We tried to group some frequently asked questions about Home cent here. In this section mostly general questions are answered. For troubleshooting continue to the next section.
Which Home automation systems does Home center support?
Currently Home center works with Velbus.
More details in the system setup
Other supported home automation systems:
- Luxom: More information is available from your Luxom reseller
- Qbus: More information in the system setup for Qbus
How can I get Home center?
Contact your home automation dealer/installer. They should be able to provide a Home center server interface. Or you can purchase directly from us.
More details in the installation guide.
What hardware/software do I need to run Home center?
Of course you must have an operational home automation system.
You need the VMBHIS which runs all the core services of Home center.
The Home center client run on a Windows PC and is required for operation and configuring your Home center installation. It is available for download on the VMBHIS web page.
Home center for iPhone/iPad runs on iOS and needs to be downloaded from the Apple App Store on your iPhone/iPod touch/iPad.
Home center for Web runs in modern browsers.
The VMBHIS hosts the web interface for Android and other mobile/tablet devices.
More details in the installation guide.
Can I connect with my computer, iPhone, iPads, … at the same time to my home automation system?
Yes, with Home center you can make multiple connections at the same time to your home automation system. One central unit, the Home center server is connected to the home automation system. Home center clients (PC, touchscreen device, iPhone, iPad, Android device, …) connect to the Home center server over a TCP network (network cable or WiFi). These interfaces work simultaneously. Status changes are immediately visible on each connected device and each component can be operated.
Remark regarding Qbus domotica 2th generation:
The ETH02 only supports 1 simultaneous connection.
I want to do updates/changes to my modules in the bus, but Home center is blocking the connection. Do I have to stop Home center to do my updates?
Velbus: No, Home center can work as a gateway to your bus for VelbusLink. When opening the connection wizard, choose the option ‘Connect through Home center server’. You need at least VelbusLink v8.4.26 to do this. Check the VelbusLink page on the Velbus website for the latest version of VelbusLink.
Please note: Since Home center v2.2 you must logon to connect to Home center. This also applies for the connection made by VelbusLink. Make sure to provide a user/pass that has rights to do pass through. Users can be managed in the Home center management tool. (More information in the Home center user guide.)
Luxom: No, the configuration is done one TCP port 2300, Home center in regular usage mode uses port 2301. Be aware: when you are done configuring the modules, and you want the changes to be available in Home center, you must disconnect Plus Config. Because when doing ‘Read changes’, Home center will need port 2300.
Qbus (2th generation): No, Home center can work as a gateway to your bus for Qbus serial manager. In the Tools/Setup window, select the option to connect over TCP/IP. Click the ‘Properties’ button to locate the Home center server in your network. If Home center is not detected (due firewall/router blocking), fill in the IP address manually.
Qbus (3th generation): You can connect via TCP/IP to the ETH interface on the bus if Home center uses the USB interface. And visa versa, you can connect to the USB interface if Home center uses the ETH interface. No pass through function is available for Qbus 3th generation.
I have made new macro’s/added new modules/changed modules in my home automation system, but I don’t find them in Home center?
Home center doesn’t automatically detect the changes you make to the bus. You must instruct Home center to read the changes from the bus. To do this, in Home center client, go to ‘Settings’ / ‘Configuration and connection’. In ‘Controllers and devices’ click the ‘Read changes’ button. Home center will now scan the bus to find any changes.
If outputs/macro’s are renamed. The new names will be visible. New modules will be available in the edit zones window.
Can I make a remote connection (my office, public connection, 4G, …) to check/operate my home automation system?
Home center Windows Client and iPhone/iPad app: Make sure Home center is installed properly in your home network. Configure your router to allow a connection to the PC where Home center server is running on the used TCP port 8445.
You can use the Home center Windows client for instance from your office. In this case installation of the Home center is client is required on the remote computer. Please note: we strongly discourage to install Home center client on a public computer.
Home center web app (Android): Configure your router to allow a connection to the PC where Home center server is running on the used TCP port 8080 for HTTP and/or 8443 for HTTPS.
It is possible to modify the HTTP(S) port via de Home center web app / Settings / Configuration / Network. But only do this if really necessary and you know what you are doing. Remember that a port can only be used for one purpose. Eg. do not modify the HTTPS port to 8445!
Please note: The automatic connection detection doesn’t work from a remote location, you will have to fill in the IP address manually to open the connection.
How does the DDNS work?
When you connect to the internet, you optain an IP address from your internet provider (Telenet, Belgacom, …). To connect to your home over the internet (eg. your office), this is the address you need to enter in your webbrowser. However, most internet providers do not give you a fixed IP address. That means it can change over time. So you can not know for sure if you still have the same IP address. To solve this problem, you can make an account with a Dynamic DNS provider (Home center currently supports NO-IP and DDNS). You enter a unique name in your account so you can always reach your home by that name. Eg. myhome123456.dyndns.org. Each time your IP address changes, the DDNS service is notified and changes it settings. This way, your home address is always reachable and you are sure it is your home.
What more has to be done to connect to Home center through DDNS?
You have to configure your router to forward an incoming connection to Home center server in your home network.
- Note: Home center server must be reachable in the home network from your router. So your router must be in the same home network.
- Set up port forwarding in your router
- Communication protocol: TCP
- LAN IP = LAN IP of Home center
- LAN Port:
- 8445 for Windows client and iPad app
- 8080 for web application (Android) using HTTP or 8443 for using HTTPS. HTTPS is available as from v3.0.
- WAN Port: depends on your router if you can set this different from your LAN port.
There some peculiarities that you need to be aware of:
- Your internet provider may block certain ports to your home IP (often ports in the default range 0-1024). So check with your provider which port you can use.
- Also, some public ‘free WiFi’ locations block a lot of ports by default for outbound connections.
If you are unsure (going on holiday to a location with ‘free WiFi’), you may want to check upfront if you can use certain ports.
- Also for mobile data, check with your provider if you can connect to the ports.
My DDNS is not working!
Check the troubleshooting topic.
Can I configure Home center with my iPhone/iPad?
The configuration can only be done through the Home center client on Windows and the web interface. The changes you make will be loaded automatically when reopening the iPhone/iPad app.
Suddenly I can’t operate my Sonos any more through Home center/my home automation system!?
If a Sonos device was rebooted due to: power down, service update, network connection loss, … it is possible the connection got lost. Restart the Home center service via the web interface > Settings > Restart Home center service, and Sonos should be available again through Home center.