How to Program a V-Green Motor From a Mobile Device Using VLink

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VLink is a wireless adapter that can be used to program and control a Century V-Green Variable Speed (VS) Motor through a mobile device. This guide shows you how to install and program the VLink system to control and monitor your V-Green VS motor from an iPhone. One of the great features of VLink is its ability to show you what it costs to run at your selected speeds and durations. You can quickly see the projected monthly savings or increases as you adjust the speeds and durations to your requirements.

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REVIEW MAJOR STEPS - There are three major steps for setting up a working interface between the VLink system mounted on an outside wall and your iPhone. 1 - Download the V-Link App and establish a user account; 2- Connect the VLink Wireless Adapter to your home WI-FI: and 3 - Schedule the pump through your iPhone. This guide will give you a detailed step-by-step procedure to establish this interface.

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1.0 - ESTABLISH VLINK USER ACCOUNT - This series of steps [denoted by 1.X], shows you how to set up a VLink account

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1.1 - With power to the pump turned ON, check that the power LED on the VLink Adapter is illuminated. Note, we assume at this point that the VLink Adapter has been mounted to the wall next to the VS pump and that it has been wired to the VS motor.

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1.2 - Find your apps screen and type in "century vlink".to locate the "Century VLink Mobile" app.

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1.3 - Select the "Century VLink" App to download the app.

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1.4 - Install the Century VLink App.

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1.5 - Accept access requests.

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1.6 - Open create account request.

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1.7 - Enter your iPhone Email address and Password and sign in.

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1.8 - Verify your Password and select "Create account".

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1.9 - Agree to Terms of Service.

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1.10 - Add personal information. "*" items are required. Save information.

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1.11 - Enter Password Security answers.and press "Save".

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1.12 - Verify that your new account was created. You should have received an email on your new account. You must respond to this email before proceeding.

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1.13 - Resubmit your Email address and Password and select "Sign in".

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1.14 - Skip the Tutorial by selecting "Skip" to begin the next series of steps.

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2.0 - CONNECT TO WI-FI -  This series of steps [denoted by 2.X], shows you how to connect to your home network through your Wi-Fi system.

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2.1 - Check to see if you have a strong Wi-Fi signal. Using your iPhone, locate the Wi-Fi setting and review available connections.

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2.2 - Select how you will connect VLink to your home network. Press Wi-Fi

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2.3 - Verify the VLink is ready for connections. The Power LED on the outside VLink Adapter should be illuminated and the Wireless connection LED should be blinking once per second..

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2.4 - Locate the VLink Access Code. You will have to slip the Adapter off its mounting to see the code on the back of the Adapter

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2.5 -  Enter the VLink Access Code. Press "Continue".

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2.6 - Wait to associate your account.

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2.7 - Wait to connect to VLink.

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2.8 - Press "OK" to choose your Wi-Fi network.

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2.9 - Select your Wi-Fi network and enter the SSID for your Wi-Fi network. Note, your selection of networks will be different that those shown here.

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2.10 - Enter the Password for your Wi-Fi network and press "Connect".

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2.11 - Wait for VLink to connect to your home network.

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2.12 - The motor status will be displayed showing successful connection between your home network and the VLink Adapter. Press "Run" to start your VS motor.

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3.0 - PROGRAM THE VS MOTOR -  This series of steps [denoted by 3.X], shows you how to program your VS motor for up to 5 speeds and associated 5 duration.

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3.1 - When the "Run" button is pressed above, this screen showing the current status of the Filter Pump will be displayed. On the bottom of this screen, you will see the four main feature tabs for the VLink App: Status, Override, Scheduling, and Energy. This screen is currently in Status mode, as highlighted. It shows that the pump is in Cycle 2, running at 2600 Rpm and has 5:11 hours left to run in this cycle.

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3.2 - Since our primary interest is scheduling, press the "Scheduling" tab at the bottom of the screen to bring up the Scheduling screen.

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3.3 - When a pump is shipped from the factory, it is set up with default speed/duration cycles like the schedule shown here. A set of four cycles over a 24-hour period is typical. Each cycle is displayed with a different color on the Cycle Ring with the number of black dots indication the cycle number. The estimated monthly energy cost of $177.53 is high because this schedule has the pump running 20 hours a day. To make adjustments to this schedule, first grab the upper end of Cycle 1 and pull it down from 5 AM to 8 AM. See the next picture.

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3.4 -The adjustment above changed Cycle 1 to a duration of 2 hours. Now grab the upper end of Cycle 2 and pull it down from 4 PM to 2 PM. See the next picture.

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3.5 - The second adjustment changed Cycle 2 to a duration of 4 hours. To change the duration of Cycle 3. pull its upper end down from 1 AM to 4 PM.

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3.6 - The third adjustment changed Cycle 3 to a duration of 2 hours. Cycle 4 has expanded to 16 hours. It represents the time that the motor is off waiting for the next 24 hour period starting with Cycle 1 at 8 AM. Once you have completed the cycle duration changes, press the "Save" icon and you will see the "estimated monthly energy cost" change from $177.53 to $62.86 (next picture). This is the result of reducing the total operational duration from 20 hours to 8 hours.

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3.7 - For additional saving, you can reduce some or all the running speeds for each active cycle (Cycle 4 is at 0 RPM). For example, to change the speed for Cycle 1, first press Cycle 1,  the cycle with one bullet. See the next picture.

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3.8 - When the Cycle 1 screen comes up, grab the dot at the end of the inner circle and pull it down from 3100 RPM to 2850 RPM as shown n the next picture. Note, this speed can be changed to any speed between 600 and 3450 RPM in 25 RPM increments.

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3.9 - This picture shows the result of reducing the speed of Cycle 1.If you want to save this speed change, press the Save icon and revert back to the main Schedule screen.

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3.10 - The Schedule screen now shows a reduction of "estimated monthly energy cost" from $62.86 to $52.75. For additional cost reduction, we will now reduce the speed of Cycle 3. Press Cycle 3.

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3.11 - Pull the speed bullet for Cycle 3 from 3225 to 2850 RPM. See the result in the next picture.

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3.12 - Press the Save icon to save your changes and return to the schedule screen.

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3.13 - This screen shows a further reduction in projected monthly operating cost to $46.12 due to the reduction of Cycle 3 speed.

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3.14 - You can add additional cycles to your schedule (up to 5) or reduce them to a minimum of 2 depending on your requirements. To add or reduce cycles, use the edit schedule screen.

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3.15 - This is an example of the schedule after adding Cycle 5 (the darkest cycle color with 5 dots).  You will have to adjust the schedule durations to accommodate this new cycle.

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3.16 - There are two other major feature tabs at the bottom of the overview Filter Pump screen. We have covered Status and Scheduling. We will now address the other major tabs briefly; Energy and Override.

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3.17 - Press Energy and this Energy Summary screen will appear. It allows you to set the local energy KW rate upon which the energy costs are derived. It also shows a monthly history of your actual energy cost over the current year.

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3.18 - The Override Tab provides the capability to override the active schedule with a predefined motor and duration. Pushing the Override Tab will bring up this Override page. To override the active schedule with a low-speed override, press the "Override Low" button. To change the parameters of the Override Low feature, press and hold the Override Low button to bring up the change screen. See next picture.

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3.19 - To activate any of the other Override features, follow the same process as above. For more information on the types and use of Overloads, refer to the tutorial accessed through your iPhone or to the Century VLink Installation and User Manual.

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This guide provides you with information needed to get up and running quickly. There are several other VLink features not addressed in this guide such as Priming, Freeze Protection, Service Mode, and Aux Load (VGreen 270 only). For more information on these and other features, refer to the tutorial accessed through your iPhone or to the Century VLink Installation and User Manual.

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