Hi, I think it would be great if SmartThings is compatible with British Gas’ Remote Heating Control (RHC) system.
Could someone please validate whether this is the case? And, if not, what it would take?
A little bit about the system…
British Gas RHC lets you control your combi gas hot water boiler on/off or through simple scheduling via a website or mobile app - http://www.britishgas.co.uk/products-and-services/remote-heating-control.html I guess I could use SmartThings to do a simple one/off of the boiler via a smart plug, but that strikes me as potentially inefficient andRHC offers granular thermostat temperature control, so I think it would be fantastic to trigger the RHC-enabled boiler based on certain SmartThings events…
Like SmartThings, RHC depends on a Smart Hub connected to a broadband router by Ethernet. The Smart Hub sends RHC instructions to a wireless handheld thermostat control (the basis of rudimentary in-home remote control), which sends its instructions to a wall-mounted wireless receiver that is connected directly to the boiler.
British Gas’ Smart Hub is actually a licensed AlertMe hub. https://www.alertme.com/help/smartheating/technical-questions.html AlertMe says: “The products are not HA compliant and for that reason, our devices use AlertMe-specific ZCL commands. Zigbee uses linear polarisation. AlertMe uses ZigBee chips, manufactured by Ember. EM260 is used in the SmartHub and EM250 is used in the devices.”
The wireless thermostat control is British Gas-branded WR1.
Anyone got any input on how, or whether, this lot can talk to each other please?