Light Manager

What is Snooker Light Manager?

Snooker Light Manager is a solution for anyone that manages Snooker or Pool clubs and let’s you use an iOS or Android or a PC device to switch your table lights on and off all from that  device.

The software uses WiFi enabled light bulbs to communicate with our software to switch on lights. By using a tablet device you have the flexibility to to turn lights on/off from anywhere in your business*

Installation and setup is simple to do & we provide detailed instructions, a video tutorial and full help if needed.  You can fully test the solution before purchasing Snooker Light Manager to ensure it suits your needs.

 

Features

  • Support for 16 Tables (up to 4 Lights per table)
  • Easily see if a Table is on/off and a running total of the costs for each table
  • A History of Tables to see recent costs
  • Set Table Names, custom prices per table
  • Perform maintenance on tables
  • Auto Reset Table info after they finish
  • If you devices powers off or crashes – all table costs continue from whee they were
  • Extensible – want something added?  Let us know and if it is a good feature we will add it for free !
  • Works on either Android or PC (iOS coming soon)

 

How much does it cost?

(Android prices are below, for PC software cost please contact us at daxgamestudios@gmail.com

  • For Software only mode: Download the App from the AppStore and then go to Global Config and Tap Purchase Software Mode – this is a one off cost of £99.99 (+20% Google Fee applied at checkout).
    • You cannot use WiFi bulbs with this version
    • You will get all free updates to the software – you will never be asked to pay for features
    • You can upgrade to the Hardware Mode at a later date – just pay the difference!
    • Access to free email support
  • For Hardware (8 Table) mode: Download the App from the AppStore and then go to Global Config and Tap Purchase Hardware 8 – this is a one off cost of £299.99 (+20% Google Fee applied at checkout).
    • You can manage up to 8 Tables
    • You will get all free updates to the software – you will never be asked to pay for features
    • Access to free email support
  • Other Hardware options are available to purchase from the same screen.
  • We will also be adding incremental upgrades – if you buy the 8 version and then want to add 2 more tables you will be able to do so without a huge upgrade cost.
  • For Hardware mode – you need to purchase the appropriate number of WiFi enabled bulbs (from any online retailer).  While the cost of these may sound expensive, the WeMo builds are low running cost and have a 2 year warranty with the manufacturer.

 

What do I need to fully test the software & hardware?

The Software can be run as:

  • in software only mode – this is where you would manage the costs from the App but manually switch on the lights from another source (probably a light switch).  No additional hardware is required.
  • in Hardware mode – you require some hardware to be able to interface with the WiFi light bulbs – see section below for details
  • in Demo mode – the full functions of the App are enabled so you can test the hardware – the only limitation is that Lights will switch off after 5 minutes

 

What Hardware do I need?

Hardware required (to control WeMo WiFi Bulbs)

  • You require a compatible Android device (Android 4.3 or higher, 6+ recommended) or a PC (Windows 10)**
  • A Raspberry Pi  3 or better (link) – including microSD card + power. + network cable.
  • Home Assistant software installed on the Raspberry pi (link)
  • WiFi bulbs (see Hardware Support List)
  • A WiFi network (recommended it is dedicated to the Lights)
  • a PC (or MAC) to perform the initial installation/configuration

**iOS support is coming soon

Note: We recommend that the Raspberry Pi network connection is wired and not wireless. You can normally connect it directly to your WiFi switch/router.

If required we can provide full details of what you  need to purchase (from Amazon or another retailer) with links so you can test the software out.

Important: Please note that only one access method will work: You will need to decide for you if that will be PC or Android or iOS.

 

WiFi Bulb Support list

The software is being updated to support various different WiFi vendors.

  • Wemo (link) – Each WeMo Link can run  maximum  of 50 Light Bulbs.
  • Others will be added (Z Wave support is coming soon)

If you have a specific type of bulb please do contact us to check comparability, we can normally add support for it.

You can purchase a Wemo starter kit for as little as £30 – this includes 2 bulbs and a WeMo Link (this is required to contract the bulbs) – and each WeMo Link can support up to 50 bulbs.

 

Software Required:

  • Snooker Light Manager App (Android, iOS or PC)
  • WeMo App (to set up the bulbs) – Available from the App Store
  • Home Assistant image

 

How does it work ?

  • You run the Snooker Light Manager App on your tablet and tap on a light to switch it on
  • A Signal is sent via WiFi to the Home Assistant software to switch the light on
  • Home Assistant sends that signal to the WiFi bulb (for the WeMo this is via the WeMo Link that you get with the bulbs)
  • The light switches on
  • The software on the tablet notes the running time and status of all lights

 

Installation instructions

  1. App installation
  2. Raspberry Pi set up
  3. Home Assistant installation
  4. WeMo switch setup and install
  5. Home Assistant config
  6. Snooker App config and testing

 

 

1. App installation

Download the App from the store by clicking the link below.  When the App is installed it will run you through a Welcome screen.  You can use the App without configuring the hardware – this let’s you test the features & see if it is suitable for you.

If you want to run the software from a PC, down it from from the link below.  You cannot run both versions at the same time – only 1 access method is currently supported.

 

[PC Download coming soon]

 

2. Raspberry Pi set up

The Raspberry Pi is simply a little computer, it requires power, a network connection and storage.  Ensure you have purchased a power cable and storage (microSD card – 16GB recommended).  You also need a keyboard if you need to configure the Pi.

Plug everything in and switch on the Pi to ensure it powers on.   If that works, you will need to install the Home Assistant software on to the microSD card – this can be done from any PC that can read the card.  Please see section 3 for details.

A Raspberry Pi 3 (+cables, SD card,case etc) normally costs around £50 (price From Amazon.co.uk) – and don’t worry it really is simple to set up and get working.

For a video tutorial please see the following link:   [coming soon]

 

3. Home Assistant installation & config

Please note that we do provide a pre-configured image of Home Assistant or you can following the instruction from the Home Assistant site HA install to download and install an image (additional config is required with this method)

To install Home Assistant from our image:

  • Insert your 16GB MicroSD card in to your PC (you may need an adapter for this)
  • Download Home Assistant image image (filename is ha_rp3_image.img)
  • Download win32diskimager & then run it.
  • Browse to the file you downloaded called ha_rp3_image.img

Win32DiskImager Screenshot

  • Under Device, select the drive letter that is associated with the MicroSD card
  • Click Write – the image will be written to the MicroSD card which will take a couple of minutes
  • When complete insert the MicroSD card into the Raspberry Pi 3 and turn it on.

 

For a video tutorial please see the following link:   [Coming soon]

 

Once installed and started you should open http://hassbian.local:8123 on your setup PC to view and check it was successful.

That’s it – we’ll come back to the Home Assistant Later.

 

4. WeMo Link setup and install

 

You need to plug in the WeMo Link (the small square adapter in the middle of the picture), plug in at least one WiFi light bulb and ensure it is switched on.

Install the WeMo App from the Google Play store – this is only for initial config of the WiFi bulbs – once each bulb is discovered and you give them a name – the WeMo app isn’t required.

Follow the instructions provided with your WeMo device – they do work – but we found they do require some patience!

When you discover a WiFi bulb it is important to set the name (or label) as a number:

  • If you only have  light – set the label name as 1
  • If you have more than 1 light per table (up to 4 supported) then name the WeMo bulbs as 1a or 1b or 1c or 1d.    Within the Light Manager software you  then select 1 as the hardware light label.  When you turn a table on or off a signal is sent to 1a through to 1d.

(Within the Snooker Light Manager software you associate each Snooker Table with the label above- it’s quite simple)

To test it is working, press the on/off button in the WeMo app – it should turn the light on/off.

Repeat the steps to add all of your WiFi bulbs before continuing.

If a bulb fails or you add more – simple use the WeMo app to add that bulb – note that if you change the name of the bulb, you should also change the Snooker Light Manager software so it uses this new label – more later on that.

When testing you should put one of the WiFi bulbs as far away from the other hardware as possible to ensure that all bulbs work at their maximum distance.

 

5. Home Assistant config

Let’s recap: At this point you will have a Raspberry pi with Home Assistant installed and configured at least 1 WiFi WeMo bulb.

Turn on the  Raspberry Pi/Home Assistant server.

Log in to Home Assistant and you should see something like: (You can do this on a Android or Tablet or PC) by going to http://hassabian.local:8123

 

 

 

 

Important: You will be asked for a password: Enter hapassword   (no spaces and all lower case)

Note that earlier we were adding WiFi bulbs and naming them 1 and 2.  Here we can see these bulbs, as a test you can click on the slide control to switch them on and then off.

If that works – you have successfully configured all of the pre-req’s.  Let’s move on to the Snooker Light Manager software

 

6. Snooker App config and testing

We installed the software earlier & ran through the tutorial, so let’s open it up and we should have Table 1 and Table 2 shown.

  • Click on the configure Icon at the bottom right
  • Click on Global Config
  • Enter the Raspberry Pi servername and Password, the servername from earlier was hassbian.local – on some systems you may need to enter the IP Address
  • Click Save
  • Wait up to 20 seconds, you should see a popup message to say that the Home Assistant was found.  See the troubleshooting section if it is not found
  • Now rap on the configure Icon at the bottom right
  • Tap Config Table & Tap Table 1
  • At the bottom left the Hardware Light number is set to -1
  • Change this to 1 and then click on Save

That’s it ! – Tap on the Start button at Table 1 and you should see the Light switch on.   Tap it again to switch off.

Repeat the above instructions for Each Light.

 

Congratulations – you have now set up the Snooker App to talk toy our WiFi bulbs.  You should now configure each Table (Table Config) and set the HA Light number for each and test it.

 

7. Securing your Light infrastructure

  • We highly recommend that the WiFi infrastructure you use is only used for the Snooker App/Raspberry Pi and WiFi bulbs.  This reduces the chances of others attempting to connect to your devices.
  • The WiFi network should have security enabled, like WPA2, and the password should be given to nobody.
  • You do not require internet access – it’s recommended that the Raspberry Pi and Lights can not access the internet.
  • The Home Assistant ships with a default password (if you install from an image) – it is recommended that this is changed
  • Home Assistant by default has no password if you download and install from the HA website – you must add a password.  The version we supply does have a password, but you may wish to change that password

 

8. Help/Support

Q: I purchased the software and I had to reinstall my Android device, how do I get my software back with the licenses?
A: Simply install the software, make sure you use the same account that you purchased it with, when you run the software it will recognise your purchase and unlock the software

Q. I have a question that isn’t answered above.
A. Email DaxGameStudios@gmail.com with as much detail as you can.

Q. I need help with setting it up.
A. Please view the instructions and watch the video in each section.  If you still have problems email DaxGameStudios@gmail.com with as much detail as you can.  We may call you back and suggest some troubleshooting you can do.

Q. Why do I have to use the WeMo devices?
A. At this point this is the only officially support bulbs – others will likely work but we cannot as yet support that configuration

Q. How many bulbs can the WeMo bridge support ?
A. Each WeMo Link supports up to 50 bulbs

Q. Is the software available in any other languages?
A. English only at the moment but if you require a translation please let us know.

Q. The HA Server is not found within the Snooker App?
A.  Are you sure it’s the correct name or IP address?  If you are using Windows, go to a Command Prompt and type in PING <ip address>.  For example:

PING 192.168.041

You should see a reply message like this:

Pinging 192.168.0.41 with 32 bytes of data:
Reply from 192.168.0.41: bytes=32 time=1ms TTL=64
Reply from 192.168.0.41: bytes=32 time<1ms TTL=64
Reply from 192.168.0.41: bytes=32 time=1ms TTL=64
Reply from 192.168.0.41: bytes=32 time<1ms TTL=64

If you do not get a reply then you are using the wrong IP ADDRESS.  Check your configuration for the correct IP Address.

Q. I have more than 1 light bulb attached to a Table, how do I set this up?
A. You can use up to 4 Lights per Table, go in to the Global Settings screen and click on 4 next to the Lights section.  Please see the section above on naming your WeMo lights.

Q. Can I get access to the latest builds?
A. You can download and install the latest Alpha Builds for Android only HERE (Please note that these are not supported)