Note: This functionality will require Tasker 3.9

There are times when we want to log a temperature.  To do this we need to select a time interval between samples.  This interval can either be too short or too long.  Very rarely can we get the perfect interval.  A short interval leads to redundant data where the temperature doesn’t change often and several samples log the same temperature in a row.  A long interval can hide valid temperature changes.

So we ask ourselves, what do we really want?  The answer is usually that we want to know when the temperature changes.  Using Tasker, and the setup below, we can achieve the desired functionality. 

Configuration

The following image shows how we can set up a Task with Variables and Logic to only Log when the temperature changes.  The global variables make sure the current temperature values that are used in the logic are used when making the log entry.

This screenshot shows how to configure the Logger to use the global variables.

This screenshot shows configuring the schedule to call the Task with a short interval.  The logic within the Task is responsible for making sure the log entries only occur when there is a valid temperature change.

Result

Here is the result of a the functioning configuration over the past 15 minutes.  You’ll notice that the temperature changes, but it tends to bounce back and forth between two or three values.  We can handle that in another article!

A lot of JNIOR applications log information about what they are doing. This information can be about different things. Sometimes the application is purposely creating log files to keep track of data such as water levels or I/O changes. Logs can also be used to keep track of information about the application itself and if its run into any errors. Here is a quick post on how to look at Logs on a JNIOR.

To access information on a Series 4 JNIOR, you’ll first need to open the JNIOR WebUI. Once the on the JNIOR WebUI, you’ll then access the folder tab. Here you can see a list of all the files located on the JNIOR. Navigating through the folder shows the different files you can view, including log files.

Another way to access files on either a Series 3 or 4 JNIOR, you can open the File Transfer Protocol from the Support Tool. To start you’ll open the Support Tool, then in the beacon tab you’ll right click on the JNIOR and select Tools/Open FTP. You’ll then see a dialog open asking for the JNIOR’s username and password. Once you enter that, you should see all the available files on the JNIOR, including log files.

Tasker allows control over many different aspects of the JNIOR, including expansion modules. This post will explain how and what you use Tasker to control the Control Panel.

To start, you’ll want to make sure that your Control Panel is properly connected to the JNIOR. You’ll start by plugging the Control Panel into the JNIOR using the sensor port. Once the Control Panel is plugged in, you’ll then access the JNIOR WebUI and go to the Console Tab. There you’ll login into the JNIOR and type extern -r. This will remove any previously connected expansion modules from the JNIOR so only the connected Control Panel will be a recognized external device on the JNIOR.

Once that is done, we’ll now open the Task application. Once on Tasker’s web page, if you don’t already have a workspace created, you’ll want to create one. After you have a workspace, you’ll want to add a Task to the workspace, which Tasker will promptly ask you to name. Once the Task is created, you’ll then want to add an action to the Task, which once you click the add action button the action dialog will appear. Here we find the Control Panel actions.

Here we can add Control Panel actions to the Task, so that when its executed it can control different parts of the Control Panel. Currently in Tasker there are three different Control Panel actions, Set LED, Play Alarm, and Silence Alarm. The first action, Set LED, allows you to change the status of the LED next to a switch on the Control Panel. The options for the LED are off, slow, medium, fast, and on. The next action, Play Alarm, allows you to activate the alarm on the Control Panel. The actions lets you control the sound, duration, and interval of the alarm. The last action, Silence Alarm, simply silences an alarm on the Control Panel if an alarm is active at that time, and doesn’t require any addtional values.

Example Actions

When using Cinema, Serial PLUS, or Serial-To-Ethernet applications people will be generally using the serial port to talk to other devices or send commands. Knowing what registry keys need to be set to when communicating on them is important. This tutorial is for setting the registry keys up for the Serial Control Plus application.

To start, when using Serial Control, the connection that will be set up is accessed through the command line once all the registry keys have been set. So first thing is to go to the support tool and go to applications. Once there make sure that the Serial Control application is checked, otherwise check it and reboot.

Once the JNIOR reboots, go to the console tab and type “ps” to see if the application is running.

If it is then next go to the registry tab and in the section App-Data find the Serial Control program.

Here is where all the information for creating the serial connection is contained. If you are connecting through COM3 at the command line, make sure that the SerialPort value is set to AUX if the port being used is the Auxiliary port and not the RS-232 port. If you want to connect through TCP, make sure you set a TcpServerPortNumber value set, a good example one is 9202. Now all the values should be set to connect serially to the JNIOR. Go to the JNIOR support tool and select tools –> command line. This will bring up the command line to give serial commands to the JNIOR. 

When using Cinema, Serial PLUS, or Serial-To-Ethernet applications people will be generally using the serial port to talk to other devices or send commands. Knowing what registry keys need to be set to when communicating on them is important. This tutorial is for setting the registry keys up for the Serial-to-Ethernet application.

To start, when using Serial-to-Ethernet, the connection that will be set up is accessed through the command line once all the registry keys have been set. So first thing is to go to the support tool and go to applications. Once there make sure that the Serial-to-Ethernet application is checked, otherwise check it and reboot.

Once the JNIOR reboots, go to the console tab and type “ps” to see if the application is running.

If it is then next go to the registry tab and in the section App-Data find the Serial-to-Ethernet program.

Here is where all the information for creating the serial connection is contained. Make sure that the SerialPort value is set to AUX if the port being used is the Auxiliary port and not the RS-232 port. Now all the values should be set to connect serially to the JNIOR. Go to the JNIOR support tool and select tools –> command line. This will bring up the command line to give serial commands to the JNIOR. 

The DMX application does not ship preinstalled. You MUST obtain the application from our website. There is a download on the website that will be opened in the JNIOR Support Tool and published to the JNIOR. This is called an Update Project.

Here are links to latest versions of the JNIOR Support Tool and the Cinema application. NOTE: The DMX link below is for new installations only. If you already have the DMX application on your JNIOR and only need to update to a newer version, visit our DMX page to download our other update project for DMX that isn’t for new installs.

Name Version Release Date Size MD5
JNIOR Support Tool v7.10 Jul 15 2020 13 MB 4fd5a1b0617a59a7f6802663ec3f789e
DMX New Install v2.3 Sep 11 2019 617 KB d224f18c755add16e0f55f13fd88737c

After installing both the JNIOR Support Tool and the DMX Update Project, you’ll want to open the Support Tool and click on the Update Tab. Once there, the first thing you’ll want to do is select the Open Project button, and select the DMX Update Project you just downloaded. When you open the DMX Update Project in the Support Tool you will see the following.

In the DMX application you can create fixtures, scripts and triggers to control the 512 DMX channels for your external lighting device.

In the DMX application, you create scripts to change the 512 DMX channels. Once you have a script, you’ll then want to be able to activate it. One way to set up a script to activate is by giving it a trigger. This post will explain how to create a trigger for a script. NOTE: You need to have installed the DMX application on your JNIOR to start configuration.

Open the DMX application, and go to the Triggers tab. Once there, you’ll see the I/O layout for your JNIOR, showing how many inputs and outputs are on it. To setup a script to trigger on one of the I/Os, you’ll simply enter “script (SCRIPT_NAME)” into one of the I/O spots. You can additionally enter -f or -r after the script name to add additional effects to the script running. You can also enter “abort” into one of the I/O spots to make any script stop running when that I/O value occurs.

Once you’ve entered and saved a script name value in an I/O slot, you should now have a script set to run when the selected I/O value activates.

When you have a fixture that you want to control through the DMX application, you use a script. This post will explain how to create one. NOTE: You need to have installed the DMX application on your JNIOR to start configuration.

To start, you’ll open the DMX application and go to the scripts tab and click the add script button which the application will then prompt you what you want to name the new script. After entering the new script’s name, you’ll go to it in the script tab and select the green pencil icon under the script column. The Edit Actions dialog box will open, where you can then enter actions for the script to perform. The 3 main actions are the delay, set, and fade. How you enter those actions in the script, and the different parameters an action can use, are shown on the right side of the dialog box.

After you’ve entered your actions in the script, you’ll click set at the bottom right of the dialog. Now when the script runs it’ll edit the channels referenced in the script actions.

In the DMX application, you create fixtures that pick how many channels of the 512 DMX channels will get set along with where the starting channel for that fixture is. NOTE: You need to have installed the DMX application on your JNIOR to start configuration.

To start, you’ll need to create a DMX fixture type. In the Fixture Types tab, you’ll click the add fixture type button. You’ll then get the New Fixture Type Dialog, where you can set the amount of channels the fixture will use of the 512 DMX channels, and what they are named.

Once you have the fixture type created, you’ll the go to the Physical Fixtures tab and create a fixture of that type. Click on the add fixture button, which will open the New Fixture Dialog, where you can set the Fixture Type (you use the one you just created), name of the fixture, and the starting channel for the fixture.

Once you’ve created the fixture, you should now have a fixture that uses the amount of channels set in the fixture type settings, and starts on the channel set in the physical fixture settings.

When using the Cinema application, you’ll want the JNIOR to be able to send/receive commands to control or be controlled by external devices. In the registry of the JNIOR, Cinema’s registry contains the CinemaServerClient and PreshowClient registries. These are what can be configured to establish those connections to external devices.

While accessing the JNIOR WebUI when Cinema is installed, you can access the AppData/Cinema/CinemaServerClient or AppData/Cinema/Client registry folders to configure the connections made using Cinema. The PreshowClient and CinemaServerClient are connections made to either a Preshow System or Cinema Server through TCP or Serially that allow control of outputs, I/O feedback, and the ability to interact with various devices using macros.

Inside both registry folders are multiple registry keys. The TcpPort registry key is where you can set the port number for an Ethernet connection to other devices. (We recommend using the port number 9600). For serial connections, you need to set the Method key to serial and the SerialCommandsEnabled key to true. You’ll then need to go to the AppData/Cinema/X/Serial (X is for CinemaServerClient or Client) and set the serial connection to whatever serial setting you want the JNIOR and your external Device to connect on. NOTE: You cannot have both a Preshow Client and Cinema Server connection at the same time.

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When using the control panel, you might want to have the switches trigger macros you created in the support tool. This post will explain how to do just that. To start you’ll need to have created a macro in the support tool. If you haven’t done that already and don’t know how, here is a post on how to do it. You’ll also need to have installed cinema on your JNIOR as well.

Next, you’ll want to makes sure that your control panel is properly connected. You can check what external devices have been connected to the sensor port by opening the JNIOR’s WebUI, going to the Console tab, and after logging in entering “extern” into the console. If you have left-over information from previous external devices that you’d wish to get rid of, then you can remove devices no longer present by typing the extern -r command.

Once you have your macros created and published to a JNIOR along with  your control panel being connected, you can now hook up the macros to the control panel using the JNIOR’s registry. Open your JNIOR’s WebUI and go to the registry tab. Once there, you’ll then go to AppData/Cinema/Panel.

Once here, you’ll simply enter the macro name on whichever switch trigger you want to activate the command. Now the macros you created will send a command when you hit a switch on the control panel.

This application will monitor the digital inputs.  The corresponding output is set when an input pulsed.  That output remains active until a different input is pulsed.  This application effectively latches the output to represent the last input that transitioned from low to high.

package com.integ.latchrelays;

import com.integpg.system.IoEvent;
import com.integpg.system.Iolog;
import com.integpg.system.JANOS;
import java.io.IOException;
import java.util.Date;

/**
 * This application will monitor the digital inputs. The corresponding output is set
 * when an input pulsed. That output remains active until a different input is pulsed.
 * This application effectively latches the output to represent the last input that
 * transitioned from low to high.
 */
public class LatchRelaysMain {

    public static void main(String[] args) throws InterruptedException, IOException {

        // create an Iolog instance and a timestamp representing the last time an 
        // event occurred.  we will start with a value of zero indicating only new events
        Iolog iolog = new Iolog();
        long timestamp = 0;

        // loop forever
        while (true) {

            // refresh the oilog with the timestamp of the last input event
            iolog.refresh(timestamp);
            IoEvent[] inputEvents = iolog.getInputEvents();

            // only process if there are events
            if (0 != inputEvents.length) {
                System.out.println("inputEvents.length = " + inputEvents.length);

                // loop through the input events
                for (int i = 0; i < inputEvents.length; i++) {
                    IoEvent inputEvent = inputEvents[i];
                    timestamp = inputEvent.timestamp;
                    System.out.println("timestamp = " + new Date(timestamp));
                    int highTransitions = inputEvent.mask & inputEvent.states;
                    boolean isTransitionHigh = (0 != highTransitions);
                    System.out.println("isTransitionHigh = " + isTransitionHigh);

                    // if the event was a transition high then set the outputs to 
                    // represent the state of the inputs that transitioned from 
                    // low to high.  we will use all outputs here
                    if (isTransitionHigh) {
                        JANOS.setOutputStates(highTransitions, 0xff);

                        // we are only looking to process the most recent inpput 
                        // transition from low to high.  so once we find one we 
                        // can abort the loop.
                        break;
                    }
                }
            }

            // sleep for a little bit of time to not monopolize the CPU
            Thread.sleep(50);
        }

    }

}

As long as the device you are sending to can create TCP or serial connections, the JNIOR should be able to send commands to it.

If you are starting from scratch with a JNIOR, you’ll want to download the JNIOR Support Tool. This application allows you to update JNIOR’s with INTEG software that you’ll need to let you send the text command.

Once you’ve downloaded the JNIOR Support Tool, you’ll need to download two update projects from our site and update them to your JNIOR. The first update project is the Series 4 All-In-One update project. Its recommended for any new Series 4 JNIOR, as the update project gives JNIORs the most recent OS, along with some basic applications. The second update project is the Cinema update project. This is the application you’ll use to execute a macro, which will send a command from the JNIOR to a device.

To update your JNIOR with an update project, here is a link to a post on our site that shows how to install Cinema. NOTE: Though the post shows how to install Cinema, its recommended you install the Series 4 All-In-One first, using the steps in that post.

Once the update projects have been published to your JNIOR, we’ll now need to create a device in the support tool to send to. In the support tool, you’ll go to the device tab and select add. You can select the device and rename it. After that you’ll now configure the settings of the device so we can send macros to it. To start you’ll select your device type, and if you see the device you want to send to there you’ll select it. If not you’ll select Raw Ethernet for a TCP connection or Raw Serial for a serial connection. You’ll then set the rest of the device configuration according to the device’s TCP or serial settings.

Once you finish setting the device information, you’ll then want to save the device file by clicking the Save As button. After that you’ll then publish the file to the JNIOR you are using by clicking the Publish to JNIOR button.

After you’ve done that, we’ll now create the macro that will be sent to the device that will contain the text command. Going back to the support tool, you’ll go to the macro tab.

The first thing we’ll want to do here is click the “Link Devices” button at the top. Here we’ll select the device file we just created, so we can reference it in our action for the macro we are going to create.

After completing that, at the bottom left corner of the macro view and you’ll select add/macro. A new macro should populate the macro view, and you can then click on it and rename it. I’m going to name it ExampleMacro.

Once you’ve done that you’ll now go to the action view and select the add button there. A new action should appear in the action view. You can rename this if you’d like, and then we’ll want to select the device we previously created in the Support Tool to send to. Lastly, in the data field you’ll want to enter the text command you wish to send to the device. If you are using a Raw Serial/Raw Ethernet device, make sure you include the termination string at the end of your text command for the device you are sending to.

Once that is finished, make sure you add the action we created to the macro we created. You do this by selecting the macro, then the action, followed by the arrow between the macro and action view.

Lastly, like we did with the device file, we’ll save this using the Save As button, followed by publishing it to the correct JNIOR using the Publish to JNIOR button.

Now that the JNIOR has a macro we created that will send the text command to your specified device, now all we need to do is configure the JNIOR so that it will send this macro when DIN1 goes ON. First thing we’ll want to do is go to the JNIOR Web UI by selecting the JNIOR in the beacon tab of the support tool. There you’ll right click it, and go to tools/open web page. Once on the JNIOR web page, you’ll go to the registry tab. On the registry tab, you’ll select AppData/Cinema/Triggers. Once there, you’ll go to Input1Macro and enter the name of the macro we created in the support tool. We named it ExampleMacro, but if you named it something different you’ll enter that name here. This should set the JNIOR so that when DIN1 on the JNIOR goes ON, the macro will activate.

Name Version Release Date Size MD5
JNIOR Supporter v0.1 Sep 30 2020 436 KB a37e8a2bafc86b3a434c46aea9dd7513

For a while now, we wanted to provide a cross-platform version of the JNIOR support tool to allow all users to access their JNIOR’s easily. There are also several aspects of the Support Tool that we wanted to improve upon. With that said, we are happy to release the JNIOR Supporter!

Features

Cross-Platform – The JNIOR Supporter provides cross-platform functionality. All users will enjoy the same experience regardless of the platform that they are using. The only requirement is that you have a valid Java Runtime Environment. .

New Interface – While looking familiar to the JNIOR support tool, the JNIOR Supporter has a new interface making it easier to view and interact with your JNIORs on the network. Information is displayed more openly to see issues or notices from JNIORs, and menus have been simplified to enhance ease of use.

Updated Features – The JNIOR Supporter introduces improved features such as sorted snapshots making them easier to find and more displayed information to for JNIOR’s on the network.

View Logs – Users can now view logs from the support tool in a pop-up dialog by right clicking on a JNIOR in the Beacon tab instead of needing to reach the JNIOR’s web page

Sorted Snapshots – Snapshots are shown in a tree view and are shown in each of three categories allowing the user to easily find snapshots that we taken for a certain JNIOR based on serial number or hostname or based on when snapshots were taken by day.

Simultaneous Snapshots – Multiple Snapshots can now be taken simultaneously to speed up the process of backing up your site’s JNIOR ecosystem.

Multiple Update Projects – Multiple Update Projects can be opened at the same time so no longer have to close one Update Project to open another.  Care must be taken to not push conflicting updates to the same JNIOR.

Feedback

We want to know what you think of this new support tool. We know that change is not always easily accepted. Please let us know what you think of it and how we can add/improve to this application. If you have questions or assistance with the application, feel free to contact us. You can do so by joining our support chat on our website, emailing us at support@integpg.com or calling the office at 724-933-9350.

JANOS has implemented a set of time zones that are available but in no means is this a complete list.  There are many territories in the world that either do not observe the time zone that they geographically belong to or they have different rules.  Some locations differ the time zone rules by 30 or even just 15 minutes.  Sometimes governments alter their policies and change the rules that have been in place for years or decades.

This article will describe how to create a new time zone with a DST rule as described in the JANOS Registry Documentation under section 9.2.

The clock subsystem is generally configured using the DATE command. JANOS defines a set of time zones for use in displaying local time. These time zones may or may not utilize Daylight Savings Time (DST).

As there are 24 hours on our clock one might expect that there needs to be only 24 time zones. This however is not the case as some areas offset their clocks by just 30 minutes. In addition, some areas utilize DST while others do not. The following is the default set of time zones. This can be displayed at any time using the DATE -T command.

This default list of time zones is likely incorrect for some areas across the globe. INTEG encourages users to let us know when a correction to the timezone tables might be appropriate. JANOS does provide a means by which you may define new time zones with or without DST rules. You may even correct an existing timezone. This is accomplished using one or more Time zones/<name> Registry entries.

Use of a website like timeanddate.com is very helpful for the validation and creation of time zones.

Here I will show you how to create a new Time Zone for Aukland New Zealand.  Timeanddate.com gives us all the information we need in this screenshot.

We see that they are currently observing Daylight Savings Time and will be throughout the beginning of next year since New Zealand is in the Southern Hemisphere.  So now we can follow the following format to build a registry key for the new time zone we will create.

reg Timezones/<name> = <offset>, <desc>, <AbbStd> [, <AbbDst>,
       <stMon>, <stDay>, <stDoW>, <stTime>,
       <endMon>, <endDay>, <endDoW>, <endTime>, <dstOfs>]

We will need to use the full format in order to get the daylight savings time rules implemented. To do this we can enter the following at the command line.

reg timezones/NewZealand = "+1200, New Zealand/Aukland, NZST, NZDT, 
       SEP, 27, SUN, 200, 
       APR, 5, SUN, 200, 60"

The registry tab could also have been used to create the key. That would look like this…

In either case we get the same result. We can now issue the date -t command to see our newly created time zone.

A reboot is needed to complete the registration of our newly created time zone.  After the reboot there is only one more thing to do.  Tell the JNIOR to use it.  For example, date NZST.

There you go!  The new time zone has been created and the JNIOR is now using it.  As mentioned above, it is recommended to tell INTEG of missing or incorrect time zones so that we can put it in the JNIOR but creating a custom time zone will get your JNIOR to start using the new rules immediately. 

As always, thanks for using the JNIOR!

Serial Control Plus is an application that comes pre-installed on all JNIORs. It allows you to connect either serially or through TCP to a JNIOR, and give it commands to activate the JNIOR’s I/O. This post will explain how to setup and use Serial Control Plus on your JNIOR.

As mentioned before Serial Control Plus is already pre-installed on all JNIORs. To activate it, you need to go to the JNIOR DCP. This can be accessed by either right clicking the JNIOR in the JNIOR Support Tool and going to Tools/Open Web Page, or by typing the JNIOR’s IP address into the URL of your computer’s web browser. Once on the DCP, you’ll go to the applications section on the configuration tab and click the checkbox next to Serial Control Plus and reboot your JNIOR. This will allow you to use Serial Control Plus on that JNIOR.

Once you have activated the Serial Control Plus application on your JNIOR, you can now send commands to the JNIOR through it. We are going to open the command line from the support tool to activate commands on this JNIOR for this example. To open the command line from the Support Tool, you’ll go to the Tools bar at the top of the Support Tool and select Command Line.

Once you have the command line open, you’ll need to configure the settings of the command line to send commands to the JNIOR. To have the right settings to communicate with the JNIOR, we need to select how we communicate to the JNIOR. Serial Control Plus can communicate with the JNIOR two ways. Either you can connect to the JNIOR with a serial connection or a TCP connection.

To connect serially with the JNIOR, you need to plug a serial cable into the Aux Port of the JNIOR. Once you do that we need to select the correct settings in the command line window. As in the picture below, next to the connect button for the connection type you’ll select COM, baud type is 9600, Data bits is 8, Stop bits is 1, Parity is none, and hardware/software is set to none. For the Option drop-down, select all the choices.

To connect through TCP, you just need the JNIOR to be on the network to connect. As in the picture below next to the connect button for the connection type you’ll select TCP/IP, you’ll set the JNIOR’s IP, and the Port to connect on is 9202. For the Option drop-down, select all the choices.

Once you’ve decided on your connection type and configured the command line accordingly, you should be able to send commands to the JNIOR. Here are commands for controlling and monitoring I/O.

Controlling I/O

The following commands can be used to close, open and pulse outputs.

cX: Close the output (relay is “on” closing the contact)
where x = 1 through 8 for the internal relay outputs on the JNIOR
and x = +1 through +8 for the external relay outputs on the 4 Relay Output Expansion Modules

oX: Open the output (relay is “off” opening the contact)
where x = 1 through 8 for the internal relay outputs on the JNIOR
and x = +1 through +8 for the external relay outputs on the 4 Relay Output Expansion Modules

p=yyy Pulse duration (milliseconds) and is used in conjunction with the ‘close’ or ‘open’ command


Examples:
c2p=1000 close output 2 for 1 second and then open again
c+2p=1000 close output 10 for 1 second and then open again
o3p=10000 open output 3 for 10 seconds and then close again
c* Close all outputs at the same time (includes internal and external)
o* Open all outputs at the same time (includes internal and external)


These commands can be abbreviated and used in combination, such as:
c1 close relay output 1
c+1 close relay output 9 (first output on first expansion module)
c+5 close relay output 13 (first output on second expansion module)
c1+1+5 combination of the above all in one command
c1234 close relay outputs 1 through 4
c1368 close relay outputs 1, 3, 6, 8
o125 open relay outputs 1, 2, 5
c1+1p=1000 close relay outputs 1, 9 and pulse each for 1 second simultaneously

Monitoring I/O

Whenever an input (or output) changes status (low-to-high or high-to-low), the following is sent out by the JNIOR:

INx=1 Input x (1 – 8) has gone high (on)
OUTx=1 Output x (1 – 16) has gone high (on)
INx=0 Input x (1 – 8) has gone low (off)
OUTx=1 Output x (1 – 16) has gone low (off)


The default setting for the Registry Key AppData/Serial_Control/SendCounts is false. If you change this key to true and reboot, with each message stating the input status, a count value will also be included. Whenever an input changes status (low-to-high or high-to-low), the following is sent out by the JNIOR:

INx=1,yyy Input x (1 – 8) has gone high (on), counter value = yyy
INx=0,yyy Input x (1 – 8) has gone low (off), counter value = yyy


Note: These monitoring messages are sent out individually over the serial port or Ethernet. The JNIOR does not report the status of more than one input/counter in the same message.

With this, you should now be able to use Serial Control Plus to control and monitor a JNIOR’s I/O!

Name Version Release Date Size MD5
Tasker v3.3 Jul 30 2020 1 MB 5783b3bda071222b48775e5ffb9e4b3d
  • [+] adding duplicate instance check
  • [+] variables that start with :: shall be global
  • [+] add TCP Recv
  • [+] add TCP Close
  • [+] new execute script action
  • [+] uses new scripting engine
  • [!] fixed issue where dst timezone was not being logged
  • [+] adding action to prepend to file
  • [+] adding retry logic to external identifier objects. included creating external identifier parent class
  • [+] adding action to copy file
  • [+] adding action to move file
  • [+] add ascii tcp and serial servers for tasker control
  • [~] now preventing spaces in workspace names. current workspace files with spaces will be renamed with an UNDERSCORE

Go to the Tasker Application page for more information. The Tasker Knowledge-base has helpful information on how to use the features in Tasker.

Tasker 3.2 June 18, 2020

Name Version Release Date Size MD5
Tasker v3.2 Jun 18 2020 958 KB 953712536000b330ad267047b7ee274d
  • + added 4-20ma modules
  • + added 10v modules
  • + added email send attachment option

Go to the Tasker Application page for more information. The Tasker Knowledge-base has helpful information on how to use the features in Tasker.

Tasker 3.1 May 1, 2020

Name Version Release Date Size MD5
Tasker v3.1 May 05 2020 942 KB 47e03374e8a8791ec0a922f38e62f174
  • Added If / Else Block Task Action
  • Added While Loop Task Action
  • Added SNMP Trap Task Action - Tutorial
  • Help pages are in progress
  • Upload and download workspaces
  • Delete a workspace (Workspace is backed up)

Go to the Tasker Application page for more information. The Tasker Knowledge-base has helpful information on how to use the features in Tasker.

Tasker 3.0 RELEASED! April 20, 2020

It has been a while since Tasker was released. Tasker was a quick attempt at making a replacement for the Task Manager application that has been around for more than a decade, starting on the Series 3.

Ample time has now been taken to create a fully capable application that will be every bit as functional as Task Manager but offer the benefits of a rewrite, using configuration files and the latest web technology.

Some of the changes and new features are as follows:

  • Faster– The tasks are executed much faster and the triggers and schedule are monitored in real-time instead of once every 5 – 10 seconds.
  • Workspaces - Separate configuration logic into multiple workspaces. Then multiple workspaces can be loaded on the JNIOR at the same time.
  • Tasks are now separate from triggers. In Task Manager a Task was created and a Trigger was configured to get the Task to execute. In Tasker 3.0 Tasks are a separate entity that can be executed several different way including manual execution from the configuration page and being requested via an ASCII TCP connection.
  • Tasks can now send data via an Ethernet connection. To do this, a Device must be created so that the action can specify which device to send the data to. Multiple devices can be configured.
  • New Actions – We implemented actions that were previously available in Task Manager but are introducing many new actions like external module control, TCP communication and control structures.
  • Drag n Drop – Drag and Drop functionality makes it easier to design your Task logic.
  • Signals are now created to assign a specific property of a I/O point or sensor a name. The name can then be used in Tasks, Triggers or Loggers.
  • Loggers can be created to define the file name and schema or what data should be logged to that file. Each line in a Logger will be prepended with a timestamp followed by a comma. Loggers also allow you to define the number of files that should be kept with the given naming pattern. Name patterns can include date patterns. This will help you create a file per day for example.
  • Schedule – The schedule has additional options.
  • JSON Configuration files are used now instead of registry keys. Registry keys were limiting in size. The Series 3 could only store 255 characters in a registry key. It is much easier to upload configuration files to other JNIORs to replicate setups.
  • User Interface – The User Interface is now a native HTML application that uses the latest web technology. The latest web technology uses native HTML controls and Web-sockets to communicate with the JNIOR from your browser. This will allow accessibility over remote connections as long as port 80 is available. This is now consistent with the communication method used by the DCP. Task Manager had always used Java Applets. The Java Applets have not been able to launch in browsers for several years as they became frowned upon as security vulnerabilities.

This was just a short list of changes and new features. The documentation for Tasker should explain these topics as well as many others. If there is anything you don't understand please reach out to us for help. Additionally, if you have any suggestions or need the JNIOR to do something specific for you, please let us know.

For more information go to the Tasker Page

The series 3 JNIORs used the Java Applet as a GUI. Years ago the browsers stopped supporting Java Applets due to security concerns. You are no longer able to open the series 3 Java Applet GUI in most browsers. You can still access it by launching it locally since it is installed as part of the JNIOR Support Tool. The security concerns over java applets are not present when launching the Java Application locally. Here is how to access the Java Applet for a JNIOR.

NOTE: The Java Applet GUI should only be used with series 3 JNIORs.

First, make sure you have the JNIOR support tool downloaded. Here is a link for it.

Name Version Release Date Size MD5
JNIOR Support Tool v7.10 Jul 15 2020 13 MB 4fd5a1b0617a59a7f6802663ec3f789e

Once you have downloaded the Support Tool, you’ll want to open it and find the JNIOR you wish to access the Java Applet for in the Beacon tab. Then by right clicking it, you’ll then go to Tools/Classic Monitor, Configuration, Control Application option and select it.

After selecting this for, the Java Applet for your JNIOR should open.

Name Version Release Date Size MD5
Slaving Service v2.0 Jul 23 2020 183 KB e6f139ce51cdf79c5c05845285cd7eb4
  • [+] Added the ability to control the inputs based on Local or Remote I/O
  • [+] Added a section to the web page for configuring the inputs
Name Version Release Date Size MD5
Grapher v4.1 Jun 18 2020 788 KB 75e992513636e0c45c7aa7f71d8c1303

! Fixed bugs.

Grapher 4.0 - A change in navigation August 23, 2019

Name Version Release Date Size MD5
Grapher v4.0 Aug 22 2019 783 KB a7967fd9878171af565ff1faf677ae14

Several changes affecting how you navigate in time.

Added the ability to change the configured duration view of the graph. Previously the default was a hard-coded 4 hours. Once you brought up the graph you could have used the mouse wheel to zoom out or zoom in. The graph would always load showing the past 4 hours.

In this version we removed the ability to zoom in and out using the mouse wheel. We also removed dragging the graph in the future or past using the mouse. This was done because it was noted that too often the mouse is accidentally being used to modify the graph view.

Since the mouse interaction was removed to zoom and pan, we added buttons below the graph the facilitate the ability to move forward and backward in time.

The fast step buttons move the graph forward or backward by the entire duration. If you are looking at today, as shown below, pressing the fast backwards button will show you yesterday. The single step buttons move by 1/4 the duration. Looking at 24 hours and pressing the single step buttons will move the graph by 6 hours.