|Developer:||Nathan Sheldon Software Like this plugin? Show your appreciation!|
|Latest release:||v1.1.1 released on Nov. 24, 2017|
|Requires:||Indigo v5.1.3 or higher|
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(FREE Indigo plugin)
Dimmer Extender extends Indigo's functionality by adding the ability to specify a different dimming/brightening rate each time you set the brightness of a SmartLabs INSTEON dimmer. It also allows you to create Indigo triggers based on the start and stop brightening and dimming INSTEON commands not otherwise triggerable through Indigo.
When using Dimmer Extender to brighten or dim your SmartLabs INSTEON dimmers, it offers the following options.
And when using Dimmer Extender events to trigger actions in Indigo, it offers the following trigger-able events.
Download the Dimmer Extender zip file (link above) to the computer running the Indigo server. If the file is not already unzipped, double-click the .zip file to unzip it. Open the folder that is expanded from the zip file and double-click the Dimmer Extender.indigoPlugin file. The Indigo client will open and prompt to install the plugin. Click the option to install and enable the plugin. You'll be prompted to configure the plugin. The only configuration is to enable debugging. You won't want to do this unless trouble-shooting a problem, so just click OK. All done!
Within any Indigo action dialog (from a Trigger, Action Group, Schedule, Control Page action, etc), with Indigo 5, set the action "Type" to "Plugin". Select "Dimmer Extender" as the plugin to use. For Indigo 6 and later, simply go to the "Device Actions" menu and the "Dimmer Extender Actions" sub-menu. Select the Action "Set Brightness with Ramp Rate" (the only action available). Choose a device from the "Device" menu that appears. Click "Edit Action Settings...". Follow the instructions in the "Configure Set Brightness with Ramp Rate" dialog that appears.
When createing an INSTEON Start/Stop Brightening/Dimming trigger, within Indigo 5, select "Plugin" as the event Type. With Indigo 6 and later, select "Dimmer Extender Events" from the Type menu. Select the brightening/dimming event type. Click Edit Event Settings and select the INSTEON dimmer device you want the trigger to be based on. Select the Button or Group to monitor. Not all devices send commands on all 8 groups listed. For example, the SwitchLinc Dimmer only sends button/group 1 commands. A 4-button RemoteLinc 2 only sends on button/groups 1 through 4 and an 8-button RemoteLinc 2 sends on all 8 button/groups. The 6-button KeypadLinc Dimmer and Relay send on button/groups 1 through 6 while the 8-button versions send on all 8 button/groups. Be sure to test the trigger after selecting the button/group to be sure it is being triggered off the correct button.
See the Dimmer Extender forum thread link for detailed scripting examples.
Dimmer Extender only supports dimmable INSTEON products. It uses SmartLabs defined standard INSTEON messages to set both brightness and ramp rate with each command, tell dimmers to start manually adjusting brightness, and tell dimmers to increment or decrement brightness. During testing, it was noticed that with some SwitchLinc Dimmers, when sent a standard ON or OFF command, they would use the most recent ramp rate sent by Dimmer Extender instead of their internal default ramp rate. Also, Dimmer Extender has only been tested with a few SmartLabs INSTEON dimmers, such as the SwitchLinc Dimmer (both dual-band and power line only models) and LampLinc Dimmer (both dual-band and power line only models). Dimmer Extender has also been tested and confirmed to work with newer i2CS engine SwitchLinc Dimmers. I'd be interested in knowing if Dimmer Extender works with older INSTEON dimmers or with the ICON dimmers. However, Dimmer Extender will NOT work with X10 or other protocol dimmers.
|Released on:||Nov. 24, 2017|
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Fixed a bug that updated Indigo with the wrong actual brightness of a dimmer after Dimmer Extender sent a Set Brightness with Ramp Rate command to it. NOTE: Because using the Set Brightness at Ramp Rate feature built-in to INSTEON dimmers limits the number of selectable brightness levels to only 16 discrete levels, this update will cause the brightness percentage values shown in Indigo to almost never match the exact brightness percentage you choose. Previous versions of Dimmer Extender incorrectly told Indigo that it had set the dimmer to the exact brightness you requested, but in reality, it selected the closest of the 16 brightness levels available. Now, Indigo correctly shows that brightness level.
Requires Indigo Pro 5 or newer. Works with Indigo 7.1+.