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How to Load a Configuration File to a Paradigm Architectural Control Processor (P-ACP) via web UI


After completing this how-to you will have loaded a configuration to a Paradigm Architectural Control Processor (P-ACP) via the processor's web user interface (UI). You may need to load a configuration because a change was made by an ETC Authorized Service Provider, because you have a loaner P-ACP installed from ETC Technical Services, or you had to replace your Compact Flash (CF) card.


Even if your P-ACP is part of a multi-processor system, or Paradigm Server system, uploading a config via a P-ACP's web UI is only intended to upload the configuration to a single processor: the one whose web UI you're accessing. This method cannot be used for sending configs to other P-ACPs or a P-CCS.


In a Server system it is recommended to upload configs to the entire system, or load the config via the network at the P-ACP's face panel. In a multi-processor non-Server system, you may have to upload the config to each P-ACP via their web UIs, or use the load from network option on a P-ACP's face panel.

NOTE: This functionality was added in Paradigm 5.0.1. If your P-ACP is running 4.2.x or lower, the Upload Project button does not exist.

First Step - Backing up Existing Config

Begin by backing up any configuration which may be in your processor. Please see our article on saving configurations here: How to save Config File from a Paradigm Architectural Control Processor (P-ACP).

This step can be skipped if you're loading the configuration to a loaner P-ACP, or if the CF card has been replaced, as either will not have a configuration to backup.

Second Step - Loading the new Config

  1. Make sure the config file (.pcf) is accessible on a computer which is connected to the lighting network, and in the same IP scheme as the other devices.
  2. Open an internet browser of choice, and navigate to the P-ACP's web UI by entering its IP address into the address bar.
    1. The default IP address for P-ACPs start at for non-Server systems, and for Server systems.
  3. Click the Menu button in the top left corner of the page, and choose Network from the menu.
  4. Click the Upload Project button.
  5. Click the Browse button, navigate to the .pcf file on your computer, and click Open.
  6. Confirm the proper file is show next to the Browse button, and click Upload.
  7. It may take several minutes to finish, but once the upload is completed the web UI should indicate that all devices are online and in sync.
    1. NOTE: In a multi-processor or Server system, processors may report Offline or Out of Sync. This means the config should be uploaded to the other processors as well.
  8. Test the system at your stations to confirm everything is functioning as expected.
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