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Author Topic: A Night Without Automation...  (Read 128 times)

JeffVolp

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A Night Without Automation...
« on: November 08, 2018, 12:54:17 AM »

We use an Ocelot for home automation.  Except for a failed com link buffer to a analog module monitoring temperatures and a questionable power module, it had worked almost flawlessly since it was installed 15 years ago.

Sunday night the lights didn't come on as expected.  We switched most on manually, and the others turned on an hour late.  I don't recall having a problem with the daylight savings time changeover in years, but maybe it was a day off this time.

Same problem occurred Monday night.  Hmm...  There is a note in the manual about setting a constant to force daylight savings time.  Maybe something was wrong there, so I uploaded the program again Tuesday.  A quick check sending commands manually showed it was working, but apparently something went wrong during the upload because Tuesday night no lights came on.  And there was no instant hot water for showers.  This was like going back 30 years...

After uploading the program again today everything appears to be OK.  The XTBM-Pro log showed all lights had been initialized to their correct daytime status. Hot water refresh is working again.  And tonight everything is switching on schedule.  All is good...

Jeff
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Re: A Night Without Automation...
« Reply #1 on: November 08, 2018, 07:57:36 PM »

I ran into the same problem a few years ago after I installed a NOS Stargate.  The problem was that I hadn't updated the original firmware on that board to account for the new DST start and stop dates that went into effect in 2007.  Easy enough fix.  Could your Ocelet have reverted to an old version of whatever defines DST dates?  Glad the reinstall fixed it!
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Re: A Night Without Automation...
« Reply #2 on: November 08, 2018, 08:48:43 PM »

Could your Ocelet have reverted to an old version of whatever defines DST dates?

That is a possibility.  I might have used an older version of Cmax when I adjusted the irrigation cycle this past summer.  I had changed computers since the last time I updated the Ocelot program.

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