Adding Milight control to Rflink

Written by Mariete

Dec 12, 2016

Updated: May 9, 2020 @ 12:25 pm

The truth is that my house looks like an automation fair, with so many things and so many different things. It is the essence of those of us who like to mess around, test and use whatever "messy" we see.

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Among other lighting control systems that I have in my house, a few years ago I put a new one that I found on the internet, the «Milight» system (also known by other names such as LimitlessLED and the like).

The interesting thing about this system is its extraordinary low price; When controlling a light bulb with things like Z-Wave (which I also use) costs about € 40 for the module that controls the light bulb, plus the controller we use (between € 50 and many euros), plus the remote control, plus the light bulb in Yes (and even then we will need more things if we want to control it from the mobile or from the internet), it turns out that the Milight system only needs a special light bulb, which includes the 2.4ghz receiver, and a remote control that can control several light bulbs, and all for about € 10 that costs each thing (practically what a led bulb costs). That we want to control it from the mobile or from the internet ... no problem, we add a small gadget (called wifi bridge) and we download the free App that allows us to control it both from inside and outside the home.

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Since he used several different technologies, he used several receivers and bridges that allow me to integrate them into the home automation system (Rfxcom, RFLink, Rfxcomtrv, etc). It turns out that in one of the last RFLink firmwares that have appeared, they have introduced the possibility of receiving and controlling the protocol of the Milight system, simply by adding to the RFLink a small module that costs two euros.

Said and done, I have gotten to work and since this afternoon I can control from my computer the Milight lights that I have around the house (four RGBW bulbs, a strip of RGBW LEDs in the living room and several RGB strips in a glazed area that we have in the patio, where we spend a lot of time.

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A side effect of having included this module is that now the RFLink also receives the modules from MySensors (which I also have one), which makes it even more interesting.

 

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