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Switch Class

Defines the ISwitchV2 Interface
Inheritance Hierarchy

Namespace:  ASCOM.DriverAccess
Assembly:  ASCOM.DriverAccess (in ASCOM.DriverAccess.dll) Version: 3c9121baba46811fe6e53a58a05935662261416d
public class Switch : AscomDriver, ISwitchV2

The Switch type exposes the following members.

Public methodSwitch
Creates a Switch object with the given Prog ID
Public propertyConnected
Set True to connect to the device hardware. Set False to disconnect from the device hardware. You can also read the property to check whether it is connected. This reports the current hardware state.
(Inherited from AscomDriver.)
Public propertyDescription
Returns a description of the device, such as manufacturer and modelnumber. Any ASCII characters may be used.
(Inherited from AscomDriver.)
Public propertyDriverInfo
Descriptive and version information about this ASCOM driver.
(Inherited from AscomDriver.)
Public propertyDriverVersion
A string containing only the major and minor version of the driver.
(Inherited from AscomDriver.)
Public propertyInterfaceVersion
The interface version number that this device supports.
(Inherited from AscomDriver.)
Public propertyMaxSwitch
Return the number of switch devices managed by this driver
Public propertyName
The short name of the driver, for display purposes
(Inherited from AscomDriver.)
Public propertySupportedActions
Returns the list of custom action names supported by this driver.
(Inherited from AscomDriver.)
Public methodAction
Invokes the specified device-specific custom action.
(Inherited from AscomDriver.)
Public methodCanWrite
Reports if the specified switch device can be written to, default true. This is false if the device cannot be written to, for example a limit switch or a sensor.
Public methodStatic memberChoose
Brings up the ASCOM Chooser Dialog to choose a Switch
Public methodCommandBlind
Transmits an arbitrary string to the device and does not wait for a response. Optionally, protocol framing characters may be added to the string before transmission.
(Inherited from AscomDriver.)
Public methodCommandBool
Transmits an arbitrary string to the device and waits for a boolean response. Optionally, protocol framing characters may be added to the string before transmission.
(Inherited from AscomDriver.)
Public methodCommandString
Transmits an arbitrary string to the device and waits for a string response. Optionally, protocol framing characters may be added to the string before transmission.
(Inherited from AscomDriver.)
Public methodDispose
Releases the unmanaged late bound COM object
(Inherited from AscomDriver.)
Public methodGetSwitch
Return the state of switch device id as a boolean.
Public methodGetSwitchDescription
Gets the description of the specified switch device. This is to allow a fuller description of the device to be returned, for example for a tool tip.
Public methodGetSwitchName
Return the name of switch device n. This method is mandatory.
Public methodGetSwitchValue
Returns the value for switch device id as a double.
Public methodMaxSwitchValue
Returns the maximum value for this switch device, this must be greater than MinSwitchValue(Int16).
Public methodMinSwitchValue
Returns the minimum value for this switch device, this must be less than MaxSwitchValue(Int16).
Public methodSetSwitch
Sets a switch controller device to the specified state If the device cannot be set then throws a MethodNotImplementedException.
Public methodSetSwitchName
Sets a switch device name to a specified value. If the device name cannot be set by the application this must return the MethodNotImplementedException .
Public methodSetSwitchValue
Set the value for this device as a double. If the switch cannot be set then throws a MethodNotImplementedException. If the value is not between the MaxSwitchValue(Int16) and MinSwitchValue(Int16) then throws an InvalidValueException.
Public methodSetupDialog
Launches a configuration dialog box for the driver. The call will not return until the user clicks OK or cancel manually.
(Inherited from AscomDriver.)
Public methodSwitchStep
Returns the step size that this device supports. This gives the difference between successive values of the device.

The Switch interface is used to define a number of 'switch devices'. A switch device can be used to control something, such as a power switch or may be used to sense the state of something, such as a limit switch.

This SwitchV2 interface is an extension of the original Switch interface. The changes allow devices to have more than two states and to distinguish between devices that are writable and those that are read only.

Compatibility between Switch and SwitchV2 interfaces:

  • Switch devices that implemented the original Switch interface and client applications that use the original interface will still work together.
  • Client applications that implement the original Switch interface should still work with drivers that implement the new interface.
  • Client applications that use the new features in this interface will not work with drivers that do not implement the new interface.

Each device has a CanWrite method, this is true if it can be written to or false if the device can only be read.

The new MinSwitchValue, MaxSwitchValue and SwitchStep methods are used to define the range and values that a device can handle. This also defines the number of different values - states - that a device can have, from two for a traditional on-off switch, through those with a small number of states to those which have many states.

The SetSwitchValue and GetSwitchValue methods are used to set and get the value of a device as a double.

There is no fundamental difference between devices with different numbers of states.

Naming Conventions

Each device handled by a Switch is known as a device or switch device for general cases, a controller device if it can alter the state of the device and a sensor device if it can only be read.

For convenience devices are referred to as Boolean if the device can only have two states, and multi-state if it can have more than two values. These are treated the same in the interface definition.

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