BigAssFan Binding

The BigAssFan binding is used to enable communication between openHAB and Big Ass Fans' Haiku family of residential fans and lights that implement the SenseME technology.

Overview

Fans, lights and controllers are discovered dynamically. There is a single thing created for each fan, light, or controller that's connected to the local WiFi network. Each thing has channels that allow control of the fan and light, as well as to monitor the status. When a fan or light is controlled from the remote control, Wall Controller, or smartphone app, the openHAB items linked to the device's channels will be updated to reflect the status.

Supported Things

The binding currently supports the following devices.

Thing ID
Fan fan BigAssFan consisting of fan and integrated LED light
Light light Standalone LED light
Controller controller Fan wall controller

Thing Configuration

Parameter Parameter ID Required/Optional Description
Label label Required Label given to device in the Haiku Smartphone app.
IP Address ipAddress Required IP address of the device.
MAC Address macAddress Required MAC address of the device.

In the event that any of this information is changed on the device, the thing configuration must be updated manually, as it cannot be determined automatically by the binding.

Manual Thing Creation

Fans and lights can be manually created in the Paper UI or HABmin, or by placing a .things file in the conf/things directory. See example below.

Device Discovery

The BigAssFan binding discovers Haiku fans and lights on the network, and creates an inbox entry for each discovered device. Once added as a thing, the user can control the fan and light, similarly to how the device is controlled using the remote, Wall Controller, or smartphone app.

Background discovery polls the network every few minutes for devices. Background discovery is enabled by default. To disable background discovery, add the following line to the conf/services/runtime.cfg file:

discovery.bigassfan:background=false

Channels

The following channels are supported for fans:

Channel Name Item Type Description
fan-power Switch Power on/off the fan
fan-speed Dimmer Adjust the speed of the fan
fan-direction String Indicates the direction in which the fan is turning
fan-auto Switch Enable/disable fan auto mode
fan-whoosh Switch Enable/disable fan "whoosh" mode
fan-sleep Switch Enable/disable fan sleep mode
fan-smartmode String Set Smartmode to HEATING, COOLING, or OFF
fan-learn-minspeed Dimmer Set minimum fan speed for Smartmode COOLING
fan-learn-maxspeed Dimmer Set maximum fan speed for Smartmode COOLING
fan-wintermode Switch Enable/disable fan winter mode
fan-speed-min Dimmer Set minimum fan speed
fan-speed-max Dimmer Set maximum fan speed
light-power Switch Power on/off the light
light-level Dimmer Adjust the brightness of the light
light-auto Switch Enable/disable light auto mode
light-smarter String Enable/disable Smarter Lighting
light-level-min Dimmer Set minimum light level for Smarter Lighting
light-level-max Dimmer Set maximum light level for Smarter Lighting
light-present String Indicates is a light is installed in the fan
motion Switch Motion was detected
time DateTime Fan's date and time

The following channels are supported for lights:

Channel Name Item Type Description
light-power Switch Power on/off the light
light-level Dimmer Adjust the brightness of the light
light-hue Dimmer Adjust the color temperature of the light
light-present String Indicates if a light is installed
light-color String Indicates if the light supports hue adjustment
motion Switch Motion was detected
time DateTime Light's date and time

The following channels are supported for wall controllers:

Channel Name Item Type Description
motion Switch Motion was detected
time DateTime Wall controllers date and time

Fan Items

The following item definitions would be used to control the fan.

Switch PorchFanPower { channel="bigassfan:fan:20F85EDAA56A:fan-power" }
Dimmer PorchFanSpeed { channel="bigassfan:fan:20F85EDAA56A:fan-speed" }
Switch PorchFanAuto { channel="bigassfan:fan:20F85EDAA56A:fan-auto" }
Switch PorchFanWhoosh { channel="bigassfan:fan:20F85EDAA56A:fan-whoosh" }
Switch PorchFanSleep { channel="bigassfan:fan:20F85EDAA56A:fan-sleep" }
String PorchFanSmartmode { channel="bigassfan:fan:20F85EDAA56A:fan-smartmode" }
Dimmer PorchFanSpeedMin { channel="bigassfan:fan:20F85EDAA56A:fan-learn-minspeed" }
Dimmer PorchFanSpeedMax { channel="bigassfan:fan:20F85EDAA56A:fan-learn-maxspeed" }

The following item definitions would be used to control the light.

Switch PorchFanLightPower { channel="bigassfan:fan:20F85EDAA56A:light-power" }
Dimmer PorchFanLightLevel { channel="bigassfan:fan:20F85EDAA56A:light-level" }
Switch PorchFanLightAuto { channel="bigassfan:fan:20F85EDAA56A:light-auto" }
Switch PorchFanLightSmarter { channel="bigassfan:fan:20F85EDAA56A:light-smarter" }
Dimmer PorchFanLightLevelMin { channel="bigassfan:fan:20F85EDAA56A:light-level-min" }
Dimmer PorchFanLightLevelMax { channel="bigassfan:fan:20F85EDAA56A:light-level-max" }

The following read-only items are provided by the fan.

String PorchFanLightPresent { channel="bigassfan:fan:20F85EDAA56A:light-present" }
Switch PorchFanMotionSensor { channel="bigassfan:fan:20F85EDAA56A:motion" }
DateTime PorchFanTime { channel="bigassfan:fan:20F85EDAA56A:time" }

Light Items

Switch KitchenLightPower { channel="bigassfan:light:20F85EDA87A0:light-power" }
Dimmer KitchenLightLevel { channel="bigassfan:light:20F85EDA87A0:light-level" }
Switch KitchenLightHue { channel="bigassfan:light:20F85EDA87A0:light-hue" }

The following read-only items are provided by the light.

String KitchenLightPresent { channel="bigassfan:light:20F85EDA87A0:light-present" }
String KitchenLightColor { channel="bigassfan:light:20F85EDA87A0:light-color" }
Switch KitchenLightMotionSensor { channel="bigassfan:light:20F85EDA87A0:motion" }
DateTime KitchenLightTime { channel="bigassfan:light:20F85EDA87A0:time" }

Wall Controller Items

The following read-only items are provided by the wall controller.

Switch PorchControllerMotionSensor { channel="bigassfan:controller:20F85ED87F01:motion" }
DateTime PorchControllerTime { channel="bigassfan:controller:20F85ED87F01:time" }

Sitemap

This is an example of how to set up your sitemap.

Frame label="Control My BigAssFan" {
    Switch item=PorchFanPower label="Fan Power [%s]"
    Slider item=PorchFanSpeed label="Fan Speed [%s %%]"
    Switch item=PorchFanLightPower label="Light Power [%s]"
    Slider item=PorchFanLightLevel label="Light Brightness [%s %%]"
}
Frame label="Control My Light" {
    Switch item=KitchenLightPower label="Light Power [%s]"
    Slider item=KitchenLightLevel label="Light Level [%s %%]"
    Slider item=KitchenLightHue label="Light Hue [%s]"
}

Manual Thing Creation

Place a file named bigassfan.things in the conf/things directory. The file should contain lines formatted like this.

bigassfan:fan:20F85EDAA56A [ label="Porch Fan", ipAddress="192.168.12.62", macAddress="20:F8:5E:DA:A5:6A" ]