Control System Integration

IMPORTANT NOTE: Use control system integration only when necessary. Most functionality within a Crestron Home® system is available through native support, Crestron drivers, and extension drivers.

Integrate a Crestron® control system with a Crestron Home® OS system to control devices that cannot be controlled through the native functionality provided by Crestron Home OS, Crestron drivers, and extension drivers.

Integration with the Crestron Home® OS system is accomplished using a 3- or 4-series control system programmed in Simpl Windows with the trigger and listen modules.

  • Trigger Event: A 3- or 4-series control system sends an event to the Crestron Home system. When the Crestron Home system receives the event, it performs an action based on its configuration.
  • Listen Event: A Crestron Home system sends an event to the 3- or 4-series control system. When the 3- or 4-series control system receives the event, it performs an action based on its programming.

Trigger and Listen Module Example

For example, a 3- or 4-series control system and a CP4-R are used to control the TV, lights, and shades. The 3- or 4-series control system controls the TV using a handheld remote and the CP4-R controls the lights and shades using an in-wall keypad.

  • To control the lights and shades using the handheld remote connected to the PRO4, use a Trigger module in Simpl Windows.
  • To control the TV using the in-wall keypad connected to the CP4-R, use a Listen module in Simpl Windows.

Connection Configuration Module

Use the Pyng Connection Configuration module to set the IP address of the Crestron Home processor and allow communications between the two systems.

NOTE: Only add one instance of the Pyng Connection Configuration per program. Adding multiple modules may result in system errors.

Add the Pyng Connection Configuration module:

  1. In the Simpl Windows Symbol Library, go to Crestron Modules > Pyng.

  2. Add the Pyng Connection Configuration module to the program.
  3. Open the Detail View for the Pyng Connection Configuration module.
  4. Enter the IP address or Hostname of the Crestron Home processor in the ServerAddress parameter.

    NOTE: To prevent a loss in communications, use a reserved IP address for the Crestron Home processor or enter the processor's hostname.

Trigger Module

Use a Trigger module to control the Crestron Home system with a 3- or 4-Series Control System.

Create a Trigger Event in SIMPL Windows

Use SIMPL Windows to add and configure a Trigger event:

  1. In the Simpl Windows Symbol Library, go to Crestron Modules > Pyng.

  2. Add a Pyng (Trigger Pyng Actions) module to the program.
  3. Enter a name in the Module Name parameter. The Module Name is displayed in the Crestron Home Setup app.

  4. Add Signal Name parameters to the module.

Add a Trigger to the Crestron Home system

Add the Trigger to the system using the Crestron Home Setup app. The trigger is discovered as an Ethernet device. For additional details, refer to Crestron Wired and Wi-Fi Devices.

  1. In the Crestron Home Setup app, go to Step 2: Pair Devices > Crestron Wired and Wi-Fi > Ethernet and Wi-Fi.
  2. In the Ethernet and Wi-Fi menu, select a trigger event and then select Add. The trigger event icon is four inward pointing arrows.

Configure Trigger in the Crestron Home system

Assign actions to the trigger event using the Actions & Events screen.

  1. Go to Step 5 > Customize Actions & Events and then select the room with the Trigger event. The trigger event is indicated with four inward pointing arrows.

  2. Select a Trigger event.

  3. In the Actions menu, select an action from the Mode drop-down menu. For details, refer to Customize Actions & Events.

Listen Module

Use a Listen module to control the 3- or 4-Series Control System with a Crestron Home system.

Create a Listen Event in SIMPL Windows

Use SIMPL Windows to add and configure a Listen event:

  1. In the Simpl Windows Symbol Library, go to Crestron Modules > Pyng.

  2. Add a Pyng (Listen for Pyng Events) module to the program.
  3. Enter a name in the Module Name parameter. The Module Name is displayed in the Crestron Home Setup app.

  4. Add Signal Name parameters to the module.

  5. Connect the digital signals that you want to control on the processor to the Signal_Active signals in the Pyng (Listen for Pyng Events) module.

Add a Listen Event to the Crestron Home system

Use the Crestron Home Setup app to add the listen event. The listen is discovered as an Ethernet device. For additional details, refer to Crestron Wired and Wi-Fi Devices.

  1. In the Crestron Home Setup app, go to Step 2: Pair Devices > Crestron Wired and Wi-Fi > Ethernet and Wi-Fi.
  2. In the Ethernet and Wi-Fi menu, select a listen event and then select Add. The listen event icon is four outward pointing arrows.

Configure Listen in the Crestron Home system

Use the Actions & Events screen to assign actions in the Crestron Home system that will initiate an event on the 3- or 4-series control system. For additional details, refer to Customize Actions & Events.

  1. In the Crestron Home Setup app, go to Step 5 > Customize Actions & Events.
  2. Select a room and then select a device or event to recall the action. The device can be a Quick Action, keypad or remote button, occupancy or vacancy event, or Media Zone event.
  3. In the Mode drop-down menu, select External Function.

  4. Select a listen event and then select the events to recall. The listen event icon is four outward pointing arrows.