Lightwaver is very simple to use so you should familiarise yourself with how it works quite quickly.
Below are “The Basics”. Please open a support ticket if you have a question that is not covered here.Disclaimer
Portions of this software use services that are not under our control and therefore we cannot guarantee those portions will always work. The portions that rely on external services are:
- Download of your device and room data from the official LightwaveRF portal.
- Controlling your devices whilst away from your home network.
Lightwaver allows you to control your LightwaveRF Home Automation products.
These are the same products as sold by B&Q but repackaged as Siemens
There are two types of accounts used by LightwaveRF.
You should use the Modern Account method unless you have a specific reason to use the Legacy method. (Legacy accounts are enabled in the settings)
In the Location settings, enter your email address and pin number. Press the button next to “Mac Code” and it will be auto populated.
Press the “Log In” button in the location settings. Enter your email address and password then press the “Log In” button.
Once the above steps are performed for whichever account type you have, you can control your devices when away from home (See Command Routing below). You can also download your current room\device data
Note that you should be able to use the “Modern” method for both accounts BUT at present, it is unclear how this will affect users of “COCO” or “Klik Aan” so for this reason, the legacy method remains an option.
Import and export of data
Choose the “Data” option in the menu.
There are 3 options.
Google Drive allows you to upload or download your Lightwaver database to and from your Drive account.
LightwaveRF Portal allows you to import your data from the official LightwaveRF service.
Android TV allows you to export your current database to an Android TV device on the same network.
You will need:
At least one socket, switch or dimmer.
The LightwaveRF WiFi link hardware.
The hardware needs to be set up correctly. I cannot help you with this but it is not difficult and the instructions come with the WiFi link box. Once set up, it works in the exact same way as the dedicated remote controls. Simply pair your hardware devices with the software devices in the app.
Alternatively, if you exactly match the rooms & devices in the same order as in the LightwaveRF manager on the web, then there is no need to pair any device, it will work right away (assuming the official app already works)
NOTE: your wifi link will ask permission the first time you pair a device. If you do not give the permission it will appear as though the app does not work.
The app allows for multiple locations to be set up. Handy if you have a holiday home but most users will only ever need the one location.
Each location can have multiple rooms (Maximum 15) and each room can contain multiple devices (Maximum 16). This effectively gives you the ability to control up to 240 different devices.
To change the current location, swipe in from the left side of the screen and choose your new location.
Timers and Sequences
Sequences allow you to execute up to 10 commands in sequence with a user specified delay between each command.
For example, you can turn on a light then have it automatically turn off again after 30 minutes. Using a sequence you can make an empty home look occupied by turning on and off lights in different rooms.
The LightwaveRF system allows you to save up to 32 sequences in the memory or the WiFi link box. (These slots are shared with the Timers so the sum of all timers and sequences cannot exceed 32).
Each slot is identified by its name so if you had a timer named “LightOn” and you also stored a sequence with the same name, the timer would be replaced by the sequence and would no longer be in effect.
If your WiFi link is one of the original ones with an LCD screen, you can check how many timers and sequences are stored by accessing the “Info” menu on your WiFi link box.
Lightwaver allows you to store an unlimited number of timers and sequences with the app but they are not available for use until you have stored them on your WiFi link. Once stored, they can be executed at any time from with the UI of the app, from voice commands or from widgets\shortcuts on your home screen.
A Timer allows you to execute a specific command OR a sequence at a preset time or schedule.
Once you have chosen a command and delay for a step in the sequence, it cannot be changed. You can however, remove the step by swiping it to the right within the app. You can then add a replacement step. Steps can be re-ordered by dragging the grab handle at the right of each step.
How Lightwaver routes commands
There are 3 possible routing options. The Location settings determine which one will be used. (Press Edit>Locations)
If you are connected to your “Home” Wifi SSID then the command is broadcast locally via UDP
If you enter your email and Mac address into the location settings AND the IP is set to its default of 255.255.255.255 AND you are not connected to your home WiFi network, the command is routed via the LightwaveRF servers. Note that to access the IP address and port settings, you would need to turn on “Advanced Options” in the settings.
Changing the IP settings to anything other than the default will allow you to use port forwarding and bypass the LightwaveRF servers regardless of the email/pin and send the command directly to the IP address you specify. You will need to authorise your router with the WiFi link box. You can do this by pressing the “Link” button in the location settings which will tell your WiFi link to display the “App Connect” request.
Note the behaviour to determine the home network has changed slightly in this version in that the SSID you enter into Lightwaver only needs to be contained within the SSID of the WiFi network. The previous version required that the full network name be input with multiple networks separated by semi colons.
e.g If you have 2 networks named “Network 1” and “Network 2” then entering the text “Network” into Lightwaver will consider both to be “Home”. Entering “work 1” would consider only “Network 1” to be home._
Voice Commands and Android Wear
<Device name> <numeric value> “percent”
<Device name> “on”
<Device name> “off”
<Device name> “open”
<Device name> “close”
<Device name> “stop”
<Device name> “on”
<Device name> “off”
“Sequence” <Sequence Name>
All devices in all rooms in all locations will be searched for <Device name>
This is to simplify the voice command. A command such as “Location Home Room Bedroom Device Lamp 20 percent” is far too complicated. Much better I think to just rename your devices to something unique if you want to control it. E.g “Bedroom Lamp On” or “Lamp 40 percent”
Attempting to perform an invalid command will fail with an error message. E.g attempt to dim a switch
An exact match is required and the first device found in your list of devices will be used. Beware of having extra characters/spaces at the end of your device names as these will make it impossible to match with.
Device name “The Light” matches command “the light” but
Device name “The Light ” (note the extra space) does not.
Device name matching is case insensitive. i.e “the light” is the same as “The Light”
Tasker and NFC
Tasker and NFC
Lightwaver has a built in Tasker plugin so you can activate any device according to an action in Tasker. https://plus.google.com/114773362556203774464/posts/fZsCeTBeT5M
You can also use NFC Task launcher to activate devices. https://plus.google.com/114773362556203774464/posts/RtYKmhe7kmm
Users of LightwaveRF hardware within the EU have slightly different requirements to the UK.
Turning on EU mode in the app settings activates these changes. This is a list of the differences that I am aware of. If you know more or wish to translate the app to your own language, please get in touch.
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To install, search for “Lightwaver” in Play Store on your TV device or install directly from the Play Store web site.
If installed on your Android TV device, it allows you to control your devices from your TV using the Android TV remote.
Voice control support same as usual.
Energy Monitor support.
Full device support.
Data transfer from your phone.
Lightwaver TV (LTV) is for data consumption ONLY. It is not possible to edit rooms\devices etc. You should use your phone/tablet for that and then transfer your data across.
Data is transferred where you would normally backup your data to Google Drive which is accessed by selecting the Data option in the main menu of Lightwaver on your phone.
Start LTV then whilst the main screen is displaying, choose the “Android TV” option in the data menu of “Lightwaver Phone” (LP). As long as you are on the same WiFi network, you should get the request on your TV to allow data transfer as soon as you press the “Request Transfer” button. LTV should then display all of the room and device data that was on your phone.
Ensure the LP settings are as you expect before transfer as these will be carried over to LTV where you will be unable to edit them. If you need to make changes, the idea is that you do this on LP then transfer your data across to LTV.