HassBridge future features suggestions

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Sun May 24, 2020 1:53 pm
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HassBridge future features suggestions

Howdy all,

Im looking for some ideas on what you would like to see out of HassBridge in the future.

I have some of my own thoughts but want to gauge how people are using it and if some of them make sense.

Im just going to put this down with some of my thoughts to hopefully start some conversation.

Home Assistant MQTT discovery types not supported yet.

  • Alarm control panels - Not seeing how this can be done for devices from Indigo, but open to ideas.
  • HVACs - I dont have a ZWave or Insteon thermostat to play with right now but would like to see this in.

Indigo Device Specific
  • IO Devices - Right now Hassbridge treats the Insteon IO device as a Cover. Need to make that probably be a switch and binary sensor with a customization for cover/garage door

These are just off the top of my head. I would like to hear any thoughts you all have.

Thanks

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Sun May 24, 2020 3:37 pm
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Re: HassBridge future features suggestions

Grab the Indigo SDK download and load the Example Thermostat plugin. Then you can create a dummy thermostat device for testing the HVAC type.

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my plugins: http://forums.indigodomo.com/viewforum.php?f=177

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Sun May 24, 2020 4:40 pm
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Re: HassBridge future features suggestions

FlyingDiver wrote:
Grab the Indigo SDK download and load the Example Thermostat plugin. Then you can create a dummy thermostat device for testing the HVAC type.

Great idea! Thanks.

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Mon May 25, 2020 10:51 pm
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Re: HassBridge future features suggestions

is there a way to add the x10 devices to the MQTT? I don't have them but I use them as virtual dimmer devices and it works great. I use them as a way to control volume for my airfoil speakers, but I have recently thought it would be a way to control dimmer and other devices on protocols not yet supported by indigo, for example, if I have a zigbee dimmer, using home assistant I could link the x10 device and the zigbee device so if one changes it matches the other and that would give me control of the zigbee device from indigo. if not I could at least have a volume control that will be accurate with my control pages.

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Wed May 27, 2020 5:06 pm
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Re: HassBridge future features suggestions

Gangotti wrote:
is there a way to add the x10 devices to the MQTT? I don't have them but I use them as virtual dimmer devices and it works great. I use them as a way to control volume for my airfoil speakers, but I have recently thought it would be a way to control dimmer and other devices on protocols not yet supported by indigo, for example, if I have a zigbee dimmer, using home assistant I could link the x10 device and the zigbee device so if one changes it matches the other and that would give me control of the zigbee device from indigo. if not I could at least have a volume control that will be accurate with my control pages.


Ill look at it. I have some old X10 stuff in a box somewhere, and ill see if I can get it working again.

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Thu May 28, 2020 12:35 am
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Re: HassBridge future features suggestions

You don’t need to have them actually working, just install an x10 device in indigo and assign it an address. Even though there is no feedback it still works even though there is no physical device it’s talking to. I would think that if you can control it through the hassbridge to indigo than it will work on the indigo side.


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Fri Aug 14, 2020 2:25 pm
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Re: HassBridge future features suggestions

I think a great feature would be to have the option of adding a secondary dimmer "device" for each switch that controls the LEDs on the wall switch. Indigo allows you to turn the brightness on the LED wall switched on/off and alter the brightness. If I could add a wall switch like "Office Ceiling Lights" and have it automatically create a second dimmer device called "Office Ceiling Lights - LED Control", which can turn on and off the LEDs and control the brightness, that would be AMAZING.

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Sat Aug 15, 2020 2:12 pm
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Re: HassBridge future features suggestions

emergent wrote:
I think a great feature would be to have the option of adding a secondary dimmer "device" for each switch that controls the LEDs on the wall switch. Indigo allows you to turn the brightness on the LED wall switched on/off and alter the brightness. If I could add a wall switch like "Office Ceiling Lights" and have it automatically create a second dimmer device called "Office Ceiling Lights - LED Control", which can turn on and off the LEDs and control the brightness, that would be AMAZING.


I think this is a great idea. The one problem i see right now is that there is no way to get the state of the backlight from the insteon device itself. The insteon protocol doesnt seem to have that. So on, off, and brightness level of the backlight would be tracked in the plugin itself and it would not always be accurate to whats fed back to Home Assistant. The commands from HA would be able to be sent to the device, but what the state is "really" would not be able to be reflected back.

I still may put it in to be able to respond to HA commands but it would not be perfect for sure.

Great Idea though, ill see how much of it I can do.

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Tue Aug 18, 2020 9:36 am
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Re: HassBridge future features suggestions

@emergent Thanks for the great suggestion.

I implemented this v1.3.0 (https://github.com/wonderslug/hassbridg ... tag/v1.3.0). Like I said before, there is no way that I can see to grab the current state of the backlight from the device, so I would not rely on those for automations, but turning them on and off and setting the dimmer seems to work fine. Ive had a couple issues where some older switches do not honor on and off, so your millage may vary.

Please let me know how this is working for you and if you are seeing issues.

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Wed Aug 19, 2020 12:53 pm
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Re: HassBridge future features suggestions

Wow. That was super fast. It works great. Only has one issue from what I can tell. When you use the slider or call the light_on service and put them to 100%, then the on/off button doesn't do anything. You need to lower the brightness a bit. For example, it doesn't allow the switch to toggle when the brightness is at 255, but it will at 200. Not a big deal and doesn't affect my use case. In my bedroom and bathroom, the LED backlights at 100% make my room bright enough to see in when all the other lights are off. So I have the LED backlights set to turn off when I go to bed, but turn on when am motion sensor detects that I got out of bed to use the bathroom or something. Then they turn on in the morning to normal brightness when my alarm goes off. Works amazing!

My only other idea would be to use the mdi icons mdi:led-on and mdi:led-off instead of the lightbulb icon. Obviously that can be done in Home Assistant itself, but it gets tedious after a while. So maybe an option to allow that as well.

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Wed Aug 19, 2020 3:00 pm
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Re: HassBridge future features suggestions

Hey. Ill look into the on/off brightness issue.

Sorry, there is nothing I can do about the icon. MQTT Discovery for Home Assistant only supports the options covered here https://www.home-assistant.io/integrations/light.mqtt/.

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Wed Aug 19, 2020 4:40 pm
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Re: HassBridge future features suggestions

Thanks. Not a big deal. Such a great plugin. Thanks again.

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