I have a GE fan wall switch controlling my master bedroom fan which works great. However while in that case the fan and light are wired separately in my main room there is only a single wire running to the wall switch and an RF remote to control the speed of the fan and light dimming.
As such I would either need to replace the fan or potentially get a retrofit module to automate the main room fan control.
I am going to wake this topic back up as the fans are now available.
I will mention to be careful of the Hunter fan retrofit kit. I and my roommate bought the kit and after careful inspection found out it uses some sort of proprietary communications to a Bluetooth plugin module.
UPDATE: My current recommendation for full control of ceiling fans into SmartThings is this ZigBee device from Home Depot. Allows for 4-Speeds and Dimming Light control all in one small and relatively inexpensive combo controller with multiple options for using wireless remotes. Works with Alexa and Google Home via SmartThings.
I sent an inquiry out to the supplier to see if he could share some technical info or be willing to sell me two and not the 100 minimum. If so I’ll buy a couple and send you one
UPDATE: The manufacturer Shenzhen Asia Bright Industry Co. will be in Las Vegas, NV in a couple weeks (Jan30-Feb1) at the Convention Center for 2017 AHR Expo at Booth C863. I am going to see about sending someone over there to get more info and pictures for us of that device and maybe even pick one up if we are lucky?
OK, I was able to get a response directly from the device manufacturer out of China, is there any hope for flashing this for SmartThings use? It really has all the stuff we need from a form factor perspective like the Insteon so maybe they would share with you how to flash it?
Thanks for your feedback.
We don’t use the WiFi chip of ESP8266 on our WiFi product.
We have a similar Mini WiFi product. Please find the attached detailed specification for your reference.
u171: Mini WiFi On/Off Control Box
u172: Mini WiFi Dimming Control Box
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@dalec & @erocm1231, it would be super cheap to design a controller from a wemos d1 mini and some relays, not quite sure how ceiling fans work as far as changing the speeds. I have access to a 3d printer so I can design an enclosure if someone else wants to develop the rest.
Never use a dimmer intended for lighting to control a variable speed motor, including a ceiling fan. The physics are different and you will likely burn out either the dimmer control or the fan motor itself.