Note: this manual corresponds to the latest firmware. When internet connected, the device will update to the latest version automatically. Check our blog posts for the latest firmware:https://www.victronenergy.com/blog/category/firmware-software/
In many ways, the Venus GX is exactly the same device as the Color Control GX. A lot of the hardware is the same. And it runs the same software, our Venus OS. Their software therefore shares the same version numbering, and new versions are released at the same time for both devices.
This section explains all the differences between the two devices, to get everyone that is familiar with the CCGX up to speed on the Venus GX as fast as possible.
|User interface||CCGX||Venus GX|
|LCD Display & 7 buttons||yes||no|
|Victron comm. ports||CCGX||Venus GX|
|VE.Direct||2 dedicated ports - isolated 1)|
|VE.Can||2 paralleled RJ45 sockets – isolated|
|VE.Bus||2 paralleled RJ45 sockets – isolated|
|Non Victron-products||CCGX||Venus GX|
|Canbus-BMS batteries||Many battery brands. See here for details|
|Fronius PV Inverters||See here for details|
|USB||2 USB Host ports – not isolated|
|Ethernet||10/100 RJ45 socket - isolated except shield|
|WiFi||optional 2)||builtin, but see 3)|
|Bluetooth Smart||no||future function 4)|
|Micro SDcard slot||SDHC cards up to max. of 32GB. 5)|
|Second CAN-bus port||no||future function 6)|
|Programmable relay 7)||1x NO||1x NO / NC 8)|
|Resistive tank level inputs||no||3 9)|
|Temperature measurements||no||2 10)|
|Digital IO||no||future function 11)|
|Outer dimensions ( h x w x d )||130 x 120 x 28 mm||45 x 143 x 96 mm|
|Operating temperature||-20 to +50°C|
|EMC||EN 61000-6-3, EN 55014-1, EN 61000-6-2, EN 61000-6-1, EN 55014-2|
Because the Venus GX has no display nor any buttons, this works differently than with the CCGX.
The way to access the device for setting up, as well as monitoring, is via Remote Console. Either via VRM, via the built-in WiFi Access Point, or on the local LAN/WiFi network.
Connect the Venus GX to the internet by plugging it into a working Ethernet network which as a DHCP server (most networks do). It will immediately connect to VRM.
And once done, click the Remote Console link to open the window, like this:
More information about Remote Console on VRM is explained here.
Note that, for security, it is possible to disable the WiFi Access Point. See Settings → Wi-Fi → Create access point.
Be careful: once disabled, the only way to get it back enables is by using Remote Console on VRM (requires a working internet connection) or via Remote Console on LAN (requires a working network connection, but not internet).
In case you've accidentally disabled Remote Console on VRM, the only way to re-enable that is via Remote Console on LAN. And to do that you need to find the IP address of the Venus GX. There are several ways to find that:
IP Address on VRM
On VRM, you'll find the IP address on the Device List page of the installation. Note that this does require the Venus GX to be connected to the internet.
Network (on Windows)
In a local network, for example in a home, you can also find the Venus GX in the Windows Network overview:
Double clicking the icon will open up Remote Console on LAN.
Open the properties window to see the IP address.
This uses upnp broadcast technology.
On the side of the Venus GX, there is a LED. during power-up it has different states [TBD insert states]. After a good power-up, it will always blink green.
During a forced factory re-install, a very uncommon operation, the LED has these meanings:
No function yet.