Installing the Larnitech Application

1. For iOS devices (version 8.0 and higher):

Go to the AppStore and enter “Larnitech” into the search box. Select the “LarniTech” application as in the screenshot on the left and click GET:

2. For Android devices (version 4.0 and higher):

Go to the Play Market (Play Store); enter “Larnitech” into the search box. Select the “Larnitech” application and click INSTALL.

Connecting the Application to the System

To connect the application to the Larnitech Smart Home system, make sure that the power cable and Ethernet are connected to the DE-MG or Metaforsa module. Connect to the same local network as the module. Open the application and you will see a screen with a list of available servers. Select your server (left screenshot). The selected server will move to the Current Server row. Click the Next button (right screenshot).

When you first start, the access code (Access Key) used by default is 000000000000000. Further, you can use Web Toolbar of the Smart Home system administration (LT Setup) in order to change it.

If you want to set up a remote or cloud connection method, see Setting Up a Connection Method.

If you choose Demo when you first log in, then the application will connect to the demo server. To return to the server selection menu, enter the menu (the button in the upper right corner) and select Settings.

Managing the Items

In the Larnitech application, you can control the items, view the sensor readings, view the camera image, use consoles, and use many other functions. The items are grouped into sections according to their functionality; you can use the top panel to switch between the sections.

Actuators

The Actuators panel includes such items as lighting, doors, gates, jalousie, etc. Consider how to manage each actuator in more detail.

Switching the lamp on and off is done by a single click on the item.

Using this item, you can open the lock. The lock is opened by a single click on the time interval specified in the system.

Opening and closing valves occurs by a single click on the item. Leak sensors can be attached to the valves – then they will automatically close when a leakage is detected (see Edit Items -> Auto -> Valve Automation)

The Script item performs the specified set of actions. You will start it by a single click on the item. You can create a Script via the toolbar of the Smart Home system administration (LT Setup).

The Light-scheme item allows you to turn on and off multiple items at once. It is turned on and off by a single click.

The following pictograms that indicate customized automation or emergency mode may be located next to the item’s icons:

– the orange letter “A” in the right upper corner indicates activated automation mode;

– the gray letter “A” in the right upper corner indicates a temporarily inactive automation setting.

– the alarm clock in the right upper corner of the screen indicates the active schedule;

– the emergency mode: the protection has triggered on the module, it is impossible to use the items.

A long press on the item’s icon will allow you to view the history (see History).

Dimmer

A Dimmer is a lamp with adjustable brightness. It is turned on and off by a single click. To change the brightness, double-click on the item. A slider will appear which can be used to set the desired brightness (see the screenshot below).

You can also change the brightness by dragging the blue scale along the contour of the item’s icon:

The dimmer can optionally have a color temperature and/or white balance adjustment. In the screenshots below, dimmers have these adjustments separately and together.

RGB

The RGB backlight can change the brightness and color. It turns on and off by a single click. If you want to change the color and brightness of the backlight, double click on the item. A palette will appear on the screen (see screenshot below). You can use the large round palette to select the desired shade. The horizontal slider below it allows you to set the desired brightness. The bottom panel provides the primary colors for quick switching.

Like a dimmer, the RGB backlight can have additional adjustment of the color temperature and white balance:

Jalousie

In the Larnitech application you can close, open and stop the jalousie. The pictogram of the item displays the current state of the jalousies – fully open, in the middle position, fully closed (see the screenshot above).

If single pole jalousies are connected, then the icon will always display the middle position regardless of the jalousie position.
Click on the item to open available functions. The button with a closed lock closes the jalousie; the button with an open lock opens the jalousie.

After selecting the function, the jalousies will start to open or close, the corresponding animation will be enabled on the button. At any time you can stop closing or opening using the button located in the upper section of the item (see the screenshot below).

Gate

To close or open the gate, click on the button of the item and select the desired function to the left or right of the button: clicking on the open lock icon will open the gate, and clicking on the closed lock icon will close the gate.

If single pole gate is connected, then the icon will always display the middle position regardless of the gate position.
You can stop the process of opening or closing in appropriate time using the button in the upper sector of the item.

Sensors

In the section of sensors you can track the actual indications of existed sensors, find out the status of doors, etc. Long press on the sensor icon allows you to view its history (see History)

The screenshot above shows from left to right working motion, illumination, temperature and humidity sensors.

Motion sensor (Motion). It measures the motion level percentage. The motion level depends on the motion intensity and the size of the object – this allows you to filter the motion of pets.

Illumination sensor (Illumination). It measures the illumination level in relative units (from 0% to 100%).

Temperature sensor (Temperature). It measures the temperature in degrees Celsius. The range of the scale around the icon can be adjusted in the settings (see http://wiki.larnitech.com/documentation/xml/sensors/, scale).

Humidity sensor (Humidity). It measures the relative humidity.

This screenshot shows the doors – closed and open.

The leak sensor can indicate that the leakage is detected. The left screenshot above shows the sensor in its normal state – there is no leakage. The right screenshot shows the sensor indicating the leakage detected.

After eliminating the leakage, you need to reset the sensor in order to return it to its normal state. To do this, double-click the sensor button; in the menu that appears, click Reset.

If necessary, you can ignore the alarms received from the sensor. Double-click on it and select Ignore for and the desired period of ignoring. By pressing Ignore always, you will completely disable the alarm received from the sensor.

Until the sensor is not reset or ignored, you cannot open the water valve bound to it.

Climate

This section allows you to control radiators, air conditioners and fans installed in the room.

Ventilation

The ventilation control is carried out using the following interface (in the screenshot, the ventilation is turned off):

  1. – turning the ventilation on and off.
  2. – increasing the temperature.
  3. – decreasing the temperature.
  4. – increasing the air flow strength.
  5. – decreasing the air flow strength.

When setting the minimum level of the air flow strength, the automatic adjustment is enabled (it is enabled in the screenshot above).
The ventilation is turned on:

Radiators

The radiator control is carried out using the following panel.

  1. The button for decreasing the temperature.
  2. The button for increasing the temperature.
  3. The temperature setting for the radiator.
  4. The temperature received from the bound sensor.
  5. Status: in the heating mode the button is highlighted in orange; in the inactive mode it is highlighted in gray.
  6. Active option of heating mode (see Heating Modes).
  7. Item name.

The + and – buttons can be used to set the desired temperature. Below this temperature the radiator will be turned on. In our case, the radiator is configured to a temperature of 26 degrees. If the room is colder, it will be turned on and start to heat the air. When the room temperature is 33.9 degrees, the radiator will be turned off.

If a particular temperature is specified in the settings for the current time period, then you can use the + and – buttons to change it for the current period.

In the screenshot above, we have configured the radiator for a temperature higher than the temperature in the room. As a result, it has been turned on and started to heat the room.

If no temperature sensors are bound to the radiator, then no measured temperature will be displayed.

The active heating mode is indicated in the upper left corner. It can be set in the Heating mode menu, and you can create and configure them in the edit menu (see Edit Items -> Edit Radiators). There are also manual control (Manual) mode and always off (Always off) mode. In manual control mode, you can turn on and off the radiator yourselves. In Always off mode, the radiator will always be off.

Air conditioner

The air conditioner control is carried out using the following item (in the screenshot below it is turned off).

  1. turning the air conditioner on and off.
  2. decreasing the temperature.
  3. increasing the temperature.
  4. adjusting the air flow intensity.
  5. selecting the mode of operation.
  6. vertical shutter control.
  7. horizontal shutter control.
  8. item name.

In the screenshot above, the air conditioner is configured for a temperature of 24 degrees in the heating mode at full fan power.

Cameras

The camera menu allows you to view images from cameras connected to the system. You can start and stop the broadcast by a single click on the image.

Double click on the image will open the full screen mode. If the camera supports appropriate functions, the control panel will be displayed, which you can use to control the camera position.

The panel contains the following buttons:

  1. joystick for the camera movement and buttons for zoom in and out (“+” and “-“) on the sides;
  2. buttons for position preset (if supported by the camera): set the desired camera position, than press and hold one of the four keys (P1, P2, P3, or P4); subsequently you can quickly switch to this position by pressing the corresponding button;
  3. sound on/off button (if supported by the camera);
  4. exit button.

You can fix the image from the camera in order to go to other pages of the application and watch the image from the camera. To do this, press and hold the camera screen by your finger until an additional panel appears at the bottom of the screen (see the screenshot below).

This panel will also be available in other application menus, and the broadcast will continue. You can also fix multiple cameras.

To close the panel, press and hold the additional screen until the panel disappears.

Multiroom

You can use this tab to control media points in the rooms: turn on and off music, adjust the volume, download playlists and much more.

– Play button: a single click starts or pause the music; double click acts as the Stop button, and stops the music completely.

– Shuffle button: when it is activated, tracks are played in random order.


– Repeat button in different modes repeats the entire playlist (upper screenshot) or the current track (lower screenshot). When the track is repeated, the Shuffle mode is automatically turned off.

– go to the previous track.

– go to the next track.

– decrease the volume level.

– increase the volume level.

– sound off and on.

You can control the sound volume not only using the buttons on the screen, but also using the volume buttons on your smartphone or tablet. Also, you can click on the round field around the Play button to set the desired volume.

Control tab


This tab displays the control panel and the current playlist.

Playlist tab

When the Playlist tab is active, an additional panel appears above the track list (above the red line in the screenshot above). The panel contains the following buttons (from left to right):

– add music – when pressed, it allows you to select the source of media files (media point, NAS, etc.); go to it and add tracks;

– download playlist – it allows you to load a previously saved playlist;

– save playlist – it saves the current playlist (the playlist is saved in the memory of your device; the playlist will not be available to other users on other devices);

– select all tracks;

– invert selection – it removes selection from the selected tracks and adds it to the rest tracks;

– delete – it deletes the selected tracks.

In addition, each track can be selected and moved to the desired place. Tick the boxes next to the tracks you want to move and drag them up or down the playlist.

Tools tab

The Tools tab contains various tools:

Notify – it allows you to select one or more media points, record a message and play it on the selected media points.

1. Tick the box (marked 1) to select the media point.

2. Click Start broadcasting (the button marked 2). A message recording will start, the Stop broadcasting inscription will appear on the button. Click on it to stop recording.

3. The selected media point will play the recorded message. The button marked 2 will have the Cancel broadcasting inscription. Click on it to cancel the message broadcasting. The slider marked 3 in the screenshot can be used to change the volume.

Sync Playing – it allows you to synchronize several media points connected to the Smart Home system.

In the left part of the list you can select one media point, which will be a master used by other media points to achieve their synchronization. In the right part, you must to select the media points that will be synchronized.

To confirm the selection, click Apply at the bottom of the window. After synchronization, the selected media points will play the same playlist as the original media point.

You can control the master in order to control the playback of all synchronized media points.

Move Playing – it allows you to transfer the playlist and the current playback position.

In the left part of the screen you need to select the media point which the current playback will be transferred from. In the right part, you need to select the media points which the playback will be transferred to.

To transfer, click Move. A dialog box appears with the Stop playing source option. If you want to stop the playback at the starting point, tick the box; if you want the playback to continue, do not tick the box. After transferring, the media points will work independently.

Copy Playlist – it allows you to copy a playlist from one media point to another.

In the left part of the window you need to select the media point whose playlist will be copied. In the right part of the window you need to select the media points which the playlist will be copied to. After selecting, click Copy. A dialog box appears with the options Stop playing source (stop playing on the original media point) and Start playing destinations (start playing on the media points which the playlist is copied to). Tick the boxes next to desired options and click on the appropriate button to confirm the selection.

Select Source – it allows you to select a playback source.

The appeared window provides the list of connected devices. The active playback source is highlighted in orange.

You can choose the source among the devices connected to the FE-MP media point (SPDIF, Bluetooth, USB-analog-to-digital-converter etc).

Click on it to change the playback source.

Select Destinations – it allows you to select the audio output on the media point.

The appeared window provides the available audio outputs. The active audio output is highlighted in orange.

You can choose the audio output among the devices connected to the FE-MP media point (SPDIF, Bluetooth, and USB-analog-to-digital-converter etc).

Click on it to change the audio output.

Turn off Parameters – it allows you to customize the playback stop for a specified number of minutes or tracks.

  1. It displays how many tracks or minutes are left before the playback stop.
  2. The Reset to button resets the countdown to the preset parameters.
  3. The choice of countdown units – Minutes or Tracks.
  4. The slider allows you to set the number of minutes (from 1 to 1440) or tracks (from 1 to 100) until the stoppage.
  5. Use the + and – buttons to set the number of minutes or tracks until the stoppage. Use 3, 4 and 5 buttons to adjust the mode parameters, and press Reset to (marked 2) to start the countdown.

Devices tab

This tab allows selecting which media point will be used to control

Equalizer tab

11-band equalizer – set the desired position of each band by clicking or dragging it. The buttons at the bottom of the screen are used to select presetting for different styles of music.

Color Music Tab

Color music panel. If you have bound an RGB backlight to the media point (see Edit Items -> Edit Multiroom -> Color Music), you can adjust the color music. The Level slider sets the intensity level of LEDs, the Speed slider sets the speed of flicker. The R, G and B sliders can be used to set the frequency of occurrence for red, green and blue color, respectively.

The On/Off switch turns the color music on and off, and the Mono/Stereo switch toggles the mono and stereo modes.  

Remote controls

In the remote control panel you can control various devices through the Larnitech application. The buttons on the panel correspond to the buttons on the TV remote control. The panel provides an access to all main functions: turning the TV on and off, changing the volume, switching channels, the settings menu, etc.

You can have multiple remote controls, and then the tabs will appear on the screen for selecting the desired remote control.

Intercom

Using the Larnitech application, you can receive calls from the Intercom and connect to it yourself in order to view the image from the camera and open the door.

To connect to the Intercom, click the Intercom button in the main menu.

In the window that appears, you will see the screen broadcasting the image from the camera, and the Intercom control buttons.

  1. Speaker/Headset – you can use this button to select which speaker will be used to receive the signal from the Intercom: the headset or loudspeaker (available only on Android phones).
  2. Talk – you can use this button to turn on the microphone and talk via the Intercom. During a conversation, you will have an access to the button for selecting a speaker (Speaker/Headset), the button for opening the door (Open – only displayed if the lock is bound to an Intercom) and the button for the call termination (Finish).
  3. Open – you can use this button to open the door if the lock is bound to an Intercom.
  4. Cancel – exit.

Click on the screen to can start or stop the broadcasting.

If the Intercom receives a call, the application automatically opens the following window (the screenshot on the left). To answer, click on Answer.

If you miss an Intercom call, you will receive a corresponding message in the Messages menu (see Messages). You can specify in settings when you will receive notifications of missed calls via the Intercom (see Settings -> Messages).

If you want to adjust the speaker volume during Intercom calls, enter the main menu and click Edit mode, and then click Intercom in the main menu to enter the Intercom. A volume bar will appear at the bottom of the screen, and you can use it to set the desired volume. You can also change the volume using the volume control buttons of your phone or tablet.


History

The Intercom can record call history. To do this, the corresponding setting in LT Setup must be activated. If the function is active, the Records history button will be available in the upper right corner of the screen in the Intercom menu.

In the window that appears, you can view a video record of each call made via the Intercom. In the left upper corner there is a button which can be used to select the size of the icons in the menu (marked 1) and the video upload button (only for Android OS users, marked 2). If you click on the arrow in the right upper corner of the screen (marked 3), you can select records for a certain month stored in the corresponding folder.

When you click on the recorded video, the player will be run, and the selected video will start playing.

At the top of the window the video duration bar is located; and in the right upper corner the Close button is located, which closes the window.

At the bottom of the window there are the volume bar and playback control buttons (start/stop, previous video, next video).

Messages

You can use the Messages menu to view the messages that come from the Intercom, sensors and scripts. To open messages, enter the menu and click on Messages.

On the top panel you can select the type of messages you want to view:

  • Info – informational messages. They are created using scripts.
  • Intercom – messages from the Intercom about missed calls.
  • Important – important messages. They are created using scripts.
  • Critical — critical messages, for example, a leak message from the corresponding sensor.

By clicking on the icons, you can turn on or off the display of relevant messages. The application displays messages from the earliest to the later; the number of messages on the page depends on the screen resolution. The arrows in the left upper corner can be used for scrolling. The time indicated next to each message is the time it was sent.

Heating Modes

The Heating mode menu allows you to turn on the desired heating mode for all radiators in a selected room or the whole house.

When you click Heating mode, the menu appears where you can select the mode. Read more about heating mode settings in the section Edit Items -> Edit Radiators -> Auto.

In the Apply to menu you can choose where the mode will be applied: in the current room or everywhere.

By default, the Manual, Always off, Eco, Comfort, and Hot modes are available. To activate the desired mode, click on it. In the screenshot, we have activated the Hot mode.

Activating the Manual mode will cause the radiator to work in manual mode, it can be turned on or off from the application. It will not display the temperature received from bound sensors. In the screenshot below, we have switched the radiators to the Manual mode, turned on the first one, and turned off the second one.

The Always off mode completely turns off all radiators in the room or the whole house (depending on where it was used). They cannot be turned on manually while the Always off mode is active.

Additional modes that were added for one of the radiators will be available in the general menu as well, but the specified parameters will be applied only for those radiators for which they were tuned – the others will be set to a temperature of 21 degrees.

For example, we have used Edit mode to create an additional mode named My Mode on Radiator 1 and set its temperature to 28 degrees. The mode appeared in the general menu (left screenshot), but when it is turned on, this specified temperature is set only for Radiator 1, and the default temperature of 21 degrees is set for others (right screenshot).

Favorites

In the Larnitech application, you can add items to your Favorites to have quick access to them later. To do this, enter the menu and click on Edit mode. After that, press and hold the button of the item you want to add to your Favorites. The edit menu appears, go to the General tab.

Click on Favorite in to open a list with your rooms and the Global item. Select the room in which Favorites the item will be recorded.

If you select Global, your item will be available in the general Favorites panel in the application. You can add an item to Favorites of any number of rooms and to Global at the same time.

To select, tick the desired options, then click the tick mark in the right upper corner of the screen, and the changes will be saved.

In the example to the right, we have added a dimmer to the general Favorites and to the kitchen Favorites.

An additional tab in the form of an asterisk will appear in the rooms to which Favorites the items have been added. It is the tab where added items will be available. Their design may differ slightly from the main design in order to save space and provide convenient control. In the example below, we have marked a new tab in our kitchen with an arrow. Please note, that the dimmer view is changed. In the Favorites tab, the design of all items is somewhat simplified.

General Favorites

General Favorites is a section that you can run from any room. To enter it, you need to open the main menu and click the Favorites button. It can contain items from any room in the house.

Edit Favorites

You can change the size and position of items, and create additional pages in Favorites.

To move an item, click on any point of the item and hold until it starts to pulsate. After that you can drag the item to the desired place. If there is not enough space on the screen, you can drag it to the side, down or up to create additional pages.

To change the size of the item, press on its lower right corner and hold until the item starts to pulsate. After that, do not release your finger, and drag the corner to the center of the item to decrease its size or from the center to increase its size. If you hold and drag a corner, and the item moves, it means that you do not hit the vertex of the corner. You can activate Edit mode – in the edit mode the corner mark is highlighted.

In the example, we have added a dimmer, an RGB backlight, a music player, and a radiator to the Favorites (the screenshot on the left). To arrange the items more convenient, we have changed their sizes and put them in one line (the screenshot on the right).

Remove from Favorites

To remove an item from Favorites, enter the menu and click Edit Mode. When the edit mode is active, a bin icon appears in the tabs of the Favorites (the left screenshot). Drag the item you want to remove onto it and confirm your choice in the dialog box that appears by clicking the tick mark. Another way to remove from Favorites is through the element edit menu (the right screenshot). Remove the tick marks in the Favorite in menu and save the changes by clicking the tick mark in the right upper corner.

History

In the Larnitech application, you can view the history of changes in the states of an item, sensor readings, etc. The history is available for actuators, sensors, radiators, ventilation and air conditioners. To view the history, press and hold the item button – a graph appears at the bottom of the screen. In the left screenshot, we see the history of the dimmer states over the last hour.

The vertical axis of the graph displays the main parameter of the actuator or sensor (in this case, brightness), and the horizontal axis displays the time interval.

In those items which have only two states (on/off, open/close, etc.), the graph displays the “on” and “open” states as 100% on the graph, and “off” and “closed” as 0%. In the screenshot below, we look at the history of lamp states over the last hour.

If during some period of time the lamp was in both states, its value is averaged and displayed as percentage depending on the time it was in the on and off state. In such a case, the values are limited by the range of 10% to 90% (that is, if the lamp was turned on less than 10% of the whole time, the level of 10% will be displayed).

In the screenshot on the left, we review the history of the radiator for the day. The blue curve represents the air temperature readings received from the sensor. The green curve represents the temperature level set on the radiator. Red highlighted are the periods when the radiator was turned on and worked.

Configuring the history

The menu above the graph contains history control buttons.

  1. the menu used to select the period for which the history of readings will be displayed: minute, hour, day, week, month, and year.
  2. reset button – the graph moves back to the current time if it has been previously shifted (Reset);
  3. the button used to enable automatic scaling (Scale);
  4. close the history.

Configuring the Smart Home System

Adding Rooms

After binding the Smart Home system, you will see the following screen (the screenshot on the left). It displays items that are already connected to the system.

To add rooms to your home, open the menu (the button in the right upper corner), and click the Setup button.

In the window that appears, click on the plus and enter the name in the corresponding field on the left. In the screenshot we add the following rooms: “Kitchen”, “Bedroom”, and “Hall”. When you complete adding rooms, click on the tick mark in the right upper corner of the screen. To exit without changes, click on the arrow in the right upper corner of the screen.

Now you can switch between existing rooms. To do this, go to the main screen and click the button in the left upper corner of the screen. The menu opens with a list of rooms – to select the desired room, click on it.

In the last screenshot, we have chosen the kitchen. The screen is empty because no items have been added yet.

Adding floors

If your house has several floors, you can group the rooms by the floors. To do this, enter the Setup menu item. Similar to the previous examples, add rooms and name them “Floor 1”, “Floor 2”, etc., depending on the number of floors.

After that, add all the rooms in the home.

To group the rooms by floors, press and hold the desired room, drag it to the desired floor and release. If you need to remove the room from the floor, press and hold it, drag it to the very top row and release. Grouping by floors makes it easier to navigate the rooms of the home, and create a clear logical structure of the rooms.

Adding Items to Rooms

To add items, enter the menu (right upper corner of the screen) and click the Setup button. In the window that appears, you will see the list of rooms and the Setup item – select it. All items of your home will appear on the screen.

Press and hold the desired item and drag it onto the name of the desired room. We have chosen Dimmer, Lamp and Radiator. Now, after clicking on the Kitchen in the Setup menu, we see the added items.

In this way, you can drag the required items around the rooms. Upon completion, click the tick mark in the right upper corner.

Now the items are displayed on the main screen and available for control.

Create Light Scheme

A light scheme is a combination of lighting items switched to a certain state. To create light schemes, you need to activate the edit mode: enter the application menu and click Edit mode (the left screenshot). After the edit mode activation, the Create light-scheme button will appear in the menu (the right screenshot) – click it to create a light scheme.

The edit panel appears.

In the General tab you can:

  • specify the name of the light scheme in the Name box;
  • activate voice control by ticking the box next to Voice Control and entering the name in the box below;
  • select the room in which the light scheme will be located in the Area box;
  • add to Favorites using the Favorite in menu;
  • set the desired icon using the Select image menu.

All items that can be used in the light scheme will be available in the State tab. Initially, there are no items in the scheme (the screenshot on the left). To add actuators to the scheme, press and hold the desired item until it is transferred to the top window and its name is highlighted in green (the screenshot on the right). For example, we have added the RGB backlight, the dimmer, the lamp and the jalousie to the light scheme. After changing the room with the button in the left upper corner, you can add items from other rooms too.

After the items are added to the scheme, you need to select their parameters: set the brightness of the dimmer, the position of jalousie, the color and the brightness of the RGB backlight.

You can use the Type menu to select one of 4 types of the light scheme:

  1. Scheme – the scheme will be represented as an actuator which can be turned on and off. When you turn the scheme, all items that are used in the scheme will be enabled and configured to the specified parameters. When you turn off the scheme, all used items will be turned off.
  2. Scene – the scheme will be represented as an actuator which is turned on, sets specified parameters for all used items, and turned off.
  3. Scene+ – the items are turned on when the circuit is activated and turned off as soon as the item values no longer correspond to those specified in the scene.
  4. Scheme Rev – the scheme with two positions. You can set the item states for each mode separately. You can switch the states using the Rev button.

On the Auto, Schedule, and Switch tabs you can configure the automatic turn on, set the schedule, and bind the light scheme to a button. For detailed instructions, see the Edit Items section.  

Edit Items

You can yourself change the settings of the actuators, sensors, heating and ventilation items, multiroom and remote control. For that end, you need to open the application menu and click Edit mode.

When the edit mode is enabled, the corresponding inscription appears on the main panel:

The edit mode allows you to open the edit menu for each item. For that end, simply press and hold the item’s icon until the menu opens. In the examples, we open the lamp edit menu.

Edit menu

The edit menu is represented by several tabs (up to 4, depending on the item):

  • General – general settings;
  • Auto – automation settings;
  • Schedule – configuring the schedule;
  • Switch – binding to buttons.

General

  1. Name – allows you to change the item name.
  2. System – gives the system status for the item. WARNING! After changing the status of an item, it will no longer be visible in the main panel. Do not change this setting if you are not sure that it is necessary. The item can be seen only in engineering mode (see Additional Functions -> Edit System Items).
  3. Voice control – it allows you to control an item using Alexa, Siri or Google Home. To activate, tick the box and enter the name of the item that will be used for voice control.
  4. Area – it indicates the item location in the system structure. By clicking on the location, you can move the item to any available room.
  5. Favorite in – it allows you to add the item to the Favorites in the desired rooms (see Favorites).
  6. Select image – it allows you to change the icon on the item’s button (the Default button returns the default icon).

Depending on the item type, a part of the listed functions may be unavailable.

Auto

You can use the Auto menu to select settings for the item automation. In total there are 13 automation presets, and its specific set is available for each element. For details, see the automation setup instructions.

Schedule

You can use this menu to specify the item turning on and off according to the specific schedule. To create a schedule, click the Add button. The following panel will appear on the screen.

In the Time box you can use the arrows to choose the time when the action will take place. The buttons with the days of week are located below – you can choose the desired actions, and they will be carried out at the selected time of these days.

Use the Mode button to select the frequency of repetitive actions. The Once value means that the action will be performed once, at the selected time of the selected day. The Period value means that the action will be repeated at the selected time every selected day. The Off value disables the specified schedule.

Use the Action button to select an action to be performed at a specified time. There are two values: On and Off. Accordingly, the item can be turned on and off.

In the example below, we have added a schedule for the lamp periodic turning on every weekday at 22:00, periodic turning off on the same days at 23:00 and one-time turning on on Sunday at 19:00.

To delete the selected schedule, click the Delete button.

Switch

You can use the Switch menu to bind the switch button to an item, and further control the item by this button. We shall bind a button to the dimmer. Press the switch button in order it would be recognized by the program. Used switch will be displayed on the screen (the right screenshot).

Click the Bind button to bind the button with the item. The bound button will be displayed below this button. Thus, you can bind several keys to one actuator.

By default, the bound button toggles the item state. If you want to change these settings, click on the wrench icon.

You can bind various actions to a single click (click), double click (Double click), triple click (Triple click), long press (Long click), combinations of successive short and long press (Long 2-nd click).

In the example on the left, we have configured the button to control the dimmer and set the following parameters:

  • single click: invert state;
  • double click: turn on;
  • triple click: turn off;
  • long click: increase the brightness by one step (4%);
  • short and long click: decrease the brightness by one step (4%).

For other types of items to which the button can be bound, actions may differ: for example, gate or jalousie can be opened and closed. The button settings for the multiroom are described in Edit Items -> Edit Multiroom -> Switch.

You can use the X mark to unbind the button from the item. After making changes, you must confirm them by clicking the tick mark.

Edit radiators

General

The content of the General tab corresponds to the content on other items (see Edit elements -> General)

Auto

The Auto tab for radiators contains additional settings. You can add and configure heating modes, as well as specify intervals for their activation.

The following presets for heating modes are available:

  • Manual – manually controlled mode;
  • Always off – while the mode is active, the radiator is turned off;
  • Eco – it sets the temperature to 16 degrees;
  • Comfort – it sets the temperature to 22 degrees;
  • Hot – it sets the temperature to 25 degrees.

Manual and Always off modes cannot be changed, others can be configured or deleted. For example, in the screenshot below, we change the temperature of the Eco mode and set 20 degrees.

Modes are changed only for a given radiator. By clicking on the plus, you can add your own modes and set the desired temperature for them. By default, the new mode is assigned the name Mode -. To change the name, press and hold it until the cursor appears.

For each mode, except Manual and Always off, you can configure the work schedule. By default, each mode is designed to maintain the specified temperature.

In the screenshot on the right, we have created the “December” mode and configured the following intervals for it:

  • from 6:00 to 17:00 from Mon to Fri the radiator maintains an indoor temperature of 18 degrees;
  • from 17:00 to 6:00 from Mon to Fri the radiator maintains an indoor temperature of 24 degrees;
  • entire weekend the radiator maintains an indoor temperature of 24 degrees.

You can use the Clone interval button to copy the selected interval, and the Delete – button to delete it. In all time intervals outside the specified intervals, the default temperature will be maintained.

Sensors

On the Sensors panel you can see sensors from the current room (the screenshot on the left) and sensors from all rooms (the screenshot on the right). To see all the sensors in the home, click the Show all sensors button. To connect the sensor, click on it – it will be highlighted in orange. If several sensors are connected, the temperature received from them is averaged.

Edit Multiroom

When the edit mode is enabled the wrench icon appears in the right upper corner of the multimedia panel. Click it to open the edit menu.

General

The General tab (see Edit elements -> General) in the multiroom has two additional functions:

  • Soft Start – it allows you to set the period (in seconds) used to increase the start volume from 0 to the specified level.
  • Turn OFF parameters – it allows you to set the period in seconds or the number of tracks which will pass before the playback stops.

Color Music

In this section you can choose RGB backlights, which will be used in color music. By default, those backlights are displayed that are in the same room with a multiroom. Click on the Show All button, and you can see all RGBs in the home (the left screenshot). Click on the desired backlights, and you will add them to the color music; selected backlights are highlighted in orange (the right screenshot).

Auto

The contents of the Auto tab correspond to the contents on other items (see Edit Items -> Auto).

Schedule

The contents of the Schedule tab correspond to the contents on other items (see Edit Items -> Schedule).

Switch

The algorithm of binding a button to multiroom corresponds to the binding algorithm for other items (see Edit Items -> Switch), but other actions can be performed when you click buttons:

  1. Play/Pause – playback start or stop (it starts the music when it is stopped, and stops it when it plays);
  2. Pause – playback stop (when the music is stopped, it will not work);
  3. Play – playback start (when the music plays, it will not work);
  4. Next track – go to the next track;
  5. Previous track – go to the previous track;
  6. Cyclic volume change – the volume increases and decreases in turn. A long press causes smooth change of the volume until the button is released, and a short press causes its change by 5%;
  7. Volume up – increasing the volume by 5% with a single click. A long press causes increasing the volume within the entire period of pressing;
  8. Volume down – decreasing the volume by 5% with a single click. A long press causes decreasing the volume within the entire period of pressing.

Saving changes

After editing the item, click the tick mark in the right upper corner to save the changes.

To exit without saving the specified parameters, click on the arrow in the right upper corner of the screen.

Update Interface

If you have added any skins to the server to change the details of the interface, you need to update the interface through the application.

For that end, enter the menu, activate Edit mode and click Update interface.

If new skins are found on the server, the progress bar will appear on the screen, displaying the file upload process. Upon completion, the application can be restarted, and then you will find yourself in the same section as before the update.

If you cannot find the Update interface button in the menu, make sure that you have activated Edit mode. If no new files are found on the server, then nothing will happen when you click on the Update interface.

Settings

To open the settings, enter the menu and select Settings. Some items may be unavailable if users with different access rights are added (they are configured using LT Setup).

General

The General tab contains the following elements:

  1. Language – selecting the application language.
  2. Connection – selecting the method of connection to the server (local, remote, cloud, see Configuring the Type of Connection)
  3. Local server address – local server address.
  4. Remote server address – remote server address.
  5. Access key – server access code.
  6. Current server -– the server to which the device is currently connected.
  7. Servers list – list of servers in a LAN.

Configuring the type of connection

In the Connection box you can select the type of connection to the server – local, remote, automatic or cloud.

Local type (Local) implies the connection to the server that is in the same LAN with your device. All servers that will be detected on your LAN appear in the Servers List below. To connect to one of them, simply click on it and click Apply. The selected server will be added to the Current Server box (the screenshot below).

You can also connect to the local server by manually entering its IP address in the appropriate field. If you manually enter the local IP address, the list with available servers will not be displayed.

Remote type of connection (Remote) allows you to connect to your server via the Internet. To connect, the router must be configured to forward the port to the DE-MG/Metaforsa module (55555 by default).

In order to connect to your server, you would simply enter the external IP address of your router in the Remote server address field, enter the access key in the Access key field and click Apply. Now, your device can be connected to any network.

Automatic type (Auto) allows you to always communicate with your server. The application tracks the network which you are connected to, and if you are in the same network with your server, the application connects you to it with a local type of connection, and if not, then with a remote one. To work with the automatic type of connection, you need to enter both the local server address (or select it from the list and connect), and the remote one, and then click the Apply button.

The cloud type (Cloud) assumes connecting to your server through the Larnitech cloud service. To connect, you need to enter the E-mail and password from your Larnitech account and click Apply. If you do not have a Larnitech account, you can register it on the toolbar of the Smart Home system administration (LT Setup).

If you have a cloud type of connection active, but you are connecting to the same LAN with your server (and you have a local server address bound), then the connection type will be automatically changed to local.

The button design of the main menu of the application varies depending on the type of current connection:

  • local connection (Local);
  • remote connection (Remote);
  • cloud connection (Cloud).

Messages

In the Messages section you can customize when and what types of messages you will receive.

You can activate or remove the receipt of four types of messages – Regular, from the Intercom, Important, and Critical. The connection can be enabled and disabled for the following modes of operation:

  • Local network. Active mode – when the application is active and the connection type is local.
  • Local network. Standby mode – when the application is folded and the connection type is local.
  • Remote network. Active mode – when the application is active and the connection type is local.
  • Remote network. Standby mode – when the application is hidden and the connection type is remote.

Tick the boxes near the desired types of messages in the desired modes, and you will allow the messages to be received; otherwise, unmarked message types in unmarked modes of operation will not come and be saved in the Messages section.

If you tick the box next to Ignore missed intercom calls, you will not receive messages about the missed calls via Intercom regardless of the application activity and connection method.

To confirm the changes made, click Apply at the bottom of the screen.

Skins

You can use the Skins menu to select a skin (the option of application design). The screenshot on the left shows the available skins.

To select the desired skin, tick the box next to it. Pulling the arrows on the right side of the window up and down you can move the skin within the list (selected skins are applied in the order from top to bottom).

To apply the changes, click the Apply button at the bottom of the window.

Advanced

You can use the Advanced section to change the advanced settings of the Larnitech application.

  1. Engineering mode – when activated, the engineering mode is enabled. It opens additional features: audio settings, display of system items, the ability to clone settings of connection, set the addresses of multimedia and cloud servers, etc.
  2. Expert settings – adds an “Advanced” tab to the Edit menu.
  3. UPnP client – it activates UPnP support in the application for connecting to UPnP devices (Larnitech media points, UPnP renderers of third parties).
  4. UPnP playlist upload – it allows you to upload your playlist to the media point; in the inactive state, the playlist is automatically downloaded from the media point to the device (see Additional functions -> Download playlist).
  5. UPnP render – it activates the ability to use the device on which the application is running, like UPnP render.
  6. Beep – it turns on sounds when you click on items in the application.
  7. Vibrate – it turns on vibration when you click on items in the application.
  8. Fullscreen – it activates the full-screen mode of the application.
  9. Blinds tab – makes new tab on main screen and separates blinds and gates from “Executors” tab to “Blinds” tab
  10. Disable sleep mode – it allows you to disable the device’s sleep mode when the application is open.
    If set to Yes, the sleep mode is disabled.
    If set to No, the sleep mode is not disabled.
    If set to Off when charging, the sleep mode is activated for the period of charging the device.
  11. Disable screen – it allows you to specify how long your device is inactive after the last touch to the screen before your display dims. Values from 1 to 30 minutes are available.
  12. Local connection type – it allows you to select the method of connection to DE-MG or Metaforsa in local mode: TCP (recommended) or UDP. In the Auto mode, the application automatically selects the optimum method.
  13. Optimize TCP traffic – it activates the traffic optimization. In the Never mode it is inactive, in the Always mode (recommended) it is always active. In the Only for remote connections mode it is activated when the remote and cloud modes of connections to the server are used.

To confirm the changes made, click Apply.

When activating the Engineering Mode, an additional tab (Audio) will appear on the Android OS devices on the advanced settings tab (Advanced) that allows you to configure the echo cancellation for the Intercom – this is a section for developers.

Additional Functions

Edit system elements

Using the Edit mode, you can specify any item as the system item (see Edit elements -> General). After that, it will not be displayed in sections.

If you have specified the item as a system item, and then you wanted to change something in this item or remove its system status, follow these steps:

  1. Enter the main menu and select Settings.
  2. Go to the Advanced tab.
  3. Tick the box next to Engineering mode.

After that, the item will be available in the section where it was originally located. For example, the lamp will be in the Actuators section, the heater will be in the Climate section, etc. You can change its settings using the Edit mode.

Be careful: when the engineering mode is enabled, the items will be displayed that are important for the correct system operation. Change the parameters of system items only when you are confident in the safety of actions performed.

Download playlist

You can use the <и>UPnP playlist upload function to download the playlist from the media point to your device and upload the playlist from your device to the media point.

In order to do this, enter the menu, click on <и>Settings and go to the <и>Advanced tab. Tick the box next to the <и>UPnP playlist upload point. Then, enter the Multiroom and select the media point you will work with in the <и>Devices tab.

If the playlists on your device and the media point are different, the following window will appear on the screen.

  1. Upload local – upload the current playlist to the media point.
  2. Download remote – download the current playlist of the media point to your device.
  3. Ignore – do nothing.