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ETS6 VS ETS5 comparison

The new ETS6 is here! Building on the valued ETS5, the ETS6 offers a range of new and improved functions, including enabling KNX System Extentions to be used in any KNX project and an improved ‘browser-like’ user interface. The result? ETS6 is ready for your future KNX project requirements, however big or complex they are. Let’s explore the major differences between ETS5 and ETS6.

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1.1 System – Support for the new KNX Segment Couplers


In ETS5, the topology was limited to the definition of complete lines and areas. As a result, it was only possible to add repeaters or amplifiers within a TP line to allow the use of more than 64 devices on the same line. This limitation was elimated with the introduction of the KNX TP256 system extension.

And now…

ETS6 is a lot more flexible for topology than ETS5. It includes the new Segment Couplers, which are extensions of media couplers to connect line segments together, regardless of their media type. These devices allow the system integrators to implement topology scaling and extend existing projects more easily with new devices that support security or RF devices.






1.2 System – Support for the new KNX Security Proxy


ETS5 opened the door for secure devices in KNX Projects. However, data exchange between secure and non-secure (plain) group objects on these devices was not yet possible.

And now…

ETS6 supports Secure Proxy, a coupler extension that allows plain devices to communicate with devices that operate securely. This is the perfect solution for retrofitting existing installations with secure devices without removing the existing plain KNX devices. Thanks to ETS6, KNX IP Secure and KNX Data secure can be combined and freely integrated and flexibly configured with plain devices.



1.3 System – Support for the new KNX RF Multi Devices


The KNX Radio Frequency medium was fully integrated in the project creation workflow in ETS5. While KNX RF Ready (Systems) devices can be included in an ETS project with ETS5, the software does not support the new KNX RF Multi devices.

And now…

ETS6 supports the new generation of KNX RF devices, including the reliable and robust KNX RF Multi, the latest wireless protocol for KNX for building control applications. RF Multi devices also come with additional advantages, such as mandatory security support, easy configuration as all the frequency settings are automatically set by ETS, and all the runtime capabilities of a product entry created with the Manufacturer Tool.



1.4 System – ETS6 fully supports KNX Iot System


ETS5 took the first steps in the KNX Iot Strategy. While this incorporated new concepts like KNX Web Services, abstraction level or project tags and metadata, the information that could be included in a project was scarce.

And now…

ETS6 welcomes the IoT era by extending the semantic information linked to a project with standardized information provided by the specific KNX IoT Working Group. For this purpose, ETS6 adds in the background semantic information related to locations, functions, function points, channels, group objects, and more to enable KNX installations to be even more open to the rest of the ‘non-KNX world’.



2.1 User Interface & User Experience – Adaptative dashboard

The ETS5 dashboard did not include any graphical options to enrich the project information. Plus, the only way to simultaneously open workspaces to edit a project was to use floating panels.



And now…

ETS6 clusters and sorts projects in the adaptive and completely redesigned dashboard. It’s quick and easy to find and access projects thanks to the available metadata, such as the project cover picture, project type, tags, and icons.



2.2 User Interface & User Experience – Multiple instance support and flexible tab handling


Working with workspaces in both ETS5 and ETS6 is easy. However, ETS5 only allowed a single instance, making it difficult to work simultaneously on two or more ETS projects.



And now…

One of the major improvements of ETS6 is the window and panel handling enhancement. Nowadays, internet browsers are increasingly used to accomplish daily tasks. Therefore, ETS6 introduces a ‘browser-like’ User Experience with flexible tab and window handling.

ETS6 can run simultaneously in multiple window instances, making it easy to check and compare data within a project or between multiple projects. Furthermore, it’s easy to maximise, drag, and drop tabs to embed or create new instances in ETS6. To create a new tab within the same ETS6 instance, simply maximise it. This new tab can then be dragged out to make a new instance or dragged and dropped into another ETS6 instance for it to become embedded in that instance.



2.3 User Interface & User Experience – Breadcrumb navigation

In ETS5, navigating back and forth in the project design was not possible. Plus, it was complex to manage all the visible information for the management of the item tree and the selection panel of each window in large projects.



And now…

In ETS6, the project workplace has been redesigned making it easier than ever before to navigate between files thanks to the breadcrumb navigation and back/forth options (via the breadcrumb buttons, keyboard shortcuts, or mouse clicks). In fact, looking for a KNX project in ETS6 is like using an internet browser.



2.4 User Interface & User Experience – Optimized “Link with” dialogue


In ETS5, there were two possible tabs in the ‘Link with’ dialogue: ‘Create new Group Address’ and ‘Use existing Group Address’. A user needed to know or remember the current Group Address structure to be able to work quickly.



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