Xiaomi Smart Switch Button, Zigbee (From China, ships to both the US and Europe)
This is another very inexpensive device from Xiaomi, typically selling for nine dollars or less. Xiaomi is a very large consumer products company in China. This device is part of their home automation line and is intended for the Chinese market, but Gearbest has been importing it for about six months and some community members have it working with SmartThings. It’s a little bigger than the iris smart button, but round.
Shipping can take up to a month, pairing can be fiddly, and it’s not officially certified for ZHA, but it’s hard to beat the price.
(US) Also, since this question has come up a couple of times in the threads on the new SmartThings/Lutron integration…
If you are using the official integration, the Lutron multibutton devices, called pico’s, Will work to control your Lutron lights, but The pico’s themselves will be invisible to SmartThings, so you can’t use the buttons for anything else.
If this is of interest, you will need the pico models that work with the Lutron Caseta line. There are a number of different models with different button arrangements. They also come in several colors and can be used in a wall mount or handheld.
If you have a Lutron SmartBridge pro rather than the regular Lutron smart bridge, there is a community created integration which would let you use the pico’s in a way that SmartThings would know about the button pushes , but that one requires also setting up a raspberry pi as a “man in the middle” server. So there are some community members using it, but you do need a strong technical background.
Just to add to what @JDRoberts said, my integration does allow Picos to act as button devices in ST. And actually I’m currently testing a new version that is vastly easier to install. It still needs an always on device like a raspberry pi or your PC but the setup takes just a few minutes now. I hope to test a little more and release it soon.
It’s not a primary controller, which is why it needs to be part of the network established by another controller. Being added to that network is what allows it to control the end devices, the actual lights, but it does that through association in five different association groups. It’s not using central scene commands.
So you’d have to add the SmartThings hub to each of the five association groups and deal with it like a button controller.
I honestly don’t know whether SmartThings let you add the hub to two different association groups for the same device or not.
But let’s take further discussion of this specific device to a new thread just about that device, we’re kind of getting off topic for this FAQ, which is just supposed to have links to buttons and remotes which are already known to work with smartthings.
Also, both Ring and Skybell sell their video doorbells for the U.K. market. These cost more, but of course are offering many more features, most obviously the video, but also audio. And there is an official SmartThings integration.
There are also other button devices listed above that are available in the UK. Such as the fibaro button and the Nodon button Personally, I don’t find the aesthetics of those as good for a doorbell as the Aeon panic button, but different people like different things.
Just an update: the Flic button is now being sold in the U.K. as well.
All of the caveats as noted above (I can no longer edit that post or I would add this to it).
The company has announced that it is developing a standalone bridge that would mean you no longer need a phone/tablet at home to make the buttons work, they would have their own Internet access through the bridge. But that piece is not out yet and I don’t know if they’re intending to release it in the US and the UK at the same time or just start with the US.
Appreciate the comments. Might take a look at that panic button. If it isn’t too expensive then it could be an option. Although the aeon looked good for use as a speaker too - eg notifications while our phones are off or on silent, plus I also want a normal chime if possible.
Ring etc are a lot more than I’d like to pay and at least ring doesn’t even have a normal bell - you’re reliant on phone notifications which seems crazy to me. Home automation is great but you also need a home that can be used by people that don’t have apps installed.
Understood. There are a lot more options for doorbells in the US than there are in the UK, although that’s getting outside the scope of this particular FAQ, which is just about the button devices. So if you’d like to start a new thread we could talk about doorbell chime options in the UK.
Meanwhile, ring does have a chime which works with its doorbell, but it adds an additional £25. Still, there will be some people who just want the problem solved and are willing to pay the extra, so I mention it here:
I got one - initially I got it to pair - but ran into the old issue where the hub can recognise the command but not the button pressed. Today however, I discovered a configuration command (not listed in the manual that they sent to me with the device) that enables central scene reporting…
(US) Ecolink Battery Operated Smart Switch Cover, No Wiring Required
@ajpri is working on a device type handler for this new device. It fits over an existing switch, but is a different form factor then the gocontrol and Sylvania covers. In particular, it looks like the toggle physically moves so that it is in the up position for on in the down position for off which I know a lot of people have been asking for.
Unlike the Switchmate, which is just held in place with magnets, this one does require removing the old face plate and then screwing this device in its place.
Also available in a rocker model, although that one seems to be harder to find:
Note that unlike the go control smart switch cover and the Sylvania smart switch cover, this one should not be used over a Switch that controls the current to smart bulbs as it is going to physically activate the original switch underneath the cover and cut the current to the bulbs. You don’t want to do that for a switch for smart bulbs which is used frequently because when the switch is turned on again, the inrush current can damage the radio in the smart bulbs overtime. So use this one with dumb bulbs, and one of the other two for smart bulbs.
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