UPB Lighting



Powerline Control Systems makes a line of devices that communicate with their Universal Powerline Bus (UPB) protocol, not X-10.  It is possible to use these devices with HomeVision and HomeVision-Pro versions 3.4 and higher.  This is done using the new "custom lighting" feature added in version 3.4.


Requirements for Use

You must have the following to use the UPB devices:

bulletA UPB Powerline Interface Module (PIM) with firmware version 4.15 or higher.  This version provides a “Message Mode” that is required for use with HomeVision.
bulletAn unused HomeVision or HomeVision-Pro serial port to connect the PIM to.  For HomeVision, the use of an add-on HomeVision-Serial or HomeVision-Phone/Serial device is strongly recommended.  For HomeVision-Pro, ports 3 or 4 are recommended, although a HomeVision-Phone/Serial add-on device can also be used.  The PIM requires that the serial port’s “DTR” line tied be to 5V, which the HomeVision and HomeVision-Pro serial ports do not do.  Contact Custom Solutions, Inc. to obtain a serial port that can support the PIM or read instructions in the file below for modifying an existing port.
bulletUPB software to configure the UPB devices.   The software, such as UPStart, should be provided by your UPB supplier.
bulletHomeVision or HomeVision-Pro version 3.4 or higher.  This requires both a version 3.4 PROM installed in the unit, as well as the 3.4 PC software.
bulletThe HomeVision schedule file “UPB control.haf” and a “RampRates.txt” file. The schedule file contains pre-written UPB macros.  The “Control Macro” runs whenever a UPB command is performed.  The “Receive Macro” runs whenever a UPB message is received.  These macros perform the serial interface commands needed to communicate with the PIM.  The “RampRates.txt” file tells HomeVision what ramp rates the UPB devices support.  These files are provided by Custom Solutions, Inc. and are available below.


Download Instructions and Required Files

You can download all the UPB information in this single zipped file:

    UPB.zip (dated 21 April 2006)

There are five files inside the compressed file, two of which you can also view without downloading:

bullet"UPB", which describes how to use the UPB devices with HomeVision and HomeVision-Pro.
bullet"Custom Lighting", which describes how the custom lighting feature works.  This is provided for additional information - it isn't necessary for you to read this.
bullet“HomeVision serial port modifications for UPB.pdf”, which contains instructions for modifying a serial port to support the UPB PIM.
bullet“UPB Control.haf”, which is a schedule file that contains the macros you'll need to copy into your own schedule.
bullet“RampRates.txt”, which is used by the software to define the ramp rates that UPB devices can use.


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Last updated:
01 October 2013

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