Help finding ZigBee devices

I have a detached garage 175’ away from the house. Z-Wave won’t reach no matter what I try, but ZigBee does.

I need a couple of things. Can be either ZigBee. Or WiFi if it integerates with ST or IFTTT.

  1. Fan Dimmer Switch
  2. Motion/Multi sensor (25’ range)
  3. Wall receptacle outlets (not plugs)

Read that a while back with no luck.

You can still sometimes find the quirky outlink although I think it’s been officially discontinued. It will work with smartthings although you won’t get energy reporting. And there have been reports that it drops off the network from time to time.

Otherwise you can use one of the smartenIT relays ( there’s a single, double, and a heavy duty), those all work well with SmartThings.

The relays say they work with ceiling fans, but that’s only for on/off, not variable speed control. You can check with the company to see if there’s anything they recommend, they’re very reputable.

As far as sensors, as long as you have the mains powered devices there to act as repeaters, you can use any of the zigbee sensors in that area.

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Another option for fan control, although it’s expensive, is to get the Lutron Maestro IR wall switch, which gives excellent fan and light kit control, and then control the switch with harmony.

Harmony runs on Wi-Fi and has an IFTTT channel, so that gives you IFTTT control of the fan.

This is a well engineered device, excellent ratings, it’s just that it’s expensive. $100 for the switch and another $100 for the harmony. And the switch is an IR device so you have to be line of sight to the harmony, you can’t use a harmony back in the main house.

But setup should be easy and it will give you a lot of options.

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I would just recommend using a Wi-FI bridge or range extender and placing another Smartthings Hub in the building.

Good point, if the Wi-Fi bridge has an ethernet port, you could plug the second hub in there. (updated to note @anon36505037 's correction below, I misheard the original post.)

However, there are a lot of issues with trying to use two hubs. SmartThings does not allow for 2 hubs on one “location,” so it can get pretty complicated if you want to coordinate your rules .

This is covered in the “how to automate an outbuilding” wiki article linked to in post 2 above.

Good point, I misheard the original post and have updated mine above.

As far as the 2 hubs communicating, this is covered in the wiki article on automating an outbuilding. You can use IFTTT as a man in the middle, but at the present time they each have to have their own IFTTT Account and then you use email or text to communicate between them.

So it’s clunky but doable. I believe the OP had already considered this option.