An output connects one electrical load or circuit with the TELETASK system. Thanks to this connection, you can control this load out of the domotics system. There are different groups of outputs.
- this output switches a load between the 'ON' (relay contact is closed) and the OFF (relay contact is open) status.
- this output varies an analogue output signal from 0 to 10Volt. This signal is mostly used to control a power dimmer. 0V output means the dimmer is at 0% (load is off). 10V on the output means the dimmer is at 100% (the load is ON). This means that a light or group of lights connected to the power dimmer are OFF or ON or dimmed somewhere between 0 and 100%.
Instead of 0-10V, this may also be 1-10V, 0-100% (for example when using a DMX output interface).
- this output controls a motor rotating left or right during a limited number of seconds. The motor can also be stopped at any time. So this output can be set in the LEFT/ RIGHT or STOP status. LEFT/RIGHT can also be considered as UP/DOWN, depending on the connected motor (in most of the cases this is for control of electrical motorised curtains, sun blinds and shutters).
- This output controls multi speed ventilator.
Outputs with the same functionality and the same technical specifications are grouped per type of output unit. The output units can be divided in two different breakdowns:
- Based on their function (relays, dimmers, motors)
- Based on the system relation (integrated in the MICROS+/PICOS central unit, external but plug-in on the MICROS(+ upgrade version)/PICOS central unit and externally connected via the AUTOBUS).
System related classification
The output units can also be grouped depending on the way they are connected with the TELETASK central unit. There are two system related categories:
- Standard Output units
- these output units are integrated in the central unit (only in case of MICROS+/PICOS central units.
- AUTOBUS Output units
- these types of output units are all output interfaces with an AUTOBUS connection. For example TDS13510, TDS13524, TDS13525, TDS13609…). ;
When an output interface is added to the project, all available outputs will automatically get an output number. Once an output has been given an output number, this number cannot be changed any more during the project, even if the address of an output interface (for addressing see later in this text) would change during the project.
The numbering starts for the different groups (relays, dimmers, motors and fans) with number '1'. Depending on the kind of output, PROSOFT will add an abbreviation in front of the number e.g.: 'REL' for relay, 'DIM' for a dimmer, 'MOT' for a motor output and ‘FAN’ for a fan output.
When there are several central units connected, a letter which indicates to which central unit the output is connected, will be added. (from A to J, because up to 10 central units can be coupled to each other over IP).
'O' Address (Output Address)
For all interfaces connected to the AUTOBUS, so also for the output interfaces on AUTOBUS, it is necessary the system is able to distinguish the different interfaces from each other. Therefore every AUTOBUS interface has a hardware address setting.
The address numbering starts at '00'. This address is reserved for the central unit.
So in a practical situation, the address setting will always start with a higher number. This is also because the central unit has other predefined address settings for its internal (general) outputs. The number of predefined (reserved for the system) addresses, depends on the type of central unit you use and they will be reserved automatically in PROSOFT.
PROSOFT automatically assigns an address to every new defined output unit. You will have to set the same address on the hardware interface (connected on AUTOBUS) as the address given in PROSOFT. If the hardware AUTOBUS address of an interface has been set to a certain address already, you can change the address in PROSOFT.
Additionally, PROSOFT assigns for internal use an 'O' letter to the address. This way it is clearly noted that this concerns an Output address on an Output interface. This is necessary because there are also AUTOBUS Input addresses. These 'I' addresses are independent of the 'O' addresses. This means that 'O16' and 'I16' can exist on the same AUTOBUS. Within the 'O' and 'I' addresses each address setting must be unique. So there can't be two 'O16' addresses because the system cannot distinguish these two from each other and the system will not behave properly in this case. Hardware damage will not occur due to double addressing, but outputs behave unpredictable. Refer to the 'I interfaces' chapter for more information on 'I' addressing.
The number of addresses available on the AUTOBUS is limited. The highest settable output address ('O' address) is defined by the limits of the concerning central unit you use. Please refer to the data sheet of your central unit for system limits.