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Aeotec by Aeon Labs ZW056 Doorbell with SmartThings

January 4, 2017 0 comments
Aeotec AeonLabs Doorbell

So my next step onto my SmartHome was installing a doorbell that would work with my current Smartthings hub.   This was tricky because my house never had a doorbell or a wire installed so I wanted to go the easiest route and install a wireless doorbell.

Purchase:  Aeotec by Aeon Labs ZW056 Doorbell

The hardest part was installing a custom Device Handler through the Smartthings IDE.  Please make sure you do not pair this device yet with your SmartThings app.

First login to your SmartThings IDE


Next Click on “My Hubs” (this was my biggest problem at first, it wasn’t actually pulling up my devices so the Device Handler at first was never getting installed to my Hub).   If you see a message that says “You don’t have any hubs yet. Please use the SmartThings mobile app to claim your hub.”  You need to click on “My Locations“, then Click on your Hub Name mine was  called “Home“.  It should ask you to login again.  You should now see your Hub information.  Great you are now actually logged into your account.

We are going to be using the custom Device Handler created by krlaframboise on the SmartThings Community – [RELEASE] Aeon Labs Aeotec Doorbell

On the SmartThings IDE Page, at the Top Click on “My Device Handlers


Next Click on “Create New Device Handler” button in Green.

Navigate over to the GitHub Device Handler Code at https://github.com/krlaframboise/SmartThings/blob/master/devicetypes/krlaframboise/aeotec-doorbell.src/aeotec-doorbell.groovy be sure to copy the entire code contents.

Now that the code is copied we want to place it back in the SmartThings IDE Device Handler.  On the Create New Device Handler Page, Click on “From Code“.  (Like shown below).

Once the Code has been Pasted in, hit the “Save” button then hit the “Publish” button.

That’s the complete setup for getting your Custom Device Handler added to your SmartThings hub.  The next step is you want to pair your new Aeon Labs Doorbell to the SmartThings hub.  Like I said in the beginning if you already have your device connected to the Hub you need to Remove it and run the exclusion tool to remove the device.

Open up your SmartThings App and Choose “Add a Thing” Make sure this is the only way you add the device, do choose from the List it needs to find it manually and apply the Custom Device Handler.


Once the SmartThings application finds your new Doorbell it should say “Aeotec Doorbell” if it does not and says something about a Siren, your device handler is installed wrong.

In the image below is what the settings will look like over your Aeon labs / Aeotec Doorbell in Smartthings.


Now that my Custom Device Handler was installed correctly.  I was able to go and Create a Custom Automation Rule so when the doorbell was pressed it would trigger an event.


I made it so the Automation Rule would turn on my (2) Hue Blooms and starting playing my Sonos Kitchen speaker on the event the “Doorbell” button was “Pushed or Held“.

Lutron Caseta in an Old House

December 6, 2016 0 comments

Recently I spent a lot of time researching home automation from Phillips Hue, WeMo, Inseton, etc.  First off let me say I’m not an electrician I’m not sure if this is installed 100% correct.

I came across a deal on Amazon from Lutron P-BDG-PKG1W Caseta Wireless Dimmer Kit.  Normally I hate wiring anything electrical in my house but this was pretty straight forward.  My house is older and it recently had a new addition installed.  The problem is when you are turning on your lights you have to backtrack through house to turn them on.  What’s cool with Lutron Caseta is it comes with the Wall switch that you have to hard wire then what they call a Lutron PJ2-3BRL-WH-L01R Pico Remote Control which is wireless.

 You can mount these inside the wall just like your normal light switches (without having to run any wires).

Lutron Caseta Wireless Dimmer Sonos

Since I have Sonos Wireless Speakers, I saw that Lutron also had a remote dedicated for Sonos.  The top button will Play/Pause, The Middle section will do Volume Up/Down, the little Circle will go to your next Favorited item in Sonos, and the bottom button will skip to the Next Track.

Here’s everything I used to achieve the above image: 

Some problems you may encounter if you are installing these on a 100+ year house cutting the hole for the old work box was difficult with old plaster.

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As you can see in the images above, the plaster was so old it just started crumbling which I had to spackle and repaint the entire dining room.

The dining room was a easy to install besides the whole plaster and having to repaint.

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