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How do I use a Dashboard?

The System Dashboard option shows the live door status for each Max 3 v1 and Max 3 v2 door you select on this screen. Currently, these are the only two controllers that support this feature, so any other controller types in the system are not shown on this screen. The top portion of the screen shows status of the relays, inputs, and time and date. The lower portion shows live updates of events occurring at the door. The dashboard polls (or retrieves data) each door one at a time for status and updates the screen as quickly as possible. Keep in mind, if you have a large number of doors there can be a slight delay before each door is updated. In addition to door status, you can unlock the door remotely using the Timed Unlock and Passage Unlock (toggle) features. You can also relock the door using the Relock feature.

To access System Dashboard select Communications > System Dashboard from the main menu. Only Max 3 v1 and Max 3 v2 controller types will appear. By default, all controllers are selected and status monitoring and event log retrieval begins automatically when the screen opens. If you don’t want to see status for every door, just de-select the doors you don’t want to see. After you’ve finished your selection, you must press the Start button again.

Dashboard Field/Button Descriptions

Start: By default, the Start button is already selected when you enter the screen. There are only two reasons live monitoring will stop and require you to click the Start button:

  1. If at any point you de-select or select a door, live monitoring stops.
  2. When you click the Pause button, live monitoring stops.

Pause: The Pause button suspends the live monitoring process. The Input/Output Status and Event Log monitoring will not update while the dashboard is paused. To re-start the process you must click the Start button.

Back: Clicking the Back button exits System Dashboard and returns you to the main screen.

Timed Unlock: When you select this option the selected doors unlock for the specified time duration set for each individual door, which is defined in the door settings screen. It operates the same as a standard user. This feature is temporarily disabled while System Dashboard is paused. If System Dashboard is paused, clicking Timed Unlock will automatically start updating data again.

Note: If the First-In Auto-Unlock option is enabled in a door controller when you use the Timed Unlock feature, the door will go into Auto-Unlock mode, which unlocks the door for the duration of the Auto-Unlock Time Zone.

Passage Unlock: Use this option to permanently change the state of the lock relay for all the selected doors. It operates the same as a passage (aka toggle) user. If the door is locked, it will unlock and remain unlocked and if it’s already unlocked due to passage mode, it will relock the door. To relock a door in passage mode, you can also use the Relock function. This feature is temporarily disabled while System Dashboard is paused.

Relock: Selecting this option locks the selected doors, regardless of why those doors are unlocked. This is useful if you need to lock down your entire system for an emergency. This option has no effect on doors that are already locked. This feature is temporarily disabled while System Dashboard is paused.

Input/Output Status Enabled: You can disable this option (uncheck the box) so System Dashboard does not retrieve door status updates. You would disable the option if you only wanted to retrieve event log updates. An additional benefit is that the log events are retrieved much faster, since it’s only getting log data.

Event Log Enabled: You can disable this option (uncheck the box) so System Dashboard does not retrieve log event data. You would disable the option if you only wanted to retrieve input/output door status. An additional benefit is that the status is retrieved much faster, since it’s not getting log data. The log events are still in the controller, they are just not displayed here. You can retrieve them later by either enabling this option or importing them using the import/export feature.

Clear Display: Selecting this option simply clears all the log events from the Event Log grid. It does not affect the events that are stored in the database.

Log Display Settings Field/Button Descriptions

The Log Display Settings tab allows you to customize what happens when specific Log Events occur on one of the selected doors. You can customize the font color, background color and alert sound. The most common events are pre-configured with color and sound.

By default:

  1. Yellow events are minor warnings.
  2. Black events are actions that should be responded to.
  3. Green events are actions that unlocked the door.
  4. Red events are actions that locked the door.

Change Font Color: This button allows you to change the font color of the Event Text. First select the event you want to change, then click the Change font color button. The standard color picker appears. Choose the color you want, then click OK.

Change Background Color: This button allows you to change the background color of the Event Text. First select the event you want to change, then click the Change background color button. The standard color picker appears. Choose the color you want, then click OK.

Change Alert Sound: This option allows you to specify the sound file that is played when each specific event is displayed in the Event Log. Only WAV sound files are supported. To have no sound play, simply select and delete the text in the Sound File Path column next to that specific event.

Save Event Settings: You must select this button to save any changes you make to the color or sound settings.

Enable Sounds: If this option is enabled, an associated sound file is played when each event type occurs. If enabled, the default sound is the spoken event text. To change the sound that plays when an event occurs, select the event, then select the Change Alert Sound button. A standard "Browse to File" option appears. Only WAV sound files are supported. Enabling sounds may slow down how fast events are displayed in the dashboard, since the sound file must be played before another event is displayed. This option should be disabled if you want the fastest possible Event Log update.

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