Take Manual Control of Taralist
At any time, a computer may monitor the Taralist Controller to read the status of the relays, activate relays, or change configuration settings using Base Station Software. This Ethernet version will allow access to the board from anywhere on the network. A computer can take over the Taralist or the Taralist can operate autonomously (without a computer). The Taralist Configuration Utility is part of Base Station software and this is a free download.
Wi-Fi Wireless Modules
This board is equipped with a Wi-Fi Module. The Wi-Fi communications module adds 802.11b/g wireless communications to the board. The module is powered from the board. The board itself will require 12 volts of power and can be hard wired or you can purchase a "wall wart" type Power Supply at checkout. A Wi-Fi Configuration kit is available at checkout.
Configuring the Wi-Fi Module
Purchase a Wi-Fi Configuration Kit to Configure the Wireless Network of your choice and set your password. This is done through Base Station Software (a free download) and makes configuring the device simple. Just put the Wi-Fi Module into the Configuration Kit, attach the USB port of the Kit to your Computer and open the Base Station Software. After a few clicks simply fill in the information for your wireless network and the module will run through a series of commands and you're ready to control your board. For more information on Wi-Fi configuration see Configuring the Wi-Fi Module.
Once the Taralist is configured, it will run through the list of events stored in its on board memory every second to look for a match with the current time. If a match with the current time and a configured event is discovered, it will execute the event.
There are 2 possible ways to control the relays on a Taralist Series controller.
- 1. A Relay can be Directly Controlled by a time schedule.
- 2. This Relay can be controlled from a computer through a Wi-Fi connection. A computer can take control of any or all relays on a Taralist controller at any time. Once taken over, the Taralist logic will not be able to switch a relay. The computer MUST return control of the relay back to the Taralist Logic for standalone operation.
Who's Qualified to Use the Taralist Series?
Some computer skills required. The Taralist Relays do not require programming, simply configure the device with the included Base Station Software. While programming is not required and simple functions can be done rather easily with basic computer skills, complex events can be configured which will require some understanding and patience.
Perhaps the most overlooked aspect of relay control is proper handling of inductive loads. Inductive loads can best be defined as anything with a magnetic coil, such as a motor, solenoid, or a transformer. Controlling a inductive load using this relay controller requires the use of induction suppression capacitors. The purpose of this capacitor is to absorb the high voltages generated by inductive loads, blocking them from the contacts of the relay. Without this capacitor, the lifespan of the relay will be greatly reduced. Induction can be so severe that it electrically interferes with the microprocessor logic of our controllers, causing relay banks to shut themselves down unexpectedly. In the case of USB devices, customers may experience loss of communications until the device is reconnected to the USB port. Capacitors that we offer are available at checkout, for more information view our Induction Suppression Video.