We've put together a Lua script to make sure your christmas tree doesn't run out of water! Watch it on GitHub: ChristmasTree.lua
The Aeon Labs Minimote is a nice looking remote control for Z-Wave devices. It might be a little hard to understand the manual and the scenes and associations described though.
This remote control does not support normal association where the main controller can set the nodes in association groups. Instead this is done on the remote control itself.
The remote control can only control devices that uses Switch Multilevel and Switch Binary, that means most dimmer and most on/off devices.
To make this device control other devices set it up by following these steps:
- Include it into the Z-Wave network: Add a new device in Telldus Live! Press the Learn-button on the remote control
- Press and hold the button you like to configure - the blue led will flash after 1 sec.
- While still holding the button, make the device you want to control send out it's Node Information Frame. The blue led will stay steady blue.
- Set the dimmer level or the on/off-state you want the button to set.
- Release the button.
Last year we announced two new TellStick. One to be released shortly after the announcement and one to be released later (at an unkown date). The first one (TellStick ZNet Lite) was release but the second (TellStick ZNet Pro) has still not yet been released. Let us explain what has happened since the announcement what the current roadmap looks like.
Let's first start with some history. When we decided to work with Z-Wave we needed some new hardware because TellStick Net cannot support Z-Wave since it lacks the required radio hardware. We wanted to create two new TellStick. One with a good price that would fit most of our users and one for our (hard)core users, a.k.a. "the hackers". To create an affordable product you need to compromise with the hardware. To keep the cost down you cannot add a lot of flash, ram, cpu and other goodies. Instead you need to keep it to what you really need and then optimize the software for this. This kind of product is not ideal for hackes since it can be quite limiting. This is the reason we started working on a Pro model. A model with more CPU, more flash, more RAM, and more other fun hardware upgrades that would benefit hackers.
At the announcement last year the Lite model was almost finished. We were ready to start selling but the Pro model was still on the drawing board. Some prototypes where made but not more than that. Since the development was in such early state we could not give you an estimated time for when TellStick ZNet Lite Pro would be released.
During the year we have trying to find a manufacturing partner for TellStick ZNet Pro. We found that all the goodies we put into the product made it either too hard to produce or to costly. The end price was going to be way to high.
A common misconception was that the difference between TellStick ZNet Lite and TellStick ZNet Pro was that Lite hade only 433 transmitting and Pro had both receiving and transmitting. Even though this is true it was not our goal. We believed the users for the new gateways where users wanting to fully adopt Z-Wave. Since we could add 433 transmitting without affecting the end price too much we thought it was a good idea to add that as well. We where wrong. You clearly wanted both Z-Wave and full 433 receiving and transmitting!
So, we needed to rethink.
First we needed to upgrade TellStick ZNet Lite with receiving 433 capabilities. We will release an updated version in
September or October or November 2016.
Secondly, since we have developed both 433 receiving and transmitting for TellStick ZNet (which is a completely different hardware platform from TellStick Net) we got an idea. We removed Z-Wave from it and will release it as an upgrade to TellStick Net. TellStick Net v2 will have the same capabilities as TellStick Net but also a lot of extras from the TellStick ZNet family. Such as:
So, what about TellStick ZNet Pro? Unfortunately this project is currently on hold. We need to redesign this to be able to have the correct control of the quality during production at the right price. We have some experiments and prototypes but this is still far from production ready. Please don't ask us when it will be ready because at the moment we cannot answer. There is still way to many factors. Ideally 2017 but it could also be 2018.
So, you may ask "what about the hackability?"? Since TellStick ZNet Pro is so far away we have been investigating the possibilities for hackability in TellStick ZNet Lite. We are going to open it up for you to add your own code. Actually, the Lua scripting was the first step for this. But I am not going to tell you anyting more about this now, it for future blog posts... ;)
One of the most requested features we get is to connect to the popular service IFTTT. For a long time we have tried to convince IFTTT to connect their awsome service with us. They never replied so we asked you, our users, to also ask them. Our plan was that when enough people requesting Telldus support they might listen. And they did!
We are very pleased to announce that Telldus is getting a channel in IFTTT!
What is IFTTT? IFTTT is a service that allows many different services to communicate with each other. That means Telldus products will be able to control any other service also connected with IFTTT. At the moment I am writing this IFTTT has support for over 300 channels. So at once you can combine Telldus products with Philips Hue, SmartThings, Netatmo, Nest, and more!
What can I do? You can do a lot. But here is some examples to get your imagination going:
- When an astronaut enters space, ring my bell.
- When I plug in my phone to the charger at night, turn off all lights in the house.
- Log my sensor data to a Google spreadsheet.
- When someone rings on my doorbell, tweet about it.
- When I leave home, lock my door.
Since we are still developing this channel we are not yet ready to launch it yet. But we would really like to have some testers. We have reserved 50 spots in a beta test for this. Since there is limited number of spots in this test they will be reserved for Pro users.
Using the Telldus Live! Events it is possible to create some really advanced scenarios. But sometimes this is not enough. To extend the possibilities further we are announcing Lua scripting support for TellStick ZNet Lite.
What us Lua?
Lua is a powerful, efficient, lightweight, embeddable scripting language. This means you can extend the functionality in TellStick ZNet Lite with your own code. Is can be as simple as turning a light on or off or maybe you want the adjust the reported value from a sensor? Maybe you want to use a wind sensor to calculate the real perceived temperature from a sensor? This can all be done with some simple Lua scripting.
How can I test it?
Currently we are working on documentation and examples for you. We need help with this. Please use the comments below and tell us what kind of script you would like to see. We will later open up the beta to everyone who wants to try once this is finished.
It's that time of year again, we're listening to our favourite music whilst we're testing out iOS 10. We're pleased to say that Telldus Live! mobile works like a charm so we can focus on implementing new features.
We'd love to know what you think of the upcoming releases that Apple announced yesterday. Is there something you'd like us to implement? We'd like Apple watch and today widget support...we're working on that! Opening up Siri is great, but Apple decided to not support home automation commands outside of their homekit system. So we can't fix voice control for your home yet :(
We are very excited to announce a brand new feature for the Telldus Live! mobile app: Push Notifications as an action to an event! Initially this is available only to Pro members, though will be released to all users after the summer. To add a push notification to an event, visit http://live.telldus.com
Please contact our support if you encounter any issues or have questions about this or any other feature in our products.
Our TellStick ZNet local api tests for TellStick ZNet Lite is going well. Most of the known issues has been fixed so it is time to invite everyone to this test.
Since version 1.0.8 in TellStick ZNet Lite the local API is included by default. Please note that this is still in beta and anyting can change before the final version.
The documentation for the local api can be found here: http://api.telldus.net/localapi/api.html
We have tried to mimic the same API as the Telldus cloud API. This to help you port any existing application. The documentation for the individual calls can also be found in Telldus Live! api explorer found here: http://api.telldus.com/explore/index
The user matzh have started a forum thread that you may follow and discuss this. http://www.telldus.com/forum/viewtopic.php?t=5887
We are happy to announce an update for the Telldus Live! mobile app! Among some of the new exciting features is translations in Swedish and Norwegian, an addition we know will please many of our users, more translations are coming. After feedback from our users we have extensively developed the dimmer slider. Test it by pressing and holding on a button for a dimmable device in the dashboard or device list.
In the recent releases, including this one, we have focused a lot on the connectivity between the app and your TellStick. Your feedback has been very valuable and we encourage you to continue to give feedback on the app and all of our products. It all comes down to the fact that we want to give you the best experience so that you can reliably and conveniently interact with your Smart Home. We are continually investigating ways to improve the reliability of the connection, even if you are at home, in your summer cottage or laying on the beach in the Bahamas, you can be in control.
It's now possible to see all the sensor values from Z-Weather in Telldus Live!
Link to the manufacturer:
When we announced TellStick ZNet Lite we told you that the device was prepared for local control.
We have been working on this and it is now time to start testing. We want the input from all you developers out there.
We have prepared an early beta firmware with the local api activated. If you want to help us evaluate this and give your input to us, please sign up for this here.
This is a closed beta for now since a custom beta-firmware must be loaded into your TellStick ZNet Lite.
A public beta might be released in an official firmware at a later stage.
Some users have reported problems when using TellStick Net together with the Huawei router B593. Thanks to the users Ville and Nils, there is a solution to the problem.
1. Check firewall security level.
2. Find Telldus NET MAC address in ARP table.
3. Open Security / MAC filtering
4. Add the MAC address to the white list
5. Turn on ICMP
We have just released a well requested feature, hiding of devices.
Many Z-Waves support multi channels. This means that one device may have several devices in Telldus Live! This is for instance in-wall receivers with dual relays, power strips and others. Sometimes you don't need all nodes a Z-Wave device may offer and those devices will then clutter the interface.
By hiding unused devices it is also possible to prevent controlling of sensitive devices by mistake.
A new api-call has been added, device/setIgnore. This works exactly the same as for sensors. Ignored devices are not returned by devices/list. Just as sensors/list there is now a parameter includeIgnored to retrieve all devices.
The Fibaro Motion Sensor is a really nice and small PIR with additional temperature and light sensor.
The light and temperature sensor reports are turned off by default, to activate them you'll need to set configurations 42 to 64 to desired values.
Keep in mind that this is a battery operated sensor and that it will drain more battery to send sensor values more often. Select values so that you get the reports as often as you need them.
The temperature sensor report will only be sent if the temperature differs more than the value set in configuration 60. If the temperature is very steady and the value of configuration 60 is set to eg. 1 degree, the report will be sent very rarely.
The settings will not be sent to the sensor when you press save since it's sleeping most of the time. The settings will be sent automatically on next wake up or if you wake it up manually by pressing the button three times quickly.
Regarding the wake up time, this setting should be set to a low value when you are setting up the device in order for it to wake up often and receive new settings. But after that is done you should set it to only wake up rarely to reduce the battery consumption.
We've now released firmware version 1.0.6 for TellStick ZNet Lite. It has some very important new features and bug fixes.
How do I do the firmware upgrade?
TellStick ZNet Lite will upgrade to the latest version automatically. It checks for a new version once per day.
If you are experiencing any problems with the upgrade, please contact us at http://www.telldus.se/support/index
So what is new in this version?
This firmware version is prepared with group support.
433 MHz devices in events
The data sent to the 433 MHz co-processor was sometimes disrupted in earlier version, it's now sent as one package to the co-processor.
Dim in scheduler
This didn't work in earlier versions.
Multi channel devices End point 1
Due to Z-Wave certification, we need to show end point 1 of all multi channel devices.
This end point should represent the main device.
This means that all multi channel devices will have one more device in the list from now on.
New 433 protocols
Sartano, Cotech and Biltema/Goobay are implemented
Z-wave certification stuff
Team Telldus wishes you a merry christmas!
The Aeon Labs Key Fob is a nice and small remote control for Z-Wave devices, it might be a little hard to understand the manual and the different modes it has though.
In order to make it easier to use, we've put together a small guide on how to include and configure this device.
The Key Fob can act as a Primary Controller if you don't have an existing Z-Wave network, but we will include it into the TellStick ZNet Lite Z-Wave network.
Start by add a new device in Telldus Live!. Use a pin or paperclip and push the learn button located on the back side of the Key Fob.
Give the new device a name.
Until now, the Key Fob has been in the Setup mode. Now we need to change the mode to Use Mode.
Use a pin or paperclip and push the learn button and the mode button for 3 seconds.
The LED will light up red for 3 seconds and then green for 1 second, confirming the mode change.
Since TellStick ZNet Lite does not support Z-Wave Scenes at the moment, we'll need to use the group mode to control devices.
Group mode is the default mode. To check the current mode, click on the device in Telldus Live!, click Edit device, Click Configuration, Click Advanced settings, check configuration number 250, it should be set to Group mode.
Now it's time to select a device to control from the Key Fob.
The device you wish to control needs to be included to TellStick ZNet Lite.
Depending on the mode of the device when it's paired with the Key Fob, the button will act as follows:
ON - Toggle the device
OFF - Turn off the device
DIM - Toggle dim on the device.
Press and hold the button on the Key Fob that you wish to use.
Start learn mode on the device. Please refer to the manual if you're unsure how to do this.
Release the button on the Key Fob.
If the device is controlled using the same button as start learn mode, you'll need to set the correct state before you start the learn mode.
Many switches start learn mode by pressing three times on the button that also controls the device.
When pressing three times, the status will also change three times. Make sure the device is OFF before starting learn mode if you want the Key Fob button to toggle the device.
We are now introducing the ability to export sensor data for beta users. This is your data, so you should be able to do what you want with it. Head over to http://live.telldus.com/sensor/index2, open up the sensor graph, update it with the interval you are interested in and press "Export range". The data will be exported to a CSV-file.
Just as in the graph we are at the moment limiting the exports to 5000 data points, but you can of course choose a new range and export again if not all data is included the first time.
The time is displayed as a unix timestamp. If you want to convert them to readable dates, you can use this algorithm for each timestamp, and then change the format of the cell to "date": =A2/86400+25569 (assuming the timestamp is in A2, this is tested in Libre Office, might be a bit different in Excel)
We know that this is a highly anticipated feature, and we hope you'll find it useful. If you discover any problems with it (it's still beta), let us know.
If you are not a beta user already, please sign up for all functions and consistent values: http://developer.telldus.com/blog/2015/03/24/sensor_history_beta
For you using the beta, we have now added a (very) basic time interval setting.
Just enter two dates to change the range in the graph. Right now we are limiting the data to a few thousand measure points, so you might not be able to view the whole selected interval in the graph. Since we are storing fewer data points further back in time (every third hour vs every 5 minutes), you might for example be able to see the graph for a whole year two years back, but only a few months back at a time if you start from today, since the number of data points is the same.
To access this function you need to use the new test version of the sensors-page, available at http://live.telldus.com/sensor/index2
If you find any problems, except from design issues, with the graph or the index2-page (it should load much faster), please let us know.
Remembering those sweet summer days...
If you are not using the beta yet, it's still possible to sign up here: http://developer.telldus.com/blog/2015/03/24/sensor_history_beta
A while ago we announced our new platform. But we did not tell you that much about our upcoming products. It's now time.
Let’s start with the new generation TellStick. Before starting developing the new generation of products we really listened to you. We wanted to take the TellStick you love and make it even better. With almost 10 years of feedback from our community we have received many great ideas and suggestions.
Our new model of TellStick is named TellStick ZNet Lite. Just as TellStick Net this is a standalone unit that connects and is controlled from Telldus Live! We have included a Z-Wave chip so it can communicate with over 1000 Z-Wave certified products. Since many of you already have a home full of 433 products and switching everything to Z-Wave is nothing you do over night, we have also included a 433 transmitter. This means you can still control all your existing 433 products and still leverage all the benefits from new Z-Wave products.
We know some of you don't always have a stable internet connection and relying on a steady connection is not always possible. That is why TellStick ZNet Lite runs all schedules and events offline. That means that even if you lose internet connectivity the schedules and local events will still run as nothing happened. Skipping the extra roundtrip to the servers also makes them a lot faster. With Z-Wave being a faster protocol than 433 to begin with, the events really come to their full potential when they are run locally.
We will also release another model, called TellStick ZNet Pro. This one has all the features from TellStick ZNet Lite and we have also included a 433 receiver to receive signals from 433 sensors. It is as easy to control as the TellStick ZNet Lite, but is also perfectly suited for all you hackers out there. With this model you will be able to run your own plugins and code directly on the device.
This products is aimed to be fully hackable.
- Do you want to support more than just 433 and Z-Wave? Develop your own plugin. We will provide samples to integrate both Philips Hue and Belkin WeMo.
- Do you not like our software at all? Don't worry. Use the sdcard option to boot your own linux distribution and run whatever software you like.
- Missing some hardware? We added a usb host option so you can extend it even further.
Both TellStick ZNet Lite and TellStick ZNet Pro are, with a built in web server, prepared for local control in the future.
In addition to our new gateways we are also releasing our very own Z-Wave On/Off receiver and a door/window sensor. Just as the gateways, both hardware and firmware are developed and designed by ourselves, so that we have full control of all functions.
Edit: Available for preorder at m.nu here: https://www.m.nu/telldus-znet-lite-forhandsbestallning-preliminar-leverans-september-p-2341.html