Aeotec WallMote / WallMote Quad

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Proconductor: Aeotec
Category: Actuator
Type: Multi-touch button
Technology: Z-Wave More
Installation difficulties: Bassa
Ease of use: Alta
Availability: Amazon (versione due o quattro pulsanti)
Review review: 1.1

Aeotec WallMote Quad - Package

THE TACTILE CHECK

Agree the actuators, agree the voice control via smart speaker, agree the automations and the app furniture: everything makes broth but the healthy, old manual control however, it remains one of the more than consolidated habits, in traditional plants as in the modern personal home automation, especially when it is revisited in optics Touch.

AEOTEC Logo - Alpha

Aeotec, Asian brand also known for other solutions based on proProtocol Z-Wave, proputs in two different versions an ideal wireless wall controller to allow the user to drive 2 / 4 different actions and 8 / 16 different "scenes" based on the models.

It is Aeotec WallMote e Aeotec WallMote Quad, two wireless devices powered by battery that can be used both mounted on the wall and as a "flying" controller inside the profirst home.

As the portmanteau which gives its name to prolearned (Wall-Mote, or wall-mounted remote control), it is a unit capable of allowing us to control individual functions of our home automation, based on profor your needs, with the simple touch of the 2 / 4 touch buttons on the unit (two on the base model, four on the Quad model). Furthermore, the unit is able to recognize slipping of the finger from one area to another, so as to allow control up to 8 / 16 different scenes, which in turn can be associated with specific functions present in home automation.

Characteristics

Aeotec WallMote (regardless of the version to 2 or 4 keys) is a square of 7,5 cm on the side (is one of profondità), with an elegant glass surface that gives it a vague futuristic look. The surface, as explained, is touch which, according to the model, defines two or four sensitive areas. A multi-color LED is hidden beneath the tempered glass surface and is activated by contact of the fingers on the useful surface; he is accompanied by a small sound emitter, which confirms the contact of the finger with a short beep.

Aeotec WallMote it can be mounted on the wall or used freely as a wandering object for the home. To mount the wall actuator, use an adhesive plate (included in the package) which attaches to the wall and which, via two anchor points magnetic, support the unit. It goes without saying that Aeotec WallMote can be easily unhooked for recharging or for use in "flying" mode.

On the back it has a micro-USB port which allows the battery to be recharged to allow it to worknameof electronics.

Aeotec WallMote Quad - Exploded view

Being a device based on proProtocol Z-Wave More, it is conceived for a very low consumption: we were able to test the device for over a month with a certain assiduousness, and the battery is still charged over the 40%.

Aeotec WallMote - WallMote Quad
On the left, WallMote Quad (4 buttons), on the right the basic model (2 buttons).

Compatibility

Z-Wave More

As with any component based on proProtocol Z-Wave, the analysis in terms of compatibility it must be carried out in relation not so much to the direct compatibility that the component offers (physiologically nothing) as to that indirectly guaranteed by personal domotics at which the net Z-Wave - on which the component is attested - is managed.

If we consider - as we find it right to do in these cases - the possible compatibility by integrating the component into a personal HUB(as appromerged in the following paragraph), then this compatibility is maximum, as the adoption of personal HUBprovides compatibility to all smart speakers, ad AppHomeKit to IFTTT and much more.

Nb inDomus has tested the actuator for over a month in real use conditionsnamento a BRIDGE/Gateway Z-Wave↔︎TCP/IP Aeotec Z-Stick Gen5. No malfunctions were detected during the testsnameno loss of connection (but we would have been surprised to the contrary).

Domotics integrability

In terms of home automation integrability, Aeotec WallMote / WallMote Quad does not present - as on the other hand in general the components Z-Wave – proproblems of any kind.

HOME ASSISTANT

With Home Assistant manage a network Z-Wave it's pretty simple; once this network has been defined (for example, with the help of Aeotec Z-Stick or similar) add a node like Aeotec WallMote is quite immediate. After the addition of the component to the profirst network Z-Wave it is possible - customizing the configuration - to assign the most disparate functions to the various keys and the various scenes.

Some examples are those to associate the pressure of a key and / or the activation of a scene to:

  • switching on / off of one or a group of lights;
  • intensity adjustment lumione or more lighting points;
  • system on / off;
  • activation of automations, scripts, scenes

and much more.

Nb The texts made by inDomus were made via the network Z-Wave based on BRIDGE/Gateway Z-Wave↔︎TCP/IP Aeotec Z-Stick Gen5 and managed by Home Assistant. In the tested scenario, the response times of the actuator and the associated actions were almost instantaneous.

A guide dedicated integration of WallMote with Home Assistant is available on inDomus.

HOMEY

Homey it's a personal hardware HUB equipped with antenna Z-Wave, which allows you to manage networks of this type: it goes without saying that it is able to integrate components Z-Wave generic; specifically, aapp of specific integration, which allows full integration of all actuator functions.

Integration of the components Z-Wave Aeotec on 'HUB Homey we have dedicated a guide .

openHAB and Domoticz

Also openHAB e Domoticz, as Home Assistant, natively support the management of networks Z-Wave, therefore also with these HUB it is possible to integrate the actuator.

HOMEBRIDGE

Homebridge, BRIDGE software to make compatible with AppHomeKit devices that are not natively compatible with this standard do not seem to have a plugin that can be managed directly a network Z-Wave: it is more natural to imagine the availability of a plugin that allows Homebridge to dialogue with others HUB able to manage the component. This is the case - and it's just an example - of the "home" pluginbridge-zway ”, which allows you to connect Homebridge with a server instance Z-Way, a software component that allows you to manage a network in its entirety Z-Wave starting from USB or similar antennas (eg. Aeotec Z-Stick).

Practically:

  • you install Z-Way;
  • an antenna is configured on it Z-Wave (Eg. Aeotec Z-Stick) and consequently defines the profirst network Z-Wave;
  • let's get in theAeotec WallMote in the network Z-Wave appen defined;
  • connects Homebridge to Z-Way via “homebridge-zway ";
  • at this point theapp "Home" will see the accessory Aeotec WallMote as individual buttons that can then be associated with actions.

It works, but it makes more sense to manage the network directly Z-Wave from a HUB How Home Assistant o Homey and then through them "expose" the entities Z-Wave ad Appthe HomeKits.

HUBIntegrabilitàNote
Home Assistant✔️Full support for networks and devices Z-Wave.
Homebridge (Appthe HomeKits)✔️Full support for networks and devices Z-Wave via Z-Way and its integration plugin
openHAB✔️Full support for networks and devices Z-Wave.
Domoticz✔️Full support for networks and devices Z-Wave.
Homey✔️Full support for networks and devices Z-Wave.

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There is not much to say about this actuator except that it is a simple, well-built object extremely comfortable. It has such versatility to allow the user access to a very wide range of possibilities, as wide as the degree of integration and complexity of the profirst home automation.

Aeotec WallMote it is in fact advised to those who have taken the step of acquiring a proprio personal HUB(like Home Assistant, openHAB or others compatible with the standard Z-Wave) and therefore began to structure the profirst personal home automation in an organic way. The larger the number of domotic entities present (not only the integrations of the single domotic components, but also the automations, the scripts and more) the more the user will find benefit in integrating also this very practical touch actuator Z-Wave.

Side note: apparently the four-button version costs less than the two-button version. It goes without saying that the first is the preferable one.


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