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 Posted: Friday Dec 2nd, 2016 12:16 pm
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Christmas has come around again and I find myself stuck controlling lights and trees, as my modified RFXCom unit failed during the year and it was going to be far too costly to repair. Not only that it was a nightmare to implement because of the heavy customisation to get it working with the UCM Ethernet. So I find myself looking for a new method to remotely control appliances.
I require Comfort to control plug in 240v appliances, not lighting as I have CBUS.
What's the consensus here on the best system today? I have a spare UCM/Ethernet now, but I'm not against a 12v Comfort switched system over CAT5 to locally control a 240v unit but I didn't find anything (shame).
LightwaveRF?ZWave? (I'd need to buy the UCM tho, I'd rather not)X10 very unreliable in my house, so discountedAnything else?
Looking to all your experts out there!
Thanks



 Posted: Friday Dec 2nd, 2016 12:45 pm
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Any success with using Samsung SmartThings Hub (therefore allowing Alexa control) or similar? The SmartThings hub can then control a variety of devices and would seem to be a potential option - if Comfort can fire off commands from the UCM Ethernet?

I see this thread on Smartthings, but that's to expose uPnP devices to Comfort - I only want Comfort to send out commands, not receive http://comfortforums.com/view_topic.php?id=4534&forum_id=27&highlight=smartthings

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 Posted: Friday Dec 2nd, 2016 01:09 pm
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A CE approved 240v of this would be a good way to control over CAT5 direct from Comfort http://www.powerswitchtail.com/Pages/default.aspx



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You can use this device with a Comfort output and relay, right?

I think UCM/zwave is suitable for simple switching



 Posted: Friday Dec 2nd, 2016 01:52 pm
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First options would be via the Ethernet UCM I have otherwise it's wasted.



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Has anyone attempted to send commands to a Samsung SmartThings hub? That system can talk to many many devices so opens up a huge ecosystem to Comfort, including ZWave, Amazon Echo, etc.

Is this possible?



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Insteon



 Posted: Friday Dec 9th, 2016 11:50 pm
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Insteon is far too costly



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Velbus?



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I have CBUS already. Need is for plugin modules to be able to be moved anywhere (ie wireless control)



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What about this, the Orvio units? There's a WiFi controller that may have scope for direct Comfort control.

The post is below but the summary is :

The short of it is:

The socket communicates via UDP on port 10000
You need to know the MAC address of your socket
You send a discovery packet to which the socket replies
You then 'subscribe' to the socket in order to control it
When you send on / off packets to the socket, it replies in turn with it's current state
EDIT: There's a further breakdown of the protocol here: http://pastebin.com/0w8N7AJD . Credit goes to Nozza87 on the Ninja Blocks Forum

2016 EDIT: The code mentioned is no longer up to date. You can now install node-orvibo, which controls this, the AllOne IR blaster, and can (sort of) do schedules and such. Either install via npm install --save node-orvibo or check out the code here: http://github.com/grayda/node-orvibo

Note that the Orvibo S10 / S20 sockets are sold under a variety of names, including Arlec PC180. See the GitHub page for an (incomplete) list of brand names and places to buy them.


http://stackoverflow.com/questions/22897831/wifi-socket-communication-with-android-phone/28649187#28649187

and then a breakdown of the protocol
http://pastebin.com/0w8N7AJD



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You have CBUS already but Insteon is "far to costly " !



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