I have a kitchen light that can be controlled by two switches, using either to turn it off or on. I have been slowly changing things over to be a smart home but this is the first switch I am attempting to install.
I am in a double wide modular home (mobile) that was built in 1994.
At first I thought I would need a 3 way switch but when taking the normal switches apart I realized that was incorrect because the wiring on my switches are different than anything I could find online.
For one a 3 way smart switch requires 5 wires and there are only 2 wires going into the primary switch with 3 wires going into the secondary switch from the primary switch (at least I think the 3 wires connect the two switches together). Images will be attached of the wiring.
There are two wires (one black and one white) going into the first switch and 3 wires (black, white, and red) going out of that and into the second switch (I assume). The odd thing is the red wire going to the second switch is connected to the white wire going into the first switch and the white wire going into the second switch seems to be a bridge wire or a traveler wire. Not exactly sure. You will see what I mean in the images.
I need to know what kind of smart switch I can use in this set up with one remaining a normal switch.
Note that for some reason the images got switched around when uploading them. The image with 2 wires on one side and 3 on the other is what I think is the primary and the image with just 3 wires is the secondary.
You lot are more likely to have a view than most I know. Our much used Logitech Harmony is (not so) slowly dying.
And Logitech have discontinued the entire line.
And no one else appears to be making something similar.
Was going for a Sofabaton X1, but no numeric keypad. Sofabaton U1, but no favourites.
Anyone got suggestions?
Needs to have those features, oh and not be only a phone app.....
Since one member asked at one point about the "front end" and "back end", I drew this showing the controller from the base to the tip along with what I have found to be the best options from my testing. Almost every controller will try to integrate all elements, especially commercial ones but... they all have strengths and weaknesses so if one can have a medley of the best ones...
So, I think I'm in a bit of an unusual situation. I work at a camp & retreat center that has wifi throughout. I want to put a few switches in the office that can control outdoor lighting throughout the camp. We currently have switches in each of the buildings, but it is a particularly frustrating job to get all the lights on in the evening when it is brutally cold out or we are short staffed.
Most of our staff is not very tech savvy (my boss literally has his wife print out his emails for him each day!!!) so, I'd love to avoid having to set up any sort of raspberry pi or new phone app.
Is there type of 3-way switch that can connect to the wifi, turn on a light in another building AND turn on an indicator light in the office, without having any sort of wire running between the buildings? Hopefully looking for a simple solution without breaking the bank too.
I greatly appreciate any input that you can give. Thank you!
I have a X10 wall switch system and I want to get rid of it. What would be the easiest transition to something more modern and easy to use with either wifi/homekit capabilities? My current X10 controls 3 zones in my bedroom. All zones are dimmable.
Zone 1 is 4 canister ceiling lights. LED bulbs
Zone 2 is 1 canister ceiling lights. Halogen Bulb
Zone 3 is 1 canister ceiling lights. Halogen Bulb
I have an old plug-in remote from Radio Shack and a wall switch with 3 buttons, each controlling one zone. (images attached)
My wall switch has one two wires from the wall. One black, one white.
Is there any solution easy to install without the need of an electrician? Thanks for any feedback.
Good morning all,
I'm working on weaning myself off of being totally Vera dependent. I've installed MSR on my Fedora home server, and I've been migrating luup Reactor rules over little by little. My hope is to use Vera as a bare bones z-wave hub, until I replace it either with Ezlo (not so sure about), or perhaps Hubitat. I'm just tired of zero new development in Vera, empty promises of native device integration, and cloud services that go down and leave my automation hanging.
In any case, I digress. I've attempted to use Gcal3 on Vera to integrate Public calendars, such as Federal Holidays, School Calendars, etc. It use to somewhat work, but more often than not, all I get from Gcal3 is "token error code: HTTP/1.1 400 Bad Request". The developer no longer is active, and it's effectively not working anymore.
I'd like to use these public calendars as Entity Attributes or Constraints in MSR. For instance, if it's a Federal Holiday, I don't have to work, and I may want to sleep in, which means lights may not come on as early, window coverings in the bedrooms may open later in the day, etc. Similar idea with a school calendar. If "closed" is in the event, my daughter may want to sleep in, and not want the window coverings opened as early.
I'm aware that Ezlo has integration through NuCal to all sorts of web based services, including Google Calendar, but as I stated earlier, I'm undecided on going down that path. Is there anyway to do this on MSR through any of it's abilities, such as HTTP calls or MQTT ( not experienced in MQTT, so I don't know now it works really).
Has anybody already done this?
Thanks for any advice in advance.
Ezlo to openLuup to Homebridge
@mrFarmer I'm trying to add my Ezlo devices to Homebridge via openLupp Ezlobridge using the Vera plugin for Homebridge.
Do you or anyone else know why they are ignored. My devices provisioned by Verabridge is visible in Homebridge but not those from Ezlobridge.
I assume the devices from the Elzo show on openLuup, right? Then it is a question for the HomeBridge why it is not picking up those devices. Maybe there is some check build the HomeBridge plugin. I do not use HomeBridge.
Yes, everything works perfect in openLuup, great plugin!
I'll dig deeper into the Homebridge plugin or hoping someone smarter than me had the same problem
It was as simple as missing category_num's for the bridged Ezlo devices.
@mrFarmer category_num is not persistent on Luup reload, is this a bridge or openLuup behavior?
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This is very odd. My category_num are persistent. So I a must assume that it is a bridge behavior? I have not seen this on the z-way bridge. What do they reset to?
@rafale77 They are resetting to empty.
My virtual HTTP devices are persistent so I’m guessing a bridge issue.
Hi @Crille ,
There was a discussion on the category_num attribute not getting set by openLuup when a device is created. I thought that got changed some releases back. However, just as you I see that the category_num gets wiped after a reload. The VeraBridge does not look to have that problem, so it must indeed be something I do different. I will have a look.
Found the issue. Fixed version 2.2 is in the ALTUI App store.
@mrfarmer Thank you very much!
@mrfarmer The changed category_num seems to be overwritten with what the plugin gets from the Ezlo controller?
So if I want to change a dimmable light to a switch, category_num 3 (reason: bad integration on Ezlo side) instead of 2 it's overwritten back to 2 on reload. Is it possible to make it respect the custom category_num?
Yes, it is now using the value based on a mapping table. To keep a changed value I would have to make some changes yes. I will let you know.
Can you try with the V2.3 release?
@mrfarmer Yep, that seems to do the trick. Thank you!
Another issue is that Humidity sensors show NaN %
AltUi or bridge issue?
Edit: I guess it's because the device has the variable "Humidity" instead of "CurrentLevel"?
Yes, that was it. V2.4 has a fix