ISY-99i/ISY-26 INSTEON:Quick Start Guide

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ISY-99i Series Quick Start Guide

Thank you for purchasing an ISY-99i Series device, Universal Devices, Inc. second series of intelligent, web-enabled, stand-alone INSTEON network managers/controllers. This Quick Start Guide will help you to get your ISY-99i installed and configured, and will provide links to additional resources which you may find helpful.


What's Included

The package should include:

  • ISY-99i Series device
  • (2) two standard cat5e Ethernet cables
  • (1) one RS232 serial null-modem cable (PRO version only)
  • Quick Start guide.

The ISY-99i Series controller also requires a Smarthome Power-Line Modem (PLM), which is sold separately.

Note: No power supply is included since ISY is powered through the PLM.

Note: The serial cable (included with the Pro version only) is a standard, DB9M-DB9F null-modem (cross-over) cable.


Requirements

  • Smarthome Power-Line Modem (PLM): http://www.smarthome.com/2412s.html
  • Java enabled browser
  • DHCP enabled router
    • Alternatively, an Ethernet cross-over cable (not included) may be used to connect directly to the computer without using a router. This will require that the computer have a serial port (or USB-to-serial adapter) in order to configure ISY's network parameters.


Using ISY with a Router

ISY Installation

  1. Connect one end of an included Ethernet cable to ISY's Network jack, and connect the other end to an available port on the router. Alternately, ISY may be connected to a network switch or hub which is connected to the router. Note: The router must be DHCP enabled. If it is not, the ISY must be given a static IP address (see the section #Assigning ISY a Static IP Address for use with a Router).
  2. Connect one end of the remaining included Ethernet cable to ISY's Port A, and connect the other end to the PLM. Note: If longer cables are required in order to reach the router or the PLM, any standard cat5/cat5e/cat6 Ethernet cable may be substituted.
  3. Plug the PLM into a regular power outlet. Do not plug it into a UPS or into a protected power bar (a non-protected power bar is fine). The ISY is supplied power by the PLM. When the PLM is plugged into power, the ISY boots. The Rx, Tx, and Mem LEDs may flash briefly, and the PWR LED should be on steady. The two small green LEDs on the RJ-45 Network connector should be on, and may flash.


Host Computer Configuration

  1. Ensure that the latest edition of Java for your platform is installed on the computer. The latest Java downloads may be found at http://www.universal-devices.com/resources.htm . After installing Java, reboot computer.
  2. Start a web browser of your choice and go to http://www.universal-devices.com/99i ; when prompted to authenticate, enter admin (lower case) for both user-id and password (Figure 1).
  3. In the Universal Devices Administrative Console, choose Help-->About (Figure 2A).
  4. In the About dialog, locate My URL and write down the URL. For example, in Figure 2B, the URL is http://192.168.0.228 . Then close the Administrative Console (File-->Exit).
  5. Open a new web browser window and go to the URL recorded in the previous step. This URL may be saved (bookmark or favorite), as this is the URL through which the ISY can be accessed from any computer on the network. Note: This IP address can change, if the router assigns a different IP to ISY. To avoid having the IP address change, the router can be configured to provide a Static DHCP IP Address, or ISY can be configured to use a static IP address (see the section #Assigning ISY a Static IP Address for use with a Router).


Assigning ISY a Static IP Address for use with a Router

  1. Determine the router's IP Address. For example: 192.168.1.1 .
  2. Prepare the network parameters to be assigned to ISY. ISY's IP Address should be the same as the router's IP Address in the first three segments, and different from the router's IP Address in the last segment only. The NetMask should be 255.255.255.0 . The Gateway and DNS Server should be set to the IP Address of the router. For example:
    • IP Address = 192.168.1.101
    • NetMask = 255.255.255.0
    • Gateway = 192.168.1.1
    • DNS Server = 192.168.1.1
  3. Connect and log in to the ISY Shell (see the section #Connecting to the ISY Shell Using Telnet).
  4. Type the CT command (upper case) followed by <ENTER>. When prompted, enter the values previously prepared for IP Address, NetMask, Gateway and DNS Server, following each with <ENTER>. When prompted with Save Changes, enter Y (upper case). ISY will reboot.
  5. Start a web browser of your choice and go to the URL (IP Address) assigned to ISY, for example: http://192.168.1.101 ; when prompted to authenticate, enter admin (lower case) for both user-id and password (Figure 1 above). This URL may be saved (bookmark or favorite), as this is the URL through which the ISY may be accessed from any computer on the network.


Connecting to the ISY Shell Using Telnet

Note: In order to telnet to ISY, ISY's current IP address must be known.

  1. Determine ISY's current IP address (see the section #Finding ISY's Current IP Address).
  2. If using the Windows telnet command:
    • Go to the Start menu and choose Run.
    • In the Run dialog, enter cmd and click OK.
    • At the command prompt, type the command:
      • telnet isy.current.ip.address <ENTER>
  3. If using another telnet client, connect to ISY's current IP address.
  4. When prompted for Username: enter admin (lower case) followed by <ENTER>. When prompted for Password: enter admin (lower case) followed by <ENTER>. The ISY Shell is displayed (Figure 4). All input to the ISY shell must be in UPPER CASE.

Note: For more information on connecting to and using the ISY Shell, consult the Advanced Configuration Guide at http://www.universal-devices.com/resources.htm .


Using ISY with Direct Connection to Computer

ISY Installation

  1. Connect one end of an Ethernet cross-over cable (not included) to ISY's Network jack, and connect the other end to the RJ-45 network connector on the computer.
  2. Connect one end of an included Ethernet cable to ISY's Port A, and connect the other end to the PLM. Note: If a longer cable is required in order to reach the PLM, any standard cat5/cat5e/cat6 Ethernet cable may be substituted.
  3. Plug the PLM into a regular power outlet. Do not plug it into a UPS or into a protected power bar (a non-protected power bar is fine). The ISY is supplied power by the PLM. When the PLM is plugged into power, the ISY boots. The Rx, Tx, and Mem LEDs may flash briefly, and the PWR LED should be on steady. The two small green LEDs on the RJ-45 Network connector should be on, and may flash.


Host Computer Configuration

  1. Ensure that the latest edition of Java for your platform is installed on the computer. The latest Java downloads may be found at http://www.universal-devices.com/resources.htm . After installing Java, reboot computer.
  2. Assign ISY a static IP address (see the section #Assigning ISY a Static IP Address for Direct Connection to Computer).
  3. Open a new web browser window and go to the IP address assigned to ISY in the previous step. This address may be saved (bookmark or favorite), as this is the URL through which the ISY will be accessed from the computer.


Assigning ISY a Static IP Address for Direct Connection to Computer

  1. Ensure that the computer's network parameters are properly configured. The IP Address should be in the 192.168.. network (the 10... network may also be used). The NetMask should be 255.255.255.0 . The Gateway and DNS Server should be set to the same value as the IP Address. For example:
    • IP Address = 192.168.1.100
    • NetMask = 255.255.255.0
    • Gateway = 192.168.1.100
    • DNS Server = 192.168.1.100
  2. Prepare the network parameters to be assigned to ISY. ISY's IP Address should be the same as the computer's IP Address in the first three segments, and different from the computer's IP Address in the last segment only. The NetMask, Gateway and DNS Server should be set to the same values as those used by the computer. For example:
    • IP Address = 192.168.1.101
    • NetMask = 255.255.255.0
    • Gateway = 192.168.1.100
    • DNS Server = 192.168.1.100
  3. Connect and log in to the ISY Shell (see the section #Connecting to the ISY Shell Using the Serial Port).
  4. Type the CT command (upper case) followed by <ENTER>. When prompted, enter the values previously prepared for IP Address, NetMask, Gateway and DNS Server, following each with <ENTER>. When prompted with Save Changes, enter Y (upper case). ISY will reboot.
  5. Start a web browser of your choice and go to the URL (IP Address) assigned to ISY, for example: http://192.168.1.101 ; when prompted to authenticate, enter admin (lower case) for both user-id and password (Figure 1 above). This URL may be saved (bookmark or favorite), as this is the URL through which the ISY will be accessed from the computer.
  6. If desired, the serial cable may now be disconnected from ISY and from the computer.


Connecting to the ISY Shell Using the Serial Port

  1. Connect one end of a serial null-modem cable (included with Pro version) to ISY's Port B, and connect the other end to the serial connector (or USB-to-serial adapter) on the computer.
  2. Start a terminal program (such as Windows HyperTerminal) and configure for 115200bps, 8N1, Xon/Xoff, and for the appropriate COM port.
  3. Type a few characters until prompted for Username: and enter admin (lower case) followed by <ENTER>. When prompted for Password: enter admin (lower case) followed by <ENTER>. The ISY Shell is displayed (Figure 5). All input to the ISY shell must be in UPPER CASE.

Note: For more information on connecting to and using the ISY Shell, consult the Advanced Configuration Guide at http://www.universal-devices.com/resources.htm .


Finding ISY's Current IP Address

Finding ISY's Current IP Address from the Administrative Console

  1. In the Universal Devices Administrative Console, choose Help-->About (Figure 2A).
  2. In the About dialog, locate the My URL line; the URL contains ISY's current IP address. For example, in Figure 2B, the URL is http://192.168.0.228 , and the IP address is 192.168.0.228 .


Finding ISY's Current IP Address from the Router

  1. Log on to your router. [See your router manual for instructions. Many common routers may be accessed at an address of 192.168.0.1 or 192.168.1.1 .]
  2. Locate your router's DHCP Client Table. Your router may use a different name, but it should have a table which lists the devices currently connected to the router.
  3. Within the table, locate ISY:
    • If the table contains a Name or Description column (some routers), locate the line on which that column contains the word ISY (and other text).
    • If the table contains a MAC Address or Physical Address column (some routers), locate the line on which that column contains ISY's MAC Address (see the section #Finding ISY's MAC Address).
  4. From the table line identified in the previous step, obtain ISY's IP Address.


Finding ISY's Current IP Address from a Windows Command Console

  1. Open a Command Console (DOS Prompt) Window:
    • Go to the Start menu and choose Run.
    • In the Run dialog, enter cmd and click OK.
  2. At the command prompt, type the command:
    • arp -a <ENTER>
  3. The arp command will display a table containing the IP Address and Physical Address of each of the network-connected devices it discovers.
  4. Locate the line on which the Physical Address column contains ISY's MAC Address (see the section #Finding ISY's MAC Address).
  5. From the table line identified in the previous step, obtain ISY's IP Address.


Finding ISY's MAC Address

  • A MAC Address is a six-segment string, in which the segments are separated by a colon (':'), and each segment contains two hex digits (a hex digit is one of the numeric digits '0' to '9', or one of the alphabetic characters from 'a' to 'f'); for example: 00:03:2a:19:f4:cd.
  • If you are currently able to connect to ISY, either:
    • Open the Universal Devices Administrative Console:
      1. In the Universal Devices Administrative Console, choose Help-->About (Figure 2A).
      2. In the About dialog, locate the My Lighting line; this line contains the identifier uuid: followed by the MAC address.
    • Open a new web browser window:
      1. In the web browser, go to http://your.isy.ip.address/desc .
      2. In the displayed page, locate the line which begins with <UDN> and ends with </UDN>; this line contains the identifier uuid: followed by the MAC address.
  • If you are not currently able to connect to ISY, the following may help to identify ISY's MAC address within a router table or arp table:
    • In general, the ISY's MAC address will begin with one of the following segment groups:
      • Early ISY's will have a MAC address which begins with the segments 00:03; these MAC addresses are from NetBurner.
      • Newer ISY's will have a MAC address which begins with the segments 00:21:B9, which is the Universal Devices, Inc. ID.


Status Display of ISY's LEDs

The state of ISY's LEDs convey a certain amount of status information, as follows:

  • Front Panel LEDs:
    • PWR: should be on steady; if it is off, ISY does not have power.
    • Rx, Tx and MEM OFF: ISY is idle.
    • Rx Blinking: ISY is receiving INSTEON traffic.
    • Rx ON Steady: ISY cannot communicate with the PLM; either the PLM or the cable are defective.
    • Tx Blinking: ISY is transmitting INSTEON traffic.
    • MEM Blinking: ISY is accessing memory.
    • ERR Blinking: Filesystem error. Contact Universal Devices.
    • MEM and ERR Blinking: ISY cannot communicate with attached router (or computer, if directly connected). Cable bad, or misconfiguration in ISY or in router (or computer, if directly connected).
  • Rear Panel LEDs:
    • The RJ-45 Network jack includes two small green LEDs, which should both be on, and one of which will blink when network traffic is present. If they are not on, ISY cannot communicate with router (or computer, if directly connected); see MEM and ERR Blinking above.


Final steps

  • Set Time and Location
    • Click on the Configuration tab and set the Time and the Physical Location for the unit (used for Sunrise/Sunset calculations). See Figure 4A.
  • Check the Programs
    • Click on the Program Details tab will see a QueryAll program for the purpose of querying the unit. Please choose a time when the system is not used (i.e. 3:00 a.m.). See Figure 4B.
  • Start Linking Your INSTEON Devices!
    • Click on the icon and then follow the instructions on the screen. Continue linking as many devices as desired before clicking on the Cancel button. See Figure 4C.

For additional documentation, please visit http://www.universal-devices.com/mwiki


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ISY-99i Series INSTEON