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Wi-Fi signal

Digital black is an IP device and communicates with your Niko Home Control installation via Wi-Fi 2.4 GHz bgn (HT20). Make sure your Wi-Fi router supports this version.

Provide a Wi-Fi 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 Wi-Fi access point nearby. Preferably minimum one Wi-Fi access point at each floor.

Wi-Fi signal strength

To check the Wi-Fi signal strength of your wireless home network do one of the following:

Excellent

> -50 dBm

Good

-50 to -60 dBm

Fair

-60 to -70 dBm

Weak

< -70 dBm

Wi-Fi 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, 24 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 Wi-Fi network you have to onboard the Digital black again.

If you re-named your SSID by mistake but did not change the Wi-Fi 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 setupWi-Fi setup

Wi-Fi router and repeater compatibility

Wi-Fi technology is a widespread standard with a large installed range of products supporting various old and recent implementations of this Wi-Fi standard. Therefore it is never 100% guaranteed that your Wi-Fi router allows the Digital black to onboard. Niko has performed a large number of tests with the most common available Wi-Fi 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.

Compatible routers

BrandType
AsusRT-N16
Belgacom
CiscoCisco Linksys E4200
D-LinkDIR-850L
D-LinkDIR-615
LinksysVelop tri-band multiroom Wi-Fi
MotorolaSBV5121E
NetgearOrbi SRK60
OrangeSiligence TCG300
ScarletB-box 3V+
TelenetCH7465LG-TN + Telenet Access Point
TelenetWireless modem 3.0 (DOCSIS)
TeltonikaRUT-950
TP-Linktl-wr940n
TP-LinkDeco M9 Plus Smarthome Multiroom
TP-LinkArcher C2300
TP-LinkArcher AX50
TP-LinkArcher C60
TP-LinkDeco M5
TP-LinkC2600
UbiquitiAP-LR

Incompatible routers

BrandType
NetgearORBI RBR50v2

Note: Certain internet routers or Wi-Fi access points may become incompatible after a software maintenance or update.
This is usually caused by additional features that were (re-)enabled.
Verify your router or access point’s (advanced) settings to deactivate these features on the local network connected to your Digital black.

Corrective measures in case of repeater incompatibility

When onboarding the Digital black, check if any Wi-Fi repeaters or amplifiers are present in the installation. If so, disconnect them.
Place the Digital black within direct range of your internet router or connected Wi-Fi access point to restart the onboarding process.
Once the onboarding has been successfully completed, the Wi-Fi repeaters or amplifiers and the Digital black can be reinstated to their initial location.
The Digital black will continue to work properly.

Configuration example

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:




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