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Aeotec Smart Dimmer 6


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As I'm continuing my march away from Insteon to zwave - I got one of these looking to start replacing Lamplinc's.

I included it - and all seems well. Except it's taking too long to turn on and off (on comes on at the same speed as 'fade on' and it goes off at the same speed as 'fade off'. 'Fast On' and 'Fast Off' are in fact instant).

Joining the device to a scene works well - but it uses the regular on and off (not fast-on and fast-off) - so I went off in search of the config parameter to adjust this.

Looking thru the parameter configuration sheet (https://aeotec.freshdesk.com/helpdesk/attachments/6052990313) - no mention of the ramp rate (or similar functionality). So - I opened a ticket with Aeotec. to their credit - they got back to me within an hour. Unfortunately - not what I needed to hear:

"Unfortunately it isn't possible to do through Configuration settings. If you are able to manually send a Multilevel Switch V2 command, you may be able to access a Z-Wave variable under this command called "duration" which would allow you to set the time it takes to time from point A to point B. Currently only Nano Dimmer has a configuration parameter setting that would set the speed of dimming."

Now - in ISY there is a button labeled 'speed' - but it does nothing.

My question for UDI - is there any way to set a property of the device and/or scene membership such that the 'duration' is sent with the 'on' and 'off' messages?

iNFO:

Thu 01/10/2019 14:36:40 : [ZW-SHOW         ] ----------------------------------------------
Thu 01/10/2019 14:36:40 : [ZW-SHOW         ] ZW 042 Family Room Floor
Thu 01/10/2019 14:36:40 : [ZW-SHOW         ] ZW042_1 uid=42 type=4.17.1 mid=134 tid=259 pid=99
Thu 01/10/2019 14:36:40 : [ZW-SHOW         ]    -  x5E  V2   ZWAVEPLUS_INFO
Thu 01/10/2019 14:36:40 : [ZW-SHOW         ]    -  x26  V2   SWITCH_MULTILEVEL
Thu 01/10/2019 14:36:40 : [ZW-SHOW         ]    -  x33  V1   SWITCH_COLOR
Thu 01/10/2019 14:36:40 : [ZW-SHOW         ]    -  x32  V3   METER
Thu 01/10/2019 14:36:40 : [ZW-SHOW         ]    -  x81  V1   CLOCK
Thu 01/10/2019 14:36:40 : [ZW-SHOW         ]    -  x60  V4   MULTI_CHANNEL
Thu 01/10/2019 14:36:40 : [ZW-SHOW         ]    -  x8E  V3   MULTI_CHANNEL_ASSOCIATION
Thu 01/10/2019 14:36:40 : [ZW-SHOW         ]    -  x27  V1   SWITCH_ALL
Thu 01/10/2019 14:36:40 : [ZW-SHOW         ]    -  x2C  V1   SCENE_ACTUATOR_CONF
Thu 01/10/2019 14:36:40 : [ZW-SHOW         ]    -  x2B  V1   SCENE_ACTIVATION
Thu 01/10/2019 14:36:40 : [ZW-SHOW         ]    -  x70  V2   CONFIGURATION
Thu 01/10/2019 14:36:40 : [ZW-SHOW         ]    -  x85  V2   ASSOCIATION
Thu 01/10/2019 14:36:40 : [ZW-SHOW         ]    -  x59  V1   ASSOCIATION_GROUP_INFO
Thu 01/10/2019 14:36:40 : [ZW-SHOW         ]    -  x72  V2   MANUFACTURER_SPECIFIC
Thu 01/10/2019 14:36:40 : [ZW-SHOW         ]    -  x86  V2   VERSION
Thu 01/10/2019 14:36:40 : [ZW-SHOW         ]    -  x7A  V2   FIRMWARE_UPDATE_MD
Thu 01/10/2019 14:36:40 : [ZW-SHOW         ]    -  x73  V1   POWERLEVEL
Thu 01/10/2019 14:36:40 : [ZW-SHOW         ]    -  x5A  V1   DEVICE_RESET_LOCALLY
Thu 01/10/2019 14:36:40 : [ZW-SHOW         ]    -  xEF  V0   MARK
Thu 01/10/2019 14:36:41 : [ZW-SHOW         ]    -  x82  V1   HAIL
Thu 01/10/2019 14:36:41 : [ZW-SHOW         ] - Secure
Thu 01/10/2019 14:36:41 : [ZW-SHOW         ] 
Thu 01/10/2019 14:36:41 : [ZW-SHOW         ] Last working route from ISY to Node  42 - ZW 042 Family Room Floor
Thu 01/10/2019 14:36:41 : [ZW-SHOW         ] 
Thu 01/10/2019 14:36:41 : [ZW-SHOW         ] Node  42 - ZW 042 Family Room Floor has the following neighbors
Thu 01/10/2019 14:36:41 : [ZW-SHOW         ]    No Neighbors
Thu 01/10/2019 14:36:41 : [ZW-SHOW         ] 
Thu 01/10/2019 14:36:41 : [ZW-SHOW         ] Node  42 - ZW 042 Family Room Floor has 2 association groups
Thu 01/10/2019 14:36:42 : [ZW-SHOW         ]    Associations for group 001 of ZW042_1 ZW 042 Family Room Floor
Thu 01/10/2019 14:36:42 : [ZW-SHOW         ]    Max Associations = 5 
Thu 01/10/2019 14:36:42 : [ZW-SHOW         ]       - Node   1.1 - [This ISY] 
Thu 01/10/2019 14:36:42 : [ZW-SHOW         ] 
Thu 01/10/2019 14:36:42 : [ZW-SHOW         ] ----------------------------------------------

Thanks!

Michael.

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The other issue I appear to have is this.

I have a SwitchLinc as a scene 'Controller' - and the Smart Dimmer 6 as a 'Responder'. The light turns on and off (albeit too slowly).

However - when I dim the SwitchLinc - even a little - the light turns all the way off.

This is my first foray into cross-protocol scenes in any meaningful way. I'd hate to have to replace perfectly functional SwitchLincs and my LampLincs continue failing...

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It gets worse....

I asked if they could update the firmware to include a config parameter to address ramp rates...  and their answer:

"Unfortunately not for Smart Dimmer 6, this item is considered EOL or a discontinued device which it won't see another firmware change (any firmware updates require further z-wave certification). Unless there are large changes, there won't be a new firmware update."

 :(

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