Project to control Visonic Powermax from Linux

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Project to control Visonic Powermax from Linux

Postby migmig » Sat Nov 27, 2010 7:39 pm

Hello guys,

I'm going to start a project to control a powermax pro/complete panel from linux via shell commands (so i.e. it'd be easy to pass the information to a custom web application).
So before to start, I was wondering if somebody has already experimented with this :-)

Perhaps I'd check rfxcom receiver for Visonic (http://www.rfxcom.com) as hardware to read the sensors information and Heyu (http://www.heyu.org) as interface. I'm not sure about how to read/set the alarm status. All ideas will be really welcome !!! :-)

Thanks !

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Re: Project to control Visonic Powermax from Linux

Postby TANE » Sat Nov 27, 2010 10:03 pm

Hi Mig,
Welcome to Domoticaforum.

There is no way to controle the powermax since it's a closed secure system.
You can read the sensor status using rfxcom or the PC interface (search forum)

Only controle option is modification of the keyfob. I have done this about two years ago.
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Re: Project to control Visonic Powermax from Linux

Postby Marlinman4 » Sat Feb 25, 2012 12:00 am

Can you share the details of how to mod the Visonic keyfob. I need to hardwire and switch via relays from Homeseer. Thanks
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Re: Project to control Visonic Powermax from Linux

Postby Bwired » Sat Feb 25, 2012 2:53 am

TANE wrote:Hi Mig,
There is no way to controle the powermax since it's a closed secure system.


Tane i think you are mistaken
the Visonic Powermax can be controlled by rs232 (including setting On and Off etc.)
almost everything is open now
check the protocol here viewtopic.php?f=68&t=6581
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Postby Rene » Sat Feb 25, 2012 8:58 am

This wasn't known 2 years ago ;-)
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Re: Project to control Visonic Powermax from Linux

Postby probie » Sun Sep 30, 2012 12:15 pm

Hello,

I am very interested in the schematics and the pieces required to modify a keyfob.
Tane: Could you specify how you achieved this and which parts you used?

That would be much appreciated

Best regard,
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Re: Project to control Visonic Powermax from Linux

Postby midtskogen » Wed Oct 10, 2012 1:53 pm

Rene:
This wasn't known 2 years ago


Actually, I've been controlling the Powermax from a Linux PC since 2007. But only through the powerlink software (natively or on similar ARM based hardware). I see now that work is well underway to make a powerlink replacement. That's good News. I wanted to do that myself, but I've never had time for it. I eventually wrote a page http://voksenlia.net/powerlink/ describing how far I got in 2007 hoping that someone would take it further. I did some reverse engineering of the powerlink protocol to log sensor activity (there's some code on that page), but all was quite incomplete.
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