Posts in category z-wave

Philio (and D-Link) multisound siren

The Siren from Philio (PSE02) is sold as a multi sound device, but to make it play other sounds it has to receive a NOTIFICATION_REPORT. This report is normally sent out from a sensor such as a PIR or door/window-sensor. That means it's possible to e.g. play a Door Chime sound when a door/window-sensor is opened.
When sending a SWITCH_BINARY_SET (which is the default command that will be sent to this device from TellStick ZNet) will only make it play the default emergency sound.
In order to play other sounds, a NOTIFICATION_REPORT has to be sent out from TellStick - that can be done from a Lua-script.
We've put together a script that can send out the NOTIFICATION_REPORT when a device (or dummy-device) is turned on, it's available here:  https://github.com/telldus/tellstick-lua-examples/blob/master/zwave/Philio/Siren.lua

Make sure your Christmas tree does not run out of water

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

Use Aeon Labs Minimote

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:

  1. Include it into the Z-Wave network: Add a new device in Telldus Live! Press the Learn-button on the remote control
  1. Press and hold the button you like to configure - the blue led will flash after 1 sec.
  1. 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.
  1. Set the dimmer level or the on/off-state you want the button to set.
  1. Release the button.

Popp Z-weather

It's now possible to see all the sensor values from Z-Weather in Telldus Live!

Link to the manufacturer:
 http://www.popp.eu/products/sensors/z-weather/

Use Fibaro Motion Sensor

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.

To set the interval between light reports, set configuration 42:

To set the settings for temperature, set configurations 60 to 64:

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.

Merry Christmas!

TellStick ZNet Lite firmware version 1.0.6

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?

Groups
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

Some buggfixes


Team Telldus wishes you a merry christmas!

Use Aeon Labs Key Fob

Aeon Labs Key Fob

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.

New products from Telldus

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

Telldus Z-Wave beta 1

We are looking for testers for one of our Z-Wave based TellStick. This is not the final hardware and might be disabled when this test is complete. After this test period, an upgrade program to the final hardware will be available.

This TellStick has the following specifications:

  • Z-Wave EU controller
  • No 433 MHz is available
  • Requires an internet connection

We are looking for testers for the software and platform. These are our requirements:

  • You need to have your own Z-Wave accessories since we have no possibility to supply this.
  • We expect a report at least once a week on your experiences.

After signing up please send an email to mp@… and motivate why you should be accepted in this test.

There is only 4 pieces available for this test so be sure to motivate well why you should be chosen.

Interested? Please sign up.
THIS BETA IS CLOSED.

Telldus next generation. A new chapter begins

For the last two years we have been working hard on the next generation of TellStick and accessories. It is time for us to present our next step.

One of Telldus main philosophies is that we don't want to lock our users into a one company closed down solution, limiting what products to use and how to extend it further. This thought is the foundation of the TellStick family. We want the user to be able to reuse the products in their home and freely choose what products to purchase to extend the smart home. When we started to work on the TellStick over eight years ago the (Swedish) market consisted nearly exclusively of 433 MHz products. Therefore the choice for communcation in the first TellStick was easy.

Some years have since then passed and the market has evolved. The needs are no longer the same as it where. We have thoroughly followed the development of the "Smart Home" and "Internet of things" areas to find out what the best next step is for Telldus. We still strongly believe that interopability is the key. We will never be able to solve everybodys needs ourselves. Instead we want you to freely choose between different vendors and products.

Therefore, we believe, the next step for us is Z-Wave.

Let us first explain what Z-Wave is and what it can do for you.

Z-Wave is a communication standard developed by the company Sigma Designs. Sigma Designs does not develop nor sell any own products. Instead they focus on the communication technology and let other companies use this standard for their products. In order for a company, like us, to be able to use this standard we must also guarantee compatibilty with all other producs on the market also using Z-Wave.

Different companies specialize in different areas. Z-Wave allows all these to talk the same language and communicate each other. Each company can focus on their area of expertise and what they do best, thermostats, garage port openers, or water leakage detectors.

This is one reason why we strongly believe in Z-Wave.

Another benefit is that Z-Wave has two way communication. Any command sent will be acknowledged by the receiver, ensuring the command actually was received by the receiver and resend the signal when needed. The receivers themselves can also act as a repeater and repeat the signal and extending the range even further.

Since about a year Telldus has been a member in Z-Wave Alliance. Z-Wave Alliance is a cooperation between the companies developing Z-Wave products. It aims to help companies ensure the interoperability between all the products using the Z-Wave logo.

What about the 433 MHz products, you may wonder?

We still believe in 433 as well. The 433 products are more affordable and easier to find in the market. For a lot of applications there is no need for Z-Wave. We will continue to support 433 and we are working on products with both 433 and Z-Wave. This way you will be able to mix and match what products fits you the most. And you will be able to use 433 and Z-Wave together in your home.

We have been developing both next generation TellStick as well as new accessories. We are now ready for testing and we will soon start looking for anyone wanting to help us test our new system and new products. Please keep an eye on this blog for beta-announcements in the near future.