- Pool Pump
- Gas Heater
- Spa Blower
- Water Feature
- Chemical Feeder
- 3 – Actuators
The pool pictured above is a pool/spa combo with a spillover configuration that has three actuators, a spa blower, water feature, ozonator, and chemical feeder (no set up needed as this is an erosion feeder). Setting up this configuration in the Attendant involves two major steps:
First – Adding devices — In this step we will add every device on the pad to the Attendant configuration, specify brands, models and ports we are connected into.
Second – Linking added devices into a flow — In this step we will tell the Attendant how the various devices that were just added connect to each other hydraulically using the concept of a Flow. Flow’s allow the system to understand all possible paths that water can route in your pool. We will be setting up a separate flow for each pump (except for booster pumps).
When complete you should have configured a flow that looks similar to the picture below. Please follow the directions in the following section to set up this configuration:
Once you have turned The Attendant on and connected it to the internet, the Attendant app will lead you through the “Interview” process. The interview process is designed to help create a template configuration that you can later customize. Start by pressing the “Interview” button on your mobile device, then answer the questions like you see in the pictures below.
After answering all the Interview questions, make sure you press “Finish”. This will take you into Installer Mode. Installer mode allows you to configure and test your devices.
After entering Installer mode the app will take you to the “Site” tab. The Site tab will be used to make changes to the Bodies of Water, Water features (if applicable), Sensors, as well as Freeze Protect settings. Once on the “Site” tab, press the “Devices” tab at the top of the page. Now, you can select each piece of equipment with a red flag icon beside it and fill in the information about that piece of equipment (step by step photos below). Make sure that you press “Save” for each piece of equipment.
Configuring the Pump
The first piece of equipment is the Primary Pump. Press the arrow to edit pump properties. Now, if you choose you can rename the pump from Primary Pump by touching the name of the pump to edit. Next, touch Select under “Brand” and select the manufacturer of the pump from the drop down list. Next, select the “Model” block and select the model number from the drop down list. Next, select “Port Types” and select the port type that you are going to connect the wiring to. Next, select the “Number” block to select what port “Number” that you connected the pump to in The Attendant. Enter the Bus Identifier or verify that the Bus Identifier populated. Next, you can set the prime duration for the pump by sliding the slider bar. Lastly, you can set the minimum and the maximum speed that you want to allow the pump to run at. After making all of you selections, press “Save” at the bottom of the page.
Configuring the Heater
Next, select the Heater. You can rename the heater by pressing the “Heater” under the Name, you now can edit the name of the Heater. Next, fill in the Brand, Model, Ports Type, and Number, like you did on the pump. You may also set the minimum and maximum operating temperatures by sliding the respective slider bar. After you have entered all of the information, press “Save” at the bottom of the page.
Configuring the Blower
Next, select the Blower. You can rename the Blower by pressing the “Blower” under the Name, you now can edit the name of the Blower. Blowers are connected to high voltage relays. The only information that we need on a blower is the port number that you connected it to, then press “Save” at the bottom of the page.
Configuring the Salt Cell
Next, select the Salt Cell. You can rename the Salt Cell by pressing the “Salt Cell” under the Name, you now can edit the name of the Salt Cell. Fill in the Brand, Model, Salt Cell Type, Ports Type, and Number like you did before, then press “Save” at the bottom of the page.
Configuring the Water Temperature Sensor (Thermistor)
Next, select the Water Thermistor. You can rename the Water Thermistor by pressing the “Water Thermistor” under the Name, you now can edit the name of the Water Thermistor. Verify that the Ports Type and the Number are filled in on the Water Thermistor and press “Save” at the bottom of the page.
Configuring the Ambient Temperature Sensor (Thermistor)
Next, select the Ambient Thermistor. You can rename the Ambient Thermistor by pressing the “Ambient Thermistor” under the Name, you now can edit the name of the Ambient Thermistor. Verify that the Ports Type and the Number are filled in on the Ambient Thermistor and press “Save” at the bottom of the page.
IMPORTANT: Once you clear all of the red flags on the Devices tab, press “Save” in the top right corner of the app to push the configuration to The Attendant. You will see an alert that lets you know that we are saving the configuration and when it is completed, you will see an alert at the bottom of the app that states “Config saved and downloaded to 1 Attendant”.
Next, Press the Blue “+” between Heater and Return Actuator. Scroll down on the icon list and press “Ozonator”. Now, you can rename the Ozonator, if you choose. Fill in the “Ports Type” and the “Ports Number”. Last, press the “Apply” button at the top right hand corner of the app to save the Ozonator.
Configuring Water Feature
Press the “+” above the “Pool” button on the left hand side at the bottom of the flow. Next, scroll down the list of icons and select your Water Feature. We have chosen the “Waterfall” icon. Verify/edit any settings in the waterfall and press “Save” at the bottom of the page.
Configuring 3-Way Actuator
Next, press the Blue “+” above the Waterfall to add an actuator. Scroll down and select the “Actuator 3 Way” icon. Next, fill in the Name (if you choose to rename the actuator), Brand, Model, Ports Type and Port Number. Now, press “Save” at the bottom of the page.
Completing the Flow
Lastly, select the Blue “+” under the right side of the actuator and select the icon for “Pool”.
Once you have selected Pool, your flow will look like the picture below on the far left. Press “Save” in the top right corner to save the configuration. Once saved, you will see the picture on the far right below and an alert stating “Config saved and downloaded to 1 Attendant”. Your configuration is now complete.
From the Devices tab, you can test each piece of equipment to make sure that the configuration is correct. Start this process by setting the pump speed (in the example I have set the speed to 50%). Press the “Pump” icon next to the Primary Pump. This will turn the pump on. Verify that the pump is running. You will see RPM, Watts, or GPM depending on the make and model of the pump. Leave the pump running and now turn the heater on and verify that it is working. Once the heater has been tested, you can press the icon for the heater again to turn it off. Repeat these steps for all of your equipment to verify that everything is working. Once you complete the testing of the equipment, you can turn the Primary Pump off. Next, if you have actuators, test all of the Actuator(s) (click on the word “actuator(s)” for more information on how to test) that are in the flow.
Lastly, press the back arrow at the top left of the app to exit installer mode. Slide the slider bar to exit and return to normal operation of The Attendant.
Congratulations, the hardware set up is now complete. If you would like additional information about Port Types or Bus Identifier’s, please click on the corresponding links below.