RJ45 UART - Pekaway Touchdisplay

The Pekaway Touch Display is a standalone device that communicates with the VAN PI System. It is not part of the open-source project. The key benefits of this display include:

  • Very low wake-up time

  • Minimal power consumption

  • Fast and efficient operation

The display serves as a permanent fixture for vehicle control and monitoring. It is installed in a fixed position, ensuring it is always ready for use. Installation is straightforward, requiring only a standard network cable, which simplifies setup by eliminating the need for separate USB, HDMI, and power cables. Both signal and power are provided via the RJ45 cable.

The display is not used for system configuration but offers the following functionalities:

  • Monitoring water tanks

  • Controlling the heating system

  • Monitoring the battery

  • Relay and light control

  • Displaying network information

  • Real-time data transmission to the VAN PI System

  • Timer function

Standheating Control Page

This page allows you to control the standheating system and view temperature sensors. Currently, it supports the Autotherm 2D and 4D models. The displayed parameters include:

  • Voltage: Shows the current voltage.

  • Fan Speed: Indicates the speed of the fan.

  • Diesel Pump: Displays the status of the diesel pump.

  • Heat Exchanger Temperature: Shows the temperature of the heat exchanger.

You can activate two modes:

  • Temperature Mode

  • Power Mode

Please note that the ventilation mode is only accessible via the web interface.

Battery Status Page

On this page, you can monitor your battery status and VE-Direct data (Victron data). The displayed information includes:

  • State of Charge (SoC): The current percentage of battery charge.

  • Battery Voltage: The current voltage of the battery.

  • Current Flow: Indicates the amount of current being consumed or charged.

Water Tank Page

This page displays information from the water tank sensors. You can set up to four sensors, and the settings can be adjusted under the "L-Sensor" menu in the settings. When configuring the sensors, ensure that you sequentially select them from 1 to the number of sensors you have (e.g., if you have two sensors, set it to 1 and 2).

Switches Page

Here, you can control various switches:

  • Eight Relays: Control the Relays of the VAN PI CORE

  • DIMMY: Control up to seven channels on the LED dimmer.

  • Wi-Fi Switches: Optional control for Wi-Fi connected switches.

Settings Menu

In the settings menu, you can configure various options:

  • Network: View network overview under the "Network" tab. This includes WiFi settings and the IP address if the system is connected to the network in client mode. Additionally, you can view the WiFi password that has been set, allowing you to check it while in your vehicle.

  • Brightness: Adjust the display brightness under the "Brightness" tab.

  • System Control: Restart or shut down the system. Always shut down the system before disconnecting from the power.

  • Homepage Configuration: Set the homepage to either the relays switch page or the dimmer page for quicker access.

  • L-Sensors: Configure the water tank sensors.

  • Time Settings: Set the correct time. This is important if the system does not have an internet connection, as the VAN PI Core does not have a real-time clock. The system either gets the time from the internet or from the touch display, so it must be set correctly here.

Updates and Navigation

  • Update: Update the display by pressing an area without any functionality (no buttons).

  • Main Menu: Access the main menu by pressing the car logo in the top left corner.

  • Egg Timer: If you are in the main menu and press the car logo again, it will take you to the egg timer.

This manual covers the primary functionalities of the touch display. For detailed configuration and troubleshooting, please refer to the specific sections in the settings or consult the full user manual.

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