ISY-99i/ISY-26 INSTEON:File Menu

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Please see Figure 6 for all File Menu options.


Figure 6. File Menu


Logon

The Logon option will be enabled if you are not connected to the ISY. The system will prompt you that you have lost the connection and you must login. Once you select this option you will be required to enter your user name and password.


Set Userid/Password

Once this menu option is selected the user can change the user name and password. The new user name and password should be typed in the appropriate fields. Please make sure you remember the new user name and password as the default account of user name/password admin/admin will no longer work in future logins.

  • Both User ID and password must be entered.
  • User ID and passwords are case sensitive.
  • The ID and password are limited to 10 characters maximum.
  • The ID and password have a minimum of 3 characters.
  • These characters are not allowed: < > / ; &


Backup ISY

Selecting this menu saves the entire ISY configuration in a file. The user will be prompted to select or type the storage location and name the configuration file. Note the location and file name for future use. The following system information will be saved to this file:

  1. Time Zone, Latitude, and Longitude
  2. Notification recipients
  3. Programs
  4. INSTEON devices information and scene memberships
  5. INSTEON devices links
  6. Scenes information


Restore ISY

Selecting this menu option allows the user to locate and select the ISY’s backup configuration file. Upon completion, this operation reboots ISY and closes your browser.

This option only restores the settings and has no impact on the underlying INSTEON devices and their configurations. If you wish to restore INSTEON device configurations, links, and settings please follow up this operation with Restore Devices menu option upon ISY reboot.


Restore Devices

Selecting this menu option starts the ISY to use the current configurations settings stored within ISY, and reprograms all the INSTEON devices based on them. Upon completion, this operation reboots ISY and closes Admin Console. This operation is most useful when a PLM is replaced or if INSTEON devices and their logical representations on ISY are out of synch. This scenario might happen if INSTEON devices are manually linked without using ISY’s GUI. Please follow the instructions below:

  1. If you are replacing a PLM:
    1. Please make sure you reboot ISY with the new PLM before doing anything else
    2. Click on File | Restore ISY and restore a good backup. If you are replacing a defective PLM, choose a backup from right before the PLM died. This is a very important step
    3. Once ISY reboots, wait for the query to complete
  2. If you have PRO series, click on the Battery icon on the top right corner of the tool bar. This prevents ISY from trying to restore battery operated devices since they are sleeping and will not respond
  3. Please make sure ISY is in Ready state
  4. Click on File | Restore Devices - this will take a long while
  5. In case ISY cannot communicate (or decides not to if an RF device/PRO Series) during the process, you will have a series of nodes with green 1011 icons in the device tree. For each one of those nodes:
    1. If an RF device, ensure that the device is in Programming mode
    2. Right mouse click | Write pending updates or Write updates to device...
    3. For some newer INSTEON devices, you might have to repeat this step a couple of times since some devices may not go into linking mode
  6. If you have PRO series, click on the battery icon on the toolbar so that ISY goes back to normal mode

Restore Modem (PLM)

Replace Modem (PLM)

This operation is most useful when you need to replace a defective PLM and the ISY is rebooted with a new PLM. When the communication links were established via the Link Management Menu, the PLM and INSTEON devices adds each device addresses it is linked to, in its own link table.

The ISY also reads and stores the PLM’s address at boot up. The ISY stores all the configurations settings of the lighting network. If you are replacing a PLM the ISY will have the old PLM address link stored in it.

Warning: Never replace your PLM while the ISY is running because it will assume it is still connected with the old PLM. The ISY will appear to work, but it will be writing the address of the old PLM into the device links, thus you will not see devices updates etc.

If this menu option is selected, the ISY goes through all INSTEON devices looking for old and new PLM address links. If an old PLM address link is found, it replaces them with the address of the new PLM and adds the corresponding device link to the new PLM.

To replace a PLM:

  • Unplug ISY from the power outlet
  • Unplug the PLM from ISY and power outlet
  • Connect ISY’s port A to the new PLM
  • Plug the new PLM into a power outlet
  • Plug ISY into a power outlet
  • Go to Admin Console and wait for system initialization to complete
    • If you have PRO Series, click on the Battery icon at the top. This will prevent ISY from trying to update programming on your RF devices which are probably in sleep mode
  • Click on the Restore Modem (PLM) menu option
    • In case ISY cannot communicate (or decides not to if an RF device/PRO Series) during the process, you will have a series of nodes with green 1011 icons in the device tree. For each one of those nodes:
      • If an RF device, ensure that the device is in Programming mode
      • Right mouse click | Write pending updates ...

If the above procedure fails on many of your devices, it's highly recommended that you follow the instructions for Restore Devices.

Delete Modem (PLM)

Before selecting this function, create a backup ISY file.

The modem (PLM) is the communication bridge between the ISY and the INSTEON devices. Without the modem and the links you cannot control or get status from the INSTEON devices. When the communication links were established via the Link Management Menu, the PLM and INSTEON devices adds each device addresses it is linked to, in its own link table. The ISY also stores the PLM’s address.

If you need to remove a modem from your lighting network, select this function. It will disconnect the ISY from the PLM and the PLM from all INSTEON devices in the network, removing all the links between them. This ensures orphaned links do not exist in the INSTEON devices when the PLM is removed from the lighting network. Also, it ensures the ISY is not looking for the removed PLM.

Orphaned links are links between two devices where one is no longer in the network. Orphaned links will affect the lighting network performance. A device with an orphaned link to a missing PLM will create unnecessary network traffic by trying to communicate with the PLM multiple times. This in effect will slow down the network response.

All ISY programs, Triggers or Schedules, will not work when you remove the modem from the lighting network. Also, the actual status of all INSTEON devices will not be synchronized with the status reported on the screen.

Automatic Writes to Devices (ISY99i Pro)

In this mode changes are automatically written to your devices. Toggle this button off to turn off automatic writes.

Toggle this button On to write all pending changes to all devices.

  • If Automatic Writes to Battery Powered Devices is disabled those devices will not be updated.
  • At anytime you may write changes to a single device by selecting Write Updates to Device from the device context menu.
  • The ISY keeps track of all your changes, this determines when they will be written.


Automatic Writes to Battery Powered Devices (ISY99i Pro)

In this mode changes are automatically written to your devices. Toggle this button off to turn off automatic writes to battery powered devices.

Toggle this button On to write all pending changes to all battery powered devices.

  • At anytime you may write changes to a single device by selecting Write Updates to Device from the device context menu.
  • The ISY keeps track of all your changes, this determines when they will be written.


Enable/Disable Internet Access

In order to achieve remote/internet access, you will need to setup your router for port forwarding. Port forwarding allows the ISY’s port to be seen over the internet.

The controller default setting is with internet access disabled. If you would like to enable internet access to the controller select this option. It is reversible and you will be presented with the Disable Internet Access menu option. For a list of supported routers, please see the Supported Remote Access Routers page.

If you do not have one of the routers listed above, please contact us and we’ll walk you through setting up your router (port forwarding) manually.


Exit

Once this menu option is selected this application will end and the browser window will close.




ISY-26 INSTEON / ISY-99i Series INSTEON : User Guide