Installing the Aquasuite Software and preliminary set up
I decided go ahead and install the Aquasuite software, and update all the firmware before I take the test bench down. Remember awhile back I reflashed the Aquaero XT and Aquaero LT with another computer
, then just a few days later they came out with new Aquasuite software and new firmware. Murphy's law right
The newest version of Aquasuite is 2017-3.2. It will not work with any Aquaeros or other devices unless you update the firmware on all connected devices. You also can't install the software if it does not detect any Aquaero devices first. I rolled the cart over close to my bench, and hooked up a long USB cable from the motherboard on the test bench to my Hubby7 USB splitter in the case. All of my components are already hooked up to the Hubby7.
Close up of the Hubby7 on the right which has the Aquaero XT, both D5 pumps, the flow meter, the fill level sensor in the reservoir and a farbwerk connected to it. Just to the left of the Hubby7 is a Splitty9 which is the Aquabus splitter.
I have a separate power supply on the test bench, and the Aquaeros and fans are being powered by the EVGA 1600 T2 power supply in the case, so the USB cable is all that's needed to connect everything up.
The Aquasuite software installed no problem. Next is firmware updates which requires a five pin USB cable connected to each device. All of my components are wired with both USB and Aquabus cables already. In fact this is the reason I made custom cables for both the Aquabus and the five pin USB cables, so that I can easily perform firmware updates in the future without having to go around and hook up an extra USB cable to all of the various devices. Many people remove the USB cables once everything is set up and just use the Aquabus cables for control. It's absolutely fine to leave both Aquabus and the USB cables connected like I am doing. This newest software will use the Aquabus automatically, where older versions of the software required you to select USB or Aquabus control.
I first flashed the Aquaero XT from the Aquaero>System tab, click on "Firmware Update" then click on the "Update firmware now
" button . This screenshot is after it has already been flashed.Setting up the Aquaero LT as a Slave Unit
I've used an Aquaero XT for years now, but this is my first time using an Aquaero LT as a slave unit. After I set up this Aquaero LT as a slave unit the first time, I used the touch screen of the Aquaero XT to set up and test all eight channels because I had no software to work with. It's much harder and more time consuming to use the touch screen!
Since this Aquaero LT is already flashed into a slave unit, the firmware cannot be updated without performing a factory reset first. This is going to require four jumpers for the temp sensor pins. I did not have any jumpers on hand but I had a bunch of extra temp sensors, so I took four temp sensor, cut them down short, twisted the wires together and put a piece of heat shrink on the end. Now I have jumpers
The set up for a slave unit is a little tricky the first time, here's the steps I took:
1. Turn the computer off and turn the power supply off with the switch on the back of it, or unplug the power supply from the wall. This removes all power from the USB cables.
2. Disconnect all the wiring from the Aquaero LT except for the molex power.
3. Place the four jumpers on temp sensors 5, 6, 7, and 8.
4. Turn the power back on, you will hear a loud beep noise, leave it powered on for a few minutes.
5. Power down the power supply again.
6. Remove the jumpers from the temp sensor pins.
7. Connect a USB cable to the motherboard or the Hubby7 if you are using one. Be careful to connect the USB cable in the correct orientation, it can be connected backwards!
The pin #1 has an arrow on the connector body and has a red wire to it.
8. Turn the power supply back on, start the computer, and then start the Aquasuite software.
9. Now there will be another Aquaero Tab on the left pane of Aquasuite, perform the firmware update in the System Tab like described above.
10. Next on the same Aquaero>System Tab there is another section at the bottom called "Expansion Devices", this is where you reflash the Aquaero LT into a slave unit. Press the "Reprogram Device" button and in about a minute it is flashed into a slave unit.
Another warning states the slave unit will not be recognized by USB any longer and will only work over the Aquabus connected to the main Aquaero XT. Also keep in mind that the only ports that will work on the slave unit are the four fan channels, the temp sensor inputs, and now you can add a second flow meter to the Aquabus low port. All other outputs are now disabled.
Power everything down again, you can disconnect the USB cable as it is unusable. Connect the Aquabus high port to the Hubby7 or the Aquabus high port on the Aquaero XT. Then you can connect your wiring for the extra fan channels to the Aquaero LT. This newest software will allow you to add a third Aquaero for up to 12 channels of control if you need it. Previously you could only have one slave unit.
Now back to the Aquasuite software, if you go back and click on the second Aquaero Tab in the left column it is going to show a USB symbol with a red X through it. The right hand pane shows "The device has no USB connection or is not recognized by the system". You can go ahead and click on the button to "Remove device from aquasuite
" as there is no use for that tab anymore.
Click on the Aquaero>Aquabus tab on the left. This will should show you all the connected aquabus devices. The slave unit will show up as "aquaero expansion 1"
if you click on that is shows all the available data sources. Here's a screenshot that also shows my two Aquacomputer D5 pumps
, the Aqualis XT reservoir
fill level sensor, and the Aquacomputer Flow Rate Sensor
. The buttons show mps 1 through mps 4. I don't think there is a way to rename them on this page, if so I can't find it.
While the Aquabus Tab page shows what's available on the Aquabus circuit, if you actually want to use the extra four fan channels on the slave unit, there is one more step. Click on the Aquaero>Controllers tab on the left pane of Aquasuite. Initially it will only show the four fan channels on the Aquaero XT, click on the plus sign next to "Outputs
" in the upper right hand corner. This adds fan channel #5, go ahead and add three more outputs for a total of all eight fan channels. This screenshot shows all eight channels.
Let's move to the Aquaero>Fans tab. It should now show all eight channels on the top of this page. Under "Advanced Setting" you can change the fans to PWM control.
Clicking on Fan channel 6 here I'm using "Powered Control", this is for the little SSD hot swap bay fans. If you open the "Settings" section here you can rename the fans, I left the default Fan # and added to the end of the name.Flashing the D5 Pumps, Fill Level Sensor and Flow Meter Firmware
This will be a much easier process than the Aquaero LT! All four MPS device were added to the Aquasuite software automatically for me since everything was already wired up. This is the MPS>System Tab for Pump #1, it automatically selected the correct "Device Type", just click on the "Update Firmware Now
" button to update the firmware. Then I edited the name in the "Device Description" box. That will now show on the Tab in the left pane.
For Pump #2 it was the same procedure except I also changed the "Aquabus Address" from 12 to 13 on the MPS>System Tab. All MPS device install to address 12 by default.
Click on the MPS>System Tab for the Flow Meter. The correct "Device Type" was automatically selected again. Update the firmware, then I changed the Aquabus address to 14, and changed the "Device Description" done!
The MPS>System tab for the fill level sensor is similar. Now here the "Device Type" automatically selected one of the flow meters, so I changed that to "Aqualis Fill Level". Then I updated the firmware, changed the Aquabus address to 15, and edited the "Device Description".
Now shut the computer off, power down the power supply, and restart. Here's what the Aquaero>Puimps Tab now looks like.
I still have to set up the Sensors, Fan Curves, and a few other things, and I'll cover all that stuff at a later time. At least now I'm pretty well set up when I get to the point of putting water in the system and firing it up. This post ended up being far longer than I was planning on