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Title: Vera, Autelis and Amazon Echo on a Jandy iAqualink
Post by: eyoung71 on October 06, 2017, 03:47:09 pm
I have been reading and reading here. Lots of great information. I am looking to send simple pool commands to my iAqualink via Amazon Echo (Alexa). In my reading it seems I need to get the Autelis controller attached and the plugin developed for Jandy. I am not sure how Alexa would fit in here. Any suggestions or information?

THANKS!
Title: Re: Vera, Autelis and Amazon Echo on a Jandy iAqualink
Post by: Sammy2 on October 07, 2017, 03:32:36 pm
So far Alexa voice commands don't work with Vera and the Autelis plugin.

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Title: Re: Vera, Autelis and Amazon Echo on a Jandy iAqualink
Post by: eyoung71 on October 07, 2017, 11:35:21 pm
Thanks for the reply.
I saw you posted over at TFP. Did anything every come of the adapter that poster mentioned there?
Title: Re: Vera, Autelis and Amazon Echo on a Jandy iAqualink
Post by: Sammy2 on October 08, 2017, 10:33:37 am
I'd have no idea. I got permanently banned over there for "Repeated Thread Hijacking".

Things like your question above are considered hijacking there.

They have a closed minded bunch of over zealous mods over there that didn't like me posting things that didn't match their mantra but are sound chemistry. The real reason is they don't want anyone challenging them..

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Title: Re: Vera, Autelis and Amazon Echo on a Jandy iAqualink
Post by: rstrouse on October 08, 2017, 02:11:11 pm
Hey guys,  I don't have an Alexa.  However, I am not sure why it wouldn't work.  The child devices are almost all BinaryLight devices.  Even for those that are not they can all be controlled via scenes.  Doesn't Alexa support scenes and binary lights?
Title: Re: Vera, Autelis and Amazon Echo on a Jandy iAqualink
Post by: eyoung71 on October 09, 2017, 10:38:59 am
rstrouse,

Can you explain a bit more what you are saying?
It seems like it would be easy to create simple commands to do on/off type of things for the pool. I know you can create a custom skill for Alexa via the Amazon website but I don't think Jandy shares the API.
Title: Re: Vera, Autelis and Amazon Echo on a Jandy iAqualink
Post by: eyoung71 on October 09, 2017, 10:40:41 am
https://developer.amazon.com/docs/custom-skills/host-a-custom-skill-as-an-aws-lambda-function.html

This is way over my head but it explains what I'm talking about.
Title: Re: Vera, Autelis and Amazon Echo on a Jandy iAqualink
Post by: rstrouse on October 09, 2017, 11:26:05 am
The plugin translates the pool equipment, with the exception of the heaters, chlorinator, and light color selection to standard devices on your Vera.  These will either be BinaryLight or Dimmer that use the standard service model.  If there is already a skill for turning on/off binary lights and dimmers this should work for all those.  The heaters, chlorinator, and watercolors are a different matter altogether as there is much more involved with setting the heater selections and choosing predefined colors and themes.

If you don't have an Autelis yet you can run the plugin in simulation mode.  This will allow you to define arbitrary pool equipment, then attempt to control it via Alexa.  I would be surprised if the pool equipment didn't show when you queried the devices in the Alexa skill.
Title: Re: Vera, Autelis and Amazon Echo on a Jandy iAqualink
Post by: eyoung71 on October 09, 2017, 11:51:05 am
OK.
At this point I don't even have Vera so a purchase would be required first. I wish there was a way to test before I bought all of this stuff.
Title: Re: Vera, Autelis and Amazon Echo on a Jandy iAqualink
Post by: Sammy2 on October 12, 2017, 04:45:26 pm
I have tried issuing pool control commands via my Echo Dot / Alexa and the Vera Skill for Alexa doesn't seem to translate the command. No big deal mostly with the Macros built into the Pool Control Plugin are pretty easy to execute with my phone (but could be easier, not fault of rstrouse as it is on Vera here)

I have a macro for "Backyard Lights" that is tied to scenes Back Yard Lights On and Back Yard Lights off.

To execute this through Alexa I have to say, "Alexa, turn the Back Yard Lights On ON" and then, "Alexa turn the Back Yard Lights Off ON". Sort of funny but it works.

The Macros don't work in Alexa through the Vera Skill for any of them. I feel this is in some way related to the way they (and other things like Rachio Plugin, Harmony Control Plugin, etc) don't work in the app but do in a mobile Chrome Browser.
Title: Re: Vera, Autelis and Amazon Echo on a Jandy iAqualink
Post by: eyoung71 on October 13, 2017, 09:39:55 am
I installed rstrouse's plugin and put it in simulation mode. Then I installed the Alexa skill. I could do simple commands like turn on waterfall etc. I am happy with is for now.
The main problem I have now is the Autelis Pool Control for Jandy is Out of Stock! UGH! I was ready to take the next step with this.
Title: Re: Vera, Autelis and Amazon Echo on a Jandy iAqualink
Post by: Sammy2 on October 13, 2017, 10:19:05 am
I installed rstrouse's plugin and put it in simulation mode. Then I installed the Alexa skill. I could do simple commands like turn on waterfall etc. I am happy with is for now.
The main problem I have now is the Autelis Pool Control for Jandy is Out of Stock! UGH! I was ready to take the next step with this.

Post in their forum or send them / call them about it being OOS. They may be able to flash one of the ones that they have with the the Jandy F/W.
Title: Re: Vera, Autelis and Amazon Echo on a Jandy iAqualink
Post by: eyoung71 on February 11, 2018, 08:39:00 pm
I have finally installed the Autelis portion of this project.
I have to say I have no idea what I'm doing. I have it hooked up according to the instructions. I am getting an IP address and can access the Autelis Control via my browser.
But all I get is 'State : No Connection' when accessing via browser.
On the Vera side its the same of course. Adding to that sometimes for the battery image I get 100% and sometimes I get 0%. It's all over the place.

Vera lists
Plugin   1.0 release
Autelis  1.6.9 (standard)
Status   Not Connected
Mode    Auto

It looks like Sammy2 had the exact same problem. I have checked and rechecked the damn wires. Nothing.
Title: Re: Vera, Autelis and Amazon Echo on a Jandy iAqualink
Post by: rstrouse on February 13, 2018, 12:12:48 pm
@eyoung,

Did you say that you can connect via Autelis?  Please open a browser window and type http://<ip address of your autelis unit>/status.xml.   Then post those results back here.  Also, did you set the IP address and username/password for Autelis in the plugin?  This is under the configuration tab.

Title: Re: Vera, Autelis and Amazon Echo on a Jandy iAqualink
Post by: eyoung71 on February 15, 2018, 09:43:14 am
I have it working now!
I started from the beginning and rewired everything and tested along the way. It's at least connected and it pulled the autelis IP address automatically.
Hopefully I can test the Alexa integration later today.
Title: Re: Vera, Autelis and Amazon Echo on a Jandy iAqualink
Post by: rstrouse on February 15, 2018, 11:48:33 am
Awesome let me know if you have any other issues.
Title: Re: Vera, Autelis and Amazon Echo on a Jandy iAqualink
Post by: arutigliano on March 17, 2018, 08:18:31 pm
I am having the same problem. I can connect to Autelis via web browser but no connection with Vera. Under configuration it says run state "255 - Connection Error".

Plugin is v 1.0
Autelis is 1.6.13


Anyone have any ideas??
Title: Re: Vera, Autelis and Amazon Echo on a Jandy iAqualink
Post by: rstrouse on March 19, 2018, 11:44:38 am
@arutigliano,

Please double check the ip address to your Autelis unit is correct on the configuration tab as well as the username and password for the Autelis device.  The 255 code is an error reported when the plugin tries to talk to Autelis and is refused.  Also, open up a browser window and type in the address bar http://<ip address of your Autelis>/status.xml

This will give a more detailed error is the entries on the configuration tab are correct.
Title: Re: Vera, Autelis and Amazon Echo on a Jandy iAqualink
Post by: rayp on March 20, 2018, 01:18:05 am
I have been reading and reading here. Lots of great information. I am looking to send simple pool commands to my iAqualink via Amazon Echo (Alexa). In my reading it seems I need to get the Autelis controller attached and the plugin developed for Jandy. I am not sure how Alexa would fit in here. Any suggestions or information?

THANKS!

I had some limited success with this: https://github.com/evancg37/Alexa-Pool-Control
I used a Raspberry Pi to run the Python code but didn't pursue it further. The author was great in responding but he's a student so his time was limited.
It uses IFTT also so that is the link to the Vera. Maybe someone will have more time to work on it!
Title: Re: Vera, Autelis and Amazon Echo on a Jandy iAqualink
Post by: eyoung71 on April 28, 2018, 07:25:05 pm
I hope someone sees this. I have everything installed and it's mostly working. I am able to turn on/off the pool filter, spa filter, pool light, spa light.

I had to add waterfall. It is a pump that is linked to Aux1.

I am unable to make 'waterfall' turn on via Alexa. It seems all of the other switches simply loaded with plugin. I attached a screenshot.
I looked at the Vera Skill in the Alexa app. It says 'find new devices' but it doesn't find it.

Any ideas on what to try to get it to work with Alexa? THANKS!
Title: Re: Vera, Autelis and Amazon Echo on a Jandy iAqualink
Post by: Kmitchel on April 29, 2018, 10:14:42 am
This is awesome! 

I use the HA Bridge to get my Vera items to work with Alexa.  (Honestly, I bridge everything in Vera to OpenHab2 so I can have one place for 'code'/control).

I was waiting for a wireless version of Autelis, but I may have to break down and figure out how to run a hard line.  The panel where my Jandy controller lives is on a single column.  It would look really crazy to have a bunch of wires dangling.
Title: Vera Autelis and Amazon Echo on a Jandy iAqualink
Post by: Darrenrex on August 31, 2018, 05:39:39 pm
I have already verified that all the wires were connected. I actually removed them from the lugs at the Jandy Board and re-inserted them re-tightening the screws.

On the Autelis itself, I tightened the screws on the lugs and gently pulled them. They did not come out of the lugs at all. It would seem that the Autelis is getting power and has an ethernet connection too.

The wired on-wall Jandy RS Touch Panel inside the house still controls the Jandy Board fortunately as it is the only remote control I have for the pool right now and it isnt very remote. Without the Autelis, I cannot use my Vera Plugin either.

Should I flash the f/w?