Good evening all. Today I bought the Ikea Wireless Control Outlet kit with two-button remote. Searching online how to integrate this with SmartThings I only found posts from a few months ago saying that the button counldn’t be integrated, but after a bit of playing I have managed to get the button to control up to four actions so I I have joined the forum so I can share what I found in case it benefits others.
How to use Ikea Tradfri outlet and two-button remote with SmartThings:
I bought the kit with the plug socket and two-button remote which are both Zigbee compatible. The button comes paired to the outlet, but we’ll erase that pairing and route all control via the SmartThings hub.
To pair the outlet with the SmartThings Hub, I went into the SmartThings classic app, selected ‘add a thing’, then once it began searching (and with the outlet plugged into the mains), I held the reset button in the tiny hole at the bottom with a paperclip until the flashing lights did their thing and the outlet appeared in the list of devices found. SmartThings recognises the outlet and has a device handler for it, so you complete adding it to your devices as normal. SmartThings can now control the outlet like any other outlet or switch.
To pair the Ikea button with the SmartThings hub, I pressed the little button next to the battery quickly 4 times to reset it (it flashed red four times to confirm). Then I took out the battery and left it out for about 20 seconds. Then in the SmartThings classic app I went to “add a thing” and it started searching. I put the battery back in the button and again pressed the little button next to the battery 4 times quickly. Red lights flashed four times to confirm the reset, then throbbed gently, and SmartThings found the button.
Now it appears as a main device with two child devices:
Main device: IKEA TRÅDFRI On/Off switch
Child device: IKEA TRÅDFRI On/Off switch bottom button
Child device: IKEA TRÅDFRI On/Off switch top button
I let it keep those names for now while I got to grips with things. If you look into the activity logs, you can see actions are being logged when you press the buttons.
Now if I go into the device in my list of devices in the new SmartThings app, it seems to offer me the option to assign actions to the various button presses, but if I try to do that the app crashes.
However, if I go into Automations and add a “Smart Lighting” automation, I can add an automation that does whatever I want, triggered by the Ikea button. I have found that it is best not to select the child devices - just select the master device as the trigger, then you get the option to choose button 1 or 2 (button 1 is actually the one marked “0” with a rought texture on the device, and button 2 is the one marked “I” with a smooth texture on the device). You can also choose “pressed” or “held”. And you can choose the action as a toggle if you like.
As a test I created four automations:
Press button 1 toggles on/off my kitchen light
Press button 2 toggles on/off my cabinet lights
Hold button 1 toggles on/off my patio lights
Hold button 2 toggles on/off the Ikea outlet
With the Smart Lighting automations you can do pretty much any combition of actions you would likely want with the switch, so even though it looks like the button hasn’t been properly implemented yet, it’s good enough if you don’t mind a bit of extra set up work.
The Ikea Tradfri outlet is a bargain at £10, and at £19 for the kit the extra £9 for a Zigbee button that can do four functions seems like an absolute bargain to me. The outlet (UK version) can handle a full 13A, and the European version can handle the a full 16A so what more could you want from an outlet? And the button is a great bit of design: the two sides of the button have different texture so you can feel in the dark which side you’re pressing, it’s very small and light, it has a strong magnet in the base to cling to a metal surface, and comes with a base plate to screw it to something and a couple of 3M sticky pads. I think it’s a great bit of kit for £9! I will definitely be buying more of these kits! Well done Ikea!