Digital black is an IP device and communicates with your Niko Home Control installation via WiFi 2.4 GHz bgn (HT20). Make sure your wifi router supports this version.
Provide a WiFi network with good signal strength at the location of your Digital black. Otherwise, your Digital black is not able to control your Niko Home Control actions and routines properly.
Niko recommends preparing sufficient cabled network resources to connect a WiFi access point nearby. Preferably minimum one WiFi access point at each floor.
WiFi signal strength
To check the WiFi signal strength of your wireless home network do one of the following:
- On your smartphone check the WiFi symbol on top of your screen. Make sure you are connected to the same wireless network as your Niko Home Control installation in 2.4 GHz mode.
- On your Digital black, tap three times on the upper right pixel of the visible display area. You find the signal strength at the bottom of the screen. See Maintenance and troubleshooting the Digital black > Digital black software version, network information and signal strength.
> -50 dBm
-50 to -60 dBm
-60 to -70 dBm
< -70 dBm
WiFi signal range
The operation of devices with a remote control, such as a TV or video and audio devices, is not disrupted by the Digital black, 230 V. The range of the Digital black depends on the materials used in the residence.
Password or SSID name change
If you change the password or SSID name of your WiFi network you have to onboard the Digital black again.
If you re-named your SSID by mistake but did not change the WiFi password, you can change back the original name and the Digital black will automatically reconnect.
Minimum network setup for bus wiring
Minimum network setup for traditional wiring
|UTP setup||WiFi setup|
WiFi router compatibility
WiFi technology is a widespread standard with a large installed range of products supporting various old and recent implementations of this WiFi standard. Therefore it is never 100% guaranteed that your WiFi router allows the Digital black to onboard. Niko has performed a large number of tests with the most common available WiFi routers.
The tables below show a non-exhaustive list of compatible and incompatible routers. Niko advises choosing one of the compatible routers. And obviously, avoid the use of routers mentioned in the incompatible router's list.
If a router is not mentioned here it doesn't mean it is incompatible. Most of them will be, but Niko hasn't tested them yet.
Please contact Niko customer service when your router does not allow the Digital black to onboard and when the router is not in our incompatible routers list.
|Cisco||Cisco Linksys E4200|
|Linksys||Velop tri-band multiroom Wifi|
|Telenet||CH7465LG-TN + Telenet Access Point|
|Telenet||Wireless modem 3.0 (DOCSIS)|
|TP-Link||Deco M9 Plus Smarthome Multiroom|
In the case of signal strength problems, you can extend your network with additional routers configured as access points (AP).
All Niko Home Control IP devices must be in the same IP subnet (e.g. 192.168.0.xxx) to guarantee communication.
You can watch the tutorial here: