NOTE: Please note that the following posts in this thread were moved from the thread: Pentair IntelliCenter Review - The Good, the Bad and the Ugly. This is due to the fact that the following posts were related ONLY to Integrating the Pentair IntelliCenter with 3rd Party Home Automation Control Systems and did not deal with the Pentair IntelliCenter directly.@MyAZPool Have you been able to make any progress on this?
I am still a way out from having my IntelliCenter installed but advanced control by my Home Automation system is a must for me. I have been searching the internet and found a very interesting and currently active github project:
node.js Pool Controller
This project is using a USB RS485 adapter to talk directly on the communication bus bypassing any network communications all together.
A user raised a request to support IntelliCenter and the author of the project has been active in responding: Intellicenter Messages · Issue #116 · tagyoureit/nodejs-poolController
I have already purchased an adapter (for the huge cost of $0.80 ), Buy Products Online from China Wholesalers at Aliexpress.com and am currently awaiting receipt.
It appears that the author does not own an IntelliCenter so if all of use here who are interested could show some love for his project and help him out with questions on the IntelliCneter then this could be a very cool solution indeed.
Disclaimer: I have no affiliation with the project or the developer.... or AliExpress for that matter
There has been no movement on attempting to access the panel directly.
I went to the GitHub link and perused the thread. EXTREMELY INTERESTING!! Some of this is a bit over my head, but I certainly got the gist of most of it. The "IntelliCenter messages.zip" attachments are amazing just to see all of the various configurations there in "code". These guys are "all-over-it"! I can see lot's of possibilities. Especially the fact of "jail-breaking" the IntelliCenter and getting it to do a whole lot more than what it was programmed initially to do. There goes my warranty .....
I could not get to the AliExpress link for some reason. I'm curious how one might install the "USB RS485 adapter to talk directly on the communication bus bypassing any network communications all together". I am hardwired (Cat5E) to the network adapter on the mothercard, so I'm wondering if that would be to my advantage in order to access the IntelliCenter panel directly from my LAN and just how this connectivity would work. If I would have to run an additional RS-485 connection, no problem because I left a "pull-wire" inside the Cat5E conduit.
We have another member that is in to this kind of thing as well, and it might be great to bring him in on this and get his input. Calling @jonpcar
Thanks so much for providing this bit of information. Maybe there is hope after all to start squeezing more capability out of our IntelliCenters and begin to customize the functionalities and get some work-arounds to some of Pentair's "oversights".