Plugwise protocol unleashed part 3: internal clock information


In the Plugwise protocol unleashed series, I will describe the plugwise protocol. As far as I have been able to re-engineer it. I did this re-engineering work because there is no Linux/OSX software available to control your plugwise devices. All information in these series are based on the 2.0 firmware version!

DISCLAIMER: use of the information in these articles is at your own risk.
This information is not supported by Plugwise B.V. in any way.

In this part of the series we will have a look at the device information request and response.

Circle internal clock

This blog post is about the internal clock of the Plugwise circle. This internal clock is used to for example log information about kWh usage per hour.
It’s important to keep the internal clock in sync with your PC, for correct data readings. Imagine this going wrong: logged kWh information about an device appears in a different hour. Not something you want.

So, how to test this? Well I just fiddled around a bit with my PC’s date and time.
Using a serial port sniffer I was able to see the following (unknown) data:

Image 1: serial port sniffing log after the clock change.

Following after that is the following data:

Image 2: more data following the clock change.

So looking at this I realized that code 003E must be some kind of extra check, to see if the clock is out of sync.
The 0016 must be the clock set command as it contains extra data in the command.

The clock information request (003E)

The request is fairly easy:


003E -> This is the request command code.
000D6F000055XXXX -> This is the mac address of the circle.
BF07 -> This is the CRC16 checksum

The response looks like this:


Split up for readability:

003F 0D52 000D6F0000552XXX 13 25 35 04 01 457A 0EFF

003F -> request return command code.
0D52 -> reverse checksum
000D6F0000552XXX -> mac address
13 -> internal clock hour (HEX)
25 -> internal clock minutes (HEX)
35 -> internal clock seconds (HEX)
04 -> internal clock day of the week (HEX)
01 -> ?
457A -> ? looks like some kind of checksum to me.
0EFF -> CRC16 checksum

The clock set command

The clock set request looks like this:


Split up for readability:

0016 000D6F0000551XXX 0A 02 1501 FFFFFFFF 11 25 36 04 3B11

0016 -> Command code
000D6F0000551XXX -> Mac address
OA -> Year (HEX) note this is the year in the plugwise style: 2010 = 10 (always substract 2000)
02 -> Month (HEX)
1501 -> Number of minutes (HEX)
FFFFFFFF -> Log buffer address (you can use this to reset your log buffers, more on this in later posts), FFFFFFFF won’t reset a thing!
11 -> Hour (HEX)
25 -> Minute (HEX)
36 -> Second (Hex)
04 -> Day of the week (HEX)
3B11 -> CRC16 checksum

So now we know how to read and set the internal clock of the plugwise circle.
See you guys next week!
Let me know if you have any questions, and also if there is anything specific you would like to see in the next plugwise unleashed post!

This is a multipart series, the other parts can be found here:
Plugwise protocol unleashed part 1:  introduction
Plugwise protocol unleashed part 2: device information


Hi, I am Maarten and I am the owner of this weblog. I post on various IT subjects that matter in my life as an IT professional.

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