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Re: Monitoring and control software for the Outback and Classic
« Reply #15 on: March 19, 2014, 05:04:11 PM »
OK Just to be clear this is NOT MIDNITE Speaking it is me personally. Midnite in no way endorses or agrees with what I am about to say!!

This software was written by a single individual who simply enjoys writing code. He had no help from Midnite on this he did it simply because he wanted to control of his system and I wanted to control mine. This is not a Midnite project. And I am so sorry you consider it 50% done and welcome you to not bother to use it. If I sound frustrated I am, I feel like the harder I try the more I get beaten. This program works 100% for what he wanted it for and what I wanted it for. I am sorry if it does not do what you need but it does do what we wanted it for. And I felt it may benefit some others as well.

With all that said I welcome an open source movement and will do anything I can to support that. There are a ton of people out there doing there own thing and I think that's great. I however am not a programmer and can not write the code for anyone.

I will now put my Midnite hat back on and sign in and move this thread to a new place.

Ryan
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Re: Monitoring and control software for the Outback and Classic
« Reply #16 on: March 19, 2014, 05:58:18 PM »
Sorry Ryan, i didnt mean to sound critical. Like i say he or she has obviously invested some energy into it, and it looks great, and no one wants that energy put down, so im certainly not doing that.

Would "he" be willing to work with us? Im only saying this becasue there are only so many hours in the day and to see all of us all repeating each others work just seems such a waste of those hours.

Nor am i saying that there should only be one project. But sharing ideas, source, and documentation allows us to improve all of the projects.

This is the whole point of open source, that we each can stand on the shoulders of giants, as newton said.
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Re: Monitoring and control software for the Outback and Classic
« Reply #17 on: March 19, 2014, 06:04:34 PM »
I understand what you mean about all the hours - I see some of those open source projects show accumulated hours put in and I have been amazed at how much effort goes into some of those things.  But I always thought people who do coding don't sleep ! 
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Re: Monitoring and control software for the Outback and Classic
« Reply #18 on: March 20, 2014, 04:33:14 AM »
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Re: Monitoring and control software for the Outback and Classic
« Reply #19 on: March 22, 2014, 12:38:11 PM »
Modbus reader tool thats included
Ryan..  I was looking for the location of the Modbus reader tool but can't seem to locate it in the download you provided. Can you point me to its install location?
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Re: Monitoring and control software for the Outback and Classic
« Reply #20 on: March 22, 2014, 12:59:39 PM »
Hm looks like that was in an older version. I will see if I can get it added back into the new version as I find it a very handy tool

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Re: Monitoring and control software for the Outback and Classic
« Reply #21 on: March 22, 2014, 01:59:49 PM »
Hm looks like that was in an older version. I will see if I can get it added back into the new version as I find it a very handy tool

Ryan
Thanks Ryan..  I was thinking it would be a handy too also.
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Re: Monitoring and control software for the Outback and Classic
« Reply #24 on: April 16, 2014, 08:47:41 AM »
I got an AXS Port from Alt E Store. It was a bit less than intuitive to set it up for my LAN IP block. I used the application from  N1GNN on my beater XP home laptop I only keep for these M$ only applications.

Toughest bit was getting XP to use the ethernet connection set up for the 192.168.0.xxx network. They really should have made it use DHCP and some form of broadcast identifying itself.

I just set it up and it found both my FX inverters and both Classics no problem.

I poked around some, set up the devices and the IP for the AXS itself.

Tried to get it logging but when I ftp in it shows no files. I had hoped I could at least pull the log file(s) to parse for my logging and local web pages.

Anyway, an early adopter playing with it. It looks like it will be great for monitoring and control of a mixed system like we have here with OB and MN gear.

Can't wait to see where this goes.

Big thanks to the coder (N1GNN).

Can't wait to try the Linux port of this handy tool.

Tom
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Re: Monitoring and control software for the Outback and Classic
« Reply #25 on: April 16, 2014, 11:01:07 AM »
Been trying to enable the AXS logging with this and it simply will not let me change the values in Outback_SD_Card_Log... fields, except the logging_Mode which I set to 1 for "excell mode".  I also set the IP and Gateway with this App.

I have enabled the time server, changed the timezone and changed the logging mode so I can definitely write to the AXS.

I must be missing something that needs to be set before I can set the logging values?

Any help appreciated.

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Re: Monitoring and control software for the Outback and Classic
« Reply #26 on: April 16, 2014, 03:35:51 PM »
Excellent.  I've been out of the loop lately - so just now seeing this. I've been hoping someone would develop an application that makes use of the AXS port. The fact that it incorporates monitoring of Classics is a bonus!

Now I just have to get an AXS port and try it out. :D
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Re: Monitoring and control software for the Outback and Classic
« Reply #27 on: April 16, 2014, 08:56:11 PM »
Shouldnt be too hard to add a blackbox module for AXS or mate3 , but as i dont have any outback gear ill need some help.
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Re: Monitoring and control software for the Outback and Classic
« Reply #28 on: April 18, 2014, 09:45:55 AM »
After a couple days of messing with this...

Not intended as a complaint just where I am at.

It "sees" my inverters but does not recognize them as FX inverters and does not show any writable fields.  (a clue?)

It will not let me add the AXS Port to the monitor window.

I get zero length log files on the hour every hour generally. Probably because I cannot change any logging settings other than logfile format.

I am fairly certain I am missing something silly and simple. Maybe it can't write to the inverters because you need to enter that 141 password someplace I am missing?

I have reset the AXS Port multiple times and started from scratch and have had no luck getting past these issues.

I read the AXS Port "Manual" several times and it is absolutely no help on this or I am too dense to see the answer.

I tried to update the firmware but it does NOT seem to update despite following the instructions in the Manual.

If anyone can actually offer some help I would truly appreciate it. I never had much hair but may be bald soon at this rate.

Thanks.

Tom
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Re: Monitoring and control software for the Outback and Classic
« Reply #29 on: April 18, 2014, 06:49:48 PM »
Hey Tom.  I hope you get it figured out and if so post it here since I have ordered an AXS port and hope to be setting this up myself soon.
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