Quick start guide - Almond+ 2014
Almond+ Beta quick start guide
This section will cover how to get your Beta/Developer unit up and running, including how to connect it to the Almond cloud service and how to add sensors etc. We'll expand this section as we add new features and over time this will be transitioned to separate sections in the Wiki. For the time being we're keeping everything on a single page to make it easier to find everything.
The first thing you’ll come across when you power on your Almond+ is the setup wizard. I’ll help you get connected to the internet. Tap on [Start wizard] to get started.
This screen simply informs you of where you can locate your stylus on the Almond+.
At this step you need to select if you want to use your Almond+ as a Router or Range Extender (Repeater). Select the correct mode and tap on [Next] to continue. In this example we’re setting up the Almond+ as a router. Note: The Range Extender option isn’t working in the beta units yet.
At this point you need to connect a network cable from your modem or internet jack to the Almond+. Once the cable is connected, the Almond+ will try to auto detect your internet connection. Note: Due to a software configuration issue with the Beta units, the port closest to the USB 3.0 ports is the WAN port and not the grey port as indicated in the picture.
As our internet connection used DHCP, all the settings were automatically detected by the Almond+ and no additional details had to be entered. We’ll cover other options in more details in the related chapters.
The next step is to affiliate your Almond+ with the Almond cloud service for remote access to your sensors. Simply tap on [Connect to Cloud] at the end of the Setup wizard and you’ll be greeted by the following screen. To be able to affiliate your Almond+ with the Almond cloud service, you first need to set up an account. Please follow the steps described below to register for an account.
Open a web browser and go to https://connect.securifi.com/ and you should see the following screen. Please click on Sign up and proceed to the next step.
At this point, please enter your Email address and a password which you also need to confirm. Don’t forget to read and agree to the terms and conditions, then click on Signup.
The last step of the signup procedure is to active your account. You will be sent an email from firstname.lastname@example.org, so please make sure it hasn’t ended up in your spam filter/folder. Click on the link in the email and you should be ready to access the Almond cloud service.
Once you’ve logged in, you should see the following screen.
You’re now ready to continue the affiliation processor of your Almond+ with the Almond cloud service. Click on “Add your Almond to your Account” as per the picture above. This will take you to the Link Almond screen which is asking you to enter a code.
Tap on the Get Code button in the LCD UI of your Almond+ and you should get an auto generated code as per below. This code is case sensitive, unique and it’s a onetime only code which you have a two minute time limit to enter. If the time would run out, you can always get a new code and start over.
This code has to be entered into the code box as per the example below.
If the affiliation process was successful, you should see the messages below.
If the affiliation failed for some reason, you’ll see the following message.
After a successful affiliation, click on Done and you should see the following screen in your web browser.
To finalize the setup on your Almond+, simply tap on Finish and you’ll exit the wizard and enter the main LCD UI of your Almond+.
Associate Sensors It’s now time to start adding sensors to your Almond+. To do this, tap on the Device Join icon on the LCD UI.
From here you can start adding your sensors. Simply tap on the Associate button.
At this point, you need to start the association process of your sensor or device. Please read the instructions that came with your sensor or device on how to add them to a network. There’s usually a button that should be pressed once to start the association process.
Once the sensor or device has been detect by the Almond+, you can change the default name and location by tapping in either text box. A virtual keyboard will appear and you can change it to something that makes it easy to locate. This can also be changed later. When finished, tap on Done!
Remove a sensor If for some reason you want to remove a sensor or device, simply tap on the Remove button and then follow the sensor or device manufacturer’s instructions on how to remove a sensors. This usually involves either pressing the button on the sensor or devices shortly, or holding it pressed down for about 10 seconds.
Additionally you can reset your Almond+ by selecting Reset. Warning: Doing this will forcefully remove all connected sensors and it’s not recommended to do during normal operation and should only be used to after you’ve manually removed all your sensors and device to purge any potential residual sensor data.
Controlling your sensors and devices Although the best way to keep an eye on all your sensors and devices are via the Almond cloud service (or the upcoming offline option), it’s possible to control and monitor your sensors and devices directly from the Almond+ LCD UI via the Connected Home app. Start it by tapping on the corresponding icon on the LCD UI.
In this example we have a binary power switch and a door/window sensor connected to the Almond+. Note: This is not the final UI for the Connected Home app.
The binary switch can be switched on or off from the LCD UI and some models with power metering functionality will also display it here.
The door/window sensor on the other hand simply displays a true/false statement, although this will show as open/close using the mobile or web apps.
Below is an example of the controls of a more complex device, in this case a Radio Thermostat.