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Software version and release date

Niko Home Control programming software preview, version 2.0.1 for Mac OS (64 bit).  This software is used for programming a new Niko Home Control installation.

Releasedatum: 14/11/2017

System requirements 

  • A min. of 4 GB RAM is recommended
    • Compatible with Mac OS 10.10 or a more recent version
    • Minimum screen resolution: 1366 x 768. The programming software will give a warning message when it is opened on a lower resolution screen.

Features

The programming software design and logic have been made even more clear and user friendly. From now on, both the installer and the end user will use the same tool: the installer to program the installation and the end user to make changes. This way, we offer smarter solutions that require less programming.

Each installation must be registered on the Niko registration website https://mynikohomecontrol.niko.eu with the MAC address and the serial number of the connected controller. You will need the e-mail address and password used when registering to control the installation with mobile devices and to retrieve energy data on touch screens. In addition, you will need an active internet connection for both applications.

In order to program the connected controller with this software, it must be upgraded first. As soon as the computer is connected with a Niko Home Control installation, the programming software will prompt to upgrade the connected controller. Only upgrade new Niko Home Control installations. The conversion of existing Niko Home Control installations is final and is not yet supported by this release. The remaining Niko Home Control modules will only be upgraded after the programming has been completely finalised and uploaded to the installation. A separate upgrade is needed for touchscreen 550-20102 with a USB stick (see “Operating instructions” below).

Operating instructions

Unzip the file NikoProgramInstallerMAC-v2.0.1.zip. You will receive three files:

  1. README.txt: this file contains the installation instructions
  2. NHC-2.0.1467-release.dmg:
    1. The installation of the program will start as soon as you open this file (follow the steps on the screen)
    2. If your PC is connected to the internet, the software will suggest a download of a more recent version, if available. We recommend always using the latest version, since it will contain the latest functionality and bug fixes.
  3. NikoTouch3OS-v4.0.1.4580.zip:
    1. This file is required for the activation of each third generation touchscreen (550-20102). You can recognise this touchscreen by the led in the right upper corner.
    2. Under no circumstances unzip this file!
    3. Copy the zip file to an empty FAT32 formatted USB stick.
    4. Plug the USB stick in the USB port at the bottom of the touchscreen and follow the instructions on the screen.
    5. Later upgrades will be installed automatically. An active internet connection is required.

When to use

This software is used for programming a new Niko Home Control installation. The software is compatible with the connected controller and all products belonging to the Niko Home Control product range at the time of this release, unless otherwise stated.

Niko Home Control installations which were programmed with Niko Home Control programming software version 1.x do not need to be adjusted or upgraded. The 1.x software and apps will continue to be supported and will remain available for the programming and maintenance of existing installations. The conversion of these installations is not yet supported but will be offered in a later release. From then on, the programming software will be able to read and convert existing .nhcp programmings.

Warnings and known issues

  • Create a new programming file for every new installation. We do not recommend reusing a programming file which has previously been addressed and uploaded to another installation. This can result in a new installation that doesn't work.
  • Make sure each touchscreen profile has a password.
  • Log into the Niko Home Control app after each programming upload to the installation.
  • Log out of all mobile devices and touchscreens before changing your password on the registration website https://mynikohomecontrol.niko.eu, otherwise all devices will give an error message.
  • Always activate both mobile data and WiFi on your mobile iOS devices. It is also a good idea to ensure that your battery has enough power so you don't miss any calls from the external video unit.  This could occur if the power save mode is activated.
  • Frequently check whether the touchscreen has received any automatic upgrades by touching the screen. If the touchscreen detects an upgrade, a pop-up message will appear. While this message is displayed on the screen, the touchscreen will not receive any incoming calls from the external video unit.

  • It can take up to 15 minutes before all touchscreens or mobile devices have reconnected with the installation after an upload, reboot of the installation or a power failure (even if the device gives another status). The correct functioning of these devices can only be guaranteed after the waiting time has elapsed.
  • Uploading and upgrading can be done both with a wired and wireless connection between the pc and the installation. However, we strongly recommend using the wired connection as it is more stable and safer.
  • It can take up to a minute in the addressing tab before an external video unit is detected.
  • Lighting circuits used in actions which are controlled by a motion detector, may not be used in other actions. This can result in undesired behaviour.
  • The behaviour of the feedback LED of the Niko Home Control push buttons is always predefined and cannot be freely programmed.
  • The energy data history will be lost when replacing the controller or an energy module.
  • This release does not support the Niko Home Control app for iPad.

  • If your installation is only connected to the internet after the configuration was uploaded to the connected controller, you will have to restart the connected controller.


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