KNXnet/IP

Connection String Options

Name Value Description

Code

knxnet-ip

Name

KNXnet/IP Protocol

Maven Dependency

<dependency>
  <groupId>org.apache.plc4x</groupId>
  <artifactId>plc4j-driver-knxnetip</artifactId>
  <version>{current-last-released-version}</version>
</dependency>

Default Transport:

 udp

Compatible Transports:

  • udp (Default Port: 3671)

  • pcap-replay

Supported Operations

write

Only supported with tcp transport.

subscribe

Options

knxproj-file-path

Path to the knxproj file. The default KNXnet/IP protocol doesn’t provide all the information needed to be able to fully decode the messages. For this the user needs to provide the project file created in the KNX IDE ETS5 to provide the missing information. Only if this file is provided, will the driver be able to decode the data entirely. If this parameter is omitted, only raw KNX payload will be returned. NOTE: This setting is currently only supported in the Java implementation

group-address-num-levels (3)

KNX Addresses can be encoded in multiple ways. Which encoding is used, is too not provided by the protocol itself so it has to be provided externally:

  • 3 Levels: {main-group (5 bit)}/{middle-group (3 bit)}/{sub-group (8 bit)}

  • 2 Levels: {main-group (5 bit)}/{sub-group (11 bit)}

  • 1 Level: {sub-group (16 bit)}

The default is 3 levels. If the knxproj-file-path this information is provided by the file.

connection-type

Type of connection used to communicate. Possible values are:

  • 'LINK_LAYER' (default): The client becomes a participant of the KNX bus and gets it’s own individual KNX address.

  • 'RAW': The client gets unmanaged access to the bus (be careful with this)

  • 'BUSMONITOR': The client operates as a busmonitor where he can’t actively participate on the bus. Only one 'BUSMONITOR' connection is allowed at the same time on a KNXnet/IP gateway.

Individual Resource Address Format

KNX Addresses usually have one of the following structures:

  • 3-level Address: {main-group(0-15)}/{middle-group(0-15)}/{sub-group(0-255)}

  • 2-level Address: {main-group(0-15)}/{sub-group(0-4095)}

  • 1-level Address: {sub-group(0-65535)}

Depending on the group-address-type configured in the connection string or defined in the knxproj-file configured by the knxproj-file-path connection string parameter, the corresponding address pattern has to be used.

However, when subscribing for events, each segment allows using of the wildcard character *. If the addresses used in the KNX installation are structured, this way it is possible to, for example (depending on the scheme used):

  • Collect all information for a given level of your building: 1//

  • Collect all information for a given room: 2/4/*

  • Collect all information about heating in all rooms: //50

Don’t use wildcards when explicitly reading or writing data, this is only supported when subscribing to events.