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post #1981 of 1982 Old 10-11-2017, 07:25 AM
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Woah, thanks for sharing!!! I might give it a shot and let you know. Seems like there was some interest a few years ago to make a binding for RR2, so hopefully it's there by now.
I toyed with it a little last night for the first time. For Lutron they only have a RR2 binding right now, but suggests most of their systems use same/similar telnet conventions.

I was able to get their "simple" UI up on my network quickly without much fuss, after installing the binding (also really simple through the ui) it found my main repeater and shortly after about 1/2 of my devices and most of my keypads.

I was able to control lights immediately, the ones that showed up anyway. The keypads seemed non-functional but did reflect button LED status.

Again, I loaded the "simple - paper gui" and I could just control the light. This a.m. I upgrade my config from "simple" to "standard" and the dialog to do some conditionals or what they call "rules" comes up.

It looks like I have to do some re-naming to make this more easy to use, as I don't know my device ID's by number and didn't have time to pull a report yet, but they have made that renaming(for openHab) pretty simple in the GUI also...

I also loaded binding for my Samsung TV and found it immediately, but it would let me control that yet. Not sure if I need the hub for that or not.

I'm sure this will consume my free time this weekend and I'll report back, but it looks simple and promising so far.

Side note, I'm using this on the Raspberry Pi but they have other versions for other OS as well.

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OK, just a quick review for the few minutes I tinkered with openHAB on Raspberry Pi last night.

First impression is I was really impressed. It said it would take 15-45minutes to install onto the PI and it probably took the better part of 15-20 minutes. And a good portion of that is just a static screen so you're not quite sure if it's doing anything. [15-20minutes was actually on the pi, I first had to download and write the image to my micro sd card which only took a few minutes]


I wasn't quite clear at first but the intention of the pi installation is just to have the PI live on the network, with just a network and power connection. You do get a command prompt if you have a connected monitor, but unless you like working in that it has an easily accessible browser interface to work from your PC or MAC. The GUI is really clean and straight forward. I like to see how far I can get be fore I need instructions and I was able to add the Lutron Binding and it discovered my main repeater, most of my keypads and about 1/2 of my dimmers/switches.

I started in what the call their "simple" installation, and all I was able to do was control my lights that it found.

It did have the option to manually add my other devices it didn't discover. I'm not sure why it didn't find them all, but I kind of have a lousy network arrangement were I was tinkering in my garage I behind 3 un-managed switches. I could operate some lights, and then I couldn't. Since I didn't need the monitor I moved the PI to my main switch and I got more consistent results.

So quickly I was able to operate some lights directly, but I was unable to key keypads to be responsive, although their status LED's would show up. And the keypad buttons are only labeled Button 1, Button 2, etc... though there does be a way to name them within openHAB. I'll have to dig deeper into the keypads later.

I quickly found out in the "simple" configuration I could only control the lights. This A.M. I only had a few minuets but I changed my .cfg to "standard" and it opened up the dialog to do some conditional stuff or what they call "rules". I din't get past that because I ran out of time, but again this is from just following a few lines from their quick start. I need to study up a bit, get my integration report out of my RR2 and spend some more time on it...

All in all I was impressed with clean and easily understandable GUI. Looks very promising. It had a binding for Samsung TV also, to I tried that quickly and it found my TV but I wasn't able to control it. Not sure if I need Samsung's smart HUB or not, I was still behind my 3 switches when I was trying...

I didn't get that far, but it looks like you can design you're own GUI for regular operation. I also got the app up on my iPhone and addressed but ran out of time to test it...

I'm sure I'll be wasting a good amount of my free time this weekend beating this up and I'll report back next week....

[sidenote: I'm doing this on the raspberry Pi 2 because I have a few PI 2's laying around collecting dust and they are low power, but I believe you can get this for other OS's as well. Additionally some of the documentation suggests PI 2 or 3 but it appears there is a version for the $5 pi zero as well, keep in mind the PI Zero W is Wifi only or you have to add and configure a USB/Ethernet adapter, but potentially you could have this going for <$20 or a PI3 is only $32 at Arrow Electronics right now...]
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