PHC Binding

This binding allows you to integrate modules(at the Moment AM, EM and JRM) of PHC, without the PHC control (STM), in openHAB.

The serial protocol is mainly extracted, with thanks to the developers from the projects PHCtoUDP and OpenHC.


The Bridge manages the communication between the things and the modules via a serial port (RS485). It represents the STM. At the Moment you can only use one Bridge (like one STM).


Serial Port: Type the serial port of the RS485 adaptor, e.g. COM3 (Windows) or /dev/ttyUSB0 (Linux).

Serial Communication

The binding was tested with QinHeng Electronics HL-340 USB-Serial adapter (RS485) and the Digitus DA-70157 (FTDI/FT323RL) on Raspbian Ubilinux (Up Board) and Windows 10:

Device/OS adaptor result
Windows 10 HL-340 ok
FTDI good
Raspberry Pi 3B/Jessie HL-340 not reliable
FTDI doesn´t work
on board bad
Up Board/ubilinux(Jessie) HL-340 not reliable

Sometimes it is a bit slowly and you have to switch two times for reaction, but all in all it works ok. I'm trying to get a faster solution for communication in the next few weeks.

For all devices running with Linux that use the ch341 driver (HL-340), the new version (ch34x) is needed. A guide how to install this can be found here: CH340/341 UART Driver for Raspberry Pi.

If you don´t have the same kernel as used in the guide you have to compile the module yourself. In the guide is described a specific way for the Raspberry Pi. With another Linux version you can go the normal way with linux-headers.

In Linux amongst others the user 'openhab' must be added to the group 'dialout': sudo usermod -a -G dialout openhab For more information read the installation guide.

Supported Things

  • AM module: This represents the AM module with 8 outgoing channels (relays).

  • EM module: This represents the EM module with 16 incoming (switches) and 8 outgoing (for a LED in the switch) channels.

  • JRM module: This represents the JRM module with 4 channels for Shutters.


Not implemented yet.

Thing Configuration

A thing accords with a module in the PHC software and the channels (with linked items) accord with the inputs and outputs. Please note, if you define the things manually (not in the UI) that the ThingID always have to be the address.


  • Address: Type the address of the module like the DIP switches (you can also find in the PHC software) of the module, e.g. 10110. (mandatory)

  • UpDownTime[1-4] (only JRM): (advanced) The time in seconds that the shutter needs to move up or down. The default, if no value is specified, is 30 seconds.


Thing Type Channel-Group Id Channels Item Type
AM am 00-07 Switch
EM em 00-15 Switch(read only)
EM emLed 00-07 Switch
JRM jrm 00-03 Rollershutter
JRM jrmT 00-03 Number

Channel UID: phc:<Thing Type>:<ThingID>:<Channel Group>#<Channel> e.g. phc:AM:01101:am#03

  • am: Outgoing switch channels (relay).
  • em: Incoming channels.
  • emLed: Outgoing switch channels e.g. for LEDs in light shutters.
  • jrm: Outgoing shutter channels.
  • jrmT: Time for shutter channels in seconds with an accuracy of 1/10 seconds. These channels are used instead of the configuration parameters. If you send the time via this channel, the Binding uses this time till you send another. After reboot the config parameter is used by default.

Full Example


Bridge phc:bridge:demo [port="/dev/ttyUSB0"]{
    // The ThingID have to be the address.
    Thing AM 10110 [address="01101"]
    Thing EM 00110 [address="00110"]
    Thing JRM 10111 [address="10111", upDownTime3="60", upDownTime4="20"]


//AM Module
Switch Switch_1 {channel="phc:AM:01101:am#00"}
Switch Switch_2 {channel="phc:AM:01101:am#01"}
Switch Switch_3 {channel="phc:AM:01101:am#02"}
Switch Switch_8 {channel="phc:AM:01101:am#07"}

//JRM Module
Rollershutter Shutter_1 {channel="phc:JRM:10111:jrm#00"}
Rollershutter Shutter_2 {channel="phc:JRM:10111:jrm#01"}
Rollershutter Shutter_3 {channel="phc:JRM:10111:jrm#02"}
Rollershutter Shutter_4 {channel="phc:JRM:10111:jrm#03"}

Number ShutterTime_1 {channel="phc:JRM:10111:jrmT#00"}

// EM Module
Switch InputLed_1 {channel="phc:EM:00110:emLed#03"}

Switch Input_1 {channel="phc:EM:00110:em#00"}
Switch Input_2 {channel="phc:EM:00110:em#01"}
Switch Input_3 {channel="phc:EM:00110:em#01"}
Switch Input_16 {channel="phc:EM:00110:em#15"}