Reading (and writing) Group Address values in an existing installation can be done either via Group Monitoring or directly in the List View. To do so, just select a Group Address assigned to the Group Object and open the context menu.
Read Values/ Write Values
- Values can be read/write either via the context menu or the group monitor. If on performing of function the monitor is not (yet) open, it will be opened in a new separate tab.
- If the associated Datapoint Type is known at the Group Address, in the list view (via the Group Address direct/Group Object), the concrete value to be written can be directly selected via an additional fly-out on the context menu.
- Reading a Group Address value in the List View with/without Datapoint Type performs a 'read' command, without inserting the - to be read - Group Address in the group monitor.
- Writing a Group Address value in the List View with/without Datapoint Type performs a 'write' command, without inserting the - to be read - Group Address in the group monitor.
In both cases the corresponding read/write command is visible in the group monitor. Not inserting the Group Address in the group monitor prevents the unintended change of previously explicitly chosen Group Address in the group monitor.
For Group Addresses, ETS offers the option of analyzing the current value of this Group Address not only using the monitor, but also directly at the Group Address in the Group Address structure itself. To do so, just display the Last Value column in the window with the visible Group Addresses; the value of the Group Address received from the bus will then be displayed here.
- The Group Address monitor must be running.
- The field Last Value is blank as long as no value for this Group Address has been received.
- The current value will only be overwritten by a new value (no value timeout after time X).
- The values are deleted and are not saved when
- the Group Address monitor or ETS is closed
- starting Monitoring.
Keep in mind that any value written will have the same effect as if the value were sent by a device (e.g. sensor) in the installation. Sending unexpected values or values to not yet configured devices may possibly result in unforeseeable situations.