I have experienced this plugin and I wish first of all to thank Andrei for his work.
That allow us to use EnOcean devices on Vera which is a quite big feature!
I propose to share my experiences on EnOcean use under Vera lite and my ideas to improve plugin.
- USB300 EnOcean controller
- 2 Vimar double switch
Plugin installation is quite easy and it take me around 2 minutes to include my 2 switches \o/
The switches come with 6 auto created light devices with “ON” or “OFF” status.
They are named by internal IDs:
(EO-01) 00-FF-FF-FF-B : Left switch
(EO-01) 00-FF-FF-FF-A : Right switch
(EO-01) 00-FF-FF-FF-AIBI : Will be ON when both switches are pressed ON at same time
(EO-01) 00-FF-FF-FF-AIBO : Will be ON when A switch is pressed ON and B switch is pressed OFF at same time
(EO-01) 00-FF-FF-FF-AOBI : Will be ON when A switch is pressed OFF and B switch is pressed ON at same time
(EO-01) 00-FF-FF-FF-AOBO : Will be ON when both switches are pressed OFF at same time
Note that I have returned the switch up side down to get “ON” on high and “OFF” on low
That allow to manage differents scenarios easily and/or secret functionalities
Testing is quite OK. The switches are quite reactive and scenarios are easilly launched. There is no big differences with standard Zwave devices.
While testing I found 2 limitations:
On the 4 “virtual” devices depending on both switches, there is no physical way to set them to OFF. I mean if you press both switches ON, the “AIBI” device will be set to ON and… that’s all, you have no harware way to set it back to OFF state. You can do it by software only.
=> My first idea is to manage the scenario to set back the device to OFF when complete.
=> A second way might be to correct it as point 2 below.
This feedback is quite more disturbing. The thing is the soft light device does not fit well with the hard switch device.
Taking and example with:
- A light on a fibaro Zwave switch
- One switch on the wall linked to Fibaro switch
- One Vimar switch
When I click on Vimar switch, the light is set to ON.
When I use the original switch to switch OFF the light, the light goes OFF (normal behaviour until this point).
Here I get the wimar switch ON under the Vera but the light is OFF.
At this point, if I switch ON Vimar switch, nothing happen. The reason is the switch (in fact the Vera light device) is already ON. So to light up again, I have to switch OFF/ON the Vimar switch.
=> One temporary solution would be to create a scenario which align light real status with all the switches linked (i.e. a scenario trigerred when light goes OFF which set switches to OFF and a scenario trigerred when light goes ON which set switches to ON). But that’s quite tricky
=> One real solution should be to have a switch device under the Vera. The switch could be managed with 3 states : ON/OFF/Nothing pressed. This way (looking like the roller shutter switches) would allow to send several “ON” orders in a row. Note the Vera already physically receive several “ON” orders each time you press the switch (you can see the packets in the logs) but it’s not modifying the Vera light device status (as already ON…).
Anyway thanks again to the author which allow us to us battery free devices.
I stay available if you need more informations, details or testing (and I can do it in French if needed ).