Controlling Rako scenes and lights from uOS

This guide explains how to pull data from Rako’s API so you can control it directly from uOS, uControl App and uControl Remote.

Rako Lighting in uOS

What this guide will cover:

  1. How to find room, channel, scene and level IDs in Rako’s API.
  2. How to create a Rako API so that you can control any light or scene in the property.
  3. How to add that API into uOS.

Important: you must setup Rako first

For the purposes of this guide we are going to pretend that your Rako controller is on IP address 192.168.1.15 and your uOS device (MHUB, MZMA or Zone Processor) is on 192.168.1.196. We will use this to illustrate all examples moving forward.

Important: This guide assumes that you are familiar with Rako and know how to use Rasoft and that your Rako system is operational before integrating into uOS.

What a typical Rako API looks like

http://192.168.1.15/rako.cgi?room=5&ch=4&sc=0

In most cases you will either want to turn a light on/off or change the scene in any particular room. To do this you will need to send an API which looks like the example above.

In the example above we are going to send a command to the Rako controller (at 192.168.1.15) to execute a Scene 0 in Room 5 on Light 4.

Understanding what those numbers in the API above mean:

room=5
This is the ID of the room which your Rako devices are installed in.

ch=4
This is the channel which is how Rako refers to individual lights or RGB values.

sc=3
This is the scene ID.

“? and “&”
These are separators which are used to separate room, channel and scene values or IDs.

HELPFUL: Commonly used Scene IDs in Rako

  • Scene 0 = Off.
  • Scene 1-16 = Custom Scenes which you have made in Rako (lights at 10%, RGB value etc).

Testing your APIs

We recommend that you test every API before you enter them into uOS. All IP based APIs all have different requirements when it comes to testing but the Rako API is great because it is super simple.

To test your API, open a web browser and enter the full API in the URL window and hit enter.

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Testing your Rako API is as easy as entering it into your favourite browser and hitting enter. If the Rako device does what you expected it to then you’re good to enter it into uOS.

If the Rako device responds as you expected then your API is working and you can proceed adding it into uOS.

If it doesn’t work then try the following:

  • Make sure the IP address is correct.
  • Make sure that you do not have any typos.
  • Ensure that your IDs are correct and that you’re observing a light in the correct room and location.
  • Make sure that the structure of the API matches our example (no spaces, no special characters, data is in the correct case (often lowercase).

How to add your APIs into uControl

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