In many ways the Venus GX and the Color Control GX are the same device. They share a lot of hardware, and they run on identical software - our 'Venus OS' - therefore firmware numbering is the same; and new version releases always apply to both devices at the same time.
Use the Venus GX / CCGX comparison table in Paragraph 4. below below to see the similarities and differences between the two devices at-a-glance.
(This manual refers to the latest firmware version. A device connected to the internet will perform new-version updates automatically. Check the latest firmware version here.)
Because the Venus GX has no visual display or buttons, it is accessed for setting-up and monitoring by using the 'Remote Console' feature. You can do this through VRM, using the built-in WiFi Access Point, or by using 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.
When you've done that, click the 'Remote Console' link to open the window, like this:
More information about 'Remote Console' on VRM is explained here.
Note that for added security it is possible to disable the WiFi Access Point. See Settings → Wi-Fi → Create access point.
Caution: Once WiFi Access is disabled the only way to get it back is by using 'Remote Console' on VRM -which requires a working internet connection; or via 'Remote Console' on LAN which requires a working network connection (but no internet).
If you've accidentally disabled Remote Console on VRM, the only way to re-enable it is via Remote Console on LAN. And to do that you'll need to find the IP address of the Venus GX. There are several ways of finding it:
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 Microsoft Windows)
In a local network, for example at 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 Universal plug-and-play broadcast technology.
On the side of the Venus GX, there is an LED. During power-up it it goes through these states:
After that the LED will be blinking green continually.
During a forced factory re-install - a very uncommon operation - the LED has these definitions:
This button has no function allocated at present.
The Venus GX has five digital inputs. The channels are accessible via the RJ-12 socket on the side. This is available for self-wiring by the user/installer.
The inputs are non-isolated. They operate at 3V3 levels, and can withstand up to 5V input. Each input has an internal 10k pull-up resistor to 3V3. We recommend wiring it to a potential free relay or otherwise open collector/optocoupler output.
Each of the digital inputs can be configured as a pulse meter, or as one of a number of predefined sensors that can also be configured as alarms.
The possible configurable functions are:
The function of each input can be configured in the GUI under Settings → I/O → Digital Inputs.
Once the input is configured for its intended purpose, it will show up with other devices.
Other parameters related to that function can be configured by entering the device menu and selecting Setup. For pulse meters, you can configure the unit, the multiplier (the volume represented by each pulse) and reset the counter.
For other sensors and alarms, you can decide whether the input should be treated as an alarm condition, and whether the sense should be inverted. If a logical low input (0V on the input) represents a positive condition, you should configure the input as inverted.
The values/states of the digital inputs are available on ModbusTCP. For more details about this, please download a copy of the document “Modbus-TCP register list” from our website.
This section explains all the differences between the two devices.
If you are familiar with the CCGX you will see at a glance how it compares to the Venus GX.
|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)||built-in, 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)|
|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|