How to Customise the ELAN Home Automation Screen

I have been involved with the ELAN Control System for over 8 years, and in that time I’ve trained installers, provided technical support and sold and programmed many systems and yes I really like the ELAN Control System 🙂 … it just works.

One of the things I really like is the ability to customise the user screen by changing or adding back ground photos. So this blog post is a quick how-to-walk-through.

Firstly, your ELAN system must be one of the SC controllers on a fairly recent firmware version, at least Version 8.4 Release 10 (when you go into the settings page, the version number is on the bottom left hand corner).

So, these are the steps you need to follow to get started:

Step 1 Go to Settings Page
Step 2 – Enter your PIN code
Step 3 – Navigate to Configure Themes page
Step 4 – Choose an Existing Theme or Create a New One

ELAN have already created a number of themes which you can play around with, however you can also create your own.

Step 5 – Choose a Photo Background

This is a photo I took of Bond’s Bridge in Co Armagh.

Step 6 – Choose what style of Icons you will use

For this photo, I like the Varicon style

Step 7 – Customise the appearance

This is where you can really experiment, however I’ve found that it’s usually best to keep it simple and leave most settings on the default values. I’ve also found that it may be best to use Preserve Aspect ratio so that the photo is not stretched or squashed when your phone is in landscape or portrait modes and playing around with the transparency might improve the look.

Step 8 – Apply your Theme

You can Apply your theme just to this screen or Apply to All screen (ELAN touch screens, iPhone, iPad, Android, PC and Mac). So, it’s probably best to experiment a little on your own first as you can change a lot of the look and feel before inflicting it on everyone in your house.

And that’s about it. Just by way of finishing and to show how customisable ELAN is, this is a page I created to show some of the traffic cams on Dublin’s M50 motorway.
If you knew the M50 in normal times, you will know these are extraordinary times….

If you have any questions or if you would like some more info, please do not hesitate to get in touch.