Re: [HELP] FanLinc How-To Instructions
matt (support) wrote:
CraigM wrote:Am I also suppose to create four more device links for the fan speeds [#2 high] [#4 med] [#6 low] [#8 off]?
The Wiki says:
wiki wrote:Creating INSTEON links is covered in the Managing INSTEON Device Links document - you want to link button 1 to the FanLinc lights and buttons 3-6 to high, medium, low, and off respectively
So yes, you do create multiple links. But note you link to the KeypadLinc buttons 1, 3, 4, 5, and 6. You skip button 2 because the KeypadLinc in the wiki example is in 6 button configuration and in that configuration button 2 is hidden (button 2 is really the top-right most button but that is combined with button 1 when in 6 button layout mode).
I have 8 button KPL's, so [#2 high] [#4 med] [#6 low] [#8 off] is my set up
CraigM wrote:When you define a FanLinc you get two devices xxxFan and xxxLight. But the above UI screenshot is extremely confusing. The only selection for a responder [to control speed] is xxxLight. I would expect the selection in the menu to be xxxFan. This is not intuitive at all.
matt (support) wrote:Indigo gives you 2 logical devices because so that it can show you the state of both devices. But there is really only 1 module, so you always specify the links to the main/first device which in this case is the light.
What about in menus, such as trigger actions. Do we always select xxxLight, or should we select xxxLight [for light functions] and xxxFan [for fan functions]? This finally might make sense of the disastrous results i have been getting when sending fan trigger commands and the light comes on instead.
CraigM wrote:If fan speeds need to be Device Links, how does that differ from just creating triggers [instead of DL's] for when you press the KPL buttons?
matt (support) wrote:You can do that instead. As is often the case, there are several different ways to accomplish the control logic with Indigo. Using KeypadLinc directly will be slightly faster and will work even if Indigo or your Mac isn't running for some reason. Using Indigo Triggers gives you more flexibility, such as the ability to use conditionals. The choice is yours as to which approach you use.
This is why it is confusing. The wiki says device links [which sounds definitive], Smarthome says device links NEVER triggers [which sounds definitive], and now "it's my option". I believe most users would appreciate docs that spell out any/all options with their pro/con, in real life scenarios, this would allow us to make an educated choice for our personal needs.
So Matt, assuming that I can get either method to work correctly, what about these questions:
1) Do the xxxLight, xxxFan names mean anything to Indigo? In other words can we re-name these to ANYTHING we want and split them into different folders?
If xxxLight is in your words "the main device", would it make sense not to have the word "Light" in the title? xxxMain? What two names do you and Jay use?
2) My final goal is to have two fans act as one from two KPL's
- Livingroom KPL button [#1=Livingroom Fan Light]
- Livingroom KPL button [#2 high] [#4 med] [#6 low] [#8 off] control both Livingroom AND Kitchen fans.
- Kitchen KPL button [#1=Kitchen Fan Light]
- Kitchen KPL button [#2 high] [#4 med] [#6 low] [#8 off] control both Livingroom AND Kitchen fans.
What are my options?
I don't need individual control of the fan speeds from the KPL's. If I ever needed to operate them individually I would do that from iTouch.
As always I appreciate your response.