When I got this device several months ago, I had a hard time finding a good device handler for it (the one officially provided by SmartThings has its shortcomings & the community provided ones didn’t work well for me). I created my own handler for it but it is hard to find the link for it when digging around through the forums. Several in the community have used it with good results.
I’m posting this now to make it easy for others to find.
Master switch turns all 4 switches on or off.
Instant on if physical button is used.
Energy reporting for the 4 switched outlets and the 2 regular outlets.
Configuration options for energy reporting.
Temperature sensor (This sensor doesn’t seem to change often). It might be an internal sensor not meant for environmental monitoring.
The Android App has some serious display issues (especially on handlers that you have to scroll down on to see all the info). This is not an issue with my handler, but a bug that needs fixing on SmartThings end. If you scroll all the way down, turn the screen off, and then on, it displays properly.
This is definitely one of my favorite DH and app combos. I use the smart strip to have individual control over my dropcam (off when we are home, except when sleeping), Echo (off when we are away) and my coffee pot (only on briefly in the mornings).
This DH and App combo allow me to use the individual outlets in my routines which is very useful.
Power saving. I’m cutting power to more and more stuff and my usage (and cost) is going way down. Occasionally I make it through the door and hear echo saying “hello” as she reconnects. It seems to boot and connect very fast.
(Jason "The Enabler" as deemed so by @Smart)
Yeah, I can definitely see that. I’ve made some huge cutbacks too. I just try to make them in ways that are completely unnoticed in our day to day lives. I can’t shut everything down like that cause my house always has a bunch of people in it.
Thanks. Unfortunately, SmartThings does not make it possible to dynamically update device handlers. There may be a roundabout way to do it, but it’s more headache than it is worth. You could use a SmartApp like my Virtual Device Sync to create Virtual Switches. Then you could name the virtual switches to whatever you want.
I pulled from your github I believe. I already had you added for something else and I believe the version I grabbed showed “switch5” and “switch6” instead of “outlet5” and “outlet6” which meant I had no label tile.
Hi Eric, I have just purchased the Smart Strip and installed this device handler as well as the app and handlers here. This is the first custom anything I have installed for my smartthings hub, so apologies if I missed or misunderstood something.
After installing everything, I am able to control main power and switchable outlets, plus I get power readings from all the outlets. The “reset kWh” button works as well. Unfortunately the strip doesn’t seem to be reporting the outlet state. If I turn off the strip with the button or simply unplug it, it’s not reflected in the app. Also I don’t know if the Configure button at the bottom is supposed to do something or not, but pressing it has no effect.
I am using the strip and your app primarily to get an alert if the power goes out. I have four refrigerators connected to the strip and if the breaker pops or power goes out I want smartthings to send me a text immediately and attempt to turn on the strip. My smartthings hub and internet router are on a battery backup so it’s able to alert me if house power goes out. If the outlet state isn’t reported I obviously won’t get any alert.
I just added your device monitor app in addition to what’s there. I powered off the strip with the button and it immediately ran my custom automation to power up the strip and send me a text. It happened so fast I wasn’t able to watch the original app to see what it saw. When I did get in, it was reporting 3 of 4 outlets were powered on even though they all were on.
It seems like something is reporting the correct state of the outlets, but it’s not displaying in any of the My Home/Things.
There are a couple things going on. First, when you use the button on the strip to turn it on/off it does not always send a report that all of the relays are on or off. All the channels may be on, but the strip itself may only report that 3 of them are on. The other problem is that handlers with lots of tiles sometimes do not update until you back out of the device page and go back into it. So it can look like the relays didn’t turn on, but then you hit back and then go back into the device and see that they are all on.
Also, if the power goes out, the strip will not be able to send a report that the outlets are off. This is typically how these kinds of devices work. The good news is that the strips outlets return to the state they were in when power is restored. So if three outlets were on when the power went off, those three outlets will be on when power is restored.
Is the goal to make sure that all the fridges are on even after a power failure?