Now Vera’s Working In 433Mhz – There’s A World Of Different Protocols

Once you have the RFXrtx433 controller and plug-in installed you now need to start looking at the protocols you want it to process/use and you can do this by accessing the Settings tab of the RFX433 Controller device.

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By default, you may notice a number already switched on (not sure why) but it’s now time to think about which protocols you actually want to use, because i) not all can coexist and ii) 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 page 5 of the RFXrtx433 manual hosted at RFXCOM

As I mentioned before the plug-in is so good, that it will find and automatically create a device for anything within range that’s using the chosen protocol; just as long as it knows how to decode the information.

Please Note: This plug-in builds upon the great work done by RFXCOM, so it can only ever translate information/protocols that the RFXrtx433 firmware allows, so always look to the RFXCOM User Manual first (link above) for what’s supported, and even then, the plugin may still not have been updated to reflect them all yet (it is an Alpha release after all).

Now getting back to the protocols, you’ll notice above that I have only enabled the AD and the Oregon scientific protocols, this is because I want Vera to only create devices for those things that I have operating within that protocol (that the plugins code supports). Hence you will have noticed it has found my OWL Electricity Monitor and a Thermometer both of which are use the Oregon Scientific protocol to communicate. But it does not end there, as I have some LightwaveRF remote control power sockets, which uses the AD protocol, so by clicking each button on the RF remote a binary light device is created for each of the button codes I’m sending out to the corresponding socket.

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Once the command is learnt by the plugin, I can then re-use it to control the sockets by resending the command out via the UI and the attached RFXrtx433 controller.

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