IntelliConnect Review

PoolManMatt

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@Blancmik

I just put in an IntelliConnect and I have almost the same setup as you do. I wanted to confirm since the documentation was a little confusing to me. Do I need to hook the SWG to one of the relays to enable/disable power or can the RS485 connection turn the SWG on and off based on the IntelliFlo's operation without the relay?

Thanks!


@Grndpoundr

Just wanted to send you a note regarding this... we had a power outage recently while we were out of town and when I came home my IntelliFlo was off (and my pool was getting no circulation or chlorine from my SWG). What I discovered is that, when the power goes out, the relay does not automatically turn back on.

I reached out to Pentair and that they stated that I should not have the IntelliFlo connected to the relay. The IntelliFlo should have its own, dedicated power source and the IntelliFlo should only be connected to the IntelliConnect via the communication cable. I've reached out to my pool builder who will be coming to re-wire the pump... as an interim solution I've setup a schedule for the relay so that in the event of a power failure, the schedule will cause the relay to turn back on. Additionally, Pentair said that I should choose the device type as an "Other Non Flow Dep device") to ensure that the communication with the IntelliChlor is correct (the IntelliConnect will determine when the IntelliChlor is active, not just the flow switch).

Hope this helps. I updated my original post to reflect this for anyone else that may look at this.
 

Blancmik

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@PoolManMatt Neither the SWG nor the Intelliflo is connected to the Intelliconnect relay. Just the RS485 connection for both.

I originally had the Intelliflo connected to relay one, however Pentair confirmed that that was incorrect. Both the intelliflo and SWG should have a dedicated (non Intelliconnect relay) power source.

Good luck with the install!
 
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DIY Engineer

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I just installed my intelliconnect. Is it possible to control any of the functions through an Alexa? The Link₂O app doesn’t come up when I search.
Currently, no. I used intelliconnect to run a 1 speed pump and booster off the 2 relays. This provides my timer, freeze protect, and depedent pump control. As an added bonus, it measures the pump power flowing thru each relay and lets me view water temperature by attaching two therm wires and faking the heater setup. Decided to run the lights and water feature using regular WiFi switches controlled by Alexa.
 

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setsailsoon

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Blanc,

Nice write up and seems to be a great way to get basic pool control. Does not appear to control valves for pools that have a spa but at under $600 for the controller this is a good deal for a lot of pools.

Chris
 
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Blancmik

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Mar 23, 2019
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@joeymorovis sorry for the delay in responding. The Intelliconnect has two relays that could be used to control lights separately. I have two light wired to one relay (the two lights in my pool) so that they are the same.

The relays appear to be pre-programmed to support Pentair, Hayward and Jandy lights among other things. Below are the options that show up when configuring a relay.
 

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amgclk65

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Mar 26, 2017
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Avondale, AZ
Hey,
@Blanckmik
Do you do anything special on setup for the intelliflo and ichlor ?
I installed my connect and can’t get it to see the ichlor or intelliflo. Good connection on the rs terminals. Maybe thinking the connect is faulty . The intelliflo and ichlor are new. The app is online . The ichlor statues no Communication and intelliflo states offline.
 

Blancmik

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Mar 23, 2019
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Florida
@amgclk65
So the Intelliflo and IntelliChlor each have their own dedicated power source (not powered via the IntelliConnect). They are controlled via the IntelliConnect over an RS432 connection. Post #7 has a picture of the connection.

I did need to enable them via the interface to set them up initially. If you need additional photos, let me know.
 

amgclk65

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Mar 26, 2017
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Avondale, AZ
Hey,
i figured it out. The RS432 cable was unplugged from inside the intelliflo drive units key pad. Took me a bit to figure that out. All works good now.
Still have a few issue to work out. I noticed the pump scheduling within the App is limited to time only. It does not let me set times for different days. Kind of strange. I haven't attempted to the set the sechdule via the pump itself. Maybe that's the trick. Also the relay is too slow to switch on and off for my generic led pool light via the app. So i can't color change the pool light. Toggling the relay manually works. The lag in network and app is too much . I'll have to figure something else out for that.
 

Belikin

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Blanc,

Nice write up and seems to be a great way to get basic pool control. Does not appear to control valves for pools that have a spa but at under $600 for the controller this is a good deal for a lot of pools.

Chris
Agree this is an excellent write-up! In fact, I've been waffling about adding this setup for my pool that's about to be built. I actually pulled the trigger on the automation based on what I read here and we signed our contract today! In my first post, I last said we decided to go without the automation but we have now added it based on everything my pool builder says they'll wire it to do and this review.
Spefically, why i'm responding to your reply is that my builder is installing this system with solenoid operated valves tied to the Intelliconnect to operate the jacuzzi that is part of our build. According to them, I'll be able to turn on the jacuzzi and start pre-heating, as well as all lights etc.. all from my phone. It's written into my contract so they are gonna find a way to make it work if this doesn't do it natively... :)
 
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Blancmik

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Agree this is an excellent write-up! In fact, I've been waffling about adding this setup for my pool that's about to be built. I actually pulled the trigger on the automation based on what I read here and we signed our contract today! In my first post, I last said we decided to go without the automation but we have now added it based on everything my pool builder says they'll wire it to do and this review.
Spefically, why i'm responding to your reply is that my builder is installing this system with solenoid operated valves tied to the Intelliconnect to operate the jacuzzi that is part of our build. According to them, I'll be able to turn on the jacuzzi and start pre-heating, as well as all lights etc.. all from my phone. It's written into my contract so they are gonna find a way to make it work if this doesn't do it natively... :)
Awesome! Congrats on signing! You’re going to love it!
 

bdejulius

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May 25, 2020
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NJ
Hello! This article was very helpful. I got my IntelliConnect working with my IntelliFlo and Pentair heater. I would love to be able to control my one valve actuator via the IntelliConnect. Is there any possible way to do this with the relay(s)? I can certainly wire in a 24V transformer, but the communication wire is where I'm stuck.
 

guinness

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Linking to your other thread regarding acutator