ST IR Blaster….are ST device vendors a sleep at the wheel?

I can’t believe some vendor hasn’t delivered an IR blaster device for ST. Ya, lots of people have rolled their own but come on! RF/IR isn’t going away anytime soon! Can’t some device manufacture get Logitech’s old remote Database and convert it for use for a IR and RF blaster for ST? Go fund me maybe?

There are a couple of IR blasters with SmartThings integration, is that what you’re asking? Device selection does vary by region, but you should still be able to find one.

For example, the SwitchBot minihub is available in both the US and the EU/UK at Amazon, Or you can buy it from the manufacturer site. I use this at my own house, you can find quite a bit of forum discussion of it. Frequently goes on sale for a few dollars off.

There are some other options as well, but I am tired today, so I will leave it to others to discuss the ones that they have.

What devices did you want to control? There are some IR blasters which are specifically for either ceiling fans, air conditioners, or AV equipment. For example Cielo Breeze makes a Thermostat which can work with air conditioners that have an IR remote and again has a manufacturer-provided smartthings integration that works quite well.

At the high end of the scale, I was just discussing the global cache options earlier this month, but that would be a bigger project. The switchbot works out of the box with a manufacturer provided-integration.

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Bond makes an IR blaster hub that is fully integrated with Smartthings and is popular. Perhaps a little research next time😉
Also if note, all 2021 Samsung TVs… QLED or better have built in IR blaster control in their ST apps and can ctrol almost any IR device using the the TV remote control

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As @troy_owens noted, here is a device for IR

Here is an edge driver that supports a bunch of different Bond devices (fans, blinds, etc.)

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We should probably also note that any device using an edge driver requires that you have a SmartThings/Aeotec hub. So that includes the bond via edge driver and one or two other options.

IR blasters that use cloud to cloud integration, including the Switchbot mini, Cielo Breeze, and the Bond Home integration available through the smartthings app, do not require that you have a hub.

Choice is good. :sunglasses:

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I’ve done LOTS of research. I just did the other day find that switch-bot seems like a possible solution. I have 2 sitting on my desk to try.

I also 3 ESP8266 boards sitting on my desk while I research Arduino/ST integration to roll my own. But that sucks also.

So, research isn’t the issue, other than maybe the bait I used in the search, it isn’t an obvious device that’s available or communicated well for ST usage.

Never came up in my searches - Cielo Breeze, and the Bond

Im old, 63, and rich (lol) - I’ll bite. headed for a purchase.

Im expecting u personally to put the stamp on the package! LOL

Thank you. Your order has been received.

  • ORDER NUMBER:35245
  • DATE:September 26, 2022
  • TOTAL:$99.00

The community-created wiki has an article on IR controllers. It does include all of the devices we’ve mentioned so far plus a few more.

https://thingsthataresmart.wiki/index.php?title=How_to_Use_SmartThings_with_a_Device_with_an_IR_Remote

So next time if you just start your research in this forum you can probably save yourself a lot of time. :sunglasses:

I don’t work for Bond. I just made a driver to support Bond devices locally on the Aeotec hub. You can use that driver or you can use the one directly available from Bond. The Bond version requires internet access for the cloud.

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If you prefer local LAN control, but it requires flashing with 3rd-party Tasmota firmware, there are many IR & RF blasters to choose here.

And I have an Edge driver for Tasmota supported devices.

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Cool. :sunglasses: I have added this option to the wiki article on using IR devices with smartthings.

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Where’s your driver? I’m really new at this so I’m asking newbie questions. Thanks!

I’m assuming you mean the Bond driver for IR devices. It is compatible with the Bond Bridge and the Bond Bridge Pro.