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Software for controlling the BitFenix(R) Recon
(C) 2012 by Craig Robbins and Christopher Ferris
Bringer of Favourable Winds
"I am going to unexplored regions, to "the land of mist and snow," but
I shall kill no albatross; therefore do not be alarmed for my safety or
if I should come back to you as worn and woeful as the 'Ancient
- Frankenstein or The Modern Prometheus, Mary Shelley
Phoebetria lets you take control of your BitFenix Recon fan controller
on more operating systems than the official software from BitFenix(R).
It offers all of the same features as the official software, with the
exception of remote access, and has been tested on Windows, Linux, and
The current plan is that future releases will add functionality and
control that the official software does not provide -- giving you even
more control over your fans.
Ancient sailors often regarded the albatross as a bringer of luck or
favourable winds. The genus that the albatross belong to is Phoebetria.
First, the primary aim of Phoebetria is to provide at least the same
functionality that the OEM software for the BitFenix Recon provides. The
exception to this is remote control, however this is planned for a
future release. The second aim is to provide features not available in
the official software. Examples of this second aim are software
controlled "auto" mode, logging, and much more. These extended features
shall be added to Phoebetria once the software matures and provides the
same features that the OEM software provides (the "baseline").
As of Version 1.1.1 all features of the BitFenix Recon are supported.
The software runs as a normal, native application, in contrast to the
OEM software which is a web application that gets its data via a
Phoebetria is cross-platform. At this stage, Windows, Linux and OS X are
the targeted platforms although the software may compile and be
functional on other Unix-like operating systems such as BSD.
The authors of Phoebetria are probably just like you. We own the
BitFenix Recon and want to coax as much from the fan controller as
possible. We like hardware. We like to have fun. We like to experiment.
Phoebetria is not (currently) endorsed by BitFenix. That said, we believe
that Phoebetria is at least as good as the "official" software and that
it unlocks the BitFenix Recon to allow the hardware to be used to its
We thank BitFenix for supplying hardware to use for testing; Versions 1.2.0
onwards have benefited from their generosity.
We hope you enjoy Phoebetria as much as we have enjoyed developing it!
Please post bug reports, comments and suggestions to the sourceforge
Comments and discussion: https://sourceforge.net/p/phoebetria/discussion/
Bug reports: https://sourceforge.net/p/phoebetria/tickets/
The best way to contact us is via sourceforge:
Copyright © 2012 by Craig Robbins and Christopher Ferris.
This program is free software: you can redistribute it and/or modify it
under the terms of the GNU General Public License as published by the
Free Software Foundation, either version 3 of the License, or (at your
option) any later version.
This program is distributed in the hope that it will be useful, but
WITHOUT ANY WARRANTY; without even the implied warranty of
MERCHANTABILITY or FITNESS FOR A PARTICULAR PURPOSE. See the GNU General
Public License for more details.
You should have received a copy of the GNU General Public License along
with this program. If not, see http://www.gnu.org/licenses/.
Last revised: 20120906