Remote Switch Bricklet

Features

  • Wireless house automation
  • Controls remote mains switches (supported devices)
  • Can control remote mains switches with dimming function

Description

The Remote Switch Bricklet is equipped with a 433MHz radio module (433MHz SMA antenna is included). It can be used to extend Bricks by the possibility to control remote mains switches that are based on the PT2262 and HX2262 ICs.

House code as well as receiver code can be configured with the API.

Technical Specifications

Property Value
Radio Module RFM69HW
Current Consumption 10mA (idle), 40mA (sending)
   
Radio Frequency 433MHz
Supported Remote Mains Switches All based on PT2262 and HX2262, (complete list)
   
Dimensions (W x D x H) 25 x 40 x 5mm (0.98 x 1.58 x 0.2")*
Weight 7g*

* without antenna

Resources

Test your Remote Switch Bricklet

To test a Remote Switch Bricklet you need to have Brick Daemon and Brick Viewer installed. Brick Daemon acts as a proxy between the USB interface of the Bricks and the API bindings. Brick Viewer connects to Brick Daemon. It helps to figure out basic information about the connected Bricks and Bricklets and allows to test them.

Connect the Remote Switch Bricklet to a Brick with a Bricklet Cable.

If you connect the Brick to the PC over USB, you should see a new tab named "Remote Switch Bricklet" in the Brick Viewer after a moment. Select this tab. After that configure the house and receiver code. If everything went as expected you can now control remote mains switches.

Remote Switch Bricklet in Brick Viewer

After this test you can go on with writing your own application. See the Programming Interface section for the API of the Remote Switch Bricklet and examples in different programming languages.

List of Supported Devices

The following devices are known to be controllable with the Remote Switch Bricklet. If you found another remote mains switch that is compatible please write us an email, we would like to add it.

The Remote Switch Bricklet currently supports three different addressing types: A, B and C.

Manufacturer Models Function Type
BAT RC 3500-A Switch A
  RC AAA1000-A Switch A
  RC AAA3680-A Switch A
       
Brennstuhl RCS 1000 N Comfort Switch Set A
  RCS 1044 N Comfort Outdoor Switch Set A
  RCS 2044 N Comfort Indoor Switch Set A
  RCS 2044 N Comfort Outdoor Outdoor Switch Set A
       
DÜWI FS1 Switch Set C
       
ELRO AB440D Dimmer A
  AB440ID Dimmer (flush-mounted) A
  AB440IS Switch (flush-mounted) A
  AB440L Bulb Holder Dimmer A
  AB440S Switch A
  AB440W Outdoor Switch A
       
ELRO Home Easy HE801S Switch Set B
  HE801SA Switch Set C
  HE801SF Switch Set B
  HE802SA Dimmer Set B
  HE802SF Dimmer Set B
  HE803S Dimmer Set B
  HE805S Switch Set (flush-mounted) B
  HE808S Switch Set B
  HE815S Dimmer/Switch Set B
  HE820 Gong B
  HE821S Gong with light B
  HE831S Outdoor Switch Set B
  HE834S Outdoor Switch Set B
  HE866 Outdoor build-in Switch B
  HE867 Outdoor Switch B
  HE871 Bulb Holder Switch B
  HE872 Bulb Holder Switch Dimmer B
  HE874 Switch C
  HE875 Mini-Switch B
  HE877 Switch B
  HE877A Switch with On/Off at Receiver B
  HE878 Switch B
  HE878A Dimmer B
  HE881 Build-in Switch B
  HE886 Switch (flush-mounted) B
  HE888 Dimmer (flush-mounted) B
  HE889 Blind Switch (flush-mounted) B
  HE876 Mini-Dimmer B
  HE892S Outlet Strip B
       
Intertechno CMR-300 Dimmer (flush-mounted) C
  CMR-500 Blind Switch (flush-mounted) C
  CMR-1000 Switch (flush-mounted) C
  CMR-1001 Impulse Switch (flush-mounted) C
  CMR-1224 12/24V Switch (flush-mounted) C
  HDR-105 12V Dimmer C
  PA3-1000 Switch Set C
  GR-300 Outdoor Dimmer C
  GRR-300 Outdoor Dimmer B
  GRR-3500 Outdoor Switch B
  IT-1500 Switch Set B
  IT-2300 4x Switch B
  IT-3500L Switch B
  ITE-300 Dimmer (flush-mounted) C
  ITE-1000 Switch (flush-mounted) C
  ITL-150 Dimmer (flush-mounted) B
  ITL-210 Dimmer (flush-mounted) B
  ITL-230 Switch (flush-mounted) B
  ITL-250 LED Dimmer (flush-mounted) B
  ITL-300 Dimmer (flush-mounted) B
  ITL-500 Blind Switch (flush-mounted) B
  ITL-1000 Timer Switch (flush-mounted) B
  ITL-3500 Switch (flush-mounted) B
  ITR-300 Dimmer C
  ITR-1500 Switch Set B
  ITR-3500 Switch C
  ITR-7000 Gong B
  ITLR-300 Dimmer B
  ITLR-3500 Switch B
  ITDL-1000 Switch (flush-mounted) B
  ITDM-250 LED Dimmer (flush-mounted) B
  LBUR-100 Bulb Holder Switch B
       
Mumbi m-FS300 Switch Set A
       
ONE FOR ALL HC-8000 Switch Set C
       
Vivanco FSS 31000W Switch Set A
  FSS 33600W Switch Set A

Switch 230V devices

Switching 230V devices is a typical application. Devices for this come in several forms. For example, as intermediate adapter that goes into your standard socket (e.g. Intertechno ITR-1500 and ELRO HE874) or designed for flush-mounting (e.g. Intertechno ITL-1000). Additional features such as timers to turn off the connected device after a given amount of time are also available.

Intertechno ITR-1500 Switch and ELRO HE874 Switch Intertechno ITL-1000 Timer Switch (flush-mounted)

Switch 12/24V devices

Low-voltage or battery powered systems are common in cars, trucks and boats. There are specialized remote switches that operate on 12/24V (e.g. Intertechno CMR-1224).

Intertechno CMR-1224 12/24V Switch (flush-mounted)

Dim (energy-saving) light bulbs and LEDs

In addition to simple on/off switches there are also dimmers for normal lamps (e.g. Intertechno ITLR-300), for energy-saving lamps (e.g. Intertechno ITL-150) and for LED lamps (e.g. Intertechno ITL-250).

Intertechno ITLR-300 Dimmer

Control Garage Doors and Blinds

For garage doors and blinds simple on/off switches are not enough. For this applications there are specialized remote switches that can handle three state up, down and off (e.g. Intertechno CMR-500).

Intertechno CMR-500 Blind Switch (flush-mounted)

Trigger Gongs

Beside switches in different variations there are also gongs (e.g. Intertechno ITR-7000) that can draw attention with sound and/or light signals and are trigger remotely.

Intertechno ITR-7000 Gong

Addressing Types

To control remote switches or dimmers their address must be known. The Remote Switch Bricklet supports different addressing types. How to figure out or set the address of your device is described below. See the list of supported devices for the specific addressing type of your device.

Type A: House Code and Receiver Code

The house and receiver codes are typically configurable with small DIP-switches inside the remote switch or dimmer. Please note that house and receiver code is sometimes labeled differently. In the following example image the removed cover of the DIP switch is labeled with "System Code" and "Unit Code". "System Code" means house code and with "Unit Code" the receiver code is meant.

In the image below DIP-switches 1 and 5 are on for the house code, this equals 10001 in binary (least-significant bit first) or 17 in decimal. For the receiver code only DIP-switch A is on, this equals 10000 in binary (least-significant bit first) or 1 in decimal.

DIP switch in remote switch to set type A house and receiver code

Type B: Address and Unit

Devices of type B do not have switches to configure their address and unit. Instead the remote switch or dimmer has to learn its address and unit. Depending on the specific device at hand it is in learning mode for some seconds after it has been plugged in (left one from Intertechno in the image below) or it has a button that has to be pushed to enter learning mode (right one from ELRO in the image below). While in learning mode you have to send a switch-on command to the device with the address and unit that should be assigned to the device. Maybe it is necessary to send this command several times until the device leaves the learning mode.

Learing remote switches from Intertechno and ELRO

Type C: System Code and Device Code

The system and device code are typically configurable with code wheels on the back of the remote switch or dimmer. Please note that the system code is sometimes called differently. For example, "House Code", "System Character" or "Family Code".

In the image below the left code wheel (A-P) is set to M for the system code and the right code wheel (1-16) is set to 1 for the device code.

Code wheels on blind switch to set system code and device code

Case

A laser-cut case for the Remote Switch Bricklet is available.

Case for Remote Switch Bricklet

The assembly is easiest if you follow the following steps:

  • Screw spacers to the Bricklet,
  • build up side plates and put them around Bricklet (the antenna plate is slightly asymmetric, the wider margin goes to the bottom side, when viewed from the outside),
  • screw bottom plate to bottom spacers,
  • screw top plate to top spacers.

Below you can see an exploded assembly drawing of the Temperature IR Bricklet case:

Exploded assembly drawing for Remote Switch Bricklet

Hint: There is a protective film on both sides of the plates, you have to remove it before assembly.

Programming Interface

See Programming Interface for a detailed description.

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