(Last Updated: June 1, 2020)

Virtual pool plug-in (brainstorming...)

  • I'm in the process of trying to get some info from my pool controller using Modbus. If I'll ever succeed, I want to write a generic plug-in for Vera/openluup, to be added to my collection of virtual device plug-in. I'll write a custom app in a Raspberry offering access to the controller via HTTP.

    Long story short, I think I'm almost covered. Typical device:

    • heater
    • pumps (on/off)
    • jets (on/off)
    • lights (dimmers, on/off)
    • filtration (on/off)
    • temperature sensor
    • generic sensor (for ph/redox probes)

    I think I'm almost covered by standard devices, but I'm wondering if there's something I'm missing.
    I'll probably use a multistring to display status, since it's already supported in mobile apps, but I'm wondering if there's some kind of more granular way to show something and avoid custom devices and similar.

  • Sounds very much like the sort of control and sensor grouping you get with an all-singing and all-dancing thermostat...?

  • Yep, I will mainly use it to control in extreme situation (like, turn off the heater it it's raining or too cold, adjust filtration to rain, etc), since the integrated board has its internal clock, schedules and so on. I just want to increase/decrease the temperature in case I want to have a swim even if the weather is not nice, or late at night.
    Plus, I want some diagnostics, useful when winter, to be sure the pool run to prevent ice, etc.

  • Control of PoolCover maybe should be included...

  • @Matteburk my pool cover is manual, but if it's automated, it should be a dimmer/roller shutter.

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