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  • JamesWestoby
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    I just got a K8055 - lots of nice ports and MrHappy (Adam) was kind enough to let me have his code.

    Now in full disclosure this ISN'T just an upgrade - the way I use HomeSeer is to talk to individual room PCs (actually NetBooks) which run MediaPortal and this is my desired usage.

    But this version DOES work with >>multiple boards<< and also will take >>asynchronous changes<< to the K8055 inputs.

    I haven't had this lock up over a couple of days running on a test PC - so looks good!

    I intend to use this to make cheaper (and simpler*) inputs like PIR and outputs (directly runs mains level solid state Triacs).

    (*I use Z-Wave, Lightwave etc. but find these are FAR too complicated when used with the super flexible HomeSeer.)


    So HomeSeer has a NetK8055 plugin (the Server HS sub folder) and the room PC runs a separate program (the Client PC sub folder).

    These communicate across TCP/IP using port 8055 (why not).

    Additionally the link has a common HSPI library I use.

    Should you wish to 'nail' the two (Server & Client) together to make directly [USB] connected K8055's to the HomeSeer PC you'd just need to remove the TCP/IP code really.


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  • mrhappy
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    Originally posted by Archcantor View Post
    I just finished building the K8055 kit and tested it with the Velleman demo software on my laptop. Then I connected to HS3 and installed your plugin. Wow! All the devices created and working! The functionality is similar to the HS ADIO-100 but with the K8055 all the ports can function at the same time. With the ADIO-100 you can only have any combination of a total of 8. As you know, the cool part of the K8055 is the LED indicators, test switches and test potentiometers. When I push the switches the HS3 display reflectes their status. When I command the K8055 output ports from HS3 the LEDs respond. When I rotate the pots the HS3 screen reflects their numerical analog value.

    I see from the schematic that the USB interface is implemented through the PIC. I don't know a lot about USB. I am using Win7. I wonder if the K8055 will have a USB compatibility problem when I eventually have to upgrade to Win8 or 10. It doesn't appear to have created a USB serial device in Win7 so maybe not. Thanks for the great plugin for this board. -Rick
    I've used it on Windows 10 so it's not a problem that I can see, I've not tested it long term though - glad it's working for you and hope you enjoy the plugin. The K8055 does not enumerate as a serial port it is a HID device so you should never have serial port issues.

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  • Archcantor
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    New Addition

    I just finished building the K8055 kit and tested it with the Velleman demo software on my laptop. Then I connected to HS3 and installed your plugin. Wow! All the devices created and working! The functionality is similar to the HS ADIO-100 but with the K8055 all the ports can function at the same time. With the ADIO-100 you can only have any combination of a total of 8. As you know, the cool part of the K8055 is the LED indicators, test switches and test potentiometers. When I push the switches the HS3 display reflectes their status. When I command the K8055 output ports from HS3 the LEDs respond. When I rotate the pots the HS3 screen reflects their numerical analog value.

    I see from the schematic that the USB interface is implemented through the PIC. I don't know a lot about USB. I am using Win7. I wonder if the K8055 will have a USB compatibility problem when I eventually have to upgrade to Win8 or 10. It doesn't appear to have created a USB serial device in Win7 so maybe not. Thanks for the great plugin for this board. -Rick

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  • mrhappy
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    Originally posted by bje View Post
    Hello,
    I have the K8061 board, which is similar, but not enough to work. Would you be willing to share your code with me so I can adapt it to K8061. I will be happy to share it back to you if you want to post it as well.
    Thanks
    Brad

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  • bje
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    K8061

    Hello,
    I have the K8061 board, which is similar, but not enough to work. Would you be willing to share your code with me so I can adapt it to K8061. I will be happy to share it back to you if you want to post it as well.
    Thanks
    Brad

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  • mrhappy
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    Originally posted by Blodstrupmoen View Post
    Is there any way to get this to work with two K8055s?
    the plugin only supports one board because I only have one board and was not going to waste money on buying a board just for this purpose. I could add the functionality but prefer to do it with the hardware to test it with...so you can't use more than one board with it.

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  • Blodstrupmoen
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    Is there any way to get this to work with two K8055s?

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  • mrhappy
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    To anyone who was a little bothered like I was by the fact that in the last version I had devices set up in blocks for the inputs/outputs etc I have updated the plugin to create a new root device and associate all of the existing devices with this new device so they now all appear in one group.

    This follows HS recommendation that devices should follow this principle, if you do not care about how the devices are shown in the UI then there is no point in changing version.

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  • simjoc
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    Thanks!

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  • mrhappy
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    Thanks for the feedback, guess by the downloads there are more people using it than I thought.

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  • jayeazy
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    Thanks for making this version, still using the K8055, for my pond control.....
    Just updated to HS3 and was allready wondering how to get this working again.

    Regards
    Jay

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  • mrhappy
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    Originally posted by midazzz View Post
    I've installed the board with your software and did not found any issue.
    Works well thanks for this. I use the board with security sensors( garage door)
    Thankyou for letting me know it works.

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    Originally posted by mrhappy View Post
    I've had a couple of hours to spare so decided to write a plugin for the Velleman K8055 input/output board (I have in the past written a HS2 plugin for this also). The board is well documented and well used for GPIO projects however it does support a relatively low number of input/outputs compared to some other boards . On the other hand it is lower in price than some commercial offerings, it also has slightly better protection with Darlington drivers protecting the inputs/outputs.

    I don't honestly know if anyone is still using this in HS2 let alone HS3 so as such no one else has tested it, it should be considered beta like in its current state. I have tested and it does run remotely but will not run in Linux (and likely never will).

    All documentation is inside the zip file with the plugin and the DLL file.

    Any problems let me know.
    I've installed the board with your software and did not found any issue.
    Works well thanks for this. I use the board with security sensors( garage door)

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  • mrhappy
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    If you do use it then it would be great if you could let me know if it works or not

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  • Elmstrom
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    Looks nice and clean, might have to dust off an K8055 to try it out

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