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No remote Console in Victron Connect

With a Cerbo GX firmware 2.54 and new Iphone SE OS 13.4.1 and on a macbook pro with OS Seirra, the Rremote Console is NOT available. The Cerbo gets seen, connected via bluetooth, but there is no option to get to the remote console, the only way to control the Cerbo, is via VRM and that is painstakingly slow. Has anybody seen this ? the fact that it seems to happen on several devices makes me believe this could be a bug. All devices are also on the same wifi network and trying the venus.local/app/ wont work (ip address subsitute also will not resolve anything)

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Can you "reboot" the Cerbo?

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@pyemarine The bluetooth connection has very limited functionality and won't give you VRM style interface. It basically is only used to configure wifi and LAN settings.

https://community.victronenergy.com/questions/52480/cerbo-gx-not-sharing-multiplus-info-over-bluetooth.html

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not according to the manual. There are 4 ways to connect via remote console, one of them is via bluetooth. See Alexandra's post below.

ejrossouw avatar image ejrossouw pyemarine ·

It refers generically to GX devices and does not specifically mention the Cerbo, but I can see why it creates the expectation.

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@pyemarine

Check that under general the access level is set to user and installer.

https://www.victronenergy.com/media/pg/2556-GX_Device_Manual/en/configuration/menu-structure-and-configurable-parameters.html

If not then the account you are viewing from does not have full control. This can be corrected on vrm under users.

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Also: make sure the iphone and GX device are connected to the same (wifi?) network, it only works on a local network (or you have to use VRM indeed)

pyemarine avatar image pyemarine Daniël Boekel (Victron Energy Staff) ♦♦ ·

Thanks Alexandra and Daniël but that is not the issue. Access level was set to user/installer and all devices are on the same network. The issue is that the "remote console"as shown in the manual (cerbo and victron connect) is simply not there,

The inly option I get is to go to VRM. That seems the long and slow way around and currently the only way for me to configure and control the Cerbo which is a pain. Both the Macbook and iphone see the Cerbo via VC on bluetooth, and although only 1 can connect at the time, I can see the blue LED on the Cerbo turn solid when connected. Then when I click the Cerbo Garphic, the next screen shows me pincode change, and the orange go to VRM button on the bottom but no remote console option/button to click

Is the remote console enabled for LAN?

Alexandra avatar image Alexandra Matthias Lange - DE ·

https://www.victronenergy.com/media/pg/2556-GX_Device_Manual/en/accessing-a-gx-device-with-remote-console.html

I am assuming you have followed all the steps here.

Is it that you are not seeing the remote console option like in this picture?

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pyemarine avatar image pyemarine Alexandra ·

Alexandra, yes that is correct. I am not seeing the Remote Console option next to the host address. And yes I did follow the isntructions on that link and the top 3 ways to connect to remote console are not available, only VRM

pyemarine avatar image pyemarine Matthias Lange - DE ·

Matthias

I have tried both enabling and disabling it, but it did not make a difference. And according to the manual, there should be a way to use remote console via bluetooth or via Wifi as well as LAN and VRM. The Cerbo is connected via Wifi and Bluetooth

I'm pretty sure that the remote console is not available directly via Bluetooth. The GX device has to be connected to your local network and the device you using to connect has to be in the same network.

I think the manual is not clear at this point.

Hi, I can confirm: to use Remote Console on LAN, your phone and the GX Device must be on the same local network (can be either wifi or LAN). But not bluetooth. There is no Remote Console on just Bluetooth. I’ll check the manual.

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