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Create an animated button showing connectivity?

LanceAILanceAI Junior MemberPosts: 2
Would someone be so kind as to outline the steps needed to create an animated (multi-state) button that is connected either to the wireless connection status or master connection status on an MVP-8400 panel? I would like to animate a logo when connected and set it to an off state if not connected. Thanks for any suggestions you can give!

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  • Jimweir192Jimweir192 Junior Member Posts: 502
    In your TP4 Project goto file - Open System Page Template. A read only copy of the setup pages will be opened. Goto a Page called _Setup and you will see the usual Connection Status indicator Button. Note this is made up of two button images so highlight the area and Copy this button to you page. You can then examine this button and see the component elements.

    To setup a connection indicator with your logo, you will need to assign the Port to 0 - Setup and the address and channel code to Panel Setup: Connection. Then add your logo file to the states as per a normal animation. I think you may be restricted to using State 1 for Off and States 2-5 for On...

    The other option is you write your own code within Netlinx to Animate you button for the TP Online Event and Off for the TP Offline Event.

    HTH
  • DHawthorneDHawthorne Junior Member Posts: 4,584
    Or you could be lazy (like me) and copy the thing directly from the system template page and paste it on your user page.
  • LanceAILanceAI Junior Member Posts: 2
    If I just copy the button what would tell the button to continuously cycle through states 2-5 as opposed to just going through the sequence once?
  • DHawthorneDHawthorne Junior Member Posts: 4,584
    LanceAI wrote:
    If I just copy the button what would tell the button to continuously cycle through states 2-5 as opposed to just going through the sequence once?

    If you are going to copy it, you are stuck with the default behavior. It's internal to the panel.
  • REBUILD_EVENTREBUILD_EVENT Junior Member Posts: 127
    i have done some multistate buttons showing battery and link quality/signal strength for mvp. see attachment
  • ericmedleyericmedley Senior Member - 4000+ posts Posts: 4,177
    LanceAI wrote:
    Would someone be so kind as to outline the steps needed to create an animated (multi-state) button that is connected either to the wireless connection status or master connection status on an MVP-8400 panel? I would like to animate a logo when connected and set it to an off state if not connected. Thanks for any suggestions you can give!

    This brings to mind one of the things I wish they'd change on the Touch panels. I wish you could assign a level to the battery life and signal strength. I don't know how many times I wish I could monitor the battery charge in the program and warn the user when one of their touch panels was off the charger.

    I'm like you Dave in that I just copy/paste the batt/signal levels off the setup pages and modify them from there.
  • Stephen BoltonStephen Bolton Junior Member Posts: 345
    ericmedley wrote:
    I wish you could assign a level to the battery life and signal strength. I don't know how many times I wish I could monitor the battery charge in the program and warn the user when one of their touch panels was off the charger.
    You can assign a level for the battery (and a few other devices) on the >File>Project properties>Sensors page of TPD4.

    Use a level_event and manipulate level.value for the port. Seem to remember it must be a level code of 8. Whether it is a 'must' or it is the first free one, I can't honestly remember!

    We often send emails to the IT dept or CEO's PA if the level gets low - the panel has clearly been left off the charger.

    HTH
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