Xilica processors and control devices run on a network based infrastructure and are set up and controlled by a host computer via Ethernet using the Xilica Designer software.

A network connection can be made between the computer and processor using:

A) DHCP enabled Router or Server/Router combination (Recommended)

B) or a non-DHCP direct connection or indirect connection via an Ethernet switch.


A) DHCP enabled router or server/router combination (Recommended):

With DHCP enabled routers and servers, the processor will automatically obtain the IP address upon power up and connection. When Xilica XTouch or Mini controls will also be used, it is recommended to use a router and a PoE switch. This combo provides DHCP as well as power to the wall controls.
Linksys routers and Netgear switches are recommended. All wired connections use a standard RJ45 Cat 5/6 (Ethernet) connection.

What you will need: 

  • DHCP enabled router
  • PoE switch
  • Cat 5/6 ethernet cables
  1. Download and install the latest version of Xilica Designer for your Mac or PC computer. For installation instructions, click here.
  2. Connect an RJ45 Cat 5/6 (Ethernet) cable from your computer to a DHCP enabled router.
  3. From the router connect another Ethernet cable from the router to the Ethernet port of the Xilica processor.
  4. If using a PoE switch, connect an ethernet cable from the Ethernet port on the Router to a powered port on the PoE switch.
  5. Power ON the routers/switch gear.
  6. Power ON the Xilica processor.
  7. Open the Xilica Designer software on your computer. Start Network View.
    Network view displays all connected device status and information. If connected properly, the device will display with a green On indicator stating that the device is connected and online. 


B) Non-DHCP direct connection or indirect connection

When the processor is connected directly to a computer or indirectly via a switch or hub and DHCP is not available to assign IP addresses, the connection process is not automatic.

What you will need: 

  • Cat 5/6 ethernet cables

Once no DHCP is detected, the processor will either try to connect using the IP address last assigned and stored on the device or attempt to revert to its default IP address. Under some conditions the processor may refuse to revert to its default IP address and refuse to connect. We recommend performing an IP Reset.

To perform an IP Reset:

Hold down the IP Reset button on the processor and power up the device.

Wait 5-10 seconds after power up until the device LEDS begin to flash, then release the IP reset button.

Allow the processor to launch completely.

Open the Xilica Designer software on your computer and start Network View.

Network view displays all connected device status and information.

Manually assigning IP Addresses: 

In Xilica Designer's Network View, Right click the device and select "Device Setup".

In the "Network" tab, click the "Change Network Configuration" button and disable DHCP.

Set the device IP Address to be the same first 3 group of digits as your computer IP Address but change the last group of digits. (Ex. Computer IP Address: 192.168.1.254 , Manual Device IP Address: 192.168.1.XXX  - where X is any value from 0-254)

The Subnet is: 255.255.255.0

The Gateway is the same first 3 groups of digits as your computer Address with the last number being 1. (Ex. Computer IP Address: 192.168.1.254 , Device Gateway is: 192.168.1.1)

Once done, click "Apply" to save your settings and "Done" to exit out of the window. 

Your devices should now appear online and connected. If your device is not connecting, try rebooting the Xilica Designer software and your device.


Manually assigning IP Addresses to multiple devices: 

In Xilica Designer's Network View, Right click the first device and select "Device Setup".

In the "Network" tab, click the "Change Network Configuration" button and disable DHCP.

Set the device IP Address to be the same first 3 group of digits as your computer IP Address but change the last group of digits. (Ex. Computer IP Address: 192.168.1.254 , Manual Device IP Address: 192.168.1.XXX  - where X is any value from 0-254)

The Subnet is: 255.255.255.0

The Gateway is the same first 3 groups of digits as your computer Address with the last number being 1. (Ex. Computer IP Address: 192.168.1.254 , Device Gateway is: 192.168.1.1)

Once done, click "Apply" to save your settings and "Done" to exit out of the window. 

Repeat steps 1-6 for each subsequent processor but change the last digit in the IP Address so each device has its own unique IP Address. (Ex. 192.168.1.100 /102/103/104/105...)

Your devices should now appear online and connected. If your device is not connecting, try rebooting the Xilica Designer software and your device.

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