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  • Third Reality Zigbee Temperature & Humidity Sensor - Works with SmartThings!

    In today’s episode I am showcasing the Third Reality Temperature & Humidity Sensor. This innovative sensor is yet another device in ever growing line of Third Reality Zigbee sensors that impresses me with its performance and affordability. Third Reality makes a whole line of smart devices to include a button, blind, leak sensor, motion sensor and contact sensor, all of which I have featured on this platform. Like to the other Third Reality sensors previously reviewed, this device is conveniently powered by two standard AAA batteries. The batteries are supplied by Third Reality. This device also functions with the Zigbee protocol, which is easy on power consumption. As a result these batteries are rated last up to one year under normal conditions. This sensor’s wireless and compact design permits you to easily mount it anywhere. It comes with magnetic adhesive strips which allow you mount it on an appliance or any wall surface. The back of the sensor has a recessed area which matches the shape and thickness of the provided magnet. This recessed area ensures that the sensor will flush mount on any metal surface. There is a small button on the side of the sensor. At first I thought that this button was for a lighted display. Actually the button toggles the temperature reading between Fahrenheit and Celsius. The sensor is also equipped with a retractable stand if you prefer to stand it on a flat surface. This pull out stand is very delicate and will easily detach from the device if you do not handle it carefully. This issue has been reported to Third Reality and they are considering design modifications for the device. If you stand does detach, it is very easy to snap the bracket back in place. UPDATE: The stand issue has been resolved in Third Reality's revised Sensor. Nice Improvement!! Thanks Third Reality!! Because this device uses the Zigbee protocol, a compatible ZigBee capable hub is required. Compatible hubs include the SmartThings version 2 and 3 hubs, the Aeotec-SmartThings hub, Habitat, Home Assistant, ZigBee capable Alexa devices and the Third Reality Smart Hub. The sensor is native to SmartThings so it is very easy to install. To pair the device just select ‘Add a Device’ and then select ‘Scan for nearby devices’. Pull the plastic battery isolator tab from the battery compartment to begin pairing the device. When the SmartThings device discovers your device it will display as “ThirdReality Thermal & Humidity Sensor”. When opening the device settings within the SmartThings App you will see the Temperature and Humidity readings. The Humidity reading has a colored display which gives you a visual depiction of the humidity’s status. Both the Temperature and Humidity can be offset under the device settings by tapping on the three dots in the upper left and selecting ‘Settings’ in the dropdown list. The ST App device status screen also provides a numerical display of the battery’s percentage level as well as a visual display of the battery’s status. I have been using this sensor in our bathroom for a couple of months now. I use the sensor in a SmartThings routine to control my shower exhaust fan/light according to the humidity level in our bathroom. My routine turns on my fan/light when the humidity level in the bathroom equals or exceeds 60%. It also turns off my shower fan/light once the humidity level drops under 60%. The sensor has performed reliably. I haven’t had to deal with a steamed up mirror ever since I deployed this device. The Third Reality Temperature & Humidity Sensor is a great device to add to your SmartThings home. Since is it reports both Temperature & Humidity there are countless applications for this device. Be sure to check out this a many other SmartThings compatible devices in my Amazon Store. Until the next Bud’s Smart Home episode, keep automating and God Bless! Product Links: THIRDREALITY Zigbee Temp & Humidity Sensor Third Reality Store

  • How to Install SmartThings Edge Drivers For the Dome Siren

    Today I am going to give you the steps I took to replace my Dome Siren Custom Device Type Handler (DTH) with the official Dome Edge Driver. To enroll in the Dome Edge Driver, your first step is to remove the installed Dome Custom DTH from your SmartThings Account. However, before deleting the Dome Siren, be sure to review the steps below to preserve your routines that are associated with the device. While in your SmartThings App, click on your Dome Siren device and then click on the word 'Routines' at the bottom of the device screen. Go into every routine that is using the Dome Siren and add a temporary dummy device to hold the place of the current Dome Siren device. Note: Replacing the Dome Siren with a temporary device in your routines ensures that your routines are not erased when you delete your Dome Siren. Once you taken steps to preserve your Dome routines, click on the ellipsis in the upper right hand corner of your screen and select "Edit" from the dropdown list. You will then click on the word delete at the bottom of the device page to delete the Dome Siren from SmartThings. Since the Dome Siren is a Z-Wave Device, the SmartThings app should begin the Z-Wave Exclusion Utility when you delete your Dome Siren. Once the exclusion process begins, tap the pairing button on the rear of the siren three times and the siren’s lights will begin to flash. You may need to do this a couple of times to exclude the device. Assuming you previously installed a Custom Device Handler for the Dome Siren then you will need to remove it from your SmartThings Account. If you have not installed a Custom Device Handler then you may skip this step. To remove the Dome Custom Device Handler, log into your SmartThings Account and once in the Groovy IDE, select the “My Device Handlers” tab. Next, find the Dome Custom DTH in the list and then click on the “device properties” button on the far left of the installed handler. Once the properties screen loads, you will scroll down to the bottom and click on the delete button. Once the Dome Siren Custom Device Handler is deleted you are now ready to install the Custom Dome Edge Driver. To install the driver click on the Dome Channel link provided in the steps below. The link is titled, “Dome Edge Driver Invitation”. Now click on ‘Enroll’ to accept and enroll your hub in the driver channel. Next you need to click on “Available Drivers” and select “Install” to install the Dome Driver. Note that you are be able to verify all installed drivers by going to your app, click on your Hub icon, select the ellipsis in the upper right-hand corner of your screen and click on the word “Driver” in the dropdown list. You should be able to view your newly enrolled Dome Driver within your installed edge driver list. With the Dome driver enrolled, you can now reinstall the Dome Siren via your ST App. Just select the "+" sign to Add a device and then Scan for nearby devices. You must tap the button on the back of the device three times to begin device paring. Your app will seek and install the Dome Edge Driver. Once the ST App discovers your Dome Siren, you may then click on the device to open the device screen. Then click on the ellipsis to confirm that the dropdown list now contains the word "Driver". You may also confirm that your device is Edge Driver enabled by opening your Groovy IDE. Under the “My Devices” tab, you will see that the Dome Siren’s “Type” is listed a "placeholder". Devices listed with a type of placeholder have already been converted to an Edge Driver within your account. Steps for Adding Edge Drivers to the Dome Siren If you are using a custom Groovy handler for the Dome Siren, before you begin to install the Edge Driver you must to remove the Dome Siren Custom Device Handler (CDH) to prevent SmartThings from assigning it to the device instead of the driver. You will be unable to remove the Dome Siren custom device handler if the Dome Siren device is installed in your SmartThings App and being used within some of the routines that are contained in your SmartThings App. Before deleting your Dome Siren from your SmartThings App, you will want to take a few extra steps to preserve the routines that you wrote to control your Dome Siren. While in your SmartThings App, click on your Dome Siren device and then click on the word 'Routines' at the bottom of the device screen. Go into every routine that is using the Dome Siren and add a temporary dummy device to hold the place of the current Dome Siren device. Note: Replacing the Dome Siren with a temporary device in your routines ensures that your routines are not erased when you delete your Dome Siren. Delete your Dome Siren from the SmartThings App. Once the Dome Siren is deleted you should be directed by SmartThings into the Z-Wave Exclusion Utility so that you may exclude the Dome Siren from your Z-Wave network. To exclude your Dome from your ST Hub, tap the button on the back of the device three times and the device will begin to flash. (You may need to do this a couple of times to exclude the device). Once you Dome Siren is confirmed as excluded from the SmartThings App, go back in to your SmartThings Account and click on the My Device Handlers tab. Find your Dome Custom Device Handler and delete it. If you have difficulty with any of the steps with the removal of the Dome Siren just watch the following video segments: 09:31 Adding the Edge Driver for the Dome Siren 11:03 Using the Z-Wave Exclusion Utility to Exclude the Dome Siren 12:37 Accepting the Dome Siren Edge Driver Channel Invitation Once the Dome Custom Device Handler is removed, click on the link to join the Dome Edge Driver Channel Invitation Select 'Enroll'. Click on “Available Drivers” and select “Install” to install the Dome Driver. Add your device back into SmartThings selecting the "+" to Add A Device and then click on Scan Nearby Devices. Tap the pairing button on the back of the Dome three times and the device should begin to flash. Once the SmartThings App discovers your Dome Siren, click on your device, you can verify the installed driver by going to your app, click on the ellipsis in the upper right-hand corner of your screen and verify that the word “Driver” is contained in the dropdown list. To finish up, add the Dome Siren back into your routines and remove the “dummy device” Also remember that if you are using third party apps like SharpTools, you will need to re-add the device and grant permission for the app to use your reinstalled device. And finally, if your device was used in your STHM, you will need to go in and add your device in there as well. That’s it, you now have the basic steps and the resources to begin to find and install Edge Drivers. If you found this video helpful be sure to give it a like. Doing so greatly helps my site. And as always, keep automating and God Bless.

  • How to Add an Edge Virtual Presence or Contact Sensor

    To set up a virtual contact sensor or a virtual presence sensor use TAustin's vEdge Creator, (a virtual device generator for end users). The SmartThings Community page provides information and tips for installing the vEdge Creator utility. It can be sourced via the SmartThings vEdge Creator link To setup the vEdge Creator utility take the following steps: Once in the specified SmartThings Community web page, click on the channel invitation link to select the driver and download it to your SmartThings hub. You will be required to sign into your Samsung SmartThings Account after clicking on the channel invitation link. You must then click ‘Accept’ to confirm your acceptance of the Channel invitation. After accepting the channel invitation, choose your target hub and select 'Enroll'. Next, click on “Available Drivers” and then select “Install” to download the “vEdge Creator V2.5” to your SmartThings or Aeotec hub. Once the driver has been installed to your hub, go to your SmartThings mobile app and select Add device and then "Scan for nearby devices". This will result in the creation of a new device called vEdge Creator V2.5 to be found in your "No Room Assigned" room. Open the new creator device to the device control screen. Set the quantity of devices you want to create of a given type. Then select the device type and your device(s) will be created in your “No room assigned” room. To create Virtual Presence Sensors select “Presence Sensor” from the list. To create Virtual Contact Sensors select “Contact Sensor” from the list. As mentioned above, both of the aforementioned sensors will be discovered by your Alexa App assuming that you have Alexa connected to SmartThings and designated as your connected voice assistant. With Alexa set-up as your SmartThings “voice assistant”, any status change in your virtual switch will be reflected in the mirrored switch within the Alexa App. The switch can therefore be used as a routine trigger to perform certain actions. As an example, if a SmartThings member arrives home, the virtual contact switch could be turned on within a SmartThings routine and that change in the switch will be seen in the Alexa routine to trigger any sort of action, such as instruct Alexa to announce a personal greeting on a echo device to welcome the member home with a personal message. Remember to visit Bud's Smart Home Amazon Store for smart home devices which are compatible with the new Samsung SmartThings Lua architecture. If this information helped you consider buying me a coffee. PayPal Link Below!

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