Below are some of the features and things you can do with Neets, there are separate articles on all of them, and this is just an overview on what is possible!
Expand your system on all our networked controllers!
On a controller you can add up to 8 other Neets networked products, such as amplifiers, switching relays and other controllers. You get the ability to use the extra ports on the expanded products, such as LAN/RS232 ports and I/O ports and relays.
All you need to do is making sure they connected devices have the same firmware, and you do that by connecting the amplifiers or switching relay to USB while Project Designer is open, then it will prompt you if a firmware update is needed.
On the controllers you will need to open a blank project and upload that to the controller, then the main controller will find the products according to the serial number you entered when adding the expansion product into you project file.
With this you can really build a big system and remember that when adding another controller to you project, you will get the LAN ports as well. So adding a UniForm to a TanGo project will give you a total of 12 LAN devices you can connect to.
The scheduler in Neets requires that you connect a NEB Port Expansion to your controller, then you will get access to a weekly calendar with room for 20 instances.
Perhaps you wish for a videowall in a reception area to turn on at 8 in the morning and turn off again at 5 in the afternoon, but only from Monday to Friday. Then this is possible with this feature and it is all done in the feedback section of Project Designer, once you have added the Port Expansion in the System view.
With this feature, you are able to troubleshoot your install or easily go in on an existing install and see the dataflow or missing links to devices. It is possible to inspect I/O's such as movement sensors, screen outputs, RS232 and LAN communication with timestamps and copy function.
Watch the video to see a live demo of the feature
It is possible to control several popular protocols in terms of lighting controllers, such as KNX, DALI, Lutron and DMX.
KNX is the deepest integration, where we have made it possible to just add the KNX addresses directly into Project Designer and the controller will fire the commands into a KNX gateway which translates to the KNX language.
DALI, Lutron, DMX, P5 etc. are regular device drivers as we would control a Display or Projector.
Last but not least you can just control lights on/off with a simple relay, either 3rd party or one of Neets Relay 2, 4 or 8. with basic IO or RS232/LAN controls.
Watch the video to see how to integrate with KNX
Firstly a bit of background info: One control system is only able to have one source LED lit at a time, that is the logic initially built into Project Designer. Although in some installs, as shown below, where two displays is on the same keypad, you would need the controller to have two independent sides of the controller. This is done with button grouping, so that we make the controller believe that it is actually two controllers. Meaning that the left side operates independent of the right one.
This feature is made so that you don't have to create all of the LED blinking manually with the change "button appearance function", though saving you a lot of configuration time.
Many installs are made in locations where there is a folding wall dividing two rooms, and here we would like to be able to share a matrix or have buttons perform certain actions when the rooms are separated and others while combined.
This is achieved with the "Set rooms combined" and "If rooms combined" functions in Project Designer.
It is possible to set different states of the buttons with this one variable and it can be used on both keypads and touch panels, initiated by a button press or a switch in the wall perhaps.
Multiple Graphical Interfaces - MGI
With this cool feature, you are able to add 5 touch panels to one Neets controller. They can all operate as individual panels, without influencing each other, but you can also use on to control them across the panels. Maybe you wish the panels to go to a certain page when rooms are combined
In each project file it is possible to print a file as documentation, either for own sake or a copy to hand to your customer. You are able to print as a MS Word or a PDF file for easy printing, or as images only if you wish to include it into existing material or other documentation file formats.
It is also a great opportunity to use the documentation in the pre-sales to give the customer an idea on what you are proposing. The documentation includes the following:
- Overview, LAN settings, FW version of the controller.
- System overview as a wiring diagram
- Device information, e.g. connections and notes to be aware of in the install process
- Interfaces, both keypads and touch interfaces
You can build the documentation from the File menu in Project Designer
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Barco Clickshare integration
The Barco wireless sharing is very popular in the corporate world, but in most installs you would still need a remote to operate the TV on and off.
With the integration directly into Project Designer, the controller will discover if there is an active button connected to the users computer, and then it will go and perform the actions to the button which it is linked to. This could be; turn on TV, set input to HDMI2, turn on Sound Bar and set input to Optical and so on. So that the user will actually only see that everything happens, by just connecting the button to their PC. It will of course turn set everything to off once the user unplugs the button again.
Watch the video to see how to integrate Clickshare into Neets Project Designer
Cisco Webex integration
The Cisco integration is yet another hard done easy integration from Neets, where you simply use the Cisco Touch 10 touch panel and create a link between the button presses on the panel and the Neets controller, so that when a user presses a button, the controller will execute the functions, such as turning on the display or projector, rolling down the screen or curtain controls. These are not functions the Cisco is able to do, so that is the reason why you need a controller to interpret those button presses.
This concludes the description of functions and integrations with Neets.