Sorry, I’m feeling tired, hopefully other people will be able to help. Just a quick answer without looking anything up…
The Enerwave outlet
I would contact www.zwaveproducts.com and ask them if they’re expecting the Enerwave outlet back in stock. They’re one of the biggest retailers and they should know. There are a lot of Z wave devices going out of stock right now because the manufacturers are getting ready to bring out zwave plus models and they’re just letting the retailers sell out what they have of The older models . But you never know.
As far as the specs on that particular outlet, I haven’t looked at them recently, but you may well be right and it might not be a match for your current.
There are some 230v options. And most of them are micro relays that go in the wall. There are a couple on the official “works with SmartThings” list. SmartenIT has one which is popular for pool equipment, and it should work. There’s also an Aeon heavy duty micro which I believe can handle 20 A. So in that case you keep your current outlet, you just have the relay wired in behind it and that gives you on/off control from the network.
Backing up–would just on/off give you what you want? Otherwise forget about the outlet all together, what you want is control of the AC itself. Not just the power to it
But all of that implies that what you want to do is turn the outlet on and off, and honestly that doesn’t usually fit with an air-conditioner use case. On/off is more for fans.
Do your air-conditioners have a handheld remote now? And if they do is it an IR remote?
If so, there’s a Remotec zwave Device made for controlling air conditioners that have IR remotes. So it’s just acts as a bridge between smartthings and the air-conditioner.
Which by the way while I’m thinking about it if you can tell us the brand and model number of the Air-conditioners people can help more.
Global cache is another alternative for IR control which gives you more granularity, but you need to set up a man in the middle to get integration with SmartThings so that’s a whole other conversation.
And the harmony hub might be yet another option. It has the best out of the box integration with SmartThings, but costs more.
If they don’t have remotes, or if the remotes are 433 MHz, it’s a whole other set of steps.
back to the original problem
Set let’s go back to your original question…this is a problem where it’s easiest to work backwards
One) what exactly do you want each unit to do? If it’s just on/off, then we would look at networking the outlet one way or the other, probably with an In wall micro. But if you need to be able to do things like have the air conditioner switch to a different temperature set point, or really anything except on/off, then don’t worry about the wall outlet – – you’re going to want to have the power on all the time anyway. We just have to find a way to communicate to the air-conditioner.
Two) So assuming that you do want to Do something other than just on/off, how do you currently give commands to the air conditioner. Are they wired to a thermostat? Do you have a handheld remote? Or do you have to push buttons on the air conditioner itself? Because that’s the process that we have to automate.
Three)a) if you already have a central thermostat controlling them, life is simple – – you just replace the thermostat.
3b) if you don’t have a central thermostat controlling them but they do have a handheld remote, then we need to check the frequency on that remote. If it’s infrared (IR) then there are several options including the harmony. Other people can discuss those with you. If it’s a 433 MHz remote, there are some possibilities but it requires rigging a maker type device, SmartThings itself doesn’t support that protocol. There’s also a possibility of physically hacking the remote or using button pusher actuators. But those options are pretty kludgy. But not impossible, people have done them.
3c) if they aren’t already wired to a central thermostat and they don’t have a handheld remote, you’re cooked unless you’re willing to wait for the Prota push microbot or you want to hack a similar actuator. This would be something that physically pushes buttons. The prota look nice and they are from a reputable company, but they’re not on the market yet, they’re still in pre-release. So it’s hard to say what kind of integration you’ll be able to get with smartthings. I am quadriparetic with limited hand control, so I’m very excited about the prota microbot potential, although as always with anything that hasn’t come to market yet, we’ll just have to wait to see what they actually deliver. I’m not pre-ordering them, but I am following them closely.
So, if you just need on/off, use the microswitch to get control of the power outlet.
If you need more than on/off, check the AC models to see if they can be wired to a central thermostat or if they already are wired. Then you just get a thermostat that can work with SmartThings. You don’t have to change the AC units at all except to connect them up to the thermostat. You don’t have to change the power outlet.
If they cannot be wired to a central thermostat, see if they have an existing remote that could be connected to SmartThings. IR is the easiest, 433 MHz is possible but requires additional devices and some work, anything else has to physically hack the remote. Again, though you don’t have to change the power outlet.
And if they can’t be wired to a central thermostat and they don’t have an existing remote and your only means of control is pushing buttons on the face of the device, you have to essentially get a robot finger to do it. Once the prota microbots come to market is they’re anything close to what they’re promising now they will be in nicely packaged unit you can buy off-the-shelf. Otherwise you have to build your own button pusher.
At which point a lot of people just go with buying a new air-conditioner.
Anyway, I hope that helped explain the process. Again, other people can help you with the details but I hope that makes more sense.