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Pentair Pool

This is an openHAB binding for a Pentair Pool System. It is based on combined efforts of many on the internet in reverse-engineering the proprietary Pentair protocol (see References section). The binding was developed and tested on a system with a Pentair EasyTouch controller, but should operate with other Pentair systems.

Hardware Setup


This binding requires an adapter to interface to the Pentair system bus. This bus/wire runs between the Pentair control system, indoor control panels, IntelliFlo pumps, etc. It is a standard RS-485 bus running at 9600,8N1 so any RS-485 adapter should work and you should be able to buy one for under $30. Pentair does not publish any information on the protocol so this binding was developed using the great reverse-engineering efforts of others made available on the internet. I have cited sevearl of those in the References section below.

Connecting adapter to your system

A usb or serial RS-485 interface or IP based interface can be used to interface to the Pentair system bus. The binding includes 2 different bridge Things depending on which type of interface you use, serial_bridge or ip_bridge.

If your openHAB system is physically located far from your Pentair equipment or indoor control panel, you can use a Raspberry Pi or other computer to redirect USB/serial port traffic over the internet using a program called ser2sock (see Reference section). An example setup would run the following command: “ser2sock -p 10000 -s /dev/ttyUSB1 -b 9600 -d”. Note: This is the setup utlized for the majority of my testing of this binding.

Note: if you are on a linux system, the framework may not see a symbolically linked device (i.e. /dev/ttyRS485). To use a symbolically linked device, add the following line to /etc/default/openhab2, EXTRA_JAVA_OPTS=""

Once you have the interface connected to your system, it is best to test basic connectivity. Note the protocol is a binary protocol (not ASCII text based) and in order to view the communication packets, one must use a program capable of a binary/HEX mode. If connected properly, you will see a periodic traffic with packets staring with FF00FFA5. This is the preamble for Pentairs communication packet. After you see this traffic, you can proceed to configuring the Pentair binding in openHAB.

USB/Serial interface

For a USB/Serial interface, you can use most terminal emulators. For linux, you can use minicom with the following options: minicom -H -D /dev/ttyUSB1 -b 9600

IP interface

For an IP based interface (or utilizing ser2sock) on a linux system, you can use nc command with the following options: nc localhost 10000 | xxd

Pentair Controller panel configuration

In order for the Pentair EasyTouch controller to receive commands from this binding, you may need to enable “Spa-side” remote on the controller itself.

Supported Things

This binding supports the following thing types:

Thing Thing Type Description
_______ :____: _______________
ip_bridge Bridge A TCP network RS-485 bridge device.
serial_bridge Bridge A USB or serial RS-485 device.
EasyTouch Thing Pentiar EasyTouch pool controller.
Intelliflo Pump Thing Pentair Intelliflo variable speed pump.
Intellichlor Thing Pentair Intellichlor chlorinator.

Binding Configuration

There are no overall binding configurations that need to be set up as all configuration is done at the “Thing” level.

Thing Configuration

Pentair things can be configured either through the online Paper UI configuration, or manually through a ‘pentair.thing’ configuration file. The following table shows the available configuration parameters for each thing.

Thing Configuration Paramaters
_____ __________
ip_bridge address - IP address for the RS-485 adapter - Required.
  port - TCP port for the RS-485 adapter - Not Required - default = 10000.
  id - ID to use when communciating on Pentair control bus - devault = 34.
serial_bridge serialPort - Serial port for the IT-100s bridge - Required.
  baud - Baud rate of the IT-100 bridge - Not Required - default = 9600.
  pollPeriod - Period of time in minutes between the poll command being sent to the IT-100 bridge - Not Required - default=1.
  id - ID to use when communciating on Pentair control bus - devault = 34.

Currently automatic discovery is not supported and the binding requires configuration via the PaperUI or a file in the conf/things folder. Here is an example of a thing configuration file called ‘pentair.thing’:

Bridge pentair:ip_bridge:1 [ address="", port=10001 ] {
    easytouch main [ id=16 ]
    intelliflo pump1 [ id=96 ]
    intellichlor ic40


Pentair things support a variety of channels as seen below in the following table:

Channel Item Type Description
_______ ____ ______
EasyTouch Controller    
pooltemp Number Current pool temperature (readonly)
spatemp Number Current spa temperature (readonly)
airtemp Number Current air temperature (readonly)
solartemp Number Current solar temperature (readonly)
poolheatmode Number Current heat mode setting for pool (readonly): 0=Off, 1=Heater, 2=Solar Preferred, 3=Solar
poolheatmodestr String Current heat mode setting for pool in string form (readonly)
spaheatmode Number Current heat mode setting for spa (readonly): 0=Off, 1=Heater, 2=Solar Preferred, 3=Solar
spaheatmodestr String Current heat mode setting for spa in string form (readonly)>
poolsetpoint Number Current pool temperature set point
spasetpoint Number Current spa temperature set point
heatactive Number Heater mode is active
pool Switch Primary pool mode
spa Switch Spa mode
aux1 Switch Aux1 mode
aux2 Switch Aux2 mode
aux3 Switch Aux3 mode
aux4 Switch Aux4 mode
aux5 Switch Aux5 mode
aux6 Switch Aux6 mode
aux7 Switch Aux7 mode
saltoutput Number Current salt output % (readonly)
salinity Number Salinity (ppm) (readonly)
IntelliFlo Pump    
run Number Pump running (readonly)
drivestate Number Pump drivestate (readonly)
mode Number Pump mode (readonly)
rpm Number Pump RPM (readonly)
power Number Pump power in Watts (readonly)
error Number Pump error (readonly)
ppc Number Pump PPC? (readonly)

Full Example

The following is an example of an item file (pentair.items):

Group gPool          "Pool"

Number Pool_Temp               "Pool Temp [%.1f °F]"          <temperature>   (gPool)   { channel = "pentair:easytouch:1:main:pooltemp" }
Number Spa_Temp                "Spa Temp [%.1f °F]"           <temperature>   (gPool)   { channel = "pentair:easytouch:1:main:spatemp" }
Number Air_Temp                "Air Temp [%.1f °F]"           <temperature>   (gPool)   { channel = "pentair:easytouch:1:main:airtemp" }
Number Solar_Temp              "Solar Temp [%.1f °F]"         <temperature>   (gPool)   { channel = "pentair:easytouch:1:main:solartemp" }

Number PoolHeatMode            "Pool Heat Mode [%d]"                          (gPool)   { channel="pentair:easytouch:1:main:poolheatmode" }
String PoolHeatModeStr         "Pool Heat Mode [%s]"                          (gPool)   { channel="pentair:easytouch:1:main:poolheatmodestr" }
Number SpaHeatMode             "Spa Heat Mode [%d]"                           (gPool)   { channel="pentair:easytouch:1:main:spaheatmode" }
String SpaHeatModeStr          "Spa Heat Mode [%s]"                           (gPool)   { channel="pentair:easytouch:1:main:spaheatmodestr" }
PoolSetPoint                   "Pool Set Point [%.1f °F]"                     (gPool)   { channel="pentair:easytouch:1:main:poolsetpoint" }
Number SpaSetPoint             "Spa Set Point [%.1f °F]"                      (gPool)   { channel="pentair:easytouch:1:main:spasetpoint" }    
Number HeatActive              "Heat Active [%d]"                             (gPool)  { channel="pentair:easytouch:1:main:heatactive" }

Switch Mode_Spa                 "Spa Mode"                                    (gPool)  { channel = "pentair:easytouch:1:main:spa" }
Switch Mode_Pool                "Pool Mode"                                   (gPool)  { channel = "pentair:easytouch:1:main:pool" }
Switch Mode_PoolLight           "Pool Light"                                  (gPool)  { channel = "pentair:easytouch:1:main:aux1" }
Switch Mode_SpaLight            "Spa Light"                                   (gPool)  { channel = "pentair:easytouch:1:main:aux2" }
Switch Mode_Jets                "Jets"                                        (gPool)  { channel = "pentair:easytouch:1:main:aux3" }
Switch Mode_Boost               "Boost Mode"                                  (gPool)  { channel = "pentair:easytouch:1:main:aux4" }
Switch Mode_Aux5                "Aux5 Mode"                                   (gPool)  { channel = "pentair:easytouch:1:main:aux5" }
Switch Mode_Aux6                "Aux6 Mode"                                   (gPool)  { channel = "pentair:easytouch:1:main:aux6" }
Switch Mode_Aux7                "Aux7 Mode"                                   (gPool)  { channel = "pentair:easytouch:1:main:aux7" }

Number SaltOutput               "Salt Output [%d%%]"                          (gPool)  { channel = "pentair:intellichlor:1:ic40:saltoutput" }
Number Salinity                 "Salinity [%d ppm]"                           (gPool)  { channel = "pentair:intellichlor:1:ic40:salinity" }

Switch Pump_Run                 "Pump running [%d]"                           (gPool) { channel = "pentair:intelliflo:1:pump1:run" }
Number Pump_DriveState          "Pump drivestate [%d]"                        (gPool) { channel = "pentair:intelliflo:1:pump1:drivestate" }
Number Pump_Mode                "Pump Mode [%d]"                              (gPool) { channel = "pentair:intelliflo:1:pump1:mode" }
Number Pump_RPM                 "Pump RPM [%d]"                               (gPool) { channel = "pentair:intelliflo:1:pump1:rpm" }
Number Pump_Power               "Pump Power [%d W]"                           (gPool) { channel = "pentair:intelliflo:1:pump1:power" }
Number Pump_Error               "Pump Error [%d]"                             (gPool) { channel = "pentair:intelliflo:1:pump1:error" }
Number Pump_PPC                 "Pump PPC [%d]"                               (gPool) { channel = "pentair:intelliflo:1:pump1:ppc" }

Here is an example sitemap:

Frame label="Pool" {
   Switch item=Mode_Spa
   Switch item=Mode_PoolLight
   Switch item=Mode_SpaLight
   Switch item=Mode_Jets
   Text item=Pool_Temp valuecolor=[>82="red",>77="orange",<=77="blue"]
   Text item=Spa_Temp valuecolor=[>97="red",>93="orange",<=93="blue"]
   Setpoint item=SpaSetPoint minValue=85 maxValue=103 step=1.0
   Group item=gPool label="Advanced"


Setting up RS485 and basic protocol - ser2sock Github -

Future Enhancements

  • Add automatic discovery of devices on RS-485
  • Add in IntelliBrite light color selection (need to capture protocol on system that has this)
  • Add direct control of pump (non read-only channels)
  • Fix heat active - not working on my system.