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Magic Cube Aura Manual

Description

Congratulations on your Magic Cube Aura. This guide will take you through plugging in your device and configuring it for use with your controller.

The Magic Cube Aura is device aimed an the home automation market to help harness the power of the open source community and connect it to Home Automation platforms such as Elan and Control 4. This device is only sold to dealers and cannot be purchased retail. To find a home automation professional in your area, reach out to your local automation resource.

The Magic Cube runs a few home automation platforms and some special scripts to make it all work seamlessly with Nice (Elan) Control systems.

Plugging It All In

The Magic Cube has several options depending on what your ordered. If you purchased the wireless options.

  • Attach the WiFi Antennas (if any)
  • Attach the ZWave Adapter (if any)
  • Attach the Zigbee Adapter (if any)
  • Attach network cable. The Magic Cube Aura has two network ports. One is blocked off with an Orange tab. DO NOT use this port. The Magic Cube Aura will not recognized this connector. This is reserved for future use.
  • Attach HDMI cable (this is optional and not required to operate the cube). The HDMI output is used for local console access. You will need a keyboard and mouse to login. If you don’t have any more USB ports available, use a port splitter (not included)
  • Finally, attach the power cable included. Do NOT use another power supply. This power supply was specifically designed for the Magic Cube to give it enough power to run.
  • Device will self boot. It will take a full 3 minutes to be available on the network. Patience…..

Configuration

The Magic Cube Aura has been designed and programmed from the ground up to make it easy to setup. Please note the following changes from the first generation Magic Cubes

The Magic Cube Aura has been pre-configured with user accounts and tokens.

  • The default user and password are provided separately
  • Use this to log into
    • Home Assistant
    • Terminal
    • Dashboard Menu
    • Homebridge (if configured)
    • Remote Desktop
    • Any other required service for logon
  • Root account is no longer valid
  • Home Assistant has already been onboarded and loaded with all the most popular libraries including HACS
    • In the event that you reset home assistant and need to onboard again, follow this guide
  • Token has already been generated and added to the Cube. You DO NOT need to generate a token.
  • The Drivers will automatically pick up the Cube and its tokens when installed. No need to split tokens anymore.

Initial Setup

From any web browser access the menu of the Magic Cube Aura. You can access it as follows

If you network allows discovery type:

http://magiccubeaura.local

If not, find the ip address that was assigned to it and use, for example:

http://192.168.0.100

The Dashboard offers several areas

System Information that includes the health / version / ip address / system services / software versions.

Links to access services via IP address in case the menu options with the hostname are not accessible

Links to help sections

Many areas require login. Use the username / password obtained in this step.

Registration

It’s important to register the Cube. This will give Innovo access to update and maintain your cube via our private cloud. This will also allow you to access your Magic Cube using our cloud once that service is opened to dealers.

Click on Register Cube.

The Token has already been added at the factory. DO NOT enter a new token unless you read the section below about changing tokens and passwords..

Add Your Email, Name, Project Name and Project Location and hit save.

Access Terminal Console

To Access Terminal Console to administer the Magic Cube’s Operating System, follow these steps.

From the Main Menu, Choose System Services


You will be required to login.  Login with the credentials provided to you when you received the cube.
Select Terminal

Login to Terminal.  You will need to use your credentials again.

Once you login, type:

sudo dietpi-config

then enter, then type your password again, then enter.  For Security reasons, password cursor will not move as you type but it’s being registered as you type.

7.  Choose the desired configuration item (you must use up / down / right / left keys at this point, the mouse will not work here.

For Detailed explanation of each item, use this reference link.

https://dietpi.com/docs/dietpi_tools/system_configuration/

8.  Use the up / down key to choose the configuration menu item

18.  Once done, the system will always come back to the last screen. Then Choose <Back> then <Exit>. Choosing <OK> will have you repeat the process instead of exit and save.

Setting up LAN

We highly recommend that you setup a DHCP reservation for the Magic Cube. This will make it easier to move the Cube if needed and setup some services.

If you need a static reservation please use this guide and then confirm that all your services are working properly.

Access Terminal as outlined in this article.

Once you login, type:

sudo dietpi-config

then enter, then type your password again, then enter.  For Security reasons, password cursor will not move as you type but it’s being registered as you type.

Use the up / down key to choose the LAN adapter, then use tab to highlight OK then enter key.

Follow the prompts to setup connection.

Setting Up WiFi

If your Magic Cube Aura is factory equipped with a WiFi adapter, use the following process to add it to a WiFi access point.


Access Terminal as outlined in this article.

Once you login, type:

sudo dietpi-config

then enter, then type your password again, then enter.  For Security reasons, password cursor will not move as you type but it’s being registered as you type.

8.  Use the up / down key to choose the WiFi adapter, then use tab to highlight OK then enter key.


9.  Select scan, then tab over to OK and then enter key.

10.  Choose an open slot (usually the first one).  If you want to connect to multiple WiFi points, repeat this process.

11.  The system will scan your network for available WiFi access points.

12. Choose your point NOTE:  If the search turns up nothing, repeat this process.  If still nothing, disable / enable the WiFi adapter, then try again.

WARNING:  DO NOT disable the WiFi adapter remotely, always do this local to the network and only if you also have an ethernet cable plugged in and activated for backup.  If the WiFi is disabled you will lose the connection to be able to turn it back on again.


 
 
13.  Choose the encryption method required by your WiFi (typically the default)

14.  Enter the password then tab to OK

15. Verify the information on the next screen and tab over to DONE (Not to OK). If you click ok, you will be given the chance to remove and scan again.


16.  Back on the final page, scroll down to APPLY then tab over to OK

17.  Confirm one more time.  The system will go back to terminal and apply the changes.

18.  Once done, the system will come back to the last screen. Confirm that you are connected and have an IP address, then Choose <Back>, On the next screen <Back> again, then <Exit>.