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Need to add devices without Admin Console


Tango

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I've posted a couple threads about dealing with a 2nd ISY.  ISY1 is in my house and works fine with the devices in my house.  ISY2 is in the barn (a guest house now).  The barn is on the same LAN as the house, but it's too far to have the same wifi.  I use a 500' fiber optic cable to connect the switch in the barn with the house and so it's all on the same LAN.  So ISY2 is on the same subnet as ISY1, but since there's no wifi linking the two locations, I got ISY2 so it could handle the devices in the barn.  (Also worth noting at this time that ISY2 is only working with Z-Wave devices only.)

I have an iMac in the house and have the Admin Console on that computer and I use that and MobileLinc to operate devices through ISY1.  I need to add devices to ISY2 now.  Unless I pull my Mac out of its setup (I'm a desktop user and really don't like messing up my work environment unless it's necessary), I need a way to access ISY2 from within the barn.  (So I don't have to run back and forth or talk to someone on a phone while we're setting things up and I'm in the house and they're in the barn.

What app is good on an iPad for setup and adding devices to my ISY?  I can't find anything on MobileLinc that actually adds devices, just ways to control devices.

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You have to use the admin console to add devices to the ISY. If both ISYs are on the same physical subnet  (example 192.168.1.x), then they both should show up in the finder / start.jnlp and be select-able. 

If the barn is on a separate subnet you can manually add it to the finder so you can choose between them

Paul

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18 minutes ago, Tango said:

So is there a way to get the Admin Console to work on an iPad?  This means having to be at the house and the barn at the same time or running back and forth a lot.

Use a laptop with AC loaded on it.  Or if you "must" use an iPad use a remote desktop tool to connect back to the computer that has the AC loaded.

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12 hours ago, Tango said:

So is there a way to get the Admin Console to work on an iPad?  This means having to be at the house and the barn at the same time or running back and forth a lot.

Shouldn't have to be at the location. Once added to the ISY finder by using "https" you can connect without being onsite.

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My solution to ensuring that I can use the admin console for either of my ISYs regardless where I am has worked well for me. I have a Raspberry PI at each of my houses. I gain access to them using VNC. That gives me the ability to act like I am actually at the house. I use each Raspberry PI for other things as well. With tools like sunwait, for instance, I can do more with sunrise/set than straight ISY functionality. I use it for other things like network debugging. I have programs that check if devices are online, and if they are not, the ISY devices they are connected to will reboot.

I like my approach because when I open Finder, the ISY automatically shows up without me having to do any other steps. And I don't have to physically be on premise. All I have to do is VNC to the correct house. No monitor, mouse or display needed. The Pi just sits on a shelf. 

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