thamilto1r
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How Do I Network AIMS Corp Inverter/Chargers and Solar Charge Controllers (RS485)?

Thu Sep 22, 2022 3:09 pm

Please advise if papers/documentation are available to enable network management/data logging of AIMS Corp devices in an RV Solar Power system. I have 'all AIMS' plus Victron CCGX and Raspi v 4, 8GB.

Should I FIRST purchase a good text on RS485 communication/controls?

thamilto1r
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Joined: Fri Sep 16, 2022 12:26 pm

Re: How Do I Network AIMS Corp Inverter/Chargers and Solar Charge Controllers (RS485)?

Thu Sep 22, 2022 4:15 pm

I am going to test Aims 485 connectivity with Node-RED and a 485 Can Hat on Raspi 4. Will advise.

thamilto1r
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Re: How Do I Network AIMS Corp Inverter/Chargers and Solar Charge Controllers (RS485)?

Mon Sep 26, 2022 2:21 am

Today, I completed Raspberry Pi OS installation. However, Venus OS installation on my raspberry pi 8GB appears to still be in beta testing. When I checked the compatibility for Venus OS on Raspberry pi, it appears it is only fully tested up to 4GB on the 1.2 board. My 8GB is the 1.4 board (still in beta testing).

I am going to do some more research on installing Node-Red on my chromebook and research on the software I CAN install with Raspberry Pi on my 32GB mini SD on the 8GB pi.

thamilto1r
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Joined: Fri Sep 16, 2022 12:26 pm

Re: How Do I Network AIMS Corp Inverter/Chargers and Solar Charge Controllers (RS485)?

Thu Sep 29, 2022 4:41 pm

Venus OS installed. I had to download from 'feeds/venus/candidates... path and then use balena Etcher to flash to SD card. Even with balena, flash was failing... until it didn't. Then, I inserted the SD in Raspberry PI and now I can access venus.local (on the Raspberry Pi) from my PC.

Next step, begin to plan Node-Red install on my PC and design my RS485 monitoring/controls!

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