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Loxone Air is the wireless communication protocol for Loxone for those automation projects needing a retrofit or wireless option.

What is Loxone Air?
How Does it Work?
Getting Started With Air
Limitations of Air

Easter Egg: Throughout our website you will see the Air icon to identify devices/products that use Air technology

What is Loxone Air Technology?

Air is Loxone’s wireless solution for automation control. It uses encrypted (IPsec) transmission over radio frequency to communicate to its devices. Due to the proprietary nature of the encryption over this frequency, only Loxone devices can currently communicate over Loxone Air and due to the frequency selection it is also less likely to interfere or get interference from other electronics devices. 

Quick Points

  • Max open field range: 150m (not typical)
  • Maximum air hops recommended: 2 hops (more creates congestion)
  • 40 Air products currently offered by Loxone (at Aug 2021)
  • Europe Frequency Band: 868MHz (SRD Band Europe)
    • 868.3 MHz
    • 865.3 MHz
    • 866.3 MHz
    • 867.3 MHz
  • Global Frequency Band: 915MHz (ISM Band Region 2)
    • 908 MHz
    • 910 MHz
    • 912 MHz
    • 914 MHz
    • 916 MHz
    • 918 MHz
    • 920 MHz
    • 922 MHz
    • 924 MHz
    • 916 MHz

Product List

How does it work?

Loxone Air Technology works on a proprietary wireless communication protocol that creates a mesh network throughout the project whereby every non-battery powered Air devices acts as a repeater to form a network capable of large transmission ranges. In the picture below you can see 1 x Miniserver Go that hops a signal to some Loxone Air lights. These Air lights then repeat the signal to other Air devices until the whole floor is tied together as one mesh network.

Getting Started with Loxone Air

To start using Air, you need the Air Base Extension if you have the Miniserver Gen 2 or Gen 1. However, if you are using the Miniserver Go you don’t need to add any thing else as there is a transmission antenna built in to it. Air devices typically perform the same functions as any regular device except they may limit some features to conserve battery. However given the low power consumption of Air, a lot of Loxone’s Air devices claim a battery life of up to 2 years.

The good thing about air is that you can easily combine them with physical or Tree devices. For example, you can have a wireless door sensor that triggers a relay to turn on a siren but works with an NFC Touch Tree to activate the alarm. Loxone’s Air technology allows you the flexibility to navigate around your project, and if planned properly, even around an entire building.

Miniserver Go

The Loxone Miniserver Go is a great controller for retrofits and new installs. It gives you the same computing power and HTTPS security as the Miniserver Gen 2, without the physical outputs but with an inbuilt Air Base transmission point.

Technical Capabailities

  • Is a controller so no other controller required
  • Can be expanded using more extensions
  • Supports up to 128 Air Devices
  • Powered by simple power adapter (included)
  • No external antenna

Installation diagram

Installation Diagram for Miniserver Go

Air Base Extension

The Loxone Air Base Extension can be used with the Loxone Miniserver Gen 1, Gen 2 or Miniserver Go. It can be used as a single starting Air Base transmission point or it can be used with multiple other Air Base Extensions as part of a large spread out wireless automation network.

Technical Capabailities

  • Requires a controller to work
  • Can be expanded using more extensions
  • Supports up to 128 Air Devices
  • Has an external SMA Connector for antenna that can be extended or mounted freely
  • Mounts on Din Rail

Installation diagram

Limitations of Air

Clogged Channel

When you have a lot of devices on the same frequency channel, the connection quality can start to suffer. You can check the availability of a channel in Loxone Config through Device Status. If the channel is busy you can change the frequency of the Air Base Extension and Air devices and all devices will change to the new frequency.

Repeated Signal

Since non-battery powered Air devices repeat the signal, a large network can be formed with just one Air Base Extension. However, if an Air device is receiving a signal that has been repeated by two other Air devices in succession, it can be weak and might be delayed. For this reason we recommend using an additonal Air Base Extension for large installs. To see how many times a signal has been repeated to reach a device, you can check the number of “hops” in the Device Status section in Loxone Config under “hops”.

Range Limitations

Simply put, if you have a lot of walls, the range of the signal will suffer.

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