Posted by Peter Kennedy on 7/24/2019 to System Integration
Article updated March 2022 to reflect new capabilities for Victron Connect. Victron Connect improvements are constant and are detailed in the Victron Connect Changelog
Victron Connect can now be used to program MultiPlus and Quattros to do the following:
- Configure basic systems: consisting of a single inverter or inverter/charger not needing any Assistants, such as the ESS Assistant.
- Configure parallel, split phase and three phase systems as detailed in this Victron Blog Post
- Update firmware of inverters and inverter/chargers that have a VE.Bus communication port, such as Multis and Quattros.
- All these features require the use of a MK3-USB Interface
The big deal in all of this is the Victron Connect is a program that works on multiple platforms and so this means you can do all of the above on a Mac. You still need a Mk3-USB interface which requires a USB port so at least for now you cannot use a phone or tablet. There are certain things you can't do yet, like use any of the special programs (called Assistants) that are used when setting up Lithium Battery systems. So this is a part way step to accommodate many Mac users who have been shut out of the Victron software until now. Below the video are some more detailed screenshots from the app in demo mode.
This is one of two programs that can be used to program the MultiPlus and Quattro. The other is VE Config. Victron Connect is more user friendly but VE Config has more features and you will need to use it for a Lithium System with BMS. Since most of the settings used for programming are the same in both programs I am not going to repeat them here, I already discussed them in considerable detail in my VE Config article Programming your Victron MultiPlus inverter charger with the VE Configure program - Part 2 - The Settings
Victron Connect software can be used to connect to a whole range of Victron products, often via Bluetooth. Here is a screenshot compilation of what is possible: