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  # 1092287 20-Jul-2014 07:42
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Anyone managed to get the WP8 app to work? Won't talk to the lights. I also have the limitless PC app and that works fine for the white bulbs but not the colour. The remotes work fine though :-/

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  # 1092624 20-Jul-2014 19:43
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28 pages of forums to scroll through, so i'll just ask (perhaps again):  do you do have plans to add halogen replacements - MR16 12v?

cheers!




 
 
 
 


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  # 1092678 20-Jul-2014 20:52
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Regs: 28 pages of forums to scroll through, so i'll just ask (perhaps again):  do you do have plans to add halogen replacements - MR16 12v?
cheers!

 


Not at the moment sorry.

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  # 1097955 29-Jul-2014 16:02
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Dunno if anyone else is having this problem but when trying to place an order ( starter kit I guess ) to Wgton, I chose NZ currency, but it keeps switching back to US$.  And the amounts on Paypal are also in US$.

The only reason I want the lights is that I'm having a couple of bedside pendant lights installed, but there's no easy way for a bed side switch to be installed.  So, I thought I could try remote controlled lights instead.

Will I need a remote control for each side of the bed?

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  # 1097968 29-Jul-2014 16:16
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It charges in usd and when I last ordered I got a gst invoice in nzd with the items.




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  # 1097989 29-Jul-2014 16:24
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Oh, so even though you choose $NZ at the bottom, it makes no difference?
And the invoice does the conversion from US$ to NZ$?


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  # 1098031 29-Jul-2014 17:30
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I read back some more and I guess my questions should be part of the FAQ.

So, everything is charged in US$, the NZ$ selector does nothing (can't see anyone else mention it), and the invoice comes in NZ$ so we can claim the GST correctly.


 
 
 
 


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  # 1098032 29-Jul-2014 17:31
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It will also add GST and shipping when you checkout. Costs about $85 in the end for a kit IRRC.
You can independently control up to 4 groups of lights with one remote, so yes, you can control both of your bedside lamps with one.
Just plug them in one at a time when you first pair them with the remote and you can assign each a different channel/button.

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  # 1098039 29-Jul-2014 17:45
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I sort of guessed that might be the case so just ordered the one remote.


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  # 1098116 29-Jul-2014 19:24
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Has anyone thought about bypassing the wifi bridge all together and sending the RF control codes straight from a Linux PC or raspberry pi with a better RF chip that can do more the 5 zones

since the rf chip we used was limited in the security codes we could fit in the low cost chips.


I would rather have one decent RF dongle running on the Home Automation PC to control all bulbs than deploying wifi bridges all over the house. You can still expose the control to phone apps with a simple web service running on the PC or Pi.

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  # 1098127 29-Jul-2014 19:29
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What's the range inside the house of a RF chip? IOW, how close to the bridge do the lights need to be?

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  # 1098177 29-Jul-2014 20:35
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Hi gchui, the RF range is 65ft / 30meters   so unless you have a house larger than 300m2 chances are - you can reach everywhere with just the one wifi bridge.  you can install two wifi bridges if you need to reach further,  they are just $17USD each.  especially if you have a two storey large house, two should do fine. (also check out our FAQ on our limitlessled.com homepage)

 

 

 

Cheers,
Hamish.
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  # 1098179 29-Jul-2014 20:42
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redstorm: Has anyone thought about bypassing the wifi bridge all together and sending the RF control codes straight from a Linux PC or raspberry pi with a better RF chip that can do more the 5 zones

since the rf chip we used was limited in the security codes we could fit in the low cost chips.


I would rather have one decent RF dongle running on the Home Automation PC to control all bulbs than deploying wifi bridges all over the house. You can still expose the control to phone apps with a simple web service running on the PC or Pi.

 

 

 

some tips for getting better range from RF and Wifi...   place your wifi router or wifi bridge up high, like on top of bookcases, you can get better range over fridges, over solid furniture, and over hot water cylinders if they happen to be in the way.  you can try different aerial designs or attach external aerails to the circuit board. you can also remove the circuit board from the white enclosure and place it up high.. you will get superior range this way.

 

you can also daisy chain the circuit board off the one power supply.. just wire the two outside pins on the USB plug from the circuit board.

 


The best way really is to have one wifi bridge upstairs, and one wifi bridge downstairs.  or if you have a long rectangle house, one wifi bridge at one end and one wifi bridge at the other end, and the wifi router in the middle.

 


Cheers,
Hamish.

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  # 1098221 29-Jul-2014 21:29
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LimitlessLED:   some tips for getting better range from RF and Wifi...   place your wifi router or wifi bridge up high, like on top of bookcases, you can get better range over fridges, over solid furniture, and over hot water cylinders if they happen to be in the way.  you can try different aerial designs or attach external aerails to the circuit board. you can also remove the circuit board from the white enclosure and place it up high.. you will get superior range this way. you can also daisy chain the circuit board off the one power supply.. just wire the two outside pins on the USB plug from the circuit board.
The best way really is to have one wifi bridge upstairs, and one wifi bridge downstairs.  or if you have a long rectangle house, one wifi bridge at one end and one wifi bridge at the other end, and the wifi router in the middle.
Cheers,
Hamish.


I'm not worried about the range, my point is to bypass the need for the wifi to RF bridge altogether, most of us that are into home automation have a full time PC or Raspberry Pi running 24/7 to do a multitude of things, why not release a USB RF dongle that a simple API can be used to send the RF signals to the bulbs. Plugins to software like openhab (i know there is a MiLight plugin already but this relys on the wifi bridge).

My point is to simplify the system so less can go wrong. i.e. instead of Openhab -> wifi router -> wifi to rf bridge to blub.  Just Openhab -> RF transmitter -> Bulb, no longer relying on the wifi network at all.


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  # 1098242 29-Jul-2014 22:44
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Wouldn't one of these RF transmitters as used in this article work? http://www.hoagieshouse.com/RaspberryPi/RCSockets/RCPlug.html

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