How to add a RF 433 MHz remote control button to a RF bridge to control eWeLink supported devices?

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Old RF 433 MHz remote control
Old RF 433 MHz remote control

You may have an old RF 433 MHz remote control laying around in your house which was needed back in the time to operate one of your first home automation RF plugs. It allowed you to be lazy and control your devices from the comfort of your chair.

Nowadays you discovered the advantages of the Internet of Tings (IoT) and eWeLink. You have replaced all old RF plugs by eWeLink supported devices to operate them all from your home and even outside of your home. Both the RF plugs and the RF remote control are still usable in co-operation with a RF bridge.

This article describes how to add a RF remote control to your RF bridge in order to operate eWeLink supported devices with it. This article asumes you already paired a RF bridge (e.g. the Sonoff RF bridge or the Eachen RF Bridge Dual RF (RM-DC34)) to your eWeLink account and app.

Adding the RF remote control button to the RF bridge

First we will add the old RF remote control button to the RF bridge.

Step 1: Initiate the learning process

  • In the eWeLink app go to your RF bridge. Press the Add button on the bottom right with the + icon.
Tap the Add button to initiate the learning process

Step 2: Choose the type of remote you want to add

  • Choose Alarm (a tick will be shown at the right of it when it is choosen).
  • Then press Save in the upper right corner
Add alarm to RF bridge in the eWeLink app
First choose “Alarm”. Then tap Save in the upper right corner.
After you choose “Alarm” you can press “Save”.

Step 3: Learn the RF signal for the RF remote button

  • After you have tapped Save in the previous step the screen here on the right will be shown and your RF bridge will emit a single beep.
  • Now press and hold the button on your old RF remote control you want to use in further automation. Hold it untill the RF bridge emits 2 short beeps.
  • The app will automatically proceed to the next screen (see step 4 below). If the RF bridge failed to learn the RF remote control button or when you want to cancel you can tap the Exit button.
Learn RF remote control button

Step 4: Give the RF remote control button a name

  • Give the RF remote control button that just have been learned a name. In the example on the right the default name My remote is being displayed.
  • Tap Save.
Give the learned RF remote control button a name
Give the learned RF remote control button a name
After giving a name tap Save

Step 5: RF remote button is added

  • The RF remote button the RF bridge just learned is now added as My Remote to the RF bridge learned devices list.
New RF remote control button added to RF bridge
The learned RF remote control button is added to the list

Creating a scene to operate a device with the RF remote control

Now that you added a button of your old RF remote control you need to create a scene in the eWeLink app to actually let it operate a eWeLink supported device.

Step 1: Go to the Scenes screen of the eWeLink app

  • Go to the Scene screen of the eWeLink app (second icon in the icon bar at the bottom of the app).
  • Tap on the + sign in the upper right corner (do not get confused with the + sign in the middle of the bottom button bar) to create a new Scene.
Scenes overview before adding RF remote control button automation
Tap the + sign to start creating a new scene

Step 2: Add a trigger

  • Tap the Add button right below the chapter name If.
Empty scene
Tap the Add button to add a new Trigger

Step 3: Choose the correct trigger type

  • On the screen Set Trigger tap Smart Device.

Choose trigger
Tap Smart Device.

Step 4: Select the RF bridge

  • Select the RF bridge to which you linked the old RF remote control button. In this example it is simply called RF bridge.
Choose device for scene
Select the correct device

Step 5: Select the correct alarm

  • We have added the old RF remote control button as an alarm. Select the correct button name in the list In the example in the previous chapter we added it with the name My Remote. When selected a tick at the right on that row will appear.
  • Tap Save in the upper right corner.
Choose the RF remote control button
Select the correct name of the RF remote control button
tap the Save button after selecting the right button name

Step 6: Add the Action

  • Now that you are back at the scene setup screen tap Add below the chapter Then.
RF remote control button has been added as trigger for the scene
Tap the Add button

Step 7: Select the correct Action

  • Tap Smart Device.
Choose an action for the scene
Tap Smart Device

Step 8: Select the correct device for the Action

  • Select the device you want to control with the old RF remote control button. In this example we have chosen for LED-strip keuken (Dutch for LED strip kitchen).
Choose device for scene
Select the device you want to control with the old RF remote control button

Step 9: Select the action to perform for the selected device

  • Select the action you would like to perform on the selected device. In this how-to the action will be performed when you press the RF remote control button. In the example on the right we have chosen for the ON command.
  • Tap Save in te upper right corner.
Choose action for chosen device
Choose the action to perform when the RF remote control button is pressed
After you have chosen an action tap Save

Step 10: Save the scene

  • Now that you are back on the scene setup screen tap Save in the upper right corner.
Scene configuration complete
Tap Save

Step 11: Give the scene a name

  • After Name fill in a name for the scene. In the example on the right we chose the name Turn on LED strip kitchen.
  • Tap Save in the upper right corner.
Give the scene a name
Fill in a nme for the scene
After providing a name tap Save

Step 12: Finished

  • Your scene is now saved and will be executed when you press the button on your old RF remote control you added to the RF bridge in the first chapter.
  • The scene is displayed in the Auto section on the Scene screen of the eWeLink app. In the example above in step 11 we named it Turn on LED strip kitchen which is shown at the top of the Auto section at the example on the right.
Scene shown at scene overview
The scenes just created is shown in the Auto section of the scenes screen of the eWeLink app
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