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  • The Newly Released Third Reality Zigbee Vibration Sensor

    INTRODUCTION We recently received a notice from Third Reality that they've just unveiled their latest innovation - the Third Reality Zigbee Vibration Sensor! This cutting-edge device is compatible with SmartThings, Alexa, Hubitat, Home Assistant and the Third Reality Hub. It comes packed with amazing features that we can't wait to explore. Let's get started! SETUP Now, to get this little powerhouse up and running, we need to install the Custom Edge Driver from Third Reality. To do that, follow these simple steps: 1. Click on the following SmartThings Beta Driver Channel Invitation link 2. Log in to your SmartThings Account. 3. Click on "Enroll," then navigate to "Available Drivers". Select "Zigbee Contact" and tap "Install" to add this custom driver. PAIRING With the Custom Edge Driver installed, it's time to pair the Third Reality Zigbee Vibration Sensor with your SmartThings hub. Open the SmartThings app on your smartphone, and then select "Scan for Nearby Devices." The app will guide you through the pairing process, and in no time, your sensor will be connected and ready to go. FEATURES Now, let's talk about the exciting features of this Zigbee Vibration Sensor. First off, it boasts a loud beeping sound that is triggered by vibrations, making it perfect for detecting any unwanted movements around your home. But here's the best part - you can disable the beeping sound if needed, thanks to a convenient circuit board switch. This way, you can use the sensor discreetly in certain situations without causing any unnecessary attention. Moreover, the Third Reality Vibration Sensor comes equipped with two toggle switches that allow you to set the vibration sensitivity levels. Depending on your preference and the specific area you want to monitor, you can adjust the sensitivity to one of the following levels: 1/1 = Low 1/0 = Medium 0/1 = High 0/0 = Very High This level of customization ensures that you get the most accurate and reliable detection results, tailored to your specific needs. SMARTTHINGS APP INTEGRATION For those of you wondering about the integration with the SmartThings app, here's a quick overview. Once you've paired the sensor, you'll find it beautifully displayed within the SmartThings app (for both Android and iOS). It's straightforward to manage and monitor the device from the app, giving you real-time data on vibrations and activities around your home. SENSOR APPLICATIONS The Third Reality Zigbee Vibration Sensor is a versatile device with numerous practical uses. Here are some great applications: Window Glass Security: Attach the sensor to windows and receive instant alerts on your smartphone whenever vibrations are detected, providing an added layer of security against potential break-ins. Gun Safe Security: Place the sensor on your gun safe to get notified of any unauthorized access attempts or tampering, ensuring the safety of your firearms. Money or Valuables Safe: Protect your valuables by placing the sensor on the safe, allowing you to know if anyone attempts to open or move it without your knowledge. Door Security: Use the sensor on doors to detect any forced entry attempts, enhancing the security of your home or office. Pet Monitoring: Attach the sensor to pet doors or areas to monitor your furry friends' movements and ensure their safety and well-being. Drawer or Cabinet Security: Place the sensor on drawers or cabinets containing sensitive items, receiving alerts if someone tries to access them without permission. Vehicle Security: Use the sensor in your car or motorcycle to detect any unauthorized access or tampering, providing an extra layer of protection against theft. Mailbox Monitoring: Attach the sensor to your mailbox to receive notifications when mail or packages are delivered, ensuring you never miss a delivery. Child Safety: Place the sensor on doors or windows to be alerted if a child attempts to leave or enter restricted areas. Elderly Care: Utilize the sensor to monitor the movement of elderly family members, helping ensure their safety and well-being. Remember, the Third Reality Zigbee Vibration Sensor's flexibility in adjusting sensitivity levels and disabling the beeping sound makes it perfect for various practical security and monitoring applications in your smart home setup. CONCLUSION The Third Reality Zigbee Vibration Sensor is a must-have addition to any smart home security setup. Its powerful vibration detection capabilities, coupled with the flexibility to adjust sensitivity levels and disable the beeping sound, make it a top-notch security device. If you found this article helpful, please consider buying me a coffee? You may do so by tapping on the PayPal-Me button below. Shop the Third Reality Amazon Store:

  • Zemismart WiFi Matter LED Recessed Ceiling Light

    Introduction: Welcome to our review of the Smart WiFi Recessed Lighting by Zemismart, also marketed as Benexmart on Amazon. This RGB smart LED downlight offers great flexibility and functionality. It is compatible with all Matter-enabled hubs such as SmartThings, Google Home, Apple HomeKit, and Alexa. It is offered in three size options, a nine watt two and a half inch light, a twelve watt three and a half inch light and a fifteen watt four inch light. These smart recessed downlights are designed to elevate your lighting experience. Mounting the Light: Installing the Smart WiFi Recessed Lighting is a breeze. I mounted my light by using the supplied cardboard template to mark the location on my ceiling. As a Pro Tip, when selecting a location for your light, use a stud finder to ensure there are no ceiling trusses directly behind the intended mounting location. Then make a precise cut using a drywall saw or jig saw. Connecting to SmartThings Aeotec or V3 Hub: Setting up this light with SmartThings is a straightforward process. For SmartThings version three or the SmartThings Aeotec hubs, open the SmartThings app and tap "Scan nearby devices.” And then follow the steps in the app to connect your matter device. Once connected, the Zemismart light will change from bright white to a warm yellow color signifying a successful connection. Connecting to SmartThings V2 Hub: If you are SmartThings version two hub user, you should be aware that the v2 hub is a matter controller but it does not have a built in Thread Border Router. You therefore need to purchase a device containing a thread Border Router to establish a thread network. I am using a fourth generation Echo smart speaker as my Thread Border Router. Matter devices are connected to my thread network via the Amazon App. Once connected you may then use the Amazon app to generate a Matter code. The matter code can then be used within your SmartThings app to discover the matter device. The process for connecting matter devices to the SmartThings V2 hub is fully demonstrated my prior YouTube video titled, “Adding a Matter Device to the V2 SmartThings Hub”. I encourage you to watch this video for a detailed review of the paring process. Usage Recommendation: When making a purchase decision, consider the specific use case for this smart light. I recommend using smart lights in areas like walking closets or pantries where no existing lights or light switches are present. You will also need to ensure that mains power is accessible for direct wiring the light. It is not ideal to use this light with a manual light switch. If the light switch is turned off, the light will go offline, and you won't be able to control it through your hub. Instead, it's better to control this light using routines triggered by a door contact sensor or a motion sensor. Also, if you have multiple light fixtures controlled by a single light switch, it is more cost effective to make them smart by installing a single smart switch rather than purchasing multiple smart bulbs. Final Thoughts & Recommendations: If you are looking for a Matter certified bulb that offers RGB control, allowing you to adjust color, brightness, and color temperature, Smart Recessed Lighting by Zemismart is a fantastic choice. It provides excellent color quality and is easy to mount using the provided template. For optimal performance, connect the light directly to mains power and control it using a sensor, rather than relying on a manual light switch that could accidentally be turned off, disabling your ability to control the light. Remember, making informed decisions based on your specific requirements is crucial when investing in smart lighting solutions. Product and Information Links: Zemismart LED Amazon Affiliate Link Benexmart Store Zemismart LED Affiliate Link Matter controllers with built-in Thread border routers

  • SmartThings Edge Driver Instructions for Zooz 4-IN-1 SENSOR 700 (ZSE40 VER. 2.0)

    This compact device detects and reports motion, temperature, humidity, and light level to your smart home app. The included CR123A battery makes the sensor lasts much longer than any previous version. Updated motion detection allows you to get even quicker activity reports. The Z-Wave chip provides better performance. Choose from 7 levels of motion sensitivity, adjust the motion clear delay time, and pick from 3 different LED indicator modes. This sensor is equipped with the latest S2 authenticated security and signal encryption. It's Z-Wave Plus 2 certified to ensure it complies with the highest industry standards. Supports SmartStart inclusion with a unique identifying PIN and QR code. Here are the technical details for the Z-Wave Plus 4-in-1 Sensor ZSE40: Z-Wave Signal Frequency: 908.42 MHz Power: 1 CR123A battery (included in the box) Z-Wave Range: Up to 100 feet line of sight Installation and Use: Indoor Only Operating Temperature: 5-104° F Dimensions: 2.25" x 2.25" x 1" Add your Smart ZSE40 to SmartThings in a few easy steps. You will need to install the custom lua Edge driver for your sensor to be correctly recognized on SmartThings. DEVICE ALREADY INCLUDED?: Drivers can be manually assigned to a device! If you already have the device included (installed) to SmartThings, first follow the instructions in the section below to install the driver, then go to the device page by clicking on the device tile > click the 3 dots in top corner > select Driver > select Different Driver in blue at the bottom of driver page > select the Zooz Multisensor driver. CUSTOM EDGE DRIVER INSTALLATION: Click on to the Zooz Channel invitation link here and log in with your Samsung / SmartThings account. Click Accept for Terms and Conditions. Select to Enroll your hub. If you're completing the process on a mobile device, you might see the screen load as if it were completing the request, but still show the Enroll button. Please try refreshing the screen, or going back a page, and then going to the enrollment page again - it should now show the Unenroll and Available Drivers options. Click the “Available Drivers” button. Scroll through the list and click the “Install” button for the Zooz Multisensor Driver. If you have multiple Zooz device models, you can install as many or all drivers if you'd like so that you don't have to repeat the process for other devices going forward. You won't need to install the driver for each device model if you have multiple of the same model. For example, if you have 3 x ZSE40 units, you only need to install the driver once and it will work for all 3. Wait a few minutes so that the updates are registered on your SmartThings hub. Join the device using the Scan QR Code method or the Scan for devices (manual inclusion) method or following the steps shown here. The device should be recognized as a Zooz Multisensor. Rename the device as needed and assign it to the room you want it in. To change the settings in the app: once the driver is installed and the device is included to your SmartThings network, click on the ZSE40 in your app and tap the 3 dots in the top right corner of the app. Then tap Settings. There you'll be able to customize your device. It's best to add your sensor from the target location to establish the best route from the hub on day one. Here's how to add your ZSE40 to SmartThings: Tap the plus icon in the home screen Tap Add device Tap "Scan QR code" Scan the QR code on the label printed on the back of your sensor If prompted to activate the device, please press and release the Z-Wave button TWICE quickly with a paperclip The app will indicate when the device connects Tap Edit to rename the device, and tap Done to save the name Tap Done to complete the setup Having issues including the sensor to SmartThings? You may need to reset it. The best way to approach this is through a Z-Wave exclusion from the SmartThings app (it works even if the sensor has never been added to SmartThings before): Tap on your hub in the home page of the app or on the device list Tap the three dots in the top right Tap Settings Tap Z-Wave Utilities Tap Z-Wave Exclusion While the app is searching for a device, press and release the Z-Wave button TWICE quickly with a paperclip The app will indicate when the device is successfully removed. Tap Done Helped by this article? Consider a small donation. Donations of any sum sincerely appreciated. Thanks! Find More Zooz and other SmartThings Compatible Smart Devices on my Amazon Store:

  • Amazon Prime Day Deals for your Smart Home - July 11th and 12th!

    Here is a list of awesome deals that you can take advantage of as an Amazon Prime Member. These are merely a sample of some the great deals. Check my Amazon Store for more! Product Name Reg Price Discount Deal $ Amazon Affiliate Link Aeotec SmartThings Smart Home Hub $134.99 -20% $107.99 https://amzn.to/43mxqwz Aeotec SmartThings Water Leak Sensor $38.99 -24% $29.59 https://amzn.to/44DqagH Aeotec SmartThings Multipurpose Sensor  $34.99 -20% $27.99 https://amzn.to/3PQAo9e Aeotec SmartThings Button $30.99 -20% $24.79 https://amzn.to/3D9hFhO Aeotec SmartThings Motion Sensor $42.99 -26% $31.99 https://amzn.to/44EgLFD Aeotec Wall Dimmer Switch, $47.99 -20% $38.39 https://amzn.to/46UNSam Aeotec Siren 6, Z-Wave Plus  $79.99 -20% $63.99 https://amzn.to/3pJf1Mx Zooz Z-Wave Remote & Scene Controller ZEN34  $28.95 -25% $21.71 https://amzn.to/3D99ORl Zooz S2 Double Switch ZEN30 Fan & Light Combo $39.95 -30% $27.96 https://amzn.to/43n5iJs Zooz Z-Wave Temperature | Humidity XS Sensor $32.95 -25% $24.71 https://amzn.to/3PPCBSm Ring Stick Up Cam Battery HD Security Camera $99.99 -40% $59.99 https://amzn.to/44vCpMm Ring Video Doorbell – 1080p HD video $99.99 -45% $54.99 https://amzn.to/44lDoyS Ring Video Doorbell Wired  $64.99 -46% $34.99 https://amzn.to/3pI2d9i Ring Floodlight Cam Wired  $199.99 -40% $119.99 https://amzn.to/3rnrhmu Ring Refurb Ring Alarm Contact Sensor (2 Pack) $33.99 -50% $16.99 https://amzn.to/3pQL794 Ring All-new Ring Indoor Cam (2nd Gen)  $59.99 -50% $29.99 https://amzn.to/3Y1DcCR Ring All-new Ring Battery Doorbell Plus  $179.99 -28% $129.99 https://amzn.to/3D9FvKs Ring Video Doorbell Wired with Ring Chime $79.99 -38% $49.99 https://amzn.to/3OaxBXx SONOFF S31 Lite Zigbee Smart Plug  $14.99 -22% $9.99 https://amzn.to/3rjxZtz SONOFF S31 Lite Zigbee Smart Plug (2-Pack) $22.99 -22% $17.99 https://amzn.to/3O9t73c SONOFF S31 Lite Zigbee Smart Plug (4-Pack) $39.99 -20% $31.99 https://amzn.to/44naJd0 SONOFF SNZB-03 ZigBee Motion Sensor (2-Pack) $32.99 -20% $26.39 https://amzn.to/3JUAybX Aqara Zigbee Smart Plug with Energy Monitoring $32.99 -24% $24.99 https://amzn.to/44pshVJ Aqara Indoor Air Quality Monitor $44.99 -30% $31.49 https://amzn.to/46JviBF Aqara Zigbee Temperature and Humidity Sensor $19.99 -25% $14.99 https://amzn.to/43sVCxq Aqara Wireless Mini Switch $17.99 -22% $13.99 https://amzn.to/44layP5 Aqara Motion Sensor P1 $21.99 -18% $17.99 https://amzn.to/3O8cmFD Aqara Hub M1S Gen 2 $55.99 -25% $41.99 https://amzn.to/3NGYzV4 Aqara Cube T1 Pro $22.99 -20% $18.39 https://amzn.to/3pI6l9i Aqara Water Leak Sensor $18.99 -21% $14.99 https://amzn.to/43fu3HG Aqara Motion Sensor $20.49 -22% $15.99 https://amzn.to/3Dauh8c Aqara Smart Curtain Motor E1 (Track Ver 1 Pack) $89.99 -20% $71.99 https://amzn.to/46JwvJd First Alert Z-Wave Smoke & CO Alarm $46.99 -30% $32.95 https://amzn.to/3O9vu66 Ecobee Smart Thermostat with Voice Control  $219.99 -23% $169.99 https://amzn.to/3pGZZqz EchoGear Wall Mount, White, Echo (4th Gen) $27.99 -18% $22.99 https://amzn.to/3NU3imC EchoGear Wall Mount, Black, Echo (4th Gen) $28.99 -18% $23.99 https://amzn.to/3OamWM8 EchoGear Wall Mount, White, Echo Dot (4th Gen) $16.99 -71% $4.99 https://amzn.to/3rrSZ1y EchoGear Wall Mount, Black, Echo Dot (4th Gen) $16.99 -71% $4.99 https://amzn.to/3rrJteu EchoGear Tilt + Swivel Stand, Echo Show 8 $29.99 -13% $25.99 https://amzn.to/3PRrgkY EchoGear Tilt + Swivel Stand, Echo Show 5 - White $27.99 -46% $14.99 https://amzn.to/3rn1xql EchoGear Tilt + Swivel Stand Echo Show 5 - Black $27.99 -46% $14.99 https://amzn.to/3rrWKnm EchoGear Mount for Echo Dot (3rd Gen) - White $16.99 -59% $6.99 https://amzn.to/44idsnH Arlo Essential Wired Video Doorbell - HD Video $149.99 -67% $49.99 https://amzn.to/46GmnB8 Echo Pop | Lavender Bloom $75.95 -76% $17.99 https://amzn.to/3XLgSgo Echo Show 8 (Gen 2) Adjustable Stand White $26.99 -19% $21.99 https://amzn.to/3pK5EfE Echo Show 8 (2nd Gen, 2021 release) $165.95 -64% $59.99 https://amzn.to/44I4vEj Echo Dot (5th Gen) Clock-Sengled Color Bulb $74.98 -60% $29.99 https://amzn.to/46Mcpyj Echo Dot (4th Gen) Clock-Sengled Color Bulb $114.98 -52% $54.99 https://amzn.to/3pKatFM Echo Dot (5th Gen, 2022 release) Kids $59.99 -53% $27.99 https://amzn.to/3rn2O0w Echo Dot (5th Gen, 2022 release)  $49.99 -54% $22.99 https://amzn.to/44pCMs7 SHOP MORE DEALS!!

  • Creating a Smart Home: A Step-by-Step Guide with SmartThings V2/V3 or Aeotec Hub

    Introduction: Transforming your house into a smart home allows for a seamless, connected living experience. With the right hub and devices, you can control and automate various aspects of your home, enhancing convenience, comfort, and energy efficiency. In this guide, we'll explore the step-by-step process of creating a smart home using either the SmartThings V2/V3 hubs or the Aeotec hub. By following these instructions, you'll be well on your way to enjoying the benefits of a smart, interconnected living space. Step 1: Determine Your Smart Home Requirements: Before diving into the setup process, it's essential to identify your smart home needs and goals. Consider the following: 1. Desired Devices: Make a list of the SmartThings compatible devices you want to incorporate into your smart home, such as smart lights, thermostats, door locks, presence and motion sensors, door and window sensors smart plugs, leak sensors, smart switches, temperature and humidity sensors, smart blinds and shades, cameras, and smoke alarms and sirens. 2. Compatibility: Ensure that the devices you choose are compatible with the hub you intend to use. Check the manufacturer's specifications and compatibility lists to ensure seamless integration. The Bud's Smart Home Amazon Store website includes compatibility information links on many of the products listed in the store. Step 2: Acquire the Required Equipment: Once you've determined your smart home needs and selected a hub, gather the necessary equipment: 1. SmartThings V2/V3 Hub or Aeotec Hub: Purchase the hub of your choice based on your requirements and compatibility. 2. Smart Devices: Acquire the desired smart devices compatible with your chosen hub. 3. Ethernet Cable: You'll need an Ethernet cable to connect the hub to your router (if applicable). 4. Power Adapters: Ensure you have the appropriate power adapters for your hub and smart devices. 5. Mobile Device: You'll need a smartphone or tablet running the corresponding app for your chosen hub. Step 3: Hub Setup: Follow these steps to set up your chosen hub: For SmartThings V2/V3 Hub: 1. Connect the hub to your router using the provided Ethernet cable. 2. Plug in the power adapter and connect it to the hub. 3. Wait for the hub to power on and establish a network connection (indicated by LED lights or instructions provided with the hub). 4. Download the SmartThings app from the App Store or Google Play Store and create a Samsung SmartThings account if you don't have one. 5. Open the app, sign in to your SmartThings account, and follow the on-screen instructions to add and configure your hub. For Aeotec Hub: 1. Connect the Aeotec hub to a power outlet using the provided power adapter. 2. Download the appropriate app for the Aeotec hub from the App Store or Google Play Store. 3. Open the app, sign in or create an account if needed, and follow the app's instructions to set up the Aeotec hub. Step 4: Adding Devices and Configuration: Once your hub is set up, it's time to add and configure your smart devices. The exact process may vary depending on the hub and devices used. Follow these general steps: 1. Open the corresponding app (SmartThings or Aeotec) on your mobile device. 2. In the app, navigate to the device pairing section or follow the provided instructions to add each device to your hub. 3. Follow the device-specific instructions to put the device in pairing mode, which usually involves pressing a button or following specific actions. 4. The app should detect the device, and you can proceed with the pairing process. Follow the on-screen prompts to complete the setup. 5. Once paired, customize each device's settings within the app, such as assigning names, adjusting preferences, and creating automation rules. Step 5: Customize and Automate Your Smart Home: With your devices successfully added to the hub, take advantage of automation and customization features to personalize your smart home experience. Here's how: 1. Explore the app's automation section to create routines, scenes, or schedules for your devices. For example, set up a routine that turns off all lights and adjusts the thermostat when you leave home. 2. Experiment with different automation rules to enhance energy efficiency, security, and convenience. For instance, create a rule that turns on specific lights when motion is detected. 3. Adjust device settings, such as brightness or temperature, based on your preferences. 4. Take advantage of voice assistants like Amazon Alexa or Google Assistant to control your smart devices using voice commands. Conclusion: Creating a smart home with the SmartThings V2/V3 hubs or the Aeotec hub is an exciting journey that brings convenience, energy efficiency, and enhanced control to your living space. By following the steps outlined in this guide and selecting compatible devices, you can successfully set up and customize your smart home experience. Embrace the future of living and enjoy the countless benefits of a connected, intelligent home.

  • How to Install the Zooz ZEN51 Dry Contact Relay in SmartThings

    In today’s episode I’ll introduce the Zooz ZEN51 Dry Contact Relay. I will explain how the relay is used, show you how to wire the relay, provide edge driver information, demonstrate the setup process in ST and demonstrate the relay’s responsiveness. Let’s get to it. This relay is perfect if you like your old toggle switches and you prefer not to replace them with smart decora style smart wall switches. You can simply install the relay behind your existing on/off switch to make it smart. Just make sure it’s not a dimmer or an illuminated switch. Only simple mechanical switches can be used with this device. This relay may also be used as a momentary switch in a garage door opener application. Note that the Zen51 is a single relay for automating a single switch. If you have two dumb switches in a double gang box and you want to make both switches smart then you would want to purchase the ZEN52 double relay switch. For your convenience I have provided links to both relays in the description below. This relay does require a neutral. If you do not have a neutral in the switch box you can put this relay at the fixture where you’ll always find the neutral connection and still keep your existing wall switch in the set-up. You may install the relay in a single pole or 3-way set-up. Zooz provides wiring diagrams and step-by-step instructions for both simple and complex applications. The device is as small so you do not need to be concerned about crowded boxes. Pigtail wires make it easier and faster to install compared to terminal screws. This Z-Wave device works well with Hubitat, Home Assistant, HomeSeer and SmartThings. This product is backed by US based support from Zooz, 7 days a week and a 5 year warranty once registered. Edge Driver Instructions: Before paring the relay you must download the appropriate edge driver from the ‘Zooz Edge Drivers’ Channel to your ST hub. This driver will enable local execution of automations without the need for the internet cloud. When you tap the "Zooz Channel Invitation Link" you will be prompted to sign into your Samsung account. You then will need to accept the edge driver channel invitation. Tap ‘Enroll’ to enroll in the Zooz channel and click on the “Available Drivers” button. Zooz Channel Invitation Link When in the Zooz Edge Drivers screen, find the driver titled ‘Zooz Switch’ and click on ‘Install’. With the driver installed, you may then wire your switch while carefully following the wire diagram. Once properly wired, you are ready to pair the relay with the ST App. Here are before and after snapshots of my Sink Lights paddle switch. This paddle switch controls three halogen lights which are positioned above our kitchen sink. If you wish, you may pause the video to study the relay wiring. I have added labels to the before and after snapshots for your review. My plan for the sink lights is to have them turn on with motion during the late evening hours in lieu of my main kitchen lights. These sink lights will be less harsh on the eyes should anyone need to enter the kitchen during the middle of the night. Paring this relay was simple. You just tap the pairing button on the relay quickly three times and scan for devices. The relay was quickly discovered by ST and Alexa. Here you see me testing the relay’s responsiveness. The relay was very quick to respond to on and off prompts from the SmartThings app. While in the device screen, you may tap on the ellipsis in the upper right corner and then tap on the word ‘Driver’ within the dropdown menu to confirm that the ‘Zooz Switch’ driver was assigned to the relay. I also confirmed the ability to control the lights with my Echo Show. As previously stated, this relay is perfect if you don’t want to replace your current wall switches smart wall switches that may not match particular style your current switches. Well that all I have for today’s episode. Remember to hop over to my website to find edge driver installation instructions. Thanks for joining my today. Keep automating and God Bless! Amazon Product Links: Zooz ZEN51 Dry Contact Relay: https://amzn.to/3Nm5jcg (single relay) Zooz ZEN52 Dry Contact Relay: https://amzn.to/3Az0Iw1 (double relay) Zooz ZEN77 Dimmer Switch: https://amzn.to/429C0xT Zooz ZEN51 Double Switch: https://amzn.to/44cLWbE (Fan and Light Combo) Zooz ZEN34 Scene Controller: https://amzn.to/3AD25JR(no electrician needed!) Zooz ZEN31 12/24 V DC RGBW Dimmer: https://amzn.to/3nfjEN7 Helped by this article? Consider a small donation. Donations of any sum sincerely appreciated. Thanks!

  • How to Install SmartWings Zigbee Smart Roller Shades with SmartThings Edge Driver

    Edge drivers for non-native smart devices can be sourced and downloaded from developer or manufacturer driver channels. Downloaded drivers can be immediately applied by removing device from the SmartThings App and then reinstalling the device. SmartThings Edge Driver for SmartWings Shades & Blinds The SmartThings Edge Driver which provides proper control of the SmartWings Zigbee Smart Roller Shade is the, ‘Zigbee Window Treatment Mc’ driver. This edge driver can be downloaded from the ‘Mariano Shared Beta Driver’ Channel Invitation Link. Changing the Edge Driver for an Existing Blind or Shade: Assuming that you have an existing SmartWIngs shade or blind, you must determine if your smart blind has been assigned an SmartThings Edge Driver. If the your blind is assigned an Edge Driver, but the driver is a stock SmartThings stock driver, you will need to update the driver to the correct SmartWings compatible driver. To determine if a driver was assigned to your smart blind or shade, open your SmartThings app and locate your SmartWings blind within the 'Devices' section. Click on your blind's device tile and then while in the device screen click on the ellipsis in the upper right corner to determine if dropdown list contains the word 'Driver'. The presence of the word ‘Driver’ confirms that an edge driver is installed for your device. NOTE: If dropdown list does not contain the word "Driver", you will need to execute the all of the steps which are listed in the section titled Edge Driver Installation Steps. If the word ‘Driver’ is present in the dropdown list, click on it to view the driver ‘Name’. If the assigned driver is other than the ‘Zigbee Window Treatment Mc’ edge driver, it will be necessary for you to download the correct driver and then change the driver in your SmartThings app. To accomplish this, follow steps 5 through 10 in the section titled Edge Driver Installation Steps to download the appropriate driver. Once you have accomplished all instructions in steps 5 through 10, open your SmartThings App, click on the tile for your SmartWings shade, click on the ellipsis in the upper right hand corner while in the SmartWings device screen, tap on ‘Driver’ in the dropdown list, and then tap the option to ‘Select different driver’. You will then choose ‘Zigbee Window Treatment Mc’ edge driver to replace the former driver. After adding the edge driver is added to SmartThings you may now follow the instructions below for Paring your SmartWings Shades to the SmartThings Hub. Adding the Edge Driver for a New Blind or Shade: If you have purchased a new SmartWings blind or shade that contains a Zigbee motor, before you attempt to add it to the SmartThings app you must first follow steps 1 through 6 in the section titled Edge Driver Installation Steps. Once the edge driver is added to SmartThings you may now follow the instructions below for Paring your SmartWings Shades to the SmartThings Hub. Edge Driver Installation Steps: Click on the link for ‘Mariano Shared Beta Driver’ Channel Invitation. Note: After clicking the driver channel link you will be required to sign into your Samsung SmartThings Account. Next you must then select ‘Accept’ to confirm your acceptance of the channel invitation. After accepting the channel invitation, choose your target hub and select 'Enroll'. Note: Sometimes you must to click the button multiple times. Next, click on ‘Available Drivers’ and select ‘Install’ to install the ‘Zigbee Window Treatment Mc’ edge driver. Next, verify the installed driver by going to your SmartThings App, find your SmartThings Hub within the 'Devices' tab and then click on your Hub. Then while in your Hub’s device screen, select the ellipsis in the upper right-hand corner and then click on the word ‘Driver’ from the dropdown list. You will then be able to view a list of all of your installed Edge Channels and Edge Drivers. After confirming the installation of the new ‘Zigbee Window Treatment Mc’ Edge Driver you may add your device into the SmartThings Application. Paring your SmartWings Shades to the SmartThings Hub To add your shade to SmartThings press and hold the programming button (P1) for six seconds until the motor jogs twice and then release the button. The read light is confirmation that you are in paring mode. While in your SmartThings application, tap in the plus sign, "+"; tap "Add device"; tap "Scan for nearby devices" and your shade will be discovered and be added to your SmartThings hub. Once the SmartThings App discovers your SmartWings shade, click on your device’s tile and then while in the device screen, click on the ellipsis to confirm that the dropdown list now contains the word ‘Driver’. The presence of the word ‘Driver’ confirms that edge driver is successfully installed for your device. If the SmartWings Shade selected the wrong driver, tap on ‘Select different driver’ and select the ‘Zigbee Window Treatment Mc’ Edge Driver If you have re-added an existing shade, and your need to replace the "temporary/substitution device” that you added to your existing routines, all that remains to do is to remove the “temporary/substitution device” from each of your SmartThings routines and add the SmartWings Shade back in place in each of your routines. 🟠 PRODUCT LINK: SmartWings Outdoor Shades If you found this article helpful, please consider buying me a coffee? You may do so by tapping on the PayPal-Me button below. 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  • SmartThings Edge Driver and Routine Setup for the Ring Alarm Keypad 2nd Gen

    So the question on your mind is likely whether the Ring Alarm Keypad is able to function properly within SmartThings as a fully functional security keypad capable of arming and disarming your SmartThings home? Is it also capable of producing audible and visual countdowns to accommodate delayed home entries and exits? These very questions have plagued mankind since the beginning of time… needle screech, or at least they have plagued SmartThings enthusiast since the advent of the Ring Keypad. Is it possible that someone may have developed an Edge Driver to not only provided the keypad with the ability to arm and disarm you home, but also offer many more features, all of which can be activated with the simple press of a button? This article will attempt to answer these vexing questions while providing a product review and driver links so that you can take advantage of its awesome features. So yes, the Generation 2 Ring Alarm Keypad will operate with the SmartThings hub. And yes, there is an available edge driver that will give you the ability to enable the features that I will cover in today’s product review. Before I provide driver and installation tips, let's review the extensive list of available feature. The Gen 2 Ring Alarm Keypad is designed with versatility in mind. The unit can easily be mounted on the wall or it may also be used as a portable desktop keypad. The keypad has two power options. You may plug the keypad into standard power outlet using the provided electric cord and plug or may charge it periodically to run on a rechargeable battery that keeps your Keypad active even if the power goes out. With the installation of the SmartThings custom edge driver you will have several features to include: Setting the PIN code for the “disarm” and “arm home” buttons A wrong PIN signal when making a PIN entry error. Motion Sensor - lights keypad when motion detected. Can also be used trigger actions in ST Power source indicator light Panic combination (hold simultaneously “X” and “Check” buttons) Doorbell with selection of 5 sounds Entry and exit delay counters. Keypad configuration options in the settings menu This keypad is compatible with any of the three SmartThings security modes: Disarmed, Armed Away and Armed Stay. The alarm system state is synchronized with STHM without any automation. Changing the state in STHM will change it also in the keypad. The opposite synchronization is not enabled but you can create SmartThings routines to enable synchronization on the Ring Keypad. I have included sample routines on below your reference and convenience. The driver does not require you to enter the PIN to activate the Arm (away) mode. A PIN code is necessary for the Disarm and Arm (stay) modes. The PIN Code, Exit and Entry delay and the doorbell sound and volume can be configured within the keypad settings. PRO TIP: To keep the security mode display active at all times go into the keypad's settings and scroll all the way to the bottom to find "System security mode display". Change the default setting to the value of '601' to keep the display 'Always On'. Review of Ring Keypad Features - YouTube: Ring Keypad Installation Steps: Ring Edge Driver Download Instructions Install the Edge Driver using the following step by step instructions: Tap on the following Hmorsti Drivers Channel Invitation Accept the Channel Invitation and tap on 'Available Drivers'. Tap on the 'Install' button under the driver 'Z-Wave Keypad'. The edge driver will be installed on your target hub. Now you are ready to install the Ring Alarm Keypad Ring Keypad Inclusion Bring the keypad close to your hub. Plug the USB cable into a USB charger, this is make the Network LED start flashing green slowly. When the Network LED is flashing green, that means it isn’t paired with the hub. This keypad supports S2 level security and performs better when using S2 mode. To put the hub into S2 pairing mode, from the SmartThings app, click + → Device → Select Generic Z-Wave Device from the list and then follow the instructions. It will prompt you for the QR code or DSK key when it pairs successfully in S2 mode. If you’re having trouble pairing the device, power cycle your hub and try to exclude the device first. If Network LED starts flashing red, this means that the keypad has lost it’s connection with the mesh. Move the keypad closer to the hub (or add a Z-Wave repeater) IMPORTANT: Inclusion can be tricky with the SmartThings Hub. If you are having difficulty pairing your keypad, press and hold the 1 key. The the Network LED will begin flashing green quickly. Continue to hold the 1 key until the keypad successfully pairs then release the key. The keypad should automatically install the 'Z-Wave Keypad' edge driver from the Hmorsti Driver Channel. You can verify the assignment of the Hmorsti driver by tapping on the ellipsis in the upper right corner while in the device details screen of your SmartThings app. Select "Driver" from the dropdown list and verify that you have the Name: "Z-Wave Keypad" and the Channel: "Hmorsti drivers" Ring Keypad Exclusion Bring the keypad within 5ft of the hub. Tap and hold the Ring Keypad tile to invoke the options menu. Select 'Remove' to invoke the Z-Wave Exclusion mode. With you hub in exclusion mode, use a pin to press the button in the hole behind the keypad, the network LED should flash red to indicate the exclusion was successful and then start flashing green. If the Ring Keypad was not successfully excluded insert the pin in the hole behind the keypad as many times necessary to exclude the keypad. If the exclusion still fails and gives you the option to Force Delete the keypad then tap on 'Force Delete' to remove the key pad. Ring Keypad Factory Reset Instructions Use a pin to press the button in the hole behind the keypad for about 10 seconds until the network LED flashes red and then starts flashing green slowly Virtual Switches and Routines needed to manage SmartThings Home Monitor Security Mode changes: To utilize the full potential of the Ring Alarm Keypad we will need to create routines in SmartThings and a couple of rules within the SharpTools App. If you are not familiar with SharpTools, just know that SharpTools supports integration with platforms like SmartThings, Hubitat, and Tasker, enabling users to automate their smart home devices and create routines that permit users to set up conditional actions based on triggers and events within their smart home ecosystem. Do not be overly concerned about writing these rules as I will provide guidance later in this article to help you construct these rules within SharpTools. Before writing the rules in SharpTools you need to create five virtual switches within SmartThings using two virtual buttons and three virtual switches . The virtual buttons/switches are the five devices seen in the following screenshot. They are the devices that have the prefix "vEdge". You will need to download TAustin’s vEdge Creator app version 2.94 to your SmartThings hub in order to create two vEdge ‘Momentary Button Only’ buttons. After you tap on the TAustin's Virtual Device Creator link you will login to your SmartThings account and then: > Click Accept > Click View Drivers > Install the driver titles Virtual Devices V2 > Then return to your SmartThings app/ Select the "+" at the top of the app screen > Next tap "Scan for nearby devices" > The ST app will discover and install the vEdge Creator v2.94 (or most recent version) NOTE: See the my website article if you need additional help to download TAustin's vEdge creator app!! Pro Tip: To update your vEdge Creator to the latest version, simply delete vEdge Creator from your SmartThings app and then select the "+" at the top of the app screen and tap "Scan for nearby devices" Once the vEdge Creator app is installed, tap on the the app tile and then select the settings cog next to the option to "Select & Create Virtual Device(s)". Scroll down the list and select "Momentary Button Only" then in the following screen under "Quantity to Create" tap on the setting cog to request the creation of two (2) buttons. Once the two momentary buttons are created you must name the first momentary button as vEdge Entry Delay Button and the second button must be named vEdge Exit Delay Button. You will also use TAustin's virtual device creator app to create the following three vEdge Security Mode switches. The device type to select for the creation of these virtual switches is the vEdge "Switch". You will name these three Security Mode switches as indicated in the following screenshot: vEdge Disarm vEdge Arm Stay vEdge Arm Away Once you have created the proceeding five virtual device switches/buttons I recommend that you move these devices to a common room within your SmartThings app. You should also move the Ring Keypad 2nd Gen device to this same room. I personally titled this room -SHM, which is an abbreviation for (Smart Home Monitor). You may name the room as you wish. With your Ring Keypad is installed and the two vEdge momentary buttons and the three SmartThings mode switches are created, you must now use the vEdge virtual switches and buttons within a total of thirteen (13) SmartThings routines. The purpose of six (6) of these routines is to communicate SmartThings mode changes to the SharpTools app. (More about the SharpTools app later in this article). These first six routines are necessary because SmartThings mode changes are not available within SharpTools. The routines will use the three vEdge switches to broadcast SmartThings mode changes, Disarm, Arm(stay) and Arm(away) to the SharpTools app. Three of the six routines coordinate the three SmartThings security modes so that when one security mode is active, the other two modes are set to inactive. As an example, the Security Disarm routine is triggered when the SmartThings Home Monitor (STHM) is changed to Disarm. The routine's actions are to turn the vEdge Disarm switch "ON", and at the same time turn the vEdge Arm(away) and vEdge Arm(stay) switches "OFF". The same logic is repeated for the other two STHM modes. Then it is a matter of writing three additional routines that change the appropriate STHM security mode when the corresponding virtual switch is "ON". As an example, as displayed in the Security-Disarm, On routine, when the vEdge Disarm virtual switch is on then change the STHM security mode to Disarmed. You will need to write two additional routines for the Arm(stay) and Arm(away) virtual switches using the same logic. With the first six routines completed we have seven (7) additional routines to write. The following three routines are needed to change the SmartThings Security Mode when a security mode button is pressed on the ring alarm keypad. The first routine below changes the SmartThings mode to Armed (stay) when the Keypads' Arm Home Button (armHomeButton) is pressed. The second routine changes the SmartThings mode to Disarmed when the Keypads' Disarm Button (disarmAllButton) is pressed during the Arm(stay) Mode. The third routine changes the SmartThings mode to Disarmed when the Keypads' Disarm Button (disarmAllButton) is pressed during the Arm(away) Mode. The next two routines are necessary to define delay periods for the Exit Delay and the Entry Delay countdown periods. The Exit delay is triggered (started) by the tap of the keypads' Arm Away Button. The Entry Delay is triggered (started) when any contact sensor on your external entrances is opened while your SmartThings Home Monitor (STHM) is in Armed Away mode. The time period for these delays can be different for Entry and Exit with the minimum delay at 1 second and the maximum delay at 180 seconds. For my demonstration I used at delay period of 30 seconds for both the Exit Delay and the Entry Delay. The first routine displayed below states that IF the STHM is in the precondition of "Disarmed" and the keypads' Arm Away button is pressed, THEN turn on the vEdge(virtual ) Exit Delay Button after the time period of 30 seconds has concluded. The second routine states that IF the STHM is in the precondition of "Armed Away" and the one for the homes Exterior Door Contact sensors is OPEN, THEN turn on the vEdge(virtual ) Entry Delay Button after the time period of 30 seconds has concluded. Note: the third, partial routine is the remaining half of the second routine: The following two routines specify the actions that are to occur if the 30 second countdown concludes without interruption. The first routine sets the STHM to the Armed Away mode if the vEdge (virtual ) Exit Delay Button is trigger "ON" following the expiration of the 30 second delay. The second routine checks to see if the STHM remains in the Armed Away mode with the expiration of the 30 second delay and if the system stays in the Armed Away mode, as confirmed by the precondition, then when the vEdge Entry Button is triggered "ON", THEN the routine sends a notification to members to contact the police. Note: The vEdge Exit Delay Button will not be triggered on provided the keypad's Disarm button is pressed before the end of the set delay period. Setting Up Rules within SharpTools to Execute the exitDelay and entryDelay Keypad Functions: Although I was able able to define the length of entry and exit delays with in the ST app, I was not able to access the exitDelay and entryDelay function within a ST routine. It appears this prohibition on accessing the exitDelay and entryDelay functions is specific to the iOS operating system (iPhone). I have been advised that Android users can access these functions when writing ST routines. To be able to access the Ring Keypad functions I decided to add the Ring Keypad to the list of devices in my SharpTools account. If you integrate the SharpTools app with SmartThings you can create "SharpTool Rules" to execute functions, similar to the creating routines in SmartThings. The SharpTools app allows you to write more complex rules (routines) that expand the capabilities of SmartThings devices. I was pleased to see that I had access to all for the Ring Alarm commands within the SharpTools Rule maker. I proceeded to use the SharpTools Rule Engine to write the following exitDelay and the entryDelay rules. SharpTools Rule to invoke the exitDelay function on Ring Keypad SharpTools Rule to invoke the entryDelay function on Ring Keypad SharpTools Rule to invoke the Door Chime function on Ring Keypad Keep in mind that the purpose of the SharpTools rules are to start or stop the audio and visual timer on the keypad. The changes to SmartThings Home Monitor (STHM) are managed by the routines in the SmartThings app. So the exit and entry routines will work without the SharpTools rules however you will not have the visual and audible progress bar absent the SharpTools app. The capability to add these functions in SmartThings could be available in the future if the author of the driver decides to update the driver to allow access to the functions. With the completion of the SmartThings routines and the SharpTools rules you should now have a full functioning Ring Alarm Keypad capable of managing your SmartThings Home Monitoring system. Important Note: The SmartThings Home Monitor has settings to control which sensors and alarms are to be used while the Security Mode is in Armed Stay or in Armed Away. It is vital that make sure that any exit delay periods defined in the Ring Alarm Keypad coincide (are the same) as the Alarm delay that is set with the STHM security settings. For this example, I set the keypads' exit delay at 30 seconds. I also wrote my SmartThings routines and SharpTools rules with 30 second delays as well. Finally, I went into the STHM Security setting to SET RESPONSE for "No delay" for the Delay before alert setting and I set the RESPONSE DELAY - Delay time to "30 seconds" In conclusion I will reiterate the driver disclaimer that was issued by the author: "As the driver is related to safety and security and I cannot guarantee that it will work as intended, please don’t rely solely on it. Use it at your own risk." And finally, I recommend the purchase of multiple keypads which can be mounted in the garage, a second floor and at your back and front doors for added convenience. Here is my Ring Keypad Amazon product link for your convenience. Important Links: Ring Alarm Keypad (Gen 2) Ring Alarm Keypad (2nd Gen) Lights and Buttons Explained Hmorsti SmartThings Channel Invitation Edge Driver Name: ' Z-Wave Keypad ' SmartThings Community Article SharpTools Overview Video TAustins vEdge Creator Article Creator's Comment This was an rewarding yet difficult and time consuming project. 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  • How to Install the Edge Driver for the Third Reality Zigbee Smart Button (Updated 07-12-2023)

    To be able to get full functionality from the Third Reality Smart button featured in the following video on my YouTube Channel. You must first install the SmartThings Edge Driver for the Third Reality Zigbee Smart Button before installing the device to the ST App. Here is the Driver Channel Invitation Link and instructions for installing the Third Reality Edge Driver: 1. Click on the following Third Reality Channel Invitation link Third Reality Driver Channel Invitation. 2. Tap on "Enroll", then tap on "Available Drivers" 3. Select "Zigbee Button" driver from the list of drivers. 4. Click on "Install" to install the "Zigbee Button" driver to your hub. 5. Add your Third Reality Smart Button to your SmartThings app by tapping the "+" and select "Scan for nearby devices. 6. Once the button is discovered, open the Third Reality Button device screen. Tap on the three dots in the upper right hand corner of the SmartThings app. Tap on "Driver" in the dropdown list. Confirm that the Third Reality "Zigbee Button" was assigned as the device driver. 7. Once you have confirmed that the "Zigbee Button" driver has been assigned to your Third Reality Smart Button then you are ready to setup the button functions. Please reference my YouTube Video for more detail about setup and features. 4. Click the "Install" Button to download the "Zigbee Button" custom edge driver to your SmartThings or Aeotec Hub. 5. Open the SmartThings app, and opt to scan for nearby devices to add your button to SmartThings. 6. Once your device is discovered, open the Third Reality Button device screen. Tap on the three dots in the upper right hand corner of the SmartThings app. Tap on "Driver" in the dropdown list. Confirm that the Third Reality "Zigbee Button" was assigned as the device driver. If you found this article helpful, please consider buying me a coffee? You may do so by tapping on the PayPal-Me button below. Third Reality Zigbee Smart Button!! Find many more SmartThings compatible smart devices on my Amazon Store!

  • Setup Smart Phones as Presence Sensors in the SmartThings App

    In a in a previous video I demonstrated how my smart home automatically detected member presence when we arrived at our smart home. Setting up your smart hub to automatically detect your family’s presence or lack thereof is a very useful feature. Having this capability not only allows you to seamlessly arm and disarm your home, but you can also use presence detection routines to trigger a number of useful automations. Such automations include turning on lights, opening a garage door or unlocking an exterior door. Continue reading to learn how to setup smart phone presence detection in the ST App. Welcome to Bud’s Smart Home where we provide ST related news, practical smart home automations and reviews of compatible SmartThings devices. If this sort of content appeals to you be sure to tap on that subscribe button. This will allow you to receive notifications when I publish more smart home content. If I had to choose my favorite smart home automation I would have to say it is the routines that enable our home to be automatically armed when we depart and disarmed when we return home. Actually, I believe this is the single best automation for any smart home. Not only is it an awesome security feature, it is also provides the added convenience seamlessly setting the appropriate security mode each time members depart and return home. Now before I relay any details about the setup of presence detection, I want to make a brief disclaimer. Although the automations that I will share with you today work for me, I will not guarantee that they will work everyone. There are simply too variables that could affect successful setup, namely the vast number of smart phones and smart phone operating systems. Smart phones are a critical component of presence detection. Assuming that your phone can be used as a reliable sensor, there are other essential items which are important for successful set up. First, you absolutely must have a SmartThings or Aeotec smart hub. You must also ensure that the SmartThings App is correctly installed on each participating member smart phone. You must ensure that all permissions are enabled on each member’s phones. You must also have a compatible operating system installed on your phone. I will provide you with my experience with an incompatible OS in just a bit. So just know that there are too many variables that may affect your ability to set up reliable presence detection within the ST App and I cannot possible cover all those exceptions in this episode. So with that proviso made, I will now explain the ST setup that works for me. To enable presence detection I simply added a home location and then defined my geolocation in the ST app. Once my home’s location and geolocation were set, I then added each family member’s device to the ST App via an invitation link. Finally, I give SmartThings permission to get the location of each member’s phone. I will leave links below where you can access the steps for adding a location and a geolocation and also a link the steps for adding and managing family members in the ST App. It is vital that all members go into their ST App and allow the setting titled, Get your location from this phone. This can be enabled by going to the hamburger menu in the ST App, which is situated in the bottom right hand corner. Tap on the hamburger menu and then tap on the gear icon in the top right. Next tap on phrase Get your location from this phone and ensure that you toggle the switch ON for your location. It is also important that you find the setting titled notifications in the settings menu and ensure that you allow notifications as well. Finally, it is vital that you go into your personal smart phone notification settings specific to the ST App and enable the setting to Always Allow Notifications. Once the ST App is setup properly in all member smart phones, your next task is to write a couple of ST routines to arm and disarm your home based on the presence or lack of presence of member phones. I have four routines that I use to change the mode of my home. I have Good Night, Good Morning, Good Bye and I’m Back routines that switch my STHM between the available security modes of Arm, Disarm and Armed Stay. I am not going to get into the specifics of how I use the Good Night and Good Morning modes. Rather, in today’s episode I will only summarize the Good Bye routine, which arms our home and the I’m Back routine which disarms our home. Both my Good Bye and I’m Back routines use the ST Member location as the routine trigger. The ST and Aeotec-ST hubs are equipped to detect each member’s location based on each phone’s proximity to the hub's geolocation. The geolocation is simply an invisible GPS circle generated by your hub which encircles your smart home. The Good Bye routine is written to instruct the hub to use the location of all member phones. If all members are found to be absent from the home’s geolocation the routine instructs the hub to change the location mode to AWAY. It also instructs the hub to change the STHM to Armed away. Conversely the I’m Back routine instructs the hub to use member location to determine when any single member returns home. When member presence is detected by the hub, the hub sets the location mode to HOME and it also sets the STHM to Disarmed. You may have noted that I also have both routines setup to send notifications to all members. As such, every member is alerted when our home is disarmed or when it is set to armed away. Previously I mentioned that a phone’s operating system could affect your ability to use the phone as a reliable presence sensor. If you or certain members of your family have older smart phones, you likely will be unable to use them to establish reliable presence detection. I have found that older iOS devices do not work reliably within ST as presence sensors. I previously owned the iPhone 7. Presence detection on the iPhone 7 was extremely unreliable. However after I upgraded to the iPhone 14, smart phone presence detection now works flawlessly. I initially discovered this when my wife upgraded form the iPhone 6 to the iPhone 11. We noticed that her iPhone 11 worked extremely well as a presence sensor whereas the iPhone 6 was hit or miss. It is my personal belief that older Apple phones may not work reliably as a presence sensor because they do not have the ability to use the latest version of iOS. In June 2022, Apple announced that it would drop support for the iPhone 7 and 7 Plus with the release of iOS 16. The maximum available version of iOS on the iPhone 7 is iOS 15.7.2. Now although I am not an authority on Android devices, what I can tell you is that the newest OS on for Android phone is also working reliably for presence detection in the ST App. Previously I made a couple videos about virtual presence sensors and that has lead to some confusion about their role within the ST app. Allow me to take a moment to talk about virtual presence switches. Some of you may be asking yourselves why I took the time to present virtual presence switches. You may also be wondering if you even need them in your ST App. Well, that my friend is a matter of preference. You certainly do not need them to change the modes of your STHM. You may however want them if you prefer the ability to use a member status with in a third party app such as SharpTools or Alexa. Let me explain. First off, I have an article on my website, to which I will link to in the description below this video. In that article you will find a channel invitation for accessing edge compatible VPS. That invitation will permit you to download a ST app that you can use to enable VPS within your ST App. When you add virtual presence switches you gain the ability to detect when specific members arrive or depart your geolocation. Each individual member must have a VPS and each VPS must be controlled by two routines. The purpose of these two routines is to turn the VPS ON or OFF based on each member’s arrival or departure. So when my virtual presence device which called iPhone Bud is away from our geolocation, the routine instructs the hub to turn OFF my virtual presence switch. And when I return, the second routine turns my VPS ON. So the usefulness of VPS in ST is to have a visual representation of which members are home or away. However, VPS become especially useful when they are used to triggers routines in third party apps, namely Alexa and SharpTools. Without VPS you will not have the ability to see a member’s status in these third party apps. However with VPS, you can instruct your Alexa App to make an echo announcement specific to any member. You can also use a member VPS in a ST routine to turn on specific smart devices or to run a scene that is personalized for that specific member. So I hope this has helped to demystify some of the confusion surrounding presence detection in the SmartThings. If this article was helpful and you consider it worth your time, I ask that you take the time to convey your appreciation with a like and a comment. Either way, please know that I appreciate each and everyone of you and I wish for you the best smart home on the block. Thanks for joining me today. And as always, keep automating and God Bless my friend. Steps for adding and managing family members in the ST App Steps for adding a location and setting your geolocation How to Add an Edge Virtual Presence or Contact Sensor YouTube Video: AMAZON STORE LINK - Source SmartThings compatible devices!!

  • Edge Driver for Zemismart Roller Blind

    Edge drivers for non-native devices can be sourced and downloaded from developer or manufacturer driver channels. Downloaded drivers can be immediately applied by removing device from the SmartThings App and then reinstalling the device. Alternatively, you have the option to wait to see if your device is assigned a stock driver. If a stock driver is assigned, but the device is not functioning as expected, then you may download the correct driver to update the device without the need to uninstall and reinstall your device. Since the Zemismart Roller Blind is not natively supported in SmartThings, it will likely be migrated to the ‘Zigbee Window Treatment’ driver which is a SmartThings Beta stock driver. I have tested and found that this stock driver will not provide all of the features and functionality that is currently available within the former Groovy stock device type handler. The edge driver which provides proper control of the Zemismart Roller Blind is the, ‘Tuya Window Shade’ driver. This the driver can be sourced via the following Driver Channel Invitation Link: Iquix Channel Invitation Before taking any action, my recommendation is that you check your SmartThings App to see if your Zemismart Roller Blind has been assigned a stock edge driver. To confirm if an edge driver is installed, click on your device tile and then while in the device screen, click on the ellipsis to determine if dropdown list contains the word "Driver". The presence of the word ‘Driver’ confirms that edge driver is installed for your device. If the ‘Driver’ is in the dropdown list, click on the word ‘Driver’ to view the ‘Name’ of the installed driver. If the assigned driver is other than the ‘Tuya Window Shade’ edge driver, you should skip steps 1 – 5 in the driver installation steps outlined below, but follow and execute steps 6 – 10 to download the appropriate driver. After the completion of step number ten, click on the ellipsis, tap on ‘Driver’ in the dropdown list, and then tap the option to ‘Select different driver’. You will then choose ‘Tuya Window Shade’ edge driver to replace the former driver. If dropdown list does not contain the word "Driver", you will need to execute the all of the following steps: As mentioned previously, you must delete and reinstall your smart blind to be able to assign it the edge driver. However, before deleting your blind from SmartThings you will want to take a few extra steps to preserve any routines that you have written to automate your blind. If you have no routines or you are doing a new installation, skip to step #5. To preserve your routine(s), open the SmartThings App, click on your Zemismart Roller Blind. Once in the device screen, click on the word 'Routines' at the bottom of the screen. Go into every routine and add a temporary device to temporarily hold/substitute the place of the current Zemismart Roller Blind. Note: Replacing the Smart Blind with a temporary device in your routines ensures that your routines are not erased when you remove your Zemismart Roller Blind from your SmartThings App. Once you have substituted a temporary place holder device in every routine which contained the Zemismart Roller Blind you may then delete the blind from your SmartThings App. To delete your device from the SmartThings App, while in the device screen, tap on the ellipsis in the upper right-hand corner of the screen. Now tap “Edit” in the dropdown list. Then tap “Delete device” at the bottom of the screen which follows. With the deletion of the blind you may now proceed to accept the ‘Iquix’Channel Invitation. Click on the link for ‘Iquix’ Channel invitation. Note: After clicking the driver channel link you will be required to sign into your Samsung SmartThings Account. Next you must then select ‘Accept’ to confirm your acceptance of the channel invitation. After accepting the channel invitation, choose your target hub and select 'Enroll'. Note: Sometimes you must to click the button multiple times. Next, click on “Available Drivers” and select “Install” to install the ‘Tuya Window Shade’ edge driver. Next, verify the installed driver by going to your SmartThings App, find your SmartThings Hub within the 'Devices' tab and then click on your Hub. Then while in your Hub’s device screen, select the ellipsis in the upper right-hand corner and then click on the word ‘Driver’ from the dropdown list. You will then be able to view a list of all of your installed Edge Channels and Edge Drivers. After confirming the installation of the new ‘Tuya Window Shade’ Edge Driver you may now add your device back into SmartThings App by scanning for nearby devices within your SmartThings App Once the SmartThings App discovers your Zemismart blind, click on your device’s tile and then while in the device screen, click on the ellipsis to confirm that the dropdown list now contains the word "Driver". The presence of the word ‘Driver’ confirms that edge driver is successfully installed for your device. If the Zemismart Blind selected the wrong driver, tap on “Select different driver” and select the ‘Tuya Window Shade’ Edge Driver All that remains to do is to remove the “temporary/substitution device” from each of your SmartThings routines and add the Zemismart Blind back into your routines. If you found this article helpful, please consider buying me a coffee? You may do so by tapping on the PayPal-Me button below. 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  • SmartThings Edge Drivers for Devices Used in My Smart Home

    Welcome to Bud’s Smart Home where we feature news, automations and products, specific to the Samsung SmartThings platform. You can find Bud’s Smart Home on Facebook, Twitter, Reddit, Bud’s Smart Home Website and you can shop for featured products on Bud’s Smart Home’s Amazon Store. Before we move forward into today’s content, allow me to mention that as I review a few of the automations in that prior Smart Home video, I will be disclosing device driver names and channel invitation links. For your convenience, I have provided product links, edge driver names, channel invitation links and links to the instructional article and videos to assist you in the setup of all edge drivers discussed in today’s episode. Just check the list below titled "Edge Device Driver Links" in today’s article. One of the automations that I recently featured was the triggering of my closet light whenever the closet door was opened. The bulb in the closet was previously operated by a manual pull chain. I eliminated the chain and substituted a Sengled Zigbee Smart Bulb in place of the dumb bulb. To trigger the bulb I am using a Ring Alarm Z-Wave Contact Sensor. I deleted, then reinstalled the Sengled bulb within my ST App to assign an edge driver. The bulb was assigned the Zigbee Switch driver from the SmartThings Driver (Beta) Channel. The Ring Alarm Contact Sensor uses the Z-Wave Sensor Ring driver which is available via the Milan Edge Drivers invitation link. This same driver, the Z-Wave Sensor Ring driver can also be used for the Ring Alarm Motion Sensor. Another device that I presented in my smart home video was my Family Room light switch. The two smart switches that you view here are used to automate my wall sconces and my recessed ceiling lights. I have several automations set up using a Aeotec/SmartThings Motion Sensor and Aeotec/SmartThings Multipurpose Contact Sensor. These automations manage the room based on physical presence and they also set the lights for events like movie time. I use 3-way Enbrighten Z-Wave Smart Dimmer Switches that are activated by my SmartThings Motion Sensor. The switches are controlled by the GE Z-Wave Switch/Dimmer/Fan/Outlet driver that can be accessed via Phil’s GE/Jasco Devices Channel Invitation. The motion sensor uses the Zigbee Motion Sensor Mc driver that can be accessed via the Mariano Shared Beta Channel. Still another set of automations are made possible using the Zooz Garage Door Opener in tandem with the Ecolink Z-Wave Plus Tilt Sensor. These automations allow us to automatically open the garage on arrival and also, should we forget to secure the door at sunset or upon the departure, the ST Hub will ensure that the door is secured and will also send members a confirmation notice. The Zooz Zen16 Relay driver is called the Zooz Multichannel Switch and it is available via the Zooz Edge Drivers channel invitation. The Ecolink Tilt Sensor driver is called Z-wave Sensor and can be sourced from the channel SmartThings Drivers Channel (Beta) Yet another device that I have in my smart home is the Dome Siren. This device is very versatile as is capable to sounding multiple different alarm and chime sounds. It is used to chime when a door is opened it can also sound different alarms for security breaches as opposed to smoke or carbon monoxide detection. The device uses the Dome Siren driver which can be downloaded from the Dome’s Edge Driver Channel. The routines I presented today are just a small sampling of the automations that I am using in my smart home. It would be near impossible to review them all in a single video. What I can do is to continue to provide driver information and links on my websites and also in future product videos. There are several edge driver information articles on Bud’s Smart Home website that give more driver information and instructions. I am also working to include driver information with the products listed in my Amazon Store. Also know that you can find edge driver information, links and instructions in the video descriptions under my former product review videos. Knowing which driver goes with which smart device is quite challenging. Hopefully my research and efforts can help you simplify some of the process. Remember to check the provided driver resource links in the video description. Thanks for checking in with me today. And as always, keep automating and God Bless! Edge Device Driver Links: Closet Door Automation: (two smart devices) Device Name: Ring Alarm Z-Wave Contact Sensor - Driver Name: Z-Wave Sensor Ring - Channel Invitation: Milan Edge Drivers - Driver Install Information: https://tinyurl.com/36k3nn57 Device Name: Sengled Zigbee Smart Bulb - Driver Name: Zigbee Switch - Channel Invitation: SmartThings Drivers Channel (Beta) - Driver Install Information: Install Driver, Remove Device, Reinstall Device, Confirm Driver Family Room Wall Switch Automation: Device Name: GE/Enbrighten In-Wall Z-Wave Plus Smart Light Dimmer (3-Way) - Driver Name: GE Z-Wave Switch/Dimmer/Fan/Outlet - Channel Invitation: GE/Jasco Devices - philh30: https://tinyurl.com/4rhtvry3 - Driver Install Information: Install Driver, Remove Device, Reinstall Device, Confirm Driver Device Name: Aeotec/SmartThings Motion Sensor, Zigbee - Driver Name: Zigbee Motion Sensor Mc - Channel Invitation: Mariano Shared Beta Driver: https://tinyurl.com/4vxapb56 - Driver Install Information: Install Driver, Remove Device, Reinstall Device, Confirm Driver Device Name: Aeotec/SmartThings Contact Sensor, Zigbee - Driver Name: SmartThings Multipurpose Sensor Mc - Channel Invitation: Mariano Shared Beta Driver: https://tinyurl.com/4vxapb56 - Driver Install Information: Install Driver, Remove Device, Reinstall Device, Confirm Driver Garage Door Automation: Device Name: Zooz Z-Wave Plus S2 Multi-Relay ZEN16 - Driver Name: Zooz Multichannel Switch - Channel Invitation: Zooz Edge Drivers - Driver Install Information: https://tinyurl.com/5b8wwjvf Device Name: Ecolink Z-Wave Plus Tilt Sensor - Driver Name: Z-wave Sensor - Channel Invitation: SmartThings Drivers Channel (Beta) - Driver Install Information: Install Driver, Remove Device, Reinstall Device, Confirm Driver Dome Alarm Automation: Device Name: Dome Siren - Driver Name: Dome Siren - Channel Invitation: Dome’s Edge Driver Channel: https://tinyurl.com/2z5t6vfs - Driver Install Information: https://tinyurl.com/mtvpw3b5

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