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The OpenWebNet protocol allows a "high-level" interaction between a remote unit and Bus SCS of MyHome domotic system. The latest protocol evolution has been improved to allow interaction with well-known home automation systems like KNX and DMX512-A system, by using appropriate gateways.
The OpenWebNet protocol is disclosed on MyOpen community.
The protocol is thought to be independent from the used technology. For example, it is possible to use a supervisor software connected via Ethernet, via serial RS-232 or via USB to a gateway that is directly connected to a domotic system.
Everyone can require protocol message extension. It is enough to propose your own RFC. It will be examined and disclosed if it respects OpenWebNet syntax.
An OpenWebNet message is structured with variable length fields separated by the special character '*' and closed by '##'.
The characters admitted in the fields are numbers and the character “#”.
The structure of a message is therefore:
- field1*field2*… *fieldN##
The following fields are admitted: WHO WHAT WHERE DIMENSION VALUE
It characterizes the domotic system function to which the OpenWebNet message is referred.
For example: WHO = 1, characterizes the messages for lighting system management.
It characterizes an action to do or a status to read. For every WHO (and therefore for every function) there is a specific WHAT table.
The field WHAT can also contain optional parameters: WHAT#PAR1#PAR2… #PARn.
Example of actions: switch ON light, dimmer to 75%, switch DOWN shutter, radio ON, etc. Example of status: light ON, active alarm, battery unload, etc.
It characterizes the set of objects to which the OpenWebNet message is referred. It can be a single object, a group of objects, a specific environment, the entire system, etc.
For every WHO (and therefore for every function) there is a specified WHERE table.
The tag WHERE can also contain optional parameters: WHERE#PAR1#PAR2… #PARn.
Example of where: all the lights of group 1, sensor 2 of zone 1 of alarm system, etc.
Is a range of value that characterizes the dimension of the object to which the message is referred. For every WHO (and therefore for every function) there is a specific DIMENSION table.
It’s possible to require/to read/to write the value of one dimension. Every dimension has a prefixed number of values, described in VALUE field.
Example of dimension: sensor temperature, loudspeaker volume, firmware version of a device, etc.
It characterizes the read/written value of a written/required/read dimension.
There are 4 types of OpenWebNet Message:
- Command / Status Message
- Status Request Message
- Request/Read/Write Dimension Message
- Acknowledge Message
Command / Status Message
Status Request Message
Request/Read/Write Dimension Message Request:
Acknowledge Message ACK:
It is possible to control three different kinds of buses:
The Ethernet gateway offers two modes of authentication:
- via a list of whitelisted IPAs
- using a nonce-type password exchange (see in the external links for code)
Gateway USB or RS232
The gateway is an interface that works as a translator between the OpenWebNet messages transmitted on USB or serial and the SCS messages transmitted on the SCS bus.
|6||Door Entry System|
|7||Video Door Entry System/multimedia|
|14||Light+shutters actuators lock|
|15||CEN/Scenario Scheduler, switch|
|25||CEN/Scenario Scheduler, buttons|
|1004||Thermoregulation diagnostic failures|
|WHERE value||Lighting Function|
|11÷99||Light point 11÷99|
OpenWebNet message examples
Switch Off of light 77
WHO = 1 WHAT = 0 WHERE = 77
Scenario 1 of scenario unit 23 activated.
WHO = 0 WHAT = 1 WHERE = 23
Request status message
Status request of probe 1
WHO = 4 WHERE = 1
Request Dimension Message
Request of Temperature Measured, probe 44
WHO = 4 WHERE = 44 DIMENSION = 0
Read Dimension Message
Temperature Measured, probe 44
WHO = 4 WHERE = 44 DIMENSION = 0 VALUE1 = 0251 (T=+25,1 °C) VALUE2 = 2 (System in "cooling mode")
Write Dimension Message
Volume set at 50%, environment 2
WHO = #16 WHAT = #2 WHERE = #1 DIMENSION = 1 VALUE1 = 16
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