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How does Clipsal C-Bus home automation work?

How does Clipsal C-Bus home automation work, from my point of view as an automated home owner?

  • Does Clipsal C-Bus home automation depend upon a central processor to operate?
    No. Clipsal C-Bus is not dependent upon a central processor or computer for day-to-day operation.
    Clipsal C-Bus components have their own microcomputer, memory, and Unit Address on the C-Bus.
    They also retain their own portion of your home automation project's programming in non-volatile memory.

  • Is it possible for me to reprogram my own Clipsal C-Bus home automation system?
    Yes, with care and guidance some home owners may be able to do this. Your Clipsal C-Bus home automation system is initially programmed by your Clever Home automation engineer by temporarily connecting a PC to your C-Bus system and running free C-Bus commissioning software. We create your C-Bus project database and transfer this from our laptop PC to each C-Bus component in your C-Bus home automation system. With care and guidance from your Clever Home automation Engineer you may reprogram some aspects of your C-Bus system yourself in this way. Refer to What parts of my home automation system can I reprogram and what do I need?

  • Can I reprogram my C-Bus home automation system without a PC?
    While simple C-Bus2 systems may be programmed using C-Bus2 Learn Mode without other hardware or software being required, it is easier to more extensively program C-Bus home automation systems using a PC. Using a PC also allows the archiving of backup project files, which may be used to reinstate how a C-Bus home automation system was previously programmed.

  • How can I connect my PC to my C-Bus?
    Particular C-Bus home automation modules support WiFi, LAN, USB, or RS-232 serial connection between your Windows PC and C-Bus for programming. You need to have installed in your home automation system a C-Bus module that supports the type of PC interface that you want to use.

  • How do wired C-Bus networks work?
    Wired C-Bus components are interconnected using pink Cat5 C-Bus cable.
    This cable carries C-Bus communications and the small amount of power to operate most C-Bus devices.
    The safe extra low voltage of less than 36V DC powers C-Bus devices on the wired C-Bus network.

  • How do wireless C-Bus networks work?
    Wireless C-Bus components communicate wirelessly between themselves using RF communications.
    They are powered from standard 240V wiring in the case of wireless C-Bus wall switches with inbuilt dimmers or relays, or by long life batteries in the case of completely wireless satellite C-Bus wall switches.
    Wireless C-Bus devices can be integrated with a wired C-Bus network using a wireless C-Bus gateway.

  • Can I pre-wire for Clipsal C-Bus while I am building or renovating, then install C-Bus later?
    Yes, but there are several options and it is best to consider which is best for you (see the above FAQ).

  • Can third party control systems be directly integrated with my C-Bus network?
    Yes, a growing range of third party home automation equipment support C-Bus connection and integration.
    Examples include professional Inner Range security, access control systems, and pool control equipment.

  • Can C-Bus control third party control systems that cannot connect to my C-Bus network?
    Yes. Your Clever Home automation Engineer can interface C-Bus to third party equipment by IP connection over your LAN or over the Internet, RS-232 serial connection, programmable IR remote control, or by relay outputs. Examples include high quality Mobotix IP surveillance cameras and door stations, zoned heating/cooling systems, and automatic watering systems. 

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