Hijacking my Digital Life Smart Plugs

I want to re-pair a couple of Digital Life Smart Plugs to my SmartThings V2. I don’t want to link my ST Hub to Digital Life (which is what some related posts have been talking about).

The Digital Life system included two “Jasco Light and Appliance Module ZW4101” Smart Plugs.

I recently purchased two “GE On/Off Light and Small Appliance Module ZW4101” Smart Switches.

Both the Jasco (paired with Digital Life) and the GE (paired to my ST hub) have the exact same model number (ZW4101) and the exact same FCC ID (U2Z45602-3), so I’m hoping I can control the Digital Life Smart Plugs from my SmartThings hub only.

I’m not familiar enough with Z-Wave to know if this is possible or not - do I have to have Digital Life support “unpair” the Smart Plugs so that I can pair them with SmartThings? Or is there a way for SmartThings to forcibly pair with them?

If the latter, can someone guide me? “Looking for your new Things” doesn’t find it (I’m not surprised, as that would be very insecure), and hitting the on/off button on the switch (which for an un-paired switch cause ST to would immediately find it) does nothing (except turn the lamp on or off). And I can’t see a reset pin-hole.

If the former, it’s probably not worth the ~$70 I would save buying two more from Amazon, rather than spend an hour in a pointless chat with Digital Life.

Thanks.

Since these are Z wave, it’s probably quite easy. :sunglasses:

Z wave devices store the information of their controller when they are paired to the network. So you have to clear that information before you can pair it to a new controller.

Fortunately, the Z wave designers took into account the fact that you might not still have the old controller. It might’ve broken, you might’ve bought the product used, it might even have been originally paired to a test network at the manufacturer.

So Zwave allows any Z wave controller to issue a “general exclusion” command which tells any zwave device in range that it is OK to clear the controller information.

If you then set an individual end device, like your pocket sockets, into “exclude mode” they will pick up that instruction and clear the old controller information even though they have never been paired to the controller that is issuing the general exclusion command. It’s still considered a secure procedure because you have to have physical access to the end device for the second step of the process. This usually requires pressing a button on that device, sometimes in a particular pattern.

You will then be able to pair them in the usual way to the new controller.

Detailed Reset Instructions are at the bottom of the following page:

https://support.smartthings.com/hc/en-us/articles/200867104-How-to-connect-and-reset-a-GE-module-Z-Wave-

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Thanks. Those instructions would apply if the switches had been previously paired with my ST hub (or some other controller to which I have access).

It sounds like I would need to contact Digital Life to have them do the equivalent operation (exclude the switches from their controller). But I’m trying to avoid having to resort to that.

What would you recommend if (say) I had purchased these switches used, and they had been previously paired with someone else’s hub? What would you suggest then? Is there a factory reset for these switches that you know of?

Oh wait, sorry, I didn’t read all of your post.I’ll check it out more thoroughly :slight_smile:

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Right–any zwave controller can issue a general exclusion, it does not have to have been previously paired with the device. :sunglasses:

So the SmartThings hub can issue a general exclusion, the nearby Pocket socket that was previously paired to digital life will hear that command (as long as it is plugged in, of course), then when you press the button on the pocket socket as instructed in the article I linked to, it will clear the old controller information and be ready to be paired to the SmartThings hub.

So it’s the same procedure regardless of who the previous controller was. That’s the point of the general exclusion.

Nice, thanks again, this worked and was extremely easy.

Mike

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In SmartThings or in Alexa app, how did you issue the general exclusion? I used to be with Digital Life and would love to reuse these as well. Thanks

You have to have a Z wave hub to issue the general exclusion. Any certified Z wave hub can do it, As mentioned above.

If you do have a SmartThings V2, SmartThings V3, or Aeotec “works as a SmartThings hub”, then go to the hub details page, and it will be under zwave utilities.

You cannot do it with a smartthings “station“ hub, as that does not have a Z wave radio.

You cannot do it from the Alexa app, as echo devices do not have zwave radios either, and you cannot access the SmartThings hub utilities from that app.

So would this be something like my Orbi mesh system? I have many z-wave devices but not sure if I have a hub. Can you provide me with a few examples? Thank you for your help

Not likely, your Orbi mesh system is probably Wi-Fi mesh.

If your Z wave devices work, you have a zwave hub. But I have no idea which one. And you can only use the smartthings app with one of the three smartthings hubs I mentioned in my previous post. Not with just any brand of zwave hub.

Also, note that not all of the digital life devices were zwave. The motion and contact sensors, for example, were not.

If you don’t have a hub, you will have to get a new Z wave hub to work with the Z wave devices you already have. So you’ll have to decide which one you want to get, there are many choices from different brands.

This forum was set up a number of years ago so that customers could help other customers with the Samsung SmartThings ™ home automation platform. So all of the questions and answers are assumed to be in that context. For example, the original poster in this thread had a smartthings v2 hub and wanted to use some digital life smart plugs with it. But it sounds like you are not using the smartthings platform, so there may not be a lot we can do to help you. :thinking:

You might want to try the Reddit home automation subforum: they cover all brands.

https://www.reddit.com/r/homeautomation/

Good luck!