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Release notes version 2.15.1 Mac

Software version and release date

Niko Home Control programming software version 2.15.1 Mac OS (64 bits). This software is used for programming a new Niko Home Control II installation or for adapting an existing 2.x installation.

Release date  

This upgrade is provided as an automatic upgrade of the programming software at start-up and can also be downloaded from the Niko website.

System requirements 

  • A minimum of 4 GB RAM is recommended
  • Compatible with Mac OS 10.13 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.

When should you use it?

Niko strongly recommends upgrading all Niko Home Control II installations to this version to guarantee the correct functioning of the installation. An upgrade is specifically recommended if the installation requires one of the following features or bug fixes:

New features

Compared to version 2.14.1:

  • Niko Home app:
    • Possibility to control your Renson installation via the Niko Home app and Digital black.
    • Renson devices can be added to the programming software, used in routines and assigned to the room of your choice
    • Tablet support: control your installation and receive calls from your external video unit on your tablet
  • Programming software:
    • Ability to disconnect the LED feedback from your control to visualise the status of another device
    • Ability to change the following settings of the external video unit (550-2200X): button sensitivity, speaker volume, tone volume, microphone sensitivity

  • Energy features:
    • Peak mode: keep your fuse from tripping in addition to lowering your energy bill by avoiding peak consumption.
      It temporarily switches off the selected devices when you've reached your monthly peak target value.
      Once you've reduced your peak power consumption, your devices will be turned on again
    • Energy monitoring: The historical energy data shown in the Niko Home app is now locally stored on the connected controller or smart hub instead of the cloud. Note that you can consult your daily energy data (daily view) over the last two months

  • Performance improvements:
    • Shorter upload time in the programming software and Niko Home app

Bug fixing

Compared to version 2.14.1:

  • General:
    • The heating contact in the Niko Home Control thermostat no longer switches excessively
    • The connected controller no longer reboots unexpectedly
    • Hobby API: viewing and renewing your token has been re-enabled

  • Programming software:
    • The time schedule name is no longer limited to the default name
    • Access control external video unit with two touch buttons (550-22002):
      - Touch profiles: The buttons no longer need to be activated simultaneously
      - The button names are no longer restricted to the default name
    • Fix for the upgrade issues experienced with some connected controllers
    • Possibility to add a 0.1 sec. delay time in a custom routine
    • Condition: Ability to change the notification type (informative, push) again
    • Fix for the issue when addressing the analogue external video unit (SO-596-01)
    • Fix for the unexpected error that occurred when uploading a control
    • The diagnostics page again correctly shows the programmed components and devices states on the bus history view

  • Niko Home app:
    • Fix for the issues with access control on Android 11
    • Possibility to add a 0.1 sec. delay time in a custom routine

  • Digital black: 
    • Fix for the problem where the Digital black appeared offline
    • Fix for the issue where the heating zone of the Digital black was permanently activated by another thermostat, which occurred after a reconfiguration via the Niko Home app while the Digital black was offline
    • The proximity sensor on the Digital black can be disabled correctly even when an (unremovable) object is permanently detected in front of the Digital black

    • Fix for the issue that occurred when filling in the street number on the registration page

  • Touchscreen: 
    • Fix for the connection issues between the touchscreen and connected controller

  • DALI:
    • Fix for the issue where not all DALI ballasts were found if both channels on the DALI-addressable module were used

  • API:
    • Fix for the pairing issue that occasionally occurred between Daikin products and Niko Home Control
    • Fix for the connection issue with Mitsubishi Melcoud, which initially had to be restored via

How do you install it?

If you are installing the software for the first time:

Download the software from the Niko website.

Unzip the file, you will receive 4 files:

  1. README.txt: this file contains the installation instructions
  2. dmg file:
    1. The installation of the programme 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 functionalities and bug fixes.
  3. and
    1. These files are required for the activation of each second-generation (550-20101) or third-generation (550-20102) touchscreen. You can recognize these touchscreens by the presence of a USB port at the bottom of the screen. Other touchscreens cannot be used in a Niko Home Control II installation.
    2. Do not unzip this file under any circumstances.
    3. Copy both zip files 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. The touchscreen will automatically recognize the correct zip file and start the upgrade.
    5. Later upgrades will be installed automatically. An active internet connection is required.

If you have installed a previous 2.x software:

  1. Make sure your computer has an active connection to the internet.
  2. Open the installed programming software on your computer. The software indicates that a new version is available. Confirm that you want to upgrade.
  3. If the programming software indicates an upgrade is available for the connected controller, please perform this upgrade.
  4. (If you haven't received this notification, it means your computer hasn't connected to your connected controller yet. Close the software and connect your computer to your connected controller. Open the programming software again. You will now see the upgrade for the connected controller and you can perform it).
  5. The software confirms your installation is up to date.
  6. If you have a touchscreen 550-20102, this touchscreen will also indicate that an upgrade is available. Follow the steps on the screen to download and install the upgrade. You only need an active internet connection (the upgrade no longer requires a USB-stick as with the first upgrade to Niko Home Control II). The touchscreen 550-20101 must be upgraded with the USB stick according to the procedure described above.

Warnings and known issues

  • Energy features for bus wiring installations with a measuring module (550-00801, 550-00803):
    • Make sure your current clamps are connected in the right way to get the right data in the Niko Home app. Consumption and production should have positive values. If this is not the case, please invert the production current clamp.
    • Historical energy data is not yet available in the Niko Home app. This data will be added in a following release. However, the historical data is not lost and will still be visible in the Niko Home Control II app.
  • Digital black:
  • Digital black 230V cannot be used as a thermostat. Only Digital black 24V in combination with a heating-cooling module or switching module (ref. 550-00103 or 550-00106) programmed for electrical heating supports this function.
  • Temperature calibration offset must be set in the app to align the measured temperature to the actual room temperature.
  • Linking the Digital black to your Wi-Fi network can fail on Netgear Orbi RBR50 routers. 
    Recent updates of Ubiquiti Unifi Wi-Fi Access Points may block the Wi-Fi onboarding of your Digital black. Disable the DPI settings on Unifi to onboard your Digital black.
  • The Digital black may occasionally enter a black screen state. Perform a power cycle or reset via the bottom reset pin to unblock your Digital black.
  • Minor UI issues in routines with intermediate states and text misalignments.
  • If you use wireless components in a Niko Home Control installation for bus wiring you can use exactly one Easywave interface per installation. Choose the USB RF interface (410-000999) or the Niko Home Control RF interface Easywave (550-00610).
  • Incomplete overview of possible feedback LED outcome on the smart hub's Wi-Fi configuration page.
  • In some exceptional cases, the connected dimmer for Niko Home Control (for traditional wiring) may go in error mode. Press the "MIN DIM LEVEL" button to solve the issue.
  • 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 similar installation. This can result in a new installation that does not work.
  • After each programming upload to the installation, you must log in again into the Niko Home Control app.
  • Log out of all mobile devices and touchscreens before changing your password on the registration website
  • Activate both mobile data and Wi-Fi on your mobile iOS devices and ensure that your battery has enough power. This is to ensure that you do not miss any calls from the external video unit. This problem could occur if the power save mode is activated.
  • 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 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.
  • Back up your programming regularly to avoid losing data.
  • It can take up to a minute in the address 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 energy data history will be lost when replacing the controller or an energy module.
  • Contact Niko customer services if you want to replace an HVAC interface in an existing installation.
  • Remove all assigned Velux or Reynaers players from a module if you want to change their position. Then reassign them to their new position on the module.
  • After (un)grouping audio speakers or implementing a speaker firmware update you will automatically log out of the app.
  • The diagnostics page does not show analogue sensor data.
  • The diagnostics page only shows the state of the first channel of a multi-channel module.
  • Wireless motion detector, Zigbee┬« does not allow sensitivity setting.
  • Wireless motion detector, Zigbee┬« does not allow switch-off delay value in absence detection (10s only).
  • In a very specific case, the touchscreen can get blocked in keyboard mode. Resetting the power solves the issue.

Useful information

  • This software is used for programming a  Niko Home Control II installation. The software is compatible with the connected controller and wireless smart hub and all products belonging to the Niko Home Control product range at the time of this release unless otherwise stated.
  • 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 Niko Home Control II 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.
  • 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.
  • Each installation must be registered on the Niko registration website  with the MAC address and the serial number of the connected controller or wireless smart hub. 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 touchscreens. In addition, you will need an active internet connection for both applications.
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