CENTURION Mini Product Catalogue

Wednesday 25 April 2012

Adding a CENTURION Remote To Your D-Series Gate Motor

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 This is the word that best describes the CENTURION D-Series interface.  Intuitive.  When you get right down to it, there’s really very little thinking to be done on the part of the user – the controller does it all for you!  From setting the limits to learning additional remote controls, setting up your gate motor using this advanced platform is like having a friendly robot holding your hand and guiding you through each and every step.
But, just in case you don’t know just how easy it is, this tutorial will guide you through adding a CENTURION code-hopping remote control to a D-Series gate motor’s onboard receiver.

1.        Enter Programming Mode by pressing and holding the oblong (centre) button for approximately two seconds.  The words “Setting Limits” will appear on the LCD display. 

2.       Press the up arrow once – the words “Remote Controls (Tx)” will appear on the screen.  Press and release the oblong button (this button serves as an “enter” or confirmation button of sorts) to enter the Remote Controls menu.

3.       Add Remote” will now appear on the screen.  Press and release the oblong button.

4.       The controller will now ask you what you want to use the remote for, for e.g. triggering the gate, opening for pedestrians, activating the Holiday Lockout feature, etc.  Say, for e.g. that you wish to press the remote to open, stop and close the gate; you will then select “Trigger Gate” as the primary function.  Once again you will use the oblong button to confirm your selection.

5.       The next screen will display “Time-bar remote:  No”.  If you don’t want to enable time-barring for that particular remote, simply press the oblong button to confirm your selection as being “No”.  If you want to time-bar the remote, press the up arrow so that the screen displays “Yes”, and confirm with the oblong button.

6.       The unit will now ask you to press your remote button.

7.       Press and release the desired remote button(s).

8.       A unique ID will appear on the screen, indicating that the button has been successfully learned.

9.       Now press the round button twice to exit Programming Mode.

10.   Hey presto!  Your CENTURION remote is ready to be used!

Tuesday 24 April 2012

How To Assign Your CENTURION G-SWITCH To Your Profile

In retrospect, it almost seems that when the celebrated sci-fi author Isaac Asimov said “Any sufficiently advanced technology is indistinguishable from magic”, he had the G-SWITCH-22 in mind. 
This multi-faceted GSM-module took the world by storm when it was first introduced to an eager public in 2011, and it continues to impress by putting unsurpassed convenience quite literally at the user's fingertips.  Historically laborious tasks such as arming alarms or switching on pool pumps became, with the advent of the G-SWITCH-22, as easy as initiating a missed call from your mobile phone or land line, while the unit's dual inputs allow for the monitoring of any number of electrical devices.  We daresay the airwaves will never be the same!

CENTURION has always had a reputation for taking the very concepts of security and convenience to the next level and, for exactly that reason, the G-WEB interface was created; using the might of the Internet to make the adding, editing and deleting of users and modules even simpler than before.  G-WEB is password-protected and allows for the uploading of detailed transaction logs for improved security.
What follows below is a brief tutorial on how to load G-SWITCH modules to your profile as well as how to add users to a module using G-WEB.

1.       Register

Before you can assign a G-SWITCH module to your profile, you need to register on the Centurion Systems website www.centsys.co.za.

To do this, simply navigate your browser to our Home Page, and click on the Log in tab at the far right of the screen.  A dropdown menu will then appear prompting you to either register or log in.  Select Register here and fill in all the required fields. 

Centurion Systems Home Page

Once you have completed this simple registration process, your profile will be registered on our website.

2.       Log onto G-WEB
After registering, you can immediately log onto the G-WEB interface which will take you to the Members Home screen pictured below. 

Centurion Systems Members Home

3.       Access the online user interface
On the Members Home screen, three options will be displayed.  Click on the second option, which will be access the online user interface.  This action will take you to the G-SWITCH main screen.  A grey field will be displayed with the text “No modules associated with this user”.


4.       Enter the G-SWITCH and IMEI numbers
Fill in the required fields for the G-SWITCH mobile number as well as the unique IMEI number of the unit.  The mobile number will be the number of the SIM card presently inserted in the G-SWITCH module, while the IMEI number is generally displayed on a sticker found on the onboard GSM module (which will be silver in colour).  If you don’t know the IMEI number offhand, simply send the command string p.xxxx.co.imei (where xxxx is the G-SWITCH password) to the module using a standard text message. 

Click on the Next button.

USEFUL TIP:  Remember to enter the G-SWITCH mobile number in the international format!

5.       Select your mobile operator
You will now be asked whether the correct mobile operator (for e.g. Cell C or Vodacom) has been detected.  If it has, select Yes.  If not, click on No and select the applicable country and mobile operator using the dropdown menu provided.

6.       Finish
A text-box will appear prompting you to either finish assigning the module or to first update changes.  If you haven’t made any additional changes, click on the Finish button.

The website now needs to synchronise with the module using Over-the-Air protocol.  If the connection is successful, the module will appear in a grey block towards the top of the screen.  If the website fails to connect, refer to the troubleshooting guide at the end of this tutorial.

Did you know...?

You can purchase G-WEB SMS bundles from any of our branches!  The website uses these SMSs to synchronise with associated G-SWITCH modules, and we give you 10 free SMSs for every module that you assign to your profile.  But, should you ever run out, simply drop in to your nearest CENTURION branch and pick up a bundle voucher.  They are cost-effective and we will even load them for you! 

You can also use the airtime on the G-SWITCH module's SIM card for synchronisation - just SMS the word "connect" to the module from any mobile phone and voila!, you're back in business.

Error message
Possible cause
Unable to assign a module
The G-Switch has not responded in 90 seconds
·         Incorrect mobile number  or IMEI number has been entered
·         The module is not powered up
·         The module has poor signal strength

·         Ensure that the correct mobile number has been entered in the international format, as well as the correct IMEI number.  The IMEI number can be requested by sending the command string p.xxxx.co.IMEI to the module
·         Check that the module has power
·         Check the signal strength of the module by referring to the signal strength LEDs or sending the command string p.xxxx.co.ss to the module

Please enter a valid cell phone number in international format
·         A valid cellphone number has not been entered, or the number entered does not follow the international format
·         Ensure that the number entered is a valid mobile number, and that it follows the international format, i.e. the country code followed by the number and dropping any leading zeros.  NOTE: The + sign normally preceding the number is not used in this instance

Please enter a valid IMEI number
·         A valid IMEI number has not been entered
·         Enter a valid 15-digit IMEI number
Unable to synchronise
G-Switch has not responded
·         Module is not powered up
·         Poor signal strength
·         Ensure that the G-SWITCH-22 module has power
·         Check that the module has sufficient signal strength