Hueblog: Finally making all light switches smart: We have all been waiting for this module

Finally making all light switches smart: We have all been waiting for this module

No Friends of Hue and still comfortable

It is something we have probably all been waiting for. It is something that will solve a problem that we have been angry about for years. It’s about the classic light switch on the wall, which we have so far been able to combat at best with a Friends of Hue switch. Soon there will be a new weapon in the fight against the old technology on the wall: The Zigbee push button interface from the german Insta brand Nexentro.

I had already pointed out the new products in the course of the week, but had concentrated too much on the rather less exciting ZigBee switch actor. This kind of modules are already available from other manufacturers, while Insta will launch an innovative product with the ZigBee push button interface.

But one after the other. You will get a module that can be connected to push buttons, switches and series switches thanks to the two inputs and – this is already the first highlight – does not require a neutral conductor connection. In short: the new ZigBee module from Insta can be installed behind any light switch.

How the Nexentro module is installed

During installation, the ZigBee module is connected to the light switch and the ceiling lighting equipped with Hue lamps is switched to permanent power. The installation that follows can best be summarised by the following steps:

  • the Nexentro Config App establishes a Bluetooth connection with the module
  • the Nexentro Config App is used to connect the ZigBee module to the Hue Bridge
  • in the Nexentro Config App, all the lamps connected to the Hue Bridge appear
  • the lamps to be controlled by the ZigBee module are selected in the Nexentro Config App

After that, things get really exciting: with the Nexentro Config App, two scenes can be saved on the switch, and this is easy to do without direct configuration in the Hue App: You set the desired lamps with the Hue app and save the scene in the Nexentro Config App at the push of a button on the switch.

The Hue lamps remain permanently supplied with power, but can be switched on and off at the same time using the existing light switch on the wall. It is even possible to use the switch to control Hue lamps not connected to the light switch.

It would actually only be even better if the whole thing would work directly via the Hue app, especially since Insta had once announced a Friends of Hue solution. Unfortunately, I haven’t been able to try out Insta’s Nexentro Zigbee push button interface myself yet, as the product is not available at the moment. As soon as something changes, I will definitely share my experiences with you, because there is one thing I am very sure of: If Insta doesn’t promise too much, it could be an exciting story.

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Check your local Philips Hue Online Store for availability of Hue products in your country. There you will also find all the technical information and prices.

In den letzten Jahren habe ich mich zu einem echten Experten in Sachen Hue & HomeKit entwickelt. Mittlerweile habe ich über 50 Lampen und zahlreiche Schalter im Einsatz. In meinem kleinen Blog teile ich meine Erfahrungen gerne mit euch.

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