I can’t seem to find this information on the Smartthings website, does the remote on the list work without the Aurora Hub, directly connecting to Smartthings?
You can’t use the Aurora hub with the smartthings hub and a device cannot belong to both hubs at the same time.
You use the smartthings hub instead of the aurora hub and pair the Aurora devices which are on the official compatibility list directly with the smartthings hub.
Did that answer the question?
Yes, thank you very much! And the ones not on the list would need the hub, then?
We don’t really know until somebody buys them and tries them. The ones not on the official list might be able to work with the smartthings hub or they might not. They should of course all work with their own hub.
But there’s no integration between the two hubs, so you wouldn’t be able to use things attached to the Aurora hub in a smartthings automation.
With regards to the AOne inline dimmers.
As far as I can see all the current AOne inline dimmers are indeed designed to work without a wired switch. They are not like for example the Fibaro dimmer modules which can work with a manual switch.
For the AOne inline dimmers you would have to use a wireless Zigbee switch like this https://aone.auroralighting.com/ProductDetails/AU-A1ZBKWC instead of a traditional manual wired switch.
I have previously spoken to an Aurora representative and I have suggested they should add another product to their line up which would do what you (and I want) which is to indeed work with a wired switch. If you agree with my view and feel they should add a product like the one below please contact them to add your request. The more that do this the more likely they will do so.
The above is a Zigbee 3.0 and Zigbee Light Link compatible module which supports both control via Zigbee commands and also supports being connected to a wired momentary light switch like the Fibaro and similar modules but unlike the existing AOne inline modules.
That is odd as their instructions show a wired switch and their rep told my electrician they are designed to be retrofitted to systems with wired switches. Their diagrams include wired switches.
Where we live has poor internet connectivity so we have to be able to operate not needing the internet and wired switches were a deal breaker - if we didn’t have them my partner would not have allowed the installation. For us the greater issue is the flickering. If there was a way to program each dimmer to come on at 95% brightness rather than 100% we’d lose the flickering issue.
I have not used AOne inline modules but if in response to a Zigbee on/off command they return to the last brightness level set then you could set them to 95% and use a wireless switch to control on/off commands in addition to the app. It maybe that using a different brand of wireless switch which only has on/off options would be better so as to stop people setting it back to 100%.
Otherwise look at the RGBGenie product I suggested instead. This can be used with both Smartthings and I believe other AOne products since it is a standard Zigbee product.
If you get one of the RGBGenie modules let us know your results.
Also have you looked at the AOne on/off relay module instead? See - https://aone.auroralighting.com/ProductDetails/AU-A1ZBR16A being a relay rather than a dimmer I would think it would not have this problem. (It still does not work with a wired switch.)
I can confirm that the rotary dimmer module works perfectly out of the box with SmartThings. Paired right away, and works as expected. I have 4, although only got round to installing 1 so far.
The white plastic plate they come with is actually okay, but will swap them out for something nicer in some rooms later on. If you have the space in the backbox this feels like a much better option vs the inline module, as you get a local, intuitive control included.
FYI there’s also a very subtle blue glow from around the rotary control, which I personally really like, but some might not. Says on the box it can be disabled, but haven’t looked into doing that yet.
Let us know what replacement plastic plates you get. Also if your going to do that does it work out cheaper to buy their standalone module without a plate and then add a 3rd party plate?
Is the dimming function just controlled by rotating the switch, or can it be done via the SmartThings hub/app?
Both. The dimmer itself has an endless rotation and a click in function. Click in toggles the light between off and previous value. The slight issue I have come across is when someone turns the light off by dimming it all the way down. If that happens, clicking does nothing.
Aurora do actually supply this product in 1 and 2-gang versions with a slimline screw less, plastic plate. Product codes are:
AU-A1ZB2WDM1P - for the 1-gang version
AU-A1ZB2WDM2P - for the 2-gang version
That’s true, although one thing to keep in mind is that the 2-gang version is just 2x 1-gang modules. You can always split them up later if you want to.
Just to introduce myself, my name is Andy Price, and I’m the Product Trainer for the Aurora AOne Smart Range.
In due course, I will be setting up dedicated threads for each of the products in our smart range, but in the meantime, if anyone would like to ask any questions related to our products, please feel free to tag me in your posts.
We are having loads of problems with your inline dimmer controllers.
If turned on at 100% the lights on the circuit flicker like mad. It doesn’t matter if they are controlled by the app or the physical switch. The moment this is reduced to below 100% the problem disappears.
Your customer services have been very unhelpful, not responding to emails and when phoned have blamed our installation because they have been put into circuits that have a hard wired switch, even though that is exactly how the instructions show to do it. We are using aurora lamps in the circuits.
Just wanted to acknowledge that Andy and Rudolf at Aurora have picked up on the issues I have been experiencing.
It appears the problem is that the Aurora devices are not updating firmware currently when using a Smartthings hub. We are going to try adding an Aurora hub to the setup here so the updates can install.
The issues I have been experiencing may well be due to the dimmer switches having firmware that has been updated, and hopefully most of the dimmers for sale should come with the more up to date firmware.
So currently fingers crossed waiting for the Aurora hub to arrive and then will need to install the updates to see if that resolves the flickering problem.
I was sent an Aurora hub and connecting the devices to this enabled firmware updates to happen. The devices have been re-paired to SmartThings hub and it has been a huge success!
With the correct firmware the devices don’t flicker when set to 100%. Previously this was happening either using the app or the hard wired switch at the wall as each time the circuit was turned off its default setting would be to come back on at 100%.
Most importantly my partner is no longer so frustrated that she wants to remove all the smart devices as things are now controllable from either the hard wired switches or the app. Of course if a light is switched off at the wall it is no longer controllable via the app but this is a minor issue, I have managed most of my life with using normal wall switches to operate lights!
Really interesting - thanks for this info.
I have a bit of an odd issue where one of my Aurora dimmers pairs perfectly, but the other just refuses to stay paired. Behaves really oddly, could be a firmware issue then I guess? Hardware is the same, controller is the same - one units works fine the other doesn’t.
Did you get a hub from Aurora directly?
Indeed hub direct from aurora.
Am hoping the updates will be installable through smart things in due course or that new devices come with up to date firmware.
Also been really impressed by the functionality of the remote wall switch as it can control an automation and activate two scenes as well.