Force non-secure join for Fibaro Dimmer 2, won't respond to directly associated remote

fibaro

#1

I installed a Fibaro Dimmer 2 to control my kitchen lights where I only have line and load, no neutral wire. I put in the Fibaro Dimmer 2 along with a 3-position single-pole double-throw momentary switch. It works great with no buzzing (unlike the Lutron Caseta which buzzed terribly).

I need to install a second auxiliary switch or remote for the kitchen lights in another location where I do not have uninterrupted power. I bought two devices to test as remotes for the Fibaro Dimmer 2. I bought the Cooper Aspire RF9500 battery operated switch/dimmer remote, and I also bought the battery powered GoControl/Linear WA00Z-1 Z-Wave Scene-Controller Wall Switch. My plan is to use whichever one performs best. (I hardwired the box where the old 3-way switch had been with the incoming line and two traveler wires. I hardwired the line to one of the travelers and it continues on to the box with the Fibaro Dimmer 2 switch. The other traveler is not connected to anything. Since that line is switched downstream by the Dimmer 2 and there is no neutral return wire, I’m unable to use any mains-powered zwave devices in this location.)

I am using a SmartThings Hub and connected the Fibaro Dimmer 2 easily. I notice that the Dimmer 2 is using a secure z-wave connection to SmartThings. Using either of the battery-operated remotes, I have managed to get them to control the Dimmer 2 via SmartApps managed by the hub, but they usually exhibit 2-5 seconds of lag and 20% of the time button clicks don’t result in a response. WAF is at unacceptable levels. I need a better solution.

Both of these remotes can also directly control other devices via Direct Association. The RF9500 unit uses standard Z-Wave protocol and directly associates to other devices through Group 1. The WA00Z-1 uses Z-Wave Plus and directly associates via Group 2. In testing, I successfully associated both units with other Z-Wave dimmers and switches in my house. Pressing the buttons turns on/off the associated switches. Holding the dimmer buttons dim the associated switches. Performance is fast and reliable and bypasses the hub.

When I associate either device with the Fibaro Dimmer 2, nothing happens. I notice that my remotes as well as all of the other Z-Wave switches in my house are attached to the SmartThings hub without security, but the Fibaro Dimmer 2 has a secure connection. I believe when it is securely attached that it ignores all commands from non-secure devices. How can I get the Dimmer 2 to respond to non-secure commands from other devices?

Can I force the Dimmer 2 to connect to SmartThings in a non-secure manner? Is there a method to force this via SmartThings or via a setting on the Dimmer 2 upon initial join? If I can do this, then I believe the Dimmer 2 will respond to the commands from my remote switches.

I also see that the Fibaro Dimmer 2 has Z-Wave device parameter #27 that can be changed to allow either secure or non-secure commands to be issued to Association Groups. The default value of 15 sends secure commands to all groups (2-5) and the value of 0 sends non-secure commands to all groups (2-5). But this only applies to outgoing commands to groups that the Dimmer 2 would directly control, and doesn’t affect whether the Dimmer 2 responds to incoming non-secure commands from other devices, right?

Any help would be greatly appreciated.


#2

I’ve not tried this, but I’ve seen reference that if the Dimmer 2 initially joins the ST hub via an intermediate point in the mesh network, then it won’t join in a secure manner. Might be worth a try to move it to another part of your house where there’s a repeater nearby and connect it the hub from there?


#3

Thanks for that suggestion. Maybe I’ll run an extension cord out the other side of the house and wire the Dimmer 2 right onto the end of that. That would ensure I have other devices between it and the hub and enough distance to force a double hop. Seems easier than opening up a random wall box temporarily. I’ll move it back to its intended switch box after the join. I’ll report back if that works. It still would be nice to control whether a join is secure or not via a setting on either the hub or the device, though.


#4

Also paging @RobinWinbourne who has extensive experience of the Dimmer 2.


(Robin) #5

If you force a non-secure connection (by ensuring a mesh hop as noted above) then the best handler (from @zcapr17) will not work.

I believe an older handler by @hajar might still work though, as it tests for security type and sends appropriate commands.

I don’t think security makes a difference though… I’m fairly sure I’ve associated secure and non-secure devices in the past.

Key (I think) is only to associate from one device (not double up by doing it from both devices)… @zcapr17’s Fibaro handler has association built into the handler, is this what you are trying?