Can the M1 Gold send/receive signals via the M1EXP to/from an ethernet relay board

TriLife

Active Member
Greetings;
 
I'm planning a new home and since I'm familiar with the Elk M1 Gold and several of you have recommended that this is still be best unit around, I want to use this as the alarm system and have it talk to my home automation as well. Automation will happen via Z-Wave+.
 
While researching a cheaper way of controlling lights than buying a separate Z-wave module for every circuit (the idea being one Zwave Rx/TX controlling several relays), I ran across the the following products:
 
https://numato.com/product/8-channel-ethernet-solid-state-relay-module   An ethernet controlled relay bank and Analog/Digital IO bank! They make the same thing for USB and digital control as well.
 
Now, my question: Can I program the M1G in such way that it sends a telnet signal through the M1EXP to this device? Or maybe even reads some of those inputs? Would be cool, no?  
 
 
Thanks on advance for your help!
 
Cheers.
 

RAL

Senior Member
TriLife said:
Greetings;
 
I'm planning a new home and since I'm familiar with the Elk M1 Gold and several of you have recommended that this is still be best unit around, I want to use this as the alarm system and have it talk to my home automation as well. Automation will happen via Z-Wave+.
 
While researching a cheaper way of controlling lights than buying a separate Z-wave module for every circuit (the idea being one Zwave Rx/TX controlling several relays), I ran across the the following products:
 
https://numato.com/product/8-channel-ethernet-solid-state-relay-module   An ethernet controlled relay bank and Analog/Digital IO bank! They make the same thing for USB and digital control as well.
 
Now, my question: Can I program the M1G in such way that it sends a telnet signal through the M1EXP to this device? Or maybe even reads some of those inputs? Would be cool, no? 
 
I don't know of a way to do this with the XEP.  It's designed to send e-mail messages, not text strings.
 
I'm thinking you might be able to make this work with a serial port adapter (M1XSP) connected to a serial-to-ethernet adapter.  Then write rules of the form
 
Whenever [event]
Then send text to Output Port
 
But then, it might just be easier to get a relay board with a RS232 or USB interface and skip the ethernet.
 
Unless there's a reason to remote the relay board or the 3rd party device needs ethernet and is compatible, I'd just stick a M1RB in the can and call it a day.
 
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