First Steps with Tribium Lights

So now you have received Tribium Lights controller and you want to start playing with it. Here are 3 basic steps to initiate the system:

  1. Installing Tribium Things app on your cell phone or tablet.
  2. Connecting device to provided power supply.
  3. Adding the device to your local WiFi network.

Installing Tribium Things App

The controller is only accessible and programmable from the smartphone app called Tribium Things. This application allows to control multiple controllers from your cell phone.

Currently it is available for the Android devices however we are planning to make it accessible from Apple Store as well.

Tribium Things can be easily found on Play Store. Just install it from there and that would be end of this step. Just scan following QR-code using your phone or tablet device and it will find this App right away. Or, alternatively just lookup for “Tribium Things”. Check the full list of the results because this application may not be presented at the top of the list.


Powering the Controller

This is very easy step. In order to provide power for the controller and the lights and sensors, you may use provided 5A 12V DC power adapter and plug it to the controller using the jack socket.

On the rights side in this picture there is standard power jack where you can plug in from any 12V DC power supply.

If you need more power, you may use other power supplies available on the market (or even you can reuse the old computer PSUs!). The Tribium Lights controller is equipped with terminal where you can screw in the positive ad negative leads.

On the left side in this picture you may find the terminal to connect 12V DC leads.
Polarity of the 12V DC input power terminal.

When you turn the power on, the controller will lit the green indicator as well produce double-beep sound. That means it has correctly started its operation.

Adding Controller to the Network

This step is a bit more complex since it requires basic knowledge about computer networking and awareness of your own home or office network parameters. These parameters can be easily checked by accessing the admin console on your WiFi router.

As it was earlier mentioned the Tribium Lights controllers connect to the network via WiFi interface. Also they use only the 2.4GHz band (802.11g) and they will not work within the 5GHz band (802.11ac). Fortunately mostly available routers on the market usually have at least one access point available for 802.11g devices. Make sure you have the SSID and password for that access point.

  1. Power the controller. After starting it will establish its own access point with SSID starting with LIGHTS-xxxxxxxxxxxx.

  2. Start the Tribium Things application on your Android device. Press the “+ Node” button to add new controller to your collection.



  3. From the displayed page select option to scan the local WiFi to search for the access point on which the controller is available.



  4. In the next view the App will scan all the local access points and should show our controller’s SSID. Select it and then press Next button. You do not need to provide the password, since the App will use default one.



  5. In next step the App will ask you about your local WiFi network access point (router) that will be used to connect the new controller to. In order to do so you need to provide the SSID and a password of your Wifi router AP.
    Note: it must be the G radio (2.4GHz) not the AC one (5GHz). The controller is capable only to work with older Wifi radio wave band.
    The password can be stored on your cell phone so it can be used to connect other devices easily later if you chose so.



  6. Prior connecting to the controller you need to provide the static IP address that this device will be using in your network.

    Note. Make sure the IP address of new controller is outside of the range of addresses managed by the router’s DHCP service. Login to your router to check that. Otherwise the new device may get into conflict with any devices (phones, laptops, tablets) that use automatic address selection to use your network.

    In addition to that provide the title of the controller/node and additional comment if necessary. Then press “Configure”.



  7. During configuration the controller will be restarted. It may take a minute or less to be fully available. New controller node will be added to your main application screen and from now on you can start using the controller and its features.

Troubleshooting

If something happens and you will not be able to see the new controller added to your network and not accessible on your phone/tablet various things could be a cause:

  • Provided IP address is wrong and not in the router network range. That means the communication with the router and controller will be ignored by the router.
  • The SSID or password of your Wifi router was provided with mistakes.
    If the controller has incorrect information about accessing your WiFi router it will fail to connect.
  • Type of the radio band of your router is incorrect.
    Make sure you use the SSID of the access point on your router which is using 2.4GHz band (G).

To fix all of the problems above just perform Factory Reset and try adding the controller again.