I bought two smart IR / RF remote controls for testing, which allow you to control various appliances from the Tuya smart home system.
I want to get Tuya to control Noolite wireless switches.
A smart remote control is a device that remembers the commands of the original remote controls of various household appliances and reproduces them according to the commands of the smart home system. The minimum option is to control any equipment from a smartphone (TVs, audio equipment, climate control equipment, household appliances, lighting, gates, barriers, blinds, curtains). The maximum option is smart scenarios, in which, for example, all appliances turn off when the owner leaves the house.
A smart remote control can only send commands, but cannot be controlled by other remote controls (the existing receiver is used only for training).
There are IR remotes that remember the commands of infrared remotes (most of the remotes are just like that), and there are IR / RF that remember not only IR commands, but also radio remote signals (315/433 Mhz).
I bought two IR/RF remotes: Universal IR+RF Remote Control S11 for $14.99 and MOES UFO-R2-RF for $15.99.
The remotes are added to the Tuya or Smartlife application or one of the numerous applications of English manufacturers of smart home systems (Navigator, Hiper, EKF, Sibling, etc.). The application already knows many remote controls of many brands, but if the device is not in the lists, the buttons can be trained. This is how the learning process of the radio button looks like.
The consoles learn the commands of Chinese remotes and 433 Mhz switches without any problems, but, alas, none of the two remotes recognized the commands of the Belsian system of Noolite (Noolite) wireless switches.
Still the only working solution with recording and repeating Noolite commands is the rather expensive smart remote control Broadlink RM Pro or Broadlink RM Pro +, the problem of which is that it works with its own cloud and application (I described in detail how to make Alice manage through this remote control system Noolite here).
Nootekhnika itself offers an Ethernet hub PR1132 and a USB dongle MTRF-64-USB for control from a computer, smartphone and from smart home systems, but they cannot be connected to Tuya either.
The easiest and “collective farm” way to make Tuya work with Noolite is to stupidly irritate one Noolite switch and close its contacts with a Tuya smart four-channel relay (my review of such a relay is here).
I found something on the net about the external control of Noolite switches.
This article proposes to make infrared control of Noolight switches from Arduino, an IR receiver and the Noolight MTRF-64 module, which can be controlled using any smart remote, like the ones I described at the beginning.
Here is a library that allows you to send Noolite commands using a cheap Chinese RF module, without using an expensive Nootechnics transmitter. Alas, there is almost no documentation, how to use it is not very clear.
Here, with the help of reverse engineering, they unearthed the Noolite radio protocol and talked about it.
You might be wondering why I’m sticking with Noolight instead of replacing their switches with something else. There are three reasons why I am not ready to abandon this system:
– the best SUF-1-300 dimmers, which allow you to adjust the brightness of LED lamps in a very wide range (in my bedroom, such a dimmer regulates dimmable X-Flash filament candles from 0.5% brightness);
– beautiful and convenient wall switches with large keys (one of them is in the title photo);
– convenient scenarios (4 positions of two keys of the same switch in the photo now turn on the light at 100%, 0.5%, 5% and turn it off).
Alas, my hopes that cheap Tuya smart remotes will be able to remember Noolite commands did not come e, but I will continue to search for a convenient and affordable solution.