What is the catalog

Online catalog

This article covers the following topics:

  1. What is the online catalog?
  2. How is the online catalog managed?
  3. How do ETS Inside users configure their online catalog settings?
  4. How do ETS Inside users use the online catalog?
  5. Can I use the online catalog without an internet connection?

1. What is the online catalog?

The online catalog is a free service of the KNX Association for ETS / ETS Inside users and enables them to search for available KNX products online via a server hosted by the KNX Association. The catalog is embedded as a function in ETS Inside, i.e. it is available directly via the user interface.

2. How is the online catalog structured and how is it managed?

The structure of the online catalog is based on:

  • Availability of a product in a "market" (Country)
  • Availability of a "product language"

The KNX Association maintains the list of available countries in which KNX manufacturers can make their products available, and not the actual products. The products available via the online catalog are managed by the respective KNX manufacturer alone. So if you cannot find the products of a KNX manufacturer, please contact the manufacturer directly.

example

KNX manufacturer A offers a switch actuator with "French" as the product language in addition to other languages. However, this switching actuator is not sold in the “France” market, but only in the “Switzerland” market.

In this case, the KNX manufacturer defines the following parameters for this switch actuator in the online catalog:

Product nameAvailable languagesAvailable in the markets
Switch actuator Afr-FR, en-US, de-DE, el-GRGermany, Greece, Switzerland

3. How do ETS Inside users configure their online catalog settings?

The online catalog settings can be made in the "Settings" section (1)...

and then via the "Online Catalog" option on the left (1)be made. The market can be selected via the drop-down menu "Market" (2) and the "Preferred Product Language" via the corresponding drop-down menu (3) to be selected. If it is necessary to update the contents of the online catalog, tap the "Update now" button (4).

To update the online catalog, your ETS Inside server must be connected to the Internet.

If you have already selected a market and / or the preferred product language (e.g. English) and then want to change one of the options (e.g. language), update the online catalog again using the "Update now" button (4). As a result, the products in the online catalog switch from English to the new language (e.g. French). If the new language is not included in the products, the product default language is displayed.

Initial state: the preferred product language is English

New condition: the preferred product language has been changed to French and the online catalog has been updated.

4. How do ETS Inside users use the online catalog?

How to use the online catalog and add devices to your project is shown in this article - "Add / Remove Devices".

5. Can I use the online catalog without an internet connection?

It depends on what you want to do.

  • When you open ETS Inside for the first time, it is used to view all available KNX devices and to add these devices to your project It is imperative that the internet connection is only available via the ETS Inside server.
  • If you are not opening ETS Inside for the first time and want to insert several instances of a device that has already been added, do you need neither via the ETS Inside server nor the ETS Inside client has an Internet connection.
  • If you are not opening ETS Inside for the first time and want to add a device that has not yet been added to your project, do you need just an internet connection via the ETS Inside server.