After a long wait and struggle, I finally have a small KNX test rig up and ready!!!
Some of the questions that I posed have been answered after my personal struggle and in one instance writing to the KNX org.
1. Is the KNX power supply counted as a Device?
The KNX power supply is not counted as a device.
2. What happens if my Dali controller goes down?
The controller I have actually turns all the lights on when it is turned off or DA+ and DA- wires are disconnected.
3. Does the KNX IP gateway count as a device?
No, The one used for programming the bus and assigning parameters does not count as a device. That being said I was unable to assign and address nor program the IP Gateway itself. I guess this happens because the device is being used by ETS4 to program the other devices.
To Do List.
The switch panel I procured has a temperature sensor and the two buttons on the top row have been assigned for that function. I need to understand how I can put that function to use and whether the top two buttons can be re-assigned to to a different functional assignment.
I also have a small test rig setup for Z-Wave with Vera, some ACT switches and Dimmers. I did manage to procure a single gang and double gang switch from China. Yet to test them though.
My take is I love KNX all the way, at-least for now.
I have successfully used the Demo Version of ETS4 for programming my test rig.
Test rig :
Power Supply : SIEMENS N 125/01 Power Supply 640 MA - one
Dali Gateway : IPAS DaliControl SC64 IP - one ( for now I have only one DALI ballast with a T5 Flouroscent tube)
KNX Panel 12-fold with LCD Display - Model Largho R12 LCD - one
IP Gateway / Programming interface : ComBridge MCG (multi control gateway) - one
ETS4.0 - Demo version - Installed on my Windows7 laptop.
I understand that my obsession with KNX has kept me off LinuxMCE for a while. I would be seeking my dear friend Valent Turkovic's help with LinuxMCE. I was suggested to go for a LinuxMCE core with an ion processor. Valent claims his consumes only 20Watts. I was impressed by the Mac Mini's power consumption at 14W. Open remote looks promising from an app standpoint.
I am here to make my contributions to this community and would like to thank HARI again for initiating me on KNX.