I was trying to understand how to start with developments and it got really complicated.
In Argentina we have some air conditioners (their brand if BGH) with “smart control” and also a “smart control kit” which allows to control other brands’ A/C. (the smart control was designed by www.solidmation.com and both use the same app)
Such smart app has an api and I would like to know if anyone is also insterested in integrating it and how difficult this can be.
Hello to the ST Community members!
I have the same problem as @Nacho1 to integrate my “BGH” air conditioner with “wifi control kit” provided by “Solidmation” with Smartthings. Since I’m not a coder, to do so I asked customer care of these brands to provide at least an IFTTT channel, but I didn’t get any response.
I tried to integrate it by using Broadlink RM2 + RM Bridge + ST Smartapp but I wasn’t able to get the IR codes from the remote (frequency issues I believe).
I also tried to mount a node.js to capture the A/C wifi commands sent by the app to my router, but that didn’t work either for me coz it was far away from my knowledge.
Since I recently found a Homebridge plugin (https://www.npmjs.com/package/homebridge-bgh-smart) which is able to control this wifi A/C unit throu PHP (https://bgh-services.solidmation.com/control/Panel.aspx) and that the user @bendews successfully wrote a ST smartapp I believe similar to the one we need ([RELEASE] Daikin WiFi Split System v1.4.1), I would like to ask if someone could give us a little help to achieve the integration.
Thanks in advance! Screenshot_20180108-131042|391x500
You will need to install Homebridge somewhere. I recommend a raspberry pi but most other computers that you leave on all the time work, too. My instructions above are for raspberry pi 2 (I have never done it on another device but other raspberry pis probably work exactly the same). The installation is not straight forward and you may have to re-start it if you make a mistake - happened to me, too.
In addition to the Smartthings plugin for Homebridge, also install the BGH plugin (I assume the command to install it is the same as the one for the Smartthings plugin)
You will also need an apple device and have an apple ID.
When you installed the BGH plugin and discovered your homebridge with your apple device you can control your BGH device through the apple home app.
When you installed the Smartthings plugin you will also be able to control Smartthings devices through your apple home app.
You then create a “virtual switch” in smartthings (search this forum for instructions on how to do that). Then you can write rules in the apple home app to control your AC (e.g. when the virtual switch turns on, turn on the BGH device; when the virtual switch turns off, turn off the BGH device).
Hola, Yo los tengo integrado a Apple HomeKit por medio de homebridge y el plugin homebridge-bgh-smart - npm. Pero el desarrollador no da soporte hace rato (se está dedicando a otras cosas) y la verdad que estaría bueno que alguien lo actualice. Al margen de esto, funciona MUY bien…