Creasol DomBus12 is a compact module, 40x30x11mm, with 9 configurable inputs/outputs.
It can be connected to the Domoticz controller by a RS485 serial bus (4 wires, 2 for 12/24V power supply, and 2 for data at 115200bps).

As other DomBus devices, DomBus12 is designed to consume low power, be reliable, fully configurable and easy to use.

Creasol DomBus12 module for domoticz home automation system, with 9 configurable GPIOCreasol DomBus12 - Input module for Domoticz home automation system

 

Input module for Domoticz, with 13 wires disconnectable cable

Features

  • 4 configurable I/Os, each one can be set as analog/digital input, twinbutton input, counter, digital output (can be connected to external relay board within relay driver)
  • 2 configurable I/Os, each one can be set as open-drain output (to be connected to external relay), analog/digital input, blind output (to be connected to external relay), LED strip dimmer
  • 3 configurable I/Os, each one can be set as analog/digital inputs, counter, buzzer outputs, blind outputs (to be connected to external relay board), LED strip dimmer (to be connected to external mosfet)
  • 7.5-35Vdc power supply (internally regulated by a switching mode power supply circuitry that minimize power consumption and dissipation)
  • low power consumption: 0.7mA stand-by current at 12V (10mW)
  • 115200 bps RS485 bus (max length: 1km)

DomBus12 Ports capabilities

Default address: 0xff12

Port# Name Capabilities Default configuration Description
1 IO IN_DIGITAL, IN_ANALOG, IN_TWINBUTTON, IN_COUNTER, OUT_DIGITAL IN_TWINBUTTON Input, with optional pullup (pcb jumper)
2 IO2 IN_DIGITAL, IN_ANALOG, IN_TWINBUTTON, IN_COUNTER, OUT_DIGITAL IN_TWINBUTTON Input, with optional pullup (pcb jumper)
3 IO3 IN_DIGITAL, IN_ANALOG, IN_TWINBUTTON, IN_COUNTER, OUT_DIGITAL IN_TWINBUTTON Input, with optional pullup (pcb jumper)
4 IO4 IN_DIGITAL, IN_ANALOG, IN_TWINBUTTON, IN_COUNTER, OUT_DIGITAL IN_TWINBUTTON

Input, with optional pullup (pcb jumper)

5 IO5 IN_DIGITAL, IN_ANALOG, OUT_DIGITAL, OUT_RELAY_LP, OUT_BLIND, OUT_DIMMER OUT_DIGITAL Open-drain output, 60V 100mA capability, suitable to be connected to an external relay. With 2 pcb jumpers it's possibile to bypass mosfet and use this port as normal input/output.
6 IO6 IN_DIGITAL, IN_ANALOG, OUT_DIGITAL, OUT_RELAY_LP, OUT_BLIND, OUT_DIMMER OUT_DIGITAL Open-drain output, 60V 100mA capability, suitable to be connected to an external relay. With 2 pcb jumpers it's possibile to bypass mosfet and use this port as normal input/output.
7 IO7 IN_DIGITAL, IN_ANALOG, IN_COUNTER, OUT_DIGITAL,  OUT_BLIND, OUT_DIMMER IN_DIGITAL Input, with optional 150 ohm resistor that can be enabled by pcb jumper to drive external buzzer or relay board within relay driver
8 IO8 IN_DIGITAL, IN_ANALOG, IN_COUNTER, OUT_DIGITAL,  OUT_BLIND, OUT_DIMMER, OUT_BUZZER IN_DIGITAL Input, with optional 150 ohm resistor that can be enabled by pcb jumper to drive external buzzer or relay board within relay driver
9 IO9 IN_DIGITAL, IN_ANALOG, IN_COUNTER, OUT_DIGITAL,  OUT_BLIND, OUT_DIMMER, OUT_BUZZER IN_DIGITAL Input, with optional 150 ohm resistor that can be enabled by pcb jumper to drive external buzzer or relay board within relay driver

(1): can be used as BLIND output, to open a blind/curtain, but only the previous port can be configured in Domoticz as OUT_BLIND because, when configured as OUT_BLIND, DomBus device automatically configure the next port to drive a relay in open direction.

Application notes

Using DomBus12 to control two 230V devices, using the additiona module DomRelay2  (with 2 relays)

Just connect the two open-drain outputs to the 2-relays module by any type of cable (for example a standard 4x0.22mm²).

These outputs can be configured as OUT_DIGITAL or, better, as OUT_RELAY_LP: in this case the relay power consumption will be 1/3 or less.

Using DomRelay2 relays module with DomBus12 to activate 230V loads

Connecting Eastron SDM230 to DomBus12 to measure import and export energy/power on Domoticz

powerMetersMany energy meters, like Eastron SDM230, provide 2 pulse outputs to count the import and export energy, 1 pulse every Wh.

Using DomBus12, DomBus23 or DomBusTH it's very easy to read the pulses from energy meters, compute the instant power and get two devices in Domoticz that show the usage and return power, usage and return total energy and graphs. Below the instructions when SDM230 is used (but check the manual of your energy meter to connect it):

  1. connect the pulse outputs to any available I/O, for example IO8 and IO9 for DomBus12, IO1 and IO2 for DomBusTH or DomBus23.  The SDM230 common terminal block should be connected to GND (0V).
  2. configure Pulse1 output, on SDM230, as EXP kWh (check the manual to know how to do that); Pulse2 is pre-configured as IMP kWh (measure the energy imported from grid)
  3. configure the Domoticz device connected to Pulse2: press Edit on that device, and replace in the Description field IN_DIGITAL or IN_TWINBUTTON (the default value) with IN_COUNTER,TYPENAME=kWh  and save. Please note that kWh is CASE SENSITIVE!
    Now the device will be automatically moved to the Utility panel and configured as energy meter. Edit it again, write a name (for example PowerMeter_Import), and select Usage type.
  4. if pEnergy Power Meter Devices in Domoticzroduced energy should be measured, configure the Domoticz device connected to Pulse1 as before: press Edit on that device, and replace in the Description field IN_DIGITAL or IN_TWINBUTTON with IN_COUNTER,TYPENAME=kWh and save.
    Now the device will be automatically moved to the Utility panel and configured as energy meter. Edit it again, write a name (for example PowerMeter_Export), and select Return type.
  5. In case of both import and export devices are created, it's needed to specify on Import device the Unit number of the Export device, and vice versa. So, select Setup -> Devices and write down the Unit number corresponding to Import (for example 98), and Export device (for example 99), then go to Utility panel, edit Import device and add to the description ,OPPOSITE=99 (Unit of the Export device) and save; edit Export device and add to the description ,OPPOSITE=98 (Unit of the Import device) and save. In this way, when a pulse is received on Import device, the power on Export device will be immediately set to 0, and vice versa, when a pulse is received on Export device, the power on Import device will be set to 0.

Domoticz needs up to 5 minutes before updating the energy counter correctly.

Connecting a water meter or gas meter to Domoticz

Water and gas meter usually have an optoinsulated output that generate a pulse every 0.NNN m³.

Connecting that output to an I/O input of DomBus12, or DomBus23 or DomBusTH, and common output to GND, it's possible to get an incremental counter in Domoticz measuring water, gas, and anything else: counter divider, meter offset and unity of measure can be specified in Domoticz.

The I/O device connected to the meter should be configured in this way: click Edit on the domoticz device, write the appropriate name (for example Water_Meter), replace the current device type (e.g. IN_DIGITAL) in the Description field with IN_COUNTER and save: the device will be moved to the Utility panel and is ready to count pulses.

Using DomBus12 module to control 2x 230V loads by using 2 buttons, 4 magnetic contact sensors and 1 PIR

The following schema shows how to use this home automation module to control some alarm sensors (PIR, to detect movements inside a room, and 4 magnetic contact sensors applied to windows, doors and blinds, to detect the open state and transition), and also command 2 loads (light and dehumidifier, for example) by using the additional DomRelay2 board (within 2 relays) placed near the loads and connected to DomBus12 by a small wire cable.

Creasol DomBus12 domoticz module that control 2 loads (220V) by 2 buttons and 5 alarm sensors

Both DomBus12 and DomRelay2 are very small modules that can fit everywhere.

The two buttons are connected together by a 4k7 resistor and connected to a single input wire: this configuration is called "twinbutton" and permits to use 2 buttons for each module input, and is normally used by double buttons with the function UP/DOWN (applied to roller shutters, for example) or ON/OFF.

DomBus12, DomBus23, DomBus31 and DomBusTH have also the possibility to send command directly to other devices of the same family (and also to itsself), with the following gains:

  1. very easy configuration (don't need to configure the controller); for example it's possible to configure a button to activate a load, writing the command on the device description like shown below
  2. up to 8 commands are supported for each input/sensor
  3. these commands are received and managed by DomBus modules without any latency introduced by the controller
  4. commands work also in the case that the controller is down

Example: module address = 1201, with 2 buttons connected to port 1 and configured as IN_TWINBUTTON, with the following functions:

Short pulse on DOWN button to get light (connected to port 6 of module 1201) ON for 120s: DCMD(Pulse)=1201.6:ON:120s

2s pulse on DOWN button to toggle the same light ON/OFF without any timer: DCMD(Pulse2)=1201.6:TOGGLE

Short pulse on UP button to swith the dehumidifier (connected to port 5 of module 1201) ON for 2 hours: DCMD(Pulse)=1201.5:ON:2h

1s pulse to switch dehumidifer OFF: DCMD(Pulse1)=1201.5:OFF

To configure the port 1 of module 1201 in this way it's sufficient to edit the port 1 device in Domoticz, and write in the description all commands above:

IN_TWINBUTTON,DCMD(Pulse)=1201.6:ON:120s,DCMD(Pulse2)=1201.6:TOGGLE,DCMD(Pulse)=1201.5:ON:2h,DCMD(Pulse1)=1201.5:OFF

Then light and dehumidifier will work even if Domoticz is offline.

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Ports parameters

Parameter name Function
HWADDR=0xNNNN This command set new address for the dombus device: reload the Switch panel to see the new devices associated with the new address of DomBus. NNNN is an exadecimal number, from 0x0001 to 0xff00, so 65280 combinations are available. Keep note of address assegnated to each dombus device, because in case of address conflict it's needed to switch off one of the conflicting device and program the remaining one to another address, or make a factory reset as explained below.
INVERTED Used to invert the logic state of an input or output. Can be used in conjuction with OUT_DIGITAL, OUT_RELAY_LP, IN_DIGITAL, DIMMER.
Normally, domoticz switch is On if input is at logic level high (open), and Off when it's shorted to ground. If INVERTED is specified, domoticz switch will be On when the corresponding input is shorted to ground, and vice versa.
OUT_DIGITAL Output, open collector, active low, On => output wire is shorted to GND (max current 50mA). Off => output is open (current=0).
OUT_RELAY_LP Not recommended: output, open collector, active low, but with duty cycle 25% to reduce power consumption on relays coil
OUT_DIMMER Set the output as DIMMER, from 0 to 100% using 5% step, 500Hz frequency. Suitable to control LED strip lights
OUT_BUZZER Set two outputs as BUZZER: a piezo buzzer can be connected to the selected two ports (configured in push-pull) to generate 5KHz frequency when the corrsponding Domoticz switch is On. The Domoticz switch can be configured as selector: in this case buzzer will output 1 or more short alerts to notify a status, similarly to the led configured as OUT_DIGITAL with Domoticz switch configured as Selector.
OUT_BLIND

Port configured to control a blind, in close direction. Next port will be automatically configured as blind in open direction.
Ports OUT1 and OUT2 can directly be connected to 12V relay coils (if Vbus is 12-14V, or 24V relay coils if Vbus is 24V).
Ports IN1..IN3 can be configured as OUT_BLIND, but in this case should be connected to relayboard that already have a transitors/optocouplers to drive relays.

OUT_LEDSTATUS Configure a LED port to show the device status (flashes when a frame is transmit to the RS485 bus)
OUT_ANALOG Set output as analog, with 0-10V linear output. It can be used to control another electronic board with 0-10V or 1-10V input (light dimmer, heat pump power, linear valve, ....)
IN_DIGITAL Digital input, is On when the corresponding input is at high voltage level (open), and Off when the corresponding input is at GND (shorted).
IN_ANALOG In DomBusTH there is one pad/hole where it's possible to solder a wire to measure an external DC voltage, <30Vdc; a solder jumper must be opened (because that pad is connected to Vbus).
Also, one or more of the 4 input wires can be configured as analog inputs, 0-3V range: a solder jumper in the PCB must be opened by cutter to disable the internal pullup resistor. Also, external resistive divider should be added to measure higher voltages, so the voltage at the input is less equal than 3V
IN_COUNTER Used to count pulses, falling edge (or raising edge if INVERTED option is specified) with debounce (5 pulses/sec max). This solution is perfect to count energy, gas, water, ...If TYPENAME=kWh is also specified in Description, a device with both energy and power will be created.
IN_TWINBUTTON This is a method to connect two pushbuttons/switches to a single input, to get a UP/DOWN/STOP select switch. The two switches are connected together by a 4.7KOhm resistor, using the schema indicated in the application notes below.
A For analog and distance sensors: used to compute the real value using the formula  REAL_VALUE=A * VALUE_FROM_DOMBUS + B.
B For analog and distance sensors: used to compute the real value using the formula  REAL_VALUE=A * VALUE_FROM_DOMBUS + B
TYPENAME Option to force the creation of a the specified Domoticz. For example, IN_COUNTER,TYPENAME=kWh to create a energy/power meter instead of a normal incremental counter, or IN_ANALOG,TYPENAME=Temperature,A=0.123,B=-50 to get an analog input that return a temperature using the linear equation Temperature=A*x+B where x is the analog value read
OPPOSITE Used for kWh devices, measuring electric power and energy. Suppose to have a PowerMeter Import device, with Unit=98 (see Setup ⇒ Devices), measuring the power/energy from grid, and PowerMeter Export, with Unit=99, measuring the power/energy produced and fed to the grid. If these devices are connected to the pulse output of an energy meter, when a pulse is received from the Import device it means that exported power is 0, and vice-versa. This parameter is used to set what is the Unit number associated to the opposite counter.
So, PowerMeter Import description must have IN_COUNTER,TYPENAME=kWh,OPPOSITE=99 and PowerMeter Export description IN_COUNTER,TYPENAME=kWh,OPPOSITE=98
DISABLE Used to disable one or more ports: it can be usedful with large buses with more than 255 ports (devices), because Domoticz has a limit of max 255 devices for each bus. In this case it's possible to disable unused module ports by writing, in the Description of port 1, the list of disabled ports separated by colon, for example
DISABLE=2:5:6:7:11 to disable ports 2,5,6,7,11 of the current module. Port 1 can be never disabled.
To enable a previosly disabled port, just edit the port 1 description for that module, removing the port from the list of DISABLE command: that port will be enabled again in 60 seconds (wait for 1 minute and reload the Domoticz panel).
DCMD Dombus Command: through this keyword it's possible to set a command to send to the same or another module, when an event occurs.
In this way, when an event occurs, the module send a command to a dombus module to execute an operation, and this work without the need of a Domoticz controller and without the need to configure Domoticz to manage this kind of actions. See the DCMD section below.

DCMD commands

This is an experimental function, undergoing testing and development, available on DomBusTH, DomBus12, DomBus23, DomBus31 modules.

For each port it's possible to configure, through the Domoticz Description field, one or more DCMD commands.

DCMD is a command that is sent to the same or to another DomBus module, in response to an event, and more DCMD commands can be specified for the same event and port.

The syntax is DCMD(Event:ValueLow:ValueHigh)=ModuleAddress.ModulePort:Command:Value

where ValueLow, ValueHigh, Value are optional parameters.
When ModuleAddress corresponds to the same module that we're editing, the command is executed locally, by the same module.
When ModuleAddress corresponds to another Dombus module, the command is sent by bus to that module.

DCMD: list of possible events
Event Description Example
OFF This even occurs when input goes OFF DCMD(OFF)=13.1:OFF
When input goes off, turns OFF also port 1 of module 13
ON This even occurs when input goes ON

DCMD(ON)=13.2:ON:90s
When input goes on, turns ON port 2 of module 13 for 90s

PULSE Input is pulsed ON for less than 0.5s DCMD(Pulse)=13.3:TOGGLE
When input is pulsed shortly, send command to module 13 port 3 to toggle it's output OFF->ON or vice versa
PULSE1 Input is pulsed ON for about 1s

DCMD(Pulse1)=13.3:ON
When input is pulsed for 1s, turns ON port 3 of module 13

PULSE2 Input is pulsed ON for about 2s

DCMD(Pulse2)=13.3:OFF
When input is pulsed for 2s, turns OFF port 3 of module 13

PULSE4 Input is pulsed ON for about 4s

DCMD(Pulse4)=13.4:ON:2h
When input is pulsed for 4s, turns ON port 4 of module 13 for 2 hours

DIMMER    
VALUE Sensor value is in the range between ValueLow an ValueHigh

DCMD(Value:0:20.5)=13.5:ON
DCMD(Value:21:50)=13.5:OFF
Turns ON output 13.5 when temperature is below 20.5°C, and turns OFF when above 21°C

DCMD(Value:0:12.2)=31.7:ON
DCMD(Value:13.8:20)=31.7:OFF
Turns ON port 31.7 when the current voltage is below 12.2V, and turns OFF when voltage is above 13.8V

 

DCMD: list of possible commands
Command Description Example
OFF Turns output OFF. If the optional Value is specified, output will be OFF for the specified time, then returns ON  
ON Turns output ON. If the optional Value is specified, output will be ON for the specified time, then returns OFF  
TOGGLE Change state to the selected output. If the optional Value is specified, wait the specified time before toggling output  
DIMMER    

 

Value optional parameter: list of possible values for the command
Command Description Example
number A number without any suffix should be multiplied by 31.25ms (seconds/32) 1=31.25ms
3=93.75ms
16=500ms
numberS Number of seconds, from 1 to 3600

1s=1 second
60s=1 minute
100s, ....

 

numberM

Number of minutes, from 1 to 1440 1m=1 minute
10m=10 minutes
180m=3 hours
numberH Number of hours, from 1 to 43824 1h=1 hour
6h= 6 hours
72h=3 days
numberD Number of days, from 1 to 1826

1d=1 day
....

 

Examples 1: configure a pushbutton switch to have 3 functions:

short pulse => toggle ON/OFF light
1 second pulse => enable ventilation for 30s
2 seconds pulse => disable ventilation

This 3 events can be configured writing in the description of the pushbutton switch:
DCMD(Pulse)=0101.1:TOGGLE, (with a short pulse, toggle port 1 of module 0x0101)
DCMD(Pulse1)=0101.2:ON:30m, (with 1 second pulse => turn on port 2 of 0x0101 for 30 minutes)
DCMD(Pulse2)=0101.2:OFF, (with 2 seconds long pulse, turn OFF the port 2 of 0x0101)

The Domoticz switch Description will be

IN_DIGITAL,INVERTED,
DCMD(Pulse)=0101.1:TOGGLE,
DCMD(Pulse1)=0101.2:ON:30m,
DCMD(Pulse2)=0101.2:OFF

Example 2: temperature sensor that enable/disable electric heater and valve

In the description field of the temperature sensor we'll write

DCMD(Value:0:20.5)=0101.3:ON, (if temperature between 0 and 20.5°C, turns ON heater on output 3 of module 0x0101)
DCMD(Value:0:20.5)=0102.1:ON, (if temperature between 0 and 20.5°C, turns ON valve output 1 of module 0x0102)
DCMD(Value:20.8:50)=0101.3:OFF
(turn OFF heater when temperature above 20.8°C)
DCMD(Value:20.8:50)=0102.1:OFF
(turn OFF valve when temperature above 20.8°C)
Domoticz temperature sensor Description will be:

TEMPERATURE,
DCMD(Value:0:20.5)=0101.3:ON,
DCMD(Value:0:20.5)=0102.1:ON,
DCMD(Value:20.8:50)=0101.3:OFF,
DCMD(Value:20.8:50)=0102.1:OFF

 

Installation

Using RS485 specific cables it's possible to get almost 1km linear bus with several devices attached. Alternatively, it's possible to use 2 twisted pairs of cheap Cat6 UTP or STP cable, one twisted pair for data (A and B) and one for 12-24V power supply. Ideally, all devices should be connected using a linear bus topology, to get the lowest reflection/noise, and connect 100-150 Ohm resistor on the two ends, as illustrated in the Fig. 2. In practice, this is not important for common buildings.

dombus connection

AN domoticz example2

At Raspberry/PC side, it's possible to use a cheap USB-RS485 adapter, if a serial port with RS485 driver is not already available.

Using DomBus modules it's possible to:

  1. avoid RF pollution
  2. no need to periodically change batteries on sensors/actuators
  3. using a UPS or  13.6V power supply with backup battery, it's possible to get a building automation system that works also in case of power outage
  4. very very low power consumption

 

Writing a microSD card with a fresh Raspbian + Domoticz distribution

Click here if you need to write a microSD card with a clean updated Raspbian+Domoticz image optimized to extend SD life (minimizing writings), and with some addons (firewall, backup, libraries).

Adding DomBus plugin to Domoticz

This procedure is not needed in case of a new Domoticz installation writing the SD as written above.
If Domoticz does not already include the DomBus plugin, type the following commands (from Linux root shell: type sudo su - to become root):

#install git, if not already installed
which git
if [ $? -ne 0 ]; then sudo apt install git; fi

#change to the domoticz directory / plugins
cd /home/pi/domoticz/plugins 

#fetch the Python Plugin Manager (that can be used to install/upgrade other plugins, including Creasol DomBus)
git clone https://github.com/ycahome/pp-manager

#fetch Creasol Plugin
git clone https://github.com/CreasolTech/CreasolDomBus

#restart Domoticz daemon
service domoticz restart

Domoticz configuration

After plugins installation and Domoticz restart, it's possible to add the Creasol DomBus hardware (Setup->Hardware , add new "dombus" hardware type "Creasol DomBus" and specify the serial device, normally /dev/ttyUSB0) and connect the DomBus device to the RS485 bus.
DomBus module is factory programmed with a default address indicated above, and only one port will be automatically added to the Switches panel of Domoticz. Enter the Switches panel, find the new device with the DomBus default address, click on Edit and add in the description ,HWADDR=0x0001 to set the new address to 0001, or specify another address of your choice. Reload the Switches panel to see all input/output/led ports of DomBusTH active.

With Domoticz, each DomBus port can be configured via the Domoticz device description: for example a port IN_DIGITAL normally is On when it's left unconnected, and Off when it's shorted to GND, but it's possible to invert this function specifying in the device description the parameter INVERTED, separated by a comma (,): IN_DIGITAL,INVERTED . Relay outputs can be configured writing in the description field OUT_DIGITAL or OUT_RELAY_LP: in the latter case, relay are internally managed to assure a low power consumption.
Please check the sections Ports capabilities and Ports parameters.

Ports that are not used can be disabled in Domoticz Setup ⇒ Devices clicking on the blue arrow of each useless port (device), but in case of a bus with almost 255 ports, it's suggested to disable the unused ports by using the DISABLE command:
1. suppose that DomBus module 0x0001 has ports 3,4,5,6,8 not used
2. in Domoticz Switches panel select port1 of that module ([0001.1] RL1)
3. click on Edit, and add in the Description field DISABLE=3:4:5:6:8 and click on Save.
In this way, the selected ports will be disabled and removed from the Devices list. With this solution it's possible to add more DomBus modules to the same bus, with up to 255 enabled ports. In large buildings, it's a good practice to have more than one bus, to divide floors or areas.

FAQ about DomBus products

How can I change address of DomBus1 device?
DomBusTH is factory programmed with address 0xff51 : please connect only 1 new/unprogrammed DomBusTH to the existing bus, and you'll find one "switch" device in the Domoticz Switches panel with name "dombus - [Hff51] OUT1" or something similar.
Click on the Edit button of that switch and add the following text to its description:  ,HWADDR=0x0001  (don't forget the comma used to separate each parameter) to set the new address to 0001, ot another not-used value.
DomBus device will be set to the specified address, then you'll find in the Switches panel all ports with the selected address.
At this point you can add another new dombus device, and change its address in the same way.
DomBusTH: how to do a factory reset?
Normally, factor reset is not needed because, enabling debug on Domoticz controller, it's always possible to know the address of a device, changing its address, and for each port change it's configuration through the Domoticz web panel.
Anyway, it's possible to do a factory reset in this way:
  1. Disconnect the device
  2. Solder the PCB jumper a to force IN4 in low impedance (150 Ohm resistor)
  3. Connect together IN1, IN2, IN3, IN4 wires
  4. Connect the device to the power supply: you can see a red flash 500ms long, that notify that configuration was restored to the factory default.
  5. If IN4 is used as input, remove the solder bump on PCB jumper a
How many DomBus modules can I connect to a bus?
Domoticz has a limit of 256 devices (I/O) to a single hardware, and this correspond to 20-30 DomBus modules (it depends by the number of I/O/Sensors for each module).
It's possible to have more than one bus, each bus associated to one RS485 port: for example for large buildings or if it's needed to differentiate the buses to increase system security, it's possible to use many RS485/USB adapters connected to Domoticz, one for each bus.
Why there is a long delay between pushing a button and get light/output on?
Some possible problems that lead to long latency are:
  1. bus is not terminated by resistors: RS485 is a balanced bus, and need two resistors 100-150 ohm connected to the two opposite end of the bus.
    RESISTOR --- Module1 --- Module 2 --- Raspberry --- ..... --- Module 20 --- Module 21 --- RESISTOR between A and B
    Some DomBus modules have a PCB jumper that can be shorted (using a solder iron) to enable the RS485 resistor already included in the module.
    There must be exactly 2 resistors connected on the bus!
  2. Latency can be caused by Domoticz being busy with other services. Disable hardware that is not used or not needed, like Python Plugin Manager that is known to cause longer latencies. Also, enable logging so you can check exactly what is the latency reason (Domoticz reading the Raspberry internal sensors/cpu usage/disk usage, for example).
  3. Update DomBus plugin to the last version: you can install/enable Python Plugin Manager, update all python plugins (including Creasol Dombus) and then disable it.
Why DomBus device does not work?
1. Are you using Domoticz? Does it work?
2. Did you installed the Creasol DomBus plugin on Domoticz? If not, check the Configuration section above
3. If you open the Domoticz web panel, and enter Settings -> Hardware, can you find the Creasol DomBus protocol ? Did you enable it? If not, check the Configuration section above
4. When you connect the DomBus device to the RS485 bus, can you see a new device in the Domoticz Switches panel? if not, the device cannot communicate to Domoticz by RS485 serial bus. In this case, check that:
  a) DomBus device is supplied by 12Vdc or similar voltage
  b) RS485 bus is connected (A, B, GND) to Domoticz (Raspberry or other hw) through the USB/RS485 adapter or other RS485 adapter
  c) Verify that the DomBus protocol on Domoticz is configured correctly (115200bps and right serial device), and that there are not 2 DomBus hardware with in Domoticz with the same serial port
Why current consumption is 0uA?
DomBus devices have a serie protection resistor, 2.2 Ohm, acting as a fuse when the user forget to protect 12V power supply by a fuse. Maybe the resistor is burned (you can check using an ohm-meter) and can be replaced by another resistor or, if you know what you do, by a short circuit.
DomBus1: first version of DomBus1 was not protected against polarity inversion, and switching mode power supply circuitry break down in case of polarity inversion opening the circuit. If you have a solder iron, you can try DomBus1 connecting a 5Vdc power supply to +5V indicated by the red arrow, and GND terminal block. Click to see the picture!
DomBusTH: Check polarity: the first wire (black) is ground (0V) and the second wire (brown) V+ (normally, +12V). DomBusTH is protected against polarity inversion.

DomBus software ChangeLog

2021-03-16
Added IN_COUNTER type, used to count pulses from electric meter, gas meter, water meter, .... Max pulse frequency = 5Hz (input is debounced), min transmission period = 5s (accumulate pulses if frequency is greater than 0.2Hz, to avoid high CPU usage by Domoticz.
Added TYPENAME=kWh option, to get an electric Power/Energy meter: this device computes both energy (proportional to the number of pulses) and power (frequency of pulses).
Added OPPOSITE=Unit option, associated to kWh devices (power/energy meters): when the opposite device receives a pulse, power for the current device is immediately set to 0 Watt
For example: PowerMeter_Import, with Unit=98. PowerMeter_Export, with Unit=99
On PowerMeter_Import description, add ,OPPOSITE=99, and in PowerMeter_Export description add ,OPPOSITE=98 : in this way when a pulse is received from the import device, the power on export device will be set to 0, and viceversa.
After powerOn, the module transmits its firmware version and module name, logged by Domoticz with priority INFO.

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