Rako - v 7.0.1
Extra Vegetables' Control4 driver for Rako allows you to integrate a Rako wireless lighting system into Control4.
This provides the same features and customer experience as Control4's native lighting control. You can dim and switch loads and there is also the facility to represent relays as motorization devices within Control4. We also provide a special driver for Rako's blind and curtain controller.
Rako keypads are supported by the driver. From within Control4 you can program events based on key presses on these keypads. Scenes can either be stored on the Rako system or within Control 4 as required.
The driver works with both the wired and wireless versions of Rako. It is designed to work with the WRA-232 Bridge Module. This allows either IP or RS-232 control. Do not use any other current Rako bridge. (For older installs the RAV-232+ is supported along with the APR bridge with a special firmware update.)
The driver enables automatic retrieval of scene levels from the Rako bridge if using the IP version of the driver. This makes set up much quicker and more reliable. You can also fire Rako macros stored in a compatible bridge.
Version 7.0.1 enables fade up and fade down dimming via the Control4 OS 2.3 OSD.
The Extra Vegetables Control4 drivers for the Rako lighting system implements the following features:
•Reliable IP or Serial control through WRA-232 bridge.
The Rako WRA-232 bridge is used for interaction with the Rako system. For older systems the APR bridge and RAV-232+ are supported.
•'Cloud' based driver - simple to deploy, transparent to customer.
A 'cloud' based driver attaches devices such as lighting circuits to a 'cloud' that represents the Rako network. Each device is then simply addressed to match the corresponding group address on the Rako network. None of this is evident to the customer. A light is a light regardless of whether it is on the Rako network or a Control4 outlet module.
•Support for dimmable and non-dimmable lighting loads.
Not all light types are dimmable. Just as you would connect some to Rako dimmers and some to a Rako relays you make the same virtual choices within Composer. This ensures that only dimmable lighting loads are presented to your customer with faders.
•Support for motorization devices.
Rako relays are multi-purpose and this flexibility is echoed in the driver. If you use a relay to control a fan you can represent this as a fan directly within Control4. We also have a special driver included in the package for the Rako blind and curtain controller. This device is also used by Silent Gliss for their wireless curtain control. This makes it incredibly simple to integrate blinds and curtains with Control4.
•Use Rako switches within Control4 programming
Within Control4 dealer programming you can react to key presses on the Rako keypads. This means you can use these for non-lighting purposes or to enhance the capabilities of the Rako system. Full details in the installation manual.
•Maintain lighting scene in Rako or Control4.
If you maintain your lighting scenes in Rako you avoid the 'popcorn' effect for fast lighting scene changes. However you can also create and execute lighting scenes in Control4 programming. Instructions on how to have a Control4 lighting scene recall a scene stored in Rako are included in the instructions.
•Automatic retrieval of scene levels
Auto poulates the levels each circuit is programmed to for each Rako scene. Saves hours of configuration.
•Compatible with Control4 OS 1.7, 1.8 and 2.x.
All 'Driverworks' versions of Control4 are supported. There are no differences in the feature sets between versions.
There are currently the following limitations with the driver:
If scenes are maintained in Control4, then a separate message needs to be sent to the Rako network for each lighting circuit in the scene. These are sent one-by-one. With more than four lighting loads you will notice each light reacting in turn. If this is a problem you can define the lighting scenes in Rako instead.
Because we need to send messages from the Control4 system to the Rako network via the rako interface this must be in wireless range of all of the Rako dimmers and relays. You can introduce a Rako wireless extender into the system but these cannot be daisy chained.
The following are required for successful deployment of the driver.
•Control4 1.8 (or higher) + HC800 Controller for larger systems
The introduction of any two-way driver into a project adds to the processor load. In line with Control4's recommendations we suggest that an HC800 is used for systems of more than three rooms.
•Rako WRA-232 Bridge
This is the only bridge supported in the current Rako range. It is designed as an exclusive third part integration unit.
This driver is an independent commercial release by Extra Vegetables Ltd. It is not authorized or supported either by Control4 or Rako. We acknowledge the support of Rako in the development of this driver. Extra Vegetables fully support the driver through its authorized dealer network.