Using Upstart Software


This article will cover some general tips and guidelines for using Upstart software in conjunction with HLC, whether using lighting products (HLC or 3rd party UPB) or the "HAI Lighting Control" scheme.  The intent is to provide information on the most commonly used features, as they relate to Leviton automation control.  For a more complete understanding or advanced use of the software, you should refer to the Upstart User Guide.


Switches - HLC or 3rd party UPB that have already been installed

UPB Powerline Interface Module (PIM)

36A05-2 PIM-to-PC Converter (optional) - not required if using non-Leviton PIM


USB-to-Serial Converter (optional) - required if computer does not have a serial port.

Upstart Software




  1. Plug the PIM into an electrical outlet.


  1. Connect the PIM to the PC.
    1. NOTE 1: When using the Leviton PIM, you would use the 36A05-2 for this connection.
    2. NOTE 2: If a "USB-to-Serial" converter is required, Leviton recommends the KeySpan model USA-19H.


  1. Start the Upstart software - the software will open and immediately present you with a dialogue box, with the following four options:


    1. Open an existing network file - this option would be used if you have pre-existing files.
    2. Create a new network file starting with choosing a network id and password - this option would be used when you are creating the network for a stand-a-lone application or programming 3rd party UPB devices.
    3. Create a new network file that already matches an already installed network - this option would be used when you already have a network created.  If you are using a Leviton automation controller and have already installed/setup your lighting, this would be the best option.
    4. Use UPStart on my own - exactly as stated.  Refer to the User Guide for more details.


  1. PIM Check - after the selection above, the software will perform a search/check for the PIM.  Upon first use, it is possible to receive an error stating the PIM could not be found.  This occurs when either the Com Port selected for the PIM (default is Com 1) does not match the Com Port on the computer, or when the Com Port selected is already in use by another software application.  PC Access software running (if used) can often the problem.  If encountered, perform the following:


    1. OK the error.
    2. Click on Tools, select UPB Interface Device, and then Select.
    3. Set the Interface type (Leviton PIM would be Powerline Interface module) and Com Port.
    4. Click on OK - the PIM should be recognized now.
    5. Close and restart the software.


  1. Based on your initial application choice, you will perform the following to see/find your UPB devices - if you chose:


    1. Open an existing network file - with this option, all of the switches that are in that file will be displayed.
    2. Create a new network file starting with choosing a network id and password - you will be presented with a screen to input the Network Name, Network ID, and Password.  After setting these parameters and clicking on OK, you can begin adding devices by clicking on Add and selecting Device.
    3. Create a new network file that already matches an already installed network - this selection will deliver a "Load Existing Network" dialogue.  Simply put any UPB device in setup mode (according to the device instructions) and click on OK - the software will now find and read all devices into the file.


  1. After all switches have been found or added, you can access the properties of each device by "double-clicking" on the device.  The most commonly used features are:


    1. ID Tab - shows the Network, Room, and device names, as well as ID and device type.
    2. Receive Components Tab - shows what links are already learned, along with their attributes.  This also where you can add links for more enhanced lighting control.
    3. Transmit Components Tab - shows information about what links are transmitted, along with their attributes.  When working with an already established network, these settings should not be changed without advanced knowledge.
    4. Options Tab - allows control of LED, default Fade Rate, and Dimming (enable or not enabled) Configured Top Rocker Switch Action and Bottom Rocker Switch Action (adjust light levels and fade rates).
    5. Test Tab - allows you to test the attributes of the device.
    6. Communications Test Tab - allows you to test for signal strength and noise at the device and PIM.
    7. Read Device Button - copies device information into the file.
    8. Program Device Button - copies programming from file into device.
    9. Open Link Name Table Button - this button is on both the "Receive Components" and "Transmit Components" tabs.  This allows you to add, activate, and deactivate links.