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Solo

The CommandFusion Solo is an IP-enabled all-in-one control system.
On-board ports include RS232 (with flow control), IR (which also operate as 1-way RS232 transmission ports), IR Blaster on 3 sides, dry contact inputs and Ethernet.
The Solo features an on-board real time clock, allowing it to perform advanced scheduling functionality.

There are two card slots that can be used to expand the Solo with additional functionality, such as DALI, IO, RS485, CFLink and more.
See the List of Cards for more details.

Quick Reference Guide

The Solo Quick Reference Guide provides the basic information required to get started on a printable, black and white document that can be easily taken with you to a job site. Find the Solo Quick Reference Guide here.

Solo Configuration

The Solo features a built in web page configuration. Simply enter the IP Address of the Solo into any web browsers to begin configuration.
Click here to learn more about configuring the Solo.

Although the Solo does not have an on-board CFLink port, it still shares the same protocol for communication and control.
Use the CFLink protocol over TCP or UDP on port 10207, or via a WebSocket on port 80.
See the Solo CFLink Protocol page for more details.

Information Panel

The information panel can be found on the front of the Solo.

LEDs

The following LED's are shown on the front of the unit (from right to left):

  • Power (blue power icon)
    • Off = Power off
    • Flashing = Booting or firmware missing
    • Solid = Power on and ready
  • IP (amber network icon)
    • Flashing = Attempting to obtain an IP Address.
    • Solid = IP Address has been obtained or statically assigned.
  • IR Learner Ready (green tick icon)
    • Solid = IR Learner waiting for IR signal to learn
    • Off = IR Learner disabled
  • IR Learner Activity (amber crosshair target icon)
    • Flashing = IR signal detected
    • Off = No IR signal detected
  • RS232 Activity (blue, numbered 1 and 2)
    • Flashing = RS232 data being sent or received via the associated on-board RS232 port.
    • Off = No RS232 data being sent/received.
  • Dry Contact Inputs (blue, numbered 1, 2, 3 and 4)
    • Solid = Associated on-board dry contact port is closed.
    • Off = Associated dry contact port is open.

Pinhole Buttons

  • Setup
    • Used in combination with reset button to do a factory default reset.
  • Reset

Ports

Ethernet

The RJ45 port is used for Ethernet communications.
Ethernet cable not supplied.

By default, the Solo is configured to communicate over both UDP broadcasting and TCP on port 10207, and WebSocket on port 80.

RS232

The 6-pin connector (2 x detachable 3-pin spring terminals) is used to communicate with RS232 devices.
These 6 pins can be used for either:

  • 1 x RS232 with flow control (RTS & CTS).
  • or 2 x RS232 without flow control.

Pinout

In 2 x RS232 mode:

  1. P01 Tx
  2. P01 GND
  3. P01 Rx
  4. P02 Tx
  5. P02 GND
  6. P02 Rx

In 1 x RS232 with flow control mode:

  1. Tx
  2. GND
  3. Rx
  4. RTS
  5. GND
  6. CTS

Dry Contacts

The 8-pin connector (2 x detachable 4-pin spring terminals) is for dry contact inputs. These can be used as button switch inputs, sensor inputs, etc.
Anything that closes a contact can be used as an input to trigger macros via the on-board rules engine.

Pinout (left to right, top to bottom)

  1. P01
  2. COM
  3. P02
  4. COM
  5. P03
  6. COM
  7. P04
  8. COM

IR (and 1 way RS232)

The 12-pin connector (2 x detachable 6-pin connectors) is for wired IR emitter outputs and 1 way RS232 (transmit only).
These can be used to send IR signals to control AV equipments, fans, airconditioning, etc.
They can also be configured to transmit RS232 messages to control external RS232 devices. Note that the RS232 voltages are limited to 0-5V range, which may not be compatible with all true RS232 devices.
Ports 1-5 can supply 5VDC at up to 150mA. With one emitter connected, it will be able to draw the max of 150mA current.
The 6th port is a high-powered port that can be connected to a wired IR blaster (not supplied). Port 6 can supply 5VDC at up to 300mA. With one emitter connected, it will be able to draw the max of 300mA current.
If multiple IR emitters are stacked on a single port, each emitter will be able to draw a portion of the maximum current.

Pinout (left to right, top to bottom)

  1. P01 +
  2. P01 G
  3. P02 +
  4. P02 G
  5. P03 +
  6. P03 G
  7. P04 +
  8. P04 G
  9. P05 +
  10. P05 G
  11. P06 + (wired blaster)
  12. P06 G (wired blaster)

IR Blaster

The Solo features a built-in IR blaster that emits a high powered IR signal from 3 sides of the device via the windows.
There are 2 x emitters behind the window on each end, and 4 x emitters behind the front window.
Each pair of emitters is designed to emit both long range and wide angled signals.

IR Learner

The Solo features an built-in IR learner that can learn the signals of most IR remotes (approx. 36 - 40 kHz range).

Power

The Solo can be powered by the 2-pin connector (1 x detachable screw terminal), or via the mini USB connector.
Powering via this power connector requires 9-30VDC (24VDC recommended).

Pinout

  1. 9-30V DC +
  2. 9-30V DC -

Mini USB

The mini USB port can both power the unit, and provide serial communications with a PC for configuration without a network connection.
This is a standard USB port, and the standard USB power and communication pinouts apply.
Note that the Solo must be powered by the 2 pin connector for full support of some expansion cards. See the documentation for each specific card for more details.

USB Host

The USB Host port is for communication with USB devices. This is for future expansion.

MicroSD

The MicroSD slot is used to expand the on-board memory via MicroSD cards.

Expansion Slots

The Solo features two expansion card slots, labelled:

  1. Comms Card
  2. Expansion Card

Most expansion cards will work in either slot. But some will only work in the Comms Card slot. Please check the documentation of each specific card for more details.

Accessories

The Solo comes packaged with the following accessories:

  1. 24VDC power supply with correct wall plug for your region.

Factory Reset

For information on how to rest your device to factory settings, see the Device Resetting Page.

Network Connections

The diagram below represents all the networking modes that the Solo is capable of.

hardware/solo.txt · Last modified: 2015/09/10 21:33 by jarrod