Visonic Powermax Alarms

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Sat Mar 31, 2018 1:33 pm
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Visonic Powermax Alarms

Hi, wondering if anyone has any inclination to add Powermax alarms into the supported equipment list? Lot of great info on the protocol here https://www.domoticaforum.eu/viewtopic.php?f=68&t=6581 and there are several competing systems with plugins for it (HomeSeer, Vera etc). It’s the missing link that’s currently stopping me from purchasing Indigo..

Thanks,

Badger

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Sat Mar 31, 2018 1:35 pm
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Re: Visonic Powermax Alarms

If you're just looking for support for Visonic sensors, the RFPlayer plugin does that. You do need a ZiBlue RFPlayer RF dongle for that.

A plugin to integrate the full alarm system is a non-trivial amount of work. Unless there's a plugin developer that has one of those systems, I don't think it's likely it'll get done.

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Re: Visonic Powermax Alarms

I'm going with @FlyingDiver on this one: the API is a (horrible) binary API (like Z-Wave and Insteon) which is significantly more difficult to develop for than the newer modern APIs. So unless there is a developer out there that actually owns this security system and wants to build a plugin it doesn't seem likely that it'll get done. If someone has managed to write a Python wrapper around that binary API to make it more easily consumed (and has it open sourced on GitHub or similar) then you might find someone willing to tackle it.

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Sat Mar 31, 2018 3:10 pm
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Re: Visonic Powermax Alarms

Thanks for your responses guys. It does look like there has been some work done with Python around this system (is that hat HomeSeer plugs ins use?) but I must admit to not having much of a clue myself where to even start.

I might look into the RFPLayer route however. Thanks for the heads up.

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Re: Visonic Powermax Alarms

badgerarc wrote:
is that hat HomeSeer plugs ins use?


Unfortunately, no, they use a Windows-specific development technologies (I believe - at least they used to).

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Sat Mar 31, 2018 3:45 pm
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Re: Visonic Powermax Alarms

badgerarc wrote:
Thanks for your responses guys. It does look like there has been some work done with Python around this system (is that hat HomeSeer plugs ins use?) but I must admit to not having much of a clue myself where to even start.

I might look into the RFPLayer route however. Thanks for the heads up.


Homeseer plugins are .NET binaries. Not Python. I found one Python module on GitHub, but it was in early development. Sorry.

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Sat Mar 31, 2018 4:15 pm
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Re: Visonic Powermax Alarms


joe (aka FlyingDiver)
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Sat Mar 31, 2018 4:18 pm
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Re: Visonic Powermax Alarms

FlyingDiver wrote:

Sorry posted the wrong link. I'll be keeping an eye on this one I think. I currently have HomeAssistant running on my Mac but I think I would prefer something a bit more robust.

Thanks again.

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