Frequently Asked Questions

The frequently asked questions below provide information regarding SmartServer applications and references for more information, and consist of the following:


What is a SmartServer IoT?

See SmartServer 101 for information on SmartServer features, architecture, and how to use a SmartServer IoT.

Do I need a license to use my SmartServer, and if so, how do I get one?

Device Capacity and Maintenance licenses may be required for SmartServer 3.3 and higher depending on the application. See Manage Licenses as well as Frequently Asked Questions - Licensing for more information.

How do I use the SmartServer as a self-installed IP-852 router?

The SmartServer can be used as a self-installed IP-852 router, which allows you to create an IP-852 network with two or more SmartServer IoTs (e.g., connecting two buildings together) without using a LNS network integration tool to add the SmartServers to the existing LNS network. This application is similar to the i.LON 600 self-installed router as repeater feature and also requires the purchase of a U60. In this case, the SmartServers are used as repeaters and repeat all the traffic on any FT-10/XF-1250/Power Line SmartServer to all the other channels connected to other SmartServers. This method is useful when a network integration tool does not support IP-852 routers. In these cases, the SmartServers are physically connected to the existing network, but there are now two logical channels:

  1. LON channel (FT-10, XF-1250 or power line) which has all the LON devices (except SmartServer routers) and is configured by a third party tool that doesn't know about IP-852 routers.
    1. The SmartServer U60/U70 are physically connected to these channel, but no SmartServer routers are added to the integration tool.
  2. IP-852 channel, which connects the SmartServers together. Add both SmartServers to an IP-852 configuration server network. No other integration tools are required.

See the Using the SmartServer as a Self-Installed IP-852 Router section in (Optional) Set up the IP-852 Configuration Server for more information.

For this application, you do not need a SmartServer device capacity license. You only need a maintenance license if you want to upgrade to a new SmartServer software version.

Supported hardware platforms: SmartServer IoT

Can the SmartServer be only used as an RNI, IP-852 routing and/or Multi-port routing for LON devices?

Yes, the SmartServer can be used just as an RNI, IP-852 router and/or Multi-port routing. To use it as a IP-852 router, or multi-port routing, change the SmartServer mode to IMM prior to commissioning it in IzoT CT or IzoT Net Server by using the CMS Device Widget and clicking the SmartServer action menu and selecting "Switch to LON Independent Management mode (IMM). If you use the default DMM to commission the IP-852 or U60/U70 routers then the SmartServer will stop routing after a SmartServer reboot.

This application requires the separate purchase of one or more U60s/U70s.

For these application, you do not need a SmartServer device capacity license. If you use any other of the builtin features you will need a SmartServer device capacity licenses. You only need a maintenance license if you want to upgrade to a new SmartServer software version.

Supported hardware platforms: SmartServer IoT

How can I use the SmartServer to do network recovery for an already provisioned LON network?

The SmartServer can discover devices but this feature cannot be used for automatic network recovery where you discover the existing provisioned devices on the network without modifying the devices configuration (like subnet/node ids or connections). Using the SmartServer device discovery process in almost all cases change the LON device's subnet/node ids and removes any existing connection which can cause any existing operational site to stop working.

Instead, use IzoT CT or IzoT Net Server as described below. If Modbus or BACnet device discovery is required, then disconnect the SmartServer from the LON channel before running device discovery in order to not bring down an operational LON network. Connect the LON channel after discovery is done.

For LON network recovery, set the SmartServer to IMM and use an existing IzoT CT or IzoT Net Server database, or use the CT Recover database from network feature or IzoT Net Server OpenLNS Database Recovery Wizard.

  • If using the SmartServer RNI to discover the network, then make sure the SmartServer LON Configuration page Domain Id is not set for the same domain Id the existing network. 
    • If the SmartServer domain Id is set to the same Id as the working network then you may see a NS, #51 error.
  • In CT, when creating the network, in the Naming dialog, the first dialog, select Recover database from network and then continue with the rest of creating a network.
    • After you recovering the network go to the network properties and put the network interface onnet.
    • The devices may show up in a different subnet or drawing page.
  • Add an IP-70 channel and a SmartServer IoT device to the CT drawing or IzoT Net Server database.
  • Change the SmartServer mode to IMM.
  • Use the IzoT Net Export utility to import the IzoT CT network or IzoT Net Server database into the SmartServer.

Supported hardware platforms: SmartServer IoT.

Do LON networks require a U60 or U70?

Depending on the LON channel type that you are using, at least one U60 or U70  network interface is required for use with the SmartServer on LON networks. The SmartServer can be used as a multi-port router which means it can support multiple U60s and U70s. U60s/U70 are not required for BACnet or Modbus devices. USB Network interfaces Types:

  • U60 FT is a network interface for LON/IP-FT and LON-FT channels.
  • U60 TP-1250 is a network interface for  LON/IP TP-1250 and LON TP-1250 channels.
  • U70 PL-20 is a network interface for LON PL-20 and LON/IP PL-20 power line carrier networks. The U70 can be used with and without repeating. Power-line repeating is typically used for streetlight networks.
    • If you are using power line repeating, only a single U70 can be used (i.e., no other U70 or U60s can be used). The U10 and U20 network interfaces are not supported.

See Add a U60 or U70 LON Network Interface and Router for information on how many network interfaces are supported.

Supported hardware platforms: SmartServer IoT, Remote CMS

How do I do Metering and I/O with the SmartServer?

The SmartServer doesn't have any built-in metering or I/O but you can add external metering and I/O devices to enhance the SmartServer.

Some examples are:

  • Metering
    • Carlo Gavazzi EM21072DMV53XOSX (Modbus) for 230VAC and the EM21072DMV63XOSX for 120VAC, they are identical apart from the supply voltage and support 333mV, 5A and Rogowski CTs. 
  • I/O
    • Advanteck Adam 4150 (Modbus)
      • Some of these also have a MQTT interface which is good for street light applications.
    • Metz Connect MR-TP (6 digital input, 2 relay, 2 digital output).
    • Seneca DI 5-CH Digital input module

See SmartServer resources for DTP and XIF files for some of these devices (for example: Adam 4100, 4150 and 6266; Carlos Gavazzi EM210). You can customize the Modbus devices XIF files to show only the datapoints that you want to see.

Can the SmartServer automatically discover devices?

Yes, you can use the SmartServer to automatically discover BACnet, Modbus, and LON devices using the Discover button () on the Devices widget. Datapoint discovery is only supported for BACnet Devices. For LON and Modbus devices, you must import an XIF file prior to running device discovery. In most cases the device will show up in the SmartServer as unconfigured. To use the device you will in most case have to provision the discovered devices. Provisioning a LON devices will change the domain/subnet/node ids, change the datapoint values and remove any existing connection in the LON device.

When using the SmartServer device discovery any discovery provisioned LON device will in almost all cases have their subnet/node ids changed and all existing connections removed. This can cause an operational LON site to stop working.  Device discovery for BACnet and Modbus devices just finds these devices and allows you to access these devices. For Modbus or BACnet device discovery, disconnect the SmartServer from the LON channel before running device discovery in order to not bring down an operational LON network. Connect the LON channel after discovery is done.

When started, device discovery will try to discover all devices on LON, Modbus, and if configured on the BACnet channel.

LON devices unsafe-only - DMM device discovery - caution about deleting LON devices

Deleting a discovered LON device using the remove action in the Devices widget may cause a previously working device to stop working.

To delete a discovered LON device, first make sure the device is no longer connected to the network (e.g., FT channel) or disconnect the SmartServer from the network (such as disconnect the U60) and then delete the device in the CMS device widget.

Doing a reset database will not affect the existing devices.

LON devices unsafe-only - DMM device discovery - caution about discovering previously installed LON devices

If you discover and provision a previously installed LON device when using DMM, then the SmartServer may modify the configuration of the device.

If the device is part of an operational system, then the system may no longer function as expected due to the change in the LON device configuration.

To restore normal operation, reconfigure your discovered LON devices using the SmartServer CMS.

Protocols:

  • BACnet – The SmartServer can automatically create a device type and discover the BACnet datapoints for each type of discovered BACnet device. See Add a BACnet Interface.
  • Modbus – The Modbus protocol does not support device discovery, but the SmartServer has a mechanism that can be used to discover Modbus devices.
    • To discover Modbus devices using the SmartServer, first create a MOD file with a unique identifier for that Modbus device type, and then import the file using the Device Types widget. During device discovery, if a Modbus device has that unique identifier, then that device is automatically added to the Devices widget. See (Optional) Add a Modbus Interface (TCP/RTU).
  • EnOcean – If you import the device XIF before running device discovery, then any device that is discovered can be used. EnOcean devices push data to the SmartServer. The EnOcean driver does not support writing to devices. See Add an EnOcean Interface.
    • Purchase an EnOcean 500U USB radio, which has an approximate range of 30 meters in order to communicate to the EnOcean devices.
  • LoRaWAN (beta) – Configure the SmartServer to use Chirpstack and import the device XIF files. See (Optional) Add a LoRaWAN Interface.
  • LON  – If you import the device XIF before running device discovery, then any device that is discovered can be used. If you run discovery before importing the XIF, then the SmartServer will create a device type without datapoints. These devices should be removed as they are not functional. 
    • There are two modes for discovering LON devices:
      • Using the SmartServer with LNS tools (IMM) – LON devices should be discovered with the LNS tool (e.g., IzoT CT or IzoT Net Server application). If you run discovery using the CMS Devices widget, then it may add any LON device that it discovers. Therefore, run the IzoT Net Export utility after you run discovery using the CMS Devices widget. Otherwise, what you see in the CMS Devices widget may not be what you see in the LNS SmartServer IoT device  subsystem.
      • Using the SmartServer as a standalone integration tool (DMM) – device discovery will add any discovered devices.
    • For LON device discovery, you can specify a domain ID or use the Enable Domain ID Discovery option on the LON Configuration page to check all 1-byte domains. When using Enable Domain ID Discovery option, the domain ID of the first device discovered, or the first service pin message received, will determine the domain ID that is used for all subsequent device discovery. See (Optional) Add a LON Interface for more information.

      The SmartServer can do LON device discovery. However, if the site is operational system, it may no longer be operational after using device discovery. Once LON devices are discovered, provision the devices (subnet/node ids are changed, existing datapoint values go to default, and existing connections to devices are deleted). 

      To add an existing network, or to discover a working network, first use an existing IzoT CT/IzoT Net Server database, or use OpenLNS Database Recovery Wizard, to do network recovery, then change the SmartServer to IMM mode, and finally use the IzoT Net Export utility to build up the network into the SmartServer.

      DO NOT use device discovery on an already working LON production site. If you mistakenly do so, then disconnect the SmartServer from the LON network and do a reset database. Deleting the devices in the CMS will also break the working network as the SmartServer will decommission the device before removing the device from the network.To delete LON devices, first remove the SmartServer from the LON network, then delete the LON devices, and finally re-add the SmartServer to the LON network after about 30 minutes (to allow the decommission command to timeout).

      Starting with SmartServer 3.4, LON devices can be discovered for a specific LON domain ID, or you can use LON domain ID discovery for one-byte domains. LON domain ID discovery chooses the domain ID based on the first discovered device, or if it receives a service message from a device. LON devices that are discovered using device discovery appear with current devices status (e.g., provisioned or unprovisioned). For provisioned devices, device discovery preserves the existing connections (that is, connections continue to work after discovery is completed)

      For DMM, prior to SmartServer 3.4, discovered devices appear as unprovisioned (shown in blue in the CMS), requiring you to provision the device in order to use it. This process deletes all existing connections to the device.

      For IMM, run the IzoT Net Export utility after device discovery.

      If the SmartServer discovers LON devices, then only delete devices that are disconnected from the LON channel, otherwise the SmartServer will decommission the device before it deletes it from the CMS.  

      If you are doing device discovery starting with SmartServer 3.4 and higher, then the SmartServer will show any device that it sees using the current state of the edge device (i.e., if already commissioned, then it will show up as commissioned in the SmartServer CMS). If the SmartServer has a problem reading information from the device then the device will show up blue.

See also Discovering, Defining, or Importing Devices for more information.

How do I use the SmartServer with a BACnet tool?

The SmartServer BACnet server allows third-party BACnet tools to access LON, Modbus, EnOcean and LoRaWAN datapoints. To use this feature, perform the following steps:

  1. Enable BACnet using the BACnet Configuration page. See Add a BACnet Interface for more information.
  2. Import a BACnet type map (BTM) file for each device type using the CMS Device Types widget. BTM files are used to define BACnet datapoint for the LON or Modbus device. BacNET Type Map (BTM) files are manually created, but can then be used on one or more SmartServers. See the Importing a Device Type section in Defining Device Types for more information.
  3. Use the SmartServer CMS to add and provision the LON and Modbus devices. See Site Provisioning for more information.
  4. For LON devices, an XIF file and any necessary resource file set are required. See (Optional) Creating a LON Device Interface (XIF) Definition for more information.
  5. For Modbus devices, manually create a Modbus XIF file that defines the Modbus datapoints. See (Optional) Creating a Modbus Device Interface (XIF) Definition for more information.

How do I access BACnet datapoints with the SmartServer CMS?

The SmartServer can be used to access BACnet devices either by performing device discovery, which discovers BACnet devices and their datapoints, or by manually creating the BACnet XIF file and defining datapoints that are used for each BACnet device.

If you use the device discovery feature to access BACnet devices, then the SmartServer discovers BACnet devices and their datapoints, and automatically creates a BACnet XIF file if one does not already exist. The BACnet XIF file defines which datapoints are supported by a specific BACnet device type. Each type of BACnet device type will have a unique BACnet XIF file. BACnet XIF files that are created by device discovery will have all the datapoints in the BACnet device. 

If you manually create the BACnet XIF file, then you can define which datapoints are used for each type of BACnet device. In this way, you can reduce the overall number of datapoints. Once you have manually created the BACnet XIF files, you can either use device discovery to discover and add the devices, or you can manually add the BACnet device to the SmartServer.

To access BACnet datapoint with the SmartServer CMS, perform one of the following as described below:

  • Use device discovery to discover BACnet devices and their datapoints
  • Manually create a BACnet XIF file (allows you to limit which datapoints are supported for each device type), and then either manually add the devices or use device discovery.

Use Device Discovery to Discover BACnet Devices and their Datapoints

  1. Enable BACnet using the BACnet Configuration page. See Add a BACnet Interface for more information.
  2. Start device discovery using the CMS Devices widget. For each discovered BACnet device, the SmartServer will automatically create a BACnet XIF if one does not already exist. See Discovering, Defining, or Importing Devices for more information. 

  3. Provision the BACnet devices using the CMS Devices widget. See Provisioning, Deprovisioning, and Replacing Devices for more information.

Manually Create a BACnet XIF File

  1. Create a BACnet XIF file that specifies the BACnet datapoints and how they are represented in the SmartServer. See (Optional) Creating a BACnet Device Interface (XIF) Definition for more information. The SmartServer BACnet discovery feature can be used to automatically discover BACnet datapoints and to automatically create the BACnet XIF file. The BACnet XIF file can also be manually created. See the Importing a Device Type section in Defining Device Types for more information.
  2. Enable BACnet using the BACnet Configuration page. See Add a BACnet Interface for more information.
  3. Import the BACnet XIF file using the CMS Device Types widget. See the Importing a Device Type section in Defining Device Types for more information.
  4. Add BACnet devices in one of the following ways:
    1. Use the CMS Devices widget to manually add the BACnet devices. See Discovering, Defining, or Importing Devices for more information. 
    2. Start device discovery using the CMS Devices widget. For each discovered BACnet device, the SmartServer will use the imported BACnet XIF file. If a BACnet XIF file is not found for a device, then one will be automatically created. See Discovering, Defining, or Importing Devices for more information. 

  5. Provision the BACnet devices using the CMS Devices widget. See Provisioning, Deprovisioning, and Replacing Devices for more information.

BACnet datapoints cannot be accessed directly from IzoT CT or IzoT Net Server. To do so, use a SmartServer internal device to map the BACnet datapoints to LON datapoints so that you can use IzoT CT to monitor and control BACnet devices. Go to the How do I access BACnet or Modbus datapoints in IzoT CT / IzoT Net Server section for information on using an internal device to map BACnet-to-LON datapoints.  

How do I access Modbus datapoints with the SmartServer CMS?

The SmartServer can be used to access as Modbus TCP or RTU devices. To access these devices, perform the following:

  1. Create a Modbus XIF file that specifies the Modbus datapoints and how they are represented in the SmartServer. Modbus XIF files are manually created, but can then be used on one or more SmartServers. See (Optional) Creating a Modbus Device Interface (XIF) Definition for more information.
  2. For Modbus RTU, configure the SmartServer RS-485 interface using the RS-485 Configuration pageSee (Optional) Add a Modbus RTU Interface for more information. 

    The SmartServer IoT Pro EX Edition has two built-in RS-485 interfaces, and each IOX has its own RS-485 interface. For Modbus RTU, you can only use one of these RS-485 interfaces with a SmartServer. The other SmartServer, or IOX RS-485 interfaces, can be used for other protocols.

  3. Import the Modbus XIF file using the CMS Device Types widget. See the Importing a Device Type section in Defining Device Types for more information.

    Modbus datapoints cannot be accessed directly from IzoT CT or IzoT Net Server. To do so, use a SmartServer internal device to map the Modbus datapoints to LON datapoints so that you can use IzoT CT to monitor and control Modbus devices. Go to the How do I access BACnet or Modbus datapoints in IzoT CT / IzoT Net Server section for information on using an internal device to map Modbus-to-LON datapoints.   

How do I access EnOcean datapoints with the SmartServer CMS?

The SmartServer can be used to access EnOcean devices either by performing device discovery, or by manually adding the devices. First, import the EnOcean XIF or dtp files (which are available on github) prior to discovering or adding the device. The purchase of a 500U USB gateway is required in order to communicate to the EnOcean devices. The 500U allows the SmartServer to see updates from devices within 30 meters of the SmartServer. The EnOcean driver can be used to see EnOcean device updates, but can't be used to write to the EnOcean devices. As EnOcean use Energy harvesting and in most cases no batteries are required. EnOcean devices push datapoint updates to the SmartServer. That is, the SmartServer never polls EnOcean devices for datapoint updates so the EnOcean devices control how often datapoint updates occur.

See Add an EnOcean Interface.

How do I access LoRaWAN datapoints with the SmartServer CMS (beta)?

The SmartServer can be used to access LoRaWAN devices either by performing device discovery, or by manually adding the devices.  The SmartServer uses a ChirpStack LoRaWAN Network Server (LNS). The LoRaWAN service has to be configured first and then devices can be manually added to the Chirpstack server prior to discovering or manually adding them to the SmartServer CMS. Import the LoRaWAN XIF or dtp files (many are available on github) prior to discovering or adding the device to the SmartServer CMS. As LoRaWAN devices use batteries, so the devices push datapoint updates to the SmartServer. That is, the SmartServer never polls LoRaWAN devices for datapoint updates so the LoRaWAN devices control how often datapoint updates occur.

See Add a LoRaWAN Interface.

The LoRaWAN driver is currently in beta and should not be used for production sites.

How do I only use the SmartServer CMS to add and provision devices?

The SmartServer can be used as a standalone network integration tool. In this application, you will add all devices and provision them only using the SmartServer CMS. While BACnet, Modbus, EnOcean and LoRaWAN devices are always added and provisioned using the SmartServer CMS, the CMS can be used to add and provision LON devices as well. In the case of LON devices, you will use Device Management Mode (DMM), which is the default.

See Provisioning, Deprovisioning, and Replacing Devices for more information.

How do I use the SmartServer with IzoT CT / IzoT Net Server?

To use the SmartServer with IzoT CT or IzoT Net Server, perform the following:

  1. Configure the SmartServer to use Independent Management Mode (IMM) for LON devices using the CMS Devices widget. Device Management Mode (DMM) is the default. See (Optional) Switch From LON Management for more information.
  2. Export the LON database that has been created, or a subset of the database, to the SmartServer using the IzoT Net Export utility in order to access the LON devices in the SmartServer CMS. See Importing LON Devices from an LNS Network with IzoT CT.
  3. If you are using the IzoT Net Export utility, then add a SmartServer IoT device to the LON network. The SmartServer IoT should be added to an IP-70 channel. A separate IP-70 channel should be added for each SmartServer.

    Use-case considerations

    1. If you are only using the SmartServer for IP-852 routing, then the IzoT Net Export utility is not needed in this application. Instead, perform the following:
      1. Use the CMS Devices widget to change the SmartServer to use IMM for LON devices. See (Optional) Switch From LON Management for more information.
      2. Enable IP-852 using the SmartServer LON Configuration page. Doing so allows you to use the SmartServer like an IP-852 router. See (Optional) Set up the IP-852 Configuration Server for more information.
      3. To support multiple U60s, configure the SmartServer routers to reduce traffic on the U60 channels by adding an IP-70 channel for the SmartServer backbone and connecting a router for IP-852, as well as a router for each U60, to the IP-70 channel.
    2. If you are using the SmartServer for scheduling, then consider using an internal device that is controlled by the scheduler. The IzoT Net Export utility is not needed in this application.
    3. If you are only using the SmartServer to access Modbus or BACnet datapoints, then the IzoT Net Export utility is not needed in this application.
    4. If you are using LON devices, and the built-in CMS features (i.e., scheduling, alarming, data logging, etc.), then use the IzoT Net Export utility to export some, or all, of the LON database.

      IzoT Net Export utility requires that you use IzoT CT 4.2 or a newer version, or IzoT Net Server 4.2 or a newer version.

Because BACnet and Modbus datapoints are not LON datapoints, they cannot be directly accessed by IzoT CT or IzoT Net Server. However, you can use a SmartServer internal device to map the BACnet or Modbus datapoints to LON datapoints so that you can access them with a LON integration tool (e.g., CT Browser). Go to the How do I access BACnet or Modbus datapoints in IzoT CT / IzoT Net Server section for information on using an internal device to map BACnet/Modbus-to-LON datapoints. An example of an IzoT CT network is shown below.

To use the SmartServer with an IzoT CT network, add a SmartServer IoT device to the SmartServer IP-70 channel backbone. Depending on what type of network interface you are using (IP-852 or RNI), add one or more routers. All devices in the same subsystem as the SmartServer IoT device, and child subsystems, will be exported with the IzoT Net Export tool (inex). The SmartServer needs to be set to IMM before exporting the database to the SmartServer. Depending on the number of devices on the network, more than one SmartServer may be used.

See also the How To References listed below:

How do I use the SmartServer with IzoT CT, IzoT Net Server, and a BACnet tool?

To see BACnet datapoints in IzoT CT, perform the following:

  1. Enable BACnet using the BACnet Configuration page. See Add a BACnet Interface for more information. 
  2. Create a BACnet XIF file (either using device discovery or manually). See (Optional) Creating a BACnet Device Interface (XIF) Definition for more information.
  3. Import the BACnet XIF file using the CMS Device Types widget. See the Importing a Device Type section in Defining Device Types for more information.
  4. Use the SmartServer CMS to add and provision the BACnet device. See Site Provisioning for more information.
  5. Use an internal device to map the BACnet to LON datapoints.

To see Modbus datapoints:

In IzoT CT / IzoT Net Server:

  1. If using Modbus RTU, make sure the RS-485 port is correct configured using the using the RS-485 Configuration page. Se (Optional) Add a Modbus RTU Interface for more information. 
  2. Manually create a Modbus XIF file. See (Optional) Creating a Modbus Device Interface (XIF) Definition for more information.
  3. Import the Modbus XIF file using the CMS Device Types widget. See the Importing a Device Type section in Defining Device Types for more information.
  4. Use the SmartServer CMS to add and provision the Modbus device. See Site Provisioning for more information.
  5. Use an internal device to map the Modbus to LON datapoints.

For a BACnet Tool:

  1. Create a BACnet type map (BTM) file for each device type in order to access the Modbus datapoints in the BACnet tool. See Add a BACnet Interface for more information. 
  2. Import the BTM file using the CMS Device Types widget. See the Importing a Device Type section in Defining Device Types for more information.

To access LON devices that you added and provisioned (commissioned):

In IzoT CT/IzoT Net Server:

  1. Configure the SmartServer to use Independent Management Mode (IMM) for LON devices. Device Management Mode (DMM) is the default. See (Optional) Switch From LON Management for more information. 
  2. Use the IzoT Net Export utility to export the LON database, or a subset of the database, to the SmartServer. See Importing LON Devices from an LNS Network with IzoT CT.

For a BACnet Tool:

  1. Create a BTM file manually for each LON device type. See Add a BACnet Interface for more information. 
  2. Import the BTM file using the CMS Device Types widget. See the Importing a Device Type section in Defining Device Types for more information.

Using the IzoT Net Export (iNex) Utility

If you are using IzoT Net Export utility, then add a SmartServer IoT device to the LON network. The SmartServer IoT should be added to an IP-70 channel. A separate IP-70 channel should be added for each SmartServer. 

Also, you may want to limit the export to only those devices that you want to monitor and control in the SmartServer CMS. You can do this by limiting which devices are in the SmartServer IoT subsystem or child subsystem.

IzoT Net Export utility requires that you use IzoT CT 4.2 or a newer version, or IzoT Net Server 4.2 or a newer version.

How do I access BACnet, Modbus, EnOcean, LoRaWAN or Custom IAP datapoints in IzoT CT / IzoT Net Server?

BACnet and Modbus datapoints cannot be directly accessed by IzoT CT or IzoT Net Server. To do so, perform the following:

  1. Use an internal device to map the BACnet/Modbus/EnOcean/LoRaWAN datapoints to LON datapoints, which can be accessed with your LON integration tool. See Add a BACnet Interface for information on how to do the mapping.
  2. Use the localDev.exe application from the SmartServer GitHub repository to create an internal device with 64 empty LON Functional Blocks (FBs).
  3. Use your integration tool, such as IzoT CT, to dynamically add datapoints to the internal device. If the LON and BACnet/Modbus datapoint types are similar, then you can use a connections (CON) file to do the mapping between the LON and BACnet/Modbus datapoints.

    For example, a float datapoint for the BACnet/Modbus translates directly to SNVT_temp_p. You can use shadowConnect.exe (from the SmartServer GitHub repository) if you have similar datapoint types.

    Considerations for BAC and MOD files

    There are some limitations for BACnet XIF and Modbus XIF files when using shadowConnect.exe. Additionally, there are limitations for the names of dynamic datapoints added to IzoT CT/IzoT Net Server database. Once you add a dynamic datapoint into IzoT CT/IzoT Net Server, you cannot rename the datapoint. In this case, you must delete the datapoint and add a new datapoint with a new name. See Naming Considerations for BACnet XIF and Modbus XIF Files in the (Optional) Setting Datapoint Names for more information.

What older products can the SmartServer replace?

You can use the SmartServer IoT to replace the following old or discontinued products:

  • i.LON 100s, i.LON SmartServer, and SmartServer 2 – purchase a SmartServer IoT and separately purchase a U60/U70 for each channel (i.e., XF-1250, FT-10, or power-line) that you want to support. If you are only using BACnet or Modbus devices, then purchasing a U60/U70 is not required. See  KB1365 for more details on how to transition from a SmartServer 2 to a SmartServer IoT.
  • i.LON 600 and i.LON 700 purchase a SmartServer IoT and separately purchase a U60/U70. See Migrating from the i.LON 600 to the SmartServer IoT and Migrating from the i.LON 700 to the SmartServer for more informationSee also i.LON 600 and i.LON 700, as well as Documents Archive and search for i.LON 600 or i.LON 700 for additional resources. 
  • LPR-10 and LPR-12 purchase a SmartServer IoT and separately purchase at least two U60/U70s. See Migrating from the LPR and MPR Routers to the SmartServer IoT for more information. 
  • MPR-50 purchase a SmartServer IoT and separately purchase at least one U60/U70 for each channel (i.e., XF-1250, FT-10, or power-line) that you want to support.

Supported hardware platforms: SmartServer IoT

How can a third-party tool access the SmartServer data?

The SmartServer CMS can be accessed in the following ways:

How can I customize the SmartServer?

You can customize the SmartServer in the following ways:

Where can I find more resources and helpful links?

See also Additional Resources and Quick Links.