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    Gosund WiFi dimmers (ESP8266 based) any experience out there

    After 20 happy years with Lutron Radio RA dimmers I'm migrating to WiFi dimmers for a very trivial reason. Lutron Radio RA still performs great but can't drive LED lights which is a biggie obviously.

    Picked Gosund dimmers

    https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B07VP4PHJJ

    Anyone out there having experience with these? I'm mostly interested in the API. Published API, hacked API anything will help. I understand that they are ESP8266 based. Not sure if they are easy to manage (haven't received them yet) as far as firmware flashing goes. I've done quite a bit of that too, but would prefer the API route and keep the firmware flashing (Tuya, Tasmota) as a last resort.

    Thanks,

    RISquare

    #2
    Personally here have flashed them with Tasmota and working well in house #2. I prefer not to have them speak to the cloud; that is me.

    I was using mostly Espurna firmware until I tried the new Tasmota firmware with templates / scripting.

    Dimming outdoor coach lamps with clear candlabra bulbs. Doing same with house #1 / outdoor coach lamps and UPB.

    - Pete

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      #3
      Originally posted by risquare View Post
      After 20 happy years with Lutron Radio RA dimmers I'm migrating to WiFi dimmers for a very trivial reason. Lutron Radio RA still performs great but can't drive LED lights which is a biggie obviously.

      Picked Gosund dimmers

      https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B07VP4PHJJ

      Anyone out there having experience with these? I'm mostly interested in the API. Published API, hacked API anything will help. I understand that they are ESP8266 based. Not sure if they are easy to manage (haven't received them yet) as far as firmware flashing goes. I've done quite a bit of that too, but would prefer the API route and keep the firmware flashing (Tuya, Tasmota) as a last resort.

      Thanks,

      RISquare
      I was under impression that lutron does handle led lights!

      Sent from my Pixel 3 XL using Tapatalk

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        #4
        Mine is first generation RadioRA the original. There is RadioRA 2 and many more Lutron stand alone (not controllable) dimmers.I’m sure some of them do support LED. Mine don’t for sure. Still “cheating” them here and there. For example if a chandelier has 12 bulbs I’d use 11 led and 1 incandescent. It works but is not professional.

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          #5
          Pete

          Would you be so kind to provide instructions how to flash them. I can flash any ESP board if I have access to Rx Tx pins which is not the case here. It obviously has to happen OTA which I’m not familiar with.
          Thanks,
          RIsquare

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            #6
            I did a quickie write up doing this with Linux over here ==> Firmware update of a GoSund switch. and here Gosund WiFi dimmer replacing firmware.

            Used my laptop and wireless connection.
            1. git clone hxxps://github.com/ct-Open-Source/tuya-convert
            2. cd tuya-convert
            3. ./install_prereq.sh
            4. ./start_flash.sh
            The script will give you the choice of using Tasmota or Espurna firmware.

            Pick Tasmota.

            Update the firmware with latest Tasmota firmware with scripting built in.

            Add the GoSund dimmer template and script and you will be good to go.
            - Pete

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            HS4 Lite -

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              #7
              While I have converted all my Tuya devices to Tasmota, the opening premise of this thread is that flashing is not desired. The Tuya plugin should support this device if you are able to use Tuya Convert to change the firmware.

              The hacked API is available via Google search. I had implemented the version 1 protocol in mcsMQTT and started version 2 but did not release after HST announced Tuya support so no longer a need as part of mcsMQTT.

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                #8
                Originally posted by risquare View Post
                Mine is first generation RadioRA the original. There is RadioRA 2 and many more Lutron stand alone (not controllable) dimmers.I’m sure some of them do support LED. Mine don’t for sure. Still “cheating” them here and there. For example if a chandelier has 12 bulbs I’d use 11 led and 1 incandescent. It works but is not professional.
                were you satisfied with lutron over all?
                I'm thinking going this path and change all my HS for it! I don't find there switches and dimmers reliable.

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                  #9
                  838Joel It is off topic but I'll reply anyhow. Please refer to the appropriate sub-forum for further discussion on Lutron. Yes, RadioRA that I have is very reliable. I'm phasing it out after 20 years of use. To put it in prospective I played with other technologies as well and here is how I rate them from 1 (worst ) to 10 (best)

                  X10 - 3
                  Zwave - 2
                  Lutron RadioRA - 9

                  X10 is susceptible to noises and Zwave was a total failure due to the size of my property (may work better in smaller properties).

                  I have maxed it out using two subsystems in bridged setup plus the max amount of 3 repeaters per subsystem. My system is so large that it took Blade (the author of RadioRA plug-in) by surprise as he was not ready for bridged system. He was very cooperative and polished the plug-in to perfection. I would use it for many more years if it wasn't for the LED. Dimmers fail miserable with the LED. It is not a surprise for a system that was developed in the 80-s. Unless you're a fan of incandescent bulbs I do not recommend RadioRA first gen.

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                    #10
                    Originally posted by Michael McSharry View Post
                    While I have converted all my Tuya devices to Tasmota, the opening premise of this thread is that flashing is not desired. The Tuya plugin should support this device if you are able to use Tuya Convert to change the firmware.

                    The hacked API is available via Google search. I had implemented the version 1 protocol in mcsMQTT and started version 2 but did not release after HST announced Tuya support so no longer a need as part of mcsMQTT.
                    True. API is first choice but if it is not available than flashing is second. Which hacked API is available by Google search? API for Gosund or for Tuya.

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                      #11
                      Pete Thanks a lot for the very useful information. I'll give it a shot for sure if I fail to find API to control Gosund without changing the firmware.

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                        #12
                        I believe I started with m4rcus TuyaCore on Github. There are other discussions and codes when digging through the internet.

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                          #13
                          Rented a beach house week before last with a Control 4 / Sonos / Lutron switches. All of the lighting had been updated with LED lamps. Guessing set up was more than 10 years old. None of the LED lamps dimmed. My guess is that they were first generation LED lighting. Lately here have been upgrading LED lamps to dimmable types and they are working well with UPB in wall switches in one home and GoSund dimmer switches in house #2.

                          Personally here have always soldered on a JTAG to update firmware and it was always hit or miss using OTA. Last OTA GoSund update was easy and it worked well. I like the updating script in that it gives you a choice of using Tasmota or Espurna. Before installing automation software in house #2 automated the switches using the built in Tasmota scheduling software.
                          - Pete

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                          Homeseer 3 Pro - 3.0.0.548 (Linux) - Ubuntu 18.04/W7e 64 bit Intel Haswell CPU 16Gb- Mono 6.12.X - HSTouch on Intel tabletop tablets
                          Homeseer Zee2 (Lite) - 3.0.0.548 (Linux) - Ubuntu 18.04/W7e - CherryTrail x5-Z8350 BeeLink 4Gb BT3 Pro - Mono 6.12.X
                          HS4 Pro - V4.1.11.0 - Ubuntu 20.01/VB W7e 64 bit Intel Kaby Lake CPU - 32Gb - Mono
                          6.10.0.104
                          HS4 Lite -

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                            #14
                            Originally posted by Michael McSharry View Post
                            I believe I started with m4rcus TuyaCore on Github. There are other discussions and codes when digging through the internet.
                            Thanks, this helps a lot.

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                              #15
                              Originally posted by Pete View Post
                              I did a quickie write up doing this with Linux over here ==> Firmware update of a GoSund switch. and here Gosund WiFi dimmer replacing firmware.

                              Used my laptop and wireless connection.
                              1. git clone hxxps://github.com/ct-Open-Source/tuya-convert
                              2. cd tuya-convert
                              3. ./install_prereq.sh
                              4. ./start_flash.sh
                              The script will give you the choice of using Tasmota or Espurna firmware.

                              Pick Tasmota.

                              Update the firmware with latest Tasmota firmware with scripting built in.

                              Add the GoSund dimmer template and script and you will be good to go.
                              O.K. Done everything successfully excluding the very last step "...add script"

                              My Tasmota Web UI doesn't show any option to add script. I did upgrade to the latest version 8.5.0 and yet no button or link for scripting.

                              What am I doing wrong ?

                              Thanks,

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