I just bought a hub to update my bulbs only to find I need some sort of steering device (Tradfri button) to connect the bulbs. How stupid is that
Agree. I have had the discussion with Ikea about that and is because they want people to be able to buy just a lamp and such steering device, not requiring a hub. I too find this a bit backwards...
Yep and means I have to get my hands on a steering device to simply update my bulbs to prevent the flickering when on Hue. :S :S :S
I think you're describing the ZLL (zigbee lightlink) touchlink inclusion process. For someone that has a 3rd party hub and knows how to pair ZHA (zigbee home automation) devices, troubleshoot their mesh, etc, yes I suppose it's not that useful (never used any of these devices myself)?
But I believe it's meant to simplify the process of expanding one's network of zigbee devices for consumers that aren't home automation enthusiasts, and don't need/want to expand beyond what a brand like IKEA is offering.
I remember having been able to pair them by putting them in pairing mode by turning on and off the lightbulbs 6+ times with the IKEA gateway very close. That might have been a few firmware revisions ago though.
You can update them if you have a conbee and deCONZ without a steering device, and use the firmware direct from Ikea.
That said, it was much easier with their own hub.
The FW URLs are within this json file.
Looks like I'll be going back to IKEA. Fortunately I am over that way later today. @Royski just so I don't need to make more visits can I use their wireless dimmer as a steering device?
You can mate, far cheaper than their buttons.
Where are you BTW, I have some spare?
Over in Leicester-Uk
Ah bummer, I'm West Mids. Bit too far I guess.
Yeah no bother I'm over Nottingham later so I'll take a detour
@Shaneb +1 on this from markus..
When i bought a 3 bulb + IKEA hub combo pack nearly 2 years ago, you didn't need a device to join or pair..? And it worked flawlessly..
Seems like an odd thing to change..?!?
It's the same for the Trådfri plugs. You need a steering device to connect to the Ikea hub. I ended up returning the hub and giving up on updating the plugs, even though I suspect the update would help with routing.
The 2 devices I wanted to update don't have any updated firmware
+2 I have 2 tradfri a19 bulbs, and 2 plugs connected to my HE no problem.
Did something change? Now they force you to but another device or is that just in UK?
I returned the plugs due to them dropping off mesh. Love that 1 year return policy
PS-anyone updated the firmware on the Tradfri repeater? and notice possibly better signal strength??
Nothing changed, I was just moving them to Hue and there were issues with some bulbs where they would flash on and off occasionally, seems to be resolved now