Do you know the scene controllers? These are in fact small remote controls that allow you to interact with equipment (live) or with home automation boxes to execute scenarios. Today we have a 4-button HANK scene controller!
Let’s discover together the possibilities they offer to facilitate the management of your devices!
The HANK scene controller is available in 1 button and 4 buttons. Like a remote control, it allows you to control devices or scenes via the Z-Wave procotole.
It is very small in size and has a rechargeable battery via micro USB port. It should be noted that it does not have any attachment to attach it to keys or even to a wrist strap if this controller is used outside the house (gate, garden, etc…)
The version we use in this test is a 4-button controller. Each button can perform 3 actions:
- Short press
- Long press (Hold)
This makes a total of 12 actions (3 per button). However, it should be noted that the action maintained is linked to “Released”. This means that as soon as you perform the “Hold” action, the “Release” action will also be played. It is therefore important to choose the scenarios you assign to the keys.
To test the Z-Wave HANK scene controller we will not use scenarios per se but rather a script of the blind we have developed that allows us to manage the light intensity of a dimming bulb! As it has 4 buttons, we will be able to:
- Turn on the light
- Turn off the light
- Increase the intensity by 10%.
- Reduce the intensity by 10%.
To do this, go to “Configuration” then “Add or delete a device” and go to “Store eedomus”.
In the parameters :
Device to be controlled: Choose the Dimmer module
Controller device: The HANK remote control
Value +,-,on,off : Define the values of each button on the remote control. Let’s say: 1,2,3,4
Just save and that’s it! The script will automatically generate a rule for incrementing the brightness. All you have to do is test it by pressing the buttons on your remote control.
The advantage is that even if the 4 buttons are used for something, as for our script, it will also be possible to control 8 more devices!
Because as I told you, this remote control has 3 functions per button: Pressed, released and held. So you can control another scenario by pressing one of the buttons for a long time and control an equipment by releasing it.
On jeedom we will go a little further. We will create three scenes, each of which will be associated with an action:
- Pressed: Turns on the lights
- Released: Turns off the lights
- Maintained: Google home talking to say “I turn off the lights”
First, you must know the value that your device will have in each of the actions. On the four buttons, the tens digit corresponds to the button ID (1,2,3,4) and the units in the status:
- 0 : Short press
- 1 : Maintained
- 2 : Released
To find these values, simply go to the advanced configuration to see the device values.
You will then see the correct number to display in the “Scene” line
Alternatively, you can also display the commands on your dashboard.
It’s even easier since you just have to tick “Show” in the commands.
Now it’s time for our scenario! We will use the Gcast plugin to make our Google Home talk.
To properly detail the configuration, we will use 3 If/Else. In the first case, if the button is pressed, then the light is turned on.
For the direct association, yes and no. Because it is possible to control Z-Wave devices directly without using a controller (Box) but it is not possible to associate devices without a box with this scene controller. So let’s talk about “Direct control”.
So we will use an eedomus box and go to the HANK device settings.
Then go to “Z-Wave Settings” and enter these values:
- Order class: Association
- Command name: SET Association
- Group: The one of your choice (refer to the manual)
- Node: The device you want to control directly
- Notes : If you want a note to remind you of certain things
Once this is done, you can then control your device easily and much faster than with a controller.
For our dimmer module, one pressure turns the lamp on, a second pressure turns it off. And when you leave the button pressed, the intensity of the light varies (depending on what you have on the eedomus).
You can then hold to decrease the intensity of the light and release when you have found what is right for you.
This Hank scene controller is a good product. Small discreet and rechargeable by Micro Usb plug which avoids having to replace the batteries. The different actions possible on each button make it possible to have a compact device with many features.
The design is simple but relatively well finished. However, the absence of a key ring bracket or even a wall bracket other than a single double-sided adhesive is regrettable. It still remains an excellent scene controller that can be easily configured.