Network Devices  

Developer: Jason's Plugins
Category: IP Communications
Github: Github Repo
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Plugin ID: com.heddings.indigo.netdev
Latest release: v2.4.1 released on Dec. 13, 2020 (this release is only compatible with Indigo 2022.2 and earlier)
Release downloaded: 1 times
Requires: Indigo v7.0.2 thru v2022.2
(Check the Releases tab below for older releases that may have different requirements)
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Represents devices on the network, such as computers or other connected devices.


Indigo Pro is required to get support for plugins. If you haven't tried Indigo and are interested in home automation, please give it a shot right away... You won't be disappointed!

To communicate with remote devices, this plugin depends on the ssh command locally. It must be executable by the user running the Indigo server to function properly.

Additionally, this plugin requires Indigo 7 or higher.


This plugin is installed like any other Indigo plugin. Visit the releases page and download the latest version. For advanced users, you may also clone the source tree directly into your Indigo plugins folder, making updates as easy as pull & reload.


After installing the first time, you will be prompted for the plugin configuration. You can also access the plugin config at any time from the Plugins menu in Indigo.

The "Refresh Interval" determines how often Indigo will poll your network devices for status (in seconds). This value should be something reasonable that your network and remote systems can tolerate. Note that some systems get unhappy if they are polled too often, which may result in blocking your IP address. Values for this option range from 1 to 3600 (1 hour) seconds.

Specifying the "Connection Timeout" establishes how long the plugin will wait for a remote system to respond before considering it unreachable. This value should be small enough to keep things responding quickly, but long enough to account for any network latencies or system performance variations.

Network Service

Network services are monitored by performing a basic check on the supplied port. This is usefuly to get a quick status for remote systems when the service itself is less important.

These device support status only.

Ping Status

Pings an address and reports 'Active' if it responds succesfully.

HTTP Status

Examine the HTTP status of a path and set device as OK or ERROR.

External IP

Querries ipify for the current external IP (either IPv4 or IPv6).

Local Devices

Uses the local ARP table to find devices on the network by their hardware or MAC address.

NOTE this device type depends on the arp command. You can see the active devices by running arp -a on your Indigo server to troubleshoot issues. Due to different network configurations and routers, some wireless devices may not be seen on a wired network. In this case, joining the wireless network on the Indigo server may help.

SSH Server

All SSH commands are authenticated using a shared keypair. This must be generated and available for the local Indigo user (typicall in the local user's .ssh folder). Here is a basic overview for setting up SSH keys.

When checking status, the SSH server will use a safe command (true by default) to determine whether the system is off or on. The exit code is also examined to ensure the command completed succesfully. This has a few interesting side effects, namely that this will ensure SSH is responding correctly and any errors running the command are seen as the device being "off."

SSH Devices may be turned off like an Indigo relay device. The advanced configuration in the device configuration allows the user to set a specific command to safely shut down as if running on the command line. Some devices, such as routers or other embedded linux servers, use the poweroff command rather than shutdown.

The "Username" property will be passed to the SSH client to authenticate on the remote system. If this is left blank, the Indigo server user will be used. For most applications, this value will be set to the super user account (e.g. "root") to enable shutting down the system from the command line.

NOTE once turned off, these devices must be turned on at the system.


Once devices are configured, their state may be monitored for triggers. Servers and devices that support Indigo's relay features may be acted upon as any other device.

Release details
Released on: Dec. 13, 2020
Requires: Indigo v7.0.2 thru v2022.2
Downloaded: 1 times 
Changes in this release
  • Removed IPv6 option due to API service being discontinued
  • Improved timeout error handling
Release details
Released on: July 22, 2020
Requires: Indigo v7.0.2 thru v2022.2
Downloaded: 0 times 
Changes in this release
  • Added External IP device
  • Many improvements for ARP table handling
  • Improved unit testing
  • Several upgrades to iPlug
  • Other refactoring for improved maintenance
Release details
Released on: May 3, 2018
Requires: Indigo v7.0.2 thru v2022.2
Downloaded: 0 times 
Changes in this release
  • Added user configuration for ARP cache timeout
  • Refactored common plugin code into iplug module
Release details
Released on: May 1, 2018
Requires: Indigo v7.0.2 thru v2022.2
Downloaded: 0 times 
Changes in this release
  • Fixed major bug in expiring old ARP devices
  • Removed unused device state
Release details
Released on: May 1, 2018
Requires: Indigo v7.0.2 thru v2022.2
Downloaded: 0 times 
Changes in this release
  • Added support for local devices using MAC address
  • Added new device states for improved monitoring (devices may need to be reconfigured)
  • Improvements in unit testing and overall error handling
  • Various refactoring and improvements to code organization
  • Updated API version to Indigo 7 & organized for Plugin Store
Release details
Released on: Jan. 1, 2017
Requires: Indigo v6.0.0 thru v2022.2
Changes in this release
  • Fixed a bug in initializing new plugin installations
  • Refactored server communication into separate clients
Release details
Released on: Dec. 31, 2016
Requires: Indigo v6.0.0 thru v2022.2
Changes in this release
  • Corrected default shutdown command for SSH Servers
  • Updated README for new devices