Start using the adapter

First steps

After delivery, a few steps are necessary to put the adapter into operation:

  1. Flash adapter
  2. Configure adapter
  3. Install ebusd
  4. Configure ebusd
  5. Connect eBUS
  6. Receive / send eBUS messages


There are slightly different versions of the adapter, which is reflected in the following aspects:

Except for the extension (for WIFI only), these aspects have no influence on the operation of the adapter.

Flash adapter

The adapter is usually delivered with flashed firmware, as this is necessary for testing before delivery. However, the version may already be outdated and it is recommended to bring it up to date.

Newer firmware versions can be easily updated via OTA directly on the adapter website.

The firmware can always be flashed and also updated by using a web browser supporting Web Serial .

Just follow the steps on the firmware page.

After that, the easi> interface is already available directly for configuration in the flasher via “LOGS & CONSOLE”.

At the same time, a still unconfigured firmware starts a WIFI access point with SSID “EBUS” without a password. When connecting with that one, the most important settings can be adjusted on the web page

Configure adapter

The easiest way of configuration is via WIFI. This can be done via the access point (SSID “EBUS” without a password), that is started after initial flashing (and afterwards when pressing+holding the button during boot), as well as after configuring the access data for your own WIFI via the flasher in the firmware page as noted above.

Alternatively, the easi> interface can be used via serial connection as well. This is possible directly through the firmware page as explained above, or via putty, minicom or any other terminal software allowing to connect to the serial USB port. Then the easi> interface of the adapter appears that offers many commands for configuration and testing. Using the “help” command reveals them including the parameters.

When using Ethernet, it is recommended to use the steps described above for initial setup, as the Ethernet interface needs to be configured first.

Install ebusd

If communication is to be taken over by ebusd, it needs to run somewhere.

This can be

Configure ebusd

Depending on the host connection, the ebusd device string has to be adjusted. In addition, the enhanced mode is not yet set in the device string of a freshly installed ebusd. How this device string must look exactly can be found in the details of the host connection.

With the Docker container, this is passed as an argument to ebusd in the compose file or in the docker run line and in case of an installation entered under /etc/default/ebusd. The following settings are available there by default:


Without further information, ebusd uses /dev/ttyUSB0 as the device. Because of the enhanced mode and if the adapter is not connected via USB, the device string has to be set. For USB it would look like this:

EBUSD_OPTS="--scanconfig -d ens:/dev/ttyACM0"

And for WIFI or Ethernet it could e.g. look like this:

EBUSD_OPTS="--scanconfig -d ens:"

If ebusd is started now, the following lines should appear in the log file (/var/log/ebusd.log or Docker Logging, values in brackets depend on the respective configuration):

<DATE TIME> [main notice] ebusd <VERSION>> started with auto scan on enhanced device <DEVICE>
<DATE TIME> [bus notice] device status: resetting
<DATE TIME> [bus notice] device status: reset, supports info

Connect eBUS

Now the eBUS line can be connected to the adapter. The polarity does not need to be taken into account. Messages from other participants on the bus should then appear in the logging, for example as follows:

<DATE TIME> [update notice] received unknown MS cmd: 1050b505072b000100000000 / 00
<DATE TIME> [update notice] received read ehp Status QQ=10: 18.94;1.540;2.340;off;00

Receive / send eBUS messages

Before you take care of further integrations, the communication via ebusctl should be checked first. The best way to do this is to see which messages are available through the automatic scan process with ebusctl find.

The output list contains the message ID (circuit followed by name) and, after an equal sign, the data last received (within the last 5 minutes). For example, if the following entry is part of the list:

hwc Mode = no data stored

then this can be actively read out with the command ebusctl read -c hwc Mode, which might yield in the following result:

hwc Mode = 53;auto;disabled;hwc;00;day


In order to not forget anything, here is a checklist of the above: