Just adding my 2c worth here. Let me start by saying I’m an architect-level developer who writes software in about ten different languages. I’ve been playing with Home Automation for years, and currently I work at a very well known automation hardware company. My point is I’m a techie and have been around the block more than once.
Even so, I have literally spent the past few days reading every article/post I could about using this dimmer with SmartThings, and every one of those articles has the same problem. You’re supposed to already know how to do things, which doesn’t help those of us new to SmartThings, regardless of how technical one may be or what FAQs they have read!
For instance, while I have already created my own custom device types and SmartApps (thanks to the great FAQs that showed me how) and while I’ve also paired all of my third-party gear (GE Link, WeMo switches, Philips Hue, Amazon Echo) and have all of that working, I have yet to find a single article that tells me how to actually link the Philips Hue Dimmer Switch to the hub! I’ve tried pressing the setup button on the back while scanning to add new devices, but it didn’t work. I’ve tried pressing and holding the ‘On’ button (the way you pair directly to a bulb) but that doesn’t work either. I’ve added the custom code from these posts talking about it, creating a new device type, but that didn’t do anything except add the new device to my graph. I’ve even tried using Philips’ own documentation on adding it to their hub, substituting in the SmartThings hub where appropriate, but again, no dice.
In short, that’s the problem with all of these articles. They make certain assumptions… that you already have paired your remote and know how to connect it to your custom device type. But for people like myself, that’s not the case and I’m stumped.
That said, can someone please start to organize a landing page or similar for people such as myself that know their way around the basic system, but want to get started with more advanced things by adding this remote? A simple guide on what you need to do. For instance:
- Step 1: Steps to pair the remote to the SmartThings hub (both a new remote and one that came pre-paired to its bulb in a dimmer kit)
- Step 2: Add the custom device type based on this Groovy code (and please add comments in that Groovy code!)
- Step 3: Steps tp link the custom device type to the physical remote so it can be used in custom SmartApps
- Step 4: An example SmartApp showing how to control a simple light or switch with a button on the remote
If we can do something like that for people such as myself, it would go a long way to lowering the bar of entry to SmartThings outside of ‘just another hub’ while simultaneously paving the way to more advanced things that developers such as myself are capable of once we get over that hump!
Anyway, just my 2c worth. So can someone please help?