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RFXtrx Gateway

Description

The RFXtrx USB transceiver from RFXCOM is a device having receive and transmit RF capabilities to exchange with many products available on the market. Here is a short list of what products can be controlled: X10, Oregon Scientific, Visonic, HomeEasy, KlikAanKlikUit, COCO, ELRO, NEXA, Intertechno, Düwi, Chacon, DI.O, Domia Lite, ATI Remote Wonder, RFXSensor, RFXPower, RFXMeter, LightwaveRF, Mertik, La Crosse, TFA, UPM/Esic, Robocam/Ninja, EMW100, Flamingo, Ikea Koppla, WaveMan, Intertek/Unitec, Harrison curtains.

The product exists in two versions, the RFXtrx433 using a RF frequency of 433.92 MHz and the RFXtrx315 using RF frequency of 310 MHz or 315 MHz.

First the RFXtrx device has to be plugged to the Vera using an USB link. All the data received by the RFXtrx will be transmitted to the Vera using this USB link and directly handled by the plugin. Commands requested by Vera users from the UI will be formatted and relayed by the plugin to the RFXtrx for RF transmission.

Installation & Setup

Manual installation

You can find the installation procedure described step by step on the Node Central blog (Thanks to Parkerc for this guide).

Installation from the Micasaverde App Store

The plugin is not yet available in the Micasaverde App Store.

Additional Setup

Setup of received protocols

Once you have the RFXtrx controller and plug-in installed you now need to start looking at the RF protocols you want the RFXtrx device to receive and you can do this by accessing the Settings tab of the RFXtrx Controller device. By default, you may notice a number already switched on, it matches what is currently saved in the RFXtrx memory. But it’s now time to think about which protocols you actually want to use, because

  • not all can coexist,
  • too many can effect the performance.

So it’s recommended that you only enable those ones you need to use. For a better understanding of the protocols and those that are sensitive/conflict check out the chapter titled "Sensitivity influenced by enabled protocols" of the RFXrtx433 user manual. Once you have finished to enable/disable several protocols, save your settings in the memory of the RFXtrx. This new configuration will now be restored every time after a power up. To do that, just push the button titled "Save RFXtrx Settings". Please note that

  • this memory is limited to a maximum 10000 write cycles so don't save when it is not necessary,
  • these settings are lost after a firmware update of the RFXtrx and need to be set again.

Setup of temperature and speed units

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Creation of Vera devices

By default, the devices are created automatically by the plugin accordingly to the messages received from the RFXtrx.

To disable the automatic creation of devices, you can access the Advanced tab of the RFXtrx Controller device and set the value of the variable named "AutoCreate" to 0. Then push the red button "Save" at top right in the dasjboard to validate your change.

Few devices can be created manually by the user using the Device creation tab of the RFXtrx Controller device. ...

How to trigger Vera scenes from remotes supported by the RFXtrx

Security remote control

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Lighting remote control

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ATI/Medion remote control

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How to adjust the value reported by a weather sensor

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How to repeat ON/OFF trigger for a light/switch device

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Known problems

A bug in Vera firmware 1.5.408 has for consequence that fields in the Device creation tab of the RFXtrx Controller device are not what they should be; in particular the input field for the house code is not displayed, replaced by a label field from another tab...

This bug is not included in Vera firmware 1.5.346. So you have the choice between returning back to firmware version 1.5.346 or waiting for a new Micasaverde firmware (pray so that Micasaverde takes this problem into consideration).

Compatible products and limitations

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Discussion

The RFXtrx plugin is discussed in two main places