Let’s go ahead with some explanations about the GUI.
To open the Pimatic GUI type in the IP adress of your Pimatic Pi.
Welcome to Pimatic
login with username admin and your password that you entered in at installation step 10.
at the upper left corner there’s a dropdown field with several design options, so choose your favour and login.
The first Pimatic homescreen seems to be a little desolate, since there are no devices set up yet.
I’ll explain this in the next steps howto setup these.
What’s up now, you’ll ask. Well, let’s look around. There are two buttons attracting our attention in the upper left and right corner. The left button will open the Pimatic menu, the right button will open the edit menu.
Furthermore you can see the name of the actual page and the devices screen that is empty at the beginning.
Lets click the upper left button to show the main menu.
The Pimatic Menu bar is grouped into several sections.
I’ll explain the options shortly.
Close Menu will close this menu
The first group is Pages. Here you’ll see all your created pages. You can click them to get directly to these. At the moment there’s only the Favorites page by default.
The Automation section contains Rules and Variables.
At the rules page you can setup rules for devices, for example switch on a light at a certain time with IF … Then comands. It’s quite easy since there’s auto fill in and even a GUI editor.
At the variables page you will see all variables that Pimatic is using with their actual state or value These states and values will be updated at their given interval. Also you can create your own variables here. In opposite to the Events page you can see all variables listed here. (Events see below)
In the Log section you will find the system Messages and the Events.
The messages will show you all gathered information like error, information, warn and debug from the Pimatic core or the installed plugins. If there are any warnings or error messages, Pimatic indicates this with a warning button at the upper right corner .
At the Events page you can see the “Events” that lately have been recorded. The link shows an example of another Pimatic setup. When a value or state changes, it will be shown at the Events page.
The last section are the Settings.
At the Devices Page you can see all active devices that are registered at the config.json. The with edit button at the upper right corner you actually can only change the order of the devices but not yet edit them directly! Please keep in mind that all changes or adding devices must to be manually edited at the the config.json file.
I’ll explain later howto to edit the config.
At the Groups page you are able to create Groups for your devices. On your own created Pages you will see your devices grouped then. Maybe you want to see all your weather sensors and weather data in a group, then create the group and move the devices into the group then.
At the Plugins page you will see all installed plugins. Also you can install new plugins or enable/disable them if they are already installed. Usually you should only have the cron and mobile frontend installed as plugin at the beginning, so your list is shorter than shown here.
At the Config you’ll find your config.json file and YES - you can edit it directly here if you wish to. For that click the edit button on the upper right corner. You will be asked for the admin password (remembered it? ^^)
Now BE CAREFULL what you’re doing! You are in the edit mode. You can always cancel or undo your last changes. When you save your changes, you’ll need to restart pimatic, your changes will be integrated then.
At the Database page you can see the quantity of database entries. This is quite usefull, when you want to identify sensors or devices that count up quickly and produce much database traffic. Too much database traffic may damage your SD card (if using a Pi…). They only have a certain lifetime that depends on read/write access.
At the Updates page you are able to update your Pimatic system from the GUI. If updates are available, Pimatic tells you which is outdated and show the actual version number. This is update function is quite comfortable, since all you need to do is to hit the update button and restart after the update process has finished. Pimatic will start over and all updates will be installed automatically then.
The last button is to logout from Pimatic and return to the login screen.
Well, I would say let’s continue with Step 3 - Creating devices