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You could accomplish this with home automation. Replace the fan switch with this zwave switch and then add a Wink or Smartthings hub. Your phone would be the remote. You can also get an Amazon Echo for cheap and then control the fan with your voice.
Hue ecosystem uses the Zigbee protocol. The Hue app can only control lights out of the box. There is only 1 fan controller for HA that I'm aware of and that's the GE zwave fan controller which requires a z-wave hub similar to SmartThings which also integrates with Hue and it works pretty well.
GE Z-Wave Wireless Smart Fan Speed Control, 3-Speed, In-Wall, Includes White & Light Almond Paddles, Works with Amazon Alexa, 12730 [link]
I think you're on the right track... only thing I would change out would be to use the GE Z wave fan controllers instead of the Bond.
You'll still be able to control fan speed remotely with SmartThings and whatever voice assistant you decide to go with.
EDIT: Also, unless you absolutely have to have Alexa... the Ecobee 3 lite is a much better value and a lot less bulky on the wall. And cheaper...
So I guess they're finally catching up?
I retrofitted my ceiling fans by replacing the wall switch with a zwave smart dimmable 3-speed fan switch. It works well with no expensive fan replacement. Only difference is Google just sees it as a dimmer switch so it doesn't understand "low, medium, high", but if you give it a percentage, it sets it to the closest speed.
"set fan to 33%" = low, etc...
If it's just a ceiling fan with no lights, you can use this GE Zwave wall switch for fans. I've used it on two ceiling fans in my house, and it works really well. Use the pull chain to set the fan to maximum, then remove the chain so you aren't tempted to use it. The wall switch does off/low/medium/high.
Do you have a Wink or anything else that can talk Z-Wave?
The GE 12730 Z-Wave Smart Fan Control is working quite well for me. I just say, "Alexa, set ceiling fan to 25/50/100 percent," (each of those values fall within the range for those three speeds). You can also simply turn it on and off.
It does, however, require you're wired with separate switches for fan and light.
Might be able to install something like this and use it with any fan. [link] and use it with smart things. If you have a fan with infrared control you could hook it up to logitech harmony, then to smart things, then to alexa.
Depends on your wiring, but you may be in luck if the circuit comes in through the box where the fan is mounted. You'll have to open up the electrical box above your fan to see. But the light and fan circuit should be separate any ceiling fan. So, all you have to do is connect the light circuit directly to the hot to make it always on for a smart bulb.
Leave the fan's hot wire connected to the wall wiring and you can upgrade that switch to a GE 12730. (I now have all my ceiling fans controlled with these... they work great!)
I was lucky and mine had wiring for both light and fan all the way to the wall... I put in a matching dimmer.
Need a little bit more information. Do you have 2 wall switches to control the fan/light separately? Does your fan have a remote control? Do you have a hub, or are you looking for a hub-less solution?
If you have 2 switches, I agree with /u/PSYKO_Inc, with only one change. I'd use a fan control switch to also have speed control of the fan. That switch is z-wave though, so you'd need a hub or controller.
I'm pretty sure you should be able to find z wave switches like you wanted. I know for a fact they exist but may look different or may need to replace the actual outlet you have, like it has to come out of the wall. Aeon labs makes a zwave one that hangs from the wall, it's kind of big, but should report on energy usage although mine is iffy at best because smart things doesn't support that feature well, but as far as on and off its flawless. Search amazon for a schlage outlet receptacle that's zwave. It's a generic outlet thing that schlage and a bunch of other companies pit their own name on, or don't even brand it just sell it as their own and I know, too, that it works for a fact with smart things and is zwave.
Theoretically all plug in zwave (and zigbee) items are repeaters, none of the battery power devices are repeater due to power drain. The ge fan switch should be a repeater as well, as it's hard wired in and their light switches which look identical are repeaters.
Items 1 2 4 6 10 and 12 should be okay for your use if you want the outlet but want it zwave not zigbee. [link]
So, I have a ceiling fan that's smack in the middle.
If I install this: [link]
Will that work?
I am confused as to how it's going to control the ceiling fan because the ceiling fan is a Hunter brand ceiling fan, and I searched in vain for a remote receiver that works with the GE z-wave smart control. :(
I can also switch out the light switch next to the front door.
I'm so sad now. I feel like an idiot that I bought the wrong switch. I should return them. :(
Building off of /u/Terrancelee
They are called Fan speed controls
The best I've come up with for this scenario is to either:
Like /u/Alwayssunnyinarizona mentioned, expand the gang box so you can add both a Z-Wave dimmer & a Z-Wave fan controller (like the GE 12730) side by side. Since you already have the separate fan and light wiring, this isn't too bad. You would need a drywall saw to expand the hole (or a small saw), [optional] tin snips to cut the old box out, a new 3-gang box and wallplate, and patience.
If you have the spare cash, Insteon makes the Fanlinc, which you can hide in the canopy. You could then add an Insteon KeypadLinc. Of course, the gadgets themselves are expensive, and you'd need to add an Insteon modem to your HA setup if you don't already have one. That said, it's as elegant as you'll get without modifying that box.
Finally, you could hide a micro dimmer and fan controller in the canopy and use an in-wall scene controller to make your HA hub command them. Not as elegant and more points of failure, but it'll get the job done.
That's really just two switches in one box. You'd replace the left one with any old smarthome light switch.
The right one you'd replace with a fan switch.
Just wifi does not mean it is or would be compatible with Alexa at all.. Do you have a hub such as Smart Things or Wink? If so, you're at least on the right track.. you would need this product, which is very hard to get your hands on. This isn't compatible with Alexa just yet, but should be on the road map.
Aside from that, you can wire up two switches, like GE Zwave Fan Control, Lutron, Leviton Fan Control, ect. for Light and Fan independently. These run to the hubs mentioned above and than can be found via Alexa. Sometimes the hub isn't needed, it really depends on your home setup and which switch you want, and the functions you're after. Either way, these are zwave devices, not wifi.
I don't expect you could use that for a fan. When I last searched, a few months ago, the only fan switches were stand-alone. Example
Are your light switches going to on/off or dimmable? if on/off and the outlet load is under 10amps, you should be able to find a dual switch for for the lights & outlet.
Another option might be on/off controls via relays. I haven't looked into that as I wanted fan speed control and light dimming but it might work.
You may want to look into replacing the light switch with a HomeSeer model with the double-tap feature if that can be configured as a virtual switch in your gateway to control an outlet
OMG I've thought about the exact same thing! How does it not exist yet?? This is a GE/Jasco device I found earlier, but have't read too much into it - [link]
Is this what you are looking for? It's GE's Z-Wave fan control switch: [link]
For what you are trying to achieve, z-wave and/or zigbee will do you best. The first thing you are going to need is a smart hub that has z-wave and/or zigbee radios. I use Samsung SmartThings, and it's decent and has both radios. There are other options on the market, but I think SmartThings is probably the most popular one on the market.
I can link you some products that I have in my house that work great with my SmartThings hub, and will work with various other hubs on the market.
Fan Control (speed only, not light)
Motion sensor (You can normally find these for $30 or less)
Garage door opener
Plug in outlet
Should work for you.
If you currently have two switches, one for the fan and one for the light, you can get these. I have this setup in my living room and it's pretty sweet. You just need to set up the fan switch as a dimmer so that you can remotely adjust the fan speed just like you would a dimmer.
GE Z-Wave Wireless Smart Fan Speed Control, 3-Speed
GE Z-Wave Wireless Smart Lighting Control Smart Dimmer Switch
Like /u/cmlaney stated, this is a GE Z-wave fan control switch.
You could get these two devices and be able to control the fan and light independently with variable speed control and dimming capability.
Both of them can be controlled via Alexa or through the UI on whatever hub you choose.
Hope this helps!
So what I was thinking of was like this switch, but maybe I was having a bit of a brain fart and confusing parts... This one is specifically designed for a multi speed ceiling fan type device. I had thought that there was a concern about wattages on a bathroom exhaust type fan too, but looking at this switch it specifically lists fans as compatible (at least as long as they are under 600w).
Edit: ah ha! The warning is to not use a standard dimmer switch to control fan speed... use a specific fan rated dimmer... or like the first link above.
GE 12730. Replaces the switch on the wall. It may come in both deco & toggle styles.
Not a problem! GE has a smart fan switch that will work for what you need.
You would need a z-wave hub though.
Or you can get crazy with the Harmony and the Lutron Maestro IR fan and light switch
But no Siri voice control and probably awkward through Alexa.
This is making sense now, I'm pretty sure I'm following you. Black in your hot, white is your neutral, bare wire is ground, red wire is "load", this is the switch line. The fact that you have this in the outlet box coming from the ceiling is good.
So, I'm assuming that when you pull the fan down, you will see that there is a fan controller that is hooked up to the black and white wires. Making it permanently "hot" the fan controller then relays the fan on and off. You will find the red wire abandoned, it used to be used (or was intended to be used) to switch the light, it is still attached to the "load" of the switch.
You are in good shape.... GE makes a pretty good z wave fan control module. [link]. You will remove the fan module and hook the black wire to the black wire of the fan and the blue wire to the red wire. The white wires should all be tied together and it should be capped off in the box the physical switch is.
Here is a diagram. [link]
If you just want on/off, you can replace the wall switch with a zwave one ([link]) or you could put a micro switch in the fan canopy ([link]).
Use what ever Echo->HA control software->zwave controller option you wish.
If you want to get really adventurous... and be able to control fan speed, light levels, and other things that use RF look at software defined radios ([link]). It is fun to decipher radio signals and then bend them to your will.
Yeah no problem, here's the link to the Fan control and if you click on "styles" the on/off should be listed too!
GE Z-Wave Smart Fan Control, In-Wall, 12730 [link]
If you already own the Hunter control, I'm sorry. If not, get this instead. [link]
I use the GE fan controller. Works well so far. No issues with smartthings as I know of. [link]
I use the GE fan control with my echo through smartthings. Works with any standard fan.
I'm pretty sure it's this
This GE is one of the only ones I have seen. You need to replace the switch in the wall with this though. There is nothing I have found that you can hook up to the fan instead.
Edit: This is just to get the commands to your fan, you would need a Smartthings hub to make the rest work. Not a simple setup I'm afraid.
You could also drop a ton of money on a Big Ass Fan that works with Echo.
If you have a Zwave hub like Wink or SmartThings, you can use the GE smart fan control wall switch. It may make your remote unusable, though you'll gain voice and smartphone control instead. GE 12730 Z-Wave Smart Fan Control [link]
Or, Somebody hacked a fan remote with Arduino and SmartThings. [link]
Sorry if there are formatting errors and such I am on mobile.
You should really consider a better HUB/products if you want this level of automation. You are going to want an offline hub such as Vera or Homeseer (what I use). Homeseer I know will interface with the echo Vera should. Hubs like wink/SmartThings end up not working when...
~~Similarly, you should NOT get a nest (or EcoBee). I have a nest and while I love the design it is fickle. I would instead recommend a z-wave thermostat. With a z-wave thermostat you can do almost everything nest can (no auto scheduling).~~ Already Purchased
You should seriously consider a different HUB
Here is a good place to start. Lutron dimmers are fantastics although they can be a bit pricy (I don't think you mentioned a budget...). Other options include the GE 12724 for dimming if you want to go z-wave over Lutron. And, the GE 12722 for regular on/off. Or Homeseer is releasing new switches soon that look fantastic (Also z-wave)!
Here's some more info. 1 2 3 4
Chamberlain is great!
If you cannot change/return your system that fine but I would recommend a DSC power series system as they almost universally integrate with automation systems Homeseer has a plugin as does Vera.
Sonos is fine. It can be controlled via Homeseer/Vera (Think announcements). Or you can get an Echo Dot and connect it to the sonos connect via an audio cable. GET a WHA controller (Check the Outdoor speaker section for recommendations)
Either Doorbird a doorbell and camera (expensive) or a normal doorbell with an IP camera with motion record. The integrated solution is better but of course more expensive. If you end up with IP cameras you should consider Hikvison they seem to make the best cameras for the money.
Just install the smart switch of your choice.
Not sure sorry. :-( GE has a fan controlling switch but I doubt it would work as you mention remotes...
Hue lightstips, Aeon lightstrips or a WIFI / Z-wave LED controller with regular strips. (Will edit later with links)
The Daytons are fine you could also go with Yamaha NS-AW150. For integration you could connect them to the MONOPRICE 6 Zone Controller and AMP. You could also connect the Sonos CONNECT to the monopice and have outdoor audio + sonos audio and send audio to any other zones you have!
PM me or comment if you need any more info :-)
*Will edit and add more info when I get to a keyboard.
While I'm certainly envious of your handiwork with an Arduino and a soldering iron, I have two of these z-wave switches, and it's a lot simpler. Smartthings treats it like a dimmer out of the box, but adding this device type makes it perfectly seamless.
Is that hard wired? The reason I asked about the switch is because ~~I'm hoping Hook will help since the switch I referenced uses RF~~. The GE Fan Switch only controls the fan, not the light kit. Hook should be able to mimic the RF controls for the fan switch that I have and has some Echo integration. This is all speculation at this point, but I'll post once my device arrives by the end of April.
EDIT: Nope, Hook doesn't work with this type of RF connected Fan switch.
There are probably other solutions but you can use GE's Z-Wave Smart Fan Control switch via SmartThings. Should work as well with the other Z-Wave hubs.
I'd use a z-wave fan control switch to also have speed control of the fan instead of pulling the chain.
Try this. You may have to edit the device type in SmartThings to modify the speed control to be more accurate for low/med/high for your fan.
What about one of these? [link]
Doesn't GE have one too now?
GE Z-Wave Ceiling Fan Wall Switch (12730) [link]
Attic fan automation requires a fair bit of knowledge about the state of the rest of your house. Generally, you'd only want the fan on if it's cooler outside than it is inside, if one or more windows are open, and if the AC system isn't running. Additionally, you want a fan control unit that you can access from your automation platform, this is a common example and it should be a drop-in replacement for your existing unit.
SmartThings has a handful of community-created apps to handle attic fans that might be of some use.