Niagara AX updates available now
Posted by Bill Rambo on 11 August 2015 03:47 PM

Niagara AX updates available now

Versions 3.6, 3.7, and 3.8 are affected

The August 2015 Update Releases are available for download on Niagara Central. The updates include important enhancements that increase the security of a Niagara AX system, including a newer revision of the Java Virtual Machine. VYKON strongly encourages all customers to update Niagara AX to one of the newly available releases.

In addition to security enhancements, these updates have resolved many issues. Click the links below to find the release notes on Niagara Community:

Niagara AX 3.6, Update 4

Niagara AX 3.7, Update 1

Niagara AX 3.8


To download the latest modules for the Versions listed above, please go to from a browser.

User name is Vykon,

Password is Vyk0nAlx (where 0 is a zero)


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VYKON 3.8 is here!
Posted by Bobby Palmer (Import) on 17 January 2014 10:57 AM


VYKON 3.8 is here!

Greater mobile support, increased security and more!

VYKON announces the general availability of NiagaraAX 3.8.  This latest release of the NiagaraAX Framework provides improved efficiencies, greater flexibility, and enhanced security for both the system integrator and end user.   With this feature rich update, users can expect:

  • A richer mobile experience allowing End Users the same level of detail on their mobile devices as they would get from a desktop display
  • Time savings by re-using desktop graphics for mobile views
  • Optimizing views is easier for different display sizes with resizeable graphics capability
  • Enhanced framework security with stronger authentication and industry standard Active Directory integration
  • Simplified data analysis with more powerful data analysis tools that allow users to easily access relevant data and simplify tasks like month to month benchmarking, maximizing operational efficiency
  • Support for additional Operating Systems (OS) allowing customers to run Niagara on the contemporary platforms currently required for their business needs
  • Improved usability for localization with support for several Asian language character sets.  Localization Improvements allow greater penetration of Asian Markets by improving usability in their native languages,  decreasing system engineering time

VYKON NiagaraAX 3.8 is available for immediate download.

NiagaraAX 3.8 Release Features

Improved User Experience Drives Greater Efficiencies and Flexibility

Mobile technology has become a standard with all businesses today. With the release of NiagaraAX 3.8, mobile functionality has been greatly expanded to allow users to create complex mobile views by leveraging absolute positioning in the mobile pane, the ability to reuse existing Px pages as mobile views, and a new zoom feature that facilitates mobile design. 

In addition, with the release of NiagaraAX 3.8, the ability to design graphics that can be resized without impacting the quality of the image is now possible using the embedded Batik Java SVG toolkit.

Enhanced Framework Security

Stronger AuthenticationAs a result of our on-going commitment to arm the NiagaraAXFramework with powerful security features based on industry best practices, release 3.8 includes password strength configuration designed to provide users the ability to determine the parameters for each strength level of passwords based upon installation needs.1

Active Directory IntegrationNiagaraAX 3.8 incorporates the latest standard of LDAP integration (LDAPv3) which allows the benefits of LDAP single sign-on with additional security enhancements.  Users will now be able to use LDAPv3 with support for Kerberos Client Authentication, the industry standard that enables remote access without having to pass user password information over the network. 

Federal Ready – FIPS 140-2 and IEEE 802.1x Compliant

NiagaraAX 3.8 supports IEEE 802.1x functionality and provides a software option that will make the Niagara station FIPS 140-2 Level 1 compliant.  The FIPS option meets the requirements for any IP devices that will be deployed on a government IT network. FIPS compliance provides an additional layer of security by using a NIST-certified cryptographic module that is used for common IT security functions.

How to Order

Part Number



2013 List Price


FIPS 140-2 for AX Supervisors

Provides FIPS 140-2 Level 1 conformance for an AX Supervisor



FIPS 140-2 for JACE products

Provides FIPS 140-2 Level 1 conformance for JACE 3E, 6, 6E, and 7



Guest User Account

Enables the Guest User Account for NiagaraAX 3.8

NOTE: Enabling the Guest User decreases the security of the NiagaraAX System


The Guest Account has been disabled in all systems shipped (except Demo Stations) to strengthen out of the box security.  If an application requires the guest account, please contact your VYKON representative for additional information.

Improved Data Analysis

Users of NiagaraAX 3.8 now have greater flexibility to manipulate Niagara datasets, allowing for enhanced reporting and visualization by expanding the Series Transform feature with the new Filter Node and Time Shift Node. Users can more easily isolate useful data from histories and perform system benchmarking, such as month to month or year to year comparisons. 

Localization – Expanded Asian Language Support

NiagaraAX 3.8 provides enhanced Chinese, Japanese, and Korean character rendering and input methods.  Customers can now enter, view, and export in their native language, saving them time by making it easier to configure Niagara systems.

Expanded OS Support

NiagaraAX 3.8 users can now run  VYKON WorkplaceAX and VYKON AX Supervisor on the latest Microsoft Windows technologies, Windows 8 and Windows Server 2012.  Users of these technologies will now have smart screen icons for WorkplaceAX and/or AX Supervisor. End users can leverage the contemporary OS’s they have already deployed for their business needs without needing additional support for older versions to run NiagaraAX.

Additional information on these features and other documents are now available and can be accessed on Niagara Central at  This page includes links to:

Updated Technical Documents

  • NiagaraAX User Guide
  • NiagaraAX Mobile Guide
  • NiagaraAX SSL Connectivity Guide
  • Plus additional updated guides

Launch Documents

  • Release Notes
  • FAQs
  • Feature Overview
  • Test Summary     

If you have questions or would like to learn more about NiagaraAX 3.8, please contact your VYKON sales representative or sales support representative.


© 2014 VYKON

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Distech Controls – ECL-203 and ECB-203 Models Now Available with Environmental Protection

Distech Controls is proud to announce the release of 2 new models of the ECL-203 LONWORKS and ECB-203 BACnet programmable controllers with environmental protection, now available for order and shipping.

The ECL and ECB-203 models with Environmental Protection are suited for outdoor installation, or for any application in non-conditioned environments, such as roof top units.  The environmental protection consists of:
  • a product design that can withstand installation in environments with temperature ranging from -40°C to +70°C /-40°F to 158°F
  • a conformal coating (IPC-CC-830B / MIL-I-46058C) to protect the product against humidity and sea spray (salt air)
The ECL and ECB-203 Series feature 6 universal inputs, 5 digital outputs (TRIAC) and 3 universal outputs.  Note that the environmental protection is only available on those models specifically identified as such. 

Ordering information:

CDIL-203E-00: ECL-203 with Environmental Protection and CDIB-203E-00: ECB-203 with Environmental Protection.  Also available for order from SmartStore


Available in the price list effective November 1, 2013 – however, the products are available for order and shipping as of now.


The updated datasheet as well as the hardware installation guide, user guide and device drawings for the ECL and ECB-203 Series are available on SmartSource.   

©, 2013 Distech Controls


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Distech Controls: Product Update Notification

Updated EC-NetAX Support Pack Available on SmartInstaller

Technical Issue Notifications
Distech Controls wishes to advise you that an updated EC-NetAX Support Pack (v. 3.4.13241) is now available, addressing the below issues.

Resolved Issues:

  • When using an EC-BOSAX with the EC-NetAXSupport Pack v.3.4.13191, the mechanism used to read the values of an ECL Series controller through the LON network can cause high EC-BOSAX CPU usage.
  • Reboot caused by watchdog timeout: the EC-BOSAX sometimes reboots twice following Support Pack installation.
  • Launch wizard not available on ECB Device Objects: the Launch Wizard command is not present on a discovered BACnet object dropped in the EC-NetAX database under EC-NetAX 3.7.

Available on SmartInstaller:

EC-NetAX Support Pack v. 3.4.13241 resolves all above issues, and is available for download fromSmartInstaller.  
In addition, and to ensure optimal performance, Distech Controls recommends you use the latest releases of EC-NetAX (versions 3.5.406, 3.6.406 or 3.7.106) in combination with this Support Pack.

The Product Update Notice is also available on SmartSource.  

©, 2013 Distech Controls


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Firmware Update for Spyder BACnet
Posted by Bill Rambo on 29 August 2013 09:56 AM




Firmware Update for Spyder BACnet

Honeywell engineering has released an updated firmware version for Spyder BACnet controllers. 

The firmware update addresses the following issue:

Under certain conditions the Spyder BACnet controller may restart.  During this restart the outputs would cycle and the controller would appear to momentarily go offline. The most common symptom manifested as a floating actuator doing a re-sync after restart.


 A new version of the re-flash tool (v2.5) will be posted in the Spyder Tools section of the Forum, which includes the updated firmware image. If you have an immediate need for this fix, please contact WEBs Squad and they can provide instructions to install the needed image on the existing re-flash tool.



If you have any questions regarding this quality alert, please contact your local Honeywell sales representative.


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Distech Controls: Technical Issue Notification
Posted by Bobby Palmer (Import) on 28 August 2013 02:40 PM

Distech Controls: Technical Issue Notification

EC-BOSAX CPU Usage Issue with EC-NetAX Support Pack and ECL Series Controllers

Technical Issue Notifications
Distech Controls wishes to advise you of the following technical issue, which may be affecting some of your installations. 

EC-BOSAX CPU Usage Issue with EC-NetAXSupport Pack and ECL Series Controllers

When using an EC-BOSAX with the EC-NetAX Support Pack v.3.4.13191, the mechanism used to read the values of an ECL Series controller through the LON network can cause high EC-BOSAX CPU usage.
Any EC-BOSAX with Support Pack v.3.4.13191 installed and ECL Series controllers connected is susceptible of encountering this issue. The EC-BOSAX will slow down and sometimes could reboot.
The following can be observed:
  • User will notice a general slowdown of their system
  • CPU usage frequently spikes to 100% (Right-Click Station > Views > Resource Manager)
  • CPU usage spikes to and remains at 100% (Right-Click Station > Views > Resource Manager)
The technical issue notification details are available here or on SmartSource. 
We are diligently working on resolving this issue, and a notice of availability of an updated EC-NetAX Support Pack on Distech Controls’ SmartInstaller will be issued as soon as possible. 

Please contact your Activelogix Technical Support at if you have any questions regarding this issue.

©, 2013 Distech Controls


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