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  • outbackrob
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    FWIW, when we remodeled this house, we got all new ceiling fans (that matched) and all had RF remotes. I was going to use RFXCOM as they were supported. As it turns out, we NEVER changed the ceiling fan speed. It was either off or on low. By the time I got around to setting up RFXCOM, two of the remotes were lost somewhere and the fans were controlled by the wall switch. I replaced all the wall switches with WS-100's (then WS-200's) and now we just ask Alexa to turn on the Master Bedroom Fan or any of the other 4 in the house. In the rare occasion that we want to change the speed, the remote is right there. ....but that has only happened once in 3 years and it was in the game room. The really nice thing (which will happen with any setup that can use Alexa) is that if you wake up cold in the middle of the night, you can, without moving, ask Alexa to turn the fan off... When the HS fan switch came out, I thought about switching them out, but there really was no need for us. Just a thought.....

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  • mulu
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    Thank you!

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  • Sireone
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    Originally posted by mulu View Post
    Sireone what is the name of the plugin? I searched for bondhome and bond home but nothing came up.
    It's called AK Bond. I've been using Bond (not the plug-in yet) for about three years. Been pretty reliable so far.

    https://shop.homeseer.com/products/a...plugin-for-hs3

    Sent from my Pixel 3 using Tapatalk

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  • mulu
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    Sireone what is the name of the plugin? I searched for bondhome and bond home but nothing came up.

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  • jgreenberg01
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    Thanks for the input guys.

    After a lengthy discussion with Bond tech support, I went ahead and ordered one to try out. No confident about being able to program my key fobs that operate the movie props, but at least I will be able to add my wife's lovely ceiling fan to my HSTouch screens.

    I'll post the key fob results after the bridge arrives.

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  • mulu
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    If you have a remote you want to check you can go to the site below and enter the FCC ID. It will then tell you if it's supported.

    https://bondhome.io/supported-devices/

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  • Michael McSharry
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    Bond works for fans, but does it work for the General RF such as movie props?

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  • mulu
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    I use the RFXCOM device and RFXCOM plugin. It has a long list of supported devices. You can also define a file and send the content. It's more for just testing because the plugin doesn't allow you to have multiple files and define which one you want to send. So you would have to add another step in your event engine that takes a file and copies/overwrites the file that RFXCOM sends.

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  • Sireone
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    Why not use Bond (https://bondhome.io). There's already an HSPI for it.

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  • Michael McSharry
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    I have not used Broadlink but it should work. I have used the Sonoff RF Bridge ($20 from China or Amazon https://www.amazon.com/sonoff-rf-bri...noff+rf+bridge) in which I installed Tasmota firmware. It is easy if you already have a remote from which you can learn the code. Here is a writeup https://hometechhacker.com/sending-r...off-rf-bridge/

    433 MHz is the most common for RF, but the US also uses 310 MHz

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  • jgreenberg01
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    Controlling a Ceiling Fan with RF Remote?

    I have a ceiling fan that my wife loves - so I can't replace it - and I'd like to control it with HSTouch. It just feels wrong to have a device that I can't control remotely.

    In thinking about it, I also have some movie props/replicas that are controlled by RF key fobs that I would also like to integrate with HS and Alexa.

    I looked quickly at Broadlink Pro, but has anybody here already done this with an RF learning device?
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