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How to

How to


Products: Commission, MP-C, MP-V, RP-C, RP-V, SpaceLogic Sensors
Functionalities: Engineering, BACnet/IP devices
Product version: 2023, 2024
12/17/2022

Connecting to a Controller through Bluetooth

You connect to a controller to begin all commissioning tasks. Through Bluetooth, you can connect to a single controller at a time. Bluetooth connectivity is supported for the MP and RP controllers of the BACnet/IP controller family. Bluetooth connectivity is not supported for IP-IO devices. On the MP controller you connect using the SpaceLogic BLE adapter through the controller’s sensor bus and Spacelogic Sensor. With RP controllers, you connect using the onboard BLE or the BLE adapter for the EasyLogic controller models.

You can then enable Bluetooth access depending on whether you are using the SpaceLogic Bluetooth Adapter and SpaceLogic Sensor, or the RP controller onboard BLE. With the SpaceLogic Bluetooth Adapter, you use the SpaceLogic Sensor to allow and disallow communication between the Commission mobile application and the BACnet/IP controller. With the RP-C onboard BLE, BLE is enabled out of the box and automatically disabled when the controller is hosted under a server.

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You can use Bluetooth Low Energy (BLE) to connect to both RP and MP controllers. Using BLE, you can commission the BACnet/IP controllers before there is an IP network infrastructure configured and also perform on-site commissioning more quickly and efficiently.

With the RP controller, you connect using its onboard BLE, or the BLE adapter and the SpaceLogic Sensor. Through RP-C onboard BLE, you connect to a single controller at a time by logging in to the Commission mobile application and clicking Bluetooth in the connect screen. In the Bluetooth Devices page, you can then discover a device and connect. For more information, see Connecting to a Controller through Bluetooth .

With RP-C onboard BLE, you enable access so the BLE radio can announce its presence to let users discover and connect. Similarly, you can disable advertising to prevent the BLE radio from advertising and prevent any user connections. For more information, see Enabling Bluetooth Access Using the Onboard BLE in the RP Controller .

Note:

There are three modes for enabling the RP-C onboard BLE:

  • Maintenance (default out of box)

  • Disabled

  • Engage Occupant App BLE Filter (see following section for more details)

In a factory fresh RP-C controller, onboard BLE is enabled and always advertising. Onboard BLE is then disabled when an RP-C is hosted under an automation server. You can re-enable BLE using WorkStation, or the Commission mobile application for use with the Engage mobile application. Before you re-enable BLE for the Engage mobile application, however, you must perform the following actions:

  • Change the secure pairing PIN

  • Enable the RP-C onboard BLE in its secure state for Occupant App control by turning On the Engage Occupant App BLE Filter. Only the Commission mobile application supports this configuration.

The Engage mobile application uses BLE to communicate with BACnet/IP controllers. It is recommended that you not use the default PIN after the first use. You configure the PIN for BLE access in the RP controller. For more information, see Changing the RP Controller Bluetooth 6-Digit PIN .

Engage Occupant App BLE Filter

When RP-C commissioning activities are complete, be sure to secure the controller by turning off the BLE Interface. This occurs automatically when the controller is hosted under an AS-P. If you plan to use the Engage mobile application to adjust comfort levels in spaces controlled by Connected Room Solutions, you should prepare the controller for secure communication with the Engage Mobile Application. You must do so by turning On both BLE and the Engage Occupant App BLE Filter property in the Commission mobile application. You configure the Engage Occupant App BLE Filter property in the Commission mobile application.

The Commission mobile application configures the RP-C for secure communication and ensures that only properties bound to the controllers Occupant App Menu(s) can be read or written over the BLE Interface. For more information, see Engage Mobile Application Menu Value Configuration ..

All other commands are disabled for traffic originating from the BLE Interface. As a result, applications such as the Commission mobile application no longer work over BLE when the RP-C is in this secure state. To reinstate the commissioning level access to the Commission mobile application over BLE, you need to establish an IP network connection to the RP-C to turn Off the Engage Occupant App Filter.

This table summarizes filter behavior.

With the Filter Turned On...

With the Filter Turned Off

You cannot connect to the Commission mobile application with BLE

You can connect to the Commission mobile application with BLE

You can connect to the Commission mobile application with an IP connection

You can use the Engage mobile application

You can use the Engage mobile application

BLE Adapter

In the MP and EasyLogic controllers, you connect using the Commission mobile application BLE adapter through the controller’s sensor bus. You can also use the BLE adapter and the SpaceLogic Sensor to connect in the RP controller.

With the BLE adapter, you use the SpaceLogic Sensor to allow and disallow communication between the Commission mobile application and the BACnet/IP controller. For more information, see Enabling Bluetooth Access Using the BLE Adapter and SpaceLogic Sensor .

In the BLE adapter, you establish a BLE connection to MP and RP controllers by wiring a SpaceLogic Sensor to the controller and inserting a BLE adapter into the sensor. You then press the button on the front of the adapter to start advertising. For more information, see Connecting to a Controller with the SpaceLogic Bluetooth Adapter .

Device Management

With both RP-C onboard BLE and the BLE adapter, you discover an RP controller or the adapter and connect. Once you connect, the Bluetooth Device Management page displays and you are prompted to enter a PIN if you have not already paired with a controller. You are not prompted to enter a PIN if you have already paired.

In the BLE adapter, the Bluetooth Device Management page allows you to view the properties of the device including the name, type, and serial number. You can also update the adapter firmware and change the PIN here.

For more information, see Updating the SpaceLogic Bluetooth Adapter Firmware .

For more information, see Changing the PIN of the SpaceLogic Bluetooth Adapter .

By contrast, you change the RP-C onboard BLE PIN in WorkStation and update the controller firmware with a download operation. For more information, see Changing the RP Controller Bluetooth 6-Digit PIN .

This table briefly explains and summarizes the major similarities and differences between RP-C onboard BLE and the BLE adapter.

Onboard BLE

BLE Adapter

Similarities:

Common pairing process

Controller or adapter discovery using the Bluetooth Devices page

Differences:

PIN configuration through WorkStation

PIN configuration in the Commission mobile application

Functionality updates using a controller firmware download

Firmware updates wirelessly using the Commission mobile application

Advertising initiated once enabled

Advertising initiated only after an adapter button push

Faster BLE connection provided a

Slower connection due to sensor bus speed limitations

  1. An IP connection is considerably faster than a BLE connection.

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The Commission mobile application supports device connection through BACnet Wi-Fi and wireless Bluetooth connection.

Device connection through Wi-Fi

Once your system integrator has established a working IP infrastructure, connect to any BACnet/IP controller in the building. For more information, see Connecting to a Device through WiFi .

Device connection through Bluetooth

You connect to a controller to begin all commissioning tasks. Through Bluetooth, you can connect to a single controller at a time. For more information, see Connecting to a Controller through Bluetooth .

To connect to a Controller through Bluetooth
  1. In the Connect page, select Bluetooth .

  2. From the Bluetooth Devices page, select the RP controller you want to connect to. To connect to an MP controller, use the SpaceLogic Bluetooth Adapter. For more information, see Connecting to a Controller with the SpaceLogic Bluetooth Adapter .

  3. Select Connect .

  4. In the Bluetooth Device Management page, select Discover Device .

  5. Your mobile device or Windows 10 laptop prompts you for the RP controller PIN. Enter the PIN and select Allow .

    Note:

    The PIN for the RP controller is created from WorkStation and cannot be changed from the Commission mobile application.

  6. In the Device List page, select the check box next to the controller and select Next .

When you see the Device Settings page, you have successfully connected to the controller.

  • RP Controller Onboard BLE
  • Device Connection
  • Connecting to a Controller with the SpaceLogic Bluetooth Adapter