 0.1 second.


UPB System Description X-10 to UPB Migration


* Reliability is defined as the percentage of transmitter/receiver pairs that correctly operate upon initial installation. The UPB test units are randomly installed in the environment typical of the target market. This market is defined as the single-family residential market in the US, homes with a median size of 2500 Sq, Ft. This environment is defined to be the existing base of homes, without any modifications, which means there should be no “fixing” the electrical system of the residence by adding couplers, repeaters or filtering


One comment on “ELK Products M1 UPB Dealer elkproducts.com

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