Pentair IntelliCenter Pool Control Dashboard Instructional Guide

tagyoureit

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Hello,

Was anybody able to have a remote RS485, an EW11< that is configured in "client" mode, which connects to your socket port which then feeds the received data to /dev/ttyUSB0 ?

I tried to follow the instructions form Docker · tagyoureit/nodejs-poolController Wiki the "Docker socat example:" section but I get an error similar to:



when the socat command is executed:



I even tried to install socat on my OS, not in docker, and run manually the command - still not wrking

I'm looking to run socat in tcp-listen mode so that the EW11 can reconnect and push the data to socat port, instead of having NJPC connect to EW11 - since I see that NJPC doesn't reconnect if EW11 restarts, or there is a network issue.

Any help is appreciated.
This issue was likely fixed 5 days ago (Commands fail after temporary loss of RS485 connectivity · Issue #357 · tagyoureit/nodejs-poolController). Please try your original configuration again and if it persists open an issue in github.

In the grand scheme, Socat has it's own issue of reconnecting, so you are introducing new potential problems by adding a 2nd hop (njsPC->socat->Elfin). I don't recommend this.
 

Turbo1Ton

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You should be able to use them simultaneously. I have been for the past couple weeks. I just checked and Intellicenter seems to be down at the moment. I can't get to the web client. The app will only work by connecting to a local pool, not through the servers.

Another win for njsPC and dashPanel.

--Jeff
 
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silfa718

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You should be able to use them simultaneously. I have been for the past couple weeks. I just checked and Intellicenter seems to be down at the moment. I can't get to the web client. The app will only work by connecting to a local pool, not through the servers.

Another win for njsPC and dashPanel.

--Jeff
Okay, my luck the Intelicenter was down the same time I checked it.
 

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Agreed.
As @Turbo1Ton points out, both "should" be operational simultaneously. However, as many of us have come to realize, the reliability of the IntelliCenter Web Client is "marginal" on its best days.
Just one of many reasons why more and more IntelliCenter users depend on njspC/dashPanel as their "Go To" client.

According to https://uptimerobot.com, in just the first 4.5 days of this month, Intellicenter.com was down a whooping 5 and a half hours.

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So much for "Server Reliability". Wherever those servers may reside. :p
r.
 

CMPLY

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Thank you, pulled the latest changed and created a new docker image, then reconfigured to connect to Elfin.
Would you be able to provide any help (example docker-compose.yml or how you created a new docker image) with your docker setup for connecting to the Elfin? I've tried to follow the Wiki instructions, but the njsPC container never starts on my Synology server (the error log basically is riddled with 'cannot find file').

My Elfin's configured, but I'm wondering if my setup (using a Synology server) fails because its restricting access to the serial/USB ports. Thanks!!!