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Getting Started / How-To for those new to Altsteon for Vera 2 & Vera 3

1) Link all devices to PLM.
You MUST link all your Insteon devices to your PLM. See your PLM's and device specific User Manuals for the method.
* This is important - if they are not linked they will not work properly, if at all, with Altsteon *

2)  Get the needed files

Vera3... binaries & ancillary files posted
use only ancillary files from lasted version posted
use binaries in attachment posted,8910.msg71493.html#msg71493

From the Vera UI...

3) Install the Altsteon file set inside folder 'vera-files'

go to "Apps" -> "Develop Apps" -> "Luup files"
and upload all of the files in that folder using the Vera UI. When uploading the files, do not check the box to "Restart Luup after upload".

4) Create the PLM device

   Go to : Apps -> Develop Apps -> Create device and enter these values :
      Device type : urn:geektaco-info:device:plm:1
      Internal ID : plm
      Description : plm
      Upnp Device Filename : D_InsteonPlm.xml
      Upnp Implementation Filename : I_InsteonPlm.xml
      Ip Address :  <Address of the machine you are running the daemon on>
      MAC : <blank>
      Room : <doesn't matter>
      Parent device : No parent/Please select
   Click "Create device".   You should eventually get a pop-up indicating that a new device has
   been created.  If you go back to the "Devices" section of the dashboard you should see a place holder
   for the plm.  If not, hit the "Reload" button to let the Vera find it.
   If you see the PLM in your dashboard, you are ready to start adding Insteon devices to be controlled.
   It is best to start with adding a single device and then testing it before starting to bulk add your

5) Set the Vera to start Altsteon on boot.

Go to : Apps->Develop Apps->Startup Lua
... add the code below based on what your PLM is set to use. See *Finding What USB port your PLM is on* section below to figure it out.

--- Code: ---local plm = "/dev/ttyUSB0"

os.execute("/overlay/sbin/altsteon -p " .. plm)
--- End code ---

From SSH...

6) Login to the VERA using SSH (version 2) to get a command line
   ... user: root
   ... password: <whatever is printed on the bottom of your Vera unit>

6a) Copy the files inside the 'vera-binaries' directory to the '/overlay/sbin/ directory' using SCP

6b) 'chmod' the altsteon file to 755 (to make it executable) - WinSCP can also do this using right-click Properties on the file.

7) Go to the document "altsteon_instructions.txt" that came with the Altsteon file set.
... Search for "Getting Started" and after that you will find how to create your other devices.
... SPECIAL NOTE: The dimmer instructions are WRONG. You MUST use D_InsteonDimmer.xml in the 'Upnp Device Filename' section

* Finding What USB port your PLM is on *

Lets make sure you can run the binary
... run "/overlay/sbin/altsteon --help"
... this displays the help screen from altsteon. If you see the help menu, the binary is ready to go.   

Now we need to figure out what port your PLM is on.

If you use an Insteon USB PLM or an FTDI usb to serial adapter with your Insteon serial PLM, you will run :
dmesg | grep "FTDI"
...   Response looks like : "usb 2-2: FTDI USB Serial Device converter now attached to ttyUSB1".

If you use a Prolific USB to Serial adapter, with an Insteon serial PLM, you will run :
dmesg | grep "pl2303"
...   Response looks like :
USB Serial support registered for pl2303
usbcore: registered new interface driver pl2303
pl2303: Prolific PL2303 USB to serial adaptor driver
pl2303 2-1.2:1.0: pl2303 converter detected
usb 2-1.2: pl2303 converter now attached to ttyUSB0
pl2303 2-1.3:1.0: pl2303 converter detected
usb 2-1.3: pl2303 convert

...  "ttyUSB1" or  "ttyUSB0" portion is what we need. 
We insert "/dev/" in front of that and use the value to pass in to the program.
So, if "ttyUSB1" is what you have, run 'altsteon' with the command "/overlay/sbin/altsteon -p /dev/ttyUSB1".

If it runs properly you will see something like this...

root@MiOS:~# /overlay/sbin/altsteon -p /dev/ttyUSB0
Quitting parent.
root@MiOS:~# Debug Level : 0
[4/30/2012 - 20:15:46] - --| Starting altsteon!

Thanks Aaron,

I give it a try I think. I got the SPC client loaded and open looks easier than I thought. Do I move the directory over or just copy the two files inside of it? Sorry for the basic questions I just want to get it correct.

I updated the fist post... use that, it will be easier to follow, and quicker.


Thanks That was the Altsteon for Dummies guide I needed. I got it all loaded, just need to figure out why I getting the PLM- Lau Engine failed to load

updated to add... Link all devices to PLM


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