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    Default Siemens's new home control range in B&Q

    Hi all,

    Went to get a couple of things in B&Q today, and noticed that they are selling a new range of Siemens home control products (dimmers, sockets, remotes, thermostats, radiator valves, etc). They look really good in a German bauhaus sort of way, and the prices aren't too bad either - around 29 for a 1-gang dimmer. Oh and within they same range they also have dimmable CFL bulbs both ES and BC.

    Does anyone know anything about them? In particular which protocol do they use? It would be a dream come true if they are compatible with Home Easy, but that is pretty unlikely.

    Thanks.

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    By the way I have the B&Q link but can't find it on Siemens's website.

    http://www.diy.com/nav/fix/electrica..._start_index=0

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    They look awfully familiar to http://www.lightwaverf.com/productsLighting.php

    Cheaper though!

    I'm using BBSB extensively around the house and have been very happy with them, but the lack of manufacturer support and dwindling supply is making me look around again for an alternative, and this may just fit my budget... as much as I like ZWave, it is just too expensive

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    Interesting. They also have a module called "Wifi Link" and an iOS app for 99.

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    Quote Originally Posted by wywywywy View Post
    Interesting. They also have a module called "Wifi Link" and an iOS app for 99.
    http://www.automatedhome.co.uk/Revie...th-Review.html has lots of info and screenshots of the iOS app...

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    I am using this product from B&Q, and also noticed the difference in price from the lightwaverf reseller!

    I have the dimmable light switches and the WiFi link (along with the iPhone app)

    If you want cheap simple control they are just the trick - you are able to run some timers / schedules (stored on the WiFi link and not the iPhone), but I know the developer is struggling with some of the functionality behind these.

    As for the protocol, a friend actually sniffed his network to find out how it works and it basically send out a 'string' cmd to control the lights, which can be easily replicated. I might even have a play with an Arduino and an Ether Shield to inject my own sequences...

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    Quote Originally Posted by Quinten View Post
    They look awfully familiar to http://www.lightwaverf.com/productsLighting.php

    Cheaper though!

    I'm using BBSB extensively around the house and have been very happy with them, but the lack of manufacturer support and dwindling supply is making me look around again for an alternative, and this may just fit my budget... as much as I like ZWave, it is just too expensive
    Just briefly - I have approx 100 of the 'classic' BBS 4A sockets. They are units that *I* have refurbished - some light cosmetic marking - 30 day guarantee. 9 each (plus delivery). Can probably arrange a small discount on large(ish) orders, if you or anyone else is interested! Email me / see www.domialifestyle.com to place an order / make enquiries. Actually, best to email me, else shopping basket may incorrectly charge the shipping fee.

    N.B. have sold 80 over the last 7 months or so. Not one failure! I have 10 ready to go at the moment, but will need a few days to update & stress test the rest!

    Back on topic - my second closest B&Q has the WiFi unit in stock. I have to get one to look into Harmony support. If anyone wants a 'lightly used' one in a few weeks, I'll accept reasonable offers.

    Regards,

    Rob

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