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This forum provides how to guides for using various home automation protocols.

Ecobee
INSTEON
LightwaveRF
Nest
Philips Hue
TCP
UPB
X10
Z-Wave

Some protocols, such as Belkin's WeMo and Sonos, do not require any manual setup as they are automatically discovered on the local network.
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INSTEON

INSTEON is supported in CastleOS via the USB or serial PowerLinc Modem (PLM), the older generation INSTEON hubs with a PLM, as well as the now discontinued SmartLinc.

For USB or Serial PLM setup (local):

1) Connect the PLM to the computer, and if needed install the drivers that came with it
2) Go to the Settings screen in the CastleOS app, and expand the INSTEON section
3) Select the COM port of the PLM, and press Save
4) If a connection to the PLM is made, the PLM ID will be loaded

For hub or SmartLinc setup (network):

1) Go to the Settings screen in the CastleOS app, and expand the INSTEON section
2) Enter the IP address of the INSTEON hub, and press Save
3) If a connection to the hub is made, the PLM ID will be loaded
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Z-Wave


Z-Wave is supported with the use of external Z-Wave radios, including USB radios and soon, the HomeSeer Z-NET networked Z-Wave interface. This includes Aeon Labs, TrickleStar, and other USB adapters.

To enable Z-Wave in CastleOS:

1) Install the USB adapter, and if needed, the drivers that came with it
2) Go to Settings in the CastleOS app, and expand the Z-Wave section
3) Select the COM port for the USB adapter, and press Save
4) If the COM port selection is correct, Z-Wave will automatically enable

Devices are automatically detected on the USB radio as links, and loaded into CastleOS. To add a device to CastleOS, press the Add Device button to begin the linking functionality.
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UPB


UPB support on CastleOS leverages Simply Automated's awesome UPStart software. You can use UPStart to layout your UPB network, and then upload it all at once into CastleOS.

Note: You will need the Simply Automated PIM (USB/UPB adapter). It is available on Amazon.

If you haven't already used UPStart, please see the getting started guide here. Please follow that guide as needed/desired in order to export your configuration.

Once complete, go to the Settings screen in CastleOS. Expand the UPB section. First, select the COM port of the PIM and press Save.

Next, press Select to choose the configuration file exported by UPStart, and press Upload.

When ready, press Enable. That's it! Your devices should now be listed and controllable on the Devices screen.
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Nest


1) Go to Settings in the CastleOS app, and expand Nest
2) Press the "Get Activation Pin" button. This will bring you to Nest's website, where it will walk you through generating the pin
3) Enter the pin in the box in the Nest settings in CastleOS, and press Save
4) CastleOS will automatically discover your Nest thermostats and Protects!
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LightwaveRF

1) Go to Settings in the CastleOS app, and expand the LightwaveRF section
2) Enter the IP address of the LightwaveRF bridge, and press Save
3) Press Enable to start LightwaveRF

Devices are automatically detected and loaded once a connection between CastleOS and the LightwaveRF bridge is established.
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X10

Currently, X10 support is provided through the use of an INSTEON PLM. To enable INSTEON, please follow the instructions in the INSTEON section above. Once complete, X10 devices can be added on the Add Device screen of the CastleOS app.
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TCP Connected


1) Make sure you have used the TCP app on your mobile device to set up and discover your lights.
2) In the TCP app, go to Settings and enable Remote Access. You'll set up a username and password here that will be entered into CastleOS
3) Go to Setttings in the CastleOS app, and expand TCP
4) Enter your username and password, and press Connect
5) CastleOS will connect to the TCP cloud service and download your devices, automatically creating a CastleOS group for each room you've configured in the TCP app.
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Philips Hue


1) Press the button on the top of the Hue Bridge
2) Press Enable in the Hue section of the Settings screen in the CastleOS app

Devices are automatically detected and loaded into CastleOS, and are visible on the Devices screen.
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Ecobee


1) Go to the Settings screen in the CastleOS app and expand the Ecobee section
2) Press the "Get Activation Pin" button, and make note of the generated pin
3) Log in to your Ecobee account, and authorize the pin for use
4) Once authorized, press the Confirm button in CastleOS to activate Ecobee

Ecobee thermostats are automatically detected and loaded into CastleOS.
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