Hello to the group. Long time stalker, first time poster.
I have read everything about the _anything and the new _Omnithings used to connect new devices. I have read other posts on how folks tried to do this as well.
I need some help from the group please.
I need suggestions on:
- A good board like a ESP32 that will pair with SmartThings using above mentioned tools. Open to anything as long as it is relatively user friendly and holds a solid mesh network connection. All Zwave and Zwave plus devices currently, and we do not have drops.
- Steps to pin out the recliner to know what I really need to add on besides an adapter board or connector for the pins. Waiting on the chair to see if it is a DIN connection.
- How to control all 6 buttons and the home button without disabling those on the recliner. (i want both buttons and app access) I wonder if I need to add a passthrough connection so the buttons will function.
- A good pairing (Daughter) board, or solder on connector that will take the DIN (I assume) or whatever connection the recliner has. It has 7 keys.
They will be delivered tomorrow so this is just the ramp up. I want to order what I need as soon as they are delivered and start getting voltage and resistance readings so I can get this going.
I am looking at the ESP32 boards, but a lot of them online look like cheapy remakes. I want to buy a good board with a solid mesh network connection. Using all Z Wave and Zwave plus devices currently.
I am also buying recliners that seem to have the same hardware, so we are adding three boards that need to have have unique device_ID for SmartThings network.
Also thinking of attaching a speaker under the recliners to scare the cats out from under the couch as it closes. I am sure I can find a noise we barely hear that pisses them off enough to move. Maybe a bobcat growl…