Unfortunately, the method described here does not work. As it turns out, my remote was originally configured as a scene controller using Vera. It’s not possible to do the same using SmartThings hub (not yet at least)
There’s been a lot of discussions about using inexpensive GE 45600 Z-Wave handheld remote control with SmartThings.
Up until now it could only be used as a secondary controller to control Z-Wave switches and dimmers. However, it was not possible to send button presses to the smart apps to control other devices, change mode, execute “Hello, Home” actions, etc.
And now you can! This custom device handler provides
capability.button and sends
button events for each of the 9 remote control buttons.
Note: To send button commands to SmartThings, you must press the “SCENE” button on the remote first (the third button in the top row). To switch back to normal remote control mode, press the “LIGHT” button (the first button in the top row).
In the demo video below I used “Button Controller” smart app found in the Convenience category to kick off “Hello, Home” actions.