The iTach IR adaptors are perfect for controlling appliances like AV equipment (TV, Blu-Ray, Home Cinema), and any appliance that can be controlled by Infra-Red (IR) commands. Even Air Conditioning units.
This guides shows how to configure the iTach Wi-Fi to IR controller (WF2IR) ready to be used with home automation controllers like VERA and Fibaro Home Center. The guide can also be used to configure the other IR adaptors in the iTach range.
WF2IR - Set-up
Installing the WF2IR is straightforward, this guide shows you how to:
Install and configure the WF2IR on your network
Set a Static IP address
Use the WF2IR to learn the IR codes of your appliances
Installation and Configuration
Figure 1: iTach WF2IR Ports and Connections
The WF2IR includes three IR Emitters and one IR blaster, these are used to transmit the IR commands to your equipment, for more information on iTach modules, ports and emitters/blasters take a look at KB-35.
Connect the Blaster cable into Port 1:3 - this is a dedicated port for the Blaster. If you wish to use an IR Emitter, these can be connected to any port.
Connect the power cable
The WF2IR's LEDs will flash for a few seconds
Find the WF2IR on your network
When the WF2IR is first powered-up it will show as an un-secured Adhoc network device. You will need to find this and then configure it.
You should be able to connect directly to the WF2IR from your computer's network list
It is named with its unique MAC ID, for example GlobalCache000C1E01B45C
When connected, open your browser and type http://169.254.1.70
You will now have access to the iTach configuration settings
Set a Static IP Address
It is much easier to use the iTach devices if you give them a Static IP address.
In the WF2IR's configuration screen, go to 'Network'
In Network Type, select 'Infrastructure' and then make configuration changes
DHCP - Un-check
IP Address - Enter the IP address you would like the WF2IR to use (ensure it is an address your router can use)
Gateway - Enter your router's IP address
Subnet - Enter your router's Subnet address (normally 255.255.255.0)
SSID - Enter the SSID of your network
Security - Choose the security type used by your router (Open, WPA2 etc)
Password - Enter your network's password
The WF2RF will now reboot, give it a minute to connect to the network
The iTach's power LED will flash once per second when connected to your network
Connect your computer to your network
Enter the IP address you chose for the WF2IR - you will now be in the configuration screen again
Figure 2: iTach WF2IR Static IP Settings
While you are in the configuration screen, go to 'Infrared'
Ensure the correct ports are selected - for instance Connector 3 (1:3) for the IR Blaster
Figure 3: iTach WF2IR IR Configuration
The iTach Wi-Fi to IR controller is now set-up and ready to use. The next step is to use it to 'learn' IR Codes.
The setup and configuration process may be restarted at any time by resetting the iTach to its Factory Defaults.
To reset the iTach insert a metal pin (a large paper clip is ideal) into the 'IR Learner' hole (about 3 mm) until all LEDs begin flashing.
Note: Be gentle when resetting the iTach; force may damage the iTach hardware irreparably.
Learning IR Codes
All iTach devices can 'learn' IR codes, this enables them to control your appliances. Each appliance and each function for that appliance will have a different IR Code.
The iTach devices make it very easy to learn IR codes by using an application called iLearn. You simply point the appliance's remote control at the WF2IR and press the button you wish to 'learn'.