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 ====== Venus GX (VGX) manual ====== ====== Venus GX (VGX) manual ======
  
 +===== 1. Introduction =====
 +
 +==== 1.1 Description ====
  
 In many ways the **Venus GX (VGX)** and the **Color Control GX (CCGX)** 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.  In many ways the **Venus GX (VGX)** and the **Color Control GX (CCGX)** 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. 
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 == Venus GX/CCGX comparison table == == Venus GX/CCGX comparison table ==
  
-See [[venus-os:​start|]].+See the [[venus-os:​start|]] ​page.
  
-===== 1. What's in the Box?  ​=====+==== 1.What's in the Box?  ====
  
   * Venus GX (VGX)   * Venus GX (VGX)
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 {{venus-gx_left.png?​500}}{{venus_gx_connectors2_.png?​280}} {{venus-gx_left.png?​500}}{{venus_gx_connectors2_.png?​280}}
  
-==== 1.Overview of connections ====+==== 1.Overview of connections ==== 
 {{ :​venus-gx:​overview_venusgx_mei2017.jpg?​nolink&​950 |}} {{ :​venus-gx:​overview_venusgx_mei2017.jpg?​nolink&​950 |}}
  
 ===== 2. Accessing the device ===== ===== 2. Accessing the device =====
  
-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.+Because the Venus GX has no visual display or buttons, ​you need either a smartphonetablet ​or laptop to access it.
  
-==== 2.1 Accessing 'Remote Console' via VRM ==== +This access is called ​Remote Console. There are three ways to access ​the Remote Console:
-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.+
  
-Go to https://vrm.victronenergy.comand follow the instructions to add the deviceMore information about this is available in the [[vrm_portal:​start|VRM Manual]].+  - Through the online VRM Portal, which requires internet, see chapter 2.1; 
 +  - By using the built-in WiFi Access Point, see chapter 2.2; 
 +  - Or, via the local LAN/WiFi network; see chapter 2.3.
  
-When you've done that, click the '​Remote Console'​ link to open the windowlike this:+==== 2.1 Accessing via VRM ==== 
 + 
 +This method requires a working internet connection, both on your phone/​tablet/​laptop as well as for the Venus GX. For a new install, this means that it needs to be connected by Ethernet cable. 
 + 
 +Step by step instructions:​ 
 + 
 +First, connect the Venus GX to the internet by plugging it into a working Ethernet network which has a DHCP server, as most networks do, and which is connected to the internet. The Venus GX will immediately connect to VRM. 
 + 
 +Now, go to the VRM Portal, https://​vrm.victronenergy.com/,​ and follow the instructions to add the device. More information about this is available in the [[vrm_portal:​start|VRM Manual]]. 
 + 
 +Then once visible on VRM, click the '​Remote Console'​ link to open the window. Which will look like below screenshot. 
 + 
 +More information about '​Remote Console'​ on VRM is explained in the [[https://​www.victronenergy.com/​live/​ccgx:​start#​remote_console_on_vrm|CCGX Manual, VRM Remote Console chapter]].
  
 {{ :​venus-gx:​remote_console.png?​nolink |}} {{ :​venus-gx:​remote_console.png?​nolink |}}
  
-More information about '​Remote Console'​ on VRM is explained [[vrm_portal:​troubleshooting_ccgx_vrm_connectivity|here]]. 
  
-==== 2.2 Accessing ​'​Remote Console' ​via the built-in WiFi Access Point ====+==== 2.2 Accessing via the built-in WiFi Access Point ==== 
 + 
 +This method requires the [[https://​www.victronenergy.com/​panel-systems-remote-monitoring/​victronconnect|VictronConnect App]] to be installed on your smartphone, tablet or laptop.
  
 Steps: Steps:
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   - Make sure you are no further than a few metres away from the Venus GX   - Make sure you are no further than a few metres away from the Venus GX
   - Go to the WiFi settings on your phone / tablet / laptop.   - Go to the WiFi settings on your phone / tablet / laptop.
-  - After searching, ​it will show up in the list +  - After searching, ​the Venus GX will show up in the list, as ''​Venus-HQ1940DEFR4-3b6''​. Where HQ... is the serial number as printed on the side of the box. 
-  - Connect to WiFi using the 'WiFi key' which you will find printed on the side of the box ...and also on a card in the plastic bag - which you should keep in a safe place. +  - Connect to WiFi using the 'WiFi key' which you will find printed on the side of the box ...and also on a card in the plastic bag. Keep that in a safe place. 
-  - Open VictronConnect, ​and select the GX device from the Device ​list +  - Open VictronConnect, ​it will start scanning the WiFi network automatically. 
-  - Select ​Remote Console ​- [[https://​www.youtube.com/​watch?​v=aKJMXxRIkG0|See this VictronConnect feature video for step by step instructions.]]+  - Once found, ​select the GX device from the list. 
 +  - Open the Remote Console
  
-[[https://www.youtube.com/​watch?​v=aKJMXxRIkG0|{{:​venus-gx:​victronconnectgxdevice.jpg?​nolink&​400|}}]]+Notes: 
 +  * If you cannot use VictronConnect,​ you can use a web browser and navigate to the IP address ​ 172.24.24.1 
 +  * For added security it is possible to disable the WiFi Access Point. See Settings ​-> Wi-Fi -> Create access point. See below chapter explaining the Push button for how to restore access in case ever necessary.
  
-  - If you cannot use VictronConnect,​ you can use a web browser and navigate to the IP address ​ 172.24.24.1 - [[https://​www.youtube.com/​watch?​v=ptYV_JEcaMU?​nolink&​400|See this How to connect to the Venus GX video for step by step instructions.]]+=== Instruction ​video ===
  
-[[https://​www.youtube.com/watch?​v=ptYV_JEcaMU|{{:​venus-gx:​howtoconnectgxdevice.jpg?​nolink&​400|}}]]+Step by step instruction video on how to connect to a GX device using the [[https://​www.victronenergy.com/panel-systems-remote-monitoring/​victronconnect|VictronConnect App]].
  
-Note that for added security it is possible to disable the WiFi Access Point. See Settings -Wi-Fi -> Create access point.+{{youtube>aKJMXxRIkG0}}
  
-**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). +=== Detailed instruction video ===
-==== 2.3 Finding the IP address ====+
  
-If you've accidentally disabled Remote Console ​on VRM, the only way to re-enable it is via Remote Console ​on LANAnd to do that you'​ll ​need to find the IP address of the Venus GX. There are several ways of finding it:+This second video was made before VictronConnect got the feature to find a device ​on a network. All the explanations in the video regarding IP Addressing can be ignoredand use VictronConnect as in above video instead. 
 + 
 +{{youtube>​ptYV_JEcaMU}} 
 + 
 + 
 +==== 2.3 Accessing via the local LAN/WiFi Network ==== 
 + 
 +=== 2.3.1 Introduction and common installations === 
 + 
 +This section explains how to connected ​to Remote Console ​when the Venus GX is connected to the local computer network, with either an Ethernet cable, or having it configured to connect to a local WiFi network. 
 + 
 +This method does not require an internet connection. Just a local computer network is sufficient. 
 + 
 +Once connected, connect ​to the GX Device by running the [[https://​www.victronenergy.com/​panel-systems-remote-monitoring/​victronconnect|VictronConnect App]] on a phone, tablet or laptop. __Note ​that will need to be connected to the same computer network as the Venus GX.__ 
 + 
 +This video shows how its done: 
 + 
 +{{youtube>​aKJMXxRIkG0}} 
 + 
 +=== 2.3.2 Alternative methods ​to find the IP Address === 
 + 
 +In case VictronConnect can't be used, here are a few other methods to find the Venus GX, ie. its IP Address.
  
 __IP Address on VRM__ __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.+On the VRM Portal, 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.
  
 {{:​venus-gx:​venus_ip_vrm.png?​direct&​600|}} {{:​venus-gx:​venus_ip_vrm.png?​direct&​600|}}
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 The values/​states of the digital inputs are available on Modbus-TCP. For more details about this, please download a copy of the document "​Modbus-TCP register list" from our website. And see [[ccgx:​modbustcp_faq|our Modbus-TCP FAQ]]. The values/​states of the digital inputs are available on Modbus-TCP. For more details about this, please download a copy of the document "​Modbus-TCP register list" from our website. And see [[ccgx:​modbustcp_faq|our Modbus-TCP FAQ]].
  
-===== 5. How does the Venus GX compare with the CCGX?​===== +===== 5. Factory reset =====
- +
-See [[:​venus-os:​start]]. +
-===== 6. Factory reset =====+
  
 See above chapter 3.2 on the push button. See above chapter 3.2 on the push button.
-===== 7. More information =====+ 
 +===== 6. More information =====
  
   * [[:​ccgx:​start]]   * [[:​ccgx:​start]]
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