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:
- On your smartphone check the Wi-Fi 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
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 setup||Wi-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.
|Cisco||Cisco Linksys E4200|
|Linksys||Velop tri-band multiroom Wi-Fi|
|Telenet||CH7465LG-TN + Telenet Access Point|
|Telenet||Wireless modem 3.0 (DOCSIS)|
|TP-Link||Deco M9 Plus Smarthome Multiroom|
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.
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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