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  • Hello everyone!
    I am beginning with BACnet4j project. I think it is a great project, so i am very glad with it.
    I am trying to read BACnet object values from my computer with a Java project. My code is:

    public class BACnetNetwork {
    	static LocalDevice lDevice;
    	static ResourceBundle resource = ResourceBundle.getBundle("resources/bacnet4j");
    	public BACnetNetwork(){}
    	public static void main(String args[]){
    	public static void initializeDevice(){
    			lDevice = new LocalDevice(17800, resource.getString("localDeviceIP"));
    			lDevice.getEventHandler().addListener(new Listener());
    			//System.out.println("Remote Devices..."+lDevice.get);
    			ReadPropertyRequest read = new ReadPropertyRequest(new ObjectIdentifier(ObjectType.analogInput, 243), PropertyIdentifier.presentValue);
    	        getObjectList(lDevice, resource.getString("deviceIP"), Integer.valueOf(resource.getString("port")), 17800);  
    		}catch(Exception e){
    			System.out.println("Error al inicializar "+e.getMessage());
    	public static void closeDevice(){
    		}catch(Exception e){
    	private static void getObjectList(LocalDevice localDevice, String ip, int port, int deviceId) throws Exception {  
            InetSocketAddress addr = new InetSocketAddress(InetAddress.getByName(ip), port);
            ReadPropertyRequest read = new ReadPropertyRequest(new ObjectIdentifier(ObjectType.device, deviceId), PropertyIdentifier.objectList);
            ReadPropertyAck ack = (ReadPropertyAck) localDevice.send(addr, null, 1476, Segmentation.segmentedBoth, read);
            System.out.println("IP: " + ip);
    		SequenceOf<ObjectIdentifier> oids = (SequenceOf<ObjectIdentifier>) ack.getValue();  
            for (ObjectIdentifier oid : oids) {
                System.out.println("    " + oid.getObjectType());  
    		PropertyIdentifier pids = (PropertyIdentifier) ack.getValue();  
            System.out.println("    " + pids);    
    	static class Listener extends DefaultDeviceEventListener {  
            public void iAmReceived(RemoteDevice d) {  
                System.out.println("I am received" + d);  

    However, when I run, the output shows:

        Device 17800
        Analog Input 0
        Multi-state Input 0
        Analog Input 1
        Trend Log 1
        Trend Log 2
        Trend Log 3
        File 0

    I have been studying a BACnet frame from Wireshark, but I do not see any value.

    How could I read values from a device?
    Thank you very much!!

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  • BACnet4J does not store present values for objects. You need to request them using ReadProperty or ReadPropertyMultiple requests, asking objects for their present value property.

  • @mlohbihler said:

    BACnet4J does not store present values for objects. You need to request them using ReadProperty or ReadPropertyMultiple requests, asking objects for their present value property.

    But in my code I am already using "ReadPropertyRequest". Another option is "ReadPropertyMultipleRequest"

  • The only property that you are reading is objectList.

  • @mlohbihler said:

    The only property that you are reading is objectList.

    Ok!! Thank you very much!! I solve the problem. So, do I need send a ReadPropertyRequest and a ReadPropertyAck for each property? I have tried with PropertyIdentifier.all, however it throws an Exception. If I send a request for each property I can see that property, but I think it could be a lot of load in BAcnet network...

  • Using the "all" identifier will often result in an exception because the content is too much to put into a single response. BACnet4J will try to compensate in come cases, but it doesn't always work out.

    You can ask for multiple properties with a ReadPropertyMultiple request, as long as your equipment supports it.

  • Hello, I am trying to figure out how to use bacnet4j and this thread is helpful however I am still stuck on the various IP addresses and ports used? Can you explain the difference between resource.getString("localDeviceIP"), resource.getString("deviceIP") and resource.getString("port")? Thanks in advance.