Pentair IntelliCenter Pool Control Dashboard Instructional Guide

joboo7777

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My interest in the intellicenter as well as the pjs Pool controller and dash panel has grown over the last few weeks do to a family member having pool built with Pentair equipment. Coming from the Hayward side I'm not that familiar with the intellicenter and have been researching its out of box capability and of course your project to enhance that. I have a question about how(or if) you access your system from outside the house in a secure way. In your documentation I noticed you use port 5150 using http to access the controller/Dashboard. Is there a way to enable SSL capability to secure the connection?

Thanks for your help.
John
 

MyAZPool

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@MyAZPool

My interest in the intellicenter as well as the pjs Pool controller and dash panel has grown over the last few weeks do to a family member having pool built with Pentair equipment. Coming from the Hayward side I'm not that familiar with the intellicenter and have been researching its out of box capability and of course your project to enhance that. I have a question about how(or if) you access your system from outside the house in a secure way. In your documentation I noticed you use port 5150 using http to access the controller/Dashboard. Is there a way to enable SSL capability to secure the connection?

Thanks for your help.
John
John,
Cool.... Well, first off... When it comes to a topic like this, there are some guys on this thread that are much more qualified to provide specific or detailed guidance on this topic than I am.
I think it may depend on the capabilities of your router possibly.
Why not look into setting up a vpn service (nordvpn, openvpn etc) and using dynamic ddns?
My particular router provides a free service that provides a unique vpn address so I can do that.

Anyway, that's just my thought.
I'm sure that some of the guys who are a lot smarter than I on this topic will come along and provide you with further info...
Thanks...
r.
 

joboo7777

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John,
Cool.... Well, first off... When it comes to a topic like this, there are some guys on this thread that are much more qualified to provide specific or detailed guidance on this topic than I am.
I think it may depend on the capabilities of your router possibly.
Why not look into setting up a vpn service (nordvpn, openvpn etc) and using dynamic ddns?
My particular router provides a free service that provides a unique vpn address so I can do that.

Anyway, that's just my thought.
I'm sure that some of the guys who are a lot smarter than I on this topic will come along and provide you with further info...
Thanks...
r.

Thanks for the info. VPN is definitely an option. It’s just another layer of technology that needs to be maintained that can add to issues. And knowing my extended family I would have to be the “IT guy” supporting it which I’m trying to minimize..;). There may be an option on the Raspeberry web server that adds SSL/TLS. I’ll have to look into it.
 

Peterazdig

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Maybe your wife's device wasn't actually on your local network at the time. I jump around networks all the time and sometimes my phone sticks on a wifi connection that isn't local and I don't get the local option.
Tried on mine also and it does the same thing. I jump around networks all the time also, but none with in distance of my house that they could still be accessing and causing it to not be local
 

Peterazdig

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@Peterazdig
Yea, I can't ever recall where I have ever had njspc/dashPanel interfere with the mobile app or the IntelliCenter web-client.
But other than just going to the mobile app or web-client to grab a screen capture to assist someone else who is not using njspc-dashPanel, I frankly don't use them.
I can pull up dashPanel on my iPhone or iPad, so there is really no good reason to use the mobile app when connected to your local network.

Now before my njspc days, I had the same thing happen to me on a few occasions. I believe that I solved the issue by uninstalling the Pentair mobile app and reinstalling in order to get the "connect local" feature back.
Thanks...
r.
I agree that I can do everything on dashpanel. Wife is set in her ways and can always use remote connection. I did update the firmware on the intellicenter recently due not being able to change schedule times. By chance do you know what firmware version you are running?
 

rstrouse

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Jun 17, 2020
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I am running 1.047 but I am pretty sure there is no relation between njspc and the mobile app finding the IntelliCenter. Do you have a DHCP reservation for IntelliCenter in your router. It is probably using upnp to query the network to find the board. Maybe mdns or ssdp filtering could be in play here. Sometimes depending on the router/switch configurations these can be segmented out on the local network.

After you open the mobile app click on the hamburger menu in the upper right. It should open a dialog that says connect locally with a local IP address to IntelliCenter. Is this the correct IP? If it isn't enter the correct one and see if it connects. Oh and the auto login function has been a problem in the past.
 

Peterazdig

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Mar 30, 2021
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I am running 1.047 but I am pretty sure there is no relation between njspc and the mobile app finding the IntelliCenter. Do you have a DHCP reservation for IntelliCenter in your router. It is probably using upnp to query the network to find the board. Maybe mdns or ssdp filtering could be in play here. Sometimes depending on the router/switch configurations these can be segmented out on the local network.

After you open the mobile app click on the hamburger menu in the upper right. It should open a dialog that says connect locally with a local IP address to IntelliCenter. Is this the correct IP? If it isn't enter the correct one and see if it connects. Oh and the auto login function has been a problem in the past.
I do have a reservation for the Intellicenter IP.

Ironically I had to move a device in my network closest 30 min ago and had to unplug the PI. I just open the intellicenter app to check the IP and local is showing. Which is ironic since the only thing different is that I haven’t run the commands to start dashPanel on the PI since plugging it back in.
 

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rstrouse

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Jun 17, 2020
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This is either coincidental or you may have an IP conflict on your network. Did you enable mdns or ssdp on the dashPanel app or njspc. Does the pi also have a reservation?